A GREAT INVENTION THAT ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT TO MARKET…

Fish FinderThough not always the most practical of people, Bernie Gillespie was a genius when it came to electronics. Growing up, his family was dirt poor and Bernie vowed to do something about it. On his 13th birthday, Bernie set out to create a great invention, one that would bring wealth and prosperity to his family for the rest of their lives. It took him years to barter and purchase any and all electronic equipment he could get his hands on—a transistor here, some wire there… He worked day and night creating diagrams, models, researching and experimenting, but to no avail. He just couldn’t come up with something that hadn’t already been invented. He was at his wit’s end. But then toward the end of the sixth year on his quest to create a great invention, he was awoken in the middle of the night by an “ah-ha” idea—it was if the light of ten-thousand candles had suddenly lit up inside his head. He got up and worked for three days non-stop—no food, no drink, no sleep and only two brief potty breaks.

He finished his invention on his 22nd birthday. His invention was magnificent, state-of-the-art, a triumph of electronic ingenuity. When he unveiled his invention, the locals were very impressed. It was an electronic marvel, the culmination of brilliance, creativity and ingenuity. Bernie Gillespie had invented the Permanent Fish Finder. The problem was Bernie Gillespie was from a family of Mongolian sheep herders who lived smack dab in the middle of the Gobi Desert. There was no bodies of water within hundreds of miles of his village, let alone fish. Being as it was “permanent”, Bernie’s fish finder was of no use to anyone, even those willing to travel hundreds of miles to the East China Sea. As I mentioned earlier, Bernie wasn’t the most practical of people.

No one bought his invention and he almost threw it in a dung heap. But alas, a buyer from Harbor Freight Tools who was ger shopping (“ger” is the Mongolian word for yurt—helpful?) came across the teary-eyed Bernie and his invention. “I just have one small tweak and I think this invention of yours could be a winner!” said the Harbor Freight buyer.

The Portable Fish Finder available at Harbor Freight Tools has a range of 0-90 ft. and a backlit screen for day or night fish viewing. The fish finder shows the fish size, as well as depth and bottom profile. Other features include floating transducer with 35 ft. cable, 45 degree sonar angle, pouch and strap.  Bring the portable fish finder on the boat or use it from a dock with amazingly accurate results. The fish finder runs on  4 AA batteries (sold separately) and also features sound alert and adjustable sensitivity. It’s quite a unique piece of electronic equipment for the casual and serious angler alike—but not quite as unique as a guy named “Bernie Gillespie” from a Mongolian sheep-herding family…

Portable Fish Finder
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