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!)
Captain Parker Bambenek of Superior Pursuits mailed us the following report and photos from his outing yesterday afternoon on Lake Superior:
"3 for 5 on this set up this afternoon."
He's fishing the 5" OG2 in blue/black-scales for the Lake Trout.
Appreciate the report and the photo! (If you're looking for a fishing guide in Duluth, Minnesota, I'd recommend Captain Parker!)
Mark Damron, who guides on Lake Berryessa, had requested a new color for our 1.8" OG1 several weeks ago. I decided to paint up a few extras and put them on the store.
It turns out that this color (fluoro-blue/fluoro-pink/fluoro-white) has become one of our most popular kokanee lures.
Mark just emailed me the below report and pic:
"Donn, the Berryessa kokanee love the 1.8 OG blue and pink you painted up for me. Great color combination, Thanks"
(If you're looking to fish Kokanee in northern California, I'd schedule a trip with Mark!)
Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos in Old Harbor, Alaska created a great video for Fish Alaska magazine. This video discusses everything from leader selection to leader length to hook selection, to flashers, to lures, and other gear. (If you go to the Kodiak Combos website, you'll see that Jeff's techniques work!)
At 7:28 minutes into the video, Jeff features the OG2!
We were letting an OG2 out behind the boat last September. Had just clipped the lure into the downrigger with our video camera attached. To everyone's surprise, a salmon attacked that lure when it was just feet from the boat.
Click this link to see the clip.
If you're fishing the kings or coho in the salt this summer; that fluoro-green/fluoro-orange OG2 is one of the first lures I'd put behind the boat!
Had read a report on one of the kokanee forums that a fisherman was having serious success with a chartreuse/fluoro-pink color combination.
Decided to create a new spinner with these colors. And, as a result of the hard work of our master rigger, Jed W., they're available now via our online store!
(Our spinners are unique in that the dual blades are counter-rotating. This means they're constantly reflecting light in opposing directions. And, these counter-rotating blades also create a unique vibration profile.)
I'd sent several of our OG2s to Captain Travis White of Keweenaw Charters in Michigan state. He had a chance to run the 5" fluoro-green/chartreuse OG2 last Friday. Below is his report (and a photo he included). He's nicknamed that OG2 the "Celery Stick"!
The first time I got one of your lures wet was this past Friday. Instant success on the lake trout! I fished the green "celery stick" all weekend behind a 00 silver dodger. It produced a good number of trout as well as some nice size fish too. It honestly was a top producer, and I'd say it performs equally as well if not better than running a spin-n-glow behind the dodger. The larger size w/ the saltwater hook is definitely the way to go for the trout, I wouldn't want anything smaller. The plug has great action in the water, and I also feel the hooking configuration resulted in a pretty high hooking and landing rate. My clients were very impressed and all thought this was a cool lure! I'll try to get some more photos of it in action as I am able. Attached is a shot from this past weekend.
Travis: Absolutely appreciate your putting the OG2 to work and reporting the results! Thank you!
We tested the design of a new spinner blade last winter on Rock Lake. And, it proved to be very effective. You can see it running in the video we captured that day.
Thanks to the work of our master rigger, Jed W., these spinners are now available through our online store. Get yours now!
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.