A Great Day of Striper Fishing

Glenn and I went Striped Bass fishing a few weeks ago. (Yes I am late posting).  We put the boat in at around 9am in Miramachi.  We decided to ride up to Red Bank to give it a try up there.  Our friend had his boat there as well and he was heading to Red Bank so we decided to follow him.  As we arrived at Red Bank we quickly realized there were plenty of boats around.  It is obviously a big river so there was lots of water for everyone to enjoy their fishing.  We came across a spot that was showing lots of fish so we decided to make a few passes over that area.  It was not long before we started getting some hits.  We fished trolling for awhile and then we decided to anchor as there were lots of boats around.  Glenn decided to use a pink senko that we use pickerel fishing just for the fun of it.  He used a weighted jighead with it.  Well, it was a great decision as the bass began hitting this bait on every cast.

Pink Senko

Pink Senko

I was using a soft plastic fish bait and was getting some hits but nowhere what Glenn was getting.  He laughed at me when it was not long I was changing baits to the pink senko with a weighted jighead :  We stayed in this area and had great luck.  We caught various sized bass in this area.  I was lucky and got into a few bigger ones.

One of the big ones.

One of the big ones.

We fished in this area for quite awhile as it was producing well.  As supper time came our friend said the night before he had good luck by the boat launch so we decided to do our evening fishing in that area.  Again, it was a great decision as we hit lots of fish trolling around.  We also got into some very nice sized bass in this area.  There were boats around but not as many as in Red Bank.  We fished until close to dark and had a great time.

Nice One

Nice One

Glenn bought a new fish finder in early spring and the more he gets use to it the more he likes it.  He bought a Helix 7.  We are anxious to try the memory card that has the lakes mapped out once we start to hit some of the lakes in the province.

Glenn's catch of the day.

Glenn's catch of the day.


Early Season Fishing 2017

Hello everyone. I”m still kicking around. I”m going to try to get this fishing blog going again so I hope you enjoy it.

I”ve been out fishing three times so far with my friend Glenn. We have been out twice black salmon fishing and out once for striped bass.

April 15th fell on a Saturday this year so it”s the first time in a long time that I was able to get out black salmon fishing on the first day.  There was still some ice in the water and some of the boat launches were blocked off so we ended up launching and fishing in the Blackville area for the first time for both of us.

The water was very dirty from all the run off and we did not have any luck at all the first day.  We were not sure if we got a few hits or if our flies were just hitting wood or anything else floating in the water.

We decided to go back up the following week.  This time we were able to put in at the Quarryville bridge.  We fished below the bridge for most of the day.  We were not having any luck again so we fished above the bridge for a bit and again had no luck.  We went below the bridge again and were hoping the change in tide would change our luck. Well, it did :) At 4pm I hooked into the first black salmon of the season.  As I was reeling it in DFO officers pulled up beside us so I did not get a picture of that fish.

I was wrestling with this one.

I was wrestling with this one.

With the luck we were having I thought that might be it  for the day but as they left I put my fly back in the water and within two minutes I had any salmon on.  It was a good size(see pic) and was great fun bringing in.  About 20 minutes later I had my third salmon of the afternoon on. Again, it was great fun bringing in.

Another nice one

About ten minutes after we landed that fish Glenn had his first salmon of the season on for him.  It was another good size salmon.  We fished for about another two hours with no more luck but we were very pleased to have landed four very nice sized salmon.  We did not see many other people bringing in fish so we considered ourselves lucky getting four.

On Friday, May 5th we decided to go back to the Miramichi for a quick evening fish but this time it was for striped bass as we heard they were starting to arrive.  We launched and then boated to Red Bank.  Once we arrived we started fishing and were not having any luck.  We noticed three or four boats in a little cove off the river and we all know what that means….FISH:) We made sure we did not get too close to the other boats. We saw a couple of the boats pulling in quite a few small striped bass.  We tried to the right side of the cove with no luck so we made our way closer to the other boats.  I was using a small rubber fish with the barbed pinched and Glenn was using a bait that was a little bigger.  In this case size did matter as I started catching the bass one after the other and Glenn was not catching any.  He asked to using my rod for a cast and caught one right away so he changed his bait to another smaller bait.  We fished until 9:30 and had great fun catching roughly 50 striped bass.  None of them were of great size but it was great fun catching them.  Next time up we will using bigger baits to try for the bigger fish.

