Haven't been able to fish the glow OG2s yet. So, when my brother suggested I drive over his way, help him launch his boat, and give it a try, I couldn't resist. Met him in Tacoma yesterday afternoon at the marina where he has his boat moored. Motored up to the Clay Banks and fished for a couple of hours. Took one decent King and missed two others on the takedown.
We were trolling with 100 feet on the cable in 120 to 150 feet of water. The smaller, 3.3" glow OG2 definitely was the most productive (in terms of takedowns and fish caught). Interesting datapoint, the 2 takedowns we missed, and the fish we caught were all while trolling west to east in front of the Clay Banks.
To round out our offerings of OG2s, created with the new UV-glow filament, we're adding a 5" model. This size should be very effective when the salmon are keying on larger baitfish.
They're available now on the Store!
Received the following report from Dana C. who is fishing the new glow OG2 out of Sekiu this weekend:
"We fished the “Caves” at Sekiu this morning. The first hatchery Chinook was just legal at 23 inches, and we decided to keep it. Then at 7am the line popped out of the clip, I grabbed the pole and held the pole tip up, as line was peeling off the reel. This fish has some weight to it!
Both down riggers up, deck cleared, and net ready. One long run, a shorter run, and the fish started to wear out. Finally the fish was on its side, and I could see it was a big hatchery Chinook! Into the net and into the boat.
Both fish were caught using the Old Goat UV-filament 3.9 inch lure behind a UV flasher, in 65 feet of water, with 50 feet of cable on the down rigger. This second Chinook was 39 inches long and 24.3 pounds! This new Old Goat UV-filament 3.9 inch lure is the best ever! Thank you for continuing to make great lures, that put salmon in the box!"
Dana! Thanks for the report and the photo!
Fishermen: If you don't have the new glow OG2 in your tackle box, order one now--they're available through the store!
Salmon fishermen know that lures, or hoochies, that reflect the UV light tend to be more effective than others.
This study actually provides concrete scientific evidence as to why that is.
From day 1, when we painted our lures (whether for salmon or trout), we used paint that reflected UV light.
But, a recent development in 3D printer media now allows us to build lures that are created with a pigment that absorbs, and then radiates, UV. (If you expose these lures to sunlight, they'll absorb the ambient UV. You can also "supercharge" them with a UV light before clipping them into your downrigger.)
We're offering two sizes of these lures in the OG2: 3.3" and 3.9"
Get yours now through the online store.
In the past I haven't used a decoy when turkey hunting. But, decided to try using a jake decoy this morning. I hiked logging roads where I know there are turkey, set the decoy on the road's edge if I noticed a good bit of droppings or tracks, and hit our ceramic-surface all-weather call.
I'd just moved to my third setup this morning. Placed the decoy on the road's edge, and fired up the call when I heard a hen responding. Also had a gobbler fire up--just once.
He came in fanned and strutting. Took him with a load of 5-shot.
Below is a short video of the hunt:
This video gives a quick snapshot of our Old Goat turkey-call at work. The ceramic surface of this all weather call is designed to work regardless of the weather.
We'd shipped one of our OG calls to a turkey hunter in New Mexico last fall.
I just noticed that the New Mexico opener was April 15 (like ours here in Idaho). So, I'd emailed him to see if he'd had a chance to get out yet. He reported that he hadn't due to serious wind over the last several days.
But, he had put the call to work last November. And, it had pulled in an entire flock. He forwarded the below photos of the result! (Note that he paired the call with a Primos 777 striker.)
Can't beat the Idaho panhandle in April!
A friend just emailed a picture of one of his sons, and, one of two birds his sons took this morning with their Old Goat turkey-call during the Idaho youth hunt.
These birds were fooled with the ceramic all-weather call.
We're introducing a new color for the kokanee fishermen: It's a fluoro-orange/pink tail. (This color was producing in the 2.13" size; so, we wanted to offer it in the 1.8" size as well.)
Now, due to the hard work of our rigger, we have a batch up on the store. (In addition, he's replenished our supply of 1.8" fluoro-orange, fluoro-green/pink-tail and fluoro-green chartreuse!)
If you're a kokanee fisherman, you'll want to give this new color a try!
Due to the hard work of our rigger, we're able to offer a new glow version of our 2.13" kokanee lure. The plastic used to create this lure is embedded with particles that absorb, and then emit, UV light.
In the photos below, the first picture was taken with ambient room light. The second picture was taken in a dark room after the lures were placed under a 5V UV light for 12 minutes. You can see the lures reflecting the absorbed light.
These lures are available now on the store: Click the Store tab to order yours!
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.