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Fishing Kit Reels In First Place
February 20, 2007

The Adaptive Fishing Kit, a kit that converts a standard fishing rod and reel so people can use it with only one arm, took the top prize and $10,000 in the 2007 Schoofs Prize for Creativity during the Innovation Days idea and invention competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The kit, with an estimated retail price of $120, would provide a means for amputees, stroke victims or others with injuries or paralysis to enjoy the sport of fishing.

Brian “Sunya” Nimityongskul got the idea for a system for one-armed fishing while recovering from shoulder surgery last summer. “I wanted to be fishing and not sitting at home,” he says. “Being an engineer, I decided I’d do something about it.” He worked on it during his free time, doing the design and machining himself, and then decided to enter his invention in the Innovation Days competitions, held Feb. 8 and 9.

The Adaptive Fishing Kit also won second place and $1,250 in the Tong Prototype Prize.

A panel of judges chose the winners based on creativity, innovation and probability of market success. Twenty ideas and inventions were presented during the two-day event.

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