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.

New Federal & State Fishing Regulations

•  Fishermen may keep one striped bass per angler, 28 inches in length or more.
• The new bag limit for codfish is zero. Anglers can no longer keep any codfish landed on a hook and line regardless of size.

 

Saltwater Fishing Report: Weather Put a Damper on Inshore Fishing

Fishing along the southern Maine coastline was slightly slower this past week. The unpleasant conditions also resulted in far less fishing pleasure. A change in the weather pattern is sure to stir things up, and everyone is anticipating better fishing action this week. The offshore fishing for tuna, sharks, cod and haddock remained excellent all week for those who ventured out to sea.


 

Costa Moreshead from Saco poses with a beautiful striped bass that he caught aboard the Striper Swiper (the fish was released).

Kennebunkport: The striper fishing from Cape Porpoise to Parsons Beach was slightly challenging this week. A combination of thick fog, rain and rough seas made fishing difficult. When we were able to get out, mackerel were plentiful but the stripers were very finicky along the beaches and coastal rock piles. The Kennebunk River is still loaded with smaller school-sized stripers.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle told me fishing slowed this week, probably because of the poor weather and resulting lack of effort by anglers. The only real negative thing she had to report was the absence of mackerel, likely due to reports of a few bluefish that were caught in the area. Anglers fishing from shore did well catching stripers using live eels, chunks of mackerel and sea worms for bait.


York:  Captain Phil Breton of Breton Fly Shop and Charters told me it was a tough week for fishing. Mackerel were scarce at all his favorite spots – the mouth of the Wells jetty, Bibb Rock and Nubble Light. He did manage to catch a few smaller stripers and heard the first confirmed report of another local captain catching a bluefish.


Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell reported it was a tough week of fishing at Goose Rocks. The fish bite slowed on the beach during hot weather and then several days of fog kept him in port. Cape Porpoise was a different story as stripers fed on sand eels and small herring. As usual, early and late in the day fishing proved most productive.


Saco River and Saco Bay:  Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me anglers enjoyed decent fishing again last week. Catching mackerel is getting harder and taking longer to accomplish. He is catching fewer numbers of stripers per trip but still averaging one keeper per outing.  No bluefish to report, but he is seeing small porbeagle sharks feeding on mackerel on the inshore grounds. Captain Cal thinks that could be why the mackerel are so spooked.

 


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