Mounted On, Integral With, Or Rigidly Connected To Hook Patents (Class 43/44.8)
  • Patent number: 10292376
    Abstract: A fishing lure utilizes a substantial portion of a game bird neck feather, such as a pheasant neck feather. A substantial portion of the feather, such as at least 75% of the entire length of the feather, is coupled to the lure, including a portion of the quill. A fishing lure may have one or more trailing feathers, or feathers that extend from the back of the hook, and may have one or more leading feathers, or feathers that extend forward from the hook. A trailing feather length, or length of feather from the hook turn may be at least 50% of the hook length and a leading feather length, may be at least 50% of the hook length. The feathers may be configured with their convex sides facing each other to produce a flared orientation wherein the feathers flare out and away from each other as they extend from the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Bear River, LLC
    Inventor: Glenn A. Personey
  • Patent number: 9521832
    Abstract: The present invention provides embodiments of a fishing lure having a body member supporting a hook member, the hook member having a hook bite that terminates in a hook point. A flexible snag guard has a first end attached to the body member and extends from the body member at a predetermined angle. A connector flexibly connects a second end of the snag guard to the hook bite so that the snag guard shields the hook point, the snag guard movable to expose the hook point when bitten by a fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Kary Mark Pack
  • Patent number: 8991095
    Abstract: A fishing lure includes a weighted body, a first eye hook, a second eye hook, and a fish hook. The weighted body has a first end and a second end. The first eye hook is coupled near the first end of the weighted body. The second eye hook is coupled near the second end of the weighted body. The fish hook has an eyelet formed at one end. The eyelet is coupled to the second eye hook allowing the fish hook to freely move about the eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Logic Lures, Inc.
    Inventors: Branden Roberts, Eleno Salinas
  • Publication number: 20150082683
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a Hook Teaser for the fishing with softbait, commonly known as “softbait fishing”. The Hook Teaser is characterized by having a lip (1) of flat and smooth surface, to which a lead weight (11) is added and crossed (lip (1)) on the top and inside by a metal body of circular cross-section (10, 14, 15) with two sockets (10,15), being these sockets (10,15) situated on both ends, giving the lip (1) an oblique angle (7) in relation to the metal body of circular cross-section (10, 14, 15) and giving the hook (5,6) a type of traction in water that causes a more natural motion, identical to that of a live bait and, consequently, causes the movement of the softbait in the water to be more realistic similar to that of live and/or weakened fish. The Hook Teaser aims to address the total lack of products to “bring to life” the artificial movement of softbaits used in this type of fishing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Paulo Pereira
  • Patent number: 8910416
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fish hook in the form of a wire includes a shank portion, a bend portion and a point portion. The hook further includes an offset in the wire, the offset being positioned within the bend portion adjacent to the point portion. The fish hook may further include a second offset in the wire, the second offset being positioned within the bend portion adjacent to the shank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Bennis
  • Publication number: 20140259867
    Abstract: An improved fishing jig for connecting a lure body to a fishing line is disclosed. A rivet is insertable into the lure body and can function as a conduit to the fishing line. The rivet can be connected to a jig weight and can be formed with a single twisted wire forming an eye for engaging a hook barb. A lure attachment can be connected to the rivet, or between the rivet and lure body, to modify the shape, movement, or sensory attributes of the fishing jig. The rivet permits attachment of the line and of jig weights and hooks at selected locations along the length of a soft lure body, significantly extending the operating life of the jig body and by changing the functional operation of the jig when cast into, resting in, or retrieved through the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Max Scholfield
  • Publication number: 20140215895
    Abstract: A fishing hook includes a J-shaped body extending from an eyelet at a first end to a hook at a second end. A corkscrew-shaped portion is positioned intermediately between the first end and the second end. A locking arm is joined by a hinge to the fishing hook. The locking arm includes a clasp for removably grasping the fishing hook. The locking arm includes a barb extending toward the corkscrew. The fishing hook described herein allows the hook to be baited quickly and does not require that the worm be skewered by the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Off The Hook, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Zobrosky
