Backwater casting on you tube

This is a link to our first show of the season where we filmed on the Miramichi river for Striped Bass.

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Philip and I put together a 13.30 lb bag of Saint John River smallies that was good for a 2nd place finish and it also ties up the Triton / Evinrude Bass Tour Team of the Year for us. Last years weight to win was 15.6 and second was 15.5 so we were pleasantly surprised to end up second. #fishshimanocan #fishgloomiscan #fishjackallcan #shimanokeepsyoufishing
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Photo courtesy of Nathan Robinson Natural Light Photo and Film

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Summer on Spednic

We had a fun day out on the lake with guest, Nathan Robinson, from Natural Light Photo and Film. For this trip Nathan was on the other end of the camera with Shawn doing the filming.
We hit one of our favourite spots to see if we could get some top water action going before heading down the lake for a little exploring. It didn’t disappoint and we put about ten fish in the boat on that stop.
Then off we went to do a little exploring being very careful to follow the map chart on the Lowrance. Even though the lake is not showing depths on the map, it does show the international border, which is where the old river channel used to run. Pretty safe bet that it was going to be the deepest and safest water to run in.
We tucked into a small cove for a half and hour and tried topwater which prod...

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Perth tournament

Sometimes lady luck steps in and lends a hand even when it starts off looking like bad luck. We hit Perth Andover this weekend for our sixth tournament of the year. We woke up to 30 k winds blowing straight up the river against the current. Then we drew takeoff number 36 which put us way back in the field. We headed up the river in Phil’s big jet boat and smacked a rock at full throttle which fortunately didn’t cause any damage. Our first two spots yielded only small fish. Our plan was to fish here for a while a then move up through the rapids but three boats were already working there way up so we decided to go as well. About a hundred yards into the rapids we bottomed out the jet boat and we were stuck. We let the current push us back down but we had no power...

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Miramichi River with Rob Spon

Miramichi River with Rob Spon
One of the things that I have liked about doing the show over the last seven years are the great people that I have had the pleasure of fishing with and today was no exception. Our guest was Rob Spon, coach and general manager of the Saint John Riptide pro basketball team. The guy likes to fish and it shows but man he is passionate about his basketball.
Weather forecast at 5 am was sunny with cloudy periods with 12 k east wind gusting to 20. I think the sun popped out just as we were leaving to come home at 4 pm and lets just say it was a wee bit windy all day.
I stayed downriver below the Enclosure due to the DFO closing the upper stretch of the river due to the spawn and started off where we had found them on our last trip...

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Back lake smallies

Shawn and I hit the water yesterday with my friend and neighbor Jim Powell. I usually try to prefish a lake before we shoot so I don’t get any bad surprises but we decided to go in cold and shoot it like it happens.
We started out in front of a small creek and got one and missed a couple more. I didn’t want to take the Triton further up the lake because of all the rocks so we went back down by the ramp to a big flat with a mix of grass and rock with about six feet of water on it. Jim was throwing a Blue Fox in line spinner on a 7′ Medium Cumara rod with a 2500 Stradic spooled with 15lb Power Pro. I was throwing a Jackall SK Pop Grande on a Crucial 6’6″ med rod with a 2500 Stradic spooled with 8 lb mono.
We got quite a few fish on the flat and Jim picked up the biggest one of the day at o...

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Season eight and off to the Miramichi

Our first show of the season actually started out last fall even though I only met my guests the morning of the shoot. I donated a fishing trip for the Fredericton Homeless Shelter dinner and auction in November. Kris Mann was also supporting the shelter by attending their dinner and bidding on the items up for auction. That was the beginning and we chatted on the phone to see what he would like to fish for. Striped Bass on the Miramichi was the answer and he wanted to also bring his father in law, Rod.
We put the Triton in at the Enclosure ramp on the edge of Miramichi City and idled down river a bit and started fishing the channel edge. We almost immediately started marking fish on the Lowrance and hooked up on some Stripers very quickly...

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Daymaker part 2

We got lucky last week when Daymaker had a last minute cancellation. We had the foresight to tell them to give us a call if an opening came up and we got to hit the water again with Patrick.
We were heading out of the harbor in Stuart just as the sun started breaking on the horizon. What a beautiful way to start the day off. We headed to one of Captain Price’s bait spots and we plied the water with Sabiki rigs in about fifty feet of water. We got enough bait to get our day started and off we went.
The first strike went to David as he set the hook on something substantial and promptly had the rod fold right over and the fight was on. This fish had some muscle and David had to make a couple of trips around the boat and the fish ran around us...

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Daymaker Charters shark encounter

This is a you tube link to a short video on our shark encounter. Three anglers took turns fighting with this beast for over thirty minutes on a heavy rod spooled with 100 lb braided line. This was one of fifteen different species we hooked up with including the elusive Sailfish. All in all one of my top ten best fishing experiences ever.

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Daymaker Charter

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I received a days fishing charter for Christmas and today was the day. David and I headed out along with Jeff Parker and John Lockhart for a day on the water with Captain Patrick Price of Daymaker Charters. The name is very apt because he did indeed make our day.
The four of us have been fishing a long time and to say that this was one of our best experiences would not be an exaggeration. Over the course of the day we hooked and landed 15 different species of fish and we even invited a few of them home for dinner.
We started our fishing off by using Sabiki rigs in forty feet of water jigging for live bait. If you have never seen a Sabiki rig it is a series of small flies tied to a single line, you drop it to the bottom and jig it up and down...

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