A seasoned fisherman, who has been down on his luck recently, reeled in a couple of trophies at the Red Deer Kinsmen Fishing Derby held on Gull Lake on Feb. 19.
Kerry Reaman from Red Deer won a trophy for the biggest whitefish with a 2.82 pound catch and also took home the trophy for the largest perch at .57 pounds.
Reaman, an amiable oilfield worker, who is presently unemployed was happy with his catch, his trophies and the prize of a tool set and an ice auger.
He said he has been spending a great deal of time fishing in Gull lake but hasn’t been as lucky as he was on Sunday.
“You have to be patient. Slow fishing is the key. You just have to wait them out.”
Reaman said patience certainly paid off on Sunday as there was about an hour left when he caught his whitefish and only about five minutes left when the perch took the bait.
An avid outdoorsman, Reaman will, no doubt, soon be back on the lake, casting his homemade wire worm into the icy water. There is no doubt that he loves the sport.
“I’m unemployed,” he said with a laugh. “That’s all I’ve been doing is fishing.”
The Red Deer Kinsmen held the fishing derby at Brownlows Landing on Gull Lake.
The Family Day weekend was a free fishing weekend and no fishing lisences were required.