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Fishing the Oromocto River

The Oromocto River

The Oromocto River

Glenn and I decided to go fishing last Saturday and we decided to give the Oromocto River a try.  Neither one of us has fished it before and we heard it was a nice spot to try for bass and pickerel.  Glenn picked me up at 5am and we were off to Oromocto.  We arrived around 7am and had the boat in and ready by 7:20.  We fished right around the marina for a little while without much action.  There were lots of weeds in one area so we thought we might see some pickerel at least.  We did notice that the water seemed high.  We made our way up a channel right in front of the channel and Glenn had the first strike.  We did not see the fish but we thought it was a bass.  We continued fishing around the area and I finally caught a smaller sized bass.  It was nice to feel a tug and have a fish on the other end.  It jumped out of the water twice before getting it into the boat.  I caught the bass on a green senko rigger wacky style.  Earlier in the summer I fished with two friends and they showed me how to fish with the senkos rigged wacky style.  They showed me how to use rubber rings and the worm so when the bass hit the worm the ring and the worm shoot up the line and therefore saving your worm from getting wrecked each time you get a strike. (Picture to follow)

Bass #1

Bass #1

We continued to slowly make our way up the river.  We fished slowly because there were many great places to try.  There were over hanging trees and trees lying in the water that are fantastic places for bass to hang out.  I was able to catch two more bass by 10:30.  One was a nice sized bass with some good weight to it.  Again, both these bass were caught on a green senko rigged wacky style.

My Best of the Day.

My Best of the Day.

As we continued to fish we tried many different top water baits and also different sinking baits.  We had some strikes but no more hook ups.  Around noon we noticed that the water turned quite muddy and also noticed the water raised almost a foot.  We thought perhaps the dam was opened earlier in the morning.  We decided to fish out in the Saint John River for half an hour but it was very windy.  We decided to go way up the Oromocto River as someone said the water cleared up a ways up.  We had a few more strikes but no luck.  We decided to go into a little cove and Glenn finally caught a pickerel.  I was glad he got something into the boat.  He caught it on a green top water frog.  We were amazed with how high the water was.  It was over the banks of the river and ran a ways back.  Again, we feel this had an affect on our luck for the day.

Wacky Style

Wacky Style

We had a great day trying a new spot but were certainly hoping for a better result than 3 bass and one pickerel.  We did both say we would certainly try it again.  My friend Casey said he was there a little while ago and had much better luck than we did.  Perhaps he will have to show us exactly where to go and what to use.

Glenn ans his pickerel

Glenn ans his pickerel

Here is hoping I get out at least one more time before the season ends.

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Top Water Fishing with Frog Crank Bait

Buzz'n Frog Crank Bait Green

Buzz'n Frog Crank Bait Green

When I am fishing for chain pickerel and bass I love to top water fish.  I love seeing the action on top of the water.  That is also why when I fly fish I love using dry flies.  I am always looking for new baits to get and try.  One place I am always checking out online is Ebay.  Many of the lures and different baits I have in my tackle box are from sellers on Ebay.  I can usually find many different types of baits at very good prices.  Many of the items also come with free shipping.  At the end of July I was searching on Ebay for top water frogs and came along the Buzz’n Frog Crank bait and thought I would give it a try.  It is a hard bait that is divided in two with the back part of the body that spins in the water as you reel it in.  It makes a good commotion on the water.  I used the bait on the Saint. John River and had some bass chase it and also had a huge pickerel smash it in Chipman.  The bad news for me is I did not have the drag set right on my bait caster and the line broke and there went my new lure that I really likes.  It was my fault and it is part of fishing.

All Three of the Frogs

All Three of the Frogs

When I got home I ordered three more of the frogs from the same seller.  Each one is a different color.  The frogs have a two-pronged hook instead of a regular tremble hook.  You can certainly cast it right into the lily pads.  Sometimes it gets weeds on it and you can work it in those areas.  The season is wrapping up in a bit but I certainly hope to give them a try by going after some pickerel before the end of the season on October 15th.  If you are interested in the baits, here is the link to the seller on Ebay for the Buzz’n Frog Crank Bait.