Smallmouth Bass Fishing Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!! :)

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!

Trolling for Bass on Saint John River

My best catch of the evening.

My best catch of the evening.

When James and I finished pickerel fishing the other day it was still only 3:30 in the afternoon so we decided to take the canoe along the edge of the Saint John River and do some trolling for bass. I have never fished there before so we thought it was a great day to give it a first try. An extremely important fact of the day was that it was not windy. There is no way I would have put my canoe on the river if it was. We probably got there around 4:30 and put it right under the bridge that takes Oromocto. We decided we would troll down and then troll back towards the car when we decided to turn around.

When we first started we were casting into the grass along the edge with no luck so we decided to get out from the grass and start trolling. We each used hard plastic baits that dove to near the bottom when we trolled. James stayed with the same bait for the evening and I changed mine a couple of times.  The second one I used dove better in the water. After we were trolling for awhile I caught a little perch. It was small but at least we caught something. We continued trolling and James looked like he had something on his line so I looked back just in time to see a huge bass jump a good 2 feet out of the water. As it jumped it threw James’ bait. It was very neat to see jump.

We continued to make our way down the river when James caught a little bass and got it to the canoe. He then caught a nice sized bass and also got that to the canoe. I caught a few more perch and then we decided to turn around as we were quite a ways from the bridge. We trolled on the way back as well. As we trolled we would pick up grass or weeds so we had to reel in, clean the hook, and then let our line back out. One time when I did this I just got a little line out and a bass hit my bait. I fought it for a little bit and got it to the canoe.

James' best catch of the evening.

James' best catch of the evening.

At this point the wind picked up so we decided to troll a little faster to make sure we got out of the water before it got too rough. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I was very pleased with how the trolling motor worked in the evening as well. There is no way we would have gone as far as we did if we knew we would have to paddle back to the bridge.

My monster perch.

My monster perch.

We used the motor all day long and just near the end of the evening the battery started running out of power but we did make it back to the car without issue. My new rubber net also did a great job of getting the bass in the canoe. These two pieces of equipment will be part of my canoeing trips for now on. If you ever thought of giving the edge of the Saint John River a try I suggest you do. We had a great evening of chatting as we caught some bass.