Every year the Yorkville group, lead by Jim Still, find a way to catch a boat load of fish. 2015 was no acceptation. The crew of 32 fishermen and women caught a total of just over 3100 fish. And as you will see from the attached pictures, they did not just catch little fish. At the end of the week meeting the group was asked to raise their hand if they had caught a fish that topped their personal best ever...half the group raised their hands. Considering that many of these guests have fish Red Lake for many years, that is an impressive stat. It also goes to show just how good this group is at catching fish. The other stat that makes me smile, is that this group spends much of their time fishing right in our bay. Yep, thats right, there is actually really nice fish right in our bay :) I say this with a smile because there are so many other groups who just refuse to spend anytime fishing close to camp. Well the "secrete" is out, sorry guys.
The biggest walleye of the week I believe was 26 1/4 inches while we are well aware by now that the biggest pike was 45 inches (x2). Poor Tyler, he catches a 44 inch monster pike and he only place 3rd for the week. Well don't feel to bad Tyler, proportionally to the fisherman, you caught the biggest fish. And you beat my best ever by 3 inches.
Thanks to the whole group for giving my family and I another great week of memories. You are already being missed.
Enjoy some more great pics of the last week...
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Our top spot for largest pike now has co-leaders...and they are both girls. Kate tied Bridget's monster pike with a 45 incher of her own, which she caught on her last day at camp. She was using a special 'B-A-L ' (you can decide what the acronym stands for) that she got from a friend. On her 3rd cast ever with that lure, she watched the monster pike slam the bait. She held her composure together long enough to land the pike, along with the help of her net man Peter. They quickly took a couple of pics and then released the giant pike back into the lake to fight another day. A truly great fish for a well deserving fisherman...I mean fisherwoman. Way to go Kate!!
We have not had a woman hold the top spot for Largest Pike of the Year yet, and now we have 2 sitting atop the leader board. Half way through the season, that is a going to be tough to beat.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bridget Spaeth boated this giant pike this morning before breakfast. The fish measured 45 inches long with a girth of 21 inches. It weighed in at 23 lbs! She caught it on a jig and artificial minnow. Sadly she was unable to revive the fish. Occasionally it is hard to revive such a large fish after bringing it up from very deep water. Bridgette and her brother Billy tried valiantly for 45 minutes to get the big fish to swim off but just could not get him revived. Bridget plans to have the monster pike mounted. It is truly a fish of a lifetime and I am sure she will do the fish justice by re-telling her story every time someone sees the mount hanging in her house. Way to go Bridget!!