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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.

Getting Some Bass Fishing In

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Have no fear everyone, I have been out fishing a little bit.  I am just getting to blog about the times out now.  My wife got her knee operated on two weeks ago.  I know what you are all thinking.  Did she not know it was fishing season???  Really, I do not think she knew :)   Just kidding honey :)   I have been doing my best to take care of her and things around the house while she is recuperating.  Yes, the house is still standing and the kids and dog have been fed.

Canaan River at 6 am

Canaan River at 6 am

I have been able to get out fishing a little bit as of late.  Last week, Glenn, Chris, and I went to the Oromocto River to try some bass and pickerel fishing. We put in at the campground on French Lake that connects to the river system.  As soon as we arrived we realized the water levels were actually very high.  We thought since it was a pretty easy winter that the levels would have been lower.  We went up the river system stopping where we thought there should be some bass.  There are many downed trees that sit in the water on this river.  We did not have any luck at all on the river for bass all day long.  Since this was happening, we decided to to some little inlets to see if there were any pickerel sitting in the weeds or grass.  This was the middle of May so there were not many weeds yet but there was a little grass growing in places.  We found this one inlet and we fished it for a little bit.  We each caught a few little pickerel and then decided to keep going up the system. On the way back down we decided to try this place again.  Chris was on fire using a bubblegum colored senko.  Before we left the inlet he caught the two biggest pickerel of the day.  Glenn and I were happy to watch and take pictures :)   I would say it will be a good three weeks before the water drops to good levels to fish for bass properly.  Perhaps they were not even in the system yet?  We are fairly new to this river and have lots to learn about it.

Glenn with a nice catch

Glenn with a nice catch

It was quite a slow day fishing-wise but it was great to spend  the afternoon on the water with Glenn and Chris.

This past Friday night after work, the three of us decided to walk the Canaan River trying for bass.  Glenn had tried the river a couple of times during the week and had some luck.  It was a great night for fishing as the weather was very nice.  We started at the bridge and made our way down the river until it was close to dark.  Again, it was a slow night fishing.  I caught my first bass of the season, which was nice but we did not get much else besides that.  Again, itr was nice to walk the river.  The water level was good.  We were able to walk it with ease.

Glenn and I went back to the same spot Sunday morning.  We arrived at 6am and we fished until 8:30 as Glenn had to be home.  We did not see any fish at all.  The water levels dropped a bit from Friday night.  Glenn and I tried different baits but mainly stayed with top-water lures.  When I got home I texted Glenn to see if he wanted to go back for an evening fish.  I told him we should try the other spot a little farther down the system……and boy am I glad we did.  This stretch is deeper than at the bridge area.  We got in the water and started walking down the river, each taking a side.  Again, we both used top-water poppers.  Along this stretch of the river we each caught 4 bass.  All eight bass were quite small but we were both very happy just to finally get into some bass.  We continued down the river and talked to a guy who was fishing from sure.  As we got closer he asked if I was the guy who did the blog.  He said I looked familiar.  I thought that was pretty cool.  We talked for a bit and then we continued down the river.  It was on this stretch that we finally got into some nice-sized bass.  We each caught two of these bass.  We both really enjoy fishing top water baits because you get to see the bass hit the baits.  It was getting dark by this time so we fished back up river a little bit and then walked back to the car.

Me and my bass

Me and my bass

It is my experience that the bass stay in this stretch of river until the end of June, so we hope to fish it a handful more times before that date.  This was definitely our best night of bass fishing so far.  We each ended up catching 7 bass each.

I hope all of you are getting some success with your spring fishing, no matter what species you are going after.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Until next time, tight lines.

Too Early To Get Excited?

I was just wondering if anyone else out there is starting to get a little excited for the beginning of fishing season?  We are just under three months away from fishing season here and the conditions are not always the greatest in the early part of the season here but I must say I am starting to get excited for the fishing season to arrive.  I have been looking more online for fishing items and have started to think some about the Fly Fishing Forum that takes place here each spring.  This year it is taking place in conjunction with The Boat Show at the Moncton Coliseum.  I will be able to go look at all the fly fishing stuff and then look at all the boats I can not afford :)   The fishing forum is time well spent.  If you have never been there it is worth the few dollars it cost to get in.  Even if you do not want to buy any supplies it is fun to look around and talk to the vendors.  I will also like to look at the fishing boats that will be on display.  Perhaps they will take my well worked in 13 foot canoe as a trade-in???

I have never ice fished before and do keep busy with reffing hockey so doing this kind of fishing to pass some of the winter away has never happened.

I do have plans to do some black salmon fishing again this spring.  Glenn and Chris took me for the first time last spring and I had a fantastic time.  I am looking forward to the fun again this spring.  After that, it is usually awhile before I get into the bass and pickerel fishing as the conditions are not the greatest in the early spring.  I should try to do some trout fishing this year early on.

I have rambled on long enough.  I hope you are all getting excited for the beginning of the fishing season.  Also hope that everyone that comes here to read is doing well.

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.

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.

A Full Day of Fishing

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!! :)

Pickerel Fishing at French Lake 2011

My best pickerel of the day.

My best pickerel of the day.

James, Casey, and I went to French Lake on Friday afternoon to do some pickerel fishing.  We arrived around 2 pm and fished until dark.  As soon as we put the boat in the water the wind was blowing very hard.  We knew this was going to affect the fishing but there was nothing we could do about it.  We just tried to find areas that were protected from the wind as much as possible.

