Patents Examined by Gene P. Crosby
  • Patent number: 4930249
    Abstract: The tracking characteristics of a fishing fly are improved by a detachable, reversible foil having a rear socket which engages the eye of a fishing hook and a front, angled section which causes the fly to wiggle and to rise or fall depending whether the front section is pointing upwardly or downwardly. The rear lip of the fly contains a socket adapted to engage the eye of the hook and a set of channels extending from the front surface of the foil to the socket for receiving the leader thread. The foil can be readily slid on the thread onto the eye of the hook in either orientation. A portion adjacent the eye of the hooks is tapered to blend into the hook shank for a smooth transition with fly tying materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Robert R. Johns
  • Patent number: 4920684
    Abstract: A bag to aid in casting a bait fish is described. The bag is a throw-away or bag that is only used once because the bag is designed to disintegrate or come apart once it is in the water. The principal example is a bag that is long and narrow, being designed to hold a bait fish. Only the top of the bag is open for insertion of the bait. The sides, front, back, and bottom of the bag are closed and are glued together at the seams by a glue which very easily dissolves in water. Near the top of the bag on each side are two grommets. An attachment hook goes through the grommets and connects to a fishing line. The bag material is thin sheets which easily transmit water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Ogden W. Vincent
  • Patent number: 4888911
    Abstract: A sinker is disclosed having a dense weight with a face at one end, and a length of rigid material extending from the face. The rigid material is adapted to receive a fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Kelvin R. D. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 4888910
    Abstract: An adjustable snelled hook assembly comprises a fishing line with a trailing hook secured thereto. An auxiliary hook has a shank, a barb and an eye loosely and slidably mounted upon the fishing line adjustably spaced from the trailing hook. A coil spring is mounted upon the shank and is generally parallel to the fishing line. A plurality of continuous windings of the line extend around and snugly engage the spring and shank to anchor the auxiliary hook upon the fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Roger C. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4887381
    Abstract: An animal trap includes a housing that defines an entry port. A pair of animal-actuated, gravity-lowered doors are mounted adjacent to the entry port such that each opens inwardly only. The inner and outer doors are coupled together to substantially prevent the inner door from opening in the inward direction when the outer door is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: James B. Tieben
  • Patent number: 4884358
    Abstract: A fishing lure is set forth including a trio of spinning type lures for use especially to attract the category of fish known as Bass. The invention includes an upwardly and rearwardly extending first spinning lure of a first dimension rotatably mounted to an upper leg with a rearwardly extending horizontal leg terminating with a weighted head member with a plurality of further spinning lures rotatably mounted to wing legs positioned at an obtuse angle relative to one another. A modified form of the invention utilizes each of the spinning lures of different size, weight, and configuration to effect a random wobbling motion to the entire lure assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventors: Darryl D. Grove, Brenda D. Grove
  • Patent number: 4882870
    Abstract: A trawler door with relative dimensions such that the height of the door is at most seventy five percent of its length. Two longitudinally arcuate platelike body parts are joined along a longitudinal edge at an obtuse angle, the joint between the body parts being stiffened by a platelike reinforcing member extending along the length of the joint. At least one of the body parts is stiffened by at least one tubelike member of circular or elliptical cross-section which is affixed at one end to the reinforcing member and at the other end to a suitable location on one of the body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: Peter S. Andreasen
  • Patent number: 4879833
    Abstract: A shark diverting apparatus is set forth wherein a self-propelled torpedo-like device is arranged with a self-contained power source including a signal generator for generating a signal for attracting sharks. A flotation collar is fixedly secured about a central diameter of the torpedo-like body and includes a self-inflating canister and a manually operable stem for inflating the collar to a larger size. An included value slowly releases air pressure from within the collar during the travel of the device wherein subsequent to a timer circuit activation, a signal generator is activated for attracting sharks while simultaneously air pressure is released from the flotation collar to draw sharks away from and below an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Trina A. Threlkeld
  • Patent number: 4879830
    Abstract: A trawl door is disclosed including a V-shaped member having two louvers and a three point tow cable attachment system. One louver is located on each side of the central longitudinal axis and includes a slat extending into an obtuse included angle of the V-shaped member. The tow cable attachment system includes one link attached proximate outside leading edge corners of the V-shaped member and a second link extends from a point on the central longitudinal axis proximate the trailing edge of the V-shaped member and attaches at a plurality of locations along the length of the first link. The attachment locations defining different tow cable attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Freddie W. Quick
  • Patent number: 4879837
    Abstract: There is described a device which develops an attractive and toxic action for combatting insects, consisting of a substrate of fibers and/or fibrils containing, either in an adsorbed or dispersed form, a pheromone, and which is partially coated with a layer impermeable to the phermone, the layer carrying, adhering to its external surface, an insecticide or a substrate impregnated with an insecticide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Istituto Guido Donegani S.p.A.
