New Federal & State Fishing Regulations

•  Fishermen may keep one striped bass per angler, 28" in length or more.
• The new bag limit for cod is one codfish, 28" in length or more.

• Haddock fishermen may retain 15 fish per angler, 17" in length or more.

 

Schools of Baitfish Keep Fishing Action Hot

by Captain Greg Metcalf


Salt water fishing in southern Maine is off to great start this season. Coastal reports in have been very promising for early June.  Things should continue to improve as water temperatures increase, and schools of baitfish, such as mackerel, sand eels and herring remain in the area.

 

John Giarrusso from Massachusetts caught this beautiful 39-inch striper aboard the Striper Swiper on June 11.


Kennebunkport: Fishing between Cape Porpoise the Mousam River was very good this week. Boat fishermen had to deal with a lot of fog and wind that certainly put a damper on their fishing effort.
Anglers aboard my boat, the Striper Swiper, enjoyed some excellent action catching mackerel and stripers. Our biggest fish of the week measured 39 inches in length. The Kennebunk River is full of small stripers from 14 to 20 inches.
Captain Bruce Hebert from the Libreti Rose did manage to pull a few keeper-sized bass out of the river, and Captain Paul Rioux of Stone Coast Charters caught and released a beautiful 42-inch striper off one of the local beaches.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle told me fishing for stripers quieted down a bit due to the heavy winds over the weekend. She did hear about a few anglers wading out at Drakes Island in the morning on the high tides who were landing stripers around 27 inches (just under keepers), using chunks of mackerel for bait. Many of the fish caught this week were covered in sea lice. Offshore fishing has been great. Many haddock, lots of cod that had to be thrown back, cusk and pollock have been caught by happy anglers. Mackerel are abundant but were five to six miles offshore for a good part of the week.


York: Captain Phil Breton from Breton Fly Shop and Charters reported he fished off Moody Point and had a good school of slot-sized fish. The Ogunquit River also has been fishing well from both sides of the river mouth. Cape Neddick Harbor has a big school of tiny sub-keeper sized fish (14- to 20-inch schoolies). 
Long Sands Beach has been holding some bigger fish. Mackerel fishing has been pretty good in front of Nubble Light. Captain Phil has also heard some shore fisherman reporting they are getting a few decent fish off the rocks at the Cliff House in Ogunquit.


Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported there are plenty of mackerel in the Goose Rocks, Timber Island area, but striper fishing is still a little slow.  He managed to land a few stripers this past week but noted the best action was a little better further to the west.


Saco River and Saco Bay
Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me that he fished three days last week. The best fishing is in the Saco River. Tubes, poppers and flies are all working well. Anglers are catching plenty of mackerel of all sizes with little effort. The warm weather that is predicted this week should bring plenty of fish to the rocky shores and beaches.


From June to October, fishing and sight-seeing is offered by Captain Greg Metcalf along the Kennebunkport coastline aboard the custom 23-foot Striper Swiper. Captain Greg Metcalf has more than 30 years of experience sport-fishing in the Northeast. Call Captain Greg year-round at 401-617-9265, email greg@captaingregmetcalf or visit www.captaingregmetcalf.com