Randy R. has been testing the OG1 in the Puget Sound for blackmouth. And, at times he's been doing this solo.
If you've ever tried to fish the salt, in a running tide, by yourself, you know this can be a challenge. Between dodging crab pots, and buoys, keeping the boat tracking, monitoring the down riggers and rods, it's a handful. (And, once a fish hits, it's even crazier.)
He's likely one of the most dedicated salmon fishermen I've encountered as he's covered a lot of water this past winter--in a variety of conditions.
Yesterday he sent me the below pictures of a nice hatchery fish he took with a fluorescent green 3.9" OG1.
(Randy: Thanks for the hours you've spent helping with the lure tests--absolutely appreciate it!!)
Received the below report from Bob Milner regarding his 4/20 trip to Rufus Woods:
"Hi Donn, Well the water finally cleared up enough to get in some fishing. We hit Rufus Woods 4-20-17 launching at Seaton Grove Launch and heading down river fishing backwaters and eddies. We have been doing very good on walleye and triploids on all the standard gear so today we though we would dedicate the entire day to fishing your lures. I was using the mid size pink an...d green and my wife used the same size perch pattern. The problem today was finding a spot to fish that wasn't full of boats but every hole we pulled into produced fish, both trout and walleye on the same lure. There is a two trout limit unless fishing with a single barbless hook so next time that's how I will rig the lures so we can release trout and keep fishing for walleye. Banks lake walleye has been very slow so far this year but when we get into the post spawn fishing I am excited about using Oldgoat lures in shallow water, I know it's going to be great. Anybody that hasn't used your lures has really been missing out on a lot of fun. I will try to send pictures of yesterday's catch."
Bob: Absolutely appreciate the report and your willingness to test the OG1 for walleye!
(Attaching a picture below that Bob forwarded.)
Fished Rock Lake for several hours today. Experimented with multiple attractors (dodgers, flashers, etc) and a variety of lures. However, the OG1 was more productive today when fished by itself. Took two nice steelhead. One on the 2.8" perch OG1 and the other on a 2.44" black with fluorescent pink tail.
Both lures were trolled behind a 1-ounce trolling weight. And, the trolling speed was just under 2 mph. (I can't get the Tohatsu kicker to run any slower...)
Pictures below of the fish and the lures:
We've noticed that at times, a larger lure will trigger strikes when the fish are ignoring the smaller sizes. Since the perch pattern OG1 has been effective in 2.8" and 3.3", we decided to add a 3.9" to the arsenal.
To help give perspective, the following photo shows the 2.8" perch OG1 in the foreground, it's followed by a 3.3" perch OG1, and, behind this, you'll see the 3.9" lure body as well as a rigged and packaged 3.9" lure:
You can order any of these three sizes now from our online store.
For the trout fisherman, the fluorescent orange and the fluorescent pink lures have been very successful. We decided to offer a new version that combines both colors: the exterior is fluorescent orange while the interior is fluorescent pink.
These lures are available through our online store. (Just click the store tab to order.)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.