Jeff and Jack Danos, creators of the Fish Call, are a father and son team with a lot of savvy and fishing knowledge. They blew up their Kickstarter campaign, getting over 11 times their funding goal of $10,000 to fund their first production run. Their unlikely product – essentially a bobber that emits fish attracting sounds – was created by Jeff at the age of 15 using a 3D printer.
The Fish Call is about the size of a beer can. It floats on the water and sends out sounds that attract fish. There are a lot of skeptics, but true fishermen know sound can attract fish; that's why rattle bobbers do such a big business. The real fishermen think using the Fish Call is cheating!
The “fishtrepreneurs” pitch their product to the Sharks in episode 802. While they probably won't be jigging for redfish in the Tank, they'd love to hook a Shark to fund further production runs!
My Take on the Fish Call
I go fishing almost every day. I wake up at 5:30 AM, get my daughter off to school, then hit the fishing pier for a few hours before starting work. I LOVE it! Some days are better than others, but I never came home thinking I caught too many fish. If something can help me catch more, I am willing to try it.
The Fish Call video/advertisement has been showing up on my Facebook feed for months. I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking it was a good idea if it worked. In my research for Shark Tank, most of the reviews go like this: “I was a skeptic at first, but…..”
The folks who try it, swear by it. After all, it's rare you hear any fisherman say he was catching too many fish! While many might think $100 is a lot of money for a piece of fishing gear, when you think that spooling a couple of conventional reels with 100 pound test braid can be twice that much, it's not so bad. I am definitely heading over to Amazon and adding one to my tackle box. For that reason, I am IN.
Will Jeff and Jack Hook a Shark?
Jeff and Jack have proof of concept with their Kickstarter, and they've sold about 4000 units to date. Nearly half a million in sales is a good sign in the Shark Tank. I don't think Lori or Mr. Wonderful would go for this, but the other three Sharks might bid.
Robert is pretty outdoorsy and, as a Canadian, he probably had a fishing license before he could walk! Daymond is a big hunter, so it might appeal to him, too. I think Mark will ultimately partner with Jeff and Jack. He has a history of investing in fishing products (World Record Striper Company Shell Bobbers) and this fits into that portfolio. People spend a whopping $38 billion on fishing gear and tackle yearly and Mark knows it. Look for Jeff and Jack to hook Mark the Shark!