Another Great Week for Anglers Along the Coast

by Captain Greg Metcalf

Great fishing and fantastic weather added up to another productive week for anglers fishing the southern Maine coastline. Bluefish are still very scarce but striped bass continued to bite on the inshore grounds while offshore fishermen scored haddock, pollock, tuna and sharks.

Mitchell and Nathan Romig of Cazanovia, New York, doubled up on these two stripers while fishing aboard the Striper Swiper. Both fish were safely released after this photo.

Kennebunkport: It was another decent week of fishing from Cape Porpoise to Wells Bay. Mackerel are still everywhere and relatively easy to catch.  Stripers can be found in shallow water of less than five feet at Parsons, Mothers and Kennebunk Beaches. The rocky shoreline along Ocean Avenue in front of Saint Ann’s Church has also been very productive. 

The Kennebunk River and the mouth of Mousam River are also very good areas where anglers can fish from the shoreline. Fishermen aboard my boat the Striper Swiper had great luck catching keeper-sized fish.  We did not catch any fish in the 40-inch range this week, but many stripers between 30 and 35 inches were landed.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle reported fishing remained relatively unchanged from last week. Mackerel were a bit more difficult to locate but still in the area. Many stripers were caught in the mid-20-inch size range, and there were a few more reports of bigger keeper-sized stripers. Moody Beach to Parsons Beach and the mouth of the Mousam have all been very productive.

York:  Captain Phil Breton reports that mackerel have been spotty, the last couple of days. The fishing has slowed a bit in Ogunquit and also at Short Sands. Fishing at Long Sands Beach, however, has really picked up on the incoming tide. There is a mixed bag of all sized stripers.

Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported an extremely slow week of striper fishing at Goose Rocks. The fish seem to have moved off the sand and are on the rocks. The only bright spot was that some of the fish caught were 30 inches or better. Sturgeon can be seen jumping at both ends of the beach in the morning.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me fishing was quite a challenge last week due to changing weather conditions. Mackerel have been scarce and very difficult to catch. Bluefish are not showing in fishable numbers. Something is causing a lack of baitfish. There are still large schools of pogies near shore but not many fish are feeding on them. 


Shark fishing has picked up. Jim Garland caught a beautiful 250-pound mako last Friday, and the blue sharks are very cooperative now that the water has warmed up. There has also been a very good bite of tuna with fish coming into the Camp Ellis area daily. 


Photos courtesy of Captain Greg Metcalf.
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