Antimicrobial containing fish hook and method of using and manufacturing same

A fishing hook is plated with, coated with, or has an antimicrobial substance to take care of the impalement wound of a fish brought on by the hook. Especially the hook comprises at least one shank; at least one bend which extends out of the shank; at one point defined by a free end of the bend, whereas the fish hook includes a substance whose goal is to minimize disease and to treat the puncture wound of a fish that’s caught. The substance optionally functions to sterilize the hook to decrease the entry of microbes to the wound when the puncture occurs. The substance may also contain an anti-inflammatory or even a pain reliever to decrease the suffering of the fish or of other people accidentally injured by the hook.


To view all patent detail click here





1. Field of the Invention

This invention generally relates to fishing tackle. More particularly, this invention relates to a better fish hook which has antimicrobial properties to decrease the odds of disease in fishes that are caught and released during the courseof fishing and reduce the odds of disease to anglers and many others which might be accidentally impaled on the hook.

2. Background Information

Fishing as an activity is practically as old as man, with some studies showing that man regularly consumed fresh water fish dating back to the start of the Paleolithic period about 40,000 years back. Recreational or sport fishing is an activitythat is enjoyed by many people. In a number of countries in the USA, fishing is the number one outdoor sport with one in four Americans participating at least once each year. The most common type of recreational or sport fishing is done using afishing pole which often consists of a rod, a reel attached to the pole, a line attached to the reel, and a hook attached to the line. The practice of catching or trying to catch fish with a hook is usually known as angling, and the practitionersas anglers. A basic fishing pole can be created by linking a hook to a line and linking the line to a stick. To fish, the angler uses the fishing pole to cast the hook into the water. The target is to get the fish take the hook right into its mouth so that the fishcan be snagged and the angler can reel in the fishing line with all the fish attached via the hook. Some fishing is also done whereby the hook is hauled across the fish’s body so that the fish hook snags the fish externally. Fishing with a hook in mostcases consistently results in the fish being wounded by the hook. Fishing to some is considered inhumane due to the nature of how the hook is used to impale the fish to grab it.


Fish Hooks


A”fish hook” is a device for catching fish normally, as mentioned above, by impaling them in the mouth or, even more rarely, by snagging the entire body of the fish. Fish hooks are utilized for centuries to capture fresh and saltwater fishwith early examples discovered dating to 7000 BC. In 2005, the”fish hook” was selected by Forbes as one of the best twenty tools from the history of man. There’s an enormous variety of fish hooks from the world of fishing. Sizes, layouts, shapes, and materialsare all varying depending on the intended aim of the fish hook. Fish hooks are designed to carry various kinds of artificial, refined, dead or living, baits (generally classified as Bait fishing); to behave as the foundation for artificialrepresentations of fish prey (e.g., Fly Fishing); or to be connected to or integrated into other devices which signify fish prey (e.g. Lure Fishing).

Despite the nearly endless variety of fish hook layouts there are a few typically common components of a fish hook 10, as shown at FIG. 1, and this is a useful basis for its discussion of almost any fish hook related development. The commonly known toparts of a fish hook would be the point 12, that’s the sharp end which penetrates the fish’s flesh or mouth; the barb 14, that’s the projection extending backwards from the point 12 and which secures the fish from unhooking (although the barb 14 contains beenminimized or omitted from some”barbless” hooks 10 designed for catch and release software ); the eye 16, that’s the end of the hook 10 which is connected to the fishing line or lure; the bend 18 along with the shank 20 which are those parts of the hook10 that joins the point 12 along with also the eye 16; along with also the gap 22, that’s the space between the shank 20 along with the point 12. Another frequent attribute of a hook 10 is the bite 24 which is the space from the point 12 to the bottom of the bend 18. Additionally typical are”single” hooks 10, one of which is shown in FIG. 1, double hooks which could be described as two hooks using a shared or merged shank and eye among which is also shown in FIG. 1, along with triple hooks which could be described as threehooks having a shared or merged shank or eye, an illustration of which is also shown in FIG. 1.

