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2014 Kennebec River & Casco Bay Fishing Reports
Welcome to the saltwater fishing reports page of Super Fly Charters & Capt. George Harris. We’re looking forward to providing you with the most up to date inshore saltwater fishing reports on the Maine coast as the Maine Striper season goes forward into 2014!!! You wont find any generic”cut & paste” reports or info here…Just pure fishing!!!
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Maine Deep Sea Fishing Report with Super Fly Charters: March 26th, 2014
Nearshore Light Tackle Cod Trips
If you plan to be in the area in May and want to get out on the water…Our light tackle inshore cod fishing trip is definitely something to consider!!!
In addition to the Striped Bass trips that we offer…We also offer bottom fishing trips to target Cod. Now when most folks think of Cod fishing, they think of long rides to the fishing grounds, aboard a crowded boat, fishing with broomstick tackle and super heavy jigs, epic tangles etc…..Well here at Super Fly Charters we have re-defined the art of Cod fishing with light tackle!!!…Located just off the coast of Maine lie some very productive fishing grounds. Shoals, ledges, rocky pinnacles and steep drop-offs provide great habitat for Cod, Pollock and other bottom dwellers. We have spent a lifetime learning which areas are the most effective and we have scaled our tackle down to provide the most sport. The majority of these trips involve the use of very lightweight & sensitive spinning tackle that we spool with ultra thin braided fishing line so you can feel every thump. This tackle allows us to use much lighter weight jigs even in heavy current. Most anglers that choose this trip often combine it with one of my Striped Bass trips as a way to throw some tasty fillets on ice!! This trip is also very popular with families as it provides a great variety of bottom fish species and fast action…These trips are available to start at the beginning of May and run through the end of October!! If you feel the need to get in on some saltwater fishing before the Stripers arrive please get in touch with us for available dates. Click the link to read one of my late season Cod fishing reports that took place in Muscongus Bay Cod Fishing Report
Maine Saltwater fishing Report March 21st, 2014
Almost done with the new stuff ….here’s one more of the many trip offerings that we have for 2014!!
Moonlight Madness Guided Striper Fishing Trips
Are you ready to join the ranks of the 1% of anglers that catch 99% of the fish? Are you ready to lose precious sleep for the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime? If you’re an angler who can answer YES to both of these questions then I am ready to take you to the edge and back!! For giant Striped Bass “NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME”!! Several times each summer the right mix of Moon Phase, huge baits schools, and boiling tides combine to create the “Perfect Storm” of angling opportunities for Striped Bass fishermen. We’d like to help you take advantage of these great conditions by offering a very limited number of night time Striped Bass charters. These trips can be geared more towards the experienced fly or light angler but are also open to those less experienced fishermen looking to increase their fishing knowledge base…If you are the angler that’s just looking for some adventure this trip could be for you!! During these trips we could find ourselves fishing a dizzying array of wild, uncrowded, habitat… from shoreline rips to deep water structure to shallow flats & remote surf lines!!! We can cover a wide range of techniques skill sets including fly fishing, plug casting , drifting eels or chunk baiting…we have mastered all of these techniques and can switch tactics rapidly as needed. Although we catch plenty of big stripers during our normal “Bankers Hours” trips…. It’s the REALLY BIG STRIPERS that we’re after!!!These Jumbo fish are well known to feed heavily and more aggressively at night and often the wariest and biggest cows up and down the striper coast are caught during strong night tides!!! Please get in touch with us asap if you’d like to reserve one of these limited opportunity trips…We are looking forward to having you join us under the “STRIPER MOON” (we’ll bring the coffee!!)
March 19th, 2014 Maine Saltwater Guided Mothership Wading Trips
Hey Everyone!!! With both of the kids now in daycare, I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on the stuff that I want to share with you guys…For many of you…it’s nothing new, you’ve been hopping out of the boat with me for years. This year I’m taking these trips to a whole new level & I want to bring you all up to speed on this. Most of the details are described below but if you want more info pick up the phone and call us on the Maine Striper Fishing Hotline!!!
