Yep, its something like that however the one I saw actualy just bent the pole down and used the upward motion of it snapping back into place to set the hook. That one looks like it uses a spring to snap it up and set the hook. It looks pretty good though.
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I have seen what you are talking about up on the Klamath Lake in Oregon. The bank fisherman would use them while soaking minnows for big trout in the fall/winter. One old gentleman had them rigged to the front of his pickup so he and his fishing partner could sit inside and watch their rods. I don't remember where they got them but I will ask some old friends to see what they can find out.
I saw a guy selling those at the sportsman show about 10yrs ago.He made them and was trying to market them himself.I guess it never took off.I've never seen them since.To me the hook set is the best part of bait fishing.Why would you want a machine to do it for you?
A few years ago when I was living in San Jose, I went to fish at Parkway lake. While waiting for fish to come in I noticed a few guys next to me that had specal rod holders which automaticly set the hook for them. They took they're poles and bent them and then rigged it on this specal holder so that it would stay bent. When a fish would give the tug it would spring the rod holder like a mouse trap and snap the pole back up automaticly setting the hook. The only other place I've seen them is in Illinois when I visited that a quite some time but I've never seen them since. Has anyone seen anything like this and does anyone know where I could fine any?