Patents Examined by M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 4928419
    Abstract: An ice fishing apparatus and signaling device (10) includes a base (12), a fishing line (22) depending from the base (12) and having a hook (36) on its end, a trigger (38), a transmitter (60), and a receiver (62). An arm (42) is spring mounted to the base (12) such that it is movable from a trigger held horizontal position to a vertical position. The arm (42) moves from the horizontal position to the vertical upon a fish strike, thus engaging a switch (64) that completes a circuit that produces a radio signal from the transmitter (60) to the receiver (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph M. Forrestal
  • Patent number: 4928422
    Abstract: In accordance with my invention I provide a molded crab-like artificial lure, legless and weighted toward one end. A line attaching eye is attached to the upper side at one end and a hook is attached to the underside at the other end. The buoyant material in the construction of the lure body will cause the lure to surface when retrieval of the attached line is stopped. In one embodiment of the lure employing a bill-like projection forming a planing surface which causes the lure body to dive and which due to the light weight buoyant material will cause the lure to surface when retrieval of the fishing line is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: Michael G. Pitre
  • Patent number: 4928421
    Abstract: A fishhook device includes a standard fishhook having a barb, bend, shank and eye. At least one piece of wire can be attached at one end of the shank of the fishhook, preferably substantially adjacent to the eye. The wire is biased by at least one biasing bend to an extended position wherein the free end is distanced from the shank of the hook, and can be flexed to a position wherein the wire is adjacent and substantially parallel to the shank. A retaining ring is positioned around the wire and the shank to keep the wire in the flexed position, and is the point of attachment for the fishing line. A loop in the wire is preferably provided substantially adjacent to the attached end as a guide for the fishing line. Movement of the hook relative to the fishing line will cause the retaining ring to slide over the wire to release the wire to the extended position, such that swallowing of the hook by the fish will be substantially prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Janet L. Staudner
    Inventor: Rupert A. Staudner
  • Patent number: 4928871
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of controlled feed of a bonding wire, specifically a golden bonding wire, to the wedge or the capillary tube of a bonding head arranged for upward and downward movement. The apparatus is characterized by a bonding-wire guide duct ahead of the bonding capillary tube, with a fluid pipe opening into this duct which is suited for optional communication with a source of gas blast, specifically air blast, or a vacuum source, and is preferably also characterized by a bonding-wire slip clamp which is effective or closed either permanently or only when the bonding head is lowered for touch-down, and which is disposed particularly ahead of or at the capillary-facing end of the guide duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Emhart Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Farhad Farassat
  • Patent number: 4926580
    Abstract: A safety sinker includes a sinker connected to a fish line through a sinker coupler, wherein the sinker coupler may be pulled, by means of a fish line, to disconnect the sinker from the fish line when the sinker is squeezed in between rocks or somethings during fishing. The sinker coupler includes a fork end having two semi-sphere members made thereon for connecting the sinker when they are squeezed to form into a spherical configuration and inserted into the inner chamber of the sinker. The two semi-sphere members may be squeezed to form into a spherical configuration again, by means of a pull force through the fish line, so as to slip away from the sinker and to disconnect the fish line from the sinker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Inventor: Chen-Ju Lin
  • Patent number: 4924621
    Abstract: A rig holder for fishing rigs and leadered fishing lines is a flat panel of rigid material with a rectangular outline. The holder has a series of notches uniformly spaced along each of its long edges and four pairs of notches spaced along each of the short edges. On the front face of the holder is a recess carrying two strips of one component of a hook and loop pile fastener material, which are associated with patches of the other component of the fastener. Rigs may be secured to the holder in various ways, primarily by winding around the holder through opposite slots and securing the hooks in place either on the fastener strips using the fastener patches or in notches along the edges of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventors: Gerald C. Hawranik, Norman Hiebert
  • Patent number: 4922645
    Abstract: Magnetism is used to reduce the tendency of a fish hook to snag. A magnet may be attachted 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: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: McClellan Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Hannon, Bingham A. McClellan
  • Patent number: 4920681
    Abstract: A fishing pole holder apparatus is set forth wherein a spring biased fishing pole holder is secured in a lowered first position with a hook link and is biased to a second position upon release of the hook link on tensioning of the holder by a fish getting caught by an associated hook of the fishing pole arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventors: Joseph Toliver, Jr., John T. Crank
  • Patent number: 4920687
    Abstract: A fishing device known as a spreader for trolling a plurality of baited hooks from a single fishing line wherein the spreader is a planar device with sweep arms extending from the body of the planar device and vanes that cause it to rotate as it moves relative to the water, thereby causing at least two fishing lures attached to the sweep arms to move in a helical pattern simulating the motion of fish swimming together. The hydrodynamic design provides for smooth operation in the water and reduces the propensity for the fishing lures to become entangled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: O. Lynn Barnett
  • Patent number: 4920683
    Abstract: A holder for protecting lures or bait attached to the line of fishing tackle is formed by like semi-cylindrical members having semi circular end walls each having recesses which define aligned holes in the closed condition of the holder. The holder is readily mounted on and removed from the tackle with the rod or pole thereof passing through the aligned holes and the bait or lure protected within the cylindrical cavity defined by said members. The holder is preferably integrally molded from at least semi-rigid plastics material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Jimmie L. Weber
  • Patent number: 4921159
    Abstract: A modified fast fade rear axle housing of rectangular cross-section having a shortened neck shape to maximize the torsional strength of the housing in the expanded annular section where the transition zone joins the center differential receiving portion and the beam arms of the axle. Two U sections are welded after being bent to provide parallel legs joined to a web by arcuate corner sections. The axially extending curvature of the corner sections and the web are respectively convexly defined by a first radius R.sub.1 measured from a true origin at the vertical axis of the differential receiving portion where it intersects the longitudinal axis of the axle and a second eccentric radius R.sub.2 measured from a displaced origin and concavely by blending radii R.sub.4 and R.sub.3 which are substantially less than corresponding blending radii in drive axle housings in which the convex curvature is concentric with the true origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventor: David E. Peck
  • Patent number: 4920686
    Abstract: A fishing lure incorporating a pocket dimensioned to hold a sinker and/or rattle within the lure body includes an easy access slit formed in the lure material to allow ready exchange of sinker/rattle combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: Loop-A-Line, Inc.
