Fishing the Petitcodiac River

Fishing with an “enfilée

Before we set out on our walk to Beaumont [point] we chatted with a fisherman along the bank of the Petitcodiac River.  He was using a rod and line, but no hook.  He was using something Acadians call an enfilée.  No hook is used, instead nightcrawlers are threaded along two loops of line.  These loops are then carefully swung into the water.  When fish bite, the fisherman must bring them in gently – it takes real skill since the fish is not actually “hooked”.  Apparently this old technique is rarely used these days.  The fisherman (not a young man) we spoke with talked of coming to fish at Beaumont with his father.  They fished then as the gentleman on Saturday was – for tomcod, known in French as poulamon.

night crawlers as fish bait with no hook


One thought on “Fishing the Petitcodiac River

  1. I have seen this used before, sometimes you can bring in a few at once. There is another name for it in English but I can’t remember it now. I fish in the area for Tomcod to use as bait for the dogfish (mudshark) and for stripped bass. Some people thread the worms up and then pull them down into a ball for the fish to swallow. Thanks for sharing.

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