Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's All Mel's Fault

I headed out to Lake Camanche this morning. I figured with the rain we had recently, the cooler weather, a nice sunny day,

Sunny day at Lake Camanche
and all the stocking going on, Lake Camanche should start producing some fish. 

After a couple stops in town I got to the lake at 0900 and put two rods in the water. You know, the usual rainbow Power Bait on a slip sinker rig. At 0905 the tip of one rod started bouncing. Huh, I was right. Huh, I was wrong. I got two bounces and then nothing. Bait was still on the hook so the only thing I can think is that something bumped the line on the way by and it wasn't a bite after all.

So I sat and sat and sat and while I was doing all that sitting, I had an epiphany. I haven't caught a fish since November 12th. On that post I mentioned the Yuki hex where he doesn't catch anything until I leave.

Well, Mel made a comment on that post, "Whatever hex you put on Yuki, better make sure he keeps it and doesn't send it back to you." and I haven't caught a fish since. I've come to the conclusion that it's not a funk and it's not loss of mojo, I've been hexed. And the only one I can blame is Mel.

Now all I have to do is get an exorcism to make the demon go away.

Oh, I also fished several colors of Kastmaster and even donated one to the lake. How does one donate a lure to the lake, you ask? Late last week I put new line on the three rods I use all the time. Something I do every year. I guess the line on my little Okuma got tangled around the reel somehow and when I threw out the Kastmaster the first time, the lure went out about 250 feet, but unfortunately it was no longer attached to my rod. It was far enough out and the water was deep enough that recovery without scuba gear will not happen, thus a donation to the lake.

I also broke down and put a #6 bait hook on and added two white and one red Power Eggs, but nothing there either. I even had the fleeting thought of putting a Power Worm under a bobber, but I didn't have a bobber in my tackle box, so I nixed that idea.

So now that I've figured out the problem, anybody know a good exorcist?


  1. Mark, was Yuki with you on this day? If not, he must have been thinking about you out fishing and he wasn't. It is funny how someone always catches fish when you are not there, but hardly ever, when you are with them. I can also be the Exorcist here. I will send you a fly pattern that if you fish it with a fly rod in the lake with, or without the float tube Cumberland, you will catch a fish and the Hex will be removed! The quicker you catch a fish with the fly, the better your fishing will become!

    1. At this point I'll try anything. Send the fly pattern (you have my email address I think) and I'll even break down and use salmon eggs that Howard suggested below.

  2. Well, I don't know any good exorcists, but maybe if you ask nice, Mel can unhex you. Also, I'm of the opinion that a change to salmon eggs would be a nice change of pace for your finny friends. Maybe their tired of Powerstuff.

    1. Suggestion how to present them? Under a bobber? On the bottom? Anything will help at this point.

    2. I use to hang them about a foot off the bottom and had pretty fair success. I also used to enjoy hanging a juicy nightcrawler under a bobber. My only problem is I would start looking at scenery and either miss the strike or fall asleep.