A local family is making a big splash in the fishing world as production for a line of children’s bobbers is slated to begin in the next three months.
Hubert residents Alison and Jay Jones secured a provisional patent for the one-of-a-kind tackle after noticing their daughter, 4-year-old Marley, would sometimes grow bored while out fishing.
While fishing one day, Marley began rummaging through a tackle box and said that she wanted a frog fishing bobber instead of the one they were using.
After searching at a local sports outlet, Alison Jones realized there was not any fishing tackle marketed toward children outside of fishing poles.
That realization motivated the Jones family to create the children’s fishing bobber themselves, with fun shapes such as turtles, whales, ducks and frogs.
“We first did a rough prototype — and I mean it was rough,” Alison Jones said. “Then we got a family friend who is a graphic designer to do a CAD drawing, which was 3D printed. The second prototype turned out really good, the plastic was a little heavy but it floated and looked good.”
The actual production of the children’s bobber will be injection molded, a process where plastic is melted in a machine and injected into a mold, where the plastic cools and solidifies into the final product.
This process will create a thinner plastic than the 3D printed prototype, which translates into a more touch-sensitive bobber with higher chances of snagging that prize fish.
“Marley prefers to look at the kids bobbers over the red and white beach ball bobbers. That’s the purpose we found with the turtle prototype. She likes to look at that kind of stuff,” Jones said.
Marley and many smaller children fish by sight a lot of times, instead of feeling the fishing line when a fish bites. Because of this, fun bobber shapes could encourage kids to keep an eye on their line.
The Jones family has been refining the bobber and setting business plans for almost a year now, even using the turtle prototype in the CCA Hook and Bones Youth Fishing for the Future Inshore Tournament where Marley placed first in her age group and was named Lady Angler.
“We’re hoping to have them on the market by springtime or the last day of April. That’s our goal and it’s a doable goal,” Jones said.
Production is slated to begin within the next three months as the Jones finish securing a utility patent on the design of the bobbers and pay production costs.
The first production batch will create 10,000 turtle bobbers.
“We are a little nervous and a little scared; this whole project is a lot to take on. Just the storage aspect is a lot. Ten thousand bobbers is a truckload or more,” Jones said.
The theory is if anything can get kids excited about fishing, then it might be the best thing the fishing world has ever seen.
The suggested retail on the bobbers will be $6.99 and will be sold through their upcoming website and on Amazon.
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