GB2552363A - Bait bucket - Google Patents

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GB2552363A
GB2552363A GB201612668A GB201612668A GB2552363A GB 2552363 A GB2552363 A GB 2552363A GB 201612668 A GB201612668 A GB 201612668A GB 201612668 A GB201612668 A GB 201612668A GB 2552363 A GB2552363 A GB 2552363A
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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
    • A01K97/04Containers for bait; Preparation of bait
    • A01K97/05Containers for live bait kept in water, e.g. for minnows or shrimps

Abstract

A bait bucket 100 comprising an inner perforated bucket 104 for holding fishing bait and an second outer bucket 102 configured for holding a liquid. In a first configuration the inner bucket nests within the outer bucket and in a second configuration is supported thereby in an elevated position to allow liquid to drain therefrom. The second bucket may provide said support by rotating the inner bucket with respect thereto, or by the provision of integral support means such as foldable feet (444, fig 9b), pivotable supports (554, fig 10), inserts (668, fig 11), sliding supports (774, fig 12) or a movable collar (994, fig 14a). The inner bucket may alternatively be supported in the elevated position by a stand alone support (994, fig 14c).

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Bait Bucket

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a bucket assembly for carp fishing bait, more particularly, but not exclusively, to a bait bucket assembly configured to allow bait to be soaked in a liquid and then easily drained or dried.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Containers for the storage and soaking of dry carp fishing bait in a liquid are known in the art. Such containers commonly take the simple form of a chamber for holding the bait and the liquid in which it is desired to soak the bait, enclosed by multiple side walls and a base. Commonly, such containers also include a lid or covering to prevent the bait and the liquid from drying out, being infiltrated by vermin or becoming contaminated by falling debris.

Such containers often take the form of a bucket, such as a standard 17 litre plastic bucket, in which the bait and the liquid can be combined together. However, the use of a simple bucket and lid combination presents the problem that the bait must be removed from the liquid whilst the bait and liquid are still combined within the bucket. This is not only a potentially messy task, but a considerable amount of both the bait and the liquid may be lost through inefficiencies of separation. In addition, such containers do not provide for the bait being dried completely, following removal from the liquid. Traditionally, the bait would be contained in a mesh bag and suspended from a support such as the branch of a tree. This approach presents significant drawbacks, for example, birds and vermin accessing the bait cannot easily be prevented.

The present invention seeks to overcome or at least mitigate / alleviate one or more problems associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A first aspect of the invention provides a bait bucket assembly, comprising; an outer bucket for holding a liquid; and a perforated inner bucket for holding bait, wherein the inner bucket is movable between a first position, in which the inner bucket substantially nests within the outer bucket, to immerse the bait in liquid; and a second position, in which the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket into the outer bucket, through the perforations.

The configuration of the assembly affords multiple advantages. Whilst the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket, liquid contained within the outer bucket may permeate the inner bucket by virtue of the perforations. The bait contained within the inner bucket is therefore allowed to soak within the liquid until required. Upon the inner bucket being removed from the outer bucket, the bait and the liquid are separated. The bait is securely retained within the inner bucket, whilst the liquid is separated into the outer bucket by virtue of the inner bucket being supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket. Advantageously, this results in a maximum amount of each of the bait and a liquid being retained, thus reducing wastage. In addition, the bait is contained such that it can be more easily collected from the inner bucket (e.g. scooped up) prior to use. Further, during transport to an angling location, the assembly remains compact and convenient to carry.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket is supported in the second position by the outer bucket. Advantageously, this configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket, without any further apparatus being required.

In exemplary embodiments, the first position comprises the inner bucket having a first orientation with respect to the outer bucket, and the second position comprises the inner bucket having a second orientation with respect to the outer bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket when the inner bucket is lifted from the outer bucket and rotated around a central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation. The inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket by simply lifting and rotating the inner bucket with respect to the outer bucket. Such a configuration is of advantageously low-complexity, and means that the bait can be remove from the liquid by an angler, and allowed to drain quickly and efficiently.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket is rotated substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket when the inner and outer buckets each have an advantageously straightforward rectangular footprint.

In alternative embodiments, the inner bucket is rotated substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket when the inner and outer buckets each have an advantageously straightforward square footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket comprises a first engagement portion, the outer bucket comprises a second engagement portion, and the first engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the second engagement portion to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position. Each of the inner and outer buckets has an associated engagement portion. Advantageously, this provides a low-complexity arrangement in which the inner bucket can be secured to the outer bucket without the requirement for further securing apparatus.

In exemplary embodiments, the first engagement portion is integrally formed with the inner bucket. In exemplary embodiments, the second engagement portion is integrally formed with the outer bucket.

When the first and second engagement portions are integrally formed with the inner and outer buckets respectively, the manufacturing process is advantageously simplified. This ultimately results in a reduction in manufacturing costs.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket comprises a sidewall, and the first engagement portion comprises an outer surface of said sidewall. Providing a sidewall of the inner bucket as the first engagement portion results in a configuration of advantageously low-complexity. There is no requirement for the addition of further components, which in turn simplifies the manufacturing process and reduces manufacturing costs.

In exemplary embodiments, the second engagement portion comprises an inner surface of the outer bucket, and wherein the outer surface of the sidewall of the inner bucket engages with the inner surface of the outer bucket by virtue of an interference fit. In exemplary embodiments, the side wall is sloped, and said interference fit is by virtue of a wedging action due to the slope. Providing a sloped inner surface of the outer bucket as the second engagement portion further contributes to a configuration of advantageously low-complexity. The bucket shape can be manufactured without the need for tooling or moulds having a complicated shape. This in turn simplifies the manufacturing process and also reduces manufacturing costs.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket further comprises a sidewall, and wherein the first engagement portion comprises said sidewall having a protruding surface. In exemplary embodiments, the protruding surface comprises a groove, wherein the groove is configured to receive the second engagement portion. In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket by coupling the first and second engagement portions.

In exemplary embodiments, the first engagement portion is coupled with the second engagement portion when the inner bucket is removed from the outer bucket and rotated around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket from the first orientation to the second orientation, then supported by the outer bucket with the first and second engagement portions substantially aligned. In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket further comprises a rim, and the second engagement portion comprises said rim. Advantageously, when the first engagement portion comprises a protruding groove and the second engagement portion comprises the rim of the outer bucket, it has been found that the stability of engagement therebetween is greatly improved, allowing the inner bucket to be more reliably supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket comprises two first engagement portions, and the outer bucket comprises two second engagement portions, and wherein said first and second engagement portions are located on substantially opposing sides of the inner and outer buckets respectively. It has been found that such a configuration yet further improves the stability of engagement between the inner bucket and the outer bucket. This allows the inner bucket to be more reliably supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket, and as such, it is less likely that the assembly is inadvertently knocked over.

In exemplary embodiments, the assembly further comprises a movable element, wherein the movable element comprises a first engagement portion and wherein the outer bucket comprises a second engagement portion, and wherein the first engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the second engagement portion to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position. The provision of the first engagement portion comprising a movable element, affords the bucket assembly with a degree of adjustability with respect to the positioning of the inner bucket with respect to the outer bucket. Such a configuration is advantageous, for example when the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket, and the bucket assembly is located on uneven ground.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket further comprises a wall defining a base, and wherein said movable element comprises a foot hingedly connected at a first end to said base.

In exemplary embodiments, the foot is movable between a collapsed position in which said foot is arranged substantially parallel to the base of the inner bucket, and an extended position in which said foot is arranged substantially perpendicular to the base of the inner bucket, wherein the foot is in the collapsed position when the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket, and wherein the foot is in the extended position when the inner bucket is lifted from the outer bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the first engagement portion comprises a second end of the foot. In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket comprises a wall defining a base, and where the second engagement portion comprises an inner surface of said base.

When the first engagement portion comprises a hingedly connected foot, the bucket assembly is afforded with a greater degree of flexibility with respect to the position in which the inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket. Advantageously, such a configuration means that the position of the inner bucket can be adjusted to improve access to the bait contained therein, when the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket. Further when the foot is in the collapsed position, nesting of the inner bucket within the outer bucket is advantageously facilitated.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket further comprises a sidewall, and said movable element comprises a support movable between a retracted and deployed position with respect to the sidewall.

In exemplary embodiments, the support pivots between the retracted and the deployed positions. In alternative embodiments, the support slides between a retracted and a deployed position. Advantageously, the support either sliding or pivoting between the retracted and deployed positions means that the movable element can be quickly and conveniently switched from one position to the other, without complicated steps being required.

