2,412,399’ Patented Dec. 10, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,412,399 FISHING FLOAT Leo Miller Henricks, Indianapolis, Ind. Application December 1, 1944, Serial No. 566,183 l Claim. (Cl. 43-49) 2 1 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. In 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. 25 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 entanglement. 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 2,412,399 3 f , 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. Y LEO MILLER HENRICKS.