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GB2299253A
GB2299253A GB9607113A GB9607113A GB2299253A GB 2299253 A GB2299253 A GB 2299253A GB 9607113 A GB9607113 A GB 9607113A GB 9607113 A GB9607113 A GB 9607113A GB 2299253 A GB2299253 A GB 2299253A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
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    • A01K91/06Apparatus on lines not otherwise provided for, e.g. automatic hookers
    • A01K91/08Trolling devices

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A rod and line fishing apparatus incorporates means 13 operable to provide a flowing trace 19 of substantially any length, within the capacity of the reel attached to the rod 17 whilst, for the purpose of landing a catch, permitting the flowing trace to be contracted to a length at which the catch is readily accessible to the angler.

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FISHING APPARATUS This invention relates to a fishing aid for use with rod and line fishing apparatus.

The aid is particularly, though not necessarily exclusively, for use in the context of sea, loch or lake fishing from a boat. It is the purpose of the aid to enable the angler readily to select the length of flowing trace, however long, to be employed in any given set of circumstances, without the penalty, attendant upon the use of such long traces, of rendering the landing of a catch a matter of some difficulty, especially within the confines of boats of a relatively small size, such as are commonly used by anglers in fishing in waters as above mentioned.

The line of rod and line fishing apparatus may be considered. customarily, to comprise to parts, there being a major line portion stored, largely, on a reel attached to the rod, and a minor line portion, being a tail piece to the major line portion, and at the free end of which the fishing hook is tied, the to said line portions being, almost invariably, coupled together Dy means of a swivel joint permitting the minor line portion rotational movement ith respect to the major line portion, under movements of a catch.

Upstream of the shrivel joint there is, for certain types of fishing, such, for example, as bottom fishing, eight means, hic may be merely a lead eight suspended from the major line portion, but which usually comprises a combination including a lead weight and a weight carrier, the latter being composed, usually, of a plastic material, the weight carrier being suspended from the major line portion with a lead weight supported, suspended from the eight carrier.

The weight or, where a weight and eight carrier combination, as aforesaid, is employed, the weight carrier, is slidably coupled to the line, there being, typically, provided, on the weight carrier, spaced-apart, axiallyaligned, eyelets which project from a body portion thereof and through which line discharged from the rod extends.

The weight or, as the case may be, eight carrier, being free to run on line discharged from the rod, migrates under gravity until prevented from further such movement by encounter > ith stop means, a function almost invariably performed by the aforementioned swivel joint.

The tail end portion and the line segment extending from the hook position to the eight or to a eight carrier thus positioned at the swivel joint are, therefore, in use, one and the same in length, for all practical purposes. T h e length of line extending eteen the hoo position and the weight is commonly referred to as the "flowing trace1 The floing trace, being a terminal portion of the line, may experience substantially unimpeded movement in response to movement, particularly tidal movements, of the surrounding tauter, such movement constituting an attraction for fish.

Apart from its convenience in permitting the ready change of weights according to requirements, the weight carrier, where provided, being, in use, at a position upstream from the swivel joint, the likelihood of entanglement of the tailend line portion with the weight is lessened.

The foregoing is concerned with rod and line fishing apparatuses in which discharged line is weighted. Such apparatus configurations are, perhaps, the most commonplace, being used not only in a nominally static role such, for examples, in fishing for bottom-feeding fish varieties, or in rod and line fishing at the sites of wrecks, but in dynamic roles such, for example, as trolling for fast-moving game fish, marlin and other ocean varieties, also; fish that seek their prey generally at mid-ocean depths. In fishing for game fish, bait is trolled, being towed from a boat moving at a substantial speed through the water, at the end of discharged line.

koulever, instead of the length of line discharged from the rod being weighted, in fishing with rod and line for certain fish species, notably shark fishing, a buoyancy device, a a partially inflated balloon, for example, is attached to the discare line. Although in shark fishing the baited hook is supported ell clear of the sea bed, it shares ith fishing for bottom feeding varieties the characteristic of being, essentially, of a static nature, static in the sense that the boat is permitted to drift, rather than being driven under power, through the water.

iith this mode of fishing, the buoyancy device gives local uplift to the discharged line. As with the weight means, the position along the line, from the stop means, of the buoyancy device constitutes a flowing trace.

