2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Lazy Mans" Fishing Pole
The "Lazy Fisherman" works on much the same principle as a spring-loaded mouse trap and can be used for both bank fishing and ice fishing. It keeps your fishing rod secure in a horizontal position. Once a fish bites, the rod snaps upward to almost a vertical position.
The unit consists of a metal bracket equipped with a pair of stakes that you poke into the ground or ice. The fishing pole rests in a metal tube. The line is threaded out through a pressure-sensitive trigger and a lever flips down across the rod. When a fish pulls on the line, the trigger flips the lever up out of the way and a built-in spring snaps the fishing rod up to a near-vertical position, setting the hook.
"It really works neat," says Leaders. "I use it all summer long on my property, where I have a cabin that's about 100 yards from a pond. I can look out the window and see when I've caught a fish. A fish can pull on the spring-loaded rod all night long without breaking the line or pulling the rod out of the holder. The spring can be set at three different tensions depending on the size of fish you're going after."
Leaders also likes to ice fish. "I use a cordless drill with a 1/2-in. dia. bit to drill two holes in the ice, then set everything up just like I would when bank fishing," he notes. Sells for $39.95 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Leaders, 25625 295th St., Neola, Iowa 51559 (ph 712 566-2045; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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