Bait I was using.

Bait I was using.

Nicest one of the night.

Nicest one of the night.

I certainly am going to try to keep this blog updated this year so I hope you will take the time to read it.  Feel free to leave comments or ask any questions.  Have a great fishing season and tight lines.


Striped Bass Fishing-A Day to Remember!!

My Biggest Catch of the Day.

My Biggest Catch of the Day.

Well, this season I am off to a slow start.  With that, I mean I have not been out fishing much.  Yesterday was the first time this year that I went fishing for the day.  Glenn was up to the Miramichi last week fishing for stripers.  He had such a great day that he decided to ask me to go.  Even though the outlook was not the greatest for the weather we decided to go.  We packed lots of warm clothes as it is no fun being cold when you are fishing.  We left around 7am and reached the boat launch around 8:45.  The tide was in, which made it easy to get the boat in at this location.  We were fishing right on the main Miramichi river, something I have never done before.  We got the boat loaded up and started fishing right away.  The night before we went and bought the baits that Glenn had success with the week before.  I am not sure what other people use to fish stripers but the baits we used worked very well.  They are called Mimic Minnows and you can buy them at the Dollarama.  They come in packs of 2 for $2.  They have different colors.  All the ones we bought worked well. Please remember you need to pinch the barb off the hook to fish them on the Miramichi.

When we first started fishing we were trolling back and forth across where we put in.  Glenn was using his fish finder to look for the fish and to also look at the depth of the water.  It was not long before Glenn had the first fish of the day on his line.  It was exciting for me because I have never seen a striped bass in person.  I have seen them in pictures on the internet after looking at this first one I did not realize how much they look like a smallmouth bass.  The only difference is their color.

Glenn's Best of the Day.

Glenn's Best of the Day.

It took me a little while but I landed my first ever striped bass.  It was about 14inches long.  It was great fun catching that first striped bass.  The couple of times I was out earlier in the season I did not really catch much, besides one chub so it was nice to feel that tug on the line knowing you were catching the fish you were trying for.  We went a little while without catching any and then Glenn started to catch a few.  We then decided to make our way up the river.  We continued to troll and hit a few more fish.  The weather turned on us some as it got windy and started to rain.  The true fishermen we are we stuck it out and about a half an hour later it stopped.  It was cold with that wind and rain.  Once the rain stopped it did warm up a little as the sun tried to pop out here and there.

Another Nice One.

Another Nice One.

It was probably close to noon and we probably had roughly ten fish in the boat.  I had nothing to compare it to but the week before Glenn and his two friends caught over 90 striped bass for the day so compared to their day ours was going quite slow.  We continued fishing up river and decided to stop the more as we got into a few fish.  The other day I think Glenn trolled all day as well so he suggested we cast and reel in.  Well, I think we found the sweet spot on this stretch of the river as the fishing turned on and I mean BIGTIME!!!  We found a ridge and stayed on the shallow side of it and the fishing was just unbelievable.

One of Glenn's Many.

One of Glenn's Many.

We got on such a roll that we were catching the striped bass on almost every cast.  We had double header after double header.  The wind would take us over the deeper part of the ridge and the fishing slowed down so we would motor back to the left and start on the shallow side again.  As soon as we did the fishing picked right back up again.  Most fish were in the 14 to 18 inch range which is a great size when we are smallmouth bass fishing.  Glenn caught a 24 inch striped bass earlier in the day and then I was lucky enough to also catch a 24 inch striped bass as well.  We stayed on this ridge and coasted back down the river.  Once we went quite a ways down the river we motored back up again and started all over again.

My Very First Ever Striped bass.

To me this number is amazing and I will probably never catch it again with just two people.  We caught a whopping 250 striped bass during the day of fishing.  Glenn tallied 140 and got 110.  I have never caught anywhere near that many fish in one day. Keep in mind that the first 3 hours we only caught 10 or so.  We had just an awesome day.  I certainly hope to get back up soon and try again.  It is always fun trying a new species of fish.  The striped bass certainly did not disappoint on this day.  It is a day of fishing that I will never forget and I will tell people about it for years to come.

