I got to Red Lake at 0730 and had the Float Tube Cumberland in the lake at 0745. The outlook was fantastic. Just look at the lake.........
I flippered out to 40 feet or so and started toward that little bitty rock you see, half way down the picture. It's about a half mile away.
My plan was to flipper toward the left side of the lake since the wind (which get strong, mid-morning) would push me back to where I put in. Now remember, Red Lake is the one where most of the fish are caught within 10 or 15 feet of the shore, thus my cruising 40 feet from shore. Cruise along at 40 feet and cast toward the shore. Logic says there should be fish there. I threw everything I had and I never saw a fish or anything that looked like one. I was crushed. I had such high hopes for the Bumblebee Bugger and the Mickey Finn. Oh yeh, somebody forgot to tell somebody about the wind. It was crusin' on the way out and fighting the wind on the way back. Totally backward.
Once I got back to where I put in, I pulled the tube out, grabbed my spinning gear, and took up at my usual spot to dunk Power Bait. Hour and a half later, I packed up without a bite.
On the way back, I found an open spot at Caples Lake where the dead tree is and pulled off. Walked down to the lake and put one rod out with PB and threw every lure I had, on the other. Absolutely nothing. Hour and a half later (standard time for not catching anything) called it a day.
I might note that I didn't see anyone else catch anything either.
On the drive home, I reflected on the last three times I've been fishing. An hour drive gives you time to reflect. Go back 3 trips and I had to work (hard) for 3 at Caples. Last time (although there was a lot of yakking), nada. This time, nada. I've been faithful about getting a cup of coffee at Cook's Station and still no limits. I think Shoreman needs a fishing vacation. That is, time without fishing. I think I've lost my mojo. Maybe I'm wearing the wrong ballcap. I'll see how I feel on Monday. Take the weekend off.
Based on last years catch, I wasn't at the current count until the end of August, so maybe I just need a little rest. We'll see.
Till I can't stand it any more and head back out.