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Year of fee payment: A strike indicator for a fishing device is provided. The signaling mechanism of the strike indicator is activated by a trigger. Either the binarsignale appleman or the signaling mechanism is attached to a rotating component of binarsignale appleman fishing device.
An optional location beacon or fish binarsignale appleman light may be incorporated into the signaling mechanism. Many types of automatic fishing binarsignale appleman exist, including trotlines, limblines, jugs, and hook setters.
However, each of these devices is suited for use only in specific environments. For instance, trotlines are most effective for a relatively broad expanse of water with two readily identifiable endpoints protruding from the water. Limblines are useful only in places where thin, flexible tree limbs hang over the water at a height such that the fisherman can secure the limbline to the tree.
Jugs are best suited to large areas of open water binarsignale appleman avoid lost fish due to snagging. Finally, hook setters require close supervision, as such devices are not designed to maintain tension after a fish strikes. Yoyos binarsignale appleman be used on boats, boat docks, trees, ice fishing rigs, and just about any other location where the yoyo can be secured to an above-water object. As useful binarsignale appleman yoyos are, they lack a strike indicator binarsignale appleman that the fisherman knows to check the yoyo to see if a fish is on the line or if the yoyo needs to be rebaited.
Fishermen must instead individually inspect each yoyo to determine whether the yoyo has hooked a fish. It is a primary object of the invention to provide a strike indicator for a yoyo that allows a fisherman to determine whether a yoyo needs to be checked without requiring the fisherman to be in very close proximity to the yoyo.
The original yoyo is the subject of U. The design disclosed in the ' patent is still in widespread use among binarsignale appleman and is readily available.
Due to the sheer number of yoyos already on the market, it is thus another object of the invention to provide a strike indicator for a yoyo that may be retrofitted to yoyos of the prior art. An auditory signal is only useful if the fisherman is in close proximity to the device at the time the fish strikes. Notably, the ' binarsignale appleman requires a separate binarsignale appleman to which the bells are mounted to give enough space between the rotating bar and the bells for the clapper to generate sufficient force to audibly ring the bells.
For this reason, binarsignale appleman others, the ' patent cannot be easily retrofitted to yoyos of the prior art. Furthermore, the choice of bells for the ' patent is unduly limiting, as the bells only ring when the line is actually retrieved into the spool of the device. The fisherman must be within earshot of the device at the time the fish strikes to work effectively, as the bells will not continue to ring after the line is fully retrieved.
It is thus an object of the invention to provide a strike indicator that is functional even after the line of the automatic fishing device is fully retracted. In many instances, fishermen use yoyos at night because many species of sporting fish actively feed at night. Thus, it is an object of the invention to provide a strike indicator that is useful at night.
However, the ' patent cannot be applied to a yoyo because such patent utilizes a jug-type fishing device that relies upon buoyancy as a counterweight to a fish's tugs. Such configuration is bulky and requires open water for efficient use, and the fishing device disclosed in the ' patent cannot easily be mounted to fixed objects.
The design disclosed in the ' patent is also problematic because the design allows the switch to be triggered multiple times if a fish tugged on the line with sufficient strength more than once. Each cycle of slack and tension would trigger the switch, thus making the signal blink on and off and rendering the device useless half of the time.
Furthermore, the line itself may trigger the switch because the line is fed through the switch at a severely acute angle; such an angle places excessive stress on both the line and the switch, which could lead to failure of either component.
Binarsignale appleman is thus an object of the invention to provide a strike indicator for an automatic fishing device that is reliable and consistent. The apparatus in accordance with the invention meets the above objectives and represents an advance in the art by providing a strike indicator for a fishing device that can signal when a fish needs to be removed or the device needs to be rebaited without requiring the fisherman to be binarsignale appleman very close proximity to the device.
The following three binarsignale appleman embodiments set forth the inventor's best mode for practicing the invention. The rotary switch cooperates with and is mounted to the spool of an automatic fishing device. When a fish strikes, a trigger engages the rotary switch, thus activating the signaling mechanism. When used on a rotary automatic fishing device, each successive spool rotation further engages the rotary switch, thus ensuring a complete activation of the signaling mechanism.
A second preferred binarsignale appleman utilizes a signaling mechanism mounted to a binary switch. Like the first preferred embodiment, the binary switch in the second preferred embodiment is mounted to the spool of a rotary automatic fishing device, and a trigger mounted to the base of the binarsignale appleman engages the binary switch following a fish strike.
In the second preferred embodiment, however, the trigger physically actuates the binarsignale appleman from a first position to a second position. Following the actuation of the switch, the binary switch does not come into contact with the trigger again, which allows the spool to retract the fishing line without friction associated with the trigger engaging the binary switch. A third preferred embodiment utilizes a binarsignale appleman configuration than the previous two embodiments in that the signaling mechanism is mounted not to the spool, but to the base of the automatic fishing device.
Such configuration provides an opportunity to add more features to the device. For example, a base-mounted signaling mechanism could easily be used to reduce the rotating mass of the spool.
If necessary, the base-mounted signaling mechanism allows larger batteries to be used, which are typically less expensive and last longer than smaller, binarsignale appleman watch-type batteries.
A larger battery could also allow flexibility of incorporating binarsignale appleman fish attracting light or a location beacon. Because the signaling mechanism is mounted to the base, the signaling mechanism switch protrudes from the base, where it is capable of being engaged by a trigger that is mounted to the spool of a rotary device.
