On this Fish’n Canada episode Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman take a scenic east coast drive to New Brunswick’s ‘Mississippi of the east’, the St. John River. The province’s early bass opener and miles of river, allows Ang & Pete to have a head start at catching their first Smallmouth Bass of the season!
This month’s Hotspot is a stretch of the Miramichi River named Red Bank. During the Striped Bass spawning migration each spring, this area gets completely jammed up with rambunctious fish getting ready to reproduce. We feel these fish are striking out of aggression as well as hunger which is somewhat odd during the spawning season. A fast erratic moving bait like a Yamamoto D Shad soft Jerkbait in a bright colour will pretty much clean up here. The fish simply can’t handle it! Our best fishing came on the shallow flats, with only limited success on the main river channel. This is a phenomenal fishery that everyone should try.
September’s HotSpot is a unique one based out of Alma NB. You essentially cannot fish on your own (due to laws of protected species) however you can hire the services of Sharks Unlimited and have the adventure of a lifetime. Obviously Sharks are the quarry here with Porbeagle being the main species. There is a chance at a Thresher which would be insane to bring in. Pete & Mike just shot a show with S.U. and they were blown away with the experience. They both highly recommend this trip!
October’s HotSpot is the entrance to Harts Lake near Gagetown, New Brunswick. This spot will produce great fishing all year round, with late summer and into the fall being best for Striped Bass. The grass flats that surround this area have deep water next to them with current rips, eddies and breaks making this a fishing hotspot. Special thanks to Henry Arseneault for this HotSpot.
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