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About this project
Because eMinnow lures look and behave just like real bait fish, they catch more fish, without the hassle !
Imagine a fishing lure that behaves just like a real bait fish, but without you having to constantly jig it or retrieve it to keep it moving. Well now there is... eMinnow is a preprogrammed fully motorized fishing lure that mimics the swimming movements and patterns, of REAL bait fish, including pauses, speeding up, slowing down and regular live action.
eMinnow is a preprogrammed FULLY motorized fishing lure.
eMinnow lures are perfectly balanced and designed to attract predator fish not only by the realistic swimming action but also by the vibration and harmonic frequency of the constantly moving motor. Game fish like, Bass, Pike, Muskie, Trout, Walleye, Perch, Crappie, even Salmon simply can’t resist eMinnow. We have extensively tested eMinnow over the past 2 years and its has proved to be devastatingly effective.
Fishing is an awesome pastime, but the fun can often be quite drawn out when there is nothing biting your line. You can only be patient for so long, until you are ready to pack up and call it a day.
eMinnow is the solution! It's "the most effective lure EVER, lasts MUCH longer that live bait", makes a modulated harmonic clicking sound that predator fish simply can't ignore, and keeps a realistic movement to lure the target fish in. In fact, live bait fish often expire or stop moving after 10 or 15 minutes, eMinnow keeps going ! The design and materials are state of the art and the battery operated movement is timed perfectly.
eMinnow automatically starts as soon as it hits the water and stops when its taken out of the water. The water completes the circuit (see below).
Using eMinnow is very easy.
You simply attach it to your line instead of a regular lure or bait. As soon as the eMinnow hits the water, it begins to SWIM and make a unique clicking sound that catches the attention of the target fish. It's a combination that has proven to be devastatingly effective!
Once you retrieve your catch and remove it from the water, eMinnow automaticaly stops moving within a few seconds and allows for easy removal of the fish. Simple! No need to keep or transport livebait and eMinnow can be used in restricted areas where live bait is not allowed, giving you a huge benefit over the competition.
eMinnow is helping people around the world to catch the biggest and most fish of their lives, and increasing the fun factor too!
5.5lbs Smallmouth Bass caught in 15 seconds using eMinnow BassKisser (see the video below)
And it's perfect for Ice Fishing!
For bass fishing too! Predator fish can't resist eMinnow.
eMinnow is Perfect For:
The Science behind eMinnow & How It Works To Attract Predator Fish.
The main body of the eMinnow lure “the core” contains a removable waterproof battery compartment, a PCB micro controller (printed circuit board) and a micro electromagnetic motor designed specifically for eMinnow. Everything is designed from scratch for optimum performance, nothing is "off the shelf". eMinnow is fast, efficient and is built to withstand all the hard knocks a big predator fish can throw at it! The harmonics generated within the “core” attract the curiosity of predator fish in the area before they can even see eMinnow.
Realistic Movement: The motor operates the shaft at the back of the fish, which animates the tail and gives a lifelike movement that propels the lure though the water like a real fish. The tail moves in a pre-programmed irregular manner to reproduce swimming behavior of a real bait fish. In fact we studied the movement of many different species of bait fish and tested over 50 sequences before settling on the final programming.
Sound Attraction: The electromagnetic motor also emits a clicking sound (harmonic frequency) which, in our extensive tests has proven to be devastatingly effective for catching predator fish. eMinnow is pre-programmed to automatically start the moment it hits the water, and stop within a few seconds of leaving the water.
So as long as it is in the water eMinnow will swim and attract fish. The battery compartment is easily accessed using a flat head screwdriver or even a coin to unscrew the compartment. The silicon seal keeps it completely watertight, so as long as the compartment is screwed back in place properly, the waterproof integrity of eMinnow will remain at 100%.
How Many Styles Of eMinnow?
That's a good question, I'm pleased you asked! Currently there are 3 types of eMinnow ready for production, with 3 other styles at the pre-production stage.
What colors are available?
Currently we have 6 mainstream colors planned, these are the colors that have worked best for us in our testing.
Currently we have 2 types of accessories available:
1) Battery pack (10 x LR44 lithium button batteries) These batteries have been specifically made for eMinnow to ensure the best performance and compatibility, and are already produced and in our warehouse.
2) Interchangeable tails:- The interchangeable tails have been designed and 3D printed versions produced for prototypes. The 5 piece mold is currently being produced and packaging designed. These tails will be in a variety of colors and finishes and made from a resilient soft silicon rubber compound. The first production run will be in the color below (watermelon with red glitter) as it has out performed all other colors during our testing.
How To Catch More Fish With eMinnow!
Easy to use:- Every eMinnow lure comes complete with a full set of instructions and tips to ensure you have the best opportunity of catching the biggest and most fish! eMinnow is VERY EASY to use and has been tested by dozens of independent anglers from around the world. eMinnow has been received with great enthusiasm and fished successfully by anglers aged 8 to 78!
eMinnow In Action
We have literally 100's of videos of eMinnow live action, but to be honest we are not the best crew with a camera! A lot of our video is shot in cloudy or murky waters, but eMinnow still catches fish! The combination in the video's below should give you a good idea of what eMinnow is capable of.
