WO1998052409A1 - Fish-hook device - Google Patents

Fish-hook device

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WO1998052409A1
WO1998052409A1 PCT/US1998/010429 US9810429W WO9852409A1 WO 1998052409 A1 WO1998052409 A1 WO 1998052409A1 US 9810429 W US9810429 W US 9810429W WO 9852409 A1 WO9852409 A1 WO 9852409A1
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fish
hook
hook device
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PCT/US1998/010429
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French (fr)
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Delmar Lawrence Asher
Basil Polydorou
Vivian Edward Foster
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Delmar Lawrence Asher
Basil Polydorou
Vivian Edward Foster
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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
    • A01K83/00Fish-hooks
    • A01K83/06Devices for holding bait on hooks

Abstract

According to the present invention there is provided a fish-hook device (10, 30, 40) comprising an elongate body (11) defining opposite first (12) and second (13) ends. A hook formation (14) is provided in the body (11) at or towards the first end (12) and a shank (15, 16, 17) is provided in the body (11) to extend between the hook formation (14) and the second end (13). A coil formation (18) is provided in the shank (15) towards the second end (13) of the body. The device is characterized therein that the first end (12) and coil formation (18) are positioned relative to each other allowing an elongate bait member (19) in use threaded over the coil formation (18) to extend generally straight when the second end (13) is also inserted in the bait (18).

Description

FTSH-HOOK DEVICE

Technical Field and Background of the Invention

This invention relates to fish-hook devices.

It is well known that anglers such as bass-anglers often use a synthetic worm

secured to a fish-hook device as bait to catch fish. A normal fish-hook

device comprises a hook formation' towards one end of the device and a

substantially straight or slightly curved shank towards the other end of the

device. In most cases the worm is only threaded over the shank and the

hook formation is not inserted in the worm. This allows the worm to

extend generally straight with a portion thereof trailing from the shank of

the fish-hook device. It is important that the worm is generally straight

when secured to the fish-hook device otherwise it will appear unnatural and

will not be taken by the fish. It often happens that a fish takes the worm

below the fish-hook device and then partly or completely pulls the worm

from the fish-hook device. When the worm is completely pulled off it is lost

and a new worm has to be used. Alternatively, the worm is partly pulled

off the hook by sliding down the shank to come to rest on the hook

formation. In this position the shape of the worm is often unnatural (in

that it is not generally straight anymore) and fish will not take it again.

In order to improve securement of a synthetic worm to a hook device, hook devices have in the past been modified to provide a step formation in the

shank of the hook-device. Accordingly the shank defines a first generally

straight poπion in use extending generally downwardly from the end of the

hook device distal to the hook formation; a second poπion extending

generally transverse from the lower end defined by the first poπion; and a

third poπion extending transversely from the end defined by the second

poπion which is distal from the first poπion. The third poπion in use

extends generally downwardly from the second poπion and the shank thus

defines a step formation therein. In use this step formation improves

securement of a synthetic worm to the shank since it reduces sliding of the

worm down the shank.

SU 129 2686 discloses a fish-hook device wherein the shank is coiled. It is

stated that this fish-hook device has improved shock absorbing propeπies and

live bait positioning. One major disadvantage of this fish-hook device and

also the normal fish-hook device is that if a synthetic worm is threaded onto

the shank, the tip of the hook formation cannot be inseπed into the worm

unless the worm is bent to such an extent that it will not be generally

straight anymore. If the worm is bent in this way it would cause the worm

to appear unnatural and fish will not go for it. The hook devices shown in

the drawings of SU 129 2686 have coiled sections in their shanks extending

from a height more or less in line with the tip of the hook formation upwardly towards the other end defined by the fish-hook device.

Accordingly if a synthetic worm is threaded over the coiled section the

worm will have to suspend from the coiled shank without inseπing the tip

of the hook formation in the worm otherwise the worm, will not be

generally straight anymore. One disadvantage is that the exposed tip of the

hook formation easily catches onto objects at the bottom of a lake or to

objects such as plants in the lake when the hook is pulled through the water.

This hook is accordingly not "weedless".

Summary of the Invention

It is accordingly an object of the present invention to provide an alternative

fish-hook device which overcomes or at least minimizes some of the above

disadvantages.

According to the present invention there is provided a fish-hook device

comprising an elongate body defining opposite first and second ends; a hook

formation in the body at or towards the first end; a shank in the body

extending between the hook formation and the second end; and a coil

formation in the shank towards the second end of the body; and the device

being characterized therein that the first end and coil formation are

positioned relative to each other allowing an elongate bait member in use threaded over the coil formation to extend generally straight when the

second end is also inseπed in the said bait.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention the coil formation comprises a

helical formation defining two opposite ends and preferably it includes one

or more loops. Preferably the helical formation is elongate defining two

opposite ends; and preferably the helical formation includes a pluraHty of

loops.

