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!
Angelo heads to the province of New Brunswick with good buddy and Muskie fishing nut Steve Niedzwiecki (owner of Chaudiere Lodge, Upper French River), as they seek Canada’s number one predator… the Muskellunge. You read it correctly, there “are” Muskie in NB and they are thriving in the waters of the Saint John River… one problem though, in this water they’re considered an invasive species and many of the old school locals want them eradicated! Ang and Steve try to bring new light to this magnificent sport fish and open up the eyes to the entire country saying “these Muskie are here to stay, so let’s embrace and take full advantage of this relatively new and exciting east-coast fishery”!
This 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 strike 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 clean up here. The fish simply can’t handle it! On a past Fish’n Canada shoot, our best fishing came on the shallow flats, with only limited success on the main river channel. Everyone should try this phenomenal fishery.
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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