Giant Smallmouth – Post-Spawn Tactics

– All right,
Bill, you ready?Next adventure up?- Yeah, yeah,
where are we going?- We are going to an amazing
place north of highway 17in Algoma Country,
in Ontario, Canada. We’re going to have
a great adventure. – For what
are we fishing?- Bass.
– At this time of the year?- Yup, it’s a 365 open-season,
catch and release only. – Oh, that sounds great. – You ready
to have some fun?- I’m ready
to have some fun. Let’s do it.
– All right. Fish on. – This week,
the New Fly Fisher crewvisits Birch Lake Resort,
located in the beautifulAlgoma region of
Northern Ontario. The resort is situated
just 10 minutesfrom the town of Thessalon,on the north shore
of Birch Lake. – The reason why the bass
gets so big in these lakesjust north of
highway 17 in Ontariois because of the food source. And in this particular lake,
the main food source is smelt. So what you’ve got
are big pods of smelt,you know, it’s been nice out
for a couple of weeks now. They’ve spawned, and now they’recruising around in big pods. And these smallmouth will
hunt them down like wolves. And gorge on them. And when we get a
big one, you’ll see,their stomachs are
just absolutely giant,
filled with smelt. Fishing with a buddy really
does have its benefits. And what I mean by that is,
you know, Bill’s fishingwith a surface fly, a popper,and I’m fishing with
a subsurface streamer. So we’re effectively
covering the water column,to figure out what
these bass are doing. The second thing,
which is a small thing,but in a boat like
this, it’s a huge thing,is that Bill’s right handed,
he casts with his right. I’m left handed,
cast with my left. You position the boat
properly, and you both can fishall day long and have shots at
these trophy smallmouth bass. – Squashing the barb
down, people thinkthat you’ll lose
a lot more fish. You won’t, as long as
you keep a tight line,that will not impede you at all. But it’s much
easier on the fish,when you’re catch and
release like we are today. It comes out very
easy, and they havevery little stress on the fish. So squash your barbs down. – There’s a fish.
– Good one. So we’ve been casting to shore,and I decided to lob
one out into the open,into the open lake here. How’s that for the
first fish of the day?- Not bad
at all, my friend. Not bad at all. – That is a fantastic
way to start the dayat Birch Lake Resort, so fun. – I switched over,
Mark was doinga whole lot better than me. I’m trying to figure out
why, I was using poppers too. But he was using a popper
with a white belly. And I didn’t have that. So I just switched over
to an all white popper. And I’ve got two pulls
and this fish hit. – It’s funny,
Bill, how this morningwe came through here
with poppers and wecouldn’t even move a fish.
– No, no. Now they seem to be onto them. – Now, what’s interestingis these fish aren’t
on beds, right,so they’re cruising these flats. – They’re
cruising eating. – So theory states that
we could probably just stayin one spot, move around
in an area a little bit,and fish will come to us, right?- I think so, yeah. ‘Cause they are cruising,
they’re not in any one spot. And we worked over this spot
pretty good this morning. – Well, the
reason why I ask that is,as you’re fighting
that fish behind you,two other fish were
exploding on bait. – Right.
– We’d just come through. – Now, this is a decent fish. And there’s the popper. All white, and I
got about two pulls. That’s not bad. We’re getting there,
not quite as the monsterthat Mark got this morning. But not bad. There he goes. This is something
like striper fishingand saltwater fishing,
where the baitis being balled up by the bass,being concentrated in one area,and you get what’s
called nervous water. And that’s where a bunch of
minnows are near the surface. And the fish slash through them. They’re out a little deeper,
and they’re chasing bait. So what we’re looking
for is that ballof bait or nervous water. It looked a like a good
fish the way it hit,it was pretty
aggressive, wasn’t it?- It hit like a ton of
bricks, that’s for sure. Ooh!
– Oh, it’s a big fish. – Yeah, it’s a good one. So I switched back to a popper. We’ve been playing
with bait fish,and trying to imitate what
these smallmouth are eating. And there’s just so much
bait in the water here,it’s really difficult for us to,for those fish to actuallytee in on the, on the
fly that we’re giving. So what I did was I switched
to a balsa wood popperwith an orange top and a
cream bottom in first cast,and I got as good one.
– Wow, that’s a big fish. That is a lovely fish, Mark. Perfect. Oh man, look at that. Oh boy, is that
ever a good fish. – Take the
popper out real quick. That’s it. Fantastic smallmouth bass. – The flies that
were most successfulon this episode were poppers,brown and white clouser minnows,orange and white
clouser minnows,blue and white clouser minnows,black bunny leeches,and white bunny leaches. Yeah, did you see
him come on it, huh?- Yeah.