  • Publication number: 20140208632
    Abstract: A soft, resilient, colorful bead to be mounted over the eye of a fishhook, the bead, in addition to having a bore to receive the eye, has a broken exterior surface to capture and retain paste-like bait.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Rhoda
  • Patent number: 8635805
    Abstract: A single small elastic disk, which may or may not include a central perforation, is dispensed from the storage cavity of the device into a holding channel at the edge thereof so that it can be threaded onto a fishhook to serve as a bait retainer. The lateral movement of the hook from the edge of the dispenser removes the retainer from the channel, so that is placing firmly on the shaft of the fishhook. The central portion, being opened by the fishhook tip before removal from the dispenser, will exert a gripping force when disposed on the shaft or shank portion of a fish hook. Preferably, the disk portion of one such retainer when placed against adjacently threaded bait or lures will retain them on the hook during use until the bait or lure is intentionally removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: William Henry Schmunk
  • Publication number: 20140013647
    Abstract: A bait bridle is uniquely designed to connect a hook to bait while allowing the entire hook to be exposed for enhanced hooking capabilities and free movement of the bait. The addition of a small elastic band to the hook end of the bridle holds the hook firmly in place, yet allows easy removal when desired. The re-usable bridle system of the present invention can be switched from one hook to another hook with no damage to bait or the bridle. The bridle system of the present invention allows for free movement of the bait and full exposure of the hook. The bait bridle can be easily opened and closed to placement or removal of bait with the bridle on or off the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: James Byron Burke, Dean Frank Delle Donne
  • Patent number: 8584396
    Abstract: An artificial fishing lure includes a base assembly, a spring-biased hook assembly, a movable hook-setting post, a fixed retention member, and a pivoted actuation lever. The base assembly has spaced apart leading and trailing ends. The hook assembly is carried by the base assembly, and is adapted for sudden movement from a loaded condition to a released condition. The hook assembly has a proximal end and a pointed distal end adapted for piercing a fish. The hook-setting post is located adjacent the leading end of the base assembly, and is adapted for temporarily engaging the proximal end of the hook assembly in the loaded condition. The fixed retention member is located adjacent the trailing end of said base assembly, and is adapted for cooperating with the hook-setting post to temporarily hold the hook assembly in the loaded condition. The actuation lever is connected to the hook-setting post, and is adapted for moving the hook-setting post away from the hook assembly when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: James N. Finley
  • Patent number: 8572888
    Abstract: A fish hook includes a wire strand resilient bait guard. The bait guard includes a pair of hook-shaped attachment portions that engage the eyelet of the fish hook. A collar with ends having interdigitating teeth securely clamps the attachment portion of the bait guard to the shank of the fish hook. The clamped attachment portion includes four parallel segments of wire. This manner of attachment facilitates manufacturing and resists dislodgement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Newsome Corbitt, III, Newsome Corbitte, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130239457
    Abstract: A fishing lure, which may be a jig, rig, spinnerbait, crankbait, plug or the like, includes a bait saving fish hook, which includes a wire strand resilient bait guard. The bait guard includes a pair of hook-shaped attachment portions that engage the eyelet of the fish hook. A collar with ends having interdigitating teeth securely clamps the attachment portion of the bait guard to the shank of the fish hook. The bait saving fishing hook facilitates use of natural bait with a lure, which imparts lure movement to the natural bait and heightens arousal of predatory fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Newsome Corbitt, III
  • Publication number: 20130239460
    Abstract: A fish hook includes a wire strand resilient bait guard. The bait guard includes a pair of hook-shaped attachment portions that engage the eyelet of the fish hook. A collar with ends having interdigitating teeth securely clamps the attachment portion of the bait guard to the shank of the fish hook. The clamped attachment portion includes four parallel segments of wire. This manner of attachment facilitates manufacturing and resists dislodgement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Newsome Corbitt, III, Newsome Corbitt, JR.