We made our way up the main channel and found some weeds and lily pads.  We fished this area for a bit with no luck.  It was hard to fish because it was so windy.  We decided to go up farther and over to the left as it looked protected from the wind.  There were lots of weeds so we started fishing.  I caught the first pickerel of the day.  It was just small but it was a start.  Casey keeps track of our catches during the day for the fun of it.  At least I could say I was on the board.

We continued to make our way around the lake and tried different protected areas.  We each used different baits but all three of us used the red senko the most as it, once again, proved to be the most successful throughout the day.  James and I had a close race throughout the day with him keeping at least a couple of fish in front of me.  Casey caught a good sized perch fairly early but was having trouble hooking into a pickerel.

We were able to find a handful of little inlets off the main channel that were fairly well protected from the wind.  This is where we had the most luck.  As it started getting a little later in the day we started hooking into some bigger fish.  I caught my biggest pickerel on a red senko around this time.  It was also around this time that Casey was using the red senko again and he started hooking into some pickerel.  The first two he caught were also the two biggest fish of the day so far.  We were hoping as it got past 7pm that the wind would die down as it usually does as the sun gets lower in the sky but this did not happen.  It stayed windy right until we got off the water.

Casey's best of the day.

Casey's best of the day.

As it started to get close to dark James caught his best fish of the day.  Casey and James each caught a pickerel that measured right around, if not, a little longer than 22 inches.  My best was around 20 inches.

James' best of the day.

James' best of the day.

Our tally for the end of the day was James: 15 pickerel, me: 10 pickerel, and Casey 8 pickerel and 1 perch.  It was the first day of the season that all three of us got out fishing together.  We had a great day on the water.

For those of you wondering, the water level is still at least 2 feet higher than normal but the lake is certainly fishable.  If you are interested in trying some pickerel fishing, get yourself some red senkos and give French Lake a try.

Lawrence and his catch of the trip.

Lawrence and his catch of the trip.

Two teacher friends and I spent last Sunday and Monday bass and pickerel fishing at Oromocto and Magaguadavic lakes. Sunday, we arrived at Oromocto Lake and were fishing by 8:30am. I made a few casts at the boat launch and caught a little bass on by third cast. When we got the boat on the water we fished a cove off the main lake for quite awhile. It was nice and calm in this area. There were lots of edges by the banks that we fished that produced quite a few bass. When the water was calm we tried some top water baits and then switched to other baits that went under the surface once the wind picked up. Christoph started using some senkos that I am use to using but he rigged them up wacky style. I had heard of this way before but never tried it. I will write another post soon about this setup as it really impressed me. He would throw the senko where he thought there might be a bass and sure enough, many times he had a bass hit. I am certainly going to start using this method more often when fishing bass and even pickerel.
Another bait that worked very well was a Blue Fox (Picture below). Lawrence and Christoph do some work with them to rig them up the way they like. This bait swims a foot or so under the surface. We caught many bass using this bait throughout the two days.

After we fished the cove for awhile we decided to hit the main river, which is huge. Christoph and Lawrence have fished here a handful of times and wanted to try some spots they had not tried before. I had never been there before so it was all new to me. We fished one part that had lots of lily pads. We caught some bass there but also had many pickerel hits. After we fished this area we continued up the lake. The wind really picked up and caused problems for us but we certainly continued to fish. We tried to get to some areas that were protected from the wind. We continued to catch a few bass using a handful of different baits.

Christoph with his catch of the trip.

Christoph with his catch of the trip.

Later in the day we decided to go back to where we started. We fished some on the way and caught a few more bass. We hit the pickerel spot one more time and then went back to the cove. It was probably a little past 8pm and the wind died right down so Christoph started using a popper and the bass started smashing the bait. I was pretty quick at getting a top water bait on as well. Mine was blue in color (Picture below). Lawrence also put on a top water bait. We had an awesome hour before it got too dark to fish. We caught a very good number of bass this way. I love top water fishing so I really enjoyed this part of the day.

The top water I had good luck with.

The top water I had good luck with.

Once we got off the water we stayed at Lawrence’s uncle’s camp. We were very tired and slept in to about 7am. We got up and made our way to Magaguadavic Lake. When we started fishing here it was very calm. We made our way to one of the many islands on the lake. I used my same top water bait from the night before. I had a bass hit on my second cast by the island. We continued to fish around this island for awhile. I had very good luck here catching three bass and one pickerel. We decided to move around the lake trying many different good looking areas. Unfortunately, we did not have very good luck. After fishing for awhile we decided to go to where the big lake connects to the little lake. In this area we got into lots of pickerel and Christoph and Lawrence each caught a very nice bass. We continued through to the small lake. We caught a handful of pickerel and a couple of bass. We had a nice shore lunch, fished awhile longer, and then decided it was time to pack up and head home.

The Blue Fox that worked very well.

The Blue Fox that worked very well.

Christoph and Lawrence fish in one of the Bass tours in New Brunswick and I must say I am very impressed with how organized they are when they fish. They have baits for all the types of ways you can catch bass. They are always trying different baits to see what are the most successful for the situation of the day. The have all their baits organized in containers that are easy to get at. I also want to thank them for asking me to come along and being so accommodating to me throughout the two days. They gave me many tips on bass fishing and also let me use any baits that I wanted to try.

Christoph's boat

Christoph's boat

Oromocto Lake produced many fish throughout the day. They were all average in size but that was fine with me. I loved all the action throughout the day. Magaguadavic Lake was not as productive but the guys did catch two very nice bass. I look forward to hitting the water with Lawrence and Christoph again. Thanks for the awesome two days!