I’m one of those people who wake up at 4am and can’t get back to sleep. Not much to do at 4am so I usually make a coffee and upload photos to Google+ and Facebook.
A few minutes after 5 Facebook notified me of a message waiting. I checked to see who would be up at this time and saw that it was friend, fishing buddy and birthday boy Jamie Trenholm checking in to see if I’d like to some Smallmouth bass fishing on the Canaan river.
I was definitely up for some smallmouth fishing and responded quickly with a ‘YES’. Then I proceed to gulp down a quick breakfast of granola and banana. Then another coffee and I was wired to go. Hadn’t been fishing with Jamie since last year.
On The Road Again
When we first hit the road it was cloudy with fog in fields and low areas. Once the sun made an appearance the fog vanished in just a few minutes.
Foggy in Low Lying Areas
I was looking at something on the right side of the highway when Jamie saw a Whitetail deer about to run across the road but as fast as he could say deer it turned and darted back into the woods. All I got to see was a white tail’s butt disappearing into the woods.
I chattered all the way there so it seemed like we got to the Canaan river in record time.
We don’t take long to jump into our waders. Took a few seconds to be sure we had all we needed like our fishing gear and munchies and about five minutes later we were at riverbank. Jamie asked if I want to cross the river of fish this side and I graciously let him walk across the river.
Jamie is taller than I am by at least 3 or 4 inches so I would have been up to my waist in that current. Glad I decided to stay on this side.
Once Jamie was on the other side we were ready to start fishing. I made as many bad casts as I could waiting for Jamie the birthday boy to catch that first bass but sadly it was me that caught it.
The increase in water level made the current really strong which of course the bass use to their advantage. This made even a smaller bass feel like a monster. So much fun.
Then I hooked into a second fish… Come on Jamie I’m starting to feel just awful. Ooops that one was a big fat Chub.
Yes that Chub still counts as a fish Jamie.
Just a couple of seconds after I released my chubby Chub I heard a splash on the other side of the river. Jamie had his first smallie on the line. You can see his first catch in the top left corner of this post. Nice catch Jamie.
We continued heading down stream and Jamie hooked into another nice smallmouth and a few minutes later he landed his third bass. Happy birthday Jamie. All three were bigger than the bass I caught.
There was a point down river where the water was shallow enough for us to cross the river again so Jamie came over to the north side and I waded over to the south side.
No sooner had was switched sides when I heard this huge splash. I looked over half expecting to see Jamie coming up from under the water but it wasn’t him. He just hooked into a 20” or better smallmouth and it was jumping and splashing.
I tried to get my Canon camera aimed to where the fish was but he was just far enough away and the sun was so bright on the camera screen I couldn’t get it in focus but as it turned out that was the same time this bass snapped Jamie’s line.
Oh man that can be such a let down, especially on your birthday.
We both saw it jumping and clearing the water so we had a good look at this smallmouth bass and it was huge.
I caught a few more Smallmouth Bass about the same size as the others I had landed and released. But about an hour later I made a cast to a nice calm pool between the current and the riverbank and the water exploded.
I’m pretty sure that this was the same bass that Jamie had lost earlier as I don’t usually see bass this size. He made a couple of jumps and then he was in the current and pulling out drag. I reached over to loosen the drag but I was too late and he got off the #5 Black Mepps I was using.
NOTE: I started with the Black #5 Mepps and never changed it. A great little lure for these conditions.
Once we reached as far as the current was going to allow us to go we headed back to the car and then home. What a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.