GB2424567A - Fishing rod holder - Google Patents

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GB2424567A
GB2424567A GB0605591A GB0605591A GB2424567A GB 2424567 A GB2424567 A GB 2424567A GB 0605591 A GB0605591 A GB 0605591A GB 0605591 A GB0605591 A GB 0605591A GB 2424567 A GB2424567 A GB 2424567A
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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
    • A01K97/00Accessories for angling ; fish finder G01S15/96
    • A01K97/10Supports for rods

Abstract

A device for hands-free support of a fishing rod, said device comprising a base member 20 having a plurality of engagement means 40 adapted to inter-engage with securing means 50 for securing the device to the body of a wearer, and retention means 30 defining a rod receiving region within which a fishing rod is received and retained in use. The retention means 30 may be pivotally attached to the base (Fig 6).

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The present invention relates to a support for use with fishing rods and the like, to allow a fisherman to support the rod while at the same time having both hands free to carry out other actions.

Fishing is a very popular pastime for many people and many fishing devices exist for the benefit of the fisherman. For example, fishing rods are long and often unwieldy items and many fishermen find the act of continuously supporting a rod while waiting to catch a fish to be very tiring on the wrist and arm. To alleviate this discomfort, devices exist comprising a frame on which a fisherman may rest his rod so as to avoid the need to continuously hold the fishing rod. However, such a frame is a large bulky item and, in addition, can only be used when rested on the ground. An alternative is to sink two elongated rods with forked ends, also known as bank sticks, into the ground and rest the fishing rod across the tops of the sunken rods.

Both of these aforementioned types of devices can only be used when resting on the ground. Thus although these devices may have limited use when the fisherman is located on, for example, the bank of a river, they are no help in supporting the weight of the fishing rod when the fisherman is either wading or unable to carry such a device to the location at which the fishing is taking place In addition, when fishing in, for example, a lake or river or the like, once a fish has been hooked, the fisherman needs to unhook the fish or land the fish using a net.

Such an operation is difficult, particularly when fishing alone, as the fisherman will also have to continue supporting the fishing rod while manipulating the landing net. This is particularly problematic where the fish being landed is heavy or where the fisherman is fatigued from having already supported the fishing rod for some time, or where the wrist or arm strength of the fisherman is otherwise compromised, perhaps due to muscular infirmity or the like.

The current and unsatisfactory practice is for the fisherman to puf the fishiig rod under his arm and, despite the restricted mobility of the arm, attempt to carry out the task of unhooking the fish. Alternatively, the fisherman might push the fishing rod down into his boot to support the fishing rod, which is potentially uncomfortable, restrictive on the movement of the legs of the fisherman and thus may affect his balance and also may potentially result in damage to the fishing rod.

There is therefore a need for a device which will allow an individual to manipulate a net or unhook a fish, whilst at the same time being able to continue to support the fishing rod. In particular, there is a need for a device which will allow an individual to support the weight of a fishing rod while, at the same time, keeping their hands free to carry out other actions.

The present invention seeks to address the problems of the prior art.

Accordingly, the present invention provides a device for hands-free support of a fishing rod, said device comprising a base member having a plurality of engagement means adapted to inter-engage with securing means for securing the device to the body of a wearer, and retention means defining a rod receiving region within which a fishing rod is received and retained in use.

Preferably, the device is further provided with securing means. In use, Securing means are provided to inter-engage with the engagement means. The securing means are passed around the body of the wearer and secured in place. The fishing rod can then be placed in the rod receiving region defined by the retention means where it is retained in position relative to the base member. This has the advantage that the wearer of the device can support the fishing rod in a secure manner in the device such that their hands and arms are now completely free to carry out other actions, such as manipulating a net, unhooking a fish, or merely allowing their wrists and arms a rest from supporting the weight of the fishing rod.

The device of the present invention also has the advantage of allowing a fishing rod to be held securely in the device whilst the wearer is moving around. Thus, the wearer could place the fishing rod in the device such that the device supports the fishing rod whilst the wearer is walking, lör example, to the site at which the fishing is to take place. In this way, the wearer has their hands free to carry any other equipment and the like whilst at the same time transporting the fishing rod in the device secured to their body.

