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.


Fishing Still Great as Stripers Head South

by Captain Greg Metcalf


September is a great time to be a saltwater enthusiast along the southern Maine coast. Fishing has been excellent from York to Saco. Striped bass of all sizes have been on the move and eating everything in their path as they begin their annual southern voyage. Fishing should remain excellent into early October.


Ryan Sweet from Virginia and Cameron Lencki from California show off the codfish they caught aboard the Striper Swiper on September 9.  Both fish were under the 24-inch minimum and were released.


Kennebunkport: Anglers fishing between Cape Porpoise and Wells Bay had a great week catching both mackerel and striped bass. Stripers can be found lurking in the rocky shoreline boulder fields as well as on the sandy beaches and mouths of the rivers.

The Kennebunk and Mousam rivers were particularly hot this week. Mackerel are back in full force and very easy to locate and catch.


Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet River Tackle reported fantastic fishing for mackerel and striped bass all week long. She told me they weighed in several fish that measured over 40 inches this week, a few of them approaching 50 inches.
Anglers fishing from shore or from boats close to the beach have enjoyed the most success.

Goose Rocks Beach and Biddeford Pool: Captain Steve Brettell told me it was another good week of fishing at Goose Rocks. Stripers of all sizes including some bigger fish were caught off of Goose Rocks Beach and Timber Island this past week. Mackerel are still plentiful and the stripers are hungry.

York: Captain Phil Breton from Breton's Fly Shop and Charters told me fishing has been picking up along the shoreline between Ogunquit and York. There are plenty of nice fish being caught from Cliff House to Longs Sands Beach, and bigger fish are moving in and willing to bite.
Most of the fish have been taking fresh chunks of mackerel. Bait fishing for mackerel has been very steady.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Pete from Saco Bay Tackle reported fishing has been steady off the beaches of Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford Pool. Eels have been working using just a swivel on dead low tide near Goosefair Brook in Ocean Park and in the Biddeford Pool area, by the University of New England.

Birds are still working the waters off of Wood Island and Pete’s son caught a bluefish while they were out near the three-mile mark. Customers are still coming in mostly for bait and chunking off the shore. Some other lures that have been popular this week are the Atoms popper 3/4 ounce blue and white and the Bomber black and purple 7-inch.  September has been a great month and there’s still some great fishing ahead.

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