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Title: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 21, 2010, 09:29:07 pm
My first searun brookie of the year. Caught a few, but all small stuff. The bigger ones must be further up river. Early for this time of year.  ???

Searun brook trout
Hammond River, Nauwigewauk, NB
April 21, 2010
Caught on "the Bug" (flyfishing)
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Post by: Quiks on April 21, 2010, 11:19:06 pm
nice one Stroover .....

i went out once this year to try out my new sonar. Didn't catch anything but the sonar works great!!!!
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Post by: Bellybuster on April 22, 2010, 07:27:21 am
doesn't matter the size, a brookie is a beautiful fish.
    I wish I hadda known you guys when I was in NS.
   You ever fish cloud lake down by Greenwood??
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Post by: JeffGoudreau on April 22, 2010, 09:34:04 am
Goodwork man!
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Post by: Wayne on April 22, 2010, 10:28:52 am
Wow, I have to admit that I didn't know that there were searun brookies - cool. Nice colours on that fish.
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Post by: Rock Bass on April 22, 2010, 11:33:12 am
That brookie has great colours.  BTW, is there a way to tell the difference between a stream run and a residential brookie?  Or is it simply that if the river connects to the salt water that it has to be a sea run? 
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 22, 2010, 12:47:24 pm
A residential brookie has more vivid colors, especially the dots. In a searun, the whole fish is more "bright", almost silvery color and less green, and the dots are bigger and the red dots have a kind of blue hue around them. There are also silver colored dots found on a searun that are not present on a residential brookie.
 FYI: after staying in freshwater, their original color will come back, and their meat will first become yellowish, then white again. You can tell approximately how long a searun has been out of saltwater: the pinker the meat (like salmon) means it's not been out of saltwater for very long.
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Post by: Exstreamfisherman on April 22, 2010, 05:51:53 pm
Nice looking fish Stroover.. the pigment of the flesh however has more to do with what they eat and not so much to do with where they eat it... just like flamingos, if they ate something other than what they do, they would still be white instead of pink...

You can't beat the colours on a brookie though, sea run or not... beautiful fish all around
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 22, 2010, 09:36:30 pm
Extreme, you're right. As a matter of fact, the reason they have pink flesh while in salt water is because of what they eat, and that's those shrimpy little critters. In freshwater they eat mostly terrestrials.

I caught a nice 12 incher tonight, so I thought I'd post it instead of the other one yesterday for the tourney. I also caught a yellow perch, but without thinking I released it without taking a picture. I'm so used to treating them as a "trash fish", meaning we never keep them and always toss them back. Doh! I ended up with 4 trout tonight and one perch.
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/12incher.jpg)

By the way, yesterday I noticed they were feeding on black gnat-like bugs, so tonight I put on a black gnat and my "bug" as the dropper. EVERY fish hit the bug exclusively, and not even one single raise on the gnat, although black bugs were still being fed on.  :o
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/12incherapril222010-1.jpg)
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Post by: owenheathcote on April 23, 2010, 06:10:10 am
I have just installed a Cuda, Eagle from Canadiantire ($ 139.00). I put the transducer into the hull of my Wilderness Ride 135 with external silicon and it works perfect. You can have a look if you want I will be fishing this weekend so email me and we can hook up.

I have been getting a lot of Perch on the Hammond in the Covered Bridge area but no Trout. After work today I am going to try Erbs Cove on Kingston Pen.

Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: JeffGoudreau on April 23, 2010, 07:41:59 am
inverts=red flesh, minnows/shrimp=pinkish white When I guide Lake trout in the north its the same. We eat a shorelunch every day and the lakers are on the menu. I experienced the same fishing in the tidal waters of the coast w/dolly varden and steelhead. Isnt just to do with salt though. its purely diet. I can catch a laker in 150 foot of water that has white flesh and then one of the same size with orange flesh in 10 foot. Cut them open and its minnows and inverts. I like eating the orange flesh ones best :)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 23, 2010, 08:03:23 am
Oh, I didn't know that!  I kept that 12'incher for supper, and he was pink like a salmon. Mmmmm!
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Post by: Rock Bass on April 23, 2010, 09:20:50 am
I like shrimp and I like fish, shrimp fed fish seems to be the way to go.  I also like scallops...
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Post by: owenheathcote on April 23, 2010, 08:32:16 pm
I fished the Hammond this afternoon. I got 1 sea trout 11 inches but saw the guys on the shore get a lot on worms.
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Post by: JeffGoudreau on April 24, 2010, 10:08:20 am
Take pics for us Owen :( lol
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Post by: stroover on April 24, 2010, 01:04:57 pm
Owen, where was that?  Brian was on the lower stretches and I was on the upper stretches this morning. Neither of us got anything. I ran across 5 other flyfishers, and all got nada. I'm going back later this afternoon until dark. I'll be concentrating on the lower stretches again, from the Bridge pool to Len's Pool, if you wanna come.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: owenheathcote on April 24, 2010, 04:49:08 pm
Stroover, I donot know any of the area /pool names but I caught my fish in front of the salmon ass. and the people catching were on the bank opposite the boat launch. Can you tell me where all the names of the pools are then I know in the future.

Today I went to Erbs Cove on the Kingston Pen. but it was dead. I will try the Hammond tomorrow morning around the covered bridge at Darlings Island, if there are no Trout I will try for Perch as I have caught a lot there lately. I will be there at 8/9 am weather permitting.

I have a red Pontiac Vibe.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 24, 2010, 09:55:51 pm
Owen, what are you targetting at Darling's Island? If you're after seatrout, they're upriver, like from the HRAA lodge and beyond. As for the pools' names, here are the main ones you should know:
Bridge Pool = the bridge by the Hammond River Angling Association (HRAA). That's basically right in front of the HRAA lodge (where the old bridge used to be)
Going up river, at that slight turn to the right is Rushton's Pool (you'll notice it's deeper there).

Before the next sharper turn to the right is Steele's Pool (there's a farm there, and a kind of inlet comming out into the Hammond)

Then there's a straight-a-way for about 300 yds, and you'll see two big rocks sticking out of the water before the left turn (they're barely sticking out of the water right now because the water is still high). From there up to the big sharp left turn is Crowley's Pool.

Keep going upriver, and about 300 yds later along that straight-a-way is Len's Pool, between Crowley's and the rapids further up river.

