Friday, June 19, 2009

Red Lake and the Power Bait Challenge

Well, the Power Bait challenge didn't happen. Rich and Mark had too much fun (although they say you can't have too much fun) last night and Rich couldn't get Mark, remember he's 17, out of bed in time to make it up the hill for the Power Bait shootout. Looks like it will take place next Tuesday. Report to follow.
Stopped by Cooks Station for coffee and arrived at Red Lake at 7:45 am. There were already a couple of guys fishing. One was in the place I like to fish. Just as I got there, he was leaving. He had caught his limit and was going home. Cool. Said he'd been there since sunup.
Set out a slip sinker rig with Rainbow Candy and put a silver Kastmaster on my other rod. Second cast out I hooked a Brookie. This looks good. Few more casts and several changes of lures and nothing. Changed the Power Bait to chunky chartreuse, orange pulp, nothing. Reeled in that rod and fished with lures. Guy on the other end of the dam was fishing with nightcrawlers. He and his daughter took home a limit.
Changed back to silver Kastmaster (1/4 oz) and proceeded to pull in 4 more fish. Ended up with two at 11" and 3 at 10". Nice Brookies. Probably could have caught a bunch more, but left them for next time.
One last thing. Last Thursday, even though I stopped for coffee at Cooks Station, I only caught 3, not a limit (5). Found out the reason this morning. Seems the coffee I got on Thursday was decaf, therefore the difference in caffeine was the difference between 3 and 5 fish. That explains everything.
Till Tuesday, remember: "A bad day fishing is better than any day at work".


  1. Shoreman - I believe you're being too easy on Mark. 17 or not, you have to answer the bell when there's something important involved! In my rulebook, he would have automatically lost the shoot-out, and has to buy doughnuts next Tuesday.

    Nice report


  2. I don't know. I think I remember being 17 and sleeping 12 hours a day. I don't know, it's been a long time since 17. I guess I just have to give him the benefit of the doubt. We'll see tomorrow.

  3. Look like 5 nice fish, good luck on the shootout. I'm with Wolfy, there's no excuse for missing a day fishing; especially when you're 17, and also if it's not even requiring you to get up before sunrise.

  4. You guys are whay too hard on poor Mark.

  5. Hey Shoreman, I have to agree with you on this one! While I highly value and respect the opinion of Wolfy and Zach J, I do agree they are too hard on Mark! It has been along time since I was seventeen, But, when I was 17 fishing was 2nd on my list of priorities! The ladies were #1 back then! Now as we all get older we realize how foolish we were then. BUT, I would insist that he buy the donuts, after all a wager is a wager. Responsibility is a good lesson to learn! After all how much is a dozen doughnuts, small price to pay to sleep in! ;-) Good post my friend!

  6. The showdown is finally arriving in 3 hours! We'll be there with the rainbow powerbait ready to go. "Gulp" down the bullet pardner. See ya after sunrise.

  7. Ah, wisdom comes with age....and marriage.