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Blue_Adept 06-16-2006 04:01 PM

Striper Fishing - Saco or Scarborough Rivers
Anybody catching anything in southern Maine lately?

I hope to be out tomorrow morning throwing sea worms or clams at them.

Tight lines All!

Joe 06-21-2006 09:51 AM

Re: Striper Fishing - Saco or Scarborough Rivers
First post, welcome aboard, hopefully some of out Maine members will chime in. Joe

caynenfisher 06-26-2006 01:38 PM

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The answer is yes.
I mean;.. both places are good. right now not far from either spot I am catching tons of littles in the daytime, and some nice slot and just over the slot fish at night.
I prefer small plastic lures, because bait smells icky, but I saw a guy doing very well off the beach last weekend afternoon incoming using chunk mackeral. Sand worms are always good off the beaches and various places from shore where they might be found naturally.
Bottom line -so to speak- is bring some different rigs to work lures and bait, fish before sunlight or after dark for the best fish, and enjoy Maine.

Blue_Adept 06-27-2006 04:42 PM

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Thanks! :) Fishing in Maine is fun.

A week ago Saturday caught 7 schoolies on the incoming tide tossing sea worms. Biggest approached 18". Fun none the less.

Last Saturday fished outgoing tide caught 5 schoolies biggest 16".

Ran out of worms so switched to chunk herring and had two bites but didn't connect. :confused:

Do you let them have the bait for a little bit or raise the tip right away?

Any suggestions on chunks?

caynenfisher 07-03-2006 02:53 PM

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first I hope you are using circle hooks.... they are more humane to the fish because even if they get the bait and hook down into their throat, the hook rides back out and basically hooks the corner of the mouth every time. You will get more hook-ups with these hooks, all you do is tighten the line until you feel the fish solidly, then set it- no muss no fuss.
As for chunks, fresh is always better. Also bring a clam rake or pitchfork and dig for your own clams.... it may take soem work but they are out there in the sand everywhere.. that's why they are always so effective.
Even better is bring along some lures and work them over with topwaters at dawn and dusk, and plastic shads all the rest of the time. If you are into the little schoolies they are not very wary and will take a shot at just about anything that looks like din-din.

Jetty Knight 07-04-2006 10:23 AM

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Did ok in York beach saturday caght a few off Nubble Light and then a couple in the York river all schoolies my buddy tried the mouth of the mousam with clams and got nothing.I was using a swim shad.

Blue_Adept 07-04-2006 05:33 PM

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Thanks Cayne,

Yup, I do use Circle hooks. 6/0 for sand worms and 7/0 for chunks.

I was out at the mouth of the Scarborough River Saturday at dawn fishing Herring chunks... ZERO bites.

Around noon switched to Mackerel and caught my first Maine keeper :D . 22 1/2 inches ~ 5 pounds, nice fight, stripped off some line, good head shakes and made a very tastey dinner.

Do you need a license to dig clams in Maine?

Blue_Adept 07-04-2006 05:40 PM

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Hey Jetty,

What size shad? 5"?

I was fishing them three weeks ago in the Ogunquit River but didn't have any luck. My buddy comes along I lend him my gear and take a walk on the beach with my girl. Come back a half hour later, he caught two and lost one. :bash:

Oh well!

caynenfisher 07-07-2006 02:26 AM

Re: Striper Fishing - Saco or Scarborough Rivers
I kept a 24"er the other night, it was delicious
released some very good fish off a black plastic minnow
fished night and day and it is literally night and day-
slots and above at night
teensy skoolies by day

you guys do the math

caynenfisher 07-07-2006 02:30 AM

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p.s. blue adept,
fishing with my boy one night a few years ago, helping him out.... casted out a lure and felt the pop of a fish....
set the hook and handed him the rod
he muscled in a 36 1/2"er in half the time I ever would
We both laughed pretty hard, me handing him that fish. locked and loaded...
I had gone a long time by then with no good fish to count

Blue_Adept 07-27-2006 02:40 PM

Re: Striper Fishing - Saco or Scarborough Rivers
Hey Cayne,

No fishing last weekend but got to do some sea kayaking off of East Boothbay/Ocean Point. Saw Porpoises and seals, pretty cool. Looking forward to getting out tomorrow evening.

When you fish at night do you fish the beach or the river? What tide works best? What time? Etc.

Congrats on the Keepa(s):banana:


caynenfisher 08-02-2006 05:18 PM

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hey am I strange or is there like no big fish in close .... all i can seem to find is below slot fish
although I did see a guy with a 43"er caught with clams last week
but jeez, is it me or are there tons of littles and very few upper 20" to low 30 fish I love to catch these days?

StriperSurg 08-02-2006 10:32 PM

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No caynenfisher, it isn't just you. I've been fishing straight (weekends) for the last 6 - 8 weeks, and all I'm picking up are small fish (some slots but not many).
I mainly fish the ledges between portland and pine point, a lot of territory, and it's been the same ol' song & dance throughout that area. yeah, there are a few large fish being caught, but not like what I am used to seeing in prior years. I'll be hitting up the Kenny this Friday, so we'll see how it goes up there. Good luck to you.

caynenfisher 08-07-2006 10:17 AM

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it was stupid slow again
got into a bunch of 15" fish at night off the rocks
my favorite river mouth is DEAD
what is going on?
is it the warm water?

Blue_Adept 08-07-2006 10:20 PM

Re: Striper Fishing - Saco or Scarborough Rivers
Hey Caynen,

I'd be the wrong one to ask. Last year I never caught a keeper, although I probably threw back a few 20's without ever measuring them . Most of the fish I catch are under the slot, up to 19-1/2". I have the same luck when I fish in MA..... I catch up to 27 - 1/2"..

Two years back I caught a 41" 22 lb fun striper in the Merrimack on a rainy night and have been trying to come close ever since. I was thinking of changing my Username to King-Of-The-Schoolies. Glad to hear it's not only me that has been catching shorts.

This past weekend was more of the same, fished both the Scarborough and the Saco rivers and also some beach fishing with only schoolies to show.

Still beats being at work!

Tight lines!


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