Between Maine and Nova Scotia lies the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, a province that is widely celebrated for its wildlife, its riveting geographical wonders, and of course, its fishing. Fishing for Striped Bass along the Atlantic coast is less of a sport for me as it is a family tradition that I just cannot do in my local province of Ontario. Smelling the saltwater in the wide-open Canada air takes my heart back to many memories cleaning the most recent catch of the day and the warm sweaters we put on after we came back from the sea. My cousin, who resides in the beautiful New Brunswick, and I recently had the fishing adventure of our lives, and along the way got to travel the province’s coastline in a way that many will never experience.
Moncton, New Brunswick has so many amazing fishing spots nearby that we weren’t exactly sure where to begin. As it is, the entire province is rich with fascinating history, a vibrant and expansive wilderness, and of some of the most interesting geological wonders that has touched the interest of many nature enthusiasts. One of our favorite spots has always been The Bay of Fundy. The Parks along the bay are connected by the Fundy Trail Parkway, and following the trail we explored the sea caves, its many isolated beaches, and its many coves. Also famous in Bay of Fundy is the town of St. John, where the tides are so extreme that water coming from the St. John’s River finds itself flowing upstream. This has become a huge tourist attraction as this phenomenon can be viewed from the river’s ever-popular 8-meter-high Skyview Bridge. We’ve visited the town’s botanical gardens and, on a whim, enjoyed a relaxing whale-watching tour, but watching the sunrise from New Brunswick waters over the island of Nova Scotia is truly a moment to remember.
The North Atlantic coast around Moncton is a haven for fisherman everywhere. The shoreline is positively littered with freshwater estuaries, making for the perfect migration of many fish that are local to the area, including our personal favorite, the striped bass. An old favorite and a definite hotspot for fishing is Hopewell Cape, due south of the City of Moncton. We have always wanted to try one of the guided kayak tours of Hopewell Cape and gaze upon one of the many gorgeous rock formations. The seemingly tree lined islands transform at low tide into rock spires that have slowly eroded away over the course of thousands of years. Shediac, just to the northwest of Moncton, is also a popular destination. Although it is known as the lobster capital of Canada, Shediac boasts one of the most notable fishing spots in New Brunswick.
Everywhere you go along the North Atlantic in Canada is prime territory for the Striped Bass. Regulated by both U.S. and Canadian fishery and wildlife departments, the striped bass is a hearty fish that is born in freshwater but migrates to saltwater to live out their adult lives. From bodies of water in Quebec to Nova Scotia with New Brunswick in between, Striped Bass is spawned, stocked, released and regulated for commercial and individual fishing. Embarking from Moncton, my cousin and I did have the frivolous hope that we could beat the record of the largest bass ever pulled out of our region of the North Atlantic, which was over eighty pounds. We chuckled to ourselves as I pulled out my much smaller first catch, but the more important thing was the time we spent together, the moments we shared, and the smile on my cousin’s face when he pulled up the largest catch of the day.