Guided Mothership Wading Trips
(a fly angler stalking the edge of a sandbar and finding great success where hungry Stripers were staging at low tide)
If you are feeling adventurous or are just looking for more advanced, surf or wade, fly & light tackle opportunities then you should experience one of Capt George’s boat/wade fishing combo trips where we use the boat as a mothership to access some of the most incredible saltwater wade fishing habitat on the Maine Coast, most of which is only accessible by boat !!! The area that we fish has many sprawling hard bottom tidal flats that are bathed in crystal clear ocean waters. Wading the leading edge of a flooding tide can yield some spectacular catches from knee deep water…The same can be said of fishing the edges of flats that have drained off…Even the stealthiest boat will only give you a limited shots at fish and will often spook skinny water stripers out of range or into into deepwater… but a careful wade fishermen can effectively creep up on wary fish!!! Bring your own waders (Recommended) or brave the elements and wet wade. Even though the water warms up in July & August waders are a huge benefit for extended wading sessions. This trip option can be tailored specifically for fly or light tackle wade fishermen. Having our boat, the “Super Fly”, to serve as our mothership has huge benefits over our land based surf fishing trips…The first and biggest benefit is mobility…being able to chase the tides efficiently is critical to success and with Maine’s jagged coastline a boat offers the fastest transport when hopping the peninsula’s and little time is lost. Other benefits include the ability to carry a virtual bait and tackle shop of gear with you!!! The last benefit is that the boat ride to and from the prime wading areas covers some of the most productive striper grounds in the midcoast region….it’s not unusual to be “interrupted” by hungry schools of blitzing Stripers or Bluefish on the way to the wade fishing spots!!!
Maine Striper Fishing Report: March 17th, 2014
* GREAT NEWS FOLKS!!! To serve our loyal customers and those who’ll be fishing with us for the first time, with greater efficiency, we have added two new fishing guides to “Team Super Fly”…what this means for you is more prime dates/tides become available for your convenience…John will be running a second boat for us this season & Jeremiah will be handling the Surf/Shore fishing duties as well as filling in as a Mate when needed!!!
*(In the event that you are unable to schedule with us, we’be delighted to get you setup with one of the fantastic, hardworking captains/guides that we network with)
Capt. John Coppola:
(The Young Gun)Capt. John, A native of the midcoast Maine region, Has spent a lifetime, fishing for Striped Bass along the rocky coast and tidal rivers of Maine…He first got started at a very young age on the Kennebec river and over the years he’s become a very experienced & skilled light tackle angler. His specialty is fishing the rips and structure of the Kennebec system with livebait…Taking a page from Capt. George’s playbook…Chasing and catching the most prime of livebaits is what separates John from the rest of the pack… Having a tankful of frisky live baits will insure that you have stellar results even during the dog days of summer!! A pleasure to be around, Capt. John has a laid back personality and is a very patient teacher when giving instruction to novice anglers…John has also enjoyed traveling to tropical locations like Costa Rica, The Bahamas and Florida to chase species like Sailfish, Tarpon, Mahi, Cobia, Sharks and many other species. On the days when Capt George is already booked, you’ll be in good hands when you leave the dock with the “Young Gun”
Registered Maine Guide, Jeremiah Jewell
(The “Land Captain”) Jeremiah grew up in a small town in Northern Maine, right on the banks of the Penobscot River. Growing up, hunting and fishing adventures were an everyday event. Now living in the Midcoast area of Maine Jeremiah continues to use his over 23 years of outdoor experience to share the Maine outdoors with you. Jeremiah is a Registered Maine Hunting, Fishing, and Tidewater Guide. In 2013 Jeremiah founded an outoor adventure organization called “Maine Outdoor Group” in addition to his time in the great outdoors, Jeremiah has been a fixture behind the counter of the Rockland Bait & Tackle shop Johnsons Sporting Goods . Jeremiah’s goal is to get yououtdoors and share all the great opportunities Maine has to offer. Surf Fishing in Maine offers a very unique opportunity for the land based salt water angler. These hike in fishing trips to the Beaches and Tidal Rivers of Maine offer fantastic scenery and wildlife that you and your family can enjoy and of course there are plenty of Striped bass just waiting in the rip for us to catch. Jeremiah is very proud to be working with Super Fly Charters. We can’t wait to get you out there and show you all that Maine has to offer! (Jeremiah’s Surf Fishing trips are geared towards novice anglers and are a great way to get your “Feet Wet” in the saltwater game so to speak)
*If you are looking for more advanced, surf or wade, fly & light tackle opportunities then you should check out one of Capt George’s boat/wade combo trips where we use the boat as a mothership to access some of the most incredible wade fishing habitat on the Maine Coast, most of which is only accessible by boat!!
