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Publication numberUS20020166281 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/139,875
Publication dateNov 14, 2002
Filing dateMay 7, 2002
Priority dateSep 13, 2000
Also published asUS6401381
Publication number10139875, 139875, US 2002/0166281 A1, US 2002/166281 A1, US 20020166281 A1, US 20020166281A1, US 2002166281 A1, US 2002166281A1, US-A1-20020166281, US-A1-2002166281, US2002/0166281A1, US2002/166281A1, US20020166281 A1, US20020166281A1, US2002166281 A1, US2002166281A1
InventorsJames Broberg
Original AssigneeBroberg James E.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fishing rod holder
US 20020166281 A1
Abstract
The present invention concerns a fishing rod support that has a base and a fill hole located on the base in communication with a cavity for receiving a weight-adding material. Also included are a plurality of apertures extending through the base. The apertures are sized to releasably retain a fishing pole in an upright position. The base of the device may also include a plurality of legs which support the base in an upright position.
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Claims(5)
What is claimed is:
1. A fishing rod support comprising:
a base;
a fill hole located on said base in communication with a cavity for receiving a weight-adding material;
a plurality of apertures extending through said base; and
said apertures sized to releasably retain a fishing pole in an upright position.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein said base further includes a plurality of legs which support said base.
3. A fishing rod holder comprising:
a central base having opposingly located sidewalls;
a fill hole in communication with an internal cavity located on said base;
said cavity sized to receive a weight adding material;
a plurality of apertures located on said base;
opposingly located side panels having interior and exterior faces connected to said base by hinges;
a plurality of channels located on said panels formed in-between interior faces and exterior faces;
said channels align with said apertures of said base when said interior faces of said panels are adjacently located with respect to said sidewalls of said base to form continuous apertures which are sized to releasably retain fishing rods in an upright position.
4. The device of claim 3 wherein said base further includes a plurality of legs for supporting said base.
5. The device of claim 3 wherein said interior faces and said sidewalls are permanently affixed together.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    The present invention relates to a novel device and method for storing and securing fishing rods prior to and during cleaning. More specifically, the present invention provides a base with a plurality of apertures which hold a fishing rod in place during storage and cleaning.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    Fishing rods by design are difficult to store and clean due to their design. Their length and weight distribution prevent a free standing operation and when rested against an object or surface such as a wall, they are easily knocked over. These problems in securing and handling make it difficult to wash and clean fishing rods after use in order to maintain the life of the equipment. Often the poles are placed against a wall or in a rack and washed with the high probability that the force of the water used in washing will knock over one or more poles.
  • [0003]
    The present invention provides a device which positively retains and secures a plurality of poles for storage and cleaning. The present invention includes a base defining an internal cavity in communication with a fill hole for adding weight to the device. The base also includes a plurality of rod retention holes for releasably securing fishing rods and legs for holding the base above the support surface.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0004]
    These and other features, objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description and drawings wherein like reference numerals represent like elements in several views, and in which:
  • [0005]
    [0005]FIG. 1 is a perspective view with portions removed to reveal various aspects of the invention.
  • [0006]
    [0006]FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing how the present invention secures fishing rods in an upright position.
  • [0007]
    [0007]FIG. 3 is another perspective view of the present invention.
  • [0008]
    [0008]FIG. 4 is a top view of the embodiment shown in FIG. 3.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • [0009]
    Set forth below is a description of what are currently believed to be the preferred embodiments or best examples of the invention claimed. Future and present alternatives and modifications to the preferred embodiments are contemplated. Any alternates or modifications in which insubstantial changes in function, in purpose, in structure or in result are intended to be covered by the claims of this patent.
  • [0010]
    As shown in FIG. 1, the present invention includes a base 10 defining an internal cavity 12 and a plurality of apertures 14-19 which extend completely through base 10. A fill hole 20 is also provided which is in communication with cavity 12.
  • [0011]
    Positioned at each corner of base 12 are legs which raise bottom 30 of base 12 off of a support surface. Three of the legs are shown as numbers 22-24 with the fourth leg not shown.
  • [0012]
    To economically manufacture the device by blow-molding, the present invention further includes a central base portion 50 as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. Central base 50 includes legs, internal cavity 12 and fill hole 20. Base 50 also includes opposingly located interior walls 52 and 54 and apertures 55-60 which extend through base 50.
  • [0013]
    Opposingly located side panels 62 and 64 are connected to base 50 by hinges 66 and 68 which may be molded into the device. Panels 62 and 64 include channels 70-75 which are molded in-between internal faces 80 and 82 and exterior faces 86 and 88. Channels 70-75 are positioned to align with apertures 55-60 to form apertures 14-19. Panels 62 and 64 also include interior walls 80 and 82.
  • [0014]
    To fully assemble the device, panels 62 and 64 are urged upwardly until interior walls 52 and 54 engage interior walls or faces 80 and 82. Panels 62 and 64 may be permanently affixed to central base 50 by sonic or heat welding, adhesives, and in other ways known to those of skill in the art.
  • [0015]
    In use, as shown in FIG. 2, fishing rods 90 and 92 are placed into apertures 14-19. Weight may be added to base 10 by filling internal cavity 12 with water, sand or some other suitable substance through fill hole 20.
  • [0016]
    As shown, poles are releasably secured in an upright position for storage and cleaning. When washing poles, water will not collect in apertures 14-19 since they extend completely through base 10. In addition, the legs hold base 10 above the support surface so as not to interfere with water drainage.
  • [0017]
    While the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been illustrated and described, it will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that changes and other modifications can be made without departing from the invention in its broader aspects. Various features of the present invention are set forth in the following claims.
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US9314008 *Mar 1, 2013Apr 19, 2016Brenda Lee DeSpiegelaereIce fishing storage and transport system
US20050155276 *Dec 17, 2004Jul 21, 2005O'keeffe MichaelRodlok tackle box
US20120005941 *Jul 7, 2010Jan 12, 2012Kung Mi LanFishing pole stand
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Classifications
U.S. Classification43/21.2
International ClassificationA01K97/08
Cooperative ClassificationY10S248/91, A01K97/08
European ClassificationA01K97/08