For years he made and sold FISHGETTERS of all sorts and actually made a little money at it in his “retirement”. Once he invented a knot that I swear was the simplest and strongest knot ever. He taught me how to tie it and I use it religiously. But his FISHGETTER lures were out of this world. He claims to have invented the first double snelled perch rigs ever to be fished in the bay of Green Bay. I remember catching many a double perch on a single line – what a tug. He taught me how to stream trout fish and I learned how to get snagged every other cast but also caught some nice Brookies. He invented a trout spinner made with a single hook that had a solid shank so you could easily remove the hook from the trouts mouth – the lure with a kind of handle on it for easy removal. He made all sorts of FISHGETTERS in all sorts of colors and sizes for so many different fish. For me – I just wanted to fish, fish, fish, but GRAMPS had the patients to invent FISHGETTERS and to fish. But I often got snagged on weeds and stumps and brush and said there has got to be a FISHGETTER that won’t get snagged.
PS- GRAMPA died the year I filed for the patent on the Guardhook. He was a spry 89 and winked at me when he fished the Guardhook that same year for the first time.