In exemplary embodiments, the movable element comprises a removable insert. In exemplary embodiments, the insert is configured to be located substantially between an outer surface of the inner bucket and an inner surface of the outer bucket. In exemplary embodiments, the first engagement portion comprises a retainer, for securing the insert on the outer bucket. Further, in exemplary embodiments, the insert further comprises a support portion, configured to contact the outer surface of the inner bucket. A removable insert for insertion between the inner and outer buckets provides a simple and straightforward way of supporting the inner bucket in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket. The insert provides a retainer configured for securing on the outer bucket, which advantageously prevents the insert from simply falling into the outer bucket. Further, the insert providing a support potion ensures that the inner bucket is securely supported in a stable position when arranged in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the movable element comprises a collar. In exemplary embodiments, the collar comprises an inner circumferential surface configured to engage with an outer surface of the inner bucket, and wherein the first engagement portion comprises a support extending from an outer circumferential surface of the collar. In exemplary embodiments, the collar is configured to encompass substantially the entire outer perimeter of the inner bucket. Advantageously, the stability of the engagement between the collar and the inner bucket is greatly improved when the collar is configured to encompass the entire outer perimeter of the inner bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket further comprises a rim, and wherein the second engagement portion comprises said rim. Utilising the rim of the outer bucket as the second engagement portion ensures a secure platform is provided to support the inner bucket. Further, such a provision is low-complexity and advantageously removes the need to incorporate a further feature to provide the second engagement portion. In turn, the manufacturing process can be simplified, and the subsequent cost of the product reduced.

In exemplary embodiments, the assembly further comprises a movable element configured to removably engage with the inner bucket and a support surface, to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position. In exemplary embodiments, the movable element comprises a collar having an inner circumferential surface configured to slidably engage with an outer surface of the inner bucket, and wherein the collar further comprises a leg configured to engage with the support surface. In exemplary embodiments, the support surface is the ground. Advantageously, such a configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported by any area of ground. This advantageously improves stability of the assembly when the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position relative to the outer bucket, especially when the ground surface may be too uneven for the outer bucket to support the inner bucket itself without risking the assembly overbalancing.

In exemplary embodiments, the rim of the outer bucket and the inner bucket each defines an opening, and wherein the opening of the outer bucket is configured to receive the inner bucket, and wherein the opening of the outer bucket has a length and a width, and wherein the rim of the inner bucket defines the maximum length and a maximum width of the inner bucket, and further wherein the maximum length and the maximum width of the inner bucket are less than the length and the width of the opening of the outer bucket respectively. In exemplary embodiments, the rim of the inner bucket is configured to nest within the opening defined by the rim of the outer bucket. In exemplary embodiments, the opening of the outer bucket and the rim of the inner bucket define substantially the same geometric shape. The bucket assembly is configured in such way so as to optimise the extent to which the inner bucket nests within the outer bucket. Advantageously, the dimensions of the inner bucket allow it to nest within the outer bucket such that a minimum amount of space is wasted between said buckets, this reduced the amount of material required in manufacturing the assembly, ultimately reducing the financial cost to the consumer. In addition, the closeness of fit between the two buckets is configured such that the likelihood of the inner bucket becoming stuck within the outer bucket is reduced. Advantageously, this reduces the likelihood that and contents of the inner or outer buckets will be spilt and consequently lost due to the two buckets being problematic to separate from one another.

In exemplary embodiments, the opening of the outer bucket and the rim of the inner bucket define a rectangle. This configuration not only facilitates nesting of the inner bucket within the outer bucket, but advantageously allows for the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket when the inner and outer buckets each have a straightforward rectangular footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket and the inner bucket each further comprise a base vertically separated from their respective rim, and wherein the rim and the base of the outer bucket and the rim and the base of the inner bucket further define the maximum height of the outer bucket and the inner bucket respectively, and further wherein the maximum height of the outer bucket is greater than the maximum height of the inner bucket. Providing the bucket assembly with such a configuration not only further facilitates nesting of the inner bucket within the outer bucket, but advantageously affords the inner bucket, and the bait contained therein, with an enhanced level of protection from accidental external impact when the bucket assembly is in use. Such a difference in vertical height also provides for the application of a cover, seated with the opening of the outer bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket further comprises a removable lid, and wherein said lid substantially covers the opening when the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket. When the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket, the provision of a lid that covers the opening thus enclosing the inner bucket within the outer bucket, affords various advantages. Such advantages include but are not limited to; it is much more difficult for rats and other vermin to gain access to the bait, it is less likely that the liquid contained therein will spill during transit of the bucket assembly, and the assembly may be more stored more easily when not in use as other objects such as fishing equipment may be stacked on top.

In exemplary embodiments, the outer bucket is a standard 17 litre bait bucket. Advantageously, the configuration of the assembly provides for the outer bucket being a standard, readily available 17 litre bait bucket. This means that the inner bucket can be retrofitted to an existing bucket, reducing the financial cost and increasing convenience of use for the consumer. A second aspect of the invention provides an inner bucket for holding fishing bait, wherein the inner bucket is perforated and configured to substantially nest within a second bucket configured for holding a liquid to immerse the bait in said liquid, when the bucket is in a first orientation with respect to said second bucket, and be removable from said second bucket and supported by said second bucket to allow liquid to drain therefrom when the bucket is in a second orientation with respect to said second bucket. The configuration of the assembly affords multiple advantages. Whilst the inner bucket is nested within a second bucket, liquid contained within the second bucket may permeate the inner bucket by virtue of the perforations. The bait contained within the inner bucket is therefore allowed to soak within the liquid until required. Upon the inner bucket being removed from the second bucket, the bait and the liquid are separated. The bait is securely retained within the inner bucket, whilst the liquid is separated into the second bucket by virtue of the inner bucket being supported in an elevated position with respect to the second bucket. Advantageously, this results in a maximum amount of each of the bait and a liquid being retained, thus reducing wastage. In addition, the bait is contained such that it can be more easily collected from the inner bucket (e.g. scooped up) prior to use.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket is configured to be supported in the second position by a second bucket. This configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket, without any further apparatus being required.

In exemplary embodiments, the first position comprises the inner bucket having a first orientation with respect to a second bucket, and wherein the second position comprises the inner bucket having a second orientation with respect to a second bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket can be supported by a second bucket when the inner bucket is lifted from said second bucket and rotated around a central vertical axis with respect to said second bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation. The inner bucket can be supported by a second bucket by simply lifting and rotating the inner bucket with respect to the second bucket. Such a configuration is of advantageously low-complexity, and means that the bait can be remove from the liquid by an operator, and allowed to drain quickly and efficiently.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket is rotated substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to a second bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported by a second bucket when the inner and second buckets each have an advantageously straightforward rectangular footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket is rotated substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to a second bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported by a second bucket when the inner and second buckets each have an advantageously straightforward square footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket further comprises an engagement portion, wherein said engagement portion is configured to removably engage with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket to enable the inner bucket to be supported in the second position. When the inner bucket is used with a second bucket, and each of the inner and second buckets has an associated engagement portion, advantageously this provides a low-complexity arrangement in which the inner bucket can be secured to the second bucket without the requirement for further securing apparatus.

In exemplary embodiments, the engagement portion is integrally formed with the inner bucket. When the engagement portion is integrally formed with the inner bucket, the manufacturing process is advantageously simplified. This ultimately results in a reduction in manufacturing costs.

In exemplary embodiments, the engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the rim of a second bucket. Utilising the rim of a second bucket as a corresponding engagement portion ensures a secure platform is provided to support the inner bucket. Further, such a provision is low-complexity and advantageously removes the need to incorporate a further feature to provide a corresponding engagement portion. In turn, the manufacturing process can be simplified, and the subsequent cost of the product reduced.

In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket further comprises a sidewall, wherein the engagement portion comprises said sidewall having a protruding surface In exemplary embodiments, the protruding surface comprises a groove, and wherein the groove is configured to receive the corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket. In exemplary embodiments, the inner bucket can be supported by a second bucket by coupling the first engagement portion with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the engagement portion is coupled with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket when the inner bucket is removed from said second bucket and rotated around the central vertical axis with respect to said second bucket from the first orientation to the second orientation, then supported by the second bucket with the first engagement portion and a corresponding engagement portion of the second bucket substantially aligned. It has been found that such a configuration yet further improves the stability of engagement between the inner bucket and the outer bucket. This allows the inner bucket to be more reliably supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket, and as such, it is less likely that the assembly is inadvertently knocked over. A third aspect of the invention provides a bucket for holding fishing bait, wherein the bucket is perforated and configured to substantially nest within a second bucket configured for holding a liquid to immerse the bait in liquid when the bucket is in a first orientation with respect to said second bucket, and be removable from said second bucket; wherein the bucket comprises a chamber defined by a plurality of side walls adjoining a base wall, wherein a perforated column extends vertically from the base wall into said chamber and wherein said perforations facilitate the draining of fluid from the bucket and airflow through the bucket.

