Feb. 28, 1.950 E. c. JENSEN BAIT RETAINING ATTACHMENT FOR FISHHOOKS Filed Dec. 12, 1947 2 32a?" 65 (7&72567L A no m eys Patented Feb. 28, 1950 UNITED STATES vFATE1511.12.,OEMCE,
- BAIT emmllzfiiflemm j FISHHOQK I F Einar C. Jensen, Waterloo, Iow
' Application December 12,"1947,"sria1'iwo.79 ,179 f This invention relates to an attachment for flshhooks and more particularly to a device adapted to be carried by a conventional fishhook and which will effectively function for retaining a piece of soft bait thereon and which is capable of being readily engaged with or disengaged from the bait, when applied to the fishhook.
Considerable difficulty is ordinarily encountered in retaining various types of soft bait such as soft crab, certain fish cuts, cheese and other baits used in fresh and salt water fishing on a fishhook and anglers frequently resort to thread or other means for tying the bait to the hook.
Accordingly, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a means of extremely simple construction capable of being readily applied to conventional fishhooks already in use or which may be readily assembled with a fishhook for sale as a part thereof and which will effectively function for retaining a piece of soft bait applied thereto and which can be readily moved to an inoperative position for applying or removing the bait.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide an attachment of the above described character which maybe economically manufactured and sold, which will be efficient for its intended purpose and which will not interfere with a fish being hooked by the hook on which the attachment is mounted.
Various other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter become more fully apparent from the following description of the drawing, illustrating a presently preferred embodiment thereof, and wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view showing the invention in an operative position in full line and in an inoperative position in dotted line;
Figure 2 is a front elevational view thereof looking from left to right of Figure 1, and
Figure 3 is a perspective view showing the invention with the bait removed from the hook and illustrating the attachment in dotted lines in a spread position.
Referring more specifically to the drawing, the invention includes a conventional fishhook 5 having an upturned barbed end 6 and an elongated shank I which terminates at its free or upper end in a fish line engaging eye 8 which is disposed substantially transversely to the plane of the hook 5 or to the direction from which the barbed end of the hook extends from the shank thereof.
The novel bait retaining attachment, designated generally 9 and comprising the invention,
1' (llaim. (01. 43-5442 comprises a single strand of a relatively resilient material such as wire the intermediate portion ll] of which is looped around the forward part of the hook shank 1, below and adjacent the eye 8 and the ends of which are passed forwardly through the eye 8 for securely connecting the intermediate portion of the strand to the eye of the hook. The corresponding ends of the resilient strand forming the bait retainer 9 form correspinding resilient legs I I which extend downwardly and outwardly with respect to one another from the eye 8 and which terminate in inwardly and upwardly turned corresponding arcuate terminal portions l2 which, in their nor mal positions, as illustrated in full lines in Figure 3, partially overlap one another and extend under the upturned portion of the hook 5. The arcuate portions [2 are normally held in their full line positions of Figure 3 by the natural resiliency of the strand forming the retainer 9 but are capable of being spread relatively toone another, as illustrated in dotted lines in Figure 3. It will likewise be readily apparent that the connection of the intermediate portion of the retainer strand to the shank l and eye 8 will permit said retainer 9 to be swung on the eye 8 as a pivot outwardly and upwardly from its full line position of Figure 1 to the dotted line position, substantially at right angles thereto or said portions H and I 2 may be yieldably moved in the opposite direction or toward the shank l and into the other dotted line position of Figure 1.
From the foregoing it will be readily apparent that a piece of any suitable soft bait, as indicated at I3, can be readily applied to the barbed end 6 of the hook 5 when the retainer 9 is in its uppermost, dotted line position of Figure 1 after which said retainer 9 can be swung downwardly and to the right of Figure l and the legs II thereof spread, as illustrated in Figure 3 for engaging the inturned arcuate terminals l2 around the under part of the bait and below the crook of the hook 5 for co-operation therewith in retaining the bait I3 in engagement with the hook. If desired, the retainer 9 can be yieldably swung to its extreme right dotted line position of Figure 1 and thus engaged with the bait I3 for more effectively retaining the bait on the hook and in said last mentioned position the portions H and I2 will yieldablybear on the bait and press upwardly and to the left thereon with respect to the hook 5 and as illustrated in Figure 1 whereas in the position of the retainer 9 in its full line illustration of Figure 1 and as illustrated in Figure 2, the bait I3 will be pressed inwardly between the leg portions I l and toward the hook 5 and upwardly and toward the hook 5 by the areuate terminal portions l2. The bait 13 may also be applied with the legs I I spread as illustrated in dotted lines in Figure 3 or the bait may be removed from the.
hook when the legs II are in their dotted line positions of Figure 3.
Various modifications and changes are contemplated and may obviously be resorted to, without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as hereinafter defined by the appended c1aim H I claim as my invention:
A fishhook provided with a shank having a line engaging eye at one end and a hook at the op posite end in combination with a bait retainer comprising'a single strand of resilient material,
, thereof, said eyes being pivotally mounted on the said strand having hook formations at the free ends thereof and a loop at an intermediate portion eye of the hook and said loop being in contacting relation with the shank of the hook, the free ends of the strand being normally in overlapping relation and adapted to embrace a bait attached to the hook.
-EINAR C. JENSEN.
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