– Seen him follow it. – It’s a good one.
– Another good one, yeah. – That’s the big
fish of the day, I think. – Think so?
– Yeah. – He just sipped it.
– Well, he sat there,with his nose right
underneath it. That’s what I saw,
and then I gave ita twitch and he ate it. Ooh, that’s a thick bass, man. – That is,
a nice, nice fish. – All right, let’s take
a look at this guy. That’s a great one. – I think I lost it. Just the way my
day is going today. I just had a really
nice rise, grabbed it,I thought I had
it, and he let go. My day is not going well. That’s fishing. Fish on, fish on. Oh, good one too. Fish on, yeah. Come on, stay on. Yeah. – Now, we’ve been reallyexperimenting with flies today. What’d you tie on?
– I’ve got a black leech. That’s got a really
weighted head,and I wanted it to go down,but I didn’t want it
to go down so far. So I’ve gone back
to a floating line,and a heavier fly. I had a full-sinking line,and it kept hanging
up on the bottom. Okay, Mark, could
you hand me the net?- Yeah, why
don’t I do the honors. – Okay. That’s great, thank you sir. Now, this iswhy we’re here. Is for the trophy
fish like this. Yeah. And that’s the black leechthat I put on, it’s got a bitof a crystal body
body, and mostly black. But, that’s a really nice fish. Very nice fish. Awesome fish. And away it goes. – Nice. Total dead sticked it. And it came up and ate it
before I even had a chance— Good man.
– To move it once. So much fun.
– Oh yeah. – It’s actually
so much fun, Bill,that if there was, if
there was a 1% chanceof learning to catch a fishon a popper, I’d
take that chance. Yeah, we’ve done well today
with the quality of fish. – Yeah. – Oh yeah, real decent. It’s hooked right in the top. Right in the nose. That’s a good fish,
man, look at that!- Look at
this, it’s awesome. It’s just awesome.
– Fantastic. – Nothing like
sharing a beveragewith a good fishing buddy
after a successful day. The advantage to visiting
Birch Lake Resortis there are six different
fish filled lakeswithin 30 miles of the cabin. We’re trying a new lake tomorrowthat is only 15 minutes away. We’ll be right back. Birch Lake Resort is a very
economical drive to location,offering six cozy
housekeeping cottages,which all offer two
bedrooms, full kitchens,three piece bathrooms,
TV and wifi. They also have lake view
decks and lakefront access,along with fire
pits and barbecues. Boats and motors can be
rented, and pets are welcome. – Well, Bill, day two north
of highway 17 in Ontario. Today’s, even though this
is very calm in here,it’s a very different day out
on the main lake, isn’t it?- That’s true, the wind
has picked up today. It’s still nice and warm,
but the wind has picked up. The top water action I think
is gonna be minimal today,other than these back coves. I think we’re gonna
have to go subsurface. So versatility is what we’re
gonna have to have today. And experiment and
see what they want. – Good, but the
pressure’s been consistentfor a number of days, so by
all accounts and purposes,the smaller lake should
still be very strong. – It should still
be very strong. It’s been stable
weather, and smallmouthand largemouth, they
like stable weather. – Right, enough
chitchat, let’s go. – Changing over, a
little bit of flash. You see in the tail,
looks about the sizeof the dace that are in here. So it’s more like
match and hatch. But I want a little bit of
flash, just to attract them. We’ve got high sunshine,
that should help. There should be
cruising fish in here. – That’s what
I like about this. – I got ‘er. Good fish on. – It’s a big fish. – We’re just passing
a point here. And points, you never,
ever pass up a point. Strong fish.
– Oh, that’s a giant, Bill. – Oh my.
– She is a tank. That is a big fish.
