Alexandria person gets patent to revolutionize ice fishing – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — Right after years of desirable to the United States Patent and Trademark Business (USPTO), a single Alexandria person is at last on his way to market his invention that he claims is a first in the heritage of ice fishing.

It all began in February of 2016 when Jim Dresch was out fishing with his buddy, Roger Van Surksum, when the all-way too-frequent difficulty of dropping a fish off the line plagued their time on the frozen lake.

“All of sudden (Van Surksum’s) chair goes traveling, he is down on the floor and his fish is long gone,” Dresch recalled.

By urgent down on the lever, pressure from the attached paracord lifts the plate to prevent the fish from sliding out of the hole and underneath the ice.

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It was not too a lot for a longer time until the specific similar state of affairs happened all over again.

“I explained Roger, ‘You’re likely to break a knee cap,'” Dresch mentioned.

Dresch experienced sufficient and set off to function on a option. The result — Grandpa Jimmy’s Ice Hole Lure. The product makes use of a pivotal plate that operates parallel with the length of the ice hole and closes the base of the gap via a foot pedal. It traps a caught fish in just the ice gap so that it can’t escape if it will get off the hook.

The lure can mount to ice or to the floor of a fish house. If one isn’t going to want to to drill into their ground, Dresch supplies a wood system that can be acquired for the trap to mount to.

The alternative came with its individual troubles, nevertheless — several years of pleasing to the patent office environment that Dresch explained as a “nightmare.” He initially utilized in 2017.

“They instructed me the process could choose up to 18 months,” Dresch said. “Eighteen months afterwards they turned me down.”

USPTO informed Dresch they found one thing that seems equivalent to his invention — a product with the exact intention but a wholly different layout and functionality.

Dresch employed a patent attorney to attractiveness and reapply.

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The patent for Dresch’s ice hole trap explained how the system operates and gives an illustrated diagram.

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“We wrote up about all the dissimilarities and why mine will work and theirs would not and reapplied. About a different 12 months (afterwards), they turned us down once more,” he explained. “They did not know what they were being looking for for the reason that this has by no means existed right before. Google failed to even know what it was simply because I invented anything that has under no circumstances been invented in the heritage of the world.”

Once more, Dresch appealed the USPTO’s final decision and once more it was denied.

“As we eliminated each and every (invention the USPTO countered with), it begun finding stupider and stupider. They were having difficulties,” Dresch explained. “Mine (invention) has an extension on it and they mentioned they located one thing else that has an extension. An auger provider for the entrance of a snowmobile. I have an extension on my apple picker, what the hell does that have to do with mine (invention)?”

The ready approach among every denial and enchantment was amongst 10 and 12 months. Dresch mentioned his patent lawyer inevitably experienced to phone the patent business office and talk with a supervisor and individually discuss the make any difference.

Lastly, in Oct of 2021, just after almost five decades of appeals, Dresch got his


Two months later on, he received a patent from Canada. Dresch stated that 90% of the time if the U.S. passes a patent then Canada will also approve it.


Alexandria’s Jim Dresch with his Grandpa Jimmy’s Ice Hole Lure, an ice fishing solution he made to retain fish from acquiring absent soon after they get cost-free in close proximity to the top rated of the gap.

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“You can consider how fired up we received right after it passed right after practically five yrs,” Dresch mentioned.

When requested what determined him to continue to keep making use of and waiting around practically a 12 months among every single listen to-back again, he mentioned it can be simply because he understood much better.

“I’ve been ice fishing for 60 a long time. I realized that we experienced a thing that was distinctive,” Dresch claimed. “My lawyer claims you can get a patent on anything, it will not have to be marketable. They never have to be useful.”


Dresch’s close friend, Jerry Lanie, works by using an ice trap in two of his holes whilst ice fishing.

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Dresch states he knows that his ice hole trap is not only authentic but it is practical, marketable and wanted by any angler who has dropped their capture below the ice. So much, Dresch claims he has sold 1000’s of ice traps from Montana to New York and up into Canada.

Nowadays, Dresch has been expending most of his weekends making visits to areas identified for its ice fishing to see if retailers are fascinated in selling his products. He and his longtime girlfriend of 30-as well as yrs, Deb Anderson, work alongside one another to offer the traps.

Regionally, Grandpa Jimmy’s Ice Hole Lure can be ordered at Christopherson Bait Store in Alexandria. They can also be observed in a range of stores from Grand Rapids to Bemidji and up to Blackduck and Intercontinental falls.

On line orders can be manufactured at his web page,


“Men and women have been shedding fish their complete life. This invention is basically going to transform the complete fishing market… It can be a paradigm shift,” Dresch said. “I’m prior military services and I was essentially retired. I just fished for pleasurable and I stumbled into this matter by accident… It really is so much entertaining mainly because you are serving to individuals catch fish. You couldn’t question for a improved position.”

Dresch mentioned his intention is to place a lure in each and every fisherman’s fish household and have a business enterprise to go down to his little ones and grandchildren.

Anderson claims she hopes when the dollars commences rolling in they can assist out veterans and charities.

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