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#157610 Crown stretches?

Posted by Brent on 06 June 2017 - 12:01 PM

Please don't feel like your post is being ignored.

I've been married for 45 years, and I just don't know how to respond to that. :D


(perhaps you could help us out by identifying what makes a specific stretch 'too challenging'?)


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#150818 NW Miramichi spawning dates in past

Posted by NWbassman on 04 April 2017 - 07:11 PM

Last year spawning activity started in May 12th. This was a bit earlier than usual as we had an early spring. Spawning activity normally starts around the third week of May. I usually post on how fishing is, water conditions, spawning activity and what worked for me pretty well on a daily basis on the topic "Stripers biting on the Miramichi" I live in Red Bank so I usually post on these things around the Red Bank/Cassillis area. I do fish further down river in and around Miramichi at times and talk to other fisherman on a daily basis so I have a pretty good idea on how fishing is on the Northwest. If you have any questions this season feel free to inbox me or post a question under the topic stripers biting on the miramichi as besides myself there are a lot of fisherman who post there each time they have been out fishing stripers on the miramichi so there is a wealth of up to date info there once the season begins.
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#13133 Let's get Striped Bass sport fish status!

Posted by Noelco on 10 May 2012 - 05:33 PM

One of the problems with stripers being abundant, is the same i see for all species...certain types of people abuse them. I have seen them stuffed into backpacks, coolers etc..and taking home every one they catch no matter the size. I realize those that post on here may not do the below, but believe me, i have seen it lots of times.
.I don't see how classing them as a sport fish would be a benifit..then the feds would be sticking their noses into the mix...and we all know how that goes. I like the regulations that are in place now. In todays world there are cell phones..everytime I see someone abusing the regulations, I get thier license and call it in. Call me what you want but, I am over 50 and am sick and tired of people fishing without a license, keeping over the limit, throwing dead fish and bleeding fish back after they have caught their limit, fishing non opened water, using boats with wrong motors or when no boats allowed etc..etc.. We responsible anglers need to do a lot of the policing ourselves.
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#155130 turtles

Posted by Connie Browne on 14 May 2017 - 09:37 AM

Hi again,


I’m investigating the status of and threats to turtle populations in Saint John and looking into mitigation options to reduce the impact of threats.  We’ve had several reports of turtles accidentally caught by anglers in Rockwood Park over the past few years.  We know that turtles are sometimes accidentally caught while angling, especially in areas with higher turtle densities, like the USA, but we don’t know how often it occurs or under what conditions.  I’d like to learn more about what conditions it occurs, so that we can provide some guidelines to reduce the chance of it happening.  For example, based on very preliminary data, the chance of catching a turtle might be higher if you’re fishing during the warmer months of the year, later in the day, using fish for bait, and fishing in good turtle habitat.  If we could learn more about when it occurs, then a few small changes with how we do things might be all that’s needed to significantly reduce the chance of accidentally catching a turtle and could make the difference of whether a turtle population is able to persist or not.  Note, turtles with hooks left embedded in the mouth or swallowed are unlikely to survive.     


Turtle populations have declined worldwide and turtles are considered to be one of the taxonomic groups most at risk of extinction.  The life history characteristics of turtles make them more susceptible to human-caused threats than other organisms.  They are long lived and have high adult survivorship in healthy populations.  They cannot handle increased adult mortality rates.  Road mortality, accidents with recreational vehicles, agricultural machinery, and boat propellers, increased predation by subsidized predators (such as raccoons), dredging, road grading, water drawdowns, pollution, illegal collection (for food or pets), and accidental bycatch from fishing all take a toll on turtle populations.  Population models have shown that even small increases in adult mortality rates (for example, one adult turtle lost every other year) can cause a local population to crash in some cases. So, any changes we can make to reduce turtle mortality could make a difference.


If you’ve ever caught a turtle while angling, could you please send me an email to: Constance.Browne@nbm-mnb.ca


Any information that you could provide on the following would be helpful:

-          Location description

-          Coordinates

-          Date

-          Time of day

-          Species or description of the turtle

-          Photographs

-          What fish species you were trying to catch

-          Hook type

-          Bait type

-          How was the turtle hooked (e.g., hook swallowed, caught in the mouth, leg, etc)

-          Were you able to remove the hook   


We have recently developed guidelines for what to do if you do accidentally catch a turtle. They can be found at this link: http://media.wix.com...ea505031981.pdf


But still working on how to avoid it in the first place.