The configuration of the bucket affords multiple advantages. Whilst the bucket is nested within a second bucket, liquid contained within the bucket may permeate the inner bucket by virtue of the perforations. The bait contained within the bucket is therefore allowed to soak within the liquid until required. Upon the bucket being removed from the second bucket, the bait and the liquid are separated. The configuration of the bucket then further provides for the complete drying of the bait when the bucket is situated in an aerated environment. Advantageously, this not only results in a maximum amount of each of the bait and a liquid being retained, thus reducing wastage, but the bait can be dried such that it is devoid of all liquid. This may help to preserve the shelf-life of the bait if it is not to be used immediately, and ensures that is can be handled and moved whilst minimising the mess caused.

In exemplary embodiments, the column extends substantially from the centre of the base wall. Advantageously, this configuration has been found to provide a maximum surface area for the perforated surface of the column within the chamber of the bucket, whilst ensuring a sufficient overall volume remains available within the chamber for holding bait.

In exemplary embodiments, the side walls define the maximum vertical height of the chamber, and wherein the vertical height of the column is less than the vertical height of the chamber. As a result, the column does not extend vertically above the maximum height of the side walls of the chamber, and as a result, is both less likely to be damaged and will not impinge on the ability to fit a cover over the opening of the bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the perforations are elongate and extend substantially the full height of the column. In exemplary embodiments, the side walls comprise elongate perforations extending vertically away from the base wall. This configuration has been found to optimise the air flow through the bucket when the bucket is located in an aerated environment, thus ensuring that bait contained therein is dried to a satisfactory extent.

In exemplary embodiments, the bucket has a removable lid. The provision of a lid that covers the opening of the bucket affords various advantages. Such advantages include but are not limited to; it is much more difficult for rats and other vermin to gain access to the bait, it is less likely that the liquid contained therein will spill during transit of the bucket, and the bucket may be more stored more easily when not in use as other objects such as fishing equipment may be stacked on top. A fourth aspect of the invention provides a bucket for holding fishing bait, said bucket comprising a chamber having an opening defined by a rim, and a handle, hingedly connected to an external surface of the bucket and movable between a stowed position, to allow the bucket to substantially nest within a second bucket, and an extended position, to allow the bucket to be lifted, wherein a portion of the rim comprises a discontinuity to allow the handle to be grasped from within the chamber and moved from the stowed position to the extended position. The provision of the handle allows for the bucket to be easily and conveniently moved from location to location, or to be lifted from a second bucket than the bucket is nested therein, without an operator having to touch any other surface of the inner bucket which may be dirty or wet. Further, this configuration ensures that when the bucket is nested within a second bucket, an operator is not impeded from grasping the handle by virtue of said handle being wedged between an outer surface of the bucket and an inner surface of the second bucket. Advantageously, this configuration allows for the bucket to be more easily and conveniently removed from a second bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the handle is arranged substantially parallel to the rim of the bucket when the handle is in the stowed position. In exemplary embodiments, the handle is arranged substantially perpendicular to the rim of the bucket when the handle is in the extended position. When the handle is in the stowed position, this configuration ensures that no part of the handle protrudes above the maximum height of the bucket as defined by an uppermost surface of the rim, and as such, does not impede a lid or cover being fitted over the opening of the bucket. When the handle is in the extended position, the bucket is advantageously much more easily picked up and lifted.

In exemplary embodiments, the handle comprises an inner surface, and wherein a portion of said inner surface is configured to be in touching contact with the external surface of the bucket when the handle is in the stowed position. This configuration ensures that the handle does not impede the insertion and nesting of the bucket within a second bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the handle comprises a supporting surface, and wherein the discontinuity further comprises a lip configured to support said supporting surface when the handle is in the stowed position. Advantageously, this configuration prevents the handle from slipping between the bucket and inner wall of a second bucket when the bucket is nested within said second bucket, such that the handle cannot be easily grasped to allow the bucket to be lifted and removed from said second bucket.

In exemplary embodiments, the handle can be grasped from within the chamber of the bucket when the bucket is substantially nested within a second bucket. This configuration ensures that when the bucket is nested within a second bucket, an operator is not impeded from grasping the handle by virtue of said handle being wedged between an outer surface of the bucket and an inner surface of the second bucket. Advantageously, this configuration allows for the bucket to be more easily and conveniently removed from a second bucket. A fifth aspect of the present invention provides a method of draining a fishing bait bucket of liquid, said method comprising the steps of; providing a fishing bait bucket assembly, said assembly comprising an outer bucket for holding a liquid and a perforated inner bucket for holding bait, moving the inner bucket from a first position in which the inner bucket is in a first orientation with respect to the outer bucket, and substantially nested within the outer bucket to immerse the bait in liquid, to a second position in which the inner bucket is in a second orientation with respect to the outer bucket, enabling the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket and liquid to drain therefrom. This method affords multiple advantages. Whilst the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket, liquid contained within the outer bucket may permeate the inner bucket by virtue of the perforations. The bait contained within the inner bucket is therefore allowed to soak within the liquid until required. Upon the inner bucket being removed from the outer bucket, the bait and the liquid are separated. The bait is securely retained within the inner bucket, whilst the liquid is separated into the outer bucket by virtue of the inner bucket being supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket. Advantageously, this results in a maximum amount of each of the bait and a liquid being retained, thus reducing wastage. In addition, the bait is contained such that it can be more easily collected from the inner bucket (e.g. scooped up) prior to use.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises lifting the inner bucket from the outer bucket, and rotating the inner bucket around a central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation. The inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket by simply lifting and rotating the inner bucket with respect to the outer bucket. Such a step is of advantageously low-complexity, and means that the bait can be remove from the liquid by an operator, and allowed to drain quickly and efficiently.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises rotating the inner bucket substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This step allows for the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket when the inner and outer buckets each have an advantageously straightforward rectangular footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises rotating the inner bucket substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation. This step allows for the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket when the inner and outer buckets each have an advantageously straightforward square footprint.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises providing the inner bucket with a first engagement portion, and providing the outer bucket with a second engagement portion. Each of the inner and outer buckets has an associated engagement portion. Advantageously, this provides a low-complexity arrangement in which the inner bucket can be secured to the outer bucket without the requirement for further securing apparatus.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises removing the inner bucket from the outer bucket and rotating the inner bucket around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket such that the first and second engagement portions are substantially aligned.

In exemplary embodiments, the method further comprises removably engaging the first engagement portion with the second engagement portion, such that the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket. Advantageously, this configuration allows for the inner bucket to be supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket, without any further apparatus being required. In addition, this configuration has advantageously been found to greatly improve the stability of engagement between the inner bucket and the outer bucket, allowing the inner bucket to be more reliably supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket.

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Embodiments of the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a bait bucket assembly, with the inner bucket in a first position with respect to the outer bucket, according to a first embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 is a plan view of the bait bucket assembly of Figure 1, with the inner bucket in the first position with respect to the outer bucket;

Figure 3 is a cross sectional view of the bait bucket assembly of Figure 1, with the inner bucket in the first position with respect to the outer bucket;

Figure 4 is a perspective view of the bait bucket assembly of Figure 1, with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket;

Figure 5 is a side view of the bait bucket assembly of Figure 1, with the inner bucket in the second position with respect to the outer bucket.

Figure 6 is a perspective view of a bait bucket assembly, with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to a second embodiment of the invention;

Figure 7 is a cross sectional perspective view of the inner bucket of Figure 6;

Figure 8a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to a third embodiment of the invention;

Figure 8b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 8a;

Figure 9a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to a fourth embodiment of the invention;

Figure 9b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 9a;

Figure 9c is perspective view of a variant of the embodiment of Figure 9a, wherein the inner bucket has a different configuration of movable elements;

Figure 9d is a perspective view of the variant of Figure 9c with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket;

Figure 10a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to a fifth embodiment of the invention;

Figure 10b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of

Figure 10a;

Figure 11a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to a sixth embodiment of the invention;

Figure lib is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 11a;

Figure 12a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to a seventh embodiment of the invention;

Figure 12b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 12a;

Figure 13a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to an eighth embodiment of the invention;

Figure 13b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 13 a;

Figure 14a is perspective view of an inner bucket according to an ninth embodiment of the invention;

Figure 14b is a perspective view of a bucket assembly with the inner bucket in a second position with respect to the outer bucket, according to the embodiment of Figure 14a;

Figure 14c is a perspective view of a variant of the embodiment of Figure 14a, wherein the bucket assembly has a different collar configuration and the inner bucket is shown in a second position with respect to the outer bucket. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENT(S)

Referring to Figures 1 to 5, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 100. The bait bucket assembly 100 includes an outer bucket 102, and an inner bucket 104. The outer bucket is 102 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 104 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

The inner bucket 104 is movable between a first position, in which the inner bucket 104 substantially nests within the outer bucket 102 (illustrated in Figures 1 to 3), and a second position, in which the inner bucket 104 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 104 into the outer bucket 102 (illustrated in Figures 4 and 5). In this embodiment, when the inner bucket 104 nests in the first position the base or bottom wall of the inner bucket rests on a base or bottom wall of the outer bucket 102.