Maine Striped Bass Fishing Report: March 14th, 2014
The L.L. Bean Spring Fishing Event starts today and runs through Sunday. As mentioned before on Sunday March 16th at 11:30am Super Fly Charters: Maine Saltwater Fly & Light Tackle Fishing will be giving a light tackle Striped Bass presentation, we’ll be there representing theMaine Professional Guides Association. This seminar is geared towards surf line Striped bass fishing and will cover the Basics of habitat, tackle selection including rods & reels, artificial lures and natural baits, terminal gear, & possibly some fly tackle. I’ll also cover some safety topics as well as conservation practices…If talking about how to catch big stripers in shallow water sounds like your cup of tea…come join me this sunday at L.L.Bean Freeport Store …audience participation is encouraged so bring your questions and dont be afraid to share some of your own tips or experiences with the crowd!!!
Maine Striper Fishing 2014
Well its been awhile since my last post here so now is as good a time as any to dust off the keyboard…1st for those who have not heard yet our family has grown by one Marshall Harris was born the day after Christmas…he’s over two months old now and thriving…Our son Camereon is getting big…2-1/2 years old now and is getting used to his role as big bro!!
Next up is the Annual LL.Bean Spring fishing event which is going to be held this weekend March 14-16 at the LLBean Flagship store in Freeport…this is THE event to visit if you need to stock up on gear for the season…Lots of happening…Some of the top names in the fishing industry will be on hand to give seminars and presentations, I’ll be giving a light tackle, surf line Striped Bass seminar on Sunday March 16th at 11:30 am for those who are interested in learning a little bit about how I am so successful at catching big Stripers in Shallow water day after day…Here is what LL.Bean has to say about it…”Renowned Maine saltwater guide, Capt. George Harris of Super Fly Charters, will engage folks in a fascinating seminar targeting surf line stripers with light tackle. He’ll cover the basics, as well as more advanced tips and techniques for both the shore bound and boating angler using lures and bait. Hunting & Fishing Store—Limited Seating Available
We do have some more exciting news coming out soon so stay tuned about the addition of another boat guide and a shore guide to the Super Fly team…these additions will help us more efficiently serve our loyal customer base as well as those joining us for the first time!! CALL OR TEXT THE MAINE STRIPER FISHING HOTLINE FOR RESERVATIONS & THE MOST UP TO DATE REPORTS ON THE ENTIRE MAINE COAST 207-691-0745
Another day of repeat clients…another slay session…If you’ve been keeping up with this blog than you know that we are on the fish daily…this does not happen by accident. My day starts at 2:30am and I am often prepping the boat for your trip in the pitch dark hours before the sun comes up…I do this mostly because I really want my clients to have the best possible chance to catch memorable fish…I also do this in small part due to my highly competitive nature…I have a strong desire to not let anyone on the water outwork me…This hard, behind the scenes, work often goes unnoticed but that doesn’t matter to me…What does matter are the shots that my clients get to take at big stripers on a daily basis…That’s what drives me and that’s why I’m awake before my alarm goes off at 2:30am!!(A nice fish that we caught on a shallow sand flat in less than 2 feet of water…many more would follow)
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Right now the fishing is very good in the midcoast region that includes the Kennebec watershed…We have been working the beaches, flats and river structure with a great deal of success…Coming off some monster tides and a full moon period we have some morning outgoing tides in front of us that are ripe for the picking…
Live and chunk mackerel continue to be the top producer but we have also done very well working bomber style plugs and soft plastic swimbaits through the rips. Fly fishing opportunities have been lagging somewhat compared to our other methods but that is to be expected for mid summer…However those hardcore fly anglers willing to be on the water before the sun gets high or dredge the deeper currents with sinking head lines will do well…I do have some openings in August so if you are looking to get out with me this summer, I’d recommend making your plans right away…August is going to be another busy month…So call, text or email for available dates!! Also please remember that when choosing a guide service that their is no substitute for the everyday on the water experience of a full time guide!!