And thank-you to those who have responded so far!   

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#154010 Sea trout

Posted by NWbassman on 03 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

On the Little Southwest and Noethwest Miramichi we usually don't get a fresh run of sea trout until about the end of May, first of June. A lot of people actually miss this run as it moves through pretty quickly-usually 2 or 3 days and they are gone by. When they are here and you are lucky enough to be on the water and catch them you know your into fresh sea run trout by how they hit. They don't nibble and play around with your worm or nightcrawler like trout that have been in the system for awhile. They hammer your bait and often inhale it deeply. Also you often catch a number of trout that are of generally the same size-if you catch a 2 pound trout most likely you will catch more that are around the same size/weight. If your fishing one day and doing really well catching some fresh sea trout but the next day you can't catch a thing at the same place jump in your boat or vehicle and travel upriver 4 or 5 kms and fish down river until you run into them again. You can keep doing this day after day and be pretty successful as long as you don't mind covering water as they move up river pretty quickly.
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#128906 Bagging Brook Trout.

Posted by NBhunter80 on 07 April 2016 - 09:27 PM

I personally have no problem with people keeping trout in moderation, but I feel that there is some lack of common sense displayed by some anglers.  Some individuals do not respect the rules, or take full advantage of every allowance in the rule book by limiting out every day and either consuming or giving away fish just so they can continue to kill more.  Both of those behaviours are completely irresponsible IMO.  We can do our part by reporting those breaking the rules, and educating those who are not following the rules in a responsible manner.  What I mean by lack of common sense is that just because the government allows you to keep 5 trout per day doesn't mean you should keep your limit every time you go out, and keep a continuous buffer of trout in the freezer.  Keeping fish should be respected as a privilege, and should always be done in moderation.  


With regards to trout population, I personally had one of my best years ever last year for brook trout, and I have been trout fishing in NB for the better part of 30 years (grew up in Ontario before that).  Perhaps that is because I explored more un-touched waters where I know for sure that nobody else was fishing, but either way I actually saw more larger fish this year than in the past 5 years. Out of the hundreds of trout I caught last year, I only kept maybe a dozen; 4 good ones to feed my family and eight or so that were not going to survive if released.  I live on the Hammond river, and I am fortunate enough to have several amazing trout pools on my property.  I get much more enjoyment from catching a couple trout and helping my son catch some, while letting most of them go rather than cleaning out every trout in the holding pools.  I also enjoyed many evenings down by the river with my son just watching the trout jump up the riffles from pool to pool, and not even throwing a line in.  If I limited out every day, there would be nothing left.  As was mentioned before, there are some individuals who will either clean out all 50 trout from the pool, or continue to limit out day after day, year after year, even when they notice serious declines in population in a given body of water.  Just because the license says you can limit out every day, does not mean it is the responsible thing to do.  A little common sense goes a long way for conservation. 


With that being said, I feel that some folks who are advocates for strictly catch and release could use some work on how to tactfully deliver their message without sounding condescending or degrading.  I am an avid fly fisherman and bow hunter, and with both of those activities I encounter this "holier than thou" attitude quite often.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone who goes to crappy tire and buys a $15 dollar spinning combo, a lucky strike spinner, some hooks and a pack of night crawlers in order to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and put a few trout in the freezer a couple times per year.  That is not irresponsible.  Even the most proficient catch and release anglers kill fish unintentionally, and I would argue that a C&R pro who fishes every day probably kills more trout in a year unintentionally than a weekend warrior with spinning tackle who puts a dozen trout in the freezer every season.  Now the littering, disrespecting of land and the environment is another issue, but I am talking more about conservation.  We should be promoting our sport by being good stewards of the environment, as well as sharing the message about conservation in a helpful manner rather than belittling individuals who are just trying to get out to enjoy fishing and keep a couple fish. 

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