Patent Number: 6,253,485

Title: Method for producing combination fish hook and weed guard device

Abstract: A fishing assembly for reducing entanglements between one or more fish hooks and weeds found in the body of water where fish are attempted to be caught is provided. The fishing assembly includes a single fish hook or a number of fish hooks, such as a treble hook, and a weed guard device. The weed guard device includes at least a first leg member and, in the case of a treble fish hook, three leg members. In one embodiment, each leg member has an attachment section and a guard section having an opening. Each leg member is connected to a center member having a slot. Securing material, such as an epoxy or other adhesive, affixes the center member to the fish hook adjacent to its eyelet. The guard section including opening is bent to form an upper portion and a lower portion, with the hook tip being positioned through the lower portion and adjacent to the upper portion. In another embodiment, the guard section has a crease with two side walls for receiving the hook tip. In yet another embodiment, the guard section is spoon-shaped having a smooth and continuous convex bottom surface. When the fish strikes the fishing assembly, the leg member or leg members readily move inwardly to expose the fish hook or hooks to engage or catch the fish.

Inventors: Jilling; John (Westminster, CO), Bartell; Joseph E. (Littleton, CO), Wiselogle; Roger L. (Denver, CO), Henderson; Rodney A. (Johnstown, CO), Pflock; Kurt (Loveland, CO)

Assignee: Wright & McGill Co.

International Classification: A01K 85/00 (20060101); A01K 83/00 (20060101); A01K 85/02 (20060101); A01K 085/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018