In one embodiment of the invention the distance between the coil formation

and the first end of the fish-hook device is sufficient to allow an elongate bait

member in use threaded over the coil formation to extend generally straight

when the second end is also inseπed in the said bait member. Preferably the

coil formation and the first end of the fish-hook device are generally aligned.

In the embodiment of the invention wherein the coil formation comprises

a helical formation; the one end of the helical formation which is closest to

the first end of the fish-hook device preferably points generally towards the

first end of the fish-hook device.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention the first end of the hook device

is substantially in line with a central line extending longitudinally through

one or more loops defined by the helical formation or a line parallel to said central line but touching or falling inside the one or more loops of the

helical formation.

Preferably the shank includes a step formation therein. The step-shaped

shank may comprise a first poπion extending from the second end of the

fish-hook device; a second poπion extending generally transverse from the

first poπion; and a third poπion extending generally transverse from the

second poπion towards the hook formation to provide the step formation.

Preferably the first poπion and third poπion of the shank extend parallel to

each other or diverge away from each other as they extend in a direction

away from the second end of the fish-hook device.

Preferably, the coil formation is substantially rigid.

The first end of the fish-hook device may be sharpened.

Preferably at least one barb is provided on the body towards the first end

thereof.

Preferably the hook-device includes an eye formation at the second end

thereof. According to another aspect of the present invention there is provided a fish¬

hook device comprising an elongate body defining opposite first and second

ends; a hook formation in the body at or towards the first end; a shank in

the body extending between the hook formation and the second end; a coil

formation in the shank towards the second end of the body; a step formation

in the shank between the coil formation and the hook formation thereby

bringing the first end of the body more in line with pan of the shank

wherein the coil formation is located.

Brief Description of the Drawings

Without thereby limiting the scope of the invention and by means of

example only, three embodiments thereof will now be fuπher described with

reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:

Figure 1 is a side view of a fish-hook device according to a first

embodiment of the present invention;

Figure 2 is a side view of a second embodiment of a fish-hook device

according to the present invention;

Figure 3 is a side view of a third embodiment of a fish-hook device according to the present invention; and

Figure 4 is a side view of the fish-hook device of Figure 1 with a synthetic

worm secured thereto.

In the accompanying drawings the same reference numerals are used to

denote corresponding pans.

Detailed Description of Specific Embodiments

Referring now to Figure 1 a fish-hook device 10 comprises an elongate body

11 defining opposite first and second ends 12 and 13 respectively. A hook

formation 14 is provided in the body 11 towards the first end 12. A shank

15, 16 and 17 extends between the hook formation 14 and the second end 13.

A coil formation 18 is provided in the shank poπion 15 towards the second

end 13. The first end 12 and coil formation 18 are positioned relative to

each other allowing an elongate bait member such as a synthetic worm 19

[as shown in Figure 4] in use threaded over the spiral formation 18 to extend

generally straight when the second end 12 is inseπed in the worm 19. The coil formation 18 comprises an elongate helical formation defining two

opposite ends; and the formation including a plurality of loops which are of

the same size. The loops are circular but it will be appreciated that in other

embodiments they may have other shapes such as oval. The loops of the

helical formation 18 have gaps between them to allow bait to be threaded

onto the helical formation 18. The helical formation 18 is substantially rigid

with the distance between the loops remaining substantially unchanged.

It will be appreciated that the helical formation 18 serves to improve

securement of bait on the hook-device 10.

The helical formation 18 and the first end 12 are generally aligned which

allows a synthetic worm 19 or the like to extend generally straight when

threaded over the helical formation 18 and the end 12 is inseπed in the

worm 19 [as shown in Figure 4]. In this embodiment of the invention the

first end 12 is in line with the central line A extending longitudinally

through the helical formation. The end of the helical formation 18 distal

from the second end 13 points towards the first end 12. In this embodiment

of the invention the poπion 20 adjacent to the end 12 is formed to be

substantially straight and to be in line with the line A.

The shank 11 includes a step formation 21 therein. The step-shaped shank comprises a first poπion 15 extending from the second end 13 of the fish¬

hook device 10. A second poπion 16 extends generally transverse from the

first poπion and a third poπion 17 extends generally transverse from the

second poπion towards the hook formation 14 thus providing the step

formation 21.

The step formation 21 serves to improve securement of the bait to the hook-

device 10 but it also serves to bring the first end 12 in line with line A.

The helical formation 18 is located in the first poπion 15 of the shank and

the coils of the helical formation 18 extend generally transverse to the

sections of the poπion 15 projecting from opposite ends of the helical

formation 18.

In an alternative embodiment of the invention the poπions 16 and 17 may

form a single poπion without an angle being formed between them. This

combined poπion (which may be curved) may then extend at an angle from

the poπion 15 to form a step formation.

In this embodiment of the invention the sections of the poπion 15 projecting

from opposite ends of the helical formation 18, the poπion 16 and the

poπion 17 are substantially straight. The first end 12 is sharpened and a barb 22 is provided towards the

sharpened end 12.

