A number of folks have had questions about the OG1's action. While many hard-plastic lures and plugs oscillate with respect to a single axis, the OG1's action has a far more random appearance--it moves with respect to multiple axes.
To help here, we submerged a GoPro camera next to an OG1 as it was being trolled. And, we've slowed the video down to 1/2 and 1/4 speed to help you get a clearer sense of the lure's movement:
One of our customers asked how we rig when trolling on Rock Lake. So, I thought I'd run through a quick overview.
First, the OG1 requires some downward tension on the line--whether with a weight, lead-core (or copper) line, or a downrigger. Most of the time, we'll fish with a trolling weight in 1.5 or 1 ounce:
If we're fishing with lead-core line, we'll run anywhere from three to five colors. (Depending on our trolling speed and the depth of the fish.)
Sometimes, I'll attach a flasher between the trolling weight and the OG1 snap swivel. My current favorite is a Mack's Flash Lite in chartreuse. (I still can't explain why; but, there have been days when the rod with the flasher has outfished the rod running a lure by itself. And, there have been days when a lure run by itself has outfished the flasher...)
In addition, we'll often put scent on the lure. Our standard go to has been Mike's Lunker Lotion in anise.
We've found the ideal trolling speed in the winter to be fairly slow--1.2 to 1.4 mph. In the later spring or early fall, we'll speed it up a bit.
Finally, when attaching the OG1 to the trolling weight, or, to the lead-core line, we use the leader length out of the box. (It's aproximately 42 inches on the 2.8" and 3.3" inch lures.)
Skippers and guides on the Great Lakes have been fishing copper trolling wire for several years now. And, the reports I've read indicate that it's an interesting alternative to lead-core line.
I just ordered a spool which arrived last week. I plan to attach this line to a reel and test on Rock Lake.
I'll post updates to the blog after we've had a chance to test...
The US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) granted a patent for the OG1 last week. (For anyone interested, it's patent D779,028.)
So, time to relabel our product packaging. It's no longer "Patent pending..."
In addition to the 2.8" perch OG1, we're adding a 3.3" version to the store.
This larger version fished well on Rock Lake. We troll it with 1 ounce of lead. The ideal trolling speeds seem to be just under 2mph.
Fished Rock Lake, south of Cheney, Washington yesterday. Was surprised at how high the lake was--guessing it's two feet above the level we saw in January. The upside of this high water is that launching your boat is quite a bit easier. The downside is that there's considerable debris floating in the south end of the lake. And, the color is a little off.
We fished for several hours and left with six fish: several nice steelhead plants, the largest rainbow we've taken to date, and a nice brown trout.
Orange seemed to be the color of the day. The most productive lure was a 2.8" OG1 with a black body and a fluorescent orange tail, next up was a 2.44" fluorescent orange OG1, and, finally the 2.8" perch did well (and took the only German brown trout).
Below is a quick video of the outing:
I just received the below report from Bob Milner who recently fished Lake Roosevelt. (I'd sent him one of our 2.8" Perch patterns to test along with the other OG1s that he'd purchased awhile back.)
"Thanks for sending us the Perch pattern lure to try out, needless to say it worked very well. We fished two of the smaller ones on 18 inches of leader behind Kokabow 5.5 inch blades in 25 to 35 ft. of water. One downrigger set at 9 ft. the other set at 14 ft. at 1.0 to 1.3 mph, both did great.The largest Rainbow is 20 inch, the Kokanee is 22 inch. It took most of the day to find the fish but when we figured out they were in shallow water we caught these six Rainbow and one Kokanee in our last hour of fishing. As soon as we can start Walleye fishing I know I will be using this Perch pattern behind a bottom bouncer. I also shared this picture on Eastern Washington Fishing Forum on Facebook and mentioned your lures. Thanks again Bob Milner"
Below is a picture of his catch:
Bob: Many thanks for your report, and, for taking the time to test the OG1 in Roosevelt!
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.