Well it’s the middle of January and I’m already sick of winter and looking forward to spring and another year of fishing fun in New Brunswick.
Since I bought my new camera, the Canon VIXIA HFR32, I’ve taken thousands of pictures and that’s just for 2012. I’ve been taking pictures, like a crazy guy, since about 2009 when I first found a digital camera that would eliminate the shaking from my hands. Now I have pictured to look at.
If it wasn’t for our treadmill I am sure I would get no exercise at all.
Looking Back At Fishing New Brunswick 2012
Fishing season 2012 started for me on May 3rd at Chipman on the Salmon river with Casey. We certainly couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water.
We launched Casey’s boat from the Chipman boat launch and for the first few hours we had to keep bundled up to keep warm. But by noon I think it was warming up enough for us to start peeling of layers of clothing.
It was quite cloudy when we left Moncton but the closer we got to Chipman the less clouds and by the time we were on the water most of the clouds were gone. Great opportunity for those toothy pickerel to get some sun so they could warm up and become more active.
Didn’t see any other boats today
I like the launch at Chipman as it’s always easy to launch a boat and it’s so close to so many great chain pickerel hangouts. We’ve even caught a few good size smallmouth bass in the area. Just up from this launch Jamie caught the biggest bass I’ve ever seen caught here.
It’s always great getting that first fish of the season and even better when it’s the first fish of the day and it’s on my line. This guy took my lure right about noon.
Of course it’s not always fair as Casey has control of the boat which gives me the chance to cast to every point along the way. That’s if he’s not going too fast.
It wasn’t a big pickerel but it was fish #1 for the day and that always makes me feel great. It’s just great having action. I use a light action fishing rod so even the little guys are fun.
Right after Casey snapped the picture above he was back to fishing and caught his first of the day just minutes later, like about 3 minutes and his pickerel was just a bit bigger than what I had just caught and released.
The only downside to our first day out was me breaking my camera. On the upside it gave me the opportunity to buy a new and better camera. Now I have a Canon VIXIA HFR32 which takes good images and quality video with audio.
Great first day out.
Petitcodiac River from highway 114
Let me start by saying our day on the Shepody river wasn’t as successful as our first day out. The wind was far from calm and just kept getting stronger as the day passed. At times I sure it hit 30 clicks. We didn’t see many birds flying but we saw hundreds of them along the river bank, just waiting for the wind to die down.
Sure glad we weren’t trying to fly fish.
The wind had churned the water up so much that when I put my lure in the water it disappeared at about 6 inches under the water. Maybe we should have been using noisy baits. As it turned out we only saw one trout. It was following my lure but never touched it.
Still made for a great day. I took almost 200 pictures throughout the day. And it absolutely beats sitting at home.
I don’t do a lot of wading rivers as it wears me out too quick. But when Jamie called to see if I wanted to have an evening of smallmouth bass fishing the Cannan river I was excited and agreed. So glad I did as I had a lot of fun.
I caught of couple smallies and even a fat chub. Sadly Jamie was just the driver and guide as he didn’t manage to land any fish on this particular day. Better luck next time Jamie.
I did see this bit turtle crawling along the bottom. I wear a size 9 boot and this turtle’s shell was longer than my boot. This is the biggest turtle I’ve ever seen in New Brunswick.
Looking forward to the next opportunity to fish more smallies on the Cannan river.
Off for a day of pickerel fishing on French lake New Brunswick, near Fredericton and it was looking like it was going to be a fine day for fishing fun.
We fished for a few hours with nothing and then, just as it was lunch time, they started turning on. We did have some action earlier but they would follow the lure and then turn away. So it was exciting when one finally took my bait and was landed. It wasn’t a big fish but it was the first fish.
I love fishing but I also love being able to take pictures after not being able to for most of my life. I love technology that lets me take steadier images.
I had been working in our vegetable garden and getting more yard work done. So glad I was in the house when Jamie called or I would have missed an evening of wading for bass on the Cannan.
The pictures I took were using my Fujifilm XP which doesn’t do well when using the zoom feature. I almost brought my new Canon video camera but last minute felt it wasn’t a good move, just in case I took a nose dive into the Cannan like last year.
That little red dot on the other side of the Cannan is Jamie holding up his bass. I was too far away for my camera because the zoom sucks on that camera. Fortunately Jamie took a picture of his bass. That’s it at the top of the section.
Looking forward to doing some fishing with Jamie again in 2013.
Casey called to see if I wanted to do some evening fishing on New Horton lake. It took me a couple of seconds to decide. Stay at home or go fishing with a friend. Hmmm, okay what time?
When we arrived I saw this cool metal head on top of a cut off tree. Looks like the start of a good looking totem pole.
This beautiful spot can go from very calm to quite choppy with just a little bit of wind. So glad it was a calm afternoon and was looking like it might just be the perfect evening of bass fishing.
In just a few minutes we were on the water and they started attacking baits right away. I think I had my first fish about 5 minutes after launching.
I really like using poppers when the water is calm enough and it was so I did.
The popper I used was a popper I had lost to a chain pickerel at Chipman a few years ago. It rolled up in my line and managed to cut the line. I liked that popper.
A little later I saw something glittering on the surface. When I got close I could see it was my lure with pickerel still attached. I tried to get close enough to hook the lure but the pickerel would just dive, but couldn’t stay down long with the lure pulling it to the surface.
So I gave it some distance, put on a top water lure and made a couple of long casts. The second cast landed on the far side of the pickerel and I slowly reeled it in. Once I was really close I gave a quick tug on the line and hooked the lure. As you can see I still have that lure and happy to catch a nice smallie with it.