Great morning on the water today with Chris, Josie & their three young children…Catching some nice stripers on light tackle with his family was not a bad way for Chris to celebrate his birthday!!! Doubling up Stripers with his daughter Charlotte was priceless!!! This morning we left the dock at 7am to catch the last of the incoming, first of the outgoing tides on a shallow surf line…the first stop was for macks which were somewhat slow to come to the boat but we got what we needed. Next we got the boat set up to fish the surf line…almost immediately our baits started to get eaten by hungry stripers prowling that surf line…At one point we even had three rods get blasted amost simultaneously…Another great day on the water for the guests of Super Fly Charters!!!
we’re halfway through the month of July and the Kennebec Region continues to impress…Today I had a first time striper anglers Mark & Kristy Roberts from Atlanta, GA aboard for some great light tackle action…Departing the Kennebec tavern at 5 am we cruised down river and out into the Atlantic Ocean…Our first goal was to load the baitwells with mackerel which we accomplished in short order…next stop was to get setup on an Oceanside sand flat that that has been holding some nice stripers…the wait was short and the fish were large as we wasted little time in putting several nice stripers into the boat with light spinning gear…Being one of the few guides in the midcoast region that uis on the water everyday, we have a huge advantage over the bargain basement guides by being able to go right to the fish on a daily basis…there is no substitute for experience!!!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
The fishing continues to be good in the Kennebec region…Today I had Michael & Debbie from Michigan aboard for a morning of Striper fishing…departing the Kennebec Tavern we cruised down the river several miles and got setup to drift a fast moving tide rip…a few drifts through and both anglers hooked up with thier first fish of the day…the next spot is becoming well known for a rogue seal that likes to steal bait and stripers right off the end of your line…this brazen fellow showed himself immediately as our first couple of drifts cam up with baitless hooks and at one point this seal was right at the rail of the boat looking for a handout…
At this point, with the sun is getting high and rogue seals on the hunt, I make the call to run for cooler water outside the river where big packs of stripers have been roaming the shallow surflines…We spent the remainder of the trip out on the surfline basically having to spoon feed the stripers…with bluebird conditions the stripers needed some coaxing but we got it done and both Debbie and mike landed some quality fish…
This afternoon I had newlyweds Brad & Brittany out for a half day Striped Bass slay session…Departing the Kennebec Tavern at the Crack O’ Noon we blasted down the river and out onto the flat calm Atlantic ocean…A few drifts to pick up some Mackerel for bait and we were soon set up…what happened next will not be soon forgotten…immediately upon setting up we had several rods get violenty blasted nearly simultaneously(I’m talking mere SECONDS) Mayhem ensued as husband & wife battled massive stripers like old pro’s…Neither had ever caught stripers and Brittany had never even been on the ocean!!! Lots of high fives and big smiles followed each fish that came over the rail….as you can see in my reports, I have the local Striper population right under my thumb and that only comes from being on the water everyday…My motto for this season has been & will remain “WE WILL NOT BE OUT WORKED TODAY”
Great morning on the water today with avid Striper nut Tony Pemerton from Rome, GA…Tony has caught some very nice landlocked Stripers in Georgia and was looking forward to fishing some ocean going stripers…We started out in the lower Kennebec river catching schoolie and slot size stripers on topwater & jigs before getting chased off the water by an ugly, fast moving, thunderstorm…A couple cups of coffee later and we were back on the boat with a fresh gameplan as we headed offshore to gather some live baits, which we had little trouble loading up on…then it was on to the striper grounds…It took us a while to gain momentum but once we hit our stride we had some pretty furious action with numerous drag screaming stripers in the 28″-36″ range and even boated one brute of a Striper that measured over 42″ A personal best striper for Tony …what a day!!!
