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.

 

Fall Offers Some of the Season's Best Fishing

by Captain Greg Metcalf

 

The fall run has started. Cooler water temperatures have brought the mackerel back, and anglers from York to Old Orchard Beach can expect to enjoy some great fall saltwater action during the next few weeks.


 

Justin Cooper caught this beautiful 42-inch striper while fishing with Captain Dave Rand from Dockside Charters on September 13.

Kennebunkport: Anglers fishing between Cape Porpoise and Wells Bay had a great week catching mackerel and stripers. Stripers can be caught along all the beach fronts from Gooch's to Wells as well as along the rocky shoreline that follows Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport.


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 for the next few weeks.


Wells, Ogunquit: Matthew from Webhannet Bait and Tackle reported that the fishing has been fantastic. There have been reports from Parsons and Ogunquit beaches that the fishing is still great. There are plenty stripers of all sizes around, mostly taking trolled tubes and both live and cut bait.


Mackerel were a little easier to find this past week including spike-size mackerel that are far and away the best size striper bait an angler could hope for. Offshore action on Jeffrey’s Ledge has been off the charts, with consistent and excellent catches of cod, haddock, sharks and tuna.


Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell told me the fishing at Goose Rocks was very good this past week. Stripers of all size could be found cruising the areas along the shoreline between the Goose Rocks and Fortunes Rocks beach fronts. Captain Dave Rand of Dockside charters had a banner day on Tuesday when he caught three stripers all over 40 inches.


York: Captain Phil Breton from Breton’s Fly Shop and Charters told me the fishing was very much up and down between Wells and York Harbor this week. Short Sands Beach has been the most consistent. There were some blues around from Wells to Nubble Light but not in any large numbers. Mackerel fishing has been either feast or famine.


Saco River and Saco Bay: Pete from Saco Bay Tackle reported striped bass have moved inshore along beach fronts and into rivers as they gorge for their rapidly approaching swim down to Chesapeake Bay, and to points south along the Virginia coast and the Carolinas.


This past weekend’s conditions were a challenge. Fish had moved up into the Saco River after hunkering down along the beaches the last few weeks. Areas like “the narrows” up in the Saco River, Ferry Beach in Scarborough, and harbors like the Kennebunk River confines and York Harbor will all hold fish. Bass should become more aggressive as the season wanes. Anglers fishing with artificial bait have the advantage as hungry bass get ready for their exodus south.


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