The first position, in which the inner bucket 102 nests within the outer bucket 104 allows bait contained within the inner bucket 102 to be immersed in liquid contained in the outer bucket 104.

Whilst the inner bucket 104 is nested within the outer bucket 102, liquid contained within the outer bucket 102 may pass through the perforations 108, and enter the inner bucket 104. The bait contained within the inner bucket 104 is therefore allowed to soak within the liquid until required. The bait contained within the inner bucket 104 may be loose 'particulate' bait such as maize meal, sweetcorn, pellets, nuts or seeds The bait may also include larger 'boilies', which are commonly boiled fishmeal paste and various other ingredients bound together with egg. The liquid may be a synthetic attractant with high amino acid content, or simply honey, molasses or yeast extract, which in the field of carp fishing are commonly used to increase the attractiveness of the bait to the fish.

Upon the bait being required by an angler, the inner bucket 102 can be grasped by handle 106 and moved between the first position and the second position, to allow the liquid to drain from the inner bucket 102 into the outer bucket 104, through the perforations (not shown). As result, the bait and the liquid are separated. The bait is securely retained within the inner bucket 104, whilst the liquid is separated into the outer bucket 102 by virtue of the inner bucket 104 being supported in an elevated position with respect to the outer bucket 102. This allows the operator to easily scoop the bait from the inner bucket 104, without having to dry the bait or drain the liquid therefrom in a separate step.

Referring to Figure 2 in particular, when the inner bucket 104 is nested within the outer bucket 102, liquid contained within the outer bucket 102 may enter the inner bucket 104 by passing through perforations 108. Perforations 108 are located in a bottom surface of the inner bucket 104, and are arranged so as to ensure that when the inner bucket 104 is in the second position relative to the outer bucket 102, and supported by said outer bucket 102, the liquid drains from the inner bucket directly downward into the outer bucket 102. Again, this advantageously ensures that as much liquid as possible is retained and can be reused on a later occasion. In addition, spillage of the liquid down the external surfaces of the outer bucket 102 is substantially eliminated, reducing the frequency with which the bucket assembly 100 requires cleaning. Further, the perforations 108 are shaped and positioned such that the injection moulding process employed to manufacture the inner bucket 104, is simplified far as possible. In this embodiment, the perforations are elongate and extend outwardly from a centreline of the base, and partially into a side wall. Further, in this embodiment, the perforations have a maximum width of 1.5 mm so as to retain typical carp bait within the inner bucket 104. In other embodiments, alternative manufacturing techniques may be used.

Referring again to Figures 1 to 3, in the first position the inner bucket 104 has a first orientation with respect to the outer bucket 102, and in the second position, the inner bucket 104 has a second orientation with respect to the outer bucket 102. An operator can transition the inner bucket 104 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 104 by handle 106, and rotating the inner bucket 104 around a central vertical axis X (illustrated in Figure 3) with respect to the outer bucket 102, from the first orientation to the second orientation.

In the described embodiment, the inner bucket 104 is grasped by handle 106 rotated substantially 90° around the central vertical axis X with respect to the outer bucket 102, between the first orientation and the second orientation. As illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, this configuration allows for the inner bucket 104 to be supported by the outer bucket 102 due to the inner and outer buckets 104, 102 each having an advantageously straightforward rectangular footprint.

In an alternative embodiment (not shown), the inner and outer bucket each have a generally square footprint. In such an embodiment, the inner bucket may be removed from the outer bucket and rotated substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, such that in plan view, adjacent sidewalls of the inner and outer bucket were arranged at an angle of substantially 45° to one another. Each of the four comers of the base of the inner bucket, defined by the junction between adjoining side walls, would then rest atop a separate side wall of the outer bucket, thus supporting the inner bucket in the second position.

In order to allow the secure engagement between the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102, when the inner bucket 104 is in the second position, the inner bucket 104 includes a first engagement portion 115, and the outer bucket 102 includes a second engagement portion 122, the first engagement portion 115 being configured to removably engage with the second engagement portion 122.

Referring to Figures 2 to 5, in the described embodiment, the inner bucket 104 has a generally rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 110 and a second pair of opposing side walls 112 that are shorter in length than the first pair 110. In this embodiment, the side walls 110, 112 are curved at their junction with each other and with the base. In addition, in this embodiment, the side walls 110, 112 taper inwards from the top. In other embodiments, only one opposing pair of side walls may taper, or neither may do so. Each side wall 112 has a laterally protruding surface 114, a lower end of which defines the first engagement portion 115, which in this embodiment is a downwardly facing groove 116.

The groove 116 of each opposing face 112 is configured to removably receive the second engagement portion 122 of the outer bucket 102. In the described embodiment, the outer bucket 102 has a rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 118 and a second pair of opposing side walls 120 that are shorter in length than the first pair 118. The side walls 118, 120 are interconnected such that when the outer bucket 102 is observed in plan view, said opposing side walls 118, 120 define the rectangular body of the outer bucket 102, and such that an upper end of each side wall defines a portion of a continuous rim 122, extending around the circumference of the outer bucket 102. Further, the side walls 118, 120 taper inwards as they extend away from the rim 122.

In the described embodiment, the rim 122 of the outer bucket 104 provides the second engagement portion. When the inner bucket 104 is removed from the outer bucket 102 and rotated substantially 90° with respect to the outer bucket 102, the downwardly facing groove 116 of the inner bucket 104 is aligned with the rim 122 of the outer bucket 102. The inner bucket 104 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 102 such that the rim 122 of the outer bucket 102 rests within the groove 104. Such an arrangement allows the inner bucket 104 to be supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 104 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 104 into the outer bucket 102.

In other embodiments (not shown), the downwardly facing grooves are provided in the base of the bucket, rather than the side walls. In such an embodiment, it would be advantageous for the perforations to be located between the grooves so as to minimise the risk of liquid spillage.

Referring now to Figure 4 in particular, in the described embodiment, the inner bucket 104 includes two first engagement portions 115, wherein said first engagement portions 115 are located on substantially opposing side walls 112 of the inner bucket 104. When the inner bucket 104 is supported in the second position by the outer bucket 102, the positioning of the first engagement portions 115 ensures that substantially two thirds of the inner bucket 104 project above the rim 122 of the outer bucket 102, with substantially one third of the inner bucket 104 remaining contained within the outer bucket 102. It has been found that such a configuration yet further improves the stability of engagement between the inner bucket 103 and the outer bucket 102, whilst providing sufficient volume under the inner bucket to the liquid to drain into. This allows the weight of the inner bucket 104 to be more evenly distributed to the outer bucket 102 underneath, resulting in the inner bucket 104 being more reliably supported in an elevated position. As a result, it is less likely that the assembly will be inadvertently knocked over. However, it will be appreciated that in alternative embodiments, the inner bucket may have a single engagement portion, or more than two engagement portions.

In the described embodiment, the laterally protruding surface 114 of each opposing side wall 112, and as such each first engagement portion 115, is integrally formed with the body of the inner bucket 104. In addition, the rim 122 of the outer bucket 102 is integrally formed with the body of the outer bucket 102.

Referring again to Figure 3, in the described embodiment, the rim 122 of the outer bucket 102 and the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104 each defines an opening. The opening of the outer bucket 102 has a length and a width, that are greater respectively than the maximum length and width of the inner bucket 104, as defined by the rim 124. The bucket assembly is configured in such way so as to optimise the extent to which the inner bucket nests within the outer bucket. The opening of the outer bucket 102 and the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104 define substantially the same geometric shape, and consequently, the opening of the outer bucket 104 is configured to receive the inner bucket 102. In the described embodiment, the opening of the outer bucket 102 and the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104 define a rectangle with rounded corners. In alternative embodiments, the opening of the outer bucket and the rim of the inner bucket may define another geometric shape, such as a square.

Advantageously, the dimensions of the inner bucket allow it to nest within the outer bucket such that a minimum amount of space is wasted between said buckets, this reduced the amount of material required in manufacturing the assembly. In addition, the closeness of fit between the two buckets is configured such that the likelihood of the inner bucket becoming stuck within the outer bucket is reduced. Advantageously, this reduces the likelihood that and contents of the inner or outer buckets will be spilt and consequently lost due to the two buckets being problematic to separate from one another.

With particular reference to Figure 4, in the described embodiments, the outer bucket 102 and the inner bucket 104 each further comprise a base 140, 142 vertically separated from their respective rim 122, 124. The rim 122 and the base 140 of the outer bucket 104 and the rim 124 and the base 142 of the inner bucket 104 further define the maximum height of the outer bucket 102 and the inner bucket 104 respectively. As can be seen in Figure 4, in the described embodiment, the maximum height of the outer bucket 102 is greater than the maximum height of the inner bucket 104. Providing the bucket assembly 100 with such a configuration not only further facilitates nesting of the inner bucket 104 within the outer bucket 102, but advantageously affords the inner bucket 104, and the bait contained therein, with an enhanced level of protection from accidental external impact when the bucket assembly 100 is in use. Such a difference in vertical height also provides for the application of a cover, seated with the opening of the outer bucket.