    Inventors: Amedeo Capizzi, Emilio Arsura, Pia Spinelli
  • Patent number: 4879832
    Abstract: This invention relates to a fishing lure/hook receptacle operable to receive a lure member therein attached to a fishing line or a leader member. The fishing lure/hook receptacle can be directly attached to the fishing line on the end of a fishing rod and reel assembly to provide a compact enclosure to prevent the same from becoming entangled with trees, underbrush, etc. The fishing lure/hook receptacle includes a main receptacle member or tubular shape having a receptacle cover member releasably connected thereto. The receptacle cover member is provided with a conical body member of dome shape having a slot section extended from a central portion down one complete side thereof. The slot section is adapted to receive a fishing line or leader member therewithin and to clamp against the same when in the enclosed sealed condition mounted on the main receptacle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Maynard E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4878310
    Abstract: Magnetism is used to reduce the tendency of a fish hook to snag. A magnet may be attached to a fishing rig, or part of the rig or a hook may be magnetized, so as to attract a movable hook to a relatively shielded position in contact with the rig where the hook is less likely to snag than when it hangs loosely or is free swinging, or magnetism may be used to hold a weed guard in a position where it shields a hook. The strike of a fish can pull the hook free from the magnet or weed guard and enable its point to penetrate the mouth of the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: McClellan Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Hannon, Bingham A. McClellan
  • Patent number: 4876818
    Abstract: A fishing net includes a cord having a multiplicity of strands including an identification strand marked at spaced intervals with sequential numerical codes. The preselected strand is substantially inextricably incorporated in the cord so that the preselected strand extends along the length thereof. The cord is in turn incorporated in the net so that the cord extends substantially from one end of the net to an opposite thereof. The cord has ends located at readily accessible preselected points relative to the net so that a smallest numerical code and a largest numerical code on the cord are easily determinable upon visual inspection of the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Northwest Marine Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Fralick, Philip A. Ekstrom
  • Patent number: 4876817
    Abstract: An archery bow-mountable blind is provided which effectively camouflages the movements of the archer, bowstring, and arrow as the bow is being drawn while providing sufficiently clear observation of the target for accurate aiming. The preferred apparatus includes a sheet of camouflage material, a pair of support members for supporting the sheet therebetween, and a pair of attachment straps for coupling the support members to a bow. The camouflage sheet has a plurality of cuts defined therethrough forming a corresponding plurality of flaps and openings. The flaps simulate foliage thereby enhancing the camouflage effect of the apparatus and the openings provide clear observation of the target. The preferred support members are shiftable between extended positions in which the members are generally transverse to the bow's long axis and collapsed positions in which the members are generally aligned with the bow's long axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventor: Troy D. Hill
  • Patent number: 4873780
    Abstract: The one-piece device includes a shank having oppositely projecting pairs of laterally spaced jaws forming a keyhole slot therebetween. The lateral spacing of one pair of jaws is greater than that of the other pair. Both pairs of jaws have curved inner surfaces with outwardly diverging end portions and angularly disposed flats on their outer surfaces. The shank is provided with a pair of V-shaped grooves having converging curved sides for wedgedly receiving a segment of the fish line therein, one groove being between the jaws of one pair and the other groove being between the jaws of the other pair. The device is preferably fabricated from nylon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Henry J. Lancette
  • Patent number: 4870776
    Abstract: A lure is provided that allows for a great variety of weights, action and appearance of the lure by interchangeable parts, saving the fisherman time, money, space and weight over buying and carrying a number of separate lure comparable to the permutations available with this lure. The lure has a transparent tube into which different weighted and attractive beads can be inserted after being threaded onto the fishing line. The lure tube has a protruding lip in which there are a number of holes. Threading the fishing line through particular holes governs the kind of action the lure will have when pulled by the line through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Herold Schock
  • Patent number: 4870775
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lure made in part of resilient flexible material which forms a connection between a front portion which attaches to a fishing line and at least one paddle designed to create a drag against the water in which the lure moves. The resilient, flexible material is of sufficient resiliency or elasticity and thickness so that when the lure is pulled through the water the paddles are deflected back against the pressure of the water and the paddles return to their original shape and position relative to the body when the tension on the line is released. The paddles are sufficiently wide so that when the tension is released, and the paddles return to their resting position, the lure is moved backward by the force of the paddles moving back to the resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Henry Schrader
  • Patent number: 4870777
    Abstract: A hanger is disclosed for use with a fishing line to a lure and provides rigid arms, suspended from a float, through whose distal ends the line is threaded the combination. In this way, movement of one part of the device will serve to effect movement of the other parts of the combination depending on the geometry of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Toshio Morita
  • Patent number: 4869016
    Abstract: A method is disclosed to provide a substantial reduction of marine corrosion in sea water by micro and macro biofouling. An alternating current is generated of a strength and frequency sufficient to shock marine biofouling organisms and sufficient to upset the normal behavior patterns of the marine biofouling organisms entrained in the sea water passing around or through the structure. A second combination of alternating and direct currents are generated between two strategically located electrodes whereby to release into the water around or within the structure controlled amounts of chlorine ions and copper ions to produce an environment actively hostile to potential marine biofouling organisms. The effect of releasing copper ions and chlorine ions simultaneously is that they co-operate in a synergistic manner that greatly enhances the biocidal effect on marine organisms over and above the effect of the separate use of copper ions and chlorine ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: The University of Sheffield
    Inventors: Michael F. Diprose, Edward E. Williams, Brent Knox-Holmes
  • Patent number: 4866874
    Abstract: A rectangular box shaped casting device comprising a bouyant housing containing within a U shaped retaining area in one end of the housing a folded piece of soft absorbent plastic foam material capable of storing a fish attractant scent substance and imparting that scent substance to a lure held captive in the fold of the foam material prior to the release of the lure in flight. The housing is attached to a fishing line with a part of that line embedded within a slit located in the solid end of the housing and the line secured therein by retainer pins inserted in the housing above the embedded line. A predetermined length of line is wound around the housing midway between the ends of the housing. The lure and the predetermined length of line to which the lure is attached are released in flight from the casting device by applying the brake on the spincast reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Inventor: Jerome M. Dudley