I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy time on the water.  I hope to keep the blog more updated as I get out fishing.  Let me know if you are having any luck on the water.  Tight lines.


Fishing Season is Upon Us!!

Hoping for some more this year.

If you are like me, you can feel the excitement in the air.  No, it is not December.  It is almost April 15th and many people in New Brunswick have their fishing tackle ready to go for opening day.  The past two years I was lucky enough to go black salmon fishing on opening day because opening day fell on the weekend.  This year it lands on a Monday so I need to rely on Glenn and Chris to send me some pictures via text of the salmon that they catch.  I really wish I could go but work comes first. Glenn said we would make a trip on Saturday to give the black salmon a try.

Glenn and I also really look forward to the bass fishing here in New Brunswick.  We will try some lakes in early May and then will spend many evenings walking the Canaan River like we did last year.

I hope you all had a nice relaxing winter and I hope/know you are as excited as I am to get on the water for some nice relaxing fishing.  Keep in touch and let me know how you make out on your fishing trips.  I always love hearing about them.


Still Alive

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to post a quick message stating that I am still alive.  This past summer (and still) has been very difficult personally.  I do hope to have some more time soon to put towards doing some posts and to spend more time on the water next season.  I hope everyone is well.  I hope Santa brings you all the fishing items you have on your list for this year :)

Take care and hoping to blog soon.


Fly Fishing Crooked Creek August 2012

Beautiful place to fish for the day.

Beautiful place to fish for the day.

My brother-in-law Dave is home and when ever he visits home from Calgary we always plan to do some fly fishing at Crooked Creek for some rainbow trout.  This year was no different as we were able to make our way to Crooked Creek twice.  The first time up we went up the system quite far.  I was anxious for Dave to see the difference in the system from the heavy runoff from two years ago.  He was very surprised to see the difference in certain parts of the river.

On our first day we were able to land three rainbow trout and had a great day walking the system.  It is always a beautiful place to spend the day.

Our second day at Crooked Creek, which was this past Tuesday, we decided to arrive early and make our way up as far as we could.  We started fishing at 8:30am, which is good for Dave :)   We started at our usual spot and fished our normal pools in this section of the system.  We did not have any luck at all.  We were not able to raise any trout at all.  The previous day that we were there, there were some guys fishing with worms so that, I am sure, did not help our cause.  We made good time moving up the system and as we got a ways away from the car we started to see some fish.  The way we fish the area together is that we would take turns being the first person into a nice pool or run.  On this day that did not really matter as, I think, three times I was the first one in to a pool and raised a rainbow trout.  I tried for awhile and then told Dave to try while I changed my fly.  All three times he caught the fish, which is great!!

Dave with a nice rainbow trout.

Dave with a nice rainbow trout.

As we continued up the system we fished the pools and decided to try some of the smaller runs just to see if they were holding fish.  Surprisingly, we did catch a few fish in these smaller runs.  I say surprisingly because the water was quite low because of our lack of rain this summer.

Me trying to catch a fish :)

Me trying to catch a fish :)

It was around 1pm when we decided to stop and have a bite to eat that we realized that we were getting really far up the system.  After we ate, we decided to keep going as we did not know the next time we would be back.  We found a few more pools and landed a couple more fish.  Around 4pm we hit a long stretch that the water level was very low with no pools in sight so we decided it would be a good time to turn around and make our way back to the car.  I had my handheld GPS and it was showing we were 5km away from the car.  This was a straight line so we knew wee really covered a lot of ground and that we would have to do the same to get back to the car.  We decided to only hit a few of the bigger pools on the way back down to make sure we reached the car before dark.  To be honest, I was getting tired :)

Dave with another nice one.

Dave with another nice one.

We made it back to the car around 7:30pm, which was good timing.  We got cleaned up a bit and were on our way home after a fantastic day of fly fishing on Crooked Creek.

We tried a variety of dry flies.  Dave had the best luck on a light brown caddis fly.  I used a brown bomber that peeked some interest.  We both really enjoy using dry flies here as we like to see the rainbow trout come to the surface to take the fly.  Normally I always use my personally made royal coachmans but I did not have and made.  For our next trip I will have to make sure I am prepared with a handful as they always produce very well for me on this river.  I was extremely happy that I was able to get to Crooked Creek with Dave twice on his trip home.  It is always one of the highlights when he comes home to visit!