After the rapids, you'll see a big cliff to the left and the river turns a sharp right. That's Sherwood's deep hole.
If you've managed to paddle that far upriver, that's about as far as you'll make it.  All the other pools require you to either drive to, or paddle downriver, however the water is getting pretty low so that's almost out of the question. 
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 24, 2010, 10:05:48 pm
Caught 6 more seatrout tonight. Didn't post pictures though, as they're all the same size range and all the pics look the same. Lol! Caught them all on the bug. Two at Crowley's Pool, and the other 4 at the Bridge Pool. Everybody else was thowing hardware and were not catching anything. I was the only one producing any fish, and I think they were getting ticked off. Oh well, shoulda been flyfishing!  :P I think they were getting especially peeved because I was releasing them. Lol! I get peeved by those people; they keep everything they catch, even the minimum 10 cm trout! (that's right, centimetre! I rarely keep any trout, but if I do, they've got to be at least 10 inches) Good grief! just go buy a can of sardines, for Pete's sake!
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Post by: JeffGoudreau on April 24, 2010, 11:13:18 pm
Nice. Good representing.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: misty-river on April 25, 2010, 11:19:55 am
stroover:
 man I would love to be able to get out with you. I love trout and flyfishing is the only way to go. Have no idea where you are in N.B. but I get down to the Mirimiche around Blackville in the fall for some salmon fishing. Good luck this summer and tight lines.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 25, 2010, 02:42:04 pm
Going back in a couple of hours. If Brian comes along, I'll try to get him to shoot some footage of the action, and I'll post it on here. It's getting overcast out, and the wind is dying down. Should be AWESOME! I only hope there are no hardware chuckers at Crowleys Pool as they'll spook all the trophys. Oh well, if there ARE, they'll get ticked-off at Brian and I catching all the fish via fly, and will get up and leave like the rest. Lol!
Here's what's on the menu for the trout tonight: (http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/flyakfishing031.jpg) These are 3 "Stroover's modified bugs". I added crystal flash to the tail, tied on #8's. Just baked them today. The crystal flash seemed to make all the difference last night. For a backup, I also have a few black gnats in case they hatch today. Everything seems to be two months ahead of schedule this year.  ???
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on April 26, 2010, 10:36:51 am
What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL evening on the water! Not a cloud in the sky and not a ripple on the water. Looked like perfect conditions for the searuns, except that they were few and far between. We passed by a good number of anglers, but nobody had caught anything (hardware chuckers, of course). One canoer passed by us as we were anchored at Crowleys, and all he got was one salmon parr. I finally convinced Brian to tie on my magic bug. It wasn't long after that and I landed this ten incher and Brian his first searun on the yak and fly with the Str00ver's modified bug. Made a beleiver out of him when by the time we got back to shore, we were the only two people who got anything at all. Lol! Was just a bad night. Hardly anything was rolling at all. Weird!
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/DSCN1842.jpg)
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Post by: owenheathcote on April 27, 2010, 08:17:10 am
I got out yesterday morning and got 3 all 10 to 12 inches. All were caught on the west bank from Bridge Pool to Rustons Pool. There was a lot of activity in that area. I fished all the pools higher up but nothing. In Crowleys Pool I saw a few larger fish swim by but they were not interested. I used my fish finder and Crowleys pool is the deapest at 15 foot. I did not go to Sherwoods.

I am a hardware chucker so after getting this branding from you I guess this makes fly fishers software jerkers.

Actually I have been chucking a small spinner with a worm and having success but after you saying they are taking on a black bug I have added a black bug off the swivel at my leader and have had some success with it. I look forward to getting 2 at once. There was a software jerker fishing from the bank and he also said that only all black flies are working.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 11, 2010, 10:56:34 am
I noticed that you guys are beating me royally in this tourney. I think I might take a break from the searun brookies and target other species. I think I might go out with Owen this weekend. We'll hit the Hammond River Kayak Fishing Tournament waters and give y'all a taste of what's out there!  :D
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Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 11, 2010, 11:51:42 am
 :P haha!! ITs like Babe pointing to the stands as he steps up to plate haha
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 11, 2010, 12:05:21 pm
:P haha!! ITs like Babe pointing to the stands as he steps up to plate haha

Just watch and see... ;)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 18, 2010, 08:44:13 am
Jean you stuck out :( haha. So did I last weekend. Seems to happen to the flycaster more often then the bait caster. haha. Damn Garfish  :'(
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 18, 2010, 10:43:13 am
What heppened was that the seatrout were on their last run of the season, so I just couldn't miss it. Plus, the water level was way to low to kayak in now, so I had to hoof it. However, on Sunday I had just installed a new fish finder on my yak and headed out to try it on the chain pickerel. When I got there, I realized I had left my spinning gear at home. Doh!  >:(I still had my flyrod, though, but the wind was so strong and I only had little bugs, so the big old fishies were not interested. I'm going back on Thursday (I hope!) and should have some pics of chain pickerel, smallies and stripers.