Preferably, the retention means comprises at least two opposing projecting members. For example, the retention means may comprise two or more projecting members shaped so as to resemble a portion of a hollow cylinder such that the inner Contour of the projecting members mirrors the outer contour of a fishing rod.

Provided that at least two of projecting members are opposing so as to define a space there between in which a fishing rod may be received, the curved contour of the projecting members should be sufficient to ensure that the rod is retained within the space defined between opposing projecting members. Alternatively, each projecting member may comprise a main projection with a protruding lip extending at substantially right angles to the main projection such that the lips on opposing projecting members serves to retain a fishing rod in place within the device 10.

The at least two opposing projecting members may be offset relative to one another provided that the amount by which each opposing projecting member is offset is sufficient to distribute the weight of the fishing rod enough to allow the full weight of the fishing rod to be supported by the device when secured in place around the body of a wearer. Alternatively, the opposing projecting members may be directly opposing provided that the opposing members extend sufficiently far along the length of the fishing rod, when in place between the projecting members so as to sufficiently distribute the weight of the fishing rod retained there between. -s

In one embodiment, the projecting members are moveable relative to the base member. For example, the projecting members may be pivotahie relative to the base member. In this way, the projecting members may assume an orientation which is appropriate depending on whether the device is to be located on the left side or the right side of a user. In addition, the deice may be interchangeable between being worn on the left side or the right side of the wearer whilst still being capable of hands- free support of a fishing rod.

However, constructing the device in this way will increase the weight of the device as the opposing projecting members are likely to be significantly bigger that they would need to be were they located offset to one another.

Preferably the securing means comprises at least two flexible members, such as straps or belts or the like, for passing around the body of a user. Any conventional type of strap may be used such as, for example, the type of straps used on rucksacks. Such straps are typically manufactured from strong synthetic fibres woven together to form a durable material which often has the added advantage of being water- repellent. However, any suitable fabric or material known to the skilled person could be used.

It is preferred that the fabric or material used is either naturally water-repellent or water-proof or is treated so as to be water-repellent or water-proof, so as to avoid soaking up water when used in a fishing environment.

Preferably, in use, the at least two flexible members extend away from the base member in transverse directions relative to one another around the body of a user.

In this way, the securing means are being secured about the body of a wearer in two different directions, thereby providing an increased level of secure attachment when compared to the level of security provided if the securing means extended in only one direction about the body of a wearer.

Preferably, at least one of the flexible members is arranged so as to he secured around the torso of a wearer in use. More preferably, at least one of the flexible members is arranged so as to be secured around the waist of a wearer in use. This provides a well recognised and secure means of attachment to the human body.

Preferably, at least one of the flexible members is arranged so as to be passed around the neck of a wearer in use.

It is more preferred that at least one of the flexible members is arranged to as to be passed around the neck of a wearer in use, and another flexible member is arranged so as to be passed around the waist of a wearer in use. This double point of attachment of the device to the wearer locates the device securely on the body of the wearer. As the attachment extends about the body of the wearer in two different planes, the device is held securely in place and any twisting or slipping of the device relative to the body of the wearer is prevented.

One or more of the flexible members is preferably adjustable in length. In this way, the device can be adapted for different sizes of wearers and can also be adapted to be worn at a height on the torso of the wearer to suit the wearer's preference.

The engagement means adapted to inter-engage with the securing means may comprise a plurality of apertures in the base member. For example, the securing means may inter-engage with the base member by means of rings attached to the securing means which extend through respective apertures in the base member.

Preferably, each flexible member extends from a separate aperture in the base member.

Alternatively, the base member may be provided with projecting hooks through which rings attached to the securing means are passed.

Preferably, the securing means are removable inter-engagable with the base member, for example by means of conventional clip attachments such as are used in keyrings, or climbing apparatus or dog leads and the like. However, it will be appreciated by the skilled person that any suitable reversibly inter-engagable means known in the art may be used.

A device according to the present invention may he further provided with a cushioned pad located between the base member and the body of a wearer in use, so as to facilitate the comfort of the wearer.

The device may be further provided with accessory engagement means. For example, additional hooks may he provided suspended from the device such that extra tackle and/or bait buckets and the like can be attached to the device thus allowing the wearer to carry these items on the device as well as a fishing rod, and still leave their hand free to carry out other actions.

