This 17-year-old created a device that sends out sounds and vibrations to attract fish, and he just got a bite worth $150,000.
Jack Danos, a 17-year-old from Mandeville, LA, first created the Fish Call two years ago after getting a 3-D printer and learning the engineering principles necessary. He then got the Fish Call off the ground with a Kickstarter campaign, seeking to raise $10,000 to launch the unique fish attractant. That campaign ended up raising 1,000% of the goal.
So, Danos started selling the fish calling device through his company website, TactiBite. Anglers in Louisiana and around the Gulf Coast have been buying the Fish Call.
This September, he brought his invention on the show Shark Tank, where he gave a presentation in which he valued TactiBite at $1.5 million.
After some scoffing and haggling, Danos took Robert Herjavec’s offer for a 10% stake in the business, which was exactly the deal the homeschooled teen was looking for!
According the TactiBite website, the call has worked on most popular fish, both freshwater and saltwater. There’s no denying that it attracted the sharks of Shark Tank.
It’s also seems to have worked on anglers. The company reports that sales are booming and could reach $2 million by Christmas.