As is usually the case in july & august, I had two trips today…the first started at 6 am with regular clients Jan Leth & Dennis Hansen…these guys are usually up for anything so we opted to take advantage of the bait restriction being lifted and ran outside through the fog to load the livewell with macks…it took us a few minutes but we soon had a steady stream of bait coming over the rail…once we had our bait supply secured I swung the boat to the west and ran across a stiff chop to the mouth of the Kennebec…my first stop was a shallow flat that usually fishes well on an incoming tide…problem was the tide was going out so we didn’t waste much time scouting and we left after 10-15 minutes…we would revisit this flat later in the day with much different results ;-)…the next spot was had the mother load waiting for us…several drifts in a row yielded torqued over rods and screaming drags as hefty 30+ inch class fish slammed our livebaits…this action would continue at each of the next several stops until the tide went slack and we headed back to the dock…The second trip had the Harris family from Georgia aboard. I hustled them downriver to a promising spot and on our very first drift we had a nice double header hookup…the first of many nice fish that the Harris family would boat over the next few hours several of which came from water 2′ or less!!! THE FISHING IS GOOD RIGHT NOW!!!
Today was the kind of morning that makes the experienced Striper fisherman smile when the alarm goes off at 2:30am…Checking the weather forecast and seeing nothing but overcast skies and fog is a dream come true…Not exactly chamber of commerce weather but the kind of weather that makes for some of the best slay sessions of the year. My guests for the day were Dewitt & Jane John of Brunswick, Me. who were the lucky winning bidders of a Striped Bass trip Auction that I had donated to Stripers Forever, a conservation group dedicated to the pursuit of making Striped Bass a game fish coast wide. We set the date and met at the Kennebec Tavern Marina at 5am this morning and set off down the river with a ripping outbound tide at or backs…The first flat we drifted was a trial run to work out some of the kinks with casting, retrieving etc. Once we got that out of the way we moved on to the edge of a large sandbar where Dewitt quickly hooked up with the first fish of the day…Moving further downriver we hit another, slightly deeper, flat that was in full on national geographic mode…screaming gulls, dive bombing terns, the whole shebang!!
We would work this spot over for quite some time as we boated fish after fish before the tide slacked and the fish quieted down…next stop produced a few more fish, and the next stop after that produced a nice double header… at this point we were just about done for the day when on the way back to the dock we came across another big school of stripers blitzing in a shallow cove just off the main channel of the river…We boated a few more fish here before throwing in the towel…Another great day on the Kennebec!!
No Charter yesterday and me not being one of those guides who only is on the water when the phone rings, quickly put a crew together for a morning session. Leaving the dock at 4am we blasted down the Kennebec and out into the open Atlantic where we were greeted by a choppy head sea Even though we were faced with some tough weather that consisted of rolling seas & rain squalls, we were still rewarded with a very nice mixed bag of fish today…The day Started out by loading the livewell with enough mackerel for a striper session(bringing chum helps this process)…While loading the livewell we also dropped jigs with light tackle for some steady cod action…that’s right LIGHT TACKLE COD!!! TALK ABOUT FUN!!! Then once had our fill of Cod and enough for a fat sack of fillets we cruised in to some of our very prolific striper spots and began hooking up with a steady stream of slot to 30″ class Striped Bass…We have openings in July & August so please give us a call to reserve a tide or two with one of the hardest working guides on the Maine coast!!
