Patent Number: 6,168,106

Title: Remotely operable centrifugal brake

Abstract: A fishing reel has a frame and an operating mechanism on the frame. The operating mechanism includes a spool assembly mounted to the frame for rotation around a first axis to direct fishing line onto the spool assembly. The operating mechanism also includes a brake assembly. The brake assembly includes a brake surface on the frame, a brake weight with a brake weight surface, and a first mechanism for mounting the brake weight to the spool assembly for movement between a) a first position wherein the brake weight surface on the brake weight is urged against the brake surface on the frame to generate a first braking force as an incident of the spool assembly rotating at a first predetermined velocity and b) a second position wherein the brake weight surface on the brake weight is not urged against the brake surface on the frame to generate a braking force as large as the first braking force. Additionally, the brake assembly further includes a selector that is operable remotely from the brake weight placeable selectively in a first and a second state for i) preventing the brake weight from moving from the second position into the first position as the spool assembly is rotated at the first predetermined velocity with the selector in the first state and ii) allowing the brake weight to move from the second position into the first position as the spool assembly is rotated at the first predetermined velocity with the selector in the second state.

Inventors: Cockerham; Rayford Alan (Broken Arrow, OK)

Assignee: Brunswick Corporation

International Classification: A01K 89/00 (20060101); A01K 89/0155 (20060101); A01K 089/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018