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First off, I'm not looking for spots.Anyone that has a clue knows there's awesome Striper fishing in the river.I know there's a lot of Musky guys that are nailin Stripers, big Stripers too.I'd like to hear some feedback from some of you guys that are catchin them.
 

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I havent nailed one yet, but i know there has been a few nice ones caught this year.

Just troll big lures or swimming eels over breaklines! From Westmorland down past the Princess Margret bridge is a good stretch of water for stripers and thats no secret.

the later in the year the more fish are around, but they are here all year chasing everything that makes runs up and down the river.
 

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PM me and Ill let you know where I caught all of mine.

I'll tell you one thing though, I've never caught one on a rubber eel.

I did cut open the stomach of a large striper once and it was only filled with the skeletons of digested eels and partially undigested eels of the exact size of the ones you can buy mostly anywhere around here.
 

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I know there are quite a few guys that target them in the river, but I think they are more hush hush about it, than say guys fishin the Falls.I plan on fishing the river when the Stripers are hittin good.How many of you guys have tried live/dead bait for them?I fish the surf in the Bay of Fundy, but am looking forward to something different.There's nothin like gettin on a good school of stripers!When do they really start hittin there?Aug-Sept.?
 

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NBmudman, i fish the falls area. i have tried a few live baits with almost no success. cut bait has been a very different story. while learning how to do it, i was slamming them, including breaking my rod on a double header, however once i knew what i was doing...nada! lol, talk about frustrating! lol, the areas we can get away with bait fishing for stripers is very limited in the falls area if your thinking bottom fishing, freddy should be better that way.
 

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NBmudman, i fish the falls area. i have tried a few live baits with almost no success. cut bait has been a very different story. while learning how to do it, i was slamming them, including breaking my rod on a double header, however once i knew what i was doing...nada! lol, talk about frustrating! lol, the areas we can get away with bait fishing for stripers is very limited in the falls area if your thinking bottom fishing, freddy should be better that way.I'd actually like to get into fishin with Live Eels at night.I have some buddies that fish around Boston, and they say nothing compares to it.I'm gonna try some Eels in the surf as well, though I still think that bait would work better in the areas in N.B and N.S.in the Bay where I fish due to the muddy water= low visibility.Any of you guys ever check out some of the vids on the net of guys fishin for Bass with eels?Looks awesome!I've experimented with every bait goin' except live Eels
 

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uh, i did not write anything besides what you see in my actual post above. some sort of mixed up mess i guess. i can only assume the system let NBmudman reply in the quote or add to it, instead of afterwards.

mudman, i have tried eels many time, and you are probabley right that they work better up stream, right at the falls they don't do much. i have seen those cape cod, nj and ny eel strper shows - awesome!!! especialy the guys that swim out in wet suits with bags of frozen eels to go for stripers - crazy!! and of course i want to try it....! maybe we can trade striper nights, i'll try the surf, you can try the north end? !!!
 

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uh, i did not write anything besides what you see in my actual post above. some sort of mixed up mess i guess. i can only assume the system let NBmudman reply in the quote or add to it, instead of afterwards.

mudman, i have tried eels many time, and you are probabley right that they work better up stream, right at the falls they don't do much. i have seen those cape cod, nj and ny eel strper shows - awesome!!! especialy the guys that swim out in wet suits with bags of frozen eels to go for stripers - crazy!! and of course i want to try it....! maybe we can trade striper nights, i'll try the surf, you can try the north end? !!!
Ipop, you are right on with the live eels at the falls, however, where we usually tie off in front of the Mill is on a ledge that runs out from 8-12 feet out to30 feet, then drops right off to 100 feet. We catch most of our fish along the edge of the drop and I have only snagged one striper on a swimmin eel there while at the same time pulling in 15 or so fish on a crank. I have found 5 or 6 inch eels in their stomachs which makes me think the fish are in the shallows at night feeding on them and I wonder if a guy were to fish live eels over in front of the chip piles at night, if he couldn't catch a few. The water over there in the cove is only about 12 - 15 feet deep in places, might be good for top water also. I talked to a few guys that fish live eels in and around Hampton and they just slay them up there at night.Like you,I watch videos from the states and I think we are missing the boat on the surf fishing. We have miles of coastline going to waste,I'd love to get into it!
 

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Is it legal to fish with live bait in the tidal portion of the SJR? I've checked the summary and website (http://www.gnb.ca/0254/index-e.asp) The only thing I can find is that your not allowed on "inland waters" but are allowed in International inland waters (Spednic lake, etc)provided that the live bait was taken from those waters. Can anyone shed some light on this??

Bill G.
 

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Eels are an interesting bait. I'll go without catching any stripers on artificials for a couple times, get desperate, buy some eels and wham, I'm back into big stripers. Then I'll go out and nothing on the live eel, while whoever I bring fishing is getting them on the artificial eels.