– Today, I’m using a number
six weight fast action rod. Because I’m pitching
some heavier flies. The reel I got has
got a good drag on it. And that’s because of exactly
what’s happening right now. You can get away
with a spindle reel. But my recommendation
is a larger arborand a good drag system,
that’s the most important. Oh, this is a tank,
this is just a tank. Ooh, yeah! Wow, oh my God, I am
so excited about this. Oh my goodness. There it is, clauser minnow. My oh my. That’s a thick,
heavy fish, oh wow. Yes sir, yes sir. What a tank, what a
tank, and what a fight. Now, this is what’s available,on a budget in Ontario. Smallmouth bass to die for. This is absolutely fantastic. Awesome!- Congratulations, Bill. Fantastic fish, fun
fishing with you man. – This is the fly I used
for that large fish. It’s a clauser minnow, got
a little bit of flash in it. But because I took a
big fish, always, alwayscheck your leader,
and retie your knot. If you don’t do
that, the next fishcould be even bigger,
and you’re gonna lose itbecause the knot has weakened. So I’m gonna cut
this off and retie. – When you’re searching
for smallmouth on a lakethat’s unknown to you,
what you want to dois you want to find your
points of structure. And smallmouth will
relate directly to cover,ask well as terrestrial
changes underwater. So if you find rock and
wood mixed together,there’s gonna be a great
chance you’re gonnapull smallmouth off the wood,’cause they’re using
the wood for protection. But also, if you find
a structure that hasa transition between
rock and sand,that’s also a great spot
to locate smallmouth. Because what they’ll
do is they’llactually run that line
in search of food. It’s protection for them, it’s
protection their bait fish,which means they have
a great opportunityto locate fish and eat. Fish!
– All right, Mark!Now, that was a
cruising fish out there. He was out in the middle of
nowhere actually, wasn’t he?- Yup, yup, yup,
just off that point. – Another
good fish, though. The quality of the fish
in these lakes around hereis second to none, as
far as I’m concerned. – Absolutely, in all
honesty Bill, we haven’t caughtanything less than
two and a half pounds. – Right. – The whole
time we’ve been here. – Now
there’s another goodthree and a half,
four pounder there. – Now what did he barf up there?Looks like crayfish. – Could be
a crayfish, yeah. That’s probably
why he’s out there. He’s, well, you got
a crayfish patternon there, more or less. Need me to help you?- No.
– No. Good man. – You’ve got highway
17 right there. And you literally have
some of the world’s finestsmallmouth bass
fishing right here. I mean you can drive to
this with your own boat,and dance with smallmouth bass. – Look at that.
– Like that!That’s a four pound fish.
– Easy four pounds. The new Fly Fisher returns
after these messages. – Bill, I
can’t believe the weekwe’re having here up
at Birch Lake Resort. But before it’s all
over, let’s go throughthe equipment that we’re using. I’m fishing very
differently than you are. – Yeah, I’ve got
a full sinking line. I feel this week that
the fish are cruising. They’re looking for a meal. And I want to get down deep,
and I want to stay deep. So I’m using a full sinking
line with my clauser minnow. – Right, and what
eight of rod have you got?- I got a number
six, generally thatwill suit your purpose
for smallmouth bass. – And I’ve been fishing
a lot on poppers this week. I too have a six weight
rod in the works. But I’m using a weight forward
six weight floating line,with a really long leader,
which is 2x tip it,to a fantastic orange
popper that’s just beenputting a clinic on them. – Now, one thing
about a full sinking line. You don’t need a
nine foot leader. You only need about two
to three feet of leader. Because you want the fly to
stay down where the line is. If you have a long leader,
the fly will rise up. And it won’t be as deep
as you think it is. – Right, so we’ve had
a spectacular week so far. We still have an
afternoon to fish. Let’s get out and do it. – Yeah, and
get another good one. – Yeah, that would be great. We pulled up here
because there’s a lotof really cool things going on. Number one is it’s a shallow
bay, it is the springtime,and we’re pre-spawn, so they
should be getting in here,staging and getting ready to dotheir business for the spring. Secondly is we’ve got a point. And we’ve got a creek
coming into the lake. Now what I like about the
creek is that oftentimesa creek will bring
in colder water,or a different
temperature of water. And that would
attract bait fish,which in turn attracts
giant smallmouth bass. Fish.
– All right. Can you
believe that, Mark?Now, it’s gonna be
dwarfed by Mark’s. But, oh my, Mark. Look at that, oh my. – Can you believe it?- The same time.
– What a trip. – What a trip, what a trip. Well, I hope you
enjoyed today’s show. And that you come back
and watch us again. And make one of your next
trips up to Birch Lake Resort. – Absolutely fantastic,
it’s worth it. – From all of us at
the New Fly Fisher,thanks for joining us. Tight lines, we’ll
see you next week. – What a trip.
– Unbelievable. – Six and a half
pound smallmouth bass. – Hi I’m Tom Rosenb. I hope you enjoyed this videoIf you like this and want to se. Subscribe and you can see allour weekly uploads

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