Archive for October, 2011

Fall Fishing on the Oromocto River

The water was like this all day.

The water was like this all day.

James and I decided to go fishing on Saturday at the Oromocto River.  It is connected to the Saint John River and therefore is considered to be tidal water so it stays open longer into the season.  I picked James up at 5:30 and we were off.  A quick stop at the Tim’s in Salisbury for a breakfast sandwich and we were on the highway to Oromocto.  We arrived right around 7am.  There were already a couple of trucks there and another person putting their boat in while we were there.  The marina was all apart and up by the ball field.  We were just using my canoe with the trolling motor so we were hoping we would not run into many other boats on the water.

We got everything ready and put in.  We went directly to the left and starting fishing our way up the river.    I started using a fire tiger coloured diving bait that I had luck with two weeks earlier when I was fishing with Glenn.  I used this bait for awhile but did not have any luck.  I then set up a senko and rigged it wacky style.  I started casting the senko by structure on top of the water.  All the structure on the river system were trees hanging over the edge or actually lying in the water.  After a handful of cast a bass hit the senko.  It felt like a nice bass and it jumped out of the water a few times.  It is always nice to have the bass jump out of the water.  We took a quick picture and put it back in the water.  We continued our way up the river without a lot of success.

My fisrst bass of the day.

My fisrst bass of the day.

We continued to try some different baits and did some trolling and also continued to cast by the structure.  James caught the next bass and then got on quite a chain pickerel roll.  The two times I have been there with Glenn we only caught one pickerel right in the river.  Today was quite different.  There seemed to be quite a few pickerel in the river on this day.  James must have caught 4 or 5 pickerel in a short period of time.  He was having good luck on a mepps.  He was even nice enough to let me use one.  We were both using a silver one.  We each caught a few more pickerel using these and then James decided to put on a Red Devil.  He was using this by a little inlet on the river and had a very nice hit.  The fish gave a very nice tug and then came to the service.  We could tell right away that it was a very nice bass.  Once we got it into the canoe were measured it.  It was 18 inches long.  It was also very thick.  It was the best catch of the day.  I continued to use the silver bait and I got a nice hit.  It was also a nice bass.  It jumped out of the water.  It was probably a little bit bigger than the fish bass I caught earlier in the morning.

James with the best catch of the day.

James with the best catch of the day.

We continued up the river and caught a few more pickerel and smaller bass.  It was getting to be later in the afternoon and we decided we better turn around so we would not be on the water after dark.  We did make it to French Lake, which is good as we were just using the trolling motor.  We did some speed fishing on the way back without any success, but our focus was on getting back.  We made it to the launch at 7pm, just as it was pretty well dark and the marine battery was pretty well out of power.  It was almost perfect timing.

Another nice one.

Another nice one.

We could not have asked for a better day on the water.  We caught some pickerel and bass, it was quite warm, and there was virtually no wind.  It was probably the only day we could say that all fishing season.  The water was like glass all day.  We also only had to deal with two boats all day.  When they went by we just faced the canoe towards them so we would not have any problems with the waves.  This did work but I must say I was frustrated that neither boat slowed down when they went by us.  I can not understand way a bigger boat would not slow down when they see a canoe in the water.

If this was my last day of fishing, it was a good one.  We had a great day together catching some fish and having some laughs, which is what it is all about!

Pickerel Fishing in Chipman

Nice fall scenery.

Nice fall scenery.

James and I decided to go pickerel fishing on Saturday, in what could sadly be my last day of fishing for this season.  I picked James up at around 5am, which turned out to be a little too early as when we arrived in Chipman it was still dark :)   I guess it is better to be too early then too ;ate when it comes to fishing.  We unloaded the canoe and decided to fish from shore for 10 minutes.  When it became a little lighter out we decided to get the canoe loaded up and hit the water.  With the water being so high everywhere this year I did not really know what to expect during our day of fishing; I was certainly hoping for a good day.

When we put the canoe in we fished right around the culverts like we normally do.  We did not have any hits so we went across the cove to the bank in the middle.  We started making our way up the bank and we started to get a few strikes.  James landed the first few pickerel.  I think he landed three and then I landed my first pickerel of the day.  We started using the red senkos as they are the biggest producers when it comes to pickerel fishing.  We made our way around the cove and then decided to go through the culverts and try fishing on the other side for awhile.  We probably landed a few pickerel and then decided to go back through the culverts to where we started.  As we were fishing both of us tried a few different lures and colored senkos.  James used a different shade of red.  It was a darker colour and he had good luck using that for a part of the day.

We made one more loop around the cove and then decided to put the trolling motor on the canoe and go across the river to where we had good luck trolling back and forth a long a point a few years ago.  As we were going there we fished along the bank on the other side of the river.  We had good luck along this stretch as well.  We had many hits and landed a few more pickerel.  We then decided to do some trolling along the point. James put on a sinking hard bait and he had good luck using it.  He caught two perch and two or three pickerel.  I put on a sinking rubber minnow and caught a nice pickerel.  I then decided to put on a Blue Fox with a white skirt.  I caught a decent sized perch with the bait.

James and his best catch of the day.

James and his best catch of the day.

James’ best catch of the day was a round 24 1/2 inches.  I also caught a good sized pickerel.  James netted it for me.  As we put the net in the canoe the lure fell out.  As I went to grab the fish for a picture it flipped, bounced off a paddle and fell back into the water.  Honestly, that really did happen :)   The one I caught trolling was nice and we were able to get a picture :)   As we were trolling it started to rain hard.  We continued to fish for about an hour and then decided that since we had a good day that it was not worth sitting in the rain for another 2 hours.  We packed up and headed home around 4:30pm.

My best "photographed" pickerel of the day.

My best "photographed" pickerel of the day.

I would say James landed close to 20 fish for the day and I landed 10.  With the way the conditions have been all season, we were very pleased with the day we had.  If this was my last day of fishing, I was glad it was an enjoyable one.

James also wrote a post about the day on his site.