Abstract: A telescoping, pole-type lure retriever has a snare portion that wraps around a fishing line and is guided thereon for removing a fishing lure that is snagged on an underwater obstruction or weeds. An elongated pole has a number of telescoping sections that may be extended to a convenient length to disengage the lure. Each telescoping section may be locked in position by turning a locking nut that compresses a locking ring in a cammed fashion to grip a smaller diameter pole section. The snake portion has a knurled shank seated in locking engagement with a sleeve member and with the sleeve fitted in the end of one pole section.
Abstract: The crab trap is a multi-component trap adapted to be stripped down to its respective components for storage. It comprises spaced top and bottom closure members and posts detachably interposed therebetween to form an open-sided cage. Normally open crab entry means are attached to the cage adjacent the openings on opposite sides thereof, and normally-closed operator entry means are attached to the cage adjacent a remaining side opening thereof. Any additional side openings are also closed to the outward movement of crabs, so that crabs entering the cage through the crab entry means, remain trapped therein. However, the crab entry means, the operator entry means, and the additional closure means, if any, are all removable from the openings thereadjacent in the cage, so that when the trap is out of use and the posts are detached from the top and bottom closure members, the members can be stacked on top of one another in a pile.
Abstract: A trap containing a bait to attract rodents, insects and like pests comprising a box-shaped enclosure having a plurality of elbow configured passageways. A first open circuit powered by a voltage source is positioned within the enclosure so as to form a labyrinth of closely spaced electrical conductors which are disposed in partially surrounding relationship to the bait. The pest will detect the presence of the bait with the aid of a plurality of vents integrally formed within the walls of the enclosure. In pursuit of the bait, the pest upon entering the enclosure by means of the passageway, proceeds to trigger a tripper hingedly attached to the passageway which in turn activates a second open circuit mounted within the passageway, and thereby electrifies the retreating pest. If the pest does not retreat but proceeds toward the bait, it is electrocuted by the first open circuit.
Abstract: An artificial bait for fishing formed of two half-shells made of plastics and welded to each other. The half-shells form two watertight chambers divided by a wall extending along the full length of the bait and embedding a longitudinal metal element projecting from the bait ends for securing a fishhook and a control fishing-line to it.The watertight chamber provided in the top portion of the bait is air-filled while the watertight chamber formed in the bottom portion of the same bait is filled with a metal ballast anchored to the two half-shells.
Abstract: A trigger for a rotating frame animal trap has a trigger frame and filament attached thereto and positioned across it so that an animal sought to be trapped cannot pass through the trap without contacting the trigger frame or filament. The trigger is adapted to be positioned centrally in the plane between the jaws of the trap, when set, and is of sufficient size and so located that a desired animal cannot pass through the trap without contacting and moving the trigger to firing position.
Abstract: A pair of arms are pivoted together by one end thereof and normally urged apart by a heavy-duty spring. A flexible snare consists of a snare loop and a free or standing end passing through a ring on one end of the snare in a form of a running noose. The free end passes through an eye of the other end of one of the arms and is secured to a trigger lever pivotally mounted on the other end of the other arm. A trigger loop is pivoted to the one arm and in one position holds the trigger lever with the trap in the set position and engages the other arm with the trap in the locked position. When in the set position, a pull on the noose displaces the trigger lever slightly so that the spring pressure between the two arms springs the trap and tightens the noose.
Abstract: Trolling apparatus including a weighted down line and a bracket adapted to be engaged to the down line at any point thereof, the bracket being capable of receiving lead lines, or having a release assembly for a separate fishing line. Means are provided to hold the fishing line until a predetermined pressure is reached and to release the fishing line without abrasion thereof. Provision is made for a modified form of the invention in which the release assembly is pivotally mounted to provide for upward and downward movement of the fish.
Abstract: A spring snap is swivally connected to a guide on a fishing rod. A pair of reverse-acting clamping jaws has intermediate portions biased away from each other by a coil spring mounted therebetween are pivotably connected to the snap at one end and have a second terminal end clamping a lure, hook, or the like tied on an end of a line on the fishing rod therebetween to prevent the line from tangling when transporting the rod.
Abstract: An animal trap has an elongated base member; a pair of opposed trap jaws are disposed longitudinally of the base member and pivotally connected at their end portions to corresponding end portions of the base member for relative pivotal movement; a spring member is secured to the base member and operable to pivot the jaws from an open position to a closed position where they will entrap an animal; a jaw release member pivotally is secured at one end to an end portion of the base member for movement from a substantially vertical position wherein it engages and holds the jaws open, to an outwardly extending position where it leaves the jaws free to close, the member has protrusions thereon which engage and hold the jaws open until the release member is struck by the head of an animal so as to cause the release member to pivot outwardly away from the jaws thus releasing the jaws to capture the animal therebetween.