Another fun evening of fishing with Casey was over but I had lot of pictures and got to watch the moon rising in the sky as we were heading home.
I so love fishing smallmouth bass and chain pickerel later summer when the water is warm and the fish active. It’s nice getting out for day break but I really like being able to fish until dark as I’ve always caught my biggest fish right about the time I couldn’t see any longer.
This day of fishing was one of those days. By the end of the day we had caught and released 45 pickerel between us. Great fun.
The picture on the left is Casey with a 24” chain pickerel, just one of the 17 pickerel caught on this trip.
It was one of those days that the wind was just enough to keep us from roasting but not enough to bother the fishing or boat control.
I managed to catch and release 28 pickerel for the day. I kind of beat Casey but then again I don’t stop while he is controlling the boat. I managed to catch another 25” chain pickerel which is my best so far.
I always tend to look forward to fishing new places and this day it was the Gagetown area. We were even taking the Gagetown ferry which I had never taken before either.
The sun still wasn’t quite above the horizon yet so the images were a little to dark but I think you can tell that’s a ferry on in the image on the left.
Behind us, as we were crossing, I could see the sun was coming up. It was giving a nice pink glow to the clouds about the horizon. Not long now and we’ll be fishing.
Sunrise at Gagetown, New Brunswick
The ferry ride is only about 5 minutes, it was a quick ride and just a few minutes later we were at the Gagetown boat launch.
While Casey was parking his vehicle, about a quarter mile away, I took a few pictures. Of course.
On the left of the launch there was a heron taking interest in what we were doing and on the right a couple of ducks ducking for breakfast.
I got one picture of the heron but as soon as I tried getting a little closer her decided I was a little too close and took to the air. That’s just about the time Casey got back from parking and we were on the water for another day of fishing.
Guess he didn’t care to have his picture taken.
Couldn’t have timed it better. As we launched Casey’s boat the sun cleared the clouds on the horizon. There was just a slight breeze but nothing to speak of.
I couldn’t help but to tease Casey about the size of his pickerel, just a little teasing. Casey now had a new personal record, for the smallest pickerel that is. You can see the image in the post I made. But once he regained his strength he started catching bigger fish.
I guess I shouldn’t have teased him because he proceeded to kick my ass all day long and soon had a nice smallie in the boat while I was still trying to catch my first fish of the day.
It seemed Casey couldn’t go wrong at Gagetown on this day and ended the day with 22 fish while I was only able to land 13 pickerel.
We arrived back in Moncton just in time to catch Jenny raiding our vegetable garden for more pole beans.
Casey drove into Moncton to pick me up and then all the way back to his house for his boat and then we were off to the Shepody river at Riverside Albert for a day of rainbow trout fishing. This was a first for me as I had not fished for rainbow trout before.
I even had my fly rod but it was just a little too windy to try that with another person in the boat so I left it for another day.
Before we hit the Shepody we gave New Horton lake a try but it was just too windy. We fished the lake until almost noon without any luck so it was time to move to the Shepody where we would be able to find some protection from the wind.
Early Morning And Windy Already
Packed Up And Move To The Shepody River
As the wind just seemed to be getting strong as the day passed we moved to the Shepody river to try for some rainbow trout, if they were still in the system.
I love watching Casey back his boat down to the water. I’ve always had trouble backing trailers up for some reason. I would have taken 5 tries before getting it done right.
We quickly saw that the wind was considerably less here although I still wouldn’t be doing any fly fishing for trout.
Casey seemed to be catching rainbows left and right as well as the best caught of the day. However for my first time rainbow trout fishing I was quite happy with the few I did manage to catch and look forward to try for them on the fly rod next year.
We didn’t keep any to eat as I much prefer to eat trout caught early season while the water is still icy cold.
Autumn is about the best time of year when it comes to New Brunswick and getting some beautiful images of the trees putting on their fall colours. It actually distracts me from other things, like paying attention to my fishing.
I think I took about 40 pictures of tree changing colour while we were driving to Jemseg. But then I started seeing water and my mind was back in the game.
I was a bit surprised but there didn’t seem to be any trees changing and everything was still bright green. The river looked very calm and we could only see one other boat. A couple of guys were fishing stripers right under the bridge.
Conditions looked perfect but still the day started out slow. Just as we reached Harts lake Casey caught the first pickerel of the day but after that it seemed like a long time before we saw anything else. Actually it was just about an hour but then my trusty red senko worm caught the attention of a pickerel and we were tied.
The biggest pickerel of the day was caught my ME and was 24”. I thought it was a bit bigger than that while I was fighting him and had visions of a new personal best. Didn’t happen though.
Long Skinny Chain Pickerel 24 Inches
This was our best day of fishing as far as numbers of fish, even though it took more than an our to get the first one and another hour before we got a second fish. However once they warmed up it was non stopped action for the rest of the day with more than 30 pickerel.
Got to see the Mactaquac dam up close for the first time. Well we weren’t that close but closer than I’ve ever been. The spot we were going to be fishing is called The Arm.
It’s a beautiful spot and we even got to go through a big culvert with the boat to get to this spot and the water was like glass. Plus there was a haze that made everything in the distance look pretty cool.
You Can See How Calm It Was, Very Cool
I hooked into some nice fish, bass and pickerel, but didn’t get a musky, this time. I did manage to land a fat 25 inch pickerel that I thought was a musky, at first. All in all it was a great day and beautiful conditions. Maybe I’ll get my first musky in 2013.
I’m already dreaming about next year’s fishing fun and hope to do more fishing with my fishing buddy Jamie in 2013.