Anglers Still Awaiting Striper and Bluefish Migration

by Captain Greg Metcalf

The weather pattern has showed some signs of change this since Labor Day. The prevailing southwesterly summer winds have recently shifted to the north, cooling off the air and ocean surface temperatures. Fishermen are eagerly anticipating the fall migration of striped bass and bluefish as they begin their annual trek to warmer waters. 

Diane Getchell from New Gloucester, Maine, shows off the striped bass she caught aboard the Striper Swiper on September 10.

Kennebunkport: Anglers fishing between Cape Porpoise and the Mousam River had a great week catching mackerel and stripers. Stripers can be caught along all the beach fronts from Gooch’s to Parson’s beaches and Ocean Avenue’s rocky shoreline. 

The Kennebunk River has also been producing excellent catches of striped bass of all sizes. If all the bait stays around and we don’t have any major storms, fishing should be great through the month of September.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle told me that fishing has been very good. There have been numerous reports of outstanding fishing from Ogunquit Beach. There are plenty stripers of all sizes around, mostly taking tubes and bait. Mackerel were a little harder to find this past week, even the spike-size mackerel that are far and away the best size striper bait an angler could hope for.

York: Captain Phil Breton reported fishing has been excellent since Labor Day when the weather permits getting out on the water. Long Sands Beach in York and Marginal Way in Ogunquit have been very productive with impressive catches of 28- to 30-inch stripers. 

Short Sands and Moody Point have been spotty with most catches being smaller sized fish. Mackerel have been hard to find so Captain Phil has been traveling to Kennebunkport to fill his live well.

Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell told me the fishing at Goose Rocks was very good this past week. There is still abundance of small sand eels and mackerel. Stripers have been feeding regularly at first light. During their fall migration, stripers will become much more competitive for food as they stoke up for the long swim south. Steve is confident that we have a few more weeks of outstanding catches ahead.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Pete from Saco Bay Tackle reported stripers, mackerel and the occasional black sea bass are being caught on a daily basis. Even though beach fishing for stripers has been good, don’t ignore the lower rivers like the Scarborough, Saco, Mousam and estuaries.

As the days shorten and the water temperature cools, tide and time of day aren’t as much of a factor in catching bass as in midsummer. Pink or purple tubes coupled with a sand worm continue to catch fish in the rivers, while chunking mackerel and clams from the beaches have been very productive.

Photos courtesy of Captain Greg Metcalf.
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