Abstract: A fish-feeder includes a bell-shaped container and a bottom lid which is pivotally secured to the container whereby the bait which is initially dispersed in the container is released in the water when the bottom lid is opened.
Abstract: A fish dip net assembly is constructed of water permeable and non-permeable material and is designed to catch or permit manipulation of fish between containers or bodies of water while providing and maintaining a continuous water environment to prevent injury or trauma to the fish. The permeable portion of the dip net assembly is fabricated from woven mesh material, which permits the net to be used for capturing fish, while the non-permeable portion of the dip net assembly is fabricated from a water retaining material to provide and maintain a continuous water environment for the fish. Various embodiments of the invention for providing specialized functions relating to fish handling are described.
Abstract: A hollow, boxlike housing member is provided with an entrance opening for allowing a mouse to enter the interior of the housing member. Bait, such as cheese or the like, is provided on a bridge member of an electrical switch. The electrical switch is adapted so that a mouse will move the bridge member when taking the bait. When the bridge member is so moved, the electric switch will close to cause an electric motor to shut a door which blocks the entrance opening in the housing member thereby trapping the mouse within the interior of the housing member. A container which holds a quantity of poison gas producing substance is attached to the housing member. A pump is operatively coupled with the container to allow a portion of the poison gas producing substance to be introduced into the interior of the housing member to kill any mouse trapped therein.
Abstract: A fishing sinker consists of a lead weight and a length of stainless steel wire, the lead body of the sinker being elongated in shape and triangular in transverse cross-section, each opposite end of the lead body having a wire coil extending therefrom, the length of wire in one form of the invention being wrapped five times around the lead body and in another design the length of wire being threaded through the coils at each end.
Abstract: An eye for a fishing pole has a main body portion of a configuration complementary to the outer periphery of the pole for facilitating securing of the eye thereto, and line receiving means having an elongated arcuate opening for passing the line therethrough in a manner for securing the line to the pole with a minimum of interference between the line and the pole.
Abstract: A fish hook specifically designed and constructed for use with artificial worms and provided with means for causing the hook to rotate within a fish's mouth to a substantially vertical position to prevent hooking the fish in the soft side portions of the fish's mouth. The hook is also specifically designed for attachment to the artificial worm in a manner whereby the worm moves through the water without twisting the line and whereby the barbed portion of the hook is fully exposed when struck by a fish.
February 6, 1976
Date of Patent:
December 6, 1977
Joseph P. Messler, Thomas E. Messler, James P. Messler
Abstract: A shaped container has a fishing weight or sinker installed and a flat plate extends radially about a compartment in which the sinker is mounted. Holes in the plate provide optional mounting means for a fishing line passing through one of said holes and joined to the sinker in the container and to a fishhook leader extending externally away from the compartment. A fish hooked to the leader, in attempting to drag the sinker through weeds or rocks lying on the bottom of the water is drawn upwards by the reaction of the water against the flat plate, and away from the bottom.
Abstract: A container in the form of a circular or rectangular cross-section box is fitted with a removable cover and enclosing an open chamber in the center of which a circular disc is mounted on a support. The disc is coated or impregnated with a fly contact poison and an insect attractive scent. Insects killed by contact with the disc fall into the bottom of the box. A string attached to the center of the disc serves as a means for suspending the unit from a hanger.
Abstract: A strengthened fiberglass fishing rod includes a hollow, tubular butt section and a solid tip section, both sections being tapered longitudinally with the base of the tip section inserted in and cemented to the butt section. To conceal the joint between the two sections and greatly enhance the appearance of the rod, the frame of a guide for the fishing line is laid across the joint and fastened by a wrapping of thread which extends over contiguous end portions of the tip and butt rod sections. If desired, the wrapping over the rod section joint may be utilized alone without the fishing line guide. The invention also contemplates the method of making the described rod.
Abstract: A decoy includes a shell wherein a coil spring which is operable to provide power for playing a phonograph recording of a duck call. Additionally the shell includes a pawl and ratchet arrangement operable to wind and unwind a tether line connected to an anchor.
Abstract: A snelled hook holder including a hook penetratable member for releasably receiving the point of the hook, a spacer member in the form of a bent wire and a coil spring mounted transversely of the hook penetratable member for receiving and holing the leader in tension between adjacent coils of the spring.