Fish hooks 10 are proven to have been created out of all kinds of materials, such as wood, animal and human bone, horn, shells, stone, bronze, iron, steel, plastic, metals and so on. Presently hooks 10 are most commonly manufacturedfrom either high-carbon steel, steel alloyed with Vanadiumstainless steel stainless steel, depending on program. Most quality fish hooks 10 available presently are coated with some form of corrosion-resistant outermost coating. Additionally, coatings areapplied to color and/or provide aesthetic value to the hook. Hooks 10 are coated with transparent lacquer, nickel, gold, Teflon.RTM. Polymer, tin and also a variety of different materials.


Catch and Release


Many anglers practice”catch and release” where once the fish is captured and reeled in, the hook 10 is eliminated and the fish is returned to the water before undergoing severe fatigue or injury. There are a lot of reasons for releasing thefish back into the water. Occasionally catch and release is mandated as a conservation measure. On occasion the puppy just does not want to keep the fish and merely enjoys the game. Other times the angler captures a non-target fish and releases it backinto water. Sometimes an angler catches a fish that’s out of year and it cannot be kept. Other times there could be a limitation on the size the fish has to be until the angler is permitted to keep fish. Occasionally an angler has captured andkept their daily limit of fish however wishes to continue fishing and has to return any fresh fish which can be captured back in the water. Sometimes anglers fish in waterways that are pay fishing areas. The puppy must cover any fish they keep. In the event the anglerdoes not want to keep the fish then they will return the fish into the water. Irrespective of the reason for returning the fish, with catch and release fishing, then the hook is eliminated if possible and the fish is returned to the water.


Injury to Fish


As mentioned a fish hook 10 is designed to function by impaling the fish and remaining attached to the fish since the angler reels at a line that’s attached to the hook 10. This impalement obviously creates a wound from fish. Compounding theseverity of the wound is that the fish hook 10 is generally not sterile. This occurs for many reasons like the accession of lure that’s added to a hook 10 or lure to increase the chances of catching fish. These baits may contaminate the hook 10with microbes. When a fish is impaled with a contaminated hook 10, microbes can be inserted into the wound. As with any wound, a chance of disease is created and often this disease results in the ultimate death of fish. Even if the infectiondoes not kill the fish, the disease causes it to endure for a time period, particularly if the hook 10 is left in upon its return to the water.

It is advantageous to ensure the recovery of a fish that’s caught and subsequently released for a lot of reasons. In”pay waterways” for example pay lakes, in which the angler pays a waterway owner for the privilege to fish or based on the magnitude of fish caught,fish are sometimes returned to the water because they are a non-target species. It would be advantageous to the pay waterway owner to increase the survival rate of fish returned to the water. Often waterways are stocked with fish by thestate or local conservation authorities. It would be advantageous to increase the fish survival rate so that less fish would need to be stocked. Some people like to fish, but are saddened by the notion of killing fish. It would be advantageous tothem in order to fish in such a way as to enhance the probability of their fish’s healing. Lots of water ways like ponds and lakes just have a certain number of large fish. It would be advantageous to help with the recovery of these fish so that you will find morelarge fish to be caught by other anglers. It is also humane to deal with an injured creature.

Currently anglers don’t have any method to constantly fix their pins, or care for the puncture wound due to their hooks which results in the suffering and sometimes the death of fish. The angler merely removes their hook and yields theinjured fish to the water. It might therefore be advantageous and convenient for the puppy to use a fish hook that has antimicrobial properties to regenerate the hook, reduce the chance of infection, and to treat the wound.


Injury to Anglers (and Spectators)


Fish hooks 10 are not limited to causing injury to fish. Anglers, and occasionally those just in the region, can become hooked onto a lost fish hook 10. Standard texts for emergency medicine include sections on treating fish hook injury,such as descriptions of this”push through and cut off” procedure for fishhook removal and also the”string flick” procedure for fishhook removal. While data on fishhook injuries is lean, some emergency departments in heavily populated regions report more than600 instances per year. This amount clearly does not handle the amount of injuries which are self treated. The injury to humans from a fish hook is also quite susceptible to disease if left untreated. A smaller subset of non-fish fish hook harms isrepresented by animals, which also are vulnerable to disease. Thus, it would also be advantageous to use an antimicrobial fish hook in the event the angler accidentally hooks themselves, which often happens. This would lower the probability of this disease inthe angler.


