We're limited by time and space: As much as I'd like to be able to test our lures across the contiguous 48, I'm generally tied to waters in Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. Between 3D printer repairs, website updates, and the speed limits on Interstate 90, there are too many fisheries that I'll never touch.
So, when my brother and his son moved back to west side of Washington state, I couldn't be more thankful. Two fishermen who don't flinch at sub freezing temps, small-craft warnings, etc.
These guys have started putting the OG1s and OG2s to work up and down the I5 corridor. And the pictures, below, give you a sense of what they're up to. The photo with the fluoro-green OG1 was taken out of Kitsap Lake (near Bremerton). The photos with the fluoro-orange OG1 were taken from Offut Lake (south of Olympia.)
This Old-Goat R&D team is just getting warmed up. Barely warmed up...
Ryan W. sent us the attached photo and report from an outing on Lake Chelan with the 2.13" fluoro-orange OG1s behind RMT dodgers:
"This was Mitchell Creek area of Lake Chelan. I was running the OGs at 85 feet and 50 feet deep. Both were constantly hooking up. I only have two of the orange otherwise I would have put them on all four rods. I started withe one and it did so well I changed out a poor producing rod and at the same depth with the orange OG it went off. Trolling about 1.6 mph with the autopilot on zig zag pattern. All tipped with different flavors of corn."
Ryan: Absolutely appreciate the report and the photo! Thank you!
The fluoro-green/fluoro-orange OG2 has been one of our most effective colors for the salmon fishermen in the salt.
So, we've added a new size: the 3.3". This lure is a step-up from the 2.8" but still small enough to mimic the Pacific sand lance (which is a primary food source for the Blackmouth or winter King).
You can order yours now from the online store!
We used a Spydro underwater camera to capture the action of our 1.8" and 2.44" OG1 lures. The trolling speed, when we captured the video, was just over 2mph.
As you'll see, the smaller 1.8" lure has a significantly faster action than the larger 2.44". Also note that we attached three kernels of died shoepeg corn to the treble hooks of the 2.44" to demonstrate negligible impact on the lure's action. (You'll want to fish the 1.8" without any attached bait.)
The video shows both lures running at full, and then half, speed.
We've been surprised at the demand for our 2.13 OG1s that are rigged for the kokanee! Thanks to the hard work of our master rigger, Jed W., these lures are back in stock on the store. (Get yours now; before they're gone again!)
Our Facebook page hit 800 likes today. If you haven't taken a look, check us out here.
Received the following report and photos from Denny W. who's been fishing western Washington lakes with the fluoro-orange and green-perch OG1s:
"Donn: Your OG1's are awesome. Here are some of the rainbows we have caught this fall here in SW Washington. The orange has been best, but the green perch has been on fire too. Over 100 fish in 3 trips. But we released most of them. Truly great lures.Thanks again. Denny"
Denny: Thanks for both the report and the photos! Appreciate it!
Had a chance to fish Rock Lake on Saturday afternoon with my brother and my nephew (and their two gun-dog pups)! Awesome time on the water!
We put the boat in around noon, loaded everyone on board, and headed for the north end of the lake. The lures that were most effective were the: 2.8" OG1 in perch, the 2.8" OG1 in fluoro-orange, and the 2.44" OG1 in orange-perch. (We caught several fish on other colors.)
By the time we were done, they both had their limits: eight rainbow trout, a brown trout, and a kokanee. (That last fish surprised us!)
We trolled one lure off of the downrigger, one off of the middle rod (behind a small dipsy-diver), and, one lure behind a 3/4 ounce crescent weight.
Trolling speed was around 2.5mph.
Including a few pics below:
Made it up to Sekiu, Washington to fish the OG2s for coho on September 11th and 12th. The following video shows a few highlights from the trip:
Last May, a commercial fisherman in Alaska, Dave D., contacted us and asked if we'd paint a couple of 3.9" lure bodies for him in fluoro-green and fluoro-orange. When I hit the paint room, I decided to go ahead and paint a large batch in this color. Glad I did!
We were fishing out of Sekiu, Washington last Wednesday. And, started with our fluoro-green/chartreuse OG2 that had been so effective a year ago. Things were slow; so, I tied on the 3.9" OG2 in fluoro-green/fluoro-orange. That color surprised us: It caught all of the fish that we put in the cooler.
Kudos to Dave D. for that request!
Below is a quick video of the trip. (Early on, there's footage of a salmon that surprised us and attacked the lure next to the boat while we were trying to get the line clipped into the downrigger...)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.