Bass Flies

Bass I caught on the green popper frog.

Bass I caught on the green popper frog.

If you are like me and love to go smallmouth bass fishing then perhaps you have tried to to catch them with your fly rod.  If not, you really have to give it a try as it is great fun.  We usually fish for smallmouth bass with our spinning gear but we recently spent an evening fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the Canaan River. We had such a fun time that when I got home I decided to buy some more bass flies, from what is becoming a very popular online store of mine, The Angler’s Dream Flyshop. I have mentioned the online store a few times in previous posts.  The latest order did not disappoint for sure.  The flies seem to be made with great quality and the prices, including shipping, are very fair indeed.

Green Frog Popper

Green Frog Popper

I love top water fishing, no matter what type of fishing I am doing, so the bass flies I bought this times were all top water flies.  Two of the flies I bought are poppers.  It takes a handful of casts to get use to the heavier weight at the end of the line but it did not take long to be able to cast it where I wanted to.  Once the fly hits the water you can grab the fly line with your other hand and start tugging the line in to make the fly move or flick the rod with your other hand to make the fly do the same thing.  When I tried both these techniques, they both worked well.  The poppers did a good job pushing the water to attract the smallmouth bass.

Red and White Frog Popper

Red and White Frog Popper

A third fly I bought this time was a big ole fat swimming frog.  It is not a popper but is nice and big and should be easy for the smallmouth bass to see and hear on top of the water.

This time of year the smallmouth bass are done spawning in the Canaan River and leave so we will certainly try fly fishing in this area next May and June.  When we go for bass now we will have to try the Oromocto River or some of the other lakes we know about.  I am certainly going to bring along my fly rod in the boat each time I go to try these flies out.

Swimming Frog

Swimming Frog

This online fly store is in Arlington, Texas and I live in New Brunswick, Canada but that does not make me hesitate to order from their store.  The shipping is a good price.  They use a sturdy cardboard box to ship.

Just typing this post has me excited to get the fly rod out and go try for some smallmouth bass :)

I hope all of you are having as much fun as I am fishing this year.  Let me know how you are making out.  Tight lines.


Fishing Crooked Creek July 2012

A beautiful place to spend the day!

A beautiful place to spend the day!

I actually went fishing last evening with James on the Canaan River to see if the bass were still in the system and when I got home my friend Nathan had left a message to see if I wanted to go fishing this morning.  I called him back and we decided to go fly fishing at Crooked Creek.  This is one of my favorite places to fish in New Brunswick.  The water is crystal clean and the scenery is beautiful.

Nathan picked me up and 5 am and we were off.  We arrived where the first bridge use to be at 6 am.  There is actually a 4-wheeler bridge there now so at least they can cross the water.  We got ready and hit the water shortly after we arrived.  Nathan fished below the bridge and I started just above it.  We both decided to start with Royal Coachman flies.  As I have written in previous posts, this is my favorite fly to use at Crooked Creek.  For what ever reason, it always produces well for me there.  I slowly made my way up and threw my fly in a little run and right at the end of the run I had on my first rainbow trout of the season.  It was nothing huge but was still fun to catch.  It was hopefully a sign of good fishing ahead for the morning.  Nathan caught up to me and we hit the first pool of the river.  We fished it for a few minutes and continued up the river.  We made our way to the covered bridge and fished there for a bit with no success either.  We walked the road for a couple of minutes and then got back onto the river.  Just above where we got back into the river there is another nice pool.  The water was running a little hard here but it always seems to at this spot.  We did not see any action and I moved just above the pool and fished another little rip.  Right at the end of the run I caught my second rainbow trout of the day.  It was roughly the same size as the first one.

