The FishFink Beginning!
The concept of the FishFink hi-tech electronic bite alarm/strike indicator was conceived while Tony Dirito was fishing from the shore of Port Costa in the Carquinez Straits of San Francisco Bay for striped bass and sturgeon. It was an unusually windy, cold, and foggy January morning with sporadic rain and a lot of tidal movement, so Mr. Dirito decided to build a fire. In order not to miss a fish, Mr. Dirito had, in his possession, three bite alarms/strike indicators and installed the first one (the old standard fishing bell) on his rod.
Between the wave action, current, tides, and wind, the bell constantly went off!
Immediately, Mr. Dirito removed the bell and the second bite/strike indicator was installed. It was a mechanically operated device with an environmental sensitivity adjustment switch and a battery to power a buzzer. With the wave action, current, tides and wind increasing, the sensitivity switch was adjusted until the device stopped sounding. While gathering firewood, a heavy gust of wind set the device off–another adjustment of the sensitivity switch followed, driftwood was gathered and a fire started. After fifteen minutes, it was time to check the bait, and while doing so, Mr. Dirito noticed a large bullhead was on the line–but the device had not sounded.
The third bite/strike indicator was installed on the rod. It was also a mechanically operated device with an environmental sensitivity adjustment switch and a battery to power a buzzer. The sensitivity switch was adjusted, driftwood was added to the fire and bait was checked again fifteen minutes later. This time a small sand shark was attached to the line without the device sounding.
What was happening–with the other devices–was the sensitivity switch for the environmental conditions was set at a level where a fish had to nibble or bite hard enough to get past the threshold of the environmental conditions for which the indicator was set. So off came the third device, out went the fire, and Dirito’s index finger became the bite alarm/strike indicator.
While using his index finger, noticing and analyzing how all of the environmental conditions put different tensions on the line–opposed to that of a fish nibbling on the bait–he thought there had to be a way to measure those differences (after adjusting for environmental conditions) without losing the sensitivity to pick up the slightest sign of a fish showing interest in the bait.
Through years of development Dirito Industries has the solution, FishFink.