In each of the previously described rod and line fishing configurations, the swivel joint, upstream along the line from the hook, acts, as previously mentioned, as a stop means, preventing the closer approach to the hook position of the weight means or, as the case may be, the buoyancy device.

It determines the limit to Nhich discharged line may be wound in, with or without a catch.

For relatively modest tail-piece lengths, te netting of a catch may present no great problem. It is a matter of experience, however, that, given the presence of fish, of course, the use of a lengthy tail-piece, of, perhaps, six metres or even more in length, contributes, significantly, to the prospects for fish to take the baited hook and, hence, to the expectation, during a fishing session, of catches in greater number than might be expected were shorter flowing traces to be employed.

The reason for such greater success stems from the fact that greater lengths in the baited tail-piece permits the tail-piece and the bait correspondingly greater freedom of movement, such movement serving to attract fish to an even greater extent than is the case ere tail-pieces of more modest length may have been employed.

As indicated above, the desire to employ long flowing traces, of any desired length that circumstances or the whim of the angler may require, clearly has heretofore necessitated changing the minor line portion, the tail-piece, that is to say. The need for such replacement of the minor line portion may occur more than once during a fishing session, changes, for example in tidal conditions, demanding this.

Failure to make sucn replacement as conditions may demand is, sometimes, doubtless, due to inertia on the part of the angler, frequently arising from the tedium of having to :ind in the line and to sever, from the swivel joint, pernaps on more than one occasion during a fishing session, the current minor line portion, tying in at each such occasion, a ne minor line portion of different length.

ore im?ortant, hover, is the reluctance to employ floing traces, tail-pieces, that is to say, of a length significantly greater than about to metres, such reluctance arising from the deterrent, previously briefly indicated, that is to say, the difficulty of netting a catch, ere tail end portions of length substantially greater than about a metre or so, are utilised, this difficulty arising from the inaccessibility of the catch, after the line has been wound in to the fixed stop position, the stiivel joint.

The present invention provides a means thereby nhilst employing a minor line portion of modest length, such as are c us to mar i , used, a floWing trace of any desired length may be formed in line discharged from tne rod, without incurring the penalty, attendant upon the use of long tail end portions, of being unable to land a catch once made, without assistance from others, or perhaps at all.

According to the present invention, there is provided a fishing aid device, for use with rod and line fishing apparatus, being a device which incorporates: coupling means by which the device is adapted to be coupled, by the angler, to line discharged from the rod, said coupling means being such as to permit relative sliding movement beteen the device and such discharged line; and line gripper means adapted frictionally locally to engage said discharged line at, at the discretion of the angler, substantially any position therealong, and, whilst remaining coupled, by said coupling means, to discharged line, to be released from frictional engagement, as aforesaid, therewith upon development in discharged line of a tension having a certain magnitude, thereby to permit relative sliding movement, 2s aforesaid, between said device and discharged line to hitch the device shall nave been coupled.

According to the invention, also, a rod and line fishing apparatus incorporates means operable to provide a florin trace of substantially any length .!ithin the capacity of the reel attacied to the rod whilst, for the purpose of landing a catch, permitting the flouting trace to be contracted to a lenqth at which the catch is readily accessible to the angler.