We continued fishing our way up the river without seeing any other trout.  We tried a few more nice pools and then made it to a pool that my brother-in-law and I call The Dam.  When we got here Nathan threw in his Royal Coachman a couple of times and then I saw a rainbow trout come up and hit the fly.  I saw the bend in his rod and then the fish was gone.  I figured it just got off his fly but as Nathan brought his line out of the water his fly was gone.  His line had snapped.  He mentioned to me after that he had a knot in the line and we discussed that when we are on the water fishing it is hard to take the time to snip the line and put the fly back on because we do not want to lose time on the water but in the long run it is certainly worth it as you do not want to lose fish because of it.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Nathan trying to catch a rainbow.

Sometimes The Dam is where Nathan and I turn around and fish back to the truck but today it was still early so we decided to keep going.  This was good because it gave Nathan a chance to see new parts of the river and me a chance to see how much the upper parts of the river changed from last year. Read this post about our trip last year where I also mention the changes in the river. We actually made it quite a ways up the river and yes, some places were actually quite different.  There was one deep pool that I liked to fish in the past and it was completely gone.  I fished the run above it and had a nice one on.  I was bringing it close to the rocks and it got off.  Shame on me for not setting the hook properly :(

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

Me trying to catch a rainbow.

We decided to go to one more pool before turning back.  Nathan fished it first, still using the Royal Coachman.  I followed using the same fly.  Neither one of us saw a fish.  He decided to go around the corner to try one one run.  I decided to stay at the pool and try a White-Tailed Green Machine.  These are mainly used for salmon fishing but I decided to give it a try.  After no success with that fly I put on another salmon fly, a brown bomber.  On my second cast I had on another rainbow trout.  I got this one in for my third of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

Nathan with his ctach of the day.

I did not see Nathan for a few minutes so I decided to go around the corner to find him.  He was at another nice run in the river.  When I got there I asked if he had any luck and he said he caught one.  He showed it to me and I took a pic of him and the fish.  It was the nicest catch of the day so far.  With four fish in the basket we decided to start our way back to the truck stopping at the pools to give them another try.  I decided to keep the bomber on.  When we got to a pool where we did not see any fish on the way up I threw the bomber in a few times and I had a rainbow trout come up and take a look.  After another handful of casts it came up hard but missed the fly.  We kept fishing the spot and it came up a third time for my fly, this time jumping right out of the water.  I just love dry fly fishing for this reason.  I love seeing the fish come up to hit the fly on the top of the water.  We kept trying the pool to get that fish but we will have to wait for another day :)   That is part of fishing.    We made it back to the car around 1:30 and got changed and we were on our way home.

Have you fished Crooked Creek yet this year?






We both decided to use our waders today.  Usually I just wear jeans and mu hiking boots to keep cool on the hot days.  This morning we were happy we wore the waders because it was actually quite cold but by around noon I was dreading wearing them.  I just wear the regular waders that do get very hot in the sun.  When my brother-in-law comes home in a few weeks I will certainly not be wearing my waders.

We only used very few flies today.  We used the Royal Coachman, White-Tailed Green Machine, and a Bomber.

I am very happy that Nathan called and asked me to go today.  It gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things: fly fishing for rainbow trout at Crooked Creek.


A Long Day of Fishing

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Glenn and I decided to spend the day fishing on Monday.  When I say the day, I mean the day.  We left Riverview at 12:30 in the morning….yes the morning, for the Miramichi.  We got there close to 2 am and decided to have a 2 hour sleep and then head into the hole.  We woke up close to four and headed to the spot.  When we arrived, it was still dark and not surprisingly, there was no one there.   Glenn wanted to go back to sleep but I would not let him.  It was close to 5am and it was light enough to see to get ready so we did.

On this stretch of water, the rip is pretty close so we did not have to walk far.  Being nice, I let Glenn go through the run first.  I followed close behind.  We did not have any luck the first time through so we went through the run three different times using different flies.  Unfortunately, we did not raise any salmon.  I caught a small salmon pare and an eight inch trout but that was it.  Glenn said he has seen people fishing the corner in the past so we decided to give it a try.  People came in behind us so we thought it would be a good time.  It was tricky crossing the river as they had thundershowers there on Friday and the water was up some.  When we got  to the  corner we realized that this would be a great place for some fish to be holding up.  There was a nice run with some calm water on both sides.  Again, we did not have any luck.  We did see any salmon move or jump in the 4 hours we spent there.  It needs to be said: That is salmon fishing.  You need to be very patient.