Oh, by the way, are worms permitted for use in the CKA AOTY tourney? or is it stricktly artificial lures? If so, I might even have pics of a few bottom feeders, like cats, eels and sturgeon. I won't be able to count the sturgeon, though, as they are not in season for another couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 18, 2010, 11:37:27 am
Whatever is legal in your area. We dont care about the bait so long as its legal :) We would love to see those fish. Go get em!
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 20, 2010, 09:34:46 pm
Whiter perch (that's what they call them in these parts. If you have another name for them, I stand corrected).
About 10"
Hilderbrand #2 & worm
Caught in the Hammond River, in the kayak fishing tournament waters.
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/flyakfishing032.jpg)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 20, 2010, 09:37:53 pm
Yellow Perch
About 12"
#2 Hilderbrand & worm
Caught in the Hammond River, in the kayak fishing tournament waters.
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/Flyakfishing%202010/flyakfishing033.jpg)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Mike on May 20, 2010, 09:44:52 pm
Looks like a good day on the water :)
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Post by: stroover on May 20, 2010, 09:52:39 pm
You ain't kiddin'! I stopped counting after a couple of douzen! EVERY CAST I was catching one! What a BLAST!
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Post by: BobD on May 21, 2010, 06:04:35 am
Gotta love days like that!  How big was the white perch?

BTW, I've spoken with some folks who claim that white perch was the best fish they ever tasted.  He said he even saw some fishermen trying to trade salmon for them.  I'm not personally able to confirm this, unfortunately, as I've never tried them.
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Post by: Red Rocket on May 21, 2010, 10:40:39 am
They look almost exactly like the yellow perch we catch in Lake Simcoe.
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Post by: Bellybuster on May 21, 2010, 11:00:13 am
hey stroover...how do you have that gps mounted there? Velcro??
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 21, 2010, 09:00:28 pm
@BellyBuster: Yep! Velcro. You can buy the adhesive strips (I think I got them at crappy tire) for a couple of bucks.
@DGW: probably more then likely. They also look exactly like the ones I caught in Russia on the Dom River a couple years ago.
@BobD: it was about 10 inches, and yes they are very good eating! however, I personally wouldn't trade an atlantic salmon for some. We fillet them, then deep fry them in beer batter, however all of those fish I caught last night lived to tell the tale.

Unfortunately for me, I was unable to go out for musky, smallies, stripers, and pickerel tonight. Got home from work too late.  :'(
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 21, 2010, 09:18:28 pm
we get a bunch of those white perch here as well. Nothing to big but in the mix with White bass. I think they are great to eat after a good fry :)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Red Rocket on May 22, 2010, 10:43:24 am
Here's an interesting Youtube video titled, "How to clean a perch in 10 seconds."


I've used this technique for cleaning perch while ice fishing.  I have a little wood stove in my hut and we fry 'em up for lunch.  I can't make the 10 seconds target but it sure doesn't take very long.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 25, 2010, 08:06:12 am
Well, I went out yesterday and only caught a whole bunch of what I already have posted. No new species.  :'( Still had fun, though. I HAD  a nice pickerel, but about 3 feet from the yak, he got away! It would've been my first ever pickerel. Then my reel got messed up and I had to call it a day. How the heck do you pierce their solid bone mouths with a hook?
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Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 25, 2010, 08:11:30 am
what kind of pikeral are you talking about JC? that name is thrown around like a bikers old lady.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 25, 2010, 08:29:04 am
Jeff,
A chain pickerel. It looks a lot like a northern pike or a muskie, except along their sides there's a chain-like pattern. Look at OwenHeathCot
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: JeffGoudreau on May 25, 2010, 08:40:46 am
ok. yup. The NS guys fish them all the time. Their mouths arent that tough. haha. you can set the hook :)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 26, 2010, 08:24:00 pm
Chain Pickerel
just a wee one (about ten inches)
caught in Kingston Creek, Kennebecasis river
Hilderbrand and worm
(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/flyakfishing035.jpg)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Mike on May 26, 2010, 08:56:57 pm
Congratulations on your first Chain Pickerel  :)
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Post by: Admin on May 26, 2010, 09:08:56 pm
Congrats Stroover!!
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Post by: stroover on May 26, 2010, 09:34:48 pm
Thanks, guys. He wasn't too big, but he was my first one ever, and he put a smile on my face. lol :)
I think next on the target will be brown trout: another first for me. Thinking about hitting Loch Lomond one day this week after work.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: BobD on May 26, 2010, 09:48:25 pm
Congrats.  I love these guys.  They are so aggressive.  It's funny when they attack a lure that is almost as big as they are.  :)  If you target them I'm sure you will get many more!
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Post by: Bellybuster on May 27, 2010, 08:04:34 am
Heya Stroover, are you near Fredricton? I was out there for 6 months over the winter and ice fished allot for pickies. There are a ton of them out there.
Congrats on a first
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on May 27, 2010, 08:18:47 am
@Bellybuster: No, I live outside of Saint John. I've never really pursued anything but trout and salmon, so this CKA AOTY is exposing me to a host of other fish I've never fished for before this. Loads of fun!!!
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Post by: stroover on June 17, 2010, 08:15:45 am
Went striper fishing last night. I put my Nikon next to me as I was doning on my yakfishing apparel so I wouldn't forget it, but I forgot it and when I closed my 4-Runner's back door, I heard "Crunch!". I guess I'm out of the tourney until I can get a new camera. :'(    And if THAT wasn't bad enough, there wasn't a striper to be SEEN! What a friggedd-up day that was!
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: BobD on June 17, 2010, 09:52:12 am
Ouch!  That really sucks on both counts.  I nearly crunched a camera before, so now it stays in the front seat until I am ready to equip it. 