Tne foregoing and ocher features of fishing aids in accordance lsi it h t ne invention are hereinafter described ;iith reference to the accompanying drawings in which; Fig.l shows, in side elevation, a fishing aid combination comprising a fishing aid and a separate weight carrier:: Fig.2 shows an end view of the combination of Fig.l; Fig.3 shows, on a greatly enlarged scale, an end view of the fishing aid of Fig.l from one end thereof; Fig. 4 shows, similarly enlarged, an end vie of the fishing aid from the other end thereof; Fig.5 depicts, schematically, the several separate elements from which a first unitary fishing aid may be constituted; Fig.6 depicts, schematically, te fishing aid capable of being produced using the several elements of rig.5; Fig.7 is a diagram illustrating the mode of use of the fishing aid of Fig.6 as part of a rod and line fishing apparatus;; Fig.8 is 3 pictorial diagram of a device for use in trolling or other fishing activities in hich discharged line is under to rio.7 is a pictorial diagram of the device of Fig. 8 in the sort of attitude adopted by it when under tow: Fig. 10 is a pictorial diagram depicting the device of iys. and 9, under to.'j; and, fig. 11 is a pictorial diagram depicting a device appropriate for use in fishing for shark.

A rod and line fishing apparatus 11, such as are depicted in Fig.7 or 13, incorporates a fishing aid device 13 operable, in use of the apparatus, to form in line 15 discharged from the rod 17, at the election of the angler, a flowing trace 19 of substantially any desired length greater than the length of a minor line portion 21, being a tail portion connected to the end of the major line portion 23 of the discharged line 15, by stop means, such for example, as swivel joint 25, whilst, for the purpose of landing a catch, permitting the flowing trace 19 so chosen to be contracted to the position of said stop means 25, being a position at which a catch made is readily accessible to the angler.

lore particularly, and as shown in the several embodiments, the fishing aid 13 is a device which incorporates: coupling means 27 by which the device is adapted to be coupled, by the angler, to discharged line 15; and line gripper means 29 adapted frictionally locally to engage discharged line 15 at, at the discretion of the angler, substantially any position therealong.

The coupling means 27 is such as to permit relative sliding ovent Scteen te device and the device and the major portion 23 of the discharged line 15; and the device, i!hen frictionally engaged, as aforesaid, jith discharged line 15, forms, in such discharged line, the aforementioned flowing trace 15.

The line gripper means 29 of the fishing aid 13 is sucn as, it the device 13 remaining coupled to the discharged line 15, to be releasible from frictional engagement therewith, upon the development, in the flowing trace 19 formed, of a tension of magnitude, such as might be expected from a catch, such as to produce in line 15, at the position 31 currently frictionally engaged by the line gripper means 29, a force such as to overcome such frictional constraint, thereby to free the device 13 for relative sliding movement relative to discharged line 15.

The fishing aid 13 comprises a part 33, a portion 37 of hich has a slit 3 wherein, the confronting surfaces 41a, 41b, respectively, of opposed contacting walls 43a, 43b, respectively, of said portion 33 constituting the line gripper means 29.

More particularly, in the example, the part 33 is in to parts, an elongate body part 45, one end portion of which, being the portion 35, is bifurcated; within the bifurcated end portion 35 there is an insert 47 composed of an elastomeric material, such, for example, as rubber, under compression between said confronting surfaces 41a, Alb, of the or posed .!alls 43 a, 4 3b, of the transverse lv - extensive o;en-ended channel 49 defined Dy said bifurcated end portion 35; and said slit 39 is a transverse slit in said elastomer insert 47, dening a slit contained substantially in a plan intermediate said opposed "all surfaces la, 41b.

The elongate body part 45 is a one-piece plastic moulding of, for exemples, polythene or polypropylene, and has, at the end 51 tlnereof remote from the Difurcated end portion 41, a portion 53 having a longitudinally extending passage 55 therethrough, through which, in use, discharged line 15 is to pass, the portion 53 and its passage 55, constituting the coupling means 27.

eight means comprising, in the example of Fig.l, a weight carrier 57 and a eight, as 59 (Fig.7), is adapted to be held, suspended from discharged line 15. In the example, the eight carrier 57 has a passage 61 therethrough, through which, in use, is to extend discharged line 15.