We decided to go into Blackville and try fishing from the boat for some salmon.  Did I mention we brought Glenn’s boat????  We did :)   The water was running quite hard here.  We only stayed about an hour as there was no action at all.  We packed up the boat and headed to Chipman for an afternoon and evening of pickerel fishing.  Yes, I had to drive and let Glenn sleep in the car.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

When we arrived in Chipman, the first thing I realized was that the water was extremely high for this time of year.  The heavy rain we had the week before must have done it.  We put the boat in and fished a little cove for a bit and had some chasers.  There was a another boat around so we decided to go to the main river and explore some.  We fished along the banks by the grass and had a few chasers but we were not getting any into the boat.  We kept exploring around the river.  I finally had one on while using a bubblegum colored senko.  It is the one of me in the picture.  It was a decent size.  We kept roaming around and I caught another one but it was smaller.  IN another area Glenn finally landed his first pickerel of the day using his top-water frog.  It is a great bait as it makes a racket on the water.

Glenn and his pickerel.

Glenn and his pickerel.

We were getting tired but decided to cross over to the other side where we started.  We went to the other side of the cove and actually  started getting into some pickerel.  It gave us some much needed energy at this point of the day.  We fished around this area for about another hour and a half before decided to head home so we did not have to drive in the dark as we were both really tired.

Even though the fishing was very slow, we both had a great day on the water.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

While fishing for salmon, some of the flies we used were the white-tailed green machine, brown bombers, and yellow-winged butterflies.  When we were fishing for pickerel we used different colored senkos.  We also fished them wacky-style for awhile.  We used different poppers.  I also used a diver while trolling for awhile.

Here’s hoping the water drops soon.  I hope the rest of you are having some luck on the water.


Flyfishing for Bass on the Canaan River

Glenn and I decided to go for an evening of bass fishing last Sunday. ( I have been busy with school…so posting now).  I told him I had some bass flies so we decided to just use the fly rods and see how we make out with them.  I bought the bass flies quite awhile ago but never used.  We thought it would be a good night to try.  I had a variety of them but had two of the same popper.  Glenn used it first but I decided to use a top water mouse.  He started to get a few hits but no takers.  ON my side of the river I was not getting any actions so I decided to put the popper on as well.  It was not long after that I started to see some movement.  I must say it was not difficult to fly fish with these flies but they are heavier than regular flies so it did take a handful of casts to get use to the action and distance.  With the popper fly you just cast it out and grab the line with your other hand and pull back on the line to make the fly move towards you on top of the water.  I was very impressed with the action it made.  Here is a picture of the fly.  This is the link to the online store I bought them from.  The next day Glenn and i bought more from them.  They are in the mail now.  I do support local fly tying places but see no harm in buying online either.  The online store is The Angler’s Dream.  Give them a visit.  I recommend trying some of their flies.  ON their menu bar at the top, you select what type of flies you want to look at.

It was not long that I had my first bass on.  It was not big but it had been 3 or 4 years since I caught a bass using a fly rod.  Trust me, it is great fun!!!!  We continued down the river and I caught a few more, while Glenn was getting many chasers but no takers.  It was around this time that I saw a little mound of dirt with a bush on it and thought it would be a great place for a bass to be hiding.  I casted the fly but there was no movement.  I casted again and BAMB!!!!  I had on a very nice bass.  It certainly took my drag I few times.  It felt great on the fly rod.  It did a few jumps out of the water.  Glenn was a bit in front of me.  When I got it out of the water I asked Glenn to come take a picture.  My the time he got to me, my arm was tired from holding the bass.  I was very pleased with the catch.  See picture for details :)

Bass on the Fly.

Bass on the Fly.

As we moved down the river we each caught a few more.  We were both very pleased that we decided to try the fly rods.  The Canaan River is a great place to fly fish because it is wide open.

Another very neat part about the night was that we must have passed a thousand shad that were in the system.  We tried to catch some using different flies but we did not have any luck.  It was very cool to be able to get as close to them as we did.

Glenn's bass on the fly.

Glenn's bass on the fly.

If you ever have a catch to go bass fishing on the fly….I strongly recommend it!!  Happy fishing and tight lines everyone.  Thanks for taking the time to read this blog.  I appreciate it.


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