UPDATE: Seventeen-year-old Jack Danos and his father, Jeff, pitched their invention to the "sharks" on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank" Friday, Sept. 30. They struck gold!
The teen and his dad invented the "Fish Call," a device that basically attracts more fish to an area using vibrations and recordings of shrimp and various other types of bait for larger fish to feed on.
The "Fish Call" has been a hit in Louisiana and has taken the Gulf Coast by storm.
Still, when Danos said his business was worth $1.5 million, the "sharks" weren't initially impressed. But after a vigorous bidding war, Danos went with Robert Herjavec's offer of $150,000 for a 10 percent equity stake in his company - the exact amount Danos initially asked for.
On the reality show, Herjavec said Danos was the smartest 17-year-old in the world.
MANDEVILLE, La. (WGNO) - Seventeen-year-old Jack Danos and his father, Jeff, will pitch their invention to the Shark Tank on ABC Friday night.
The father-son duo from Mandeville invented the Fish Call, which attracts fish through sounds and vibrations.
"Less than two years ago this was just an idea, and we've taken it from that to something that's going to be on Shark Tank," says Jack Danos.
The reality show features aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their products to celebrity "shark" investors.
"The whole family is involved. We kind of all do it together, so it has been a really unique experience," says Jeff Danos.
There are three settings on the Fish Call: "scared shrimp," "rattle battle" and "coastal craze." And it’s these three settings that both J ack and his dad say really do work.
"The sounds are designed to mimic a school of feeding fish or bait fish, something that a fish will hear," says Jack Danos.
"We have a guy in Venice who was using it and a Redfish ate it, a bull Redfish ate his entire fish call," says Jeff Danos.
Jeff found out about that story through social media and ended up sending the guy a replacement.
He says it works almost too well.
And as for the Shark Tank verdict, you’ll have to stay tuned.
“We know what happens, we can't say what happens yet, you're going to have to watch to find out," says Jack Danos.
The episode airs Friday (Sept. 30) at 8 p.m. on WGNO-TV.