    Inventors: Welbourne D. McGahee, John W. Campbell
  • Patent number: 4920690
    Abstract: A hairpin spring type trap includes a pair of arms normally urged apart by the spring situated at the inner ends thereof. A cable loop is secured by one end to the distal end of one arm and passes through a guide loop in the distal end of the other arm and is secured to a bracket or clip slidable along the arm through which said loop passes. Ths bracket is frictionally adjustable along the length of the arm when the trap is in the set position. A trigger is pivoted on the other arm and a setting plate extends from the one arm towards the other arm. This plate is provided with opposed jaws on the distal end thereof. When set, the bale of the trigger engages one jaw and the lower arm engages the other jaw with the spring pressure retaining the trap in the set position. Pivotal movement of the trigger in either direction release the trap. If the trigger is swung upwardly against the one arm, the trap is held in a safety position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Ray Olecko
  • Patent number: 4918851
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device includes a temperature sensor which is located on the foot of a wader leg. A temperature measurement display device is located on the wader torso. Selectable predetermined temperature alarm limits are included to provide visual, or audible and/or tactile alarms when the temperature measured by the temperature sensor exceeds the predetermined alarm limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Aaron J. Peikin
  • Patent number: 4918858
    Abstract: A weighted accessory for freeing snagged lures and for performing other functions requiring weighted down fishing gear. A rigid pin has loops on its opposite ends and a pair of slidable weights which are urged apart and against the loops by a compression spring. Each loop presents a gap which is normally closed by the weight but which can be opened by sliding the weight against the spring force. The gaps allow the accessory to be applied to a fishing line or net such that the line or net is threaded through one or both loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Marvin L. Maxfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4918856
    Abstract: An insect trap utilizes a self-contained, gradually decaying, radiant light source which is continuously operative independent of any combustible fuel or electrical energy supply and means to position the light source near a trapping device for trapping insects attracted to the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventors: Billy B. Olive, Clarence O. Williams
  • Patent number: 4916851
    Abstract: A passively anchored fishing tackle of the net kind comprises bottom nets, top nets, lateral nets, inlet nets, and lead-in nets which cooperate to form a catching space. Lateral nets, inlet nets and lead-in nets are provided with top lines with an incorporated buoyancy, and bottom sink lines. All nets of the inlet portion are square-meshed, whereas the rest is normally meshed. From both sides of the lead-in net inlet nets extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Alternativt Fiskeredskap AS
    Inventor: Didrik Pedersen
  • Patent number: 4916854
    Abstract: The spinner is formed of a thin film of a type and gauge that normally retains its shape but at the same time is flexible. The spinner has shrink points on opposite side edges of the rounded end portions which are offset from each other relative to the center of the body portion and which due to the distortion of the material at the shrink points form propeller-like, cupped end portions. In the method of forming the spinner, the blank is cut with the rounded end portions and narrowed body portion. The blank is formed into a propeller-like spinner with cupped blades and a propeller pitch by shrinking the film at points of the rounded end portions which are offset from each other and on opposite sides of the longitudinal center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Donald G. Martin
  • Patent number: 4916845
    Abstract: A device for attracting fish in fresh water lakes and ponds is presented and includes one or more disk which are tandemly arranged and are anchored by a tubular transparent anchor which contains bait fish. The disk have a concave configuration and are formed from a floatable plastic. A serrated edge on at least the bottom disk provides a niche for a fishing line to maintain the fishing line bait near the fish which congregate under the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Charles B. Aydelette, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4914852
    Abstract: A tandem double offset fishhook includes first and second hooks, each having a shank, an offset bend curving concavely from one end of the shank and a point at the end of the bend. The shank of one of the first and second hooks is longer than the other shank with respect to the eye formed at one end of one of the shanks so as to space the points of the first and second shanks apart. The offset bends of the first and second hooks are disposed at equal inverted angles on opposite sides of a vertical plane through the first and second shanks to generate forces which cause the fishhook to rotate and spin as it is drawn through the water while being reeled in. In one embodiment, the first and second shanks are integrally formed from a single elongated wire, with the eye disposed between the ends of the shank at one end and the shanks being disposed side-by-side in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas A. Hnizdor