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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Accessible Fishing

By Ron Milliman

For those who enjoy fishing, I want to share some information about a neat little gadget that I found really useful as a blind fisherman. It is a device called the Beacon that I purchased at Wal-Mart. It fits on the end of your fishing rod and jingles when you have a bite or fish hitting your line. It has two bells that are on springs and when the pole jiggles, it causes the bells to jingle. It also comes with several light sticks that would also help partially sighted fishermen.

My Son and I often fish off my dock at night, and my Son was able to fish with two or three rods at a time because he could see them wiggle when a fish was hitting his bate. Since I couldn't see to watch two or three rods at a time, I always just fished with one, the one I held in my hand. With the Beacon, I am able to fish with more than one rod at a time just like my Son. I hold one in my hand and put the handle of another one or two rods in holes along the side of my dock, drilled in the dock specifically to hold fishing rods. As soon as I heard one of my rods with the bells on it jingle, I knew I had a fish, and immediately went to that rod to set the hook and reel in the fish.

The Beacon simply clamps on the end of any rod, and is extremely easy to put on and take off.

Dr. Ronald E. Milliman, Professor of Marketing
Western Kentucky University
President: South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind

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