  • Patent number: 8186096
    Abstract: A fishing lure comprises a hook structure including a hook portion for engaging the mouth flesh of a fish, a shank portion connected to the hook portion, and a line securing portion for securing a line to the hook structure. The line securing portion forms an unsecured loop so that a portion of fishing line is movable into the eye of the loop without threading. The lure also comprises a body structure mounted on the hook structure. The body structure has an anchor notch formed thereon and configured to receiving a portion of a looped fishing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond Albert Rubin, William Allan Reid, Philip Craig Reid
  • Publication number: 20120011762
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of the disclosed fishing hook utilizes a self reinforced polymer, Tecamax Self Reinforced Polymer (SRP), to form the hook. In addition, the hook has a nanocomposite coating, utilizing Nanobyk 3600 or Nanobyk 3601 as the nanocomposite additive, that increases the rigidity and scratch resistance of the hook. The hook may also utilize Bykoplast-1000 for pigmentation to produce color variations. The eyelet located opposite the barbed end of the hook is rotated ninety (90) degrees from conventional hooks so it lays flush with a surface when the hook is placed flush on the surface. The hook also has additional build-up in certain strategic locations along the hook, including near the eyelet end of the hook, near the barbed end of the hook and at the beginning of the curve of the hook for added strength and also contains additional smaller barbs along the length of the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon Magazzu
  • Patent number: 8087200
    Abstract: A fishing lure weight includes a weight body, a hook tip opening extending through the weight body and a barb notch extending through the weight body and communicating with the hook tip opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jimmy A. Ferriss
  • Patent number: 7980021
    Abstract: An improved self-engaging bait fish rig and assembly device which does not require the use of any sort of tool or device to engage the fish is disclosed. The rig is made of pliable metal prongs which have sufficient strength to hold a bait fish once engaged. The prongs are formed in a bent fashion with acute angles turned inward and upward towards the center of the rig. The rig attaches to the hook by way of rubber o-ring, which allows for movement of the rig along the hook. The prongs of the rig are spring-biased, thereby resetting the spring action to the closed position while in use. Such spring closure is reinforced by a rubber o-ring that encircles both prongs allowing for flexibility in stretching the prongs apart for insertion into the body or eyes of the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Gerard Siatkowski
  • Patent number: 7971387
    Abstract: A device for supporting a soft-bodied lure or bait includes a brace with a connector and a stop. Optionally, the brace is formed from a loop of wire. In such an optional embodiment, the connector may be formed by the loop. A stop may be sized and weighted to form weights. In an optional embodiment, the device may be received into an open-ended channel in the body of a lure or bait. In one such embodiment, the connector protrudes through one end of the channel and the stop protrudes through another end of the channel. A fishing line may be connected to the connector through a hook or the like received by the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Huddleston Deluxe, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Huddleston
  • Patent number: 7908787
    Abstract: An artificial fishing lure includes a base assembly, a spring-biased hook assembly, a movable hook-setting post, a fixed retention member, and a pivoted actuation lever. The base assembly has spaced apart leading and trailing ends. The hook assembly is carried by the base assembly, and is adapted for sudden movement from a loaded condition to a released condition. The hook assembly has a proximal end and a pointed distal end adapted for piercing a fish. The hook-setting post is located adjacent the leading end of the base assembly, and is adapted for temporarily engaging the proximal end of the hook assembly in the loaded condition. The fixed retention member is located adjacent the trailing end of said base assembly, and is adapted for cooperating with the hook-setting post to temporarily hold the hook assembly in the loaded condition. The actuation lever is connected to the hook-setting post, and is adapted for moving the hook-setting post away from the hook assembly when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: James N. Finley
  • Publication number: 20100313463
    Abstract: This stinger-spinner jig will allow the artificial bait that is on the hook to remain in the area of the fish or strike zone as long as possible and better mimic the action of a wounded baitfish. This in turn will make the device a more effective type of lure. This desired effect is made possible because of a specific design of the straight or angled piece of metal wire from the body of the lure and the use of a spinner blade to create additional lift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Coxey
  • Patent number: 7841127
    Abstract: The present invention is a fishing hook rig where a connector is formed with a spiral wire surrounding a portion of a straight wire pin and the connector is fixed at one end to a top end of a fishing hook. A soft bait is first fixed to the connector and then to a barbed end of the hook to provide a secure, snag resistant rig for fishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Owner American, Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeyuki Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 7735257