Short report…This morning I took Gene Wood from NC out, with him were three of his sons…Our first stop was for Macks…I was half asleep when I left the house this morning & forgot my chum block in the bait freezer so it took us few drifts of sporadic activity before we found the mother load and freighted the livewell with prime baits….By reading my previous reports it’s not hard to figure out what happens next…Bent rods and high fives as Striper after Striper gobbled up our Macks…the fishing is good please give us a call to take advantage of it.
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The last several days in the Kennebec region have been very good to us!!! A couple of days back I had Matt Libby, owner of the famed Libby Camps an Orvis Endorsed Lodge that has been in his family for over 125 years. Matt had never been Striper fishing so I wanted to make sure that I put him on some fish…we started the morning out along the oceanfront where he caught a beautiful Striped Bass that was cruising the whitewater just off the ledges…next we visited a shallow flat up in the river where we went to work casting flies to blitzing stripers which was a great way to end the day…The following day I had two more legendary Maine guides aboard, Don Kleiner, owner of Maine Outdoors who Also serves as executive director for the Maine Professional Guides Assoc….Joining Don was Master Maine Guide Gary Corson…Don being a Striper Guide himself has caught countless Stripers but Gary was still looking for his first ever…It didn’t take long!!! Cruising down the Kennebec headed were came across a school of stripers tearing through a school of river herring…a few casts of the fly rods was all it took and Don & Gary were both tight to feisty Stripers…Mission accomplished!!
That would bring us to today…switching gears from the fly rodding…I took out a group of guys who just wanted to go out and pull on some nice fish…Leaving the dock at 7am we bombed down river and out to some ledges to load the livewell with Macks…it took us a few drifts but we were soon pulling in full sabiki loads and the livewell was quickly a capacity…next we ran a short distance to some prime striped bass habitat and went to work…soon everyone was into some rugged stripers…what a week we are having so far!!! stay tuned for more reports
We have the Maine Striper fishery dialed in on all facets…here is just a short glimpse of the fishing we had from yesterday.
We have been on quite a roll lately and todays trip would raise the bar even higher…This morning after having a party of 4 decide that they wanted to sleep in rather than fish I reached out to my good friend Ray who has fished with me many times and we put a game plan together…Hopping aboard the boat before the sun came up we hammered down the Kennebec river and out the into the glass calm Atlantic ocean in search of mackerel to use as live baits…After a lit bit of roaming we had what we needed for the day…With the live well filled with frisky macks we made a short run to a sandy shallow cove bordered by jagged outcropping of rock…the first strike did not take long as a large Striper started zinging out line on my reel as it inhaled my mackerel and the circle hook found a solid purchase right in the corner of the fishes mouth Fish #2 joined us seconds later as the twin to my fish freight trained Ray’s poor mackerel into oblivion…The first of many double hookups…we hung around this spot for a bit longer which yielded us several explosive strikes but no fish to the boat so off we went on the hunt. It didnt take long to get back on the fish…Again, my livie was the first one to get drilled by a large Striper & Ray, not wanting to be left out promptly began putting the boots to his own fish!! Many, many more fish stood in line to play tug-o-war with us before both of us agreed that we were content with our effort. What a spectacular morning of fishing!!
Whoever said that fishing in the rain is over rated has never had a day of fishing like we had today…The lower Kennebec is absolutely on fire…Birds dive bombing sustained surface feeds and bent rods are what we had to deal with this morning…did I mention that it was also raining?? Today I had Jeremiah Jewell aboard for some light tackle fishing…we hopped aboard the boat at the Kennebec tavern around 5:00am this morning and headed down toward the mouth…At the first stop we were greeted instantly by dozens of stripers cartwheeling through balled up schools of river herring…we had these fish all to ourselves for about 20 minutes until, incredibly, a guy in a flats skiff drove straight through the school of blitzing stripers and immediately the fish went down faster than the Titanic on it’s maiden voyage(so much for having a stealthy flats boat gotta love it)Didn’t really effect us too badly but I decided to go off and find another spot that we wouldnt have to contend with another boat repeatedly driving through the fish. Ran about a 1/2 mile into the fog to another location…this spot was completely covered in blitzing Striped Bass that were smashing river herring on the surface and we went to work on them until we were bored…each spot we visited was the same story, loads of striped bass crashing bait on the surface. This continued until low tide slack. When the tide started to flood we decided to head back to the dock…we didn’t make it far before running into several huge flocks of terns dive bombing a shallow flat and underneath them was the motherload of blitzes…this one continued for more than an hour as we boated fish after fish after fish before finally calling it a day with the fish still biting. I can honestly say that I’ve never been much of a bird chaser because I don’t really like fishing in a crowd but on a day like today, when we had the water mostly to ourselves, it was a whole lot of fun.