Thus configured, the battery can power a fish attracting light until such time as a fish strikes the device. When a fish strikes, the fish attractor light may be automatically switched off and the strike indicator switched on; if utilized, this configuration could conserve battery time for use by the strike indicator.
Any of these three preferred embodiments may be retrofitted to existing fishing devices, including a rotary automatic fisher of the prior art. These and other advantages will become apparent from the following binarsignale appleman description which, when viewed in light of the accompanying drawings, disclose the embodiments of the invention. The apparatus in accordance with the invention meets binarsignale appleman above objectives and represents an advance in the art by disclosing a signaling mechanism for a fishing device that provides a strike indicator binarsignale appleman a fish strike.
In binarsignale appleman embodiments, the invention may be constructed by retrofitting a small number binarsignale appleman components to a fishing device of the prior art, or the device may be sold as a complete unit. As binarsignale appleman in FIG. In order to set yoyo binarsignale applemanyoyo 11 is mounted to a fixed object using sufficient securing means 25such as heavy twine. Fishing line 21 is drawn from spool 19which tensions spring Once the desired length of fishing line 21 has been lowered into the water, latch 23 pivots to communicate with a notch 27 in the outer lip 29 of spool Thus secured, latch 23 prevents spring 17 from winding spool When a fish strikes the bait at the end of fishing line 21the fish draws an amount of fishing line 21 out binarsignale appleman spool With latch 23 binarsignale appleman away from binarsignale appleman 27the tension previously established in spring 17 winds fishing line binarsignale appleman back into spool 19and this cycle continues until the fish tires, allowing the binarsignale appleman to retract fishing line 21 and retrieve the fish.
The first preferred embodiment is shown in FIGS. As seen in FIG. Signaling mechanism 33 has one or more cogs One or more triggers 37 is mounted to base 13and trigger 37 is generally C-shaped. Trigger 37 spans the gap between the generally parallel, planar surfaces of base 13 of spool 19and trigger 37 has teeth 39 oriented towards binarsignale appleman 15 in a direction substantially parallel to the plane of spool As shown in FIGS.
The first preferred embodiment may be utilized to determine both the location of yoyo 11 and also whether a strike has taken place. By adding a variable resistance feature to signaling mechanism 33 thus having a variable resistance signaling mechanismsuch as a dial-type electrical switch in which voltage is determined by the rotational position of the switch, a relatively low voltage can be applied to signaling mechanism 33 e.
A low voltage conserves battery life and is thus desirable for use with the set position. A fish strike could trip the yoyo 11 and cause successive rotation of signaling mechanism 33which increases the voltage to signaling mechanism Simply put, the binarsignale appleman of voltage to signaling mechanism 33 may be a function of the amount of rotation applied to signaling mechanism Again using an LED light as an example, the light would be much brighter following several rotations of spool 19which occurs after a fish strike.
In some retrofit applications, notch 27 may protrude from the generally flat, planar surface of spool In such retrofit applications, care must be taken so binarsignale appleman trigger 37 does not interfere with the rotation of spool 19 as notch 27 passes trigger The second preferred embodiment is shown in FIGS. The second preferred embodiment utilizes a binary signaling mechanism Further, once binary signaling mechanism 41 binarsignale appleman been switched on, lever 43 will not engage trigger 37 until binary signaling mechanism 41 has been reset by the fisherman.
That is, spool 19 may rotate freely without interference between lever 43 and trigger The third preferred embodiment is shown in FIGS. One or more triggers 37 are mounted to spool In the set position, binarsignale appleman indicator switch 49 completes an electrical circuit for a set position signal Upon a fish strike, strike indicator switch 49 simultaneously opens the electrical circuit to set position signal 51 and closes an electrical circuit for a strike signal The inventor contemplates several binarsignale appleman of trigger binarsignale appleman and strike indicator switch For example, in FIG.
When not engaged with strike indicator switch 49trigger 37 extends beyond lip 29 of spool Trigger 37 is spring-loaded and capable of pivoting away from lip 29 such that trigger 37 does not extends beyond lip 29 of spool 19 after strike indicator switch 49 has closed the circuit with strike signal The tension force required to pivot trigger 37 is more than the force required to close strike indicator switch 49but not so great as to impede free rotation of spool 19 when trigger 37 contacts strike indicator switch 49 after strike indicator switch 49 has closed the circuit with strike signal Another example of a configuration of trigger 37 and strike indicator switch 49 is shown in FIG.
Instead of pivoting, trigger binarsignale appleman is securely mounted to spool 19 not shown in FIG. When trigger 37 engages strike indicator switch 49strike indicator switch 49 moves in a direction normal to the rotation of spool Once strike indicator switch 49 has closed the circuit with strike signal 53spool 19 may rotate binarsignale appleman trigger 37 engaging strike indicator switch In a first position, strike binarsignale appleman switch 49 closes an electrical circuit that powers set position signal Likewise, in a second position, strike indicator switch 49 closes an electrical circuit that powers strike signal Optionally, set position signal 51 may be configured in several different ways.
The inventor contemplates that the set position signal 51 could be a green location beacon which indicates the yoyo 11 is in the set position. The inventor also contemplates binarsignale appleman the set position signal 51 could be a white fish attracting light pointed towards the water, binarsignale appleman would increase the efficacy binarsignale appleman yoyo A combination location beacon and fish attracting light is yet another configuration of set position signal In each of these examples, an LED light is preferred for use as set position signal 51 due to the substantially lower power requirements of an LED binarsignale appleman than an incandescent bulb.
Also optionally, strike signal 53 can be configured in several different ways.