Weighted Patents (Class 43/42.39)
  • Patent number: 6519895
    Abstract: A fish hook is provided which includes an elongated shank having a first attaching end and a second end. A locking bend shoulder extends at an angle from the second end of the shank. A weight is secured to the shank between the first attached end and the second end of the shank. The weight is located at a distance from the locking bend shoulder so that the bait is capable of being secured on the shank. The fish hook has a curved section terminating in a barb section. The barb section of the hook is axially aligned with the shank so that the bait is properly balanced on the hook when secured to the shank and the barb section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Bennett
  • Publication number: 20030024150
    Abstract: A hook and torpedo head weight are inserted through a narrow passageway into a cavity shaped to receive the weight in a cast rubber simulation of a live bait. The hook protrudes out the passageway. A fish line attaching eyelet on the head protrudes through a pre-cast forward opening in the simulated bait lure. The bait lure is cast of rubberized material in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on the target fish and its environment. The head is molded in a variety of sizes and weights to match the fish component and to account for the versatility for fishing the lure in shallow or deep waters. The bait lure simulates the look, posture, and motion of the live bait.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Brian J. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 6484434
    Abstract: A fishing lure comprising a body having a nose, a tail and a horizontal center line. There is an emergent lip of an inverted trapezoidal shape attached to the body. The emergent lip is adjacent to the nose of the body at approximately a 45° angle to the centerline. The body of the lure includes one or more weights secured in cavities in the body, which causes the lure to sink in the water when at rest and retain the emergent lip up right when under water. The emergent lip causes the lure to rise in the water when the lure is pulled by fishing line attached to an eyelet on the nose of the body between the emergent lip and the centerline. A lure according to this invention further includes one or more eyelets on the body for attachment of fishhooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Erick D. Elges
  • Publication number: 20020139037
    Abstract: A system for use with fishing lures that allows partial release of the lure upon becoming snagged. The lure is attached to a fishing line at a head end and by way of a line extension leader at a hook end. The line extension comprises a heavy gauge leader extending the length of the lure. A fish decoy is permanently affixed to the line at a hook end, and releasably attached at a head end. A line attachment clip provides three attachment loops, one of the loops being a resilient, releasable leg. The line attachment clip has a line loop to which the fishing line is securely attached, a leader loop to which the leader is securely attached, and a releasable leg to which the head eyelet of a lure is attached. Upon application of sufficient force, the head eyelet is released so that the lure becomes inverted, allowing is to be freed from a snag and reeled in with the hooks in the opposite orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Carl Schumer
  • Patent number: 6430867
    Abstract: A directionally controllable fishing lure enables an angler to cast the lure to a desired area, with the lure traveling an arcuate path to the left or right upon retrieval. The direction of turn is determined by the angler, depending upon the rigging of the lure. The present lure has an elongate body with angularly truncated faces at each end thereof. The two faces are angled in opposite directions to one another, and the lure body is ballasted so that the two faces are always angled to one side when the lure is floating in the water, rather than facing upwardly or downwardly. The angularly truncated ends produce an asymmetrical hydrodynamic reaction as the lure is drawn through the water, causing the lure to turn in one direction or the other. If the angler attaches the fishing leader or line to the first end, the lure will travel in an arcuate path to the angler's right (or to the left, when considered in the direction of travel of the lure).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: Jon C. Johnston, Thomas J. Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20020078619
    Abstract: A tube lure, comprising a flexible tube body having a cavity therein. Additionally, there is a head that is rounded and enclosed, and has a first thickness. There is also a wall, extending from the head, and a skirt, extending from the wall. An additional feature of the invention is to provide a jig head, having a conformally shaped weight that fits within the cavity without stretching the flexible tube body, including a hook. The hook has a barb, at one end of the hook for holding fish thereon. The hook also has a shank that is straight and extends from the hook and extends through the weight. The hook has an eye, attached to an opposite end of the hood from the barb. Additionally, the hook has a neck, extending from the shank and to the eye, in a direction equal to the shank, having a length that is equal to or greater than the first thickness. A further feature of the invention is to provide the weight with a front end that is blunt, and could be rounded with a first radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Michael E. Hurtle
  • Publication number: 20010049900
    Abstract: A glide bait lure includes a body, a substantially horizontal tail, at least one hook, and a line loop. The body has a fish like shape. A tapered area is formed on a top front portion of the body. A substantially horizontal tail extends from a rear of the body. The portion of the body below a horizontal center line is heavier than above the horizontal center line to prevent body roll. The line loop extends from a front of the body for attachment of a fishing line. Preferably, one treble hook is pivotally attached to a bottom of the body. The body is preferably painted to resemble a fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventor: Paul R. Peck
