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.


Mackerel, Stripers and Bluefish Close to Shore

by Captain Greg Metcalf


It was another good week for saltwater anglers along the southern Maine shoreline. Offshore anglers enjoyed some good tuna action this week, and the shark fishing has also been excellent. Mackerel, stripers and a few bluefish have rewarded inshore fishermen fishing from shore, kayaks and boats.


Ed Barius from Rock Hill, South Carolina,

caught a 34- and 35-inch striper

off Drakes Island while fishing aboard

the Striper Swiper on August 16.

Kennebunkport: The striper fishing from Cape Porpoise to Parsons Beach is still very strong. Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk Beach and the rocky shoreline along Ocean Avenue have been very productive. Fishing in the Kennebunk River has also been consistent. Anglers aboard my boat the Striper Swiper had a great week catching stripers measuring up to 43 inches.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle reported Wells Harbor and the beaches from Ogunquit to Parsons Beach continues to produce stripers. Both live bait and fresh-cut bait, such as mackerel, squid and sea worms have been working well. There are still mackerel around, although they have not been at the bell where they can usually be found. 


Anglers have to search or chum for them, but they are there. Bibb Rock produced a lot of macks with a few herring over the weekend. The mackerel are pretty large, so fishermen are advised to size up on the Sabiki hook. A size 14 or 16 hook works well for those bigger baits. The Kennebunk Jetty has a lot of small pollock. They are softer bait than mackerel, but if they are used for live bait, stripers will gobble them up.

Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell told me the fishing was very good this week. There was a lot of top water activity with small stripers, but they were hard to catch due to the abundance of sand eels. Chunks of mackerel are still the bait of choice for Captain Steve and have actually been out-producing live bait.

York: Captain Phil Breton from Breton's Fly Shop and Charters told me told me he was primarily catching stripers recently as they have been plentiful in multiple locations. Big schools of pogies can be found out in 15 to 40 feet of water between Wells and York.

Captain Phil found a few bass jumping around the schools of pogies, but they have been hard to catch. He has heard the ground fishing is still pretty decent. He has also caught a handful of bluefish, but the action has not been consistent. Phil predicts that September is going to be a great month.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me that mackerel were tough to find this week. Fishermen sailing out of the Saco River had to travel to Bluff Island, Stratton Island and Pine Point to catch them.

Striper fishing is still very good, but it requires a lot of patience and being in the right place at the right time. There were some reports of bluefish sightings but very few landings. Offshore tuna fishermen had a good week catching giant fish not too far from Wood Island.

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