Hopefully you can get another one soon.  I hit the local pawn shop recently to get a camera that wasn't terribly expensive, but that works just fine for fishing.  You might find a good deal too.

Good luck.

Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Red Rocket on June 17, 2010, 10:40:42 am
I got the Fuji waterproof for under $200 in the spring.  Works fine.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Bellybuster on June 17, 2010, 12:27:31 pm
Stroover, you must get a new camera soonest!!! I rely on posts like yours to keep my sanity throughout the day. You can go without groceries for a while can't you??
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on June 17, 2010, 01:06:54 pm
Hey Red Rocket, is your Fuji a Finepix XP 15 (waterproof)? They have one at Walmart for $198. Is that a good one?
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Mike on June 17, 2010, 04:53:35 pm
Sorry to hear that!
Perhaps try Kijiji I'm sure you can find a good deal there.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Red Rocket on June 17, 2010, 05:18:55 pm
Hey Red Rocket, is your Fuji a Finepix XP 15 (waterproof)? They have one at Walmart for $198. Is that a good one?

That's the one and it works just fine.  Lighter than most others.  Doesn't float but I put a floating wrist strap on it.  The only problem with it is that the downloading software that came with the camera conflicted with my computer somehow so the movies couldn't be downloaded but you don't need it anyhow.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on June 17, 2010, 10:24:26 pm
Thanks, Rocket! I'll pick one up this weekend.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on July 25, 2010, 07:30:55 pm
A 10" Smallmouth bass I caught today. It was during the Hammond River Kayak Fishing Tournament I was hosting. I wasn't really participating as I was coordinating it, but I DID do SOME fishing. (would you expect anything less of me?)(http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/100_1870.jpg)
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on July 25, 2010, 07:37:52 pm
Now, here's my dilimma: Further up a couple pages back I posted a yellow perch. However, I beleive THIS is a genuine yellow perch. If that's the case, is my other one something else, or is this one just actually yellow?: (http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/Stroover/100_1873.jpg)  Either way, at 11", if THIS one is a yellow perch, it's my biggest "yellow perch" yet!
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: Rock Bass on July 25, 2010, 10:34:58 pm
I think they are both yellow perch.  Were they caught from a different body of water?  They can have colour variations depending their diet and environment.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: stroover on July 26, 2010, 05:40:14 am
Same body of water, same hole. Different time of year, though, so I first thought they get yellower later in the summer. But they were catching some yesterday that looked like my first one on here, so I thought maybe there was a hybrid in there, which is why I posted it and am asking you guys.
Title: Re: Stroover
Post by: EagleEyesFlash on July 26, 2010, 08:11:54 am
There's Hybrid sunfish..half bluegill& half pumpkinseed.
Don't know of any hybrid yellow perch.
Good job with your Tourney, Stroover.