In alternative embodiments, the outer bucket may further comprise a removable lid. Said lid could be configured to substantially cover the opening when the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket. Advantageously, this would; prevent access to the bucket assembly by rats and other vermin, reduce the likelihood that the liquid contained therein will spill during transit of the bucket assembly, and increase the ease with which the assembly may be more stored when not in use, as other objects such as fishing equipment may be stacked on top.

In addition, in alternative embodiments, the outer bucket may be a standard bait bucket having a volume of between 15 and 20 litres. Such buckets, for example the standard 17 litre bait bucket, are widely available and commonly used by anglers for the purchase and storage of fishing bait. This means that the inner bucket can be retrofitted to an existing bucket, reducing the cost and increasing convenience of use for the consumer.

In the described embodiment, the process by which the first engagement portions 115 and the second engagement portion 122 are integrally formed with the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102 respectively is an injection moulding process. In said process, the outer bucket 102 the inner bucket 104 and the handle 106 are each separately formed in a single injection moulding process, using a single axis mould by virtue of the shape described above. Producing the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102 in such a way advantageously simplifies the manufacturing process, which can ultimately result in a reduction in manufacturing costs.

In the described embodiments, the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102 are manufactured from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Such a material affords the bucket assembly 100 with a high tensile strength to density ratio, and a good resistance to corrosion and high temperatures. In addition the material can be stored at sub-zero temperatures without substantial detriment to its mechanical properties. This is particularly advantageous should an operator wish to store and preserve bait within the bucket assembly 100 for a long period of time. In other embodiments, the inner and/or outer buckets may be made using alternative processes, such as spin moulding or blow moulding for example, or may be manufactured from alternative materials such as Polypropylene (PP).

With reference to Figures 1 to 4, in the described embodiment, the side walls 110, 112 are interconnected such that they define the rectangular body of the inner bucket 104, and such that an upper end of each side wall defines a portion of a rim 124. The handle 106 is hingedly attached to the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104, and includes a substantially C-shaped body having first and second ends, first and second side portions 126, and a central grasping section 128.

The first and second ends of the handle 106 are hingedly connected to a portion of the rim 124 at an upper end of each opposing side wall 110 of the inner bucket 104. The handle 106 is movable between a stowed position, in which the handle 106 is arranged substantially parallel to the rim 124 (illustrated in Figures 1, 3 and 4) and an extended position, in which the handle 106 is arranged substantially perpendicular to the rim 124 (illustrated in Figure 2) to allow the inner bucket 104 to be lifted from the outer bucket 102. In alternative embodiments, the handle may be attached to an external surface of a side wall of the inner bucket, or alternately to an inner surface of such a side wall. Further, in alternative embodiments, the handle may be arranged at an angle with respect to the rim of the inner bucket when the handle is in the stowed position.

In the stowed position, an inner surface 130 of each of the first and second side portions of the handle 106 is in contact with an external surface 132 of the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104, located at the upper end of each opposing side wall 110 of the inner bucket 104. The handle 106 is configured such that when the inner bucket 104 is nested within the outer bucket 102, the handle 106 substantially nests between the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102. The provision of the handle 106 allows for the inner bucket 104 to be easily and conveniently moved between the first position and the second position, without an operator having to touch any other surface of the inner bucket 104 which may be dirty or wet. The configuration of the handle 106 ensures that movement of the inner bucket 104 between the first position and the second position is not impeded. Further, when the handle 106 is in the stowed position, no part of the body of the handle 106 protrudes above the maximum height of the inner bucket 104 as defined by an uppermost surface of the rim 124.

Referring to Figures 2 and 4 in particular, the rim 124 of the inner bucket 104 has a discontinuity 134 at an upper end of each opposing end wall 112 that defines a cut away section. Referring now to Figures 1 and 4 in particular, when the handle 106 is in the stowed position with the inner surface 130 of the first and second side portions 126 of the handle 106 in contact with the external surface 132 of the rim 124, the discontinuity 134 of the rim 124 means that the central grasping section 128 of the handle 106 is visible from within chamber of the inner bucket 104.

Referring now to Figure 2 in particular, the discontinuity 134 includes a lip 136 that defines a planar support surface 138. The support surface 138 of the lip 136 is configured to support the central grasping section 128 of the handle 106, when the handle 106 is in the stowed position.

This configuration allows the handle 106 to be grasped easily by an operator from within the chamber, and moved from the stowed position to the extended position. Advantageously, this removes the requirement for an operator to prise the handle 106 out from between the inner bucket 104 and the outer bucket 102, before the inner bucket 104 can be moved from the first position into the second position. In addition, such a configuration means that the location of the handle 106 does not restrict the volume of the inner bucket 104. Advantageously, this confers the inner bucket 104 with an increased capacity. A second embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 6 and 7. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment in the second and subsequent embodiments have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘2’, '3', '4' etc. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed in detail herein.

Referring to Figure 6, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 200. The bait bucket assembly 200 includes an outer bucket 202, and an inner bucket 204. The outer bucket 202 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 204 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 204 has a rectangular body of similar external shape to the inner bucket of the first embodiment, defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 210 and a second pair of opposing side walls 212 that are shorter in length than the first pair 210. Said side walls together define a chamber within the inner bucket for holding the aforementioned bait. The inner bucket 204 further comprises a wall defining a base 242.

Referring to Figures 6 and 7, a perforated column 201 extends vertically from base wall 242 into the chamber defined by the opposing side walls 210, 212. The column 201 includes a series of elongate perforations 203, extending from the base wall 242 of the inner bucket 204 to the uppermost end of the column 201. Said perforations 203 extend through the full thickness of the wall of the column, and facilitate the draining of fluid from the bucket and airflow through the bucket, such that the bait contained therein may be optimally dried. The bucket may also be hung from an external support such as the branch of a tree, by virtue of the handle 206, to further accelerate the drying process. In addition, the perforations 203 allow the bucket 204 to be used by an angler in the 'glugging' of boilies (immersing the bodies in an attractant liquid so that some soaks into the boilie). Any excess 'glug' that is not absorbed by the boilies may easily pass from the bucket into another container (e.g. the outer bucket) through the perforations 203 and be retained for future use.

In this embodiment, the opposing side walls 210, 212 of the inner bucket 204 define the maximum vertical height of the chamber. As illustrated in Figure 7, the maximum vertical height of the column 201 is less than the maximum vertical height of the chamber. As a result, the column 201 does not extend vertically above the maximum height of the opposing side walls 210, 212 of the chamber, and as a result, is both less likely to be damaged and will not impinge on the ability to fit a cover over the opening of the bucket.

The opposing side walls 210, 212 of the inner bucket 204 each further comprises a series of elongate perforations 205, extending through the full thickness of the respective side wall 210, 212. Said perforations 205 further facilitate the draining of fluid from, and airflow through the inner bucket 204, such that the bait contained therein may be optimally dried. In this embodiment, the perforations 205 have a maximum width of 5mm, tapering along their length to a minimum width of 1.8mm. In alternative embodiments, the maximum and minimum width of the perforations may vary. Further, the perforations may have a constant width along their length.

Referring in particular to Figure 7, in this embodiment, the perforations 205 extend from the base 242 to a level approximately 75% of the vertical height of each opposing side wall 210. In addition, the perforations 205 extend from the base 242 to a level approximately 30% of the vertical height of each opposing side wall 212. In alternative embodiments, the perforations 205 may extend a greater of lesser distance up either each opposing side wall 210 or each opposing side wall 212.

In this embodiment, the column 201 is substantially circular in cross section, and extends from the centre of the base wall 242 of the inner bucket 204. This configuration has been found to provide a maximum surface area for the perforated surface of the column within the chamber of the bucket, whilst ensuring a sufficient overall volume remains available within the chamber for holding bait. In alternative embodiments, the column may have an alternative shape in cross section, and may extend from an alternative position in the base wall 242 of the inner bucket 204.

Further, in this embodiment, the inner bucket 204 comprises a single column 201. In an alternative embodiment, the inner bucket 204 may include two or more columns. In addition, in alternative embodiments, the column or columns may extend from one or more of the opposing side walls, into the chamber of the bucket, or may extend from both the base and the opposing side walls of the bucket. A third embodiment of the invention is shown in Figures 8a and 8b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘3’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 8a and 8b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 300. The bait bucket assembly 300 includes an outer bucket 302, and an inner bucket 304. The outer bucket 302 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 304 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 304 has a rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 310 and a second pair of sloped opposing side walls 312 that are shorter in length than the first pair 310. In addition, the outer bucket 302 has a rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 318 and a second pair of opposing side walls 320 that are shorter in length than the first pair 318.