The portion 53 of the elongate body part 45 has a rearwards-facing surface 63 of such shape and form, being, in the example, a flat surface, that when, in use of the device 13 in a rod and line fishing apparatus 11 having, inter alia, weight means 49, being weight means not incorporated into the device 11, suspended from discharged line 15, free for sliding movement therealong. Luith the device 13 coupled to the discharged line 15 at the end 27 thereof, and with the line gripper means 29 in frictional engagement therewith downstream of the !ueight means 49, contact between a forward- facing flat surface 65 of the eight carrier 57 and the rearwards-facing flat surface 63 of the elongate body part 45, causes said body part to be rocked to a position such as to be supported out-standing from the weight means 49 at an angle such as to assist in maintaining the flowing trace 19 clear of the weight means thereby to reduce the risk of entanglement of the flying trace it the weight means. To assist in maintaining the elongate body part 45 in a certain relationship with the weight carrier means 57, the latter has, along the upper edge thereof, a channel 67 to receive the rounded contour 69 of the rear end portion, the coupling means 53, of the elongate body part 27, the passages 55 and 61 through the portion 53 and the weight carrier 57, respectively, being, t!ith the pairs 63, 65; 67, 69, respectively, in contact with one another, in axial alignment.

As a further feature, the portion 53 has longitudinal closely abutting smalls, 71a, 71b, defining a slit 73, the weight carrier height carrier with corresponding walls 75a, 75b, defining a slit 77. Along the walls at corresponding positions between the outer and inner edges of the slits 73, 77, there is a fastener configuration, being a part cylindrical formation, as 79, on one of the slitdefining walls and a complementary part-cylindrical groove 61 on the other. The slits 73, 77 permit ready engagement of discharged line 15 Liith the device 13, the line being entered sideways through the slits 73, 79, into the passages 55, 61, avoiding the need for its threading from the end thereof.A void s' facilitates operation of the fastener 75, al.

beyond the matters addressed above, the elongate body part 45, having a relatively smooth material, has a lineconstraining surface formation such as to assist in the winding of discharged line 15 spirally therealong, tis to provide a relatively long contact pat between discharged line and the surface of the elongate body part, thereby enhancing the frictional force therejeten.

ore particularly, the elongate body part 45 is of substantially serpentine form, the undulations 83 thereby provided in the surface of the body part 45 constituting the line-constraining surface formation referred to.

The undulations 83 are of diminishing amplitude in the direction along the elongate body part 45 toward the bifurcated end portion 29 thereof. The purpose of this, is to facilitate the shedding of line from the elongate body part 45 at the release of the device from frictional engagement with discharged line 15.

In the foregoing description of an embodiment of the invention, the weight means, whether of a unitary nature or in two o p a r parts, a w weight carrier and a weight, t h e weight means of the device 13 being separate from the elongate body part 45. The .Jeisht means, if such are called for might, oever, be incorporated into the elongate body part 45. Examples of a device 13 incorporating, inter alia, weight means 27 are shown, firstly, in Figs.5, 6 and 7, secondly in Figs.?, 10 and 11.

The elastomeric insert 7 is, as a practical matter, in to parts 47 a, 47b, respectively; and the bifurcated end of the elongate body part 45 is such that inner end portions of the to elastomeric parts are set into a blind recess 85 extending in@erdly beyond the lateral surfaces 87a, 87b, respectively, of the channel 49 of the bifurcation. The purpose for this is to prevent the sideways insertion of line 15 into the slit 39 beyond the level of said lateral surfaces, thereby avoiding the possibility of the line being trapped behind the inner surface of the elastomeric insert.

In the arrangement depicted in Figs.5, 6 and 7, the elongate body part 45 is in three portions, 89, 91 and 93, respectively, the line gripper means 29 being found in the portion and the coupling means 27 and weight carrier 57, at least, of weight means 45 being incorporated in the portion 89.

The portion 91 constitutes an extension piece for the device. As shown, the portions 89 and 93 have axial receptacles 95, 7, respectively, each with a circumferential internal rib, as 99; and the extension piece 91 has, at least along end portions thereof, a succession of circumferential ribs 101. The ends of the extension piece 1 make push fits with the receptacles 95, 97, the ribs 9 and the rib formations 101 engaging to resist separation of the several portions 89, 91 and 93.

