After seeing reports that salmon caught in Puget Sound had smaller herring in their stomachs, we decided to create a new size of our OG2 in blue/black-scales. (Where the 2.8" is designed to simulate a candlefish or sand lance, the 3.3" is designed to imitate the smaller herring.)
There's an illustration below of all four sizes, lined up on a sheet of ruled paper, to give you a point of reference.
You can order the new 3.3" size today from our online store (just click the Store tab above).
Just received the below report and photos from Nolan Thom who was fishing out of Westport in Washington State:
Hope all is well with you and the family. It was a very nice Sunday. My buddies boat just arrived at WP on Saturday evening. It was having a baitwell installed and was long overdue. Hate to admit it but I was not as prepared as I would like to be. We had to scramble just to find a downrigger clip. I shoved a bunch of gear(disorganized) in my bag one of which was the OG2 pink/green and the blue/white. Left the docks at 0630 on the outgoing tide, typical Westport bar letting people know who's boss. Got some intel that they were getting monster coho at Grays Harbor buoy but lots of native fish. Just before leaving got one last tip from a friend on some different but nearby numbers. Took a chance and got out to the spot. It was a 3 person crew and my buddy put out a Silver Horde Ace hi fly in purple haze. Literally in less than 5 minutes a nice takedown and a hawg coho to the boat. But, it had one of them silly things, that adipose fin :( So, off it swam. As I am looking for my OG's in my disheveled tackle bag, the Capt tells me "we're on em! Just get something out there then fine tune it!" I didn't say anything as I was starting to get sea sick. Slapped on a Silver Horde plug and free lined it on top while I searched for the OG's. I remembered you had said to try the 3.9 as people had been using the smaller size in Puget Sound. My gut instinct as from past color selections was to run the blue/white. But, I was queasy and grabbed the first OG I found which was green/pink. It went behind a red triangle flasher(forgot the brand, not Big Al's or Shortbus). Also, did I mention I was queasy? So, there would be no alteration in gear with the exception of crimping the barb on the hook. I sent it down 76ft in 180 ft of water. As, I'm trying to get things organized on the deck by buddy yells, "Hey you popped off!" CHEEEE HOOO! Fish-on! It's been a long time since I've had that feeling, too long. Another HAWG coho AND no fin. High 5's all around. To try and shorten up the fishin' tale, it was lines in at 0821, limit of 6 fish at 1010 and headed back to docks. That first coho was our only native fish. Our very first outing of 2018 was very blessed. We had 7 hits total, landed all 7 fish, and not a single break off. Tally as you can see is 5 coho and one king. Your lure accounted for 5 of 6 keepers and 5 of the 7 fish. That is, one king and 3 coho! Only regret not weighing the hawg coho's. The king was decent but 2 of the coho's were significantly thicker. I'm a bleed and gut ASAP kinda guy plus I was feeling too groggy to look for my scale. Anyway, it was a great first run and my buddy's boat ran well. Hopefully next week I will be a lot more prepared. Next target....TUNA!
Take Care and much thanks,
Nolan! Thanks for putting the OG2 to work out there!
We just completed our first retail batch of the 5" OG2. If you've been waiting, you can order them through our online store. Just click this link.
Dana Cowell submitted the below report and photo from his final day out of Port Angeles (8/10):
"I had calm waters as I ran out of the PA (Port Angles) marina.
As soon as I rounded Ediz Hook I slowed down, and started my kicker motor to begin trolling. I put on a Old Goat 2.8 OG2 pink green lure behind a green Hotspot flasher, with 50 ft of wire on the DR, in 180 ft of water, troweling with the current.
I started fishing at 6:15am. I just sat down, and the rod slammed down, line was peeling off the reel! I jumped up and pulled the rod out of the rod holder, and watched as line continued to come off the spool. My drag was set correctly, as the fish soon stopped running, and I reeled the fish closer to the boat. With the fish exhausted and on its side, I could see it was a hatchery Chinook! With the pole in my right hand, and the net, which was looking too small, in my left hand, I managed to scope up the fish! The Chinook weighed 14 pounds and was 30 inches long.
Thank you Old Goat Lures, for another great fishing memory!
Keep up the good work, making these lures!"
Dana! That is a nice looking fish! Thanks for putting the OG2 to work and sending the report! (Appreciate both!!)
I'd sent a couple of OG2s to Jeff Peterson who guides out of Kodiak Combos with Peterson's Adventures in Old Harbor, Alaska.
Jeff emailed me this morning that he was going to give a 3.9" OG2 a try. (See the attached picture of the lure, below.)
The result was an 18 pound Coho salmon! (As I told Jeff, that's bigger than a number of the Chinook being taken locally in Puget Sound...)
Jeff: Many thanks for putting the lures to work up there!
Just received the below report and photo from Randy Y. a new customer in British Columbia who is fishing the OG1s for kokanee and trout in his local waters:
"Hi.. just want to say a quick wow! Just received your shipment yesterday.
Rigged them up this morning and only in 3 hours I'm at 28 kokanee and six rainbows.
First time I used these and all I can say is they are great. Very pleased."
Randy: Thanks for the report and photo! (Appreciate both!)
Dana Cowell just submitted the below report for a morning trip out of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles:
"I started fishing Ediz Hook out of Port Angles this morning about 6:30 am. I was fishing the Old Goat 2.8 OG2 green/black scales with a green hotspot flasher on a DR.
I had one shaker after an hour. I was trolling west with the current, next to the guys that were jigging for salmon in 100 ft of water, with 90 ft of cable on the DR.
At 8:20am, as I passed the guys jigging, my line popped out of the clip! I turned the boat out from the crowd, got control of the fish, and netted a bright 8# Chinook!
This Chinook had small 2 to 3 inch herring in its stomach. The fish just nailed the Old Goat lure (see the hook in the fishes jaw)!
Thanks again for making lures that nail the salmon!"
Dana: Thank you for the report and photo! And, thanks for putting that OG2 to work up there! We absolutely appreciate it!!
Received the below report from Dana Cowell who was fishing the 2.8" OG2 with green/black-scales:
"I got my kicker motor back from the shop this morning Wednesday, and headed to PA (Port Angles) to check out the good fishing reports I have been hearing.
I launched the boat and started fishing at 6pm, just outside of Ediz Hook. At 6:15pm I got a strong take down, and it was “fish on”! Nice nine pound Chinook on the Old Goat 0G2 2.8 green and black lure. My green Hot Spot flasher was on 90 ft of cable on the DR in 200 ft of water.
The Old Goat Lures are surprisingly constant in getting salmon!
Keep making these Old Goat Lures!"
Dana: Great report and photo! (Thanks for putting the OG2 to work up there!)
Received the below photos of a couple of nice fish taken today in the Puget Sound by Ruby D Charters. Captain Dale was fishing a new 5" OG2 prototype that we're getting ready to release to the public.
A customer just posted a great report, and series of photos, on the NWFR website.
He took a really nice Chinook in Marine Area 7 fishing a 3.9" OG2 in blue/black-scales with green stripe.
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.