The hook device 10 also includes an eye formation at the second end 13.

When a worm 19 is secured to the hook device 10 as shown in Figure 4 the

helical formation 18 reduces slipping of the bait down the shank 15, 16 and

17. Since the first end 12 is inseπed in the worm it will not catch onto

objects as the hook device 10 is dragged through the water and the hook is

accordingly "weedless". The positioning of the end 12 relative to the helical

formation 18 also ensures that the worm 19 extends generally straight when

the worm is secured as shown in Figure 19.

Another advantage of the hook device 10 is that as a result of its design the

weight of the device 10 is such that even if the end 12 in use projects

through the bait 19 the end 12 will point away from the bottom of the lake

or dam and will not easily catch onto objects. Such an exposed end 12 will

also trail behind the bait 19 and the shank poπion 17 as the hook device 10

is dragged through the water. This will reduce the chances of the exposed

end 12 catching onto objects in the water.

Referring now to Figure 2 the fish-hook device 30 is very similar to the hook

device 10. The shape of the step formations 21 and the hook formations 14

of the two devices are sHghtly different. The end 12 of the hook device 30

is not directly in Hne with the central line A but is substantiaUy in Hne

therewith. Alternatively it can also be said that the end 12 is in Hne with

the Hne B which extends parallel to the Hne A and faHs inside the helical

formation 18.

Referring now to Figure 3 the fish-hook device 40 is very similar to the

hook-device 10. The shape of the step formations 21 and the hook

formations 14 of the two devices are slightly different. The end 12 of the

hook device 40 is not in Hne with the line A, but is in line with line B

which extends parallel to line A and touches the helical formation 18.

It will be appreciated that many variations in detail are possible without

thereby depaπing from the scope and spirit of the invention.

Claims

1. A fish-hook device comprising an elongate body defining opposite first
and second ends; a hook formation in the body at or towards the first
end; a shank in the body extending between the hook formation and the
second end; and a coil formation in the shank towards the second end
of the body; and the device being characterized therein that the first end
and coil formation are positioned relative to each other aUowing an
elongate bait member in use threaded over the spiral formation to
extend generally straight when the second end is also inseπed in the said
bait.
2. The fish-hook device of claim 1 wherein the spiral formation comprises
a helical formation.
3. The fish-hook device of claim 2 wherein the helical formation is
elongate and includes a plurality of loops.
4. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the
distance between the coil formation and the first end of the fish-hook
device is sufficient to allow an elongate bait member in use threaded over the spiral formation to extend generally straight when the second
end is also inseπed in the said bait member.
5. The fish-hook device of either one of claims 2 or 3 wherein the helical
formation and the first end of the fish-hook device are generally aligned
with the helical formation pointing generally towards the said first end.
6. The fish-hook device of claim 5 wherein the first end of the hook device
is substantially in lien with a central line extending longitudinally
through the helical formation or a line parallel to said central line but
touching or falling inside the helical formation.
7. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the
shank includes a step formation therein.
8. The fish-hook device of claim 1 wherein the step-shaped shank
comprises a first poπion extending from the second end of the fish-hook
device; a second poπion extending generally transverse from the first
poπion; and a third poπion extending generally transverse from the
second poπion towards the hook formation to provide the step
formation.
9. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the
coil formation is substantiaUy rigid.
10. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims wherein the
first end of the fish-hook device is sharpened.
11. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims wherein at least
one barb is provided on the body towards the first end thereof.
12. The fish-hook device of any one of the preceding claims which includes
an eye formation at the second end thereof.
13. A fish- hook device comprising an elongate body defining opposite first
and second ends; a hook formation in the body at or towards the first
end; a shank in the body extending between the hook formation and the
second end; a coil formation in the shank towards the second end of the
body; a step formation in the shank between the coil formation and the
hook formation thereby bringing the first end of the body more in line
with pan of the shank wherein the coil formation is located.
14. A fish-hook device substantially as herein described with reference to
any one of the attached drawings.
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US4841665A (en) * 1988-08-31 1989-06-27 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Coupling means for securing plastic worms to fish hooks
US4862628A (en) * 1989-02-07 1989-09-05 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms
US4873783A (en) * 1989-02-07 1989-10-17 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms with hook pocket
US4920686A (en) * 1989-02-07 1990-05-01 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms with rattle and sinker
US5664364A (en) * 1995-05-22 1997-09-09 Clark; Thomas C. Fishhook

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3978606A (en) * 1975-07-21 1976-09-07 Riggs Royal W Fishhook and worm lure combination
US4841665A (en) * 1988-08-31 1989-06-27 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Coupling means for securing plastic worms to fish hooks
US4862628A (en) * 1989-02-07 1989-09-05 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms
US4873783A (en) * 1989-02-07 1989-10-17 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms with hook pocket
US4920686A (en) * 1989-02-07 1990-05-01 Loop-A-Line, Inc. Side stepper worms with rattle and sinker
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