The device 13 of Figs. to 10 which is for use in trolling for game fish at mid-ocean depths, in addition to features described previously, incorporates weight means 59 and means operative when, the device being toed from a boat 1U3, to contribute to stable motion of the device. In the example, the device motion-stabilizing means comprises an arrangement of stabilizing fins 105. As may be seen, the elongate body portion 5 of the device of Fig.8, projects, in use of the device, behind the stabilising fins 1b5, the device being coupled to discharged line 15 at coupling means 27 .In operation, the stabilising fins, whilst directing the device to move with a controlled motion, constrains the device to adopt a pitch attitude determined by the length of discharged line 15 and the speed at which the device is being towed.

Whereas the device 13 of Figs.l to 4, of Figs.5, 6 and 7, and of Figs.8, 9 and 10, being or, as the case may be, being adapted to be weighted are intended, primarily, for use in fishing, it rod and line, either in bottom fishing, or in trolling.

As previously mentioned, the device 13 might, instead of having associated therewith, weight means, incorporate means adapted for connection to a buoyancy device; it might, even, incorporate such a buoyancy device. Such device (not illustrated) finds application in the context of fishing for shark. Fishing for shark resembles fishing for bottom feeders in tat the fishing is, essentially, static, the boat being alloiJed to drift, rather t nan being driven, under oer through the water. It resembles fishing for marlin and other game fish in thst tie species is to be sought, in the main, at mid-ocean depths.It is for this reason that the discharged line 23 is buoyed-up locally, a running trace of, heretofore, fixed length, extending from the balloon to a swivel joint, as 25, at the junction ith a tail-end portion, as 21, of the line. It has been the practice, in the course of LJinding in line, a e, a s having been captured, to remove the buoyancy device, perhaps by releasing the balloon, thereby to enable the line to be wound-in the position of the swivel joint 25, rendering the catch, as before, accessible to the angler. The device 13, in an arrangement such as depicted in Fig.ll, whilst giving buoyancy to discharged line at a localized position, is nevertheless releasible, in the manner previously described, enabling discharged line 23 to be wound-in to a stop position, the swivel joint 25, at the minor line portion 21.

