Met my brother Saturday morning (9/26) and dropped the boat in the water at Port Orchard. Headed east, around the south end of Bainbridge Island and then north towards Shilshole Bay where a number of boats were trolling. Joined the pack.
Within 30 minutes, had our first fish on the 2.8 green/chartreuse OG2. 30 minutes later, had our 2nd fish. Wind picked up. So we called it a day. All in all, a great way to end the 2020 summer season for salmon!
We were trolling the 2.8" OG2 behind a 10" Big Al's Fish Flash. We had 100 feet of cable out. And, we maintained a minimum 45-degree angle in the cable.
The following video covers a quick trip to Sekiu, Washington to fish the coho salmon this past week:
Received the following report from Dana C. who was fishing the 2.8" OG2 out of Sekiu for the coho yesterday:
"Fished Sekiu about three hours Friday morning to get our limit of hatchery Coho! We released four nice wild Coho in the process. The Old Goat 2.8 OG2 white with black scales caught all fish 🎣👍🙂! Of the fish we kept, one was at 40 feet of cable, and the other three were at 70 feet of cable. We stayed in 550 to 650 feet of water. The hatchery Coho were 5.5 to 7.5 pounds each.
The Old Goat OG2 lures, are continuing to out fish 🎣 all my other lures!!! Thank you very much, for making lures I can count on too put fish in the box!"
Dana! Absolutely appreciate your putting the OG2 to work and reporting the results! Thank you!!
Dana C. emailed the following report and photos from his trip to Sekiu, Washington last week to fish for coho salmon:
"I just got back from a successful fishing trip to Sekiu! I broke the 2.8 OG2 black/white lure on the fourth Coho, on Day 1. I need to remember to slide the lure away from the hook, before handling the fish! Day 2, and Day 3, I used the 2.8 OG2 green/black lure, which worked almost as good as the black/white colored lure. Most of the fish were around 5#’s. The biggest Coho was 10#’s, caught on Day 3.
Thanks for making a variety of great lures, that catch Coho!"
Dana: Thanks for putting the OG2s to work and reporting the results! Appreciate both!
We spent a good bit of time experimenting with different OG2 colors and sizes for the Coho two weeks ago in Sekiu, Washington. At the end of the day, the most productive lure was our 2.8" OG2 in fluoro-green/chartreuse.
We fished this lure using the leader length out of the box. And, we fished it behind a 10" Big Al's Fish Flash. (See the photo below.)
I like the minimal drag created by the Fish Flash. We've had issues periodically, with the standard 11" flashers, creating enough extra drag to cause our downrigger clips to release prematurely. This doesn't happen with the Fish Flash.
In addition to the lure and the flasher, I attached a Pro Troll strike-lite to the fish flash. We run the strike-lite with an intermittent flash setting on the LED:
The fluoro-pink/silver OG spinner has been our most popular color with the kokanee and trout fishermen. So, we decided to add a similar color: fluoro-red/silver.
The following video captures a short 36-second sequence of this new color running in our test tank:
Fished last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning for the coho salmon out of Masons Resort in Sekiu, Washington. We spent Tuesday experimenting with different OG2 colors and sizes. The top producer turned out to be the 2.8" OG2 in fluoro-green/chartreuse. The runner-up was the 2.8" OG2 in fluoro-green/orange.
On Wednesday morning, we put two fluoro-green/chartreuse OG2s out--one on each downrigger. Fishing them with the leader length out of the box behind a 10" Big Al's fish flash. One attractor was green/chrome, the other chartreuse chrome. We fished one at 30 feet on the cable. And, we fished the other at 100 feet on the cable. We were fishing in water depths of 400 to 600 feet. Before noon that morning, we had our limits of 2 hatchery coho apiece. (And, during that time, we'd released a number of other unclipped fish.)
Below is a a short video with highlights from the trip:
This video covers several days of fishing out of Sekiu--primarily for the King salmon. We took two nice hatchery fish: a 30lb king and a 15lb king. We released a number of wild fish; and, we released several smaller hatchery kings.
The most effective lures were the 2.8" fluoro-green/fluoro-orange OG2 and a new fluoro-white with purple and black scales. (Look for this new color in our online store by the end of this week.)
We fished these OG2s behind a 10" Big Al's Fish Flash. And, we fished them using the leader-length out of the box. In terms of trolling speed, we tried to maintain a 45 degree angle in the downrigger cable.
Special shout out to Jed W. for the work he's done to create this video! (Not to mention the time he spends rigging lures for us!)
Last fall, we modified the design of the blades on our OG spinners. This modification removed the clevis attachment and created a self-aligning blade. In addition, we modified the rudder design.
When I tested the new blades in our test tank, the action looked good.
Next up was a test on Rock Lake last winter--and the results were solid. But, I wanted to make sure that this wasn't a one-off.
To help with this effort, I enlisted several serious fishermen in western Washington state. One of them, Dennis K., ran several tests for us. Below is his most recent report as well as photos of the results:
I’ve fished Riffe Lake twice in the last week and enjoyed essentially equal success with each of the Old Goat spinners you’ve provided. This most recent trip I had a friend run a couple just to make sure it wasn’t just my mojo catching fish and it isn’t. They performed well for him likewise. We targeted landlocked Coho but invariably end up catch many of the plentiful trout the lake is stocked with. I’m attaching photos of the Coho I kept this last trip, fishtailing as whole fish, then filleted and finally smoked.
It’s been a pleasure trying these out for you and I’ll spread the word in the West!
Dennis: We really appreciate your help in running the tests and reporting the results!
Mark Damron, who guides for Kokanee and trout in California, just sent the following report and photos. (UVR is Union Valley Reservoir.)
"Donn, The pink/blue is still producing. Ran them behind RMT 4.5 Bahama Mama dodgers for a great bite. Even landed a 3 lb. Rainbow, we released. Since getting your lures I've hardly touched my APEX's. UVR kokanee are schooling up and getting much more aggressive. Good news since UVR did not receive a plant 2 years ago; so, there is a natural self-sustaining spawn. Back at it on Tues. Thanks again Donn for painting these up for me."
Mark: It was our pleasure to paint the new color. We absolutely appreciate the suggestion! (It's become one of our top selling kokanee lures!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.