Well, this season I am off to a slow start. With that, I mean I have not been out fishing much. Yesterday was the first time this year that I went fishing for the day. Glenn was up to the Miramichi last week fishing for stripers. He had such a great day that he decided to ask me to go. Even though the outlook was not the greatest for the weather we decided to go. We packed lots of warm clothes as it is no fun being cold when you are fishing. We left around 7am and reached the boat launch around 8:45. The tide was in, which made it easy to get the boat in at this location. We were fishing right on the main Miramichi river, something I have never done before. We got the boat loaded up and started fishing right away. The night before we went and bought the baits that Glenn had success with the week before. I am not sure what other people use to fish stripers but the baits we used worked very well. They are called Mimic Minnows and you can buy them at the Dollarama. They come in packs of 2 for $2. They have different colors. All the ones we bought worked well. Please remember you need to pinch the barb off the hook to fish them on the Miramichi.
When we first started fishing we were trolling back and forth across where we put in. Glenn was using his fish finder to look for the fish and to also look at the depth of the water. It was not long before Glenn had the first fish of the day on his line. It was exciting for me because I have never seen a striped bass in person. I have seen them in pictures on the internet after looking at this first one I did not realize how much they look like a smallmouth bass. The only difference is their color.
It took me a little while but I landed my first ever striped bass. It was about 14inches long. It was great fun catching that first striped bass. The couple of times I was out earlier in the season I did not really catch much, besides one chub so it was nice to feel that tug on the line knowing you were catching the fish you were trying for. We went a little while without catching any and then Glenn started to catch a few. We then decided to make our way up the river. We continued to troll and hit a few more fish. The weather turned on us some as it got windy and started to rain. The true fishermen we are we stuck it out and about a half an hour later it stopped. It was cold with that wind and rain. Once the rain stopped it did warm up a little as the sun tried to pop out here and there.
It was probably close to noon and we probably had roughly ten fish in the boat. I had nothing to compare it to but the week before Glenn and his two friends caught over 90 striped bass for the day so compared to their day ours was going quite slow. We continued fishing up river and decided to stop the more as we got into a few fish. The other day I think Glenn trolled all day as well so he suggested we cast and reel in. Well, I think we found the sweet spot on this stretch of the river as the fishing turned on and I mean BIGTIME!!! We found a ridge and stayed on the shallow side of it and the fishing was just unbelievable.
We got on such a roll that we were catching the striped bass on almost every cast. We had double header after double header. The wind would take us over the deeper part of the ridge and the fishing slowed down so we would motor back to the left and start on the shallow side again. As soon as we did the fishing picked right back up again. Most fish were in the 14 to 18 inch range which is a great size when we are smallmouth bass fishing. Glenn caught a 24 inch striped bass earlier in the day and then I was lucky enough to also catch a 24 inch striped bass as well. We stayed on this ridge and coasted back down the river. Once we went quite a ways down the river we motored back up again and started all over again.
To me this number is amazing and I will probably never catch it again with just two people. We caught a whopping 250 striped bass during the day of fishing. Glenn tallied 140 and got 110. I have never caught anywhere near that many fish in one day. Keep in mind that the first 3 hours we only caught 10 or so. We had just an awesome day. I certainly hope to get back up soon and try again. It is always fun trying a new species of fish. The striped bass certainly did not disappoint on this day. It is a day of fishing that I will never forget and I will tell people about it for years to come.
I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy time on the water. I hope to keep the blog more updated as I get out fishing. Let me know if you are having any luck on the water. Tight lines.