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 Eagerly Await Stripers and Bluefish

The weather pattern has shown some signs of change since Labor Day. The prevailing southwesterly summer winds have recently shifted to the northwest, cooling off the air and ocean surface temperatures. Fishermen are eagerly anticipating the fall migration of striped bass and bluefish as they begin their annual trek to warmer waters.


The fall migration of stripers always produces catches like this beautiful 39-inch fish that was caught aboard the Striper Swiper during September.

Kennebunkport: The fishing from Cape Porpoise to Parsons Beach improved a little this past week. Mackerel have re-appeared and have been easy to locate and catch, but the striper activity has been sporadic.
There seems to be plenty of fish around, but they have been very hard to hook. As we move through the month of September and the waters continue to cool, stripers will begin to migrate, there is sure to be some red hot fishing along the beach fronts, particularly early in the morning.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Bait and Tackle reported the water has cooled off and the few bluefish that were in the area have definitely moved out. The striper fishing, however, is very good.
Mackerel are beginning to return and when found, are easy to catch. Using live bait fished tight to the beach is the best way to catch a trophy bass this time of year.

York: Captain Mike Mandravelis of the charter boat Fourtunate told me the inshore fishing seems to be in transition from the Piscataqua River to York Beach.
Bluefish are very scarce, but the striper fishing is relatively productive along the beach fronts and river mouths. Offshore ground fishing for sharks has been excellent, but tuna fishing has been slow.

Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell told me the fishing at Goose Rocks was a carbon copy of the previous week. There is still an abundance of small sand eels that the stripers are feeding on at first light.
During their fall migration, stripers will become much more competitive for food as they stoke up for the long swim south. Captain Brettell is confident that we have a few more weeks of some outstanding catches ahead.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Pete from Saco Bay Tackle reported bluefish, stripers mackerel, as well as the occasional black sea bass, being caught on a daily basis. Even though beach fishing for stripers has been good, don’t ignore the lower rivers like the Scarborough, Saco, Mousam and estuaries.
As the days shorten and the water temperature cools, tide and time of day are not as much of a factor in catching bass as they are in midsummer.
Pink or purple tubes, coupled with a sand worm, continue to catch fish in the rivers, while chunking mackerel and clams from the beaches has been very productive.

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