James and I decided to go pickerel fishing yesterday in Chipman, New Brunswick. We have not been there is awhile so I was anxious to see what the fishing was going to be like. This summer has also been quite windy but the forecast was calling for only 5km winds so I was hoping that would be the case.
I picked James up and at 6am and we were ready to start fishing around 7:45. I usually do not bring the trolling motor to Chipman because it is so weedy but I brought it as we discussed we might try to cover more water than normal. This is what is needed and how to set up the trolling motor for a canoe.
We started fishing in our regular area, which is a cove off of Salmon River. We were very pleased that the water was like a mirror it was so calm. We looped around this cover a couple of times each catching a handful of pickerel and having many others hit. We found that quite a few of the pickerel were out on the edge of the weeds in a little deeper water. We were both using a red 6 inch senko. I used a bubblegum color for awhile as well. Both of us used the red senko for most of the day as it continued to produce for us.
We decided to use the trolling motor and try a few different parts of the river system. We got to one point and fished along the edge and caught a few fish. As we were leaving this spot we decided to troll with the senkos out from a point. The water looked fairly deep and we could see seeds below the water. No sooner did I tell James that the area looked pretty good I got a strike from a pickerel. After I brought it in and released it James got a strike while casting out. We got into some very good action in the area and decided to stay for awhile. We were casting and also trolling some. We were getting strikes with both methods. We must have stayed here for a good hour or so on this point because we were having so much fun.
When we finished at the point we back back to our starting point and fished the cove again for an hour or so. The pickerel were hitting well in the far end of the cove. By about 7pm our bodies were sore enough from sitting in the canoe all day that we decided to call it a day. We loaded the car back up and were on our way back home.
Throughout the day, James and I had countless strikes. I landed 10 pickerel while James must have landed 25 or more. I can take a little consolation in the fact that I caught the biggest pickerel of the day. It actually nips James’ personal best by 1/8 of an inch by measuring in at 24 5/8 inches. This pickerel now becomes my personal best.
If you having never given pickerel fishing in Chipman, New Brunswick a try, I strongly suggest you do as we have never been disappointed.
You can read about James’ experiences fishing this summer as well at his site.