My best pickerel of the Day.

My best pickerel of the Day.

James and I decided to go fishing on Saturday.  We decided to try trolling for bass along the St.John River in the morning and then go to Chipman in the afternoon.  These plans would work if it was not windy in the morning.  I picked James up at 5:45 in the morning and we were off.  It was not very windy so we went to the St. John River.  We drove to the bridge that takes you to Oromocto.  We put the canoe in under the bridge.  We started to troll down the left hand side of the river and then decided to cross over to the right and fish the bank by the large island in the middle.  We continued to make our way down without any luck.  We were trying different baits that would dive as we trolled.  After a bit I changed and put on a spoon that is fire tiger in color.  On another rod I was using a top water frog that the back part spins as you reel it in.  I made a few casts with the frog and then had a hit.  We were not sure what it was as it missed.  The spoon on the other rod was sitting on top of the water and a nice sized bass jumped right out of the water at it but missed as well.  We were happy just to start to see some fish.

We made our way down to the end of the island and decided to cross again.  As we began to cross, James had a strike so I stopped the trolling motor.  It was a small bass but again, we were happy to finally have a fish in the canoe.  We crossed over again and thought we as far over as we could go.  We started discussing the fact that we must have been close to Hart’s Lake.  We first thought it might be to the left but decided to continue going up the river.  As we continued going up the river we realized we could cross one more time and we saw the entrance to Hart’s Lake.  We decided to go in and try for some pickerel.  We made our way around the edge of the lake and James caught a few small pickerel.  As we continued fishing we saw something in the woods.  We thought it was another cow as there are cows on one of the islands back on the river.  As we got closer we realized it was a lama.  Yes, a lama!  If you told me I would go fishing and see a lama in the woods I would never have believed you :)

24 1/4 inch pickerel.

24 1/4 inch pickerel.

As we were leaving the lake we (finally me) had some more strikes along a weed bed in the middle of the lake.  We were both using red sekos for the pickerel.  As we made our way back across the river there started being a lot of larger boats on the water.  I always get nervous in the canoe as I do not like the waves the bigger boats make.  We got to the tip of the last island and I got a strike on the fire tiger spoon.  It was not a real big bass but I was very pleased to have landed a fish.  We took a picture and put it back.  I casted out the spoon and caught another bass right away.  James also had a strike in the same area and it ended up being a good-sized chub.

St.John River bass.

St.John River bass.

We made it back to the car without any other strikes.  It was a calm morning with very little wind.  I never thought we could cross all the way over in my 13 foot canoe but we did and had a good time.

We loaded up the canoe and made our way to Chipman.  We arrived there a little after three and it was still nice and calm.  We put the canoe in and started fishing in the cove where we always do.  I had a strike right away but it missed the senko.  We then went by the colverts and we both had some strikes, again, with no luck.  We crossed over and started fishing along the edge of the bank in the middle of the cove.  As we did, another boat came into the cove.  Now, do not get me wrong, by no means do I think that the cove belongs to me but these guys go around us in their 16 foot boat and move in right beside us and start fishing.  I mean no more that 15 feet away from us.  I could not believe it.  We are in a little canoe and they decide to start fishing right beside us.  I felt this was very rude.  We went by them and I had a very big pickerel strike the frog I mentioned earlier.  It jumped out of the water and I saw him.  It was one of the biggest pickerel I have seen in that cove.  I caught it using my bait cast reel.  I did not have the drag set properly and my line snapped.  I was upset for two reasons: I lost a huge pickerel and I lost the frog I just bought :)

Yes, it is a lama!

Yes, it is a lama!

The fishing was very slow as we made our way around the cove.  We decided to go through the colverts.  The water is still high enough that we could paddle through.  As we got through I made a cast to the left after James did.  I got a strike (the pickerel liked my red senko better than James’ I guess) and I finally landed my first pickerel of the day.  We went along the edge of the bank for awhile with a few strikes and then decided to go back through the colverts and fish for a few minutes and then go home.  As we got back to where we put the canoe in James amde a cast and got s huge strike.  It also jumped out of the water and we both saw that it was a very nice sized pickerel.  We got it in the net after I missed a few times (not on purpose).  It measured in at 24 1/4 inches.  By far our best of the day.

Overall, it was a slow day fishing but it was also a good day on the water.  James and I had some good laughs,  caught some fish, and saw a lama!! :)