The Striper striper fishing is off to great start here on the Maine coast. Yesterday morning I had Chris Oliver aboard , each of the last 9-10 years Chris has caught his first Stripers of the year while fishing aboard my boat. This season would not be any different. After loading the boat with gear in the dark we untied the boat and cruised down the Kennebec chasing a ripping outgoing tide…After a quick stop to prospect some bottom structure, we hammered down river to the edge of an expansive hard bottom flat where we could visibly see stripers waking and slurping river herring, It took only one cast to confirm what our eyes were seeing as Chris worked his Ron-z soft plastic an ultra aggressive & very hungry 29″ striper quickly chased it down and demolished it with an explosive strike right at the boat …And so it would go for the rest of the morning…Each flat we visited held very good numbers of ”schoolie” stripers that Chris was more than happy to go to work on…At the end of the morning we had boated a respectable 31 stripers up to 30 inches long, 6 of which came on the new Temple Fork Outfitters BVK 6wt flyrod rigged with a 175 grain sinking head line. The rest of the fish came on light tackle spinning gear rigged with a mix of bucktail & soft plastic jigs. The great reports coming out of Saco & Casco bays have been mirroring what I’ve been finding in the Kennebec.
Over the next couple of weeks we should continue to see the fishing improve as more migratory fish arrive and settle back into their summer feeding grounds on the coast of Maine.
If you are planning to hit the salt water for Stripers this season….I could think of worse times to go
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Striper Fishing Report: May 2013
Hello everyone!! The big news for us this week is that we are officially open for business for the 2013 season. Yesterday after about 2weeks of working on the boat, we splashed the SUPER FLY and she is now sitting comfortably in her slip at the Kennebec Tavern Restaurant & Marina located in Bath. Now for the fishing!! Striped Bass have begun migrating into Maine waters, with anglers in Southern Maine seeing the best action. Early season fishing is extremely tide sensitive and we seem to have our best success in the rivers and shallow estuaries around well known herring runs. One of my favorite techniques early on is to work the edges of the flats during dropping tides. Striped Bass tend to hang along these edges feeding on herring, shrimp, crabs on other small baits as they are washed off the flats by our powerful tides. The reason that I focus on fishing these flats and edges is that when the tide rolls in over these shallow water dark bottom mudflats is that the water warms up much more quickly. The water temp might only be 2-3 degrees warmer up on the flats but it can also be as much as 5-7 degrees warmer!!! In my opinion this warmer water draining off the flats and out of the creeks will give the Stripers a metabolic charge which makes them much more active in their feeding habits. Working the river bank structure around current seams is also highly productive…For the light tackle fishermen Soft plastic swimbaits, bucktail jigs, and topwater plugs score the most fish early on. Fly fishermen will do very well casting fast sink shooting heads & intermediate sink lines using a variety of baitfish imitations such as leftys deceiver or clouser minnows. Most rivers are plastered with herring right now & Mackerel should show up everywhere very soon For anglers fishing outside of the Kennebec Special regs area…a live lined Herring or Mackerel is nearly impossible to beat and accounts for some of the biggest fish caught each season!! For those of you who follow this blog and tune in regularly for reports, rest assured, that once the fishing heats up, I will be posting reports, daily & weekly. Also as in the past, for the folks that request them, I will be giving live reports via text message and also on my facebook pages. Really looking forward to the season and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you again this year!!
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