In this embodiment, the outer surface of each sloped sidewall 312 provides the first engagement portion, whereas an inner surface of each sidewall 318 provides the second engagement portion. This results in a configuration of advantageously low-complexity. There is no requirement for the addition of further components, which in turn simplifies the manufacturing process and reduces manufacturing costs associated with the bucket assembly 300.

When the inner bucket 304 is removed from the outer bucket 302 and rotated substantially 90° with respect to the outer bucket 302, the inner bucket 304 is dimensioned such that it can then be placed atop the outer bucket 302 such that the outer surface of each sloped sidewall 312 of the inner bucket 304 comes into contact with the inner surface of each sidewall 318 in a wedging action. The inner bucket 304 is then supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 304 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 304 into the outer bucket 302, by virtue of an interference fit (i.e. frictional forces) arising between the outer surface of each sloped inner bucket sidewall 312 and the inner surface of each outer bucket sidewall 318.

Providing a sloped inner surface of the outer bucket as the second engagement portion further contributes to a configuration of advantageously low-complexity. The bucket shape can be manufactured without the need for tooling or moulds having a complicated shape. This in turn simplifies the manufacturing process and also reduces manufacturing costs. A fourth embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 9a, and 9b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘4’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 9a and 9b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 400. The bait bucket assembly 400 includes an outer bucket 402, and an inner bucket 404. The outer bucket 402 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 404 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 404 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 402 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 404 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 404 by handle 406, and lifting the inner bucket 404 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 402. The inner bucket 404 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a plurality of movable elements.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 404 further includes a wall defining a base 442. The movable elements are substantially identical first and second feet 444, hingedly connected at first end 446 to opposing end points of an outer surface 450 said base 442. The first engagement portion is provided by a second end 448 of each foot 444. Each foot 444 is movable between a collapsed position (Figure 9a) in which said feet are arranged substantially parallel to the base 442 of the inner bucket 404, and an extended position (Figure 9b) in which said feet are arranged substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 450 of the base 442 of the inner bucket 404.

When the inner bucket 404 is in the first position, i.e. nested within the outer bucket 402, each foot 444 is in the collapsed position, which allows each foot to not only lie parallel with the outer surface 450 of the base 442 of the inner bucket 404, but to also lie substantially parallel with an inner surface 452 of the base 440 of the outer bucket 402. This ensures that the first and second feet 444 do not impede the nesting of the inner bucket 404 within the outer bucket 402.

When the inner bucket 404 is lifted from the outer bucket 404, the second end 448 of each foot 444 preferably extends under its own weight, and moves into the extended position, as illustrated in Figure 9b. In alternative embodiments, each may be extended as a result of user interaction. In this embodiment, the second engagement portion is provided by the inner surface 452 of the base 440 of the outer bucket 402. Upon each foot 444 moving into the extended position, the first engagement portion provided by the second end 448 of each foot 444 comes into contact with the second engagement portion as provided by the inner surface 452 of the base 440 of the outer bucket 402, thus supporting the inner bucket 404 in the second position, i.e. an elevated position, relative to the outer bucket 402. The hinges may include detents (not shown) to help retain each foot in their retracted and/or deployed positions.

Figures 9c and 9d, illustrate a slight variation of the aforementioned embodiment, wherein the movable elements are substantially identical first and second feet 444, hingedly connected at a first end 446 to a central point of the outer surface 450 of the base 442 of the inner bucket 404.

The first engagement portion is again provided by a second end 448 of each foot 444. Each foot 444 is movable between a collapsed position (Figure 9c) in which said feet 444 are arranged substantially parallel to the outer surface 450 of the base 442 of the inner bucket 404, and an extended position (Figure 9d) in which said feet are arranged substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 450 of the base 442 of the inner bucket 404. Again, detents or catches may be provided to maintain the desired positions of the feet. A fifth embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 10a, and 10b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘5’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 10a and 10b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 500. The bait bucket assembly 500 includes an outer bucket 502, and an inner bucket 504.

The outer bucket 502 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 504 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 504 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 502 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 504 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 504 by handle 506, and lifting the inner bucket 504 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 502. The inner bucket 504 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a plurality of movable elements.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 504 has a rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 510 and a second pair of opposing side walls 512 that are shorter in length than the first pair 510. In addition, the outer bucket 502 has a rectangular body defined by two pairs of opposing side walls, a first pair of opposing side walls 518 and a second pair of opposing side walls 520 that are shorter in length than the first pair 518.

In this embodiment, the movable elements are substantially identical first and second pivotable supports 554. Said pivotable supports 554 include a substantially C-shaped body having first and second ends, first and second side portions 556, and a central supporting section 562. The pivotable supports 554 are hingedly connected at their first and second ends to an outer surface of 560 of the opposing side walls 510.

Each pivotable support 554 is movable between a collapsed position (Figure 10a) in which said supports 554 project in a direction subtantially perpendicular to an outer surface 550 of the base 542 of the inner bucket 504 (i.e. downwardly), and an extended position (Figure 10b) in which said supports project in a direction substantially perpendicular to an outer surface 562 of each opposing side wall 512 of the inner bucket 504 (i.e. horizontally).

Referring again to Figure 10b, first and second stops 564 project from each outer surface 560 of each opposing side wall 510. When the pivotable supports 554 are moved into the extended position, each support 554 is prevented from extending past a position in which the support projects in a direction substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 562 of each opposing side wall 512, by virtue of the abutment of the first and second side portions 556 of each support 554 with a corresponding stop 564. This ensures that the central supporting section 558 of each support 554 also projects in a direction substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 562 of each opposing side wall 512.

Each central supporting section 558 of each support 554 also includes a supporting surface 566. In this embodiment, said supporting surfaces 566 provide the first engagement portions.

In the described embodiment, the rim 522 of the outer bucket 504 provides the second engagement portion. When the inner bucket 504 is removed from the outer bucket 502 and each pivotable support is moved into the extended position, the inner bucket 504 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 502 such that the supporting surface 566 of each pivoting support 554 rests upon the rim of the outer bucket 522. Such an arrangement allows the inner bucket 504 to be supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 504 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 504 into the outer bucket 502. A sixth embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 11a, and lib. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘6’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 1 la and 1 lb, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 600. The bait bucket assembly 600 includes an outer bucket 602, and an inner bucket 604. The outer bucket 602 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 604 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 604 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 602 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 604 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 604 by handle 606, and lifting the inner bucket 604 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 602. The inner bucket 604 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a plurality of movable elements.

In this embodiment, the movable elements are substantially identical first and second inserts 668. The inserts 668 include a retaining portion 670 comprising a channel, and a sloped supporting portion 672. In the described embodiment, the rim 622 of the outer bucket 604 provides the second engagement portion, and the retaining portion 670 of the insert 668 provides the first engagement portion. When the inner bucket 604 is removed from the outer bucket 602, the retaining portion 670 of each insert 668 is secured upon the rim 622 of the outer bucket 602, by virtue of said rim 622 being inserted within the channel of the retaining portion 670. The inner bucket 604 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 602 such that sloped supporting portion 672 of the insert 668 comes into contact with the outer surface 662 of each opposing sidewall 612 of the inner bucket 604 in a wedging action. The inner bucket 604 is then supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 604 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 604 into the outer bucket 602, by virtue of an interference fit (i.e. frictional forces) arising between the sloped supporting portion 672 of each insert 668 and the outer surface 662 of each opposing sidewall 612 of the inner bucket 604. In a variant of this arrangement, the slope may be replaced with a support surface arranged to extend under the inner bucket and support the base. A seventh embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 12a, and 12b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘7’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 12a and 12b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 700. The bait bucket assembly 700 includes an outer bucket 702, and an inner bucket 704. The outer bucket 702 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 704 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 704 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 702 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 704 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 704 by handle 706, and lifting the inner bucket 704 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 702. The inner bucket 704 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a plurality of movable elements.

In this embodiment, the movable elements are substantially identical first and second sliding supports 774. Said sliding supports 774 include a substantially C-shaped body having first and second ends, first and second side portions 776, and a central supporting section 778.

An outer surface 760 of each opposing side wall 710 has substantially identical first and second channels 780, configured to receive the first and second ends of the sliding supports 774 such that central supporting section 778 is brought into contact with the outer surface 762 of each opposing end wall 712 of the inner bucket 704. When each sliding support 774 is fully inserted into a respective channel 780, this ensures that the central supporting section 778 of each support 774 projects in a direction substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 762 of each opposing side wall 712.

Each central supporting section 778 of each support 774 also includes a supporting surface 782. In this embodiment, said supporting surfaces 782 provide the first engagement portions.

In the described embodiment, the rim 722 of the outer bucket 704 provides the second engagement portion. When the inner bucket 704 is removed from the outer bucket 702 and each sliding support 774 is fully inserted such that that central supporting section 778 is brought into contact with the outer surface 762 of each opposing end wall 712 of the inner bucket 704, the inner bucket 704 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 702 such that the supporting surface 782 of each sliding support 774 rests upon the rim of the outer bucket 722. Such an arrangement allows the inner bucket 704 to be supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 704 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 704 into the outer bucket 702.

