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1. (WO2018224820) BAIT DISPENSER
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CLAIMS

1 . A bottom opening bait dispenser in the form of a container having a longitudinal axis and comprising two or more parts with a fin array at a rear, tail or proximal end thereof, and a nose cone, the container thus having an aerodynamic shape, the said two or more parts being hinged together aft of the nose cone, a weight/plunger combination at the nose, a spring configured to drive the two parts open about the hinge, perforations in the container, the plunger being associated with a catch mechanism configured to normally hold the container closed but to release upon depression of the plunger, the dispenser having also line attachment means.

2. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 1 and wherein the container is teardrop shaped.

3. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2 and wherein the container parts are just two in number.

4. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 3 and wherein the two container parts are substantially similar one to the other.

5. A bait dispenser as claimed in anyone of claims 1 to 4 and wherein container parts are hinged together at the trailing edge of a pair of fins at the rear thereof.

6. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the fin array comprises two sets of fins, normal one to the other.

7. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 6 and incorporating stops on the trailing edge of transverse fins.

8. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the perforations comprise slots extending lengthwise along the container.

9. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 8 and wherein the slots extend at least from just to the rear of the maximum breadth or diameter thereof and terminate as close to the rear of the container as is reasonably possible for the integrity of the dispenser.

10. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 8 and wherein the slots extend substantially the length of the container.

1 1 . A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 9 or claim 10 and wherein the slots have bridging discontinuities.

12. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 1 1 and wherein the rear end of each slot is faired outwards.

13. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 12 and wherein the forward end of each slot is faired outwards.

14. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the maximum breadth of a perforation is of the order of 5mm.

15. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the breadth of a perforation is 3 - 4mm.

16. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 15 and having two lines of slots, in tandem, on each container part.

17. A bait dispenser as claimed in anyone of the preceding claims and wherein the plunger is formed of lead.

18. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the metal plunger is arranged for being detachably attached to the container.

19. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and formed of polypropylene.

20. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and having a rearward extending arm carrying line attachment means at the rear end thereof.

21 . A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the length of the container is 1 1 to 18 cm and its maximum breadth 5 to 7cm.

22. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and arranged to be convertible between water surface and bed opening.

23. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the weight/plunger combination comprises a metal plunger arranged for being screwed onto the catch mechanism.

24. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the plunger normally protrudes 1 - 3 cm from the container.

25. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the plunger weighs 15 to 35 grams.

26. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of the preceding claims and wherein the plunger weighs 1 ounce (28 grams).

27. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 22 and wherein the weight/plunger combination comprises a weight at the nose, bow or distal end of the container and a plunger protruding from the said nose, bow or distal end, the plunger being associated with a catch mechanism configured to normally hold the container closed but to release upon depression of the plunger.

A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 27 and wherein the weight is formed of

29. A bait dispenser as claimed in Claim 27 or claim 28 and wherein the weight weighs 15 to 40 grams,

30. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 27 or claim 28 and wherein the weight weighs 1 ounce (28 grams).

31 . A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 30 and wherein the weight is formed to clip into the container.

32. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 31 and wherein the weight is formed to occupy container volume between a bulkhead and the container bow.

33. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 32 and wherein the weight at least partly overlays the container bow.

34. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 33 and wherein the depth of the overlay is from 3mm to 6mm.

35. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 34 and wherein the weight defines a hole through which the plunger passes.

36. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 35 and wherein the weight is sleeved or bushed for the plunger to pass therethrough.

37. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 36 and wherein the plunger comprises a rod arranged normally to project forward of the weight by 15 - 25mm.

38. A bait dispenser as claimed in claim 37 and wherein the rod projects 2cm.

39. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 38 and wherein the plunger is formed of a plastic.

40. A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 39 and wherein the plunger is formed from Acetal.

41 . A bait dispenser as claimed in any one of claims 27 to 40 and wherein the plunger is a rod with a diameter of 3 - 5mm.