Fish Hook Ahead Art Developments


There have been a lot of improvements to the fish hook over the past couple of centuries.


U.S. Pat.

Nos. 7,159,357 and 6,910,297 disclose composite fish hook designs which exude increased strength and penetration capability. U.S. Pat. No. 6,085,456 refers to a fish hook designed to be made out of sheet metal to get increasedhook production. U.S. Pat. No. 6,055,763 reveals a glowing fish hook to boost attraction of this fish to the hook. U.S. Pat. No. 5,875,584 refers to a hook for higher hooking and holding power. U.S. Pat. No. 5,024,020 refers to a plasticfish hook that’s designed to provide a”shock absorber action” throughout catching of a fish. U.S. Pat. No. 2,511,117 reveals a fishing lure in which the body of this lure, for example, hook, is formed of translucent substance to more almost mimic aninsect. U.S. Design Pat. D276,360 discloses an ornamental design for a transparent fishing hook. U.S. Published Patent Application 2008-0209794 reveals a fish hook formed of”an in situ combination of bulk-solidifying amorphous alloy” generally usedin industrial fishing software. US Published Patent Application 2004-0261311 refers to an improved fishing hook that’s coated with titanium to decrease the drag of this hook as it impales the fish. “Ornamental” fish hooks have been revealed in U.S. Pat.Nos. D617,412; D616060; D615,148; D609,304; D600,316 D556,292; D522,087; D507,034; D469,502; D467,989; D440,275; D404,795; D370,048; D315,593; D283,830; D252,336; D244,133

A number of the patentable improvements are particularly associated with catch and launch applications. U.S. Pat. No. 7,225,582 discloses a modified fish hook for catch and release software meant to minimize the wound to the fish. U.S.Pat. No. 6,753,004 discloses a biodegradable fishing lure formed of fish digestible materials. U.S. Pat. No. 5,890,316 discloses a fish hook enhancement designed to assist the fish in catch and launch applications which have embedded hooks (hooksthat cannot be readily removed), specifically disclosing a biodegradable fishhook. Similarly U.S. Pat. No. 4,715,142 discloses a”self-destructing” fish hook made to rust rapidly if left embedded in the fish in catch and release applications.U.S. Pat. No. 5,339,562 is entitled a”Pointless releasable fish hook”, but it’s actually a non-piecing tong type invent that is not a”fish hook” but instead a match trapping apparatus, but it’s designed for catch and release software. Other”barbless” or retractable barb designed hooks for catch and release are revealed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,998,375; 4,922,649; 4,858,371; 4,723,372; 4,570,373; 4,028,838; and 3,624,690. U.S. Design Pat. No. D242,919 discloses an ornamental design forwhat is known as a”retrievable fish hook.”

The above identified patents and applications, incorporated herein by reference, provide a succinct summary of the many improvements in the fish hook area, as well as illustrating the wide variety of fish hooks out there. Not one of theseimprovements aid in sterilizing, treating, or diminishing the effect on the wound itself of this impaling of the fish.

Thus among the things of the present invention is to treat the wound via an antimicrobial substance that is situated on or at the hook. Yet another object of this invention is to sterilize the hook until it impales the fish to minimize theamount of international germs that are injected into the wound. It’s still another object of this invention to continue to supply antimicrobial therapy to the fish, for a period of time. It’s still another object of this invention to provide temporary painrelief to the fish upon impalement.

Other benefits of the present invention will become clear from a perusal of the following detailed description of presently preferred embodiments of the invention.

It’s a thing of the present invention to cover the deficiencies of the prior art discussed above and also to do so in a highly efficient, cost effective method.

IP reviewed by Plant-Grow agriculture technology news