The device may be made from any suitable material, such as any suitably strong metal material. Where the device is made, at least in part, of a metal material, preferably, the device is rust-resistant. For example, all or at least a portion of the device may be provided with a plastic coating, or may be painted with a rust- resistant material so as to seal the metal of the device from coming into contact with moisture. Alternatively, all or part of the device may be made of a non- 2() rusting material, such as a suitably durable and strong plastics material or any other suitable material knowii to the skilled person.

The device may he manufactured by casting, metal extrusion, plastic moulding or by any other suitable method know in the art at the time of the invention.

A device according to the present invention is preferably between 20 and 40 cm in length, and more preferably is between 25 and 35 cm in length. This is in contrast with a conventional fishing rod support such as a typical ground rest which is between 50 and 122 cm in length. Thus the device is significantly more compact than conventional fishing rod support devices. Thus, when not in use, the compact nature of the device enables simple storage. Furthermore, a device according to the present invention is also lightweight, which is particularly advantageous when fishing as the pastime of fishing typically involves transporting a significant amount of equipment to a site at which fishing is to take place, thus it is of significant advantage if an item of fishing equipment is both compact and lightweight.

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of example only, and with reference to the accompanying figures, in which: Figure 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a device according to the present invention; Figure 2 is a perspective view of the embodiment of figure 1 with an alternative arrangement of straps such that the device may be worn on the opposite side of a wearer in use.

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the embodiment of figure 1 being worn by a wearer; Figure 4 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of a device according to the present invention; Figure 5 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of a device according to the present invention; and Figure 6A and 6B are perspective views of a fourth embodiment of a device according to the present invention.

Throughout the figures, the same reference numerals have been used to denote the same or equivalent features.

As shown in figure 1, device 10 comprises a base member 20 and retention means in the form of opposing projections provided on the base member 20 such that the retention means 20 define there between a fishing rod support region. The device 10 is further provided with hook members 40, providing attachment points for straps 50. As can he seen from figure 1, the hook members 40 of the device 10 are adapted to inter-engage with the rings 60 of the straps 50.

In use, the straps 50 are brought into inter-engagement with the base member 20 of the device 10 by means of hook members 40 and rings 60, as shown in figure 1.

The straps 50 are then passed around the body of a wearer. The straps 50 indicated as figure reference A in figure 1 are passed around the neck of the wearer and the length of the straps A adjusted by means of conventional strap adjustment means (not shown) as well known in the art and with which the skilled person would be familiar, so as to bring the device 1() to the approximate height of' the waist of the user. The straps 50 indicated as figure reference B in figure 1 are passed around the waist of the wearer and adjusted in length by means of further conventional strap adjustment means (not shown) to firmly hold the device 10 in place around the waist of the wearer. The device is now ready to be used.

In use, a fishing rod is placed in the space defined between the opposing retention means 30, as shown by the dotted lines in figure 1. Figure 3 shows the device 10 in place on the body of a wearer, with a fishing rod 120 held in position by the device such that the fishing rod is securely retained in position relative to the device 10 and the hands and arms of the wearer are freed for such actions as manipulating a net, unhooking fish, and the like. The hands and arms of the wearer are not required to support the weight of the fishing rod or retain the fishing rod in position as the full weight of the fishing rod is supported by the body of the wearer by means of the supporting straps 50, the device 10 is held securely in place relative to the wearer by means of the supporting straps 50, and the rod is retained in position relative to the device 10 by means of retention means 30.

Figure 2 shows the embodiment of figure 1 with the rings 60 of the straps 50 inter- engaging with different hook members 40 of the device 10. By relocating the rings of the straps, the device 10 of figure 1 can be modified to allow the device 10 to be strapped to the opposite side of the body of a wearer than that shown in figure 3.

This is particularly useful as it allows the device 10 to be strapped to that side of the body of a wearer which corresponds to the hand and arm that the wearer typically favours for holding the fishing rod. Thus the user can more conveniently move the fishing rod from a conventional handheld configuration to being placed in the device 10 without the awkward manipulation of having to move the fishing rod into their other nonfavoured hand and then into the device 10, or having to reach across themselves to place the fishing rod in the device 10 using their favoured arm. Thus, the device 10 of the present invention demonstrates versatility and can be used just as conveniently by either a left-handed or a right-handed person.

