One of our customers, Denny Whalen, has been putting the OG1 lures to use for trout in SW Washington. Below is his most recent report from a day ago (and a few pictures):
"Donn: What a day we had! Never had to use anything but the 2.44 inch orange OG1. I’m pretty sure we had at least 60 fish that we released between the two of us. We pretty much did the usual. 50 feet of mono attached to a sinking line that we let out about 1- 1/2 colors and tr...olled at about #2 or #3 on the electric motor. Most of the fish were 15-16 inches, but some got up just over 18 inches. To say the least we had a ball. We are looking forward to fishing the lake as soon as I get back from Utah. Can hardly wait. Thanks again for the lures. They have worked awesome for me each time I’ve used them. Tim says thanks too.
Denny: Thanks for taking the time to fish the OG1 and submit this report! (Appreciate both!!)
Made a trip to Mason's Resort in Sekiu, Washington at the end of last week. Fished Thursday and Friday for coho across the shipping lanes in Canadian water. (You can purchase a Canadian license online now. And, as long as you don't anchor or go ashore, you can cross the shipping lanes with your license and start fishing.)
We ran both 2.8" and 3.9" OG2s. A month ago, the 3.9" lures had outfished the 2.8" lures. But, this time around, the 2.8" lures were the ticket. And, the fluorescent white/black scales seemed to be the most effective color. We caught a number of wild fish which we released. But, we also took a nice hatchery buck.
Short video below:
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Dana Cowell just emailed the below report for his outings on Shilshole Bay on 9/13 and 9/14:
"I heard the fishing was good out of Shilshole Bay/MA 10 for coho, so I made a trip there by boat. I arrived Wednesday (9-13-2017) afternoon, got moorage in the marina, and fished for about three hours, hooking only shakers.
Thursday (9-14-2017) I left the dock about 6:15am and in a few minutes started fishing with the crowd of boats that quickly grew to about fifty, right outside of the marina. At 7:20am, trolling South with the incoming tide, I hooked and landed my first keeper Coho, about five pounds! It was in 250 ft of water, and I had 57 ft of wire on the down rigger. There were a couple of other boats that netted fish, but overall I didn't see a lot of boats landing fish. At 8:55am I hooked and netted a Coho that weighed about four pounds, in 250 ft of water, and 80 ft of wire, which I kept to make my limit for the day! I was fishing across the current for that fish.
My terminal tackle was the same set up that I used to catch Chinook on last month: a green hotspot flasher, 42 inches of 30# fluorocarbon leader to a 2.8 blue/green OG2 Old Goat Lure, and I had changed the hook to a Owner 3/0 Siwash.
I have caught several salmon now on this Old Goat OG2 set up. The fish hooking action of this set up, has never slowed down enough, to justify switching back to any of my "tried and true" lures (and I have a lot of gear!).
The Old Goat OG2 is a salmon magnet!!!"
Dana: Thanks for the report (and for putting the OG2 to work)!
Randy Rauscher fished the 2.8" OG2 in Shilshole Bay for the Coho on Saturday. You can read his report here.
Dana Cowell put the OG2 in 2.8" size to work on the Chinook in Puget Sound. Below is his report for the 26th:
"Here is my fishing report to share for 8-26-2017:
The Old Goat OG2 green blue behind a green hotspot flasher is catching the Kings at Pt Robinson! I got the 5 pounder at 6:30am and the 10 pounder at 7:30am. Both at about 80 ft of wire in 100 to 120 ft of water. Nice limiting out so close to home!
Living the dream!"
Dana: Many thanks for putting the lure to work and submitting the report and picture. Appreciate both! --Donn
We were able to pull the boat over to Mason's Resort at Sekiu on Wednesday, the 23rd of August. Put it in the water that evening and then prepped our gear for the following morning.
We hit the water around 6am. On one side of the boat, we were fishing a 2.8" OG2 on the other a 3.9" version of the same lure. Within a short time, it became apparent that the salmon wanted that 3.9" lure. So, we put it on both sides of the boat.
The end result was three days of very productive fishing for coho and pink salmon. The following video captures the essence:
Dana Cowell submitted his fourth (and final) report for his week at Sekiu:
"Sekiu fishing report for 8-4-2017:
Fished Sekiu for 6 hours this Friday morning (8-4-2017). My fishing setup is shown in the photo (OG2 lure with a 3/0 Owner Siwash hook, 42-inch leader, behind a green hotspot flasher).
All of my fishing was with a down rigger, usually with 90 ft of wire out, trolling with, or across, the current. The nine pound hatchery Chinook in the photo was taken near the green buoy just off Slip Point (90 ft of wire in 120 ft of water).
Later I saw an "arch" (fish) on my fish finder at 150 ft in 230 ft of water and I quickly let out 160 ft of wire. As soon as I sat down, the pole bounced and it was FISH ON! Nice fight for a pink, which was about 6 pounds! It's cool when the fish finder actually finds a fish, rather than just telling me how deep they are! I released the pink, and, went back to 90 ft of wire.
I lost one OG2 lure on a strong clip release. The line was a little "rough" due to the number of fish I was hooking, and should have been replaced! I had about seven other shakers this morning. Another great day on the water!
I am very impressed with the Old Goat OG2 lures, for catching salmon!"
Dana: Thank you for these reports! And, for your willingness to put the OG2 to work there in Sekiu. We appreciate it! --Donn
While testing the OG2 out of Sekiu; Dana Cowell experimented with an Owner Siwash 3/0 hook. He indicated that this hook resulted in very few fish being lost.
Below is a photo of the original Matzuo 4/0 octopus hook below the Siwash hook which Dana added to the lure:
Dana Cowell submitted the following report for yesterday's fishing out of Sekiu:
"Sekiu fishing report for 8-2-2017:
Had a full day of fishing the waters of Sekiu today! My fishing partner, Winston McClanahan, and I hooked at least 29 fish in the 8 hours we were on the water. Except for the first couple hours, that I fished a herring-aid Coho Killer behind a dodger with a diver, all fish were hooked on Old Goat OG2's.
The diver set up with the Coho Killer was hooking less fish than the Old Goat OG2/green hotspot-flasher/down rigger set up. So we fished the rest of the day with just OG2s on both poles. We fished all over with gear at 30 to 100 feet deep. We kept 2 of the 5 pinks we brought to the boat, released 2 nice sized wild Chinook and 1 nice wild Coho. Last fish of the day was a hatchery Chinook which we kept. Photos are of two of the fish we kept."
Dana: Thanks for putting the OG2 to work out there!
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.