What Stage Is eMinnow at?
The first 3 styles of eMinnow are actually all ready to roll off the production line. The production molds, printed circuit board controllers, electronic motors, packaging design & 10 piece battery packs have all been designed, developed, produced and most importantly paid for. The interchangeable tails have been designed & the 5 piece tail molds have been started on. Production prototypes have been extensively tested. We have 2 minor modifications currently being made to the WildJax and BassKisser molds and then we are just waiting to press the go button! All we need is a few extra customers to bring the batch order up to a cost effective 1st run.
eMinnow has been extensively developed since our very first "kitchen table" prototype to ensure the best fishing possible. Over the past 3 years we have lost count of the amount of prototypes we have made for testing different eMinnow styles, shapes, actions and colors, but the number will be in the hundreds. This has helped us to get eMinnow really fine tuned to help you catch the fish you want!
These are some of our 2014 prototypes used for testing:-
Quality: We set out to produce the best quality fishing lure we could make and then to fully motorize it so that it would out perform all other lures. This is our final finished product from our first pre-production test run in February 2017:-
Because most of the hard work has already been completed we can accurately predict our production and delivery timeline.
Sergiy Tsybulnyk - Co-Founder & eMinnow Inventor
Back in 2009 the inventor of eMinnow Sergiy Tsybulnyk was fishing his favorite lake in British Columbia, and thinking about how successful fishing with live bait was before it was prohibited in BC waters. Fishing had been Sergiy’s major hobby for decades with many trophies won and many fish caught! In fact over the years he built up an incredible knowledge of fishing in North American waters, and is locally known as one of BC’s expert anglers. What he needed was a motorized lure, the sort of thing that would look and act like a real minnow. Adding a few motorized minnow-like lures to his tackle box to replace the now prohibited live bait seemed like the perfect solution. These motorized lures would imitate the movement of a live fish for when using a live minnow is not permitted or not practical. So, the search began: hours of trawling the Internet went by and no such lure was discovered. An extensive search with all the major and smaller tackle suppliers produced no results either. Eventually he had to concede defeat, he could not find the motorized lure that he was looking for. As the years rolled by, Sergiy, who is professional engineer by trade, decided to make his own fully motorized lure. After 2 years of extensive testing, modifications and of course fishing, eMinnow was born...but how to develop it, produce it and bring it to the market...he needed an experienced business partner and investor!
Stephen Tye - Co-Founder/Investor
Stephen emigrated to BC in 2011, has been an entrepreneur all of his life, sold his first business at 23, was the youngest CEO of a Swiss group of companies at 27, and Managing Director of Columbia Sportswear in the UK, so when he first saw eMinnow he had an instant affinity! A keen interest in outdoor sports and businesses related to them, he was hooked (pun intended!) Within 6 months eMinnow went from prototype to production model, what better way to launch than to go direct through Kickstarter!
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Risks and challenges
We have a great product, fantastic production facility and an awesome experienced team waiting to hit the road running. While this type of business is not new to us, we do need some help in the final stages. Every angler we speak to wants to try eMinnow, but while the company has a great product, we need more awareness and new tools to get the word out. eMinnow can revolutionize and encourage fishing for many anglers around the world, but the world needs to know about it. eMinnow has 2 worldwide Patents pending, has all the molds and components already developed, tested and paid for. But we need to get eMinnow out in the market and used. This is why we need your help.
The money raised on Kickstarter will be used to help market our products, get them noticed and complete the final production runs. We are asking for you to donate any amount you can in order to help achive our vision for eMinnow, and please share our campaign with your circle of influence. The more people aware of our project, the closer we will get to our goal. Even if you cannot help financially, sharing is an amazing aid which is very much apreciated!
Good Karma for your next fishing trip! We will chant your name to the fishing gods wishing you luck and fishing success.. everything helps! We will also email you a personal thank you from us for your support. Please include an email address and don't forget to tell us your name for the chant!.
We would like to send you one of EACH type of eMinnow + an EXTRA WildJax in FireTiger (4 lures) and 2 battery packs as a token of our appreciation for your support.
1 x FatBobba - Chartreuse
1 x WildJax - Black/Pearl
1 x WildJax - FireTiger
1 x BassKisser - Natural
Saving 30% of the suggested retail price!
We would like to send you 3 FatBobba, 3 WildJax and 3 BassKisser lures (9 lures) + 3 Battery Packs and 3 Interchangeable TAIL packs as our token of our appreciation for your support.
Colors: Chartreuse, Natural, FireTiger, Black Pearl, Radiant Gold & Blue Chrome
Saving 40% of the suggested retail price!
We would like to send 1 of each color (7 colours 21 lures in total) 7 FatBobba, 7 WildJax and 7 BassKisser lures, 10 Battery Packs and 5 Interchangeable TAIL pack as our token of our appreciation for your support.
Colors: Chartreuse, Natural, FireTiger, Black Pearl, Radiant Gold, Blue Chrome & PURPLE TIGER
Saving 45% of the suggested retail price!