At this time of the year, we like to walk down to the shore at my place and watch the river as it rolls by and see what has floated in on the high water. Sometimes we are cleaning up the blowdowns and tending a small fire. This spring we were hard at it right during the peak of the freshet and had just stopped for some beverage refreshments when my phone rang. It was an old buddy of mine, Jake Doherty. I thought he called to talk about the upcoming fishing season but instead he said he was outside in the yard. I looked out towards the road but I told him I couldn't see him and he told me to look behind me and there he was floating along talking to me on his cell phone. I nearly fell over! Jake is an avid kayaker and fisherman and because of his daring nature, he decided to run from the covered bridge on Gaspereau River to my place on Salmon River during this years peak of the freshet. That float is NOT for the inexperienced or the feint of heart! Here is a photo I took after he landed.
The striped bass run has been kicking in big time on the lower Miramichi River and many anglers have been flogging the water with all types of gear and having great success! Stripers have been getting lots of attention lately and there is a big tournament this year with some very nice prizes. This species has been taking a lot of heat lately because of their large presence in the tidal waters of the Miramichi River. They are voracious eaters and will devour just about anything that gets in their way, including smolts and parr. You can just imagine what a salmon fisherman thinks of that! Everything has an up side and fishermen both young and old have enthusiastically embraced this fishery that has developed on the lower Miramichi River. They are easy to catch and there are lots of them around when they are running. They are being caught from shore, off of docks and from boats of all sizes. That adds up to a lot of fun!
The Hargrove Clan took a trip over to Red Bank recently to visit relatives and had a nice visit with a bon fire and beverages in the evening. They also caught a good mess of trout and some very nice stripers. This photo shows Kenny and his dad, Wesley with a nice keeper sized striper.