This smart rod means you’ll never miss the catch of the day again. The gadget, created by Seattle-based startup FishSentry, is connected to a mobile device that sends anglers a notification when it detects a nibble. The connected rods, which have sensors at the tip and base and take dozens of readings each second, can even share a favorite fishing location via the app. FishSentry founder Spencer Worley, who is currently seeking investment through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, explains why this rod will have anglers reeling in the biggest catches.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for FishSentry?
Trolling for fish requires anglers to constantly watch their fishing rod. It is pretty clear when you catch a fish, but the real problem is when you miss something that could potentially ruin your bait. Then you are just wasting time and you won’t know it until you reel up. No matter how diligent you are, if one person is driving the boat, not all the rods can be constantly watched. I had been developing products with sensors and it occurred to me that what I was watching for could be monitored by sensors. The trick is that on the ocean or other large bodies of water, there is always motion, but what I was watching is the difference between the rod base and rod tip – this is what led to the invention.
Q: What’s the main point of it?