Figure 4 shows a further embodiment of a device 10 according to the present application. In the device 10 of figure 4, the straps 50 interengage with the base member 20 of the device by means of rings 60 which pass through respective apertures 100 in the device. Such a modified device 10 allows a simplified construction of the device 10 and potentially allows an increased degree of stability of the device relative to the body of the wearer and hence an improved level of support for a fishing rod retained within the space provided by opposing retention means 30. Figure 5 shows a further embodiment of a device 10 according to the present invention in which double apertures are provided at each end of the base member 20 for inter-engagement with rings 60 of straps 50.

It will be appreciated that, in the embodiments shown in figures 4 and 5, the inter- engagement between the hooks 60 of the straps 50 and the apertures 100 of the base member 20 can he rearranged to allow the device 10 to be modified for either right-handed or left-handed wearing, as described above in relation to the embodiment shown in figures 1 and 2.

Figures 6A and âB show a further embodiment of the present invention. In figure 6A, the device 10 is shown in a first configuration, and figure B shows the device in an alternative configuration. The retention means 30 mounted on base member 20 are moveable relative to base member 20 i.e. the retention means are pivotable about their point of contact with base member 20. Thus, the device 10 may be worn on either side of the body of a user and retention means 30 simply rotated relative to the base member 20 into a suitable position to support the rod.

Thus, the same device 10 may be used by either left or right side favouring individuals to be worn on either of the left or right side of the body of the user, as desired.

Although aspects of the invention have been described with reference to the embodiments shown in the accompanying drawings, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to those precise embodiments and that various changes and modifications may he effected without further inventive skill and effort. For example, the device may he further fitted with a cup-type arrangement into which the rear end of a fly rod may be received. This arrangement is particularly useful in facilitating the use of the device with, for example, fly rods, ledger rods and spinning rods.

It will he appreciated that a device according to the present invention is not only useful to able-bodied fishermen in allowing them to have both hands free to carry - out other actions, such a device is also of use to fishermen who experience hand, wrist and/or arm fatigue or pain from holding a fishing rod for extended periods of time as it allows them to continue fishing and to hold the fishing rod in place using the device whilst giving their hands a rest from supporting the weight of the fishing rod. Furthermore, such a device also allows fishermen to carry their fishing rod to the site at which they wish to fish whilst keeping their hands free to carry the rest of their fishing equipment rather than having to make multiple journeys in order to carry everything. In addition, such a device is also suitable for use by, for example, wheelchair users, fly fishermen and anglers who generally fish from a seated position, without the need for them to transport and use a conventional fishing rod support such as a ground rest arrangement.

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1. A device for hands-free support of a fishing rod, said device comprising a base member having a plurality of engagement means adapted to inter- engage with securing means for securing the device to the body of a wearer, and retention means defining a rod receiving region within which a fishing rod is received and retained in use.
2. A device according to Claim I wherein the retention means comprises at least two opposing projecting members.
3. A device according to Claim 2 wherein the two opposing projecting members are offset relative to one another.
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4. A device according to Claim 3, wherein the two opposing projecting members are moveahie relative to the base member.
5. A device according to Claim 4, wherein the two opposing projecting members are pivotable about their respective points of contact with the base member.
6. A device according to any preceding Claim, wherein the device is further provided with securing means.
7. A device according to Claim 6 whercin the securing means comprises at least two flexible members for passing around the body of a user.
8. A device according to Claim 7 wherein the at least two flexible members extend away from the base member in transverse directions around the body of a wearer.
9. A device according to any preceding Claim wherein the engagement means comprises a plurality of apertures in the base member.
10. A device according to any one of Claims 7 to 9, wherein each flexible member extends from a separate aperture in the base member.
11. A device according to any one of Claims 7 to 10 wherein one or more of the flexible members are adjustable in length.
12. A device according to any one of Claims 8 to 11, wherein at least one flexible member is arranged so as to be passed around the torso of a wearer in use.
13. A device according to any one of Claims 8 tol 2, wherein at least one flexible member is arranged so as to be passed around the neck of a wearer in use.
14. A device according to any preceding Claim wherein the device is further provided with a cushioned pad located between the base member and the body of a wearer in use.
15. A device according to any preceding Claim further provided with accessory engagement means.
16. A device according to any preceding Claim wherein the device is rustresistant.
17. A device as hereinbefore described and with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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