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PostPosted: February 16th, 2020, 9:27 am 
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In order to end the 2019 fishing season properly I've spent a couple week ends chasing wild sea run brookies on my favorite late season river. The river was as beautiful as I remembered and the water flow was perfect.



Unfortunately the fishing on that river decreased over the last years since I started fishing it and this year it was the worst... About 10 years ago a kid from a nearby village discovered a spot where he caught big sea run brookies directly in the St-Lawrence river from the shore. Word from that spot got out and now people a lining up on a nearby beach every day to catch big sea run brookies. Every years I can see that the sheer number and the average size of the sea run brookies is declining on my favorite river and it's hard to face this new reality. Normally I catch 12-15 fishes per day but this fall a normal day was 2-3 fish caught after many miles of walking and searching behind every rocks and pools.







I managed to bag a couple birds while on the move between the different sectors of the river. This one was lucky to cross my path while I was far from my vehicle and my 20 ga shotgun.





The biggest sea run brookie that I caught this fall was a nice 3 pounders that fought very hard when it got hooked.





For the second year in a row I had the luck to hook the king of the river, one of the rare Atlantic salmon to swim up this river to spawn. After a 5 minutes fight I managed to bring this beautiful 12 pounds female close to me. I was surprised to see that another Atlantic salmon was following her it was the first time I saw that kind of behavior but I guest it's normal since spawning time was so close. I did my best to play the fish gently since I had a 6 lbs tippet. The second time I tried to tail the fish he got away with a violent headshake that broke my tippet off... It's not easy to land one of these fish alone!

Here's a short video of me catching a couples of sea run brookies and fighting that salmon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6Lu9wXmLM0

The fishing wasn't what it used to be but we still had a good time fishing our favorite river. I hope it's gonna bounce back in 2020. It's now time to get back on the bench in order to be ready for the upcoming spring.

Thanks for reading it!


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PostPosted: February 17th, 2020, 9:52 am 
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Another great post with the pictures and video as a bonus. Just curious the fishermen on the beach. Is this subsistence fishing or greed/not respecting the resource.
Thanks again
Ron

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PostPosted: February 17th, 2020, 1:46 pm 
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Great looking water and fish.


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