The tricks to eels that I've learned is use a black or bronze short shank extra strong single hook with a straight eye... no baitholders and when you grab your nice fresh eel, break it's back about 2/3rds down from the head. It will keep them from balling up on your line. That's the number one mistake with eels. I have not had luck fishing live eels with weights, however a fresh dead eel with a swimming spoon infront is deadly. Two ways to hook a live eel, through both lips or in the mouth and out the gill, which I prefer because you lose less eels. Don't always think bigger is better. A 12-16" eel, live or artificial is the optimum size. I've watched the big school of stripers that hang out at the pulp mill part like the red sea and up comes a big mama from below to take the eel. The cow sucked on it like spaghetti at the surface and at what I thought was the perfect moment (when the hook behind my casting jig went in) I set the hook and nothing... she took the eel. Good thing though because I was on my lunch break at the mill and I don't think Irving security would like it too much if they caught me trying to haul a 30-40pound striper up the bank with a handline!!! A security gaurd was spying from behind a column next break to try and catch me! Oh ya, don't waste your time fishing from shore down towards the bark pile either, it was crap and I had to hide in the bushes on my way back up the hill from you know who... The moon came out and their big video camera zero'd in right on me!

Oh ya, good striper spots in Freddy... The big wooden ice jam breaker (if thats what it is) below the old train bridge is good... fish deep. Also, the upper most limit of the SJ river at the bucket club has to be a good spot. The freddy guys know more, but I can tell where Ryan caught his fish. There are few classic striper spots there, so you can happen across them anywhere. Look for current and deeper water. Bridge pilings, mid river sand banks, river mouths, drop offs etc.
 

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The ice jam breaker that your referring to? Is that the one between Oromocto island and the old TCH? The only old train bridge that I can think of is the walking bridge in Freddy?? And it's a long way upriver fom the ice jam breaker. At least it's a long way in my boat.

Fished up around the Bucket Club on Monday evening, never got anything. However there seemed to be quite a bit of activity, large splashes which I can only assume to be fish jumping in the distance. Also baitfish dimpling the surface of the water which usually means that somethings chasing them from below. Just before dark my fishing buddy saw a fish porpoise right out of the water. I didn't see it and it was his first time on the river. The way he described it I think it must have been a striper, but I didn't see it. Anyway I've saw enough to make me want to return.

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Ya, the one that is now a walking bridge. I have no clue what that structure is called. I got a nice 20lb+ striper there last fall at around 2-3pm trolling a CD-18 magnum rapala. I was hoping it was a nice musky but was sort of dissapointed that it was a striper.
 

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uh, i did not write anything besides what you see in my actual post above. some sort of mixed up mess i guess. i can only assume the system let NBmudman reply in the quote or add to it, instead of afterwards.

mudman, i have tried eels many time, and you are probabley right that they work better up stream, right at the falls they don't do much. i have seen those cape cod, nj and ny eel strper shows - awesome!!! especialy the guys that swim out in wet suits with bags of frozen eels to go for stripers - crazy!! and of course i want to try it....! maybe we can trade striper nights, i'll try the surf, you can try the north end? !!!Yeah, I like to try that.Fishin the surf with bait is boring for some, you can fish a few tides with no sign of a Bass, then go out and hit it good.Probably the same anywhere.So there is a campground at the "bucketclub" right?I'd fish 2 rods there, if it's tidal, it's legal,1 with bait, with a baitrunner reel, and try the eels casting.Some of the guys I know that go to Mass. to fish them with eels are catching them in 8 feet of water at night.
 

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I don't know why my posts are being combined with yours ipop, I'm just clickin on reply?I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk on the Forum in regards to fishin in the Freddy area for stripers?Maybe locals want to keep it quiet?LOL?I've seen pics of some monster Bass taken out of there!
 

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bill, yes you can use live bait in tidal waters. there are still restrictions on transporting live bait, and it has to be from the same waters. the restrictions on the bait isbasicly: no sport fish, no spiney fish.

NBmudman, most striper spots are secret. we just talk about the ones in sj because you can see us fishin' and it's writen up in books, etc., so we are realy just giving you quick access to stuff you could find out anyway. i like that, that's why i come to a forum and web site.(nice to see it's finnaly letting you enter a seperate post too!! lol)

bigfish, they haven't been hitting the eels much in the falls for the last couple years, as gmac mentioned. that doesn't mean they won't, just not like they used to. eel head on a jighead used to be awesome there, yet last year i only heard of one hit on an eel in the area, and that wasn't landed. this season has really just started for stripers, they may turn it into an eel year! i hope so, i have a file cabinet full of eels and eel rigs!! lol so far it's either smaller or fatter baits for most hits, don't match the hatch (the "don't match the hatch" is the opposite of last year).

i haven't been out the last couple nights, but Beerbaron and i are heading out after work...
 

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I agree 100% with keeping good spots quiet, but as you mentioned the for the known areas it's no big deal to talk about them.When I fish the surf/bay in N.S., it's hard to find an area thats not crowed when the Bass are hittin.The most common spots in the surf are always the ones with easy access, and the talk of so and so caught one hear the other day.I normally fish the popular spots on a night tide in N.B., and seldom have company.I often see people just out for a walk wondering what I'm fishing for.Surf fishing is nowhere near as popular in N.B. as it is in N.S.If you drive near the bay in N.S. this time of year theres lots of signs for Bass bait, rods etc.I can see surf fishing start to get more popular every year in N.B.If you know basic scouting for the surf, it's not as difficult as most would have you believe.Putting in your time once you've found productive areas is the name of the game.
 

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my best place so far for stripers was beldune a few years ago, and that was all incedental catches going for mackeral. other than that, it's all been schoolies in the surf for me...not counting the falls!! lol
 

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my best place so far for stripers was beldune a few years ago, and that was all incedental catches going for mackeral. other than that, it's all been schoolies in the surf for me...not counting the falls!! lol
Where in Beldune where you fishing? Im going home next week and might give it a try.
 
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