Title:
FISHING LURE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE RATTLE
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A fishing lure having a rattling assembly for attracting fish, wherein the sound of the rattling assembly is adjustable. The rattling assembly includes a rattle member and a rod member positioned inside a cavity defined in the body of the fishing lure. The rod member traverses the exterior surface of the fishing lure into the cavity, such that the position of the rod member will determine the ability of the rattling member to travel within the cavity to strike the walls of the cavity.



Inventors:
Woller Sr., John (Decatur, AL, US)
Application Number:
11/963467
Publication Date:
05/08/2008
Filing Date:
12/21/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A01K85/01
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Primary Examiner:
MICHENER, JOSHUA J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SMITH, GAMBRELL & RUSSELL (SUITE 3100, PROMENADE II 1230 PEACHTREE STREET, N.E., ATLANTA, GA, 30309-3592, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A fishing lure for use in attracting fish in water, said lure comprising: a body having an exterior surface; a cavity defined in said body, said cavity positioned substantially proximate said exterior surface; a rattle member positioned in said cavity to generate noise when said fishing lure is retrieved in water; and an adjustable member traversing said exterior surface to seal said cavity and selectively engage said rattle member to adjust the noise generated by said rattle member in said cavity.

2. The fishing lure as described in claim 1 wherein said body comprises plastic.

3. The fishing lure as described in claim 1 wherein said rattle member is a ball bearing.

4. The fishing lure as described in claim 1 wherein said adjustable member is a screw.

5. The fishing lure as described in claim 4 wherein said screw is plastic.

6. A fishing lure for attracting fish in water, said fishing lure comprising: a body; and means for generating a noise within said body during retrieval in water; and means for adjusting the level of noise produced by said noise generating means.

7. The fishing lure as described in claim 6, wherein said noise generating means comprises: a recession in the fishing lure; and a rattle member loosely positioned within said recession.

8. The fishing lure as described in claim 7, wherein said rattle member is a ball bearing.

9. The fishing lure as described in claim 6, wherein said adjustable means comprises a rod member.

10. The fishing lure as described in claim 9, wherein said rod member is a screw.

11. The fishing lure as described in claim 6 wherein said adjustable means is a screw.

12. The fishing lure as described in claim 11 wherein said screw is plastic.

13. In a fishing lure having a body and rattle member cavity within the body, the rattle member cavity surrounding a rattle member, the fishing lure comprising: a rod member adjustably engaging the rattle member cavity to seal the rattle member cavity and control the movement of the rattle member in the rattle member cavity in the body when said fishing lure is drawn through water.

14. The fishing lure as described in 13, wherein said rod member is a screw.

15. The fishing lure as described in 13, wherein said rod member comprises a resin material.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED PATENT APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation patent application of pending patent application Ser. No. 11/422,780, filed on Jun. 7, 2006, said application being relied on and incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a fishing lure, and more particularly, to a fishing lure having at least one adjustable rattle to produce a variable noise to attract fish.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

One of the most important aspects of fishing is to attract fish. Particularly when a hook is employed, the fish must be tempted to seize the hook. One of the oldest ways to attract fish to the hook is to put live bait on the hook, such that the bait's motion will attract fish. In addition to live bait, artificial bait is commonly used. Some types of artificial bait are mounted right on the hook. Innumerable lures have been designed to simulate a swimming fish, frog or other animal that is attractive to fish as a food source.

In addition to the bait on the hook or lines, other methods are used to attract fish into the general vicinity. One successful method of attracting fish is to create particular noises in the water which attract the fish. Battery operated noise makers have been submerged under water and activated to produce a noise to attract fish. Lures have also been designed to rapidly revolve when drawn through the water to create a whistle-like sound. Noise has been well documented in fishing literature as an attractant to fish. In actual practice, however, water can mute sounds emitted from a lure. Attendant fluid and aerodynamic properties of a lure can affect the emitted sound. Capillary action between adjacent lure parts and lure motion can also cause any sound making parts that are exposed to the water to stick together or move slowly. Parts mounted in watertight chambers overcome the foregoing, but the sounds are muted by the sound insulating properties of the surrounding chambers.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A fishing lure having a rattling assembly for attracting fish is described herein, wherein the sound of the rattling assembly is adjustable as desired by the user according to the desired level to attract, rather than scare, fish to the user's lure. The rattling assembly includes a rattle member and a rod member positioned inside a cavity defined in the body of the fishing lure. The rod member traverses the exterior surface of the fishing lure into the cavity, such that the position of the rod member will determine the ability of the rattling member to travel within the cavity to strike the walls of the cavity.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a fishing lure having an adjustable rattle;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the rattle member within the fishing lure with a rod member engaging the rattle member; and

FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the rattle member within the fishing lure as illustrated in FIG. 2 with the rod member not engaging the rattle member.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Looking to FIG. 1, a fishing lure 10 with an adjustable rattle is illustrated. The fishing lure 10 includes a body 12 having an exterior surface 12a decorated like a fish, including painted eyes, scales, fins, among other attributes, to attract fish. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1, the fishing lure 10 has the body 12 of a crank bait made of hard plastic or wood, although it is noted that the body 12 may take the form of any type of fishing lure. Inside the body 12, a cavity 14 is defined having a internal surface 16. The internal surface 16 of the cavity 14 is positioned substantially proximate said exterior surface 12a of the body 12.

A rattle member 18 is placed within the cavity 14, such that when the fishing lure 10 is pulled through water, the rattle member 18 will strike the internal surface 16 of the cavity 14. As the rattle member 18 collides with the internal surface 16, a sound will be made to attract the attention of nearby fish and entice such fish to attempt to consume the fishing lure 10. The rattle member 18 as shown in FIGS. 1-3 is a ball, and can be formed of any of a number of materials, such as metal or plastic. It is to be noted, however, the rattle member 18 may be any number of objects in addition to those in the shape of a ball.

The fishing lure 10 additionally includes a rod member 20 that is used to penetrate the exterior surface 12a of the body 12 and the internal surface 16 of the cavity 14. The rod member 20 traverses the exterior surface 12a of the body 12 into the cavity 14 so as to selectively fill space within the cavity 14 and further engage the rattle member 18 with an adjustable pressure. When the rod member 20 extends into the cavity 14, as shown in FIG. 2, it will limit the movement of the rattle member 18 in the cavity 14, and thereby control the noise generated by the rattle member 18 as the fishing lure 10 is retrieved in the water. More specifically, the rod member 20 may be urged into the cavity 14 to a degree that the rod member 20 engages the rattle member 18 and forces the rattle member 18 into contact with the internal surface 16 of the cavity 14. When the contact member 20 is in such a position, the rattle member 18 will be kept at one location to prevent the rattle member 18 from striking the internal surface 16 as the fishing lure 10 is drawn through water, thereby preventing the fishing lure 10 from making noise.

As a result, the user of the fishing lure 10 is able to control the noise produced by the fishing lure 10 when in use. That is, if the user determines that a rattling noise is not necessary to attract fish, or worse, that the rattling noise repels fish from striking the fishing lure, then the user may simply force the rod member 20 into the cavity 14. However, if the user determines that noise would be beneficial in attracting fish to the fishing lure 10, the user may simply loosen the rod member 20 so that the rattle member 18 has room to bounce within the cavity 14 between portions of the internal surface 16.

The rod member of the fishing lure 10 illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3 is a screw having a slotted head 22. The slotted head 22 allows the user to easily rotate the rod member screw 20 into and away from the cavity 14. Furthermore, the rod member 20 may also be made of plastic or a similar resin material, which will prevent water from entering the cavity 14 without concern as to rust of on the rod member 20. Furthermore, the rod member 20 will prevent water from entering the cavity 14 whether the rod member 20 is inserted into the cavity 14 to its full extent or withdrawn from the cavity 14.

Having thus described exemplary embodiments of the FISHING LURE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE RATTLE, it should be noted by those skilled in the art that the within disclosures are exemplary only and that various other alternatives, adaptations, and modifications may be made within the scope of the present invention. Accordingly, the present invention is not limited to the specific embodiments as illustrated herein, but is only limited by the following claims.





 
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