Andy's Fishing Pole Holder:
When Andy arrived from Utah for a visit and in part for the Annual Quadriplegic Fishing Derby he had a homemade pole holder he believed would help him to victory. As he had hoped, it enabled him to catch the most fish as well as the biggest. I'm adding his devise, not only because others can copy his design and use it, but it also shows how many ways there are to solve the same problem.
Andy started with a piece of one and a quarter inch PVC pipe. Early on he realized the section was he started with was too short so he added a second piece making the total length 24". No coupling is necessary if you start with 24". Next he added a 3/4" handle. At right, you can how he created the opening to place the bolt, with the nut on, and then slid it into the narrower channel before tightening it in place. Prior to attaching, two washers were placed on the head of the bolt so when tightened the bottom end of the tubing would be sealed. Next, on the end 2 channels a 1/2" wide were cut, at a 90 degree angle to each other, into the PVC for the pole to slid into and lock in place. We now recommend cutting 3 channels to better secure the pole.
Next 2 slits were cut into the PVC to enable a piece of 1/4" webbing to be passed through one and out the other. The strap is passed under the arm and over the neck helping to increase stability and control. Finally, a PCV cap was placed on the back end to seal it off. Andy says putting weight in the back end of the unit help improve the counter balance. The rapid lift of the pole sets the hook.
Most of the cutting was done by a friend using a Dermal tool. The adaption as you can see allows for a quick upward motion to set the hook when the fish bites.
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