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention involves a single, continuous, unbroken, one-piece strand of wire that may be bent, twisted and distorted into a hook-hanging implement for rigging a hook or hooks on fishing lure bodies. Another aspect of the invention involves a plurality of wire strands or segments that may be bent, twisted, distorted and conjoined into a hook hanging implement for rigging a hook or hooks on fishing lure bodies. The orientation, size, shape, weight and number of twists, bends and distortions of these hook-hanging implements may be changed to alter or adjust the action of a fishing lure, or to repair or replace damaged parts of a fishing lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Knight Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Herman P. Firmin
  • Patent number: 7730661
    Abstract: A leader and fish hook combination has eyes or loops formed at both ends of the leader so that the leader can be attached to the fishing line with either the one eye or the other. The fish hook, or more than one fish hook, has the leader threaded through the eye end of the fish hook. The leader passes through the eye of each hook, but is not tied to it, leaving the hook free to slide along the leader. Fastened one way, the hook is presented outward, and if fastened or tied off the other way, the hook presented inward. In that orientation, the lower eye projects over the hook portion so the rig serves as a weedless hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: James R. Gaffney
  • Publication number: 20100005704
    Abstract: An improved self-engaging bait fish rig and assembly device which does not require the use of any sort of tool or device to engage the fish is disclosed. The rig is made of pliable metal prongs which have sufficient strength to hold a bait fish once engaged. The prongs are formed in a bent fashion with acute angles turned inward and upward towards the center of the rig. The rig attaches to the hook by way of rubber o-ring, which allows for movement of the rig along the hook. The prongs of the rig are spring-biased, thereby resetting the spring action to the closed position while in use. Such spring closure is reinforced by a rubber o-ring that encircles both prongs allowing for flexibility in stretching the prongs apart for insertion into the body or eyes of the fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Gerard Siatkowski
  • Patent number: 7617629
    Abstract: This invention is a fishing device that is used in its preferred embodiment to trap bait between the hook and the line, within a boundary formed between the eyes. It eliminates the need for complicated knots, when using organic or otherwise fragile bait. It also prevents unnecessary damage to the bait during normal fishing activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Roldan Orozco Lizardo
  • Patent number: 7614178
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a lead head jig having a rattle. In one embodiment, a lead head jig includes a fish hook passing through a lead casting, and a rattle secured to the hook by the casting in cantilevered orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Rex Harrison Hoyt
  • Publication number: 20090205243
    Abstract: A fishing jig able to hold a baitfish, the jig including a primary shaft having a fishing line attachment end and a bifurcated free end, the free end supporting opposed hook assemblies in a manner such that each hook assembly is offset from the primary shaft. The primary shaft is preferably long enough for the jig to be able to skewer a baitfish, to thereby hold the baitfish generally centrally, with the attachment end projecting out of the baitfish at or near its head and the bifurcated free end (and opposed hook assemblies) projecting out of the baitfish at or near its tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: John Morton Calderwood
  • Publication number: 20090113783
    Abstract: A fishing aid including a fishhook having an eye and a barb respectively positioned at its opposed ends. A rattle is releasably secured to the fishhook. The rattle has a catch that extends from one of its opposed ends with an open-loop portion for grasping the eye of the fishhook. The rattle also has a sharpened point at the other of its opposed ends for easy insertion into a soft, plastic bait.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Michael E. Hollomon
  • Publication number: 20090071057
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a lead head jig having a rattle. In one embodiment, a lead head jig includes a fish hook passing through a lead casting, and a rattle secured to the hook by the casting in cantilevered orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Rex Harrison Hoyt
  • Patent number: 7497046
    Abstract: A two-part semi-buoyant fishing lure that through select design and materials solves the problem of controlling and maintaining the placement of the lure without the usual complicated rig system accompaniment. The balance of weight that enables an angler to place and keep the lure in the top three feet of water, where it will be most attractive to top water fish, is derived from the combination of a buoyant head and a solid soft body. If pull is maintained, it will stay in the area three feet or less from the surface. The shape of the head allows for a true straight pull. It also looks like live bait and behaves in a manner attractive to top water fish, including popular sport fish. Further, a kink in the shank holds the head on and prevents its rotation relative to the body portion of the lure during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Hubert Shelly Jefferson
  • Patent number: 7490432
