MNR Art Contest winner Catharine Chen enjoys a days fishing with her mom & sister, Lake Erie, ON.

Posted on August 20th, 2014

I finally had a chance to fish with Catharine Chen, the 10th Annual MNR Kids Art Contest winner along with her mom and sister on Lake Erie, ON.  Unfortunately when we arrived at the boat launch the waves were rolling pretty good but we still decided to head out to 60′ water and troll for walleye.

This was the Chen’s first time in a boat and also fishing so they were not sure what to expect.  Unfortunately I had just set the lines and started trolling when Catharine and her mom started having motion-sickness.  Our walleye trolling was short lived and we headed for slightly more protected waters and targeted smallmouth bass using drop-shot rigs and 4″ TriggerX tubes along the bottom.

smallie-with-momCatharine started thinks off by landed her first fish, a 1 1/2 lb. smallmouth bass which really surprised her and jumped out of the water.  Her mom gave her a helping hand fighting the fish.

catharine_sheepsheadCatharine was soon on a streak and landed a chunky sheepshead that really gave her a good fight.  A lot of people take sheepshead for granted, but I can tell you that this sheepshead really but a smile on Catharine’s face!

sisters_sheepsheadI had hooked two nice smallmouth dragging a tube, but both jumped-off after jumping out of the water.  Next Catharine landed the largest fish of the day, another chunky sheepshead.

shorelunchBy 3:30pm, my guests were still feeling quizy, so we decided to call it a day and grabbed a bit to eat.  We did not catch a lot of fish, but I can tell you that we had a great time!

If you have children that like to draw and paint that are in grade-school or high-school, I would encourage you to get them to enter the 11th Annual Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Kids Art Contest . They could win some great prizes and get a chance to fish with me for the day!


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