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.

 

Plenty of Stripers, But Still Awaiting Bluefish

by Captain Greg Metcalf

 

Summer weather delighted everyone involved in beach and ocean activities this past week. Inshore striper fishing has been steady. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of giant schools of migrating bluefish, which should be in our waters very soon.


 

Eighteen-year-old Joe Neumann from Dublin, Ohio, caught this striped bass at the mouth of the Kennebunk River on July 12 aboard the Striper Swiper.

Kennebunkport: Fishing has been great in the waters between Cape Porpoise and Wells during the past week. There is plenty of baitfish, and the water has finally warmed up into the low- to mid-60-degree range. That translates to good striper fishing and anticipation the first schools of migrating bluefish in the near future. 
There have been no serious bluefish reports to date, but the striper fishing has been consistent. The Kennebunk River is loaded with small school-sized stripers with a few jumbos mixed in. This upcoming week should bring great catches along the southern Maine shoreline.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle reported fishing has been very good from Ogunquit to the Mousam River. There are plenty of stripers around, but not too many jumbo-sized fish. Ogunquit, Moody and Parsons beaches have been producing excellent catches of stripers between 22 to 35 inches using mackerel chunks for bait.
Anglers trolling tube and worm rigs in Wells Harbor have also been catching a lot of fish. There are also reports of flounder being caught off the Wells jetty and huge schools of pogies along the shoreline.


York: Captain Phil Breton from Breton's Fly Shop and Charters told me there are big schools of pogies from Moody Beach to Long Sands. The stripers, however, have not seemed to find them yet, or are just not interested.
Mackerel are still available, but are bigger in size. Fresh chunks have been working great around Nubble Light and Long Sands Beach while the bite is still steady. No blues yet.


Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported the fishing on Goose Rocks Beach remained fantastic this week. Mackerel and worms were the baits of choice for the bait fisherman. Larger fish were caught using bait of small fresh chunks of mackerel in Cape Porpoise Harbor. The warmer water and presence of plenty of baitfish should keep the fish here indefinitely.


Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me striper fishing has been very good in the Saco River and Saco Bay. Mackerel have been easy to locate and catch.
Fishing between the Saco River jetties has been the most productive during the last two hours of the falling tide. Live mackerel, chunks of mackerel or herring, and trolling tube and worm rigs have been the best baits.


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