Joe Tilley is an avid kayak angler. The Owner Hooks pro-staffer writes the NB Kayak Fishing blog about his fishing exploits in the fertile waters of New Brunswick, Canada. Recently, Joe led a group of mostly novice kayak anglers to a an area the locals call “Sturgeon Alley.” Joe’s goal for the day was to help these anglers catch their first sturgeon from a kayak.

It’s funny what positive karma can do. Joe was successful in getting all but one of the anglers (who wasn’t fishing that hard anyway) their first kayak sturgeon. In the process, Joe himself caught the fish of a lifetime.

Well today I took a group of 10 kayak and canoe fisherman out to sturgeon alley. All but one of the group is part of the Greater Saint John Kayak Anglers, and many of them have never actually caught a sturgeon before. So our goal on the day was clear; to help a few guys catch their first sturgeon.

I am very proud to say that every one of our anglers caught at least one sturgeon on the day, save for one who started very late, and was really only there to take pictures!    5 fishermen caught their very first sturgeon today, and between the group of us, 29 sturgeon were landed in total! That is a fantastic day, beyond what any of us could have hoped for!

Photo: Joe Tilley

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.