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#1 Lokithx

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 07:53 AM

I'm opening a topic to get people talking about smallies this year. So far I've only pulled in one. Caught it on a rage tail:

 

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The Treble Threat team have an outing tonight to see if we can score some spring lunkers.


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#2 SG_Noodles

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 09:43 AM

Nice fish! I hope to get out later this week for some, it should be picking up any day now.


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 10:16 AM

Are they pretty ubiquitous or do you need to be fishing lakes for these guys? I Did the free trials for Mystery Tackle Box, Lucky Tackle Box, and Tackle Grab so I have a ton of crank-baits and soft plastics I can't wait to throw! Oromocto river system have them? Do other species ever take hard baits or soft plastics? (Sorry for all the questions, still a noob!)


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#4 Retroboy

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 10:49 AM

They're just about everywhere in and around the major river systems including Oromocto, Admeister. They were introduced as a species way back when and have propagated widely, in many cases replacing trout in local bodies of water. 

 

A bass will chase just about anything when it's hungry, much like perch, so the baits you list plus worm-and-spinner, poppers, and all sorts of other ones work on them if the time is right.


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:10 AM

Ive only caught 1 so far as well at skiff lake over the weekend. 2.5lbs.
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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:34 AM

what kind of line and how strong do you guys use for the smallmouth in rivers.


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#7 Retroboy

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:37 AM

Smallmouth seldom get over four pounds in our rivers so a fairly light line is okay for them, plus they don't have teeth like pickerel that can easily slice leaders. I use the same basic setup for smallies as I do when angling brook trout, 8-10 lb test braid.

 

Go after striped bass though and you'll need something meatier.


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#8 Lokithx

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 02:07 PM

We're planning on doing a lot of instructionals for SMB fishing over the next coming months. I will say that wacky rigging senkos has proven successful on days the bass seem to take nothing else.


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#9 SG_Noodles

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 03:13 PM

There are a ton of bass in the Oromocto river system, and the Saint John River around Oromocto. I prefer to run a 10-12lb mono for SMB, personally. Though my personal best SMB (~8.5lbs) came out of the OROMOCTO/SJR junction and it was on 6lb braid. :D


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#10 Jim VE9WH

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Posted 11 May 2015 - 05:58 PM

I like using tube and jig or wacky rigged worm
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Posted 16 May 2015 - 06:11 PM

Lots of bass biting in oromocto lake today
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Posted 19 May 2015 - 01:21 PM

I landed 2 big bass yesterday (17.5, 18") in Oromocto on Wacky Rigged worms! (one on a pink bubblegum and one on a Pumpkinseed)


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Posted 19 May 2015 - 04:51 PM

I used silver and black 5"rapalas... couldnt keep them off...
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#14 Mustang

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 03:32 PM

Caught and released 18 smallies on the May long weekend.  Biggest was 19" - nice fish.

All but one were caught on a LiveTarget Perch lure with a steady retrieve.  Best results I've had for a couple of days of bass fishing close to Saint John in a long time.


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#15 SloppyJo

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 10:35 AM

Anyone have any luck catching these babies on the fly yet this year? Haven't been out for smallies yet but hoping to go in the next week or so!


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 12:15 PM

Yes. I caught three on Monday of this week while flyfishing for yellow perch. (caught a trout, a fallfish and the bass, but no perch). They were 15", 17" and 18". All were caught on a #12 barbless gold-bodied muddler with a yellow (dyed mallard) underwing and a red throat hackle added. 3 lb test tippet, 7.5 foot 3wt rod.
Then, yesterday morning, same set-up, same fly, same stretch, caught a 16" smallie. (and the yellow perch were in so I caught enough 9 to 11" fish for supper on a MM Minnow with silver body, black marabou tail and yellow marabou wing.)
The bass are already taking flies off the surface; one hit the muddler while on a drag-free float; others chased the stripped fly.
So, its time....
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#17 SG_Noodles

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 08:53 AM

I haven't got any Bass on the fly yet this year. but I hope to.


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:12 AM

These weren't landed on a fly but had pretty good luck on the Nashwaak Sunday afternoon.

 

 

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#19 Lokithx

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 06:40 PM

Awesome photos! Love the patterns.

I shot a bunch this week, here's some stills till I edit:

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#20 DownriggerBob

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:37 PM

 Yep it always amazes me how people enjoy fishing for Smallmouth Bass when they are in the middle

of Spawning pulling the Bass off of their Beds leaving the eggs and fry unprotected to predation while

they have their 5 minutes of glory fighting the fish.

 I really don't think they understand the damage they are doing to the Smallmouth Bass Fishery in the long

run of things.

 Geeeez some Fishery Zones don't even let you fish for Smallmouth Bass until after the last Sat in June

until their Spawning activity is over.

 As far as I am concerned that is like fishing in a Fish Bowl where the fish don't stand a chance....Just not

right in my scheme of things.

 

Bob


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