One Magical Day.
Every so often a guy who fishes all the time runs into a bite that even blows his mind. Days like that are something we all should cherish because they are few and far between and for many a true once in a lifetime experience.
May was a very low water year on the Red River. I knew fishing on the home stretch of river was going to be less than great because very low water in spring does not bring fish up from the lower reaches. I knew I was going to have to travel about 50 miles downstream to find good fishing.
Knowing this bite was going on I called many of my regular guests who I know can get here fast. One group from the Minneapolis area made the trip on short notice. I knew the fishing would be great but I did not have any idea what was about to commence.
The night before it rained about an inch which made the old mud boat landing a nightmare to get into the river. It took 20 minutes of backing and cleaning wheel wells to get to the concreate ramp and into the water.
Once in we went to spot number one, a spot that had been producing a few fish each day for the previous two weeks. I set the anchor, baited the hooks and set the lines. For four straight hours we caught, took photos and released trophy channel catfish up to 26 pounds. In that spot alone we landed 55 catfish. Over the next two hours we made two short moves and the fish just kept coming, 30 in the next spot and 16 in the last. Our catfish total had reached 101 and we still had about 40 minutes left of our trip, but we had a problem. We had run out of bait.
In just over six hours we had gone through four dozen large white suckers which we had cut into one-inch steaks for bait. That is over 200 pieces of bait our Dexter 8 inch Tiger Edge knife cut in just over six hours. Model # SG142-8TE-PCP This Tool is essential for every one of my 150 annual trips with clients. If you are chunking or preparing bait there is no completion on the market. This is the best tool. Period
In the end we had landed 101 channel catfish which weighed approximately 1,500 pounds in just over six hours. By far a boat record for me and a trip that my seasoned guests will never forget. They have hunted and fished enough to know that we all experience a very special, once in a lifetime event.