An eighth embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 13a, and 13b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘8’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 13a and 13b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 800. The bait bucket assembly 800 includes an outer bucket 802, and an inner bucket 804. The outer bucket 802 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 804 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 804 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 802 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 804 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 804 by handle 806, and lifting the inner bucket 804 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 802. The inner bucket 804 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a plurality of movable elements.

In this embodiment, the movable elements are substantially identical first and second pivotable supports 884. Each of said supports 884 has a central supporting section 886 with a spindle 888 extending from opposite ends thereof.

An outer surface 862 of each opposing side wall 812 has substantially identical first and second lateral grooves 890, configured to receive the spindles 888 and which act as a bearing. When the spindles 888 of each support 884 are fully inserted into a respective lateral groove 890, this enables them to pivot between a first position substantially parallel to the side walls, and a second position in which each support 884 projects in a direction substantially perpendicular to the outer surface 862 of each opposing side wall 812. The shape of the grooves enables them to act as a stop to ensure that the support cannot pivot further upwardly beyond this position.

Each support also includes a supporting surface 892. In this embodiment, said supporting surfaces 892 provide the first engagement portions.

In the described embodiment, the rim 822 of the outer bucket 804 provides the second engagement portion. When the inner bucket 804 is removed from the outer bucket 802 and each support 884 is pivoted outwards, the inner bucket 804 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 802 such that the supporting surface 892 of each clippable insert 884 rests upon the rim of the outer bucket 822. Such an arrangement allows the inner bucket 804 to be supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 804 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 804 into the outer bucket 802. In a variant of this embodiment (not shown), the support may not pivot and instead may simply be removable and releasably attach to the inner bucket in the deployed, horizontal position. A ninth embodiment of the invention is shown in figures 14a, and 14b. Features corresponding to those of the first embodiment have been given corresponding reference numbers, except with the prefix ‘9’. Only features that differ from those of the first embodiment are discussed herein.

Referring to Figures 14a and 14b, a bait bucket assembly is indicated generally at 900. The bait bucket assembly 900 includes an outer bucket 902, and an inner bucket 904. The outer bucket 902 is impermeable, and configured to hold a liquid. The inner bucket 904 is perforated, and configured to hold bait.

In this embodiment, the inner bucket 904 has the same orientation with respect to the outer bucket 902 in both the first position and the second position. An operator can transition the inner bucket 904 between the first position and second position by grasping the inner bucket 904 by handle 906, and lifting the inner bucket 904 to an elevated position relative to the outer bucket 902. The inner bucket 904 is then supported in the second position by virtue of a movable element.

In this embodiment, the movable element is a collar 994, wherein the collar has an inner circumferential surface 996 configured to slidably engage with each of the outer surfaces 960, 962 of the respective opposing side walls 910, 912 of the inner bucket 904. The first engagement portion is provided by substantially identical support surfaces 998 extending from opposing ends of an outer circumferential surface 981 of the collar 994.

In the described embodiment, the rim 922 of the outer bucket 904 provides the second engagement portion. When the inner bucket 904 is removed from the outer bucket 902 and the collar 994 slidably engaged with the inner bucket 904 such that the collar 994 encompasses substantially the entire outer perimeter of the inner bucket 904, the inner bucket 904 can then be placed atop the outer bucket 902 such that each the supporting surfaces 998 rest upon the rim of the outer bucket 922. Such an arrangement allows the inner bucket 904 to be supported in the second position, in which the inner bucket 904 is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket 904 into the outer bucket 902.

Figure 14c illustrates a variation of the aforementioned embodiment, wherein the collar 994 also includes a plurality of legs 983 extending therefrom. In this embodiment, the first engagement portion is provided by a second end of each leg 983, and the second engagement portion is provided by the ground 985.

Although the invention has been described above with reference to one or more preferred embodiments, it will be appreciated that various changes or modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

Throughout the description and claims of this specification, the words "comprise" and "contain" and variations of the word, for example "comprising" and "comprises", means "including, but not limited to", and it is not intended to (and does not) exclude other moieties, components, integers or steps.

Throughout the description and claims of this specification, the singular encompasses the plural unless the context otherwise requires. In particular, where the indefinite article is used, the specification is to be understood as contemplating plurality as well as singularity, unless the context requires otherwise.

Features, integers, characteristics or compounds described in conjunction with a particular aspect, embodiment or example of the invention are to be understood as be applicable to any other aspect, embodiment or example described herein unless incompatible therewith.

