Rightly or wrongly, technology has made the sport of fishing less of a guessing game and more like shooting the proverbial gill-bearing creatures in a barrel. Smartphone-connected fish finders and even waterproof drones that will land your lure in their midst are a couple of recent examples, and now a new device is designed to make things even easier. The Fish Call works by mimicking the sounds of feeding fish and is claimed to draw in species of all kinds.
The Fish Call is the brainchild of father-son duo Jeff and Jack Danos, a pair of self-proclaimed amateur anglers. While Jack was being home schooled at the age of 15, the two happened upon what they describe as a new kind of transducer technology that can turn just about any object into a sound and vibration generator. Nine months of engineering with the help of a 3D printer has resulted in a ice-cream cone-shaped prototype the duo is now ready to cast into the fishing market.
Users simply flick a switch and lob the Fish Call into the water, where it emits sounds and vibrations that simulate those of a school of feeding fish. This is said to whet the appetite of fish in the area, moving them to school and causing them to bite with more aggression, thereby improving your chances of getting a bit when casting your line near the device. The team has tested it out mostly in coastal saltwater and freshwater ponds, claiming to have hooked species such as red fish, speckled trout and flounder in the process.
The throwable device comes with a custom anchor system that can hold it in place or it can be left to drift on its own. The current prototype runs on a regular 9-volt battery, which should last for six to eight hours of use.
With The Fish Call the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the father-son team has already passed its goal of US$10,000, having attracted almost $25,000 in funding at the time of writing. If the campaign runs as planned, an early pledge of $99 will have one sent your way with shipping slated for December 2015.
You can check out the Fish Call pitch video below.
Source: The Fish Call