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Connected fishing rods ping your phone when you've got a bite

Connected fishing rods ping yo...
FishSentry's range of rods are fitted with sensors both at the tip and base
FishSentry's range of rods are fitted with sensors both at the tip and base
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FishSentry's range of rods are fitted with sensors both at the tip and base
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FishSentry's range of rods are fitted with sensors both at the tip and base
The team is aiming to launch with three different rods ranging in length from 8.5 ft (2.6 m) to 9.5 ft (2.9 m)
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The team is aiming to launch with three different rods ranging in length from 8.5 ft (2.6 m) to 9.5 ft (2.9 m)
The FishSentry app (iOS and Android) also logs details like time, date, location, tides, moon phase and weather
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The FishSentry app (iOS and Android) also logs details like time, date, location, tides, moon phase and weather

Some anglers are more attentive than others when it comes to monitoring their lines, but all feel the disappointment of an opportunity gone begging. Seattle-based startup FishSentry has developed a set of connected fishing rods designed to make reeling in the big one a more frequent event by nudging the user's mobile device when there's a nibble on the end.

FishSentry's range of rods are fitted with sensors both at the tip and the base, which take dozens of readings each second to pick up on sudden shakes that might indicate some hungry marine life down below. With a Bluetooth LE chip built-in, the rod then sends this information to a companion smartphone app to alert the user.

This seems a little excessive for the hobbyist wandering down to the jetty to drop a line in on the weekend, but for those trolling from a boat with multiple rods to keep an eye on it could serve a rather useful purpose. The team notes that it can also help avoid lost causes, as it would detect when the line hooks seaweed or other debris that renders the bait useless, allowing them to reel in and cast again.

The FishSentry app (iOS and Android) also logs details like time, date, location, tides, moon phase and weather
The FishSentry app (iOS and Android) also logs details like time, date, location, tides, moon phase and weather

The FishSentry app (iOS and Android) also logs details like time, date, location, tides, moon phase and weather, so anglers can get an idea of when and where they have the most success, or share their secrets with fellow fishermen if they're in the mood to divulge.

The team is aiming to launch with three different rods ranging in length from 8.5 ft (2.6 m) to 9.5 ft (2.9 m), made from combinations of graphite, e-glass and fiberglass each designed for specific fishing conditions. It does have some ways to go, however, with the products currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign aimed at raising US$250,000 for commercial production. Early pledges of $499 are currently available, with shipping slated for August 2016 if all goes to plan.

You can check out the pitch video below.

Source: FishSentry

8 comments
piperTom
How lazy can people get? You can't even FISH with your own hands? Next, I expect a fully automated fishing trip -- you won't even have to stir your lazy butt off the sofa.
Bob Flint
Oh yeah, and when the whole thing gets pulled into the water your phone/life that your cradling goes in with it as you frantically try not to loose $1000 bucks worth of technology. If you are fishing you are suppose to enjoy what you are doing not fumbling with your phone in a sketchy area with little or no reception and then if your fortunate enough to catch something the last thing I would want is to broadcast it's location everywhere...
Jeff Michelson
piperTom, I hear they even sell fish at the grocery store these days. no need for a smart phone. ;)
Ronald Leard
Fishing " One jerk waiting for another jerk and relax till it happens " No phone no radio no bugs no problems. If I wanted a automated rig I would put a take up on the real, a pole angle attract angle. My boats do not allow any phones. Hell make it work for a condom. A stroke counter with a anti climax shocker. You gota be kidding me.
tigerprincess
A 25 cent bell of the end of the fishing pole has been used for about a hundred years if not more and it is probably as reliable and accurate as any smart phone app.
POOL PUMPREAPAIR guy longwood
I could see this as a useful tool, if I'm lucky enough to be fishing at 90 years of age, I'm going to need a little help. but that's 40 years from now and hopefully they will have laser shooting fishing rods by then. ha
KenHop67
I, for one, think it's a cool idea. Especially if you want to fish with multiple rods at the same time! No one likes the feeling of losing a fish, and I think this would be a useful tool in preventing that.
pollenparty
I'd buy one!...if they were cheaper. I wish I had 500 dollars to spend on a new rod :(