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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Boniato tuna

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my snook
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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Indian River lagoon

David and I had a few hours to get out yesterday morning and headed for the Indian River Lagoon. This was a jacket morning for sure with lower temps over night and a bit of a north wind. We have been catching most of our fish on white fluke style baits but for some reason I felt the need to tie on a top water. No logic or thought process to it but it just seemed like the thing to do.
It was a good decision.
Our first stop had some fish on it but the first one we hooked pulled a school of seven dophins right to the boat and they wouldn’t leave us alone. They are pretty to watch for a few minutes but they have learned that anglers release tired fish and it is an easy meal for them. We tried moving on the trolling motor but they stayed with us...

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Last NB Trip of the season. Miramichi River in the fall

Stripers

For our last show of the season we are ending where we started back in the spring on the Miramichi River on the hunt for Striped Bass. Our guest today is Veronique { Vero } Arsenault , Executive Director at the Miramichi Regional Multi-Cultural Association. We will chat with her a bit about that while we film.
Veronique co-hosts Have a Chat on Rogers TV with her associates Audrey Lynch and Judy Losier. This is an extremely popular show now in its third year. We were looking for a guest from the Miramichi area and Vero jumped right in although she had never fished before. For someone who had never handled a fishing rod before she picked it up quite quickly and she was somewhat relieved when she found out she didn’t have to handle worms.
We launched the boat down by Ritchie’s wharf and ...

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Quick trip

I got out for half a day with David and he kicked my butt. He had five in the boat before I even had a bite. He ended up with one Jack, one Spanish Mackerel, a bunch of Spotted Sea Trout, one Bluefish and at least a dozen Ladyfish. I had him rigged with a Zodias 7′MH rod a 2500 Stadic FK and 15 lb Power Pro with a 36 inch flouro carbon leaded. All of the fish were in shallow water and caught on soft plastics rigged on a one eighth once jig head. The dolphins almost drove us crazy when they found us. They have learned that boats equal free fish. When you release one they chase it down and eat it. They will not leave you once you have hooked a fish.
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Deacon’s Day

My guests for this show are Don Paterson and his son Deacon. The guys took a long drive to meet me at seven for our trip into Spednic Lake which is almost another hour from my place.

We got in to the ramp and the water was very, very low. There were visible rocks that I had not seen before and it made me very nervous to be running around with the Evinrude G2 with a new prop I borrowed from Phil and even more so when a north wind kicked in for the day.

With the water down we found our first stop was almost to shallow to hold much but I got one quite quickly on a Jackall spinnerbait and Deacon got one on a Blue Fox and had another part way to the boat on a fluke. We all got hit several times on the flat but none of the fish was really big...

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Tough day on the water

After a computer hard drive crash these were the only pics that survived from the show. My guests for this episode were local high school students Eli and Josh. Both are also Venture Scouts as well. As you know we normally shoot for a day and what you see is what it was. In this case we went twice with day one being heavy rains and thunderstorms that has us sitting on the river bank for quite a while waiting for the lightening to pass. Fishing was tough. We booked a second trip a week later and ended up with the same weather most of the day but minus the thunderstorms.
The bass were definitely not cooperating and we went looking for Chain Pickerel. I switched the guys over to Zodias rods, 2500 Stradics and some Power Pro to get the fish out of the weeds with breaking them off...

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A couple of firsts

We hit the water yesterday with 2015 NBSFA Champion Ryan Hood. It was a day of firsts for both of us with Ryan catching a personal best Smallmouth and some crazy topwater action over deep water.
We started our day off over a shallow grass flat with scattered dollar pads. I was throwing a Blue Fox in line spinner and Ryan was using a fluke. Both of us were catching fish and they were extremely aggressive. They seemed to be roaming around on the flat so we just kept moving around. In the more open areas I was throwing a JackAll SK Pop Grande topwater. It’s smaller profile seemed to be the ticket for the very clear water we were in and they would inhale it. I love topwater.
After a bit we moved further down the lake and tried drop shot fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water...

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