An automatic hook setter for a standard ice fishing rod.
This device dramatically increases your hookup rate, by setting the hook automatically when the fish takes the bait.
It's also safer for fish than conventional means if you're practicing catch and release as it doesn't give the fish the chance to swallow the hook, you'll get more hookups in the mouth.
Once triggered, you lift the rod out of the holder and you have a conventional rod and reel to bring in your fish.
The hook setting process is, the fish tugs on the bait, pulling the line which releases the zigzag catch at the end of the rod. The rod which was spring loaded by being bent, now goes straight, pulling on the line at speed and setting the hook.
This thing makes use of the wonderful Plastic T-Slot by ProtoParadigm for the legs.
1. Collapsable with quick release clamps, so easy to transport
2. Will work with the reel handle on either side of the rod.
3. Tested, it really does work.
4. The catch can also be used for shore fishing with a regular rod and rod holder.
5. Very cheap to replicate !
I highly recommend combining this with "Fish-On Now!" http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53840 so that you know when a fish has been caught and to avoid tiring the fish.
WARNING / DISCLAIMER: Do not place your face over this device, if it goes off accidently or a fish comes along whilst setting up you could injure your face or eyes. Also you can break your rod if apply too much tension. Use at your own risk.
Also, check your local regulations to see if automatic hook setters are allowed. To my knowledge most do, but Ontario and Minnesota do not.
Requirements: 2 x 6-32 Nut 2 x 6-32 x 2 inch countersunk machine screw 2ft fishing line >= 8lb test