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1. A fishing aid, for use with rod and line fishing apparatus, being a device which incorporates: coupling means by which the device is adapted to be coupled, by the angler, to line discharged from the rod, said coupling means being such as to permit relative sliding movement Seteen the device and such discharged line; and line gripper means adapted frictionally locally to engage said discharged line at, at the discretion of the angler, substantially any position therealong, and, whilst remaining coupled, by said coupling means, to discharged line, to be released from frictional engagement, as aforesaid, thereith upon development in discharged line of a tension having a certain magnitude, tnereby to permit relative sliding movement, as aforesaid, bet:seen said device and discharged line to which the device shall have been coupled.
2. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 1 in which said line gripoer means is such as to be released from frictional engagement, as aforesaid, with discharged line upon development in said discharged line, donstream of the device, of a tension having; o magnitude such as to cause line currently frictionally engaged by said line gripper means to overcome the frictional constraint acting thereon.
3. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 2 in which said device comprises a part a portion of :which has a slit therein, opposed contacting walls of said slit constituting said line gripper means.
4. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 3 in which said slitted part comprises (a) an elongate body portion having z bifurcated end; (b) within said bifurcated end, there is an insert of elastomeric material which is under compression between opposed surfaces of the walls of the transversely-extensive open-ended channel defined by said bifurcated end; and, (c) said slit is a transverse slit in said elastomer body, being a slit contained substantially in a plane intermediate said opposed "all surfaces.
5. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 4 in which: said elongate body part has, at the end thereof remote from said bifurcated end, a portion having a passage therethrough, being a passage t h r o u g h which, in use, disciarged line is to pass, said portion and its said passage, constituting said cou?ling means.
6. h fishing aid as claimed in claim 5 in ;hich said elongate body part has, at the end tnereof remote from said bifurcated end portion, a surface of such shape and form that hen, in use of t I e device in a rod and line fishing apparatus having, inter alia, ight means, independent of the device, suspended from discharged line and free for sliding movement therealong, and were the device to be coupled with discharged line, in frictional engagement therewith, downstream of the weight means, contact between a surface of the eight means and said end portion surface would then cause the body part to be rocked to a position such as to be supported, out-standing from said eight means, at an angle with respect thereto such as to assist in maintaining the line clear of the weight means, thereby to reduce the risk of entanglement of line with the eight means.
7. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 6 in which said weight means comprises a weight carrier adapted to be coupled to discharged line for relative sliding movement therewith, said elongate body part being rocked, as aforestated, under contact beteen co-operative surfaces of said body part and said eight carrier, respectively.
3. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 5 in which said body part has a eight integral therewith.
9. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 5 in hich said body part is adspted to have a weight secured thereto.
10. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 4 to 9 in which saic, elon ate body part has a line-constraining surface format ion such as to assist in the winding of discharged line spirally therealong.
11. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 10 in which said elongate body part is of substantially serpentine form, the undulations in the surface thereof constituting said lineconstraining surface formation.
12. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 11 in which said undulations are of diminishing amplitude in the direction along the elongate body toward the slotted end portion thereof.
13. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 12 which incorporates means operative oxen, the device being, in use, toed, to contribute to stable motion of the device.
14. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 13 in which said motion stabiliziny means comprises an arrangement of stabilizing fins.
15. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 5 or claims 11 or 12 ashen appendant to any of claims 1 to 5, which comprises means adapted to nave attached thereto buoyancy means.
16. fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 5 or to claims 11 or 12 rhen appendant to any of claims 1 to 5 and "!,liCn incorporates c i rico r p Dr ate S buoyancy means.
17. A rod and line fishing apparatus which incorporates a means operable to provide a flowing trace of substantially any length within the capacity of the reel attached to the rod whilst, for the purpose of landing a catch, permitting the flowing trace to be contracted to a length at which the catch is readily accessible to the angler.
1S. A rod and line fishing apparatus and, coupled to line discharged from said rod, a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 16.
19. A Nit which comprises a multiplicity of parts adapted to be used together and being such as, when so used, to constitute a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 16.
2U. A fishing aid substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figs. 1 to 4, or :!ith reference to Figs. 5, 6 and 7, or it respect to Figs. , 9 and 1 , or with respect to Fig.11 of the accompanying draings.
Amendments to the claims have been filed as follows 1. A fishing aid, for use with rod and line fishing apparatus, being a device which incorporates: coupling weans by which the device ie adopted to be coupled, by the angler, to line discharged from the rod, said coupling lean. being vouch as to permit relative sliding movement between the device and such discharged line; and line gripper aeon.
adopted frictionally locally to engage said discharged line at, at the discretion of the angler, substantially any position therealong, and, whilst retaining coupled, by said coupling sank, to discharged line, to be released fro.
