US 1612264 A
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UNITED STATES STEVE E.'GRESSEY, SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA.
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Application filed August 26, 1924. Serial No. 733,968.
This invention relates to trolling spoons such as used by fishermen in trolling for fish. Trolling spoons have been employed which carry a polished metal surface which refleets the light and in this way attracts the attention of the fish. These surfaces become corroded by the water and must be constantly repolished in order to maintain their effectiveness. The general object of the invention is to provide a trolling spoon which can be manufactured at low cost but which will be a good reflector of light and maintain its reflecting qualities without the necessity for polishing it or cleaning it; also to provide a spoon of this type which can be very readily attached to the line and hook.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the novel parts and combination of parts to be described hereinafter, all of which contribute to produce an eflicient trollingspoon. 7
A. preferred embodiment of the invention.
is described in the following specification,
while the broad scope of the invention is pointed out in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a trolling spoon embodying my invention.
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical section through the trolling spoon shown in Fig. 1.
In practicing my invention I provide a translucent body having a reflecting sub stance on its interior. This body is preferably of elongated form and carries the hook or hooks behind it.
In the drawings 1 represents the body of the spoon which preferably comprises an elongated shell 2 which is formed of a translucent material, preferably of a rigid transparent material such as glass. This body 1 is provided with means for attaching a line. Any suitable means may be used for this purpose but Iprefer to provide the body with a central tube 4: which extends longitudinally through the shell 2 and is connected to the same at two separated points 5 and 6 so that a chamber 7 is formed within the shell around the tube. The reflecting sub-v stance is on the interior of the shell and if desired may simply be a coating of reflecting substance such as mercury on the inner face of the shell. However, in order to obtain the reflecting qualities and give the spoon the necessary weight, I fill the chamher 7 with a mass of liquid mercury 8, commonly known as quick silver. The hook or hooks 9 are connected with the body 1 and this is accomplished by attaching them to the rear end of the line 10 which passes through the bore of the body formed by the tube 4. The line 10 need not be tied or secured in any way to the body 1 but simply passes through it, and whenthe line 10 is pulled'the forward ends of the hooks thrust against the rear end of the body.
The tube 4: is preferably constructed of enlarged diameter at its rear end so as to form an annular shoulder 11 against which the rear end of the shell 2 seats and at this point the shell may be cemented or fused to the tube. In a similar manner at the point 5 the forward end of the shell may be cemented or fused to the tube.
If desired, the hook or hooks 9 may be concealed within a screen 12 of white feathers or any other desired material. The forward portion of this screen may be secured to the butt end of the body by an encircling binding wire 13 which may lie in a shallow groove formed around the body 1 at the shoulder 11.
Sometimes fishermen wish to fish at night and for this purpose the body 1 is provided on a portion of its interior with a luminous paint or pigment 14. This luminous portion ma be of any shape or at any point on the b0 y but as illustrated in Fig. 1 it covers one-half of the body on one side of a central plane. In using the spoon, of course, its motionthrough the water may cause it to rotate and. in this way an intermittent flashing of the reflected light occurs which increases grgcl effectiveness of the spoon in luring the It is understood that the embodiment of the invention described herein is only one of the many embodiments this invention may take, and I do not wish to be limited in the practice of the invention, nor in the claims, to the particular embodiment set forth.
What I claim is:
1. A trolling spoon having an elongated hollow shell of translucent material constructed to glide through the water, a mass of mercury confined within the shell, and a hook connected with the body.
2. A trolling spoon having a translucent body with a chamber therein, a mass of mer- I cury confined within the chamber, a hook connected with the body, and a screen for the hook.
3. A trolling spoon having an elongated translucent body in the form of a shell, e
5 tube extending through the shell and connected to the shell at separated points, said body having a chamber therein between the shell and the tube and between the said separated points, a reflecting liquid substance carried Within the chamber, and a hook connected with the body.
Signed at Los Angeles, California, this 19 day of August 1924.
STEVE E. CRESSEY.