The trouting season opens Wednesday. A good opportunity, perhaps, for Peter Penashue to get out and reflect on his next move.
For now, he's done fishing for votes.
Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones handily beat the former Conservative cabinet minister to take the federal Labrador riding, sweeping up almost half the total vote.
The NDP's Harry Borlase placed a close third, while write-in Libertarian candidate Norman Andrews registered in the double digits.
This was a byelection born of controversy and rife with political twists and bizarre true confessions.
The latter came in the form of a remark Penashue made during the campaign in which he bragged about holding a Newfoundland project at ransom to extort provincial money for the Labrador highway.
Whether he was exaggerating or not was beside the point. The mere notion that such divisive politics would succeed in garnering extra votes left a bitter taste in the mouths of most people - though not, evidently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In another astonishing twist, Defence Minister Peter MacKay rode into town late in the game to assure voters that Penashue would be back in cabinet if he won.
This, supposedly, was great news for the province of Labrador. Not so much for the Newfoundland protectorate.
Harper's government has proven in recent years that bad ministerial behaviour rarely comes with consequences.
Thus, a minister who allows campaign spending violations to happen right under his nose, and who proudly betrays an entire region of his own province, is still a shoo-in for a portfolio.
It is to the credit of the majority of Labradorians that this behaviour was deemed unacceptable.
It's not every day they get a cabinet minister to themselves, and Penashue was certainly influential when it came to nickel-and-dime affairs in his district.
But on big ticket items - like pushing for better search-and-rescue service - Penashue was as useful as a hole in a parachute.
Pundits across Canada will scrutinize Monday's byelection.
They'll poke and prod it till they've exacted some broader implication for the country. They'll see it as a big boost for the charismatic Justin Trudeau. They'll see it as yet another sign of eroding support for Conservatives. Perhaps even a quelling of the NDP's promise of an orange wave.
In fact, it was primarily just quirky Labrador politics in action, and a rekindling of the region's long-standing love affair with Liberal members.
Jones will prove to be a vivid contrast to Penashue. She is loud and insistent, and an unabashed heckler.
But that won't translate into much in a Conservative universe.
This time, Labrador voted for principle over pragmatism.