frictional engagement, as aforesaid, therewith upon develop.ent in discharged line of a tension having a certain magnitude, thereby to permit relative sliding movement, as aforesaid, between said device and discharged line to which the device shall have been coupled.
2. A fishing aid as claimed in clai. 1 in which said coupling means has a side wall portion formed with a slit or slot such as to permit discharged line to be coupled to the device by entry, sideways through said side wall portion, by way of said slit or slot, of a chosen segment of the discharged line.
3. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 1 or 2 in which said line gripper arena is such as to be released fro. frictional engagement, as aforesaid, with discharged line upon develop.ent in said discharged line, downstroa of the device, of a tension having o magnitude iuch as to cause line currently frictionally engaged by said line gripper means to overcome the frictional constraint setting thereon.
4. A fishing aid as claimed in claim ) in which said device comprises a part a portion of which has a slit therein, opposed contacting walls of said slit constituting said line gripper means.
5. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 4 in which said slotted part comprises (a) an elongate body portion having a bifurcated end; (b) within said bifurcated end, there is an insert of olastoneric material which is under compression between opposed surfaces of the wall of the transversely-extensive open-ended channel defined by said bifurcated end; and, (c) said slit is a transverse slit in said elastomer body, being a slit contained substantially in a plane intermediate said opposed wall surfaces.
6. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 5 in which: said elongate body part has, at the end thereof remote from said bifurcated end, a portion having a passage therethrough, being a passage through which, in use, discharged line is to pass, said portion and its said passage, constituting said coupling means.
7. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 6 in which said elongate body part has, at the end thereof remote from said bifurcated end portion1 a surface of such shape end form that when, in use of the device in a rod and line fishing apparatus having, inter alia, weight means, independent of the device, suspended from discharged line and free for sliding movement therealong, and were the device to be coupled with discharged line, in frictional engagement therewith, downstream of the weight means, contact between a surface of the weight Means and said end portion surface would then cause the body part to be rocked to a position such as to be supported, out-standing from said weight means, at an angle with respect thereto such as to assist in laintaining the line clear of the weight means, thereby to reduce the risk of entanglement of line with the weight means.
8 A fishing aid as claimed in claim 7 in which said weight means comprises e weight carrier adapted to be coupled to discharged line for relative sliding movement therewith, said elongate body part being rocked, as aforestated, under contact between co-operative surfaces of said body part and said weight carrier, respectively.
9. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 6 in which said body part has a weight integrel therewith.
10. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 6 in which said body part is adapted to have a weight secured thereto.
11. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 5 to 10 in which said elongate body part has a line-constraining surface formation such as to assist in the winding of discharged line spirally therealong.
12. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 11 in which said elongate body part is of substantially serpentine form, the undulations in the surface thereof constituting said lineconstraining surface formation 13. A fishing aid es claimed in claim 12 in which said undulations are of diminishing amplitude in the direction along the elongate body toward the slotted end portion thereof.
14. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 13 which incorporates means operative when, the device being, in use, towed, to contribute to stable motion of the device.
15. A fishing aid as claimed in claim 14 in which said motion stabilizing means comprises an arrangement of stabilizing fins.
16. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 6 or claims 12 or 13 when appendant to any of claims 1 to 6, which comprises means adapted to have attached thereto buoyancy means.
17. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 6 or to claims 12 or 13 when appendant to any of claims 1 to 6 and which incorporates buoyancy means.
18. A rod and line fishing apparatus which incorporates a means operable to provide a flowing trace of substantially any length within the capacity of the reel attached to the rod whilst, for the purpose of landing a catch, permitting the flowing trace to be contracted to a length at which the catch is readily accessible to the angler.
19. A rod and line fishing apparatus and, coupled to line discharged from said rod, a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 17.
20. m fishing aid substantially as hereinbefore described it reference to Figs. 1 to 4, or viith reference to Figs. 5.
2 and 7, or with respect to Figs. 8, 9 and 15', or aiiith respect t Fig.11 of the accompanying dr wings.
20. A kit which comprises e multiplicity of parts adapted to be used together and being such as, when so used, to constitute a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 17.
21. A fishing aid substantially ma hereinbefore described with reference to figs. 1 to 4, or with reference to Fig. 5, 6 end 7, or with respect to Figs. 8, 9 and 10, or with respect to Fig. 11 of the accompanying drawing.
Amendments to the claims have been filed as follows 16. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 6'or claims 12 or 13 when appendant to any of claims 1 to 6, which comprises means adapted to have attached thereto buoyancy means.
17. A fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 6 or to claims 12 or 13 when appendant to any of claims 1 to 6 and which incorporates buoyancy means.
1Z. A rod and line fishing apparatus and, coupled to line discharged from said rod, a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 17.
19. A kit which comprises a multiplicity of parts adapted to oe used together and being such as, when so used, to constitute a fishing aid as claimed in any of claims 1 to 17.
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