    Abstract: A bait bag and hook combination is provided for use in fishing. The bait bag and hook combination includes a bag that is fixedly mounted on the hook in such a way that the bag does not hinder the hooks ability to impale game fish. The bag includes an easy-opening and re-closing apparatus for efficient refilling of the bag. In addition, the bag is made up of material that is durable enough to withstand the underwater environment, but is also permeable enough to release the scent of the bait contained inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Michael A. Gillihan
  • Patent number: 7481018
    Abstract: A live bait baiting apparatus includes a pair of arms. Each of the arms has a first end and a second end. The first ends terminate in a loop. A hook coupler is attached to the second ends of the arms. The second ends are spaced away from each other and the first ends extend away from the hook coupler. The hook coupler has a distal end with respect to the arms. The distal end has an opening therethrough for attaching a hook. Each gill of a pair of gills of a fish has one of the first ends extended therethrough and each of the first ends extends outwardly of a mouth of the fish to position the hook coupler below and behind the gills of the fish. A hook is attached to the distal end of the hook coupler and a fishing line is secured to each of the loops of the first ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Michael D. Adams
  • Patent number: 7481019
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for securing bait fish to a fishing hook. The apparatus is in the form of a kit and includes a bait hook attachment device and crimping pliers that provides a quick and convenient attachment point for securing to a fishing hook. The bait hook attachment device is formed from a preformed single piece of wire having two ends spaced apart and available for placement on each side of a bait. The attachment device is secured to the fish hook by crimping of wire by use of a matching crimping pliers. Upon securement of the hook assembly, an aperture is formed for use in attachment to a bait fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Howard Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20080236022
    Abstract: A fishing lure is provided. When arranged as a jig, a head and a hook are attached. A trailer contacts a portion of the hook. A trailer keeper is also included and has a resilient member that engages the trailer. The trailer keeper is configured for limiting movement of the trailer along the hook. The trailer keeper is configured for biasing the trailer to a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Eric A. Harrell
  • Publication number: 20080229650
    Abstract: A bait bag and hook combination is provided for use in fishing. The bait bag and hook combination includes a bag that is fixedly mounted on the hook in such a way that the bag does not hinder the hooks ability to impale game fish. The bag includes an easy-opening and re-closing apparatus for efficient refilling of the bag. In addition, the bag is made up of material that is durable enough to withstand the underwater environment, but is also permeable enough to release the scent of the bait contained inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Michael A. Gillihan
  • Publication number: 20080148623
    Abstract: The fishing jig has a molded body with a curved bottom surface that allows the body to pivot on a flat surface. A head projecting from the body acts as a counterweight to a hook extending from the body opposite the head to cause the jig to pivot when resting on a flat surface so that the hook is placed in a raised position. A weed guard is provided that is substantially invisible in water and a front-mounted skirt with trailers is mounted between the head and body to hide the hook and weed guard in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Uhrig
  • Publication number: 20080083154
    Abstract: A fishing hook with bends or kinks that assist in maintaining bait on the hook is presented. The hook can be used alone or in conjunction with multiple other hooks. A double hook assembly with and S-bend is suitable for use with artificial bait such as frogs and worms. The double hook assembly may include an eye that is connected to a first hook and a second hook that also includes an s-bend that includes a first turn that is about a one eighth turn inward to the hook and that connects to or otherwise leads into a second turn outward that is about a quarter turn and that connects to or otherwise leads to a third turn inward that is about a quarter turn that connects to or otherwise leads to a fourth turn outward that is about a one eighth turn that connects to or otherwise leads to the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventor: Timothy M Gregory
  • Publication number: 20080047192
    Abstract: An improved fishhook that inhibits or maintain live bait on the bend of the fishhook as well as inhibiting or preventing a fish from “throwing the hook”. To retain live bait, such as a minnow, on the bend of the fishhook a bend stop can be used in conjunction with the bend stop to form a bait confiner to limit the travel of the live bait along the length of the fishhook thus enhancing the ability of a bait fish such as minnow to be presented in an attractive condition on the bend of the fishhook. Also to inhibit a fish from throwing the hook, the conventional sharp edges of the barb can be rounded. While the inhibiting features of bend stops or round edge barbs can be used individually they can also be used in combination to provide a fishhook with enhanced inhibiting characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Bennis
  • Patent number: 6772553
