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Patented Dec. 10, 1946
Leo Miller Henricks, Indianapolis, Ind.
Application December 1, 1944, Serial No. 566,183
l Claim.
(Cl. 43-49)
Slida'bly mounted on guide portion 9 isa swivel
member I I, one eye of which encircles guide por
tion 9 and the other eye of which is :connected to
the line I2 carrying the fishing hook. Slidably
This invention relates to floats for fishing lines,
and more particularly to a float which may be
guided in a specified manner so as to move back
over a spot where a strike has been encountered
without the need for recasting the line.
mounted on guide portion III is a swivel member
a fishing ñoat which can be controlled by ma
I3, one eye of which encircles guide portion I0 and
the other eye of which is connected to the line I4
which is connected to the flsherman’s reel.
To place the hook in a desired location, line I4
is pulled first in one direction, then in the oppo
site direction, swivel members I3 and I I alter
nipulation of the fishing line so as to be placed in
nately reversing their positions on body portion
locations inaccessible by casting.
Further `objects of this invention will appear
from the following description and claim and
from the accompanying drawing, wherein:
line I4 is transferred to body member I resulting
in a component of motion transverse ‘to the longi
A main object of this invention is to provide a
fishing float which can be `controlled by the fisher: .
man for accurate placement in a `desired location
by manipulation of the ñshing line.
A further object of this invention is to provide 1
Figure 1 is a plan view showing the appear
ance of the top of the float of this invention.
Figure 2 is a View of the float of Figure 1 in
I »as line I4 is reversed in direction. The pull on
tudinal .axis of body member I as it moves through
the water by virtue of -the trapezoidal horizontal
sectional shape »of said body member. A zig-zag
path of movement may be imparted to the float,
front elevation.
20 controlled by the alternately directed pulls on
line I4, whereby the ñoat and hook may be moved
Figure 3 is a plan view showing the appearance
in a controlled manner to a desired location,
of the bottom of the float of Figure l.
where a light strike has been previously experi
Figure 4 is a par-tial plan view similar to Fig
enced or which is inaccessible to direct casting.
ure 3, but disclosing a modification of a ñshing
As shown in Figure 3, nails I5 are driven
float according to this invention.
through body member I to secure the mass of
Referring to the drawing, I designates the body
lead in groove 3.
portion of a ñshing float in accordance with this
The guide member 4 connected through
invention. Body portion I is generally trape
swivel member I3 to line I4 may be made
zoidal in plan as shown in Figures 1 and 3, to pro
vide the tapered end edges 2. End edges 2 are 30 adjustable with respect to body member I by
threading the leg portions I6 thereof, as shown in
downwardly tapered as shown in Figure 2, so that
Figure 4, and providing nuts I1 threadedly en
the float is also trapezoidal in elevation, but it
gaging leg portions I6 at opposite faces of body
may have any desired geometrical shape in ele
member I. In this embodiment, guide member 4
vation, such as rectangular, semi-circular, ellip
tical or any other shape. Body portion I is com 35 is preferably made of heavier stock so that the
posed of light material such as wood.
threads may be formed on the leg portions -there
A longitudinal groove 3 is provided in the bot
of. The adjustable feature is particularly useful
in trolling, where it may be desired to employ a
tom edge portion of the float body I, and this
groove is filled with lead .to maintain the iioat
separate iioat on each of different lines, each float
upright in the water. Any other suitable weight 40 adjusted so as to be kept out of the boats Wake
and to keep the respective lines separated to avoid
ing material may be employed at the bottom edge
portion of body I if desired.
A pair of longitudinal guide members 4 and 5
While specific embodiments of structures in ac
are provided at one of the side faces 5 of body
cordance with this invention have been 4disclosed
portion I. These guide members in the embodi 45 in the foregoing description, it will be understood
ment of Figures 1 to 3, consist of U-shaped pieces
that numerous modifications within the spirit of
of stiff wire, such as piano wire, driven into .body
the invention will occur to those skilled in the
member I and secured thereto by peening over or
art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations
clenching the end portions 'I of the legs of the U
be placed on the invention `other than as deñne'd
at the opposite face 8 of body portion I. The 50 by the -scope `of the yappended claim.
straight por-tions 9 :and I0 of U-shaped members
What is -claimed is:
4 and 5 extend longitudinally `of body portion I
A fishing float comprising .a body member of
for .a substantial length and are parallel to face
buoyant material, said body member having a
6. When the float is in the water, guide portions
trapezoidal horizontal :cross section .and down
9 and I0 are maintained in a horizontal position. 55 wardly »and forwardly converging opposite sides
and unequal vertical trapezoidal parallel faces, a
lower U-shaped member having legs partlypene
tratin'g the body member and a bight portion ex
tending parallel to the smaller face of the body
and horizontally, an upper U-shaped member
above the lower U-shaped member and having
legs partly penetrating the body and a horizontal
bight portion disposed parallel to the 'smaller face
of the body, a swivel member slîdably engaging
with one end the .bight portîonof the lower U~
shaped member and engaging with the other end
a fishing line, a second swivel slidably engaging ‘
with one end the bight portion of the upper U
shaped member and engaging With the other end
a reel line.
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