Smallmouth Bass on the Saint John River, New Brunswick
Our Canada Day may have started as a chain pickerel fishing trip but half way through the day Jamie asked if I’d like to try the Saint John river at Jemseg for some smallmouth bass.
Casey and I were on the Saint John river at the Jemseg bridge a couple of weeks ago and we had a great time.
We launched at the bridge and trolled along the shoreline down to the enterance to Hart Lake for a few pickerel.
Well it didn’t take long for me to respond to Jamie. I love fishing smallmouth bass and it’s one of my favourite fish to go after.
I never get tired of the power these guys have.
Jamie Makes Sure The Canoe is Secure
Jamie and I launched at the same spot Casey and I launched his boat but instead of crossing to the other side we chose to stay on the side we launched.
Great To Have A Trolling Motor
It wasn’t very windy but it doesn’t take much wind to make the waves uncomfortable in a little canoe. There are also some big and fast boats that move up and down the river. They leave quite a dangerous wake if you’re not hitting them straight on.
We wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for the fact that Jamie has a trolling motor. It’s so great to have on those days that go from day break to dark and sure beats using the paddles all day.
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Jamie headed his trolling motor down river along the bank. We soon came to a big island the protected us from the boat traffic on the main part of the river.
I was trolling with one rod, under my foot and used the other rod to hit the shoreline structure. Love fishing that shoreline structure.
It wasn’t long before Jamie hooked into the first fish. It hit hard like a smallie but was a perch. It was still the first fish and that always feels great.
Jamie Which Is The Lure??
It always amazes me when I catch fish on lures bigger than the fish. Of course when it’s Jamie with the little fish it’s time for me to tease him a bit.
A few minutes later I thought I hooked the bottom of the river but an instant later the water behind Jamie’s head exploded, just where I couldn’t see it.
I didn’t get it landed but it sure felt good and Jamie said it just almost 3 feet out of the water just as it spit my little Rapal countdown at Jamie and took off for Fredericton.
We fished until the trolling motor battery started running dry and then headed back to the car and then on to home.
On the way back to the launch point Jamie hooked a fish. I didn’t want my line to get tangled in his so I started reeling it in quickly.
I thought I hooked the trolling motor but at that same moment the water behind Jamie, again, exploded. This time I saw the smallmouth and it was so close to the canoe Jamie got a good soaking.
I think perhaps that bass was going after Jamies catch but as I cranked my Rapala back to the canoe it saw it and smacked it instead.
What A Great Way To End A Day of Bass Fishing
I wouldn’t want to be out there on a really windy day but I would love to give this spot a try with my float tube on one of those really calm days.
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