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Claims
1. A bait bucket assembly comprising; an outer bucket for holding a liquid; and, a perforated inner bucket for holding bait, wherein the inner bucket is movable between; a first position, in which the inner bucket substantially nests within the outer bucket, to immerse the bait in liquid; and, a second position, in which the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position such that the liquid is allowed to drain from the inner bucket into the outer bucket, through the perforations.
2. A bucket assembly according to claim 1, wherein the inner bucket is supported in the second position by the outer bucket.
3. A bucket assembly according to claim 2, wherein the first position comprises the inner bucket having a first orientation with respect to the outer bucket, and wherein the second position comprises the inner bucket having a second orientation with respect to the outer bucket.
4. A bucket assembly according to claim 3, wherein the assembly is configured such that the inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket when the inner bucket is lifted from the outer bucket and rotated around a central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation.
5. A bucket assembly according to claim 4, wherein the inner bucket is configured to be rotated substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
6. A bucket assembly according to claim 4, wherein the inner bucket is configured to be rotated substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
7. A bucket assembly according to any preceding claim, wherein the inner bucket comprises a first engagement portion, wherein the outer bucket comprises a second engagement portion, and wherein the first engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the second engagement portion to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position.
8. A bucket assembly according to claim 7, wherein the first engagement portion is integrally formed with the inner bucket.
9. A bucket assembly according to claim 7 or claim 8, wherein the second engagement portion is integrally formed with the outer bucket.
10. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 6 to 9, wherein the inner bucket comprises a sidewall, and the first engagement portion comprises an outer surface of said sidewall.
11. A bucket assembly according to claim 10, wherein the second engagement portion comprises an inner surface of the outer bucket, and wherein the outer surface of the sidewall of the inner bucket engages with the inner surface of the outer bucket by virtue of an interference fit.
12. A bucket assembly according to claim 11, wherein the side wall is sloped, and said interference fit is by virtue of a wedging action due to the slope.
13. A bucket assembly according to claims 7 to 9, wherein the inner bucket further comprises a sidewall, and wherein the first engagement portion comprises said sidewall having a protruding surface.
14. A bucket assembly according to claim 13, wherein the protruding surface comprises a groove, wherein the groove is configured to receive the second engagement portion.
15. A bucket assembly according to claim 14, wherein the inner bucket can be supported by the outer bucket by coupling the first and second engagement portions.
16. A bucket assembly according to claim 14 or claim 15, wherein the first engagement portion is coupled with the second engagement portion when the inner bucket is removed from the outer bucket and rotated around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket from the first orientation to the second orientation, then supported by the outer bucket with the first and second engagement portions substantially aligned.
17. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 13 to 16, wherein the outer bucket further comprises a rim, and wherein the second engagement portion comprises said rim.
18. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 13 to 17, wherein the inner bucket comprises two first engagement portions, and the outer bucket comprises two second engagement portions, and wherein said first and second engagement portions are located on substantially opposing sides of the inner and outer buckets respectively.
19. A bucket assembly according to claim 1 or claim 2, further comprising a movable element, wherein the movable element comprises a first engagement portion and wherein the outer bucket comprises a second engagement portion, and wherein the first engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the second engagement portion to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position.
20. A bucket assembly according to claim 19, where the inner bucket further comprises a wall defining a base, and wherein said movable element comprises a foot hingedly connected at a first end to said base.
21. A bucket assembly according to claim 20, wherein the foot is movable between a collapsed position in which said foot is arranged substantially parallel to the base of the inner bucket, and an extended position in which said foot is arranged substantially perpendicular to the base of the inner bucket, wherein the foot is in the collapsed position when the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket, and wherein the foot is in the extended position when the inner bucket is lifted from the outer bucket.
22. A bucket assembly according to claim 20 or claim 21, wherein the first engagement portion comprises a second end of the foot.
23. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 20 to 22, wherein the outer bucket comprises a wall defining a base, and where the second engagement portion comprises an inner surface of said base.
24. A bucket assembly according to claim 19, wherein the inner bucket further comprises a sidewall, and wherein said movable element comprises a support movable between a retracted and deployed position with respect to the sidewall.
25. A bucket assembly according to claim 24, wherein the support pivots between the retracted and the deployed positions.
26. A bucket assembly according to claim 24, wherein the support slides between a retracted and a deployed position.
27. A bucket assembly according to claim 19, wherein the movable element comprises a removable insert.
28. A bucket assembly according to claim 27, wherein said insert is configured to be located substantially between an outer surface of the inner bucket and an inner surface of the outer bucket.
29. A bucket assembly according to claim 28, wherein the first engagement portion comprises a retainer, for securing the insert on the outer bucket,
30. A bucket assembly according to claim 28 or 29, wherein the insert further comprises a support portion, configured to contact the outer surface of the inner bucket.
31. A bucket assembly according to claim 19, wherein the movable element comprises a collar.
32. A bucket assembly according to claim 31, wherein the collar comprises an inner circumferential surface configured to engage with an outer surface of the inner bucket, and wherein the first engagement portion comprises a support extending from an outer circumferential surface of the collar.
33. A bucket assembly according to claim 32, wherein the collar is configured to encompass substantially the entire outer perimeter of the inner bucket.
34. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 24 to 26 and 31 to 33, wherein the outer bucket further comprises a rim, and wherein the second engagement portion comprises said rim.
35. A bucket assembly according to claim 1, further comprising a movable element configured to removably engage with the inner bucket and a support surface, to enable the outer bucket to be supported in the second position.
36. A bucket assembly according to claim 35, wherein the movable element comprises a collar having an inner circumferential surface configured to slidably engage with an outer surface of the inner bucket, and wherein the collar further comprises a leg configured to engage with the support surface.
37. A bucket assembly according to claim 36, wherein the support surface is the ground.
38. A bucket assembly according to claim 34, wherein the rim of the outer bucket and the inner bucket each defines an opening, and wherein the opening of the outer bucket is configured to receive the inner bucket, and wherein the opening of the outer bucket has a length and a width, and wherein the rim of the inner bucket defines the maximum length and a maximum width of the inner bucket, and further wherein the maximum length and the maximum width of the inner bucket are less than the length and the width of the opening of the outer bucket respectively.
39. A bucket assembly according to claim 38, wherein the rim of the inner bucket is configured to nest within the opening defined by the rim of the outer bucket.
40. A bucket assembly according to claim 38 or claim 39, wherein the opening of the outer bucket and the rim of the inner bucket define substantially the same geometric shape.
41. A bucket assembly according to claim 40, wherein the opening of the outer bucket and the rim of the inner bucket define a rectangle.
42. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 38 to 41, wherein the outer bucket and the inner bucket each further comprise a base vertically separated from their respective rim, and wherein the rim and the base of the outer bucket and the rim and the base of the inner bucket further define the maximum height of the outer bucket and the inner bucket respectively, and further wherein the maximum height of the outer bucket is greater than the maximum height of the inner bucket.
43. A bucket assembly according to any of claims 38 to 42, wherein the outer bucket further comprises a removable lid, and wherein said lid substantially covers the opening when the inner bucket is nested within the outer bucket.
44. A bucket assembly according to any preceding claim, wherein the outer bucket is a standard 17 litre bait bucket.
45. An inner bucket for holding fishing bait, wherein the inner bucket is perforated and configured to; substantially nest within a second bucket configured for holding a liquid, to immerse the bait in said liquid when the bucket is in a first orientation with respect to said second bucket; and, be removable from said second bucket and supported by said second bucket to allow liquid to drain therefrom, when the bucket is in a second orientation with respect to said second bucket.
46. An inner bucket according to claim 45, wherein the inner bucket is configured to be supported in the second position by a second bucket.
47. An inner bucket according to claim 45 or claim 46, wherein the first position comprises the inner bucket having a first orientation with respect to a second bucket, and wherein the second position comprises the inner bucket having a second orientation with respect to a second bucket.
48. An inner bucket according to claim 47, wherein the inner bucket can be supported by a second bucket when the inner bucket is lifted from said second bucket and rotated around a central vertical axis with respect to said second bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation.
49. An inner bucket according to claim 48, wherein the inner bucket is rotated substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to a second bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
50. An inner bucket according to claim 48, wherein the inner bucket is rotated substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to a second bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
51. An inner bucket according to any of claims 45 to 50, further comprising an engagement portion, wherein said engagement portion is configured to removably engage with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket to enable the inner bucket to be supported in the second position.
52. An inner bucket according to claim 51, wherein the engagement portion is integrally formed with the inner bucket.
53. An inner bucket according to claim 51 or 52, wherein the engagement portion is configured to removably engage with the rim of a second bucket.
54. An inner bucket according to any of claims 51 to 53, further comprising a sidewall, wherein the engagement portion comprises said sidewall having a protruding surface.
55 . An inner bucket according to claim 54, wherein the protruding surface comprises a groove, and wherein the groove is configured to receive the corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket.
56. An inner bucket according to claim 55, wherein the inner bucket can be supported by a second bucket by coupling the first engagement portion with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket.
57. An inner bucket according to claim 56, wherein the engagement portion is coupled with a corresponding engagement portion of a second bucket when the inner bucket is removed from said second bucket and rotated around the central vertical axis with respect to said second bucket from the first orientation to the second orientation, then supported by the second bucket with the first engagement portion and a corresponding engagement portion of the second bucket substantially aligned.
58. A bucket for holding fishing bait, wherein the bucket is perforated and configured to; substantially nest within a second bucket configured for holding a liquid, to immerse the bait in liquid when the bucket is in a first orientation with respect to said second bucket; and, be removable from said second bucket, wherein the bucket comprises a chamber defined by a plurality of walls, and wherein a perforated column extends from one of said walls into said chamber, and wherein said perforations facilitate the draining of fluid from the bucket and airflow through the bucket.
59. A bucket according to claim 58. wherein at least one of said walls is a side wall, and wherein the column extends substantially horizontally from said side wall into the chamber.
60. A bucket according to claim 58. wherein one of said walls is a base wall, and wherein the column extends substantially vertically from said base wall into the chamber.
61. A bucket according to claim 60, wherein the column extends substantially from the centre of the base wall.
62. A bucket according claim 60 or 61, wherein the side walls define the maximum vertical height of the chamber, and wherein the vertical height of the column is less than the vertical height of the chamber.
63. A bucket according to any of claims 58 to 62, wherein the perforations are elongate and extend substantially the full height of the column.
64. A bucket according to any of claims 58 to 63, wherein the side walls comprise elongate perforations extending vertically away from the base wall.
65. A bucket according to any of claims 58 to 64, wherein the bucket has a removable lid.
66. A bucket for holding fishing bait, said bucket comprising; a chamber having an opening defined by a rim; and, a handle, hingedly connected to an external surface of the bucket and movable between a stowed position, to allow the bucket to substantially nest within a second bucket, and an extended position, to allow the bucket to be lifted, wherein a portion of the rim comprises a discontinuity to allow the handle to be grasped from within the chamber and moved from the stowed position to the extended position.
67. A bucket according to claim 66, wherein the handle is arranged substantially parallel to the rim of the bucket when the handle is in the stowed position.
68. A bucket according to claim 66 or claim 67, wherein the handle is arranged substantially perpendicular to the rim of the bucket when the handle is in the extended position.
69. A bucket according to any of claims 66 to 68, wherein the handle comprises an inner surface, and wherein a portion of said inner surface is configured to be in touching contact with the external surface of the bucket when the handle is in the stowed position.
70. A bucket according to any of claims 66 or claim 69, wherein the handle comprises a supporting surface, and wherein the discontinuity further comprises a lip configured to support said supporting surface when the handle is in the stowed position.
71. A bucket according to any of claims 66 to 70, wherein the handle can be grasped from within the chamber of the bucket when the bucket is substantially nested within a second bucket.
72. A method of draining a fishing bait bucket of liquid, said method comprising the steps of; providing a fishing bait bucket assembly, said assembly comprising an outer bucket for holding a liquid and a perforated inner bucket for holding bait, moving the inner bucket from a first position in which the inner bucket is in a first orientation with respect to the outer bucket, and substantially nested within the outer bucket to immerse the bait in liquid, to a second position in which the inner bucket is in a second orientation with respect to the outer bucket, enabling the inner bucket to be supported by the outer bucket and liquid to drain therefrom.
73. A method according to claim 72, further comprising lifting the inner bucket from the outer bucket, and rotating the inner bucket around a central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, from the first orientation to the second orientation.
74. A method according to claim 73, further comprising rotating the inner bucket substantially 90° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
75. A method according to claim 73, further comprising rotating the inner bucket substantially 45° around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket, between the first orientation and the second orientation.
76. A method according to any of claims 72 to 75, further comprising providing the inner bucket with a first engagement portion, and providing the outer bucket with a second engagement portion.
77. A method according to claim 76, further comprising removing the inner bucket from the outer bucket and rotating the inner bucket around the central vertical axis with respect to the outer bucket such that the first and second engagement portions are substantially aligned.
78. A method according to claim 77, further comprising removably engaging the first engagement portion with the second engagement portion, such that the inner bucket is supported in an elevated position by the outer bucket.
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