  • Publication number: 20010045048
    Abstract: A swimming jig for use with a standard attachable bait and providing a measure of erratic and lively behavior to the bait during underwater trolling and/or reeling motion. The swimming jig includes a weighted head having a specified three dimensional shape. An arcuate lip is secured to and extends in a substantially forward direction from said weighted head. The lip is further preferably bendable in some fashion to alter the swimming characteristics of the jig. An eyelet extends from a further location of said weighted head and is engaged by a fishing line. A hook extends from a substantially rearward direction of the weighted head and to which the bait is secured. To further strengthen the jig, a stem may be employed which extends through the interior of the weighted head and interconnects the eyelet with the rearwardly extending hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Rodney Levelle Johnson
  • Patent number: 6266916
    Abstract: A fishing lure molded of flexible, translucent, soft plastic material into an integral unit in the form of a baitfish. Pigments, glitter, scent and flavor additives are mixed with the plastic during manufacture to create realistic visual, smell and taste characteristics. A wide gap offset fish hook is removably attached and substantially hidden in the lure by a hook slot in the lower longitudinal edge of the lure, and by an internal chamber. The internal chamber further serves to allow the body of the lure to collapse when attacked by a fish, exposing the point of the hook, as well as to conceal tube weights, flotation inserts, trap air contributing to the buoyancy and upright positioning of the lure, and to act as a reservoir for liquid fish attractant. The buoyancy and sink rate of the lure can be manipulated by utilizing various combinations of hook sizes, tube weight sizes, and flotation inserts positions into the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Randal Scot Dugan
  • Patent number: 6240672
    Abstract: A molded plastic keeper having an elongated stem and from which a series of 3-dimensional projections radiate. The projections can exhibit different shapes and offsets from the stem. In various constructions, a keeper with conical ribs is molded to the shank of a bare or wire at a jig or lure to support live bait or an artificial dressing. In another construction, the keeper is molded over a wire core that can be formed and mounted to a hook eye or cast into the body of a lure. In another construction, a hollow bore extends through the keeper and permits a threaded fitting over a fish line. A longitudinal slot can be included at a hollow bore keeper and/or the keeper can be constructed of a material that shrinks. A buoyant, weighted and/or hollow headpiece having a longitudinal bore can cooperate with the keeper and may support a rattle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Mikel Huppert
  • Patent number: 6233863
    Abstract: A fishing lure and kit are set forth which includes a first member to be secured to the fishing line and a trailing, second member. A capture structure is provided on the first member for removably coupling a selected trailing member thereto. An elastic sleeve is shaped to constrict about the first member to maintain the coupling between the first and second members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Allen Ray Dotson
  • Patent number: 6230433
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a lure having means of anchoring or restraining bait or soft plastic bodies. The lure utilizes a perpendicular insert to restrain bait such that a properly placed bait may not be removed from the lure intact without prior removal of the insert. The lure has an insert receptacle specially adapted for securing bait to the lure. The lure is specially designed to receive inserts in the form of commonly available materials such as tooth picks, wire or string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: David Nichols
  • Patent number: 6212818
    Abstract: A soft bait fish lure having an elongated body composed of two parts of which the head part is composed of a hard material while the rearmost part representing the tail of the lure is composed of a soft and flexible material. The two parts are joined together by an adhesive so as to provide an integral lure. The rearmost tail part includes cutouts on each side to reduce the thickness so that an integral hinge is formed permitting the tail fin to flex and move simulating swimming motion as the lure is drawn through the water. Flexible legs or claws are integrally formed with the hard part. The midsection of the lure includes an attachment for a fishing line and a hook with a weed guard is included. Guide means are included for aligning the head part with the tail part during attachment. Sound attraction is produced by a rattle device installed in the head part complementing the over-all lure ability. A weight is strategically placed in the head part to stabilize the lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Samuel M. Huddleston
  • Patent number: 6173522
    Abstract: A fishing lure provides a lateral surface run during retrieval by utilizing a generally upright front surface (A) extending across an integral body which floats or is generally of substantially neutral buoyancy. A weight (B) is carried by the lure body to adjust the balance and path traversed during retrieval and to maintain a generally upright side wall (D) in position for attachment of a line to a connector (C) located in an elongated tunnel (E) intermediate upper and lower edges of the tunnel. The method contemplates utilizing an upright front surface (A) tapering across the lure body for providing lateral direction during retrieval, together with the step of fixing a connector to an upright side from about ¼ to about ⅓ of the length of the body from the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: James A. Couch