Tide Chart & Saltwater Fishing Report

The number for each high and low tide indicates the height in feet above or below sea level. This chart shows tides for the mid-coast of York County; tide times are a few minutes earlier to the north (Old Orchard Beach) and a few minutes later to the south (York Beach). Tides are affected by the weather and cycles of the moon, and the actual times and tide heights can differ slightly from the predictions below.

Fishermen Still Waiting for Bluefish Catches to Soar

The torrential mid-week rain storm really put a damper on the fishing for a few days. The water cleared up by the weekend, however, and the action improved. Mackerel and stripers are still the mainstay for the inshore fishermen as bluefish remain elusive.


Chrissy Bryant from Attleboro, Massachusetts, shows off

her first striper.


Kennebunkport: The fishing from Cape Porpoise to Wells Bay picked up a little this week before the six inches of rain on Wednesday. After a few days of post-storm doldrums, things improved but are still not up to the action anglers enjoyed last season. Stripers are still here in decent numbers and always bite at some stage of the tide during the course of the day. Patience is required, however, and will eventually be rewarded.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle told me stripers were being caught early mornings and evenings this week. The water temperature is now in the mid-sixties and most fish were marked on the bottom.
The most success was with tubes and worms in between the jetties. Some larger stripers were taken on mackerel around Bibb Rock and near the Cliff House off the Ogunquit shoreline.

Mackerel have been abundant. Ground fishing reports from offshore have been very good, too.


York: Captain Jeremy Reynolds of the charter boat Fourtunate reported he hasn’t ventured offshore recently, but hears the ground fishing is still pretty decent. He has caught a handful of stripers this past week, but most of them have been small, feeding on tiny river herring. Bluefish are still very scarce with only a few reported catches. He thinks September is going to be a great month.


Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell reported there are plenty of stripers cruising around the beach at Goose Rocks chasing sand eels. Fly-fishermen should have a field day on these fish if they can be there at first light with an imitation sand eel fly. Captain Steve is managing to catch fish everyday, but it is a grind.


Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me that mackerel were tough to find this week. Fishermen boating 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 great week catching giant fish at Jeffrey’s Ledge and Platt’s Bank.

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