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.
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.
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.
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!