Zombait™ is the world’s first robotic fishing device which brings dead bait fish back to life! Zombait is the must-have tool in your tackle box to save the day when you can’t find or keep live bait.
Imagine watching your dead fresh or frozen bait come to life with a natural-looking, injured, swimming action the instant it hits the water. Insert the durable and rechargeable Zombait into the mouth of your bait and seamlessly tether it to your hook and Zombait does the rest. Your formerly dead bait is now kicking and struggling- just the action you need to get that fish on the edge to find and attack your bait.
Keep reading to find out how, with your help, this revolutionary product is going to change the way we fish – giving guys who can’t find, use or afford live bait, a big leg up.
We all know that live bait is best. When you’re out there trying to catch the Big One, you’ll do whatever it takes… but sometimes live bait is just impossible to get and keep alive.
Live bait is either a time-consuming challenge to catch, or very expensive. Plus it is just unrealistic if you’re a beach warrior targeting that 40lb bass.
Whatever reason you’re using dead bait, you still want every advantage you can get. You’ve put your hard-earned money and time into getting out there to fish. Zombait is the tool that is going to help you catch more fish and fish more confidently.
Add a completely new dimension to your fishing by having dead bait that swims. Watch the videos and see it in action. Zombait is going to immediately catch the eye of your quarry while still giving off the scent and texture of live bait. It’s the “next best thing”.
So easy to use, Zombait takes just seconds to insert into any variety of fresh dead or frozen baitfish and tethers directly to your main line with mono or wire so it comes back every time.
Plus we are giving an unconditional 100% guarantee on this incredibly durable product. If it stops working for any reason, send it back and we’ll send you a brand new one for free.
Zombait is incredibly easy to use. You can fish your choice of bait, the way you want, and stick to your proven techniques. Use the bait you like best, rig it the way you always do (everyone has their top secret tricks to make dead fish look just right!). Then insert the Zombait device right through the mouth of the fish, and tether it your line with mono or wire and you’re ready to go.
After you insert the Zombait into your bait, all you have to do is put it in the water and it will start swimming automatically until you pull it up again, no hassle. And, unlike live fish, it won’t get tired over time or die unexpectedly.
Zombait works for any bait over about 7” and up to about 16”. Everything from bunker to mackerel to ballyhoo and beyond. As you can see from the videos, Zombait has been successfully tested in a variety of baits and with your help, you can be using it too!
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We are looking forward to bringing you videos of us bringing other dead bait to life including Blue Runners, Mullet, Pilchards, Goggle Eyes, Hake, Perch, Jacks, and more!
We are a young, “Made In The USA” company and product and we need your support to bring this amazing idea to life. Please click the green “Back This Project” button and support us however you can!
SaltStrong: "This New Fishing Device Turns Dead Bait Into Live Bait!" 12/13/15
WideOpenSpaces: "How Zombait Will Give New Life To Your Dead Bait Fish" 12/12/15
Outdoorhub: "Zombait: The Device That Turns Dead Bait Into "Zombies"" 12/10/15
Florida Sportfishing Journal: "Putting Life Back Into Fishermen's Dead Bait" 12/10/15
BostInno: "Zombait Is Using Robotics to Revolutionize Sport Fishing" 12/1/15
GizMag: "Zombait brings new "life" to dead bait fish" 11/25/15
Digital Trends: "This robotic fishing lure can make dead fish swim again" 11/27/15
Trend Hunter: "Robotic Fishing Bait" 11/27/15
Matthew Borowski is an Electrical Engineer with a B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire. Matthew has 6 years embedded system & analog/digital control system design, including 4 years in high speed automation assembly machine engineering. Matthew has designed all of the circuitry that makes Zombait come alive, from the power system to the automatic water activation. Matthew is also a US armed forces veteran and currently serves as Captain in the US Air Force Reserves.
Jessy Cusack is a Mechanical Engineer with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Jessy has 6 years experience in consumer product design and design for manufacturability. Jessy has designed all of the mechanical components that make up Zombait, from the enclosure and waterproofing to the mechanism that gives it its lifelike swimming motion.
Rink Varian is a veteran commercial fisherman who’s been catching bluefin tuna off the coast of Maine for over 35 years. After many years of repeatedly settling for dead bait when the feeder schools were sparse or the livewell had gone belly up, he came up with the idea of a small device which would fit inside a dead bait fish and make it swim. This remained only an idea until he teamed up with two Boston engineers to actually try and make it happen.
Chris Hamman is a Systems Architect with a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Electrical/Computer Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Management from Duke University. Chris has over 12 years experience in business operations and development with over 7 years in entrepreneurial ventures including development of a low-cost back-up power device for developing nations.
Zombait started as a napkin sketch when Rink, a veteran fisherman with over 35 years of experience, and Matthew, a robotics engineer with an interest in bring ideas to life, were talking over a holiday meal in 2013 about the possibility of making dead bait fish swim.
Matthew brought the idea to Jessy, a product design engineer, and the two quickly began brainstorming on how to package this functionality into a device which would fit well into an average-sized bait fish.
Armed with a 3D printer and some custom electronics, we have revised our design to improve the durability, run time, power, motion profile, size, and ease of use over 6 versions of Zombait.
Hundreds of prototypes have been built, using 3D printing, bench-top injection molding, hand soldering, and custom waterproofing.
The device has been through lab testing including a homemade hyperbaric pressure chamber and electronic test bench. It has been field tested by our team and with many fisherman we’ve partnered with along the East Coast.
The motion has been put through the scrutiny of hundreds of fisherman at big game fishing tournaments: on display swimming dead fish in an aquarium! The final, patent pending device, is truly something you will enjoy having in your toolbox.
The device has been designed for manufacturability since its inception. We have partnered with contract manufacturers for injection molding, PCB fabrication, and final assembly, and know our capacity with our current supply chain . What we need now is your support to bring Zombait to scaled production, and bring it to life!
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign which connects inventors with people passionate about what they are building. We have spent thousands of hours getting to this point and we believe that Zombait is ready to move forward into a small scale production run. Kickstarter is our first chance to sell Zombait directly to you and we hope that this campaign begins a lifetime partnership where we can continue to design, develop, and deliver technologically advanced products to fishermen around the world.
It is our goal to bring Zombait to life this year and with your help, we can make that happen. We have put an extremely conservative ship date of late 2016 to get this first batch ready but with the right amount of orders, it shouldn't take that long! Essentially, the more we are able to raise through Kickstarter, the faster we can get Zombait into your hands. So tell your fishing buddies, tell your local bait and tackle shop, tell all the captains that you know about us and let's all work together to get this in the water by Summertime! We will announce stretch goals for how soon we can bring this to life as the campaign progresses.
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Risks and challenges
Zombait is no different than any other hardware startup in that we will be creating a product which consumers will interact with, and with that come challenges. Zombait is a product meant to be used in the harsh environment of the open ocean and salt water is never kind to electronics. Integrity and functionality of the device in its final, production form will be of the utmost importance and we are committed to not shipping a device which is subpar.
Zombait is a relatively low-cost hardware product operating in a harsh environment and as such, will require production of higher volumes. In order to meet these production demands, Zombait is designed for manufacturability and ease of assembly. Each process required to create Zombait will be engineered for scale and repeatability.
We have tried to be very conservative in our estimated delivery date and will make every effort to meet this date. However, when it comes down to it, we hold ourselves to a very high standard and will only ship a product which we are confident that fishermen will find value with and enjoy using over and over again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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