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Reprinted from PN January 2010

Anglers with limited or no use of their hands or arms can operate the Fishing Doc™ rod and reel by sip-n-puff or joystick.

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Anglers with limited or no use of their hands or arms can operate the Fishing Doc™ rod and reel by sip-n-puff or joystick. The controllers are said to be interchangeable.

The sip-n-puff operates pressure/vacuum switches that initiate the pole’s action. The vacuum activates the pole and brings it back to the casting position. When the vacuum is taken away, the clutch releases and the spring casts the pole.

Pressure created by puffing into the mouthpiece controls the reel motor. The joystick is a two-way controller using forward and back motions. When the user pulls back, the casting action is initiated. Release of the joystick disengages the clutch, and the spring casts the pole. The reel motor is controlled by pushing the joystick forward.

Anglers can run the reel continuously or intermittently with both types of controllers.

The Fishing Doc pole comes with a stand that doubles as a cart for transporting the device. The cart has a battery compartment, wheels, a convenient handle, and a mounting bracket for the pole. The handle telescopes to allow easy loading and unloading when traveling.

To adapt to varying fishing conditions, the mounting bracket has a series of holes used to change the pole’s release angle. A spring-loaded detent pin locks the pole in place.

The reel is a standard off-the-shelf Zebco 33™ with a trigger release. A drive shaft run by the reel motor replaces the hand crank. Users may have to set the drag on the reel depending on the fish being caught.

Poles are interchanged by loosening two screws with the hex wrench provided. For more information, visit the Fishing Doc online.

 

 

 

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