    Abstract: An anti-snag fishing jig includes a body with a generally spherical configuration, an exterior surface and an interior. A fishhook includes a shaft, which passes through the body interior and is secured therein. The shaft includes a proximate end forming an eyelet for attaching a line and a distal end forming a barb. A deflector extends upwardly and rearwardly from the body and terminates in front of the fishhook barb. The jig is coated with paint or some other suitable coating for visibility and protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative Jigs, LLC
    Inventors: Rick A. Phillips, Harold D. Rodgers, Jerome D. Kracht, Donald F. Cobb
  • Patent number: 6766608
    Abstract: A swivel bait harness for receiving and holding live fish and allowing three dimensional movement of the hook portion of the harness under the forces generated by a fighting fish under commercial or sport fishing applications. The hook is rotatably secured within a first cylinder which is flexibly affixed to a front shank for attachment to conventional swivel and fishing lines. Alternate embodiments use the teachings of the present invention together with known bait harness components to provide a rigid harness for ease of applying bait and novel dynamics of the hook while the harness is used for fishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Larry Jelmyer
  • Patent number: 6637148
    Abstract: The invention relates to a circle hook having a protrusion on the shank extending down from the eye at a location that helps to prevent the bait on the hook from sliding up the shank and into the gap between the tip and shank. The protrusion preferably extends inward in relation to the curved portion of the hook to prevent harm to the fish, and is located at or near the point where the tip points toward the shank portion to keep the bait away from the gap and substantially control the location of the bait on the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy Darrel Stallings
  • Patent number: 6634135
    Abstract: The invention provides a soft bodied bifurcated frog-like lure. The lure is created by spreading the individual hooks of a double hook apart and threading soft bodied plastic baits over the points of the hooks and onto the shanks of the hooks. When the hooks are allowed to spring back together the parts of the soft bodied plastic baits that are threaded on the hook shanks are compressed between the shanks of the two hooks and locked in place. The baits can be replaced by reversing the procedure to remove the old baits and then threading the new baits onto the shanks of the hooks. The addition of weed guards to the hooks adds to the frog-like shape of the lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Theodore Rydell
  • Publication number: 20030159330
    Abstract: A fishing lure designed to improve the effectiveness of baits, such as tendril skirts and artificial grub attachments in attracting fish to attack. The fishing lure is designed with a large head and a long elongated body with ridges extending along its length. In between the head and the elongated, ridged body is a short concentric body to hold a bait, such as a skirt of tendrils. The ridges along the elongated body are designed to created optimum friction between the weight and grub, thereby preventing the artificial grub from slipping off or spinning around the weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Roemer
  • Patent number: 6505432
    Abstract: A fish catching system includes a hook having a barb and a shaft terminating in an eyelet that receives a fishing line. The fish catching system further includes a lure manipulator having a lure retainer, a lure retaining post, and a passageway therethrough that receives the shaft of the hook therein. The fish catching system still further includes a decapod-shaped lure having a body and a tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: S&C Brinkman Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen M. Brinkman
  • Publication number: 20020152671
    Abstract: A fishing lure having an outer body surrounding an inner upper buoyant portion located above a lower ballast portion and forming a linear, laterally drawn demarcation interface there between. A fishing line attachment is attached at the lure at the demarcation interface. A first lead formed by an elongated, rigid metal rod is directed toward the lower rear portion of the body and attaches to a first multi prong hook. A second lead is formed by an elongated, rigid metal rod directed toward the lower front portion of the body and attaches to a second multi prong hook. Both hooks are physically related in a manner that a resistance forced placed in the direction opposite the line will result in an urging force directing both hooks slightly inward toward each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: James E. Downey
  • Patent number: 6405477
    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: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Mikel Huppert
  • Patent number: 6282831
    Abstract: A quick set fishing rig and fish hook for live bait is disclosed. The hook includes a main portion, at least one hook portion, and a shank for releasably anchoring the hook into the body of the live bait. The shank extends substantially straight out from the main body portion of the hook and preferably has at least one stabilizing fin provided thereon. The shank is inserted under the skin of the live bait, thus anchoring the hook portions on the live bait. The stabilizing fins of the shank prevent the hook from rotating about the shank axis while in use, and assists the hook to quickly release from the bait when a fisherman or woman sets the hook. The hook is preferably used in connection with a rig providing for the adjustability of the length between a front single hook of the rig and the hook of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventors: Jim Hugunin, Jim Plunkett
  • 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