After Tarpon season in the Keys, its fun to come back to some easy fishing, but first off I will need to say sorry for lack of reports, rolled into town after the drive back from the keys with the flat skiff in tow and turned around and was on the water 36 hrs later. I will tell you there are lots of little fish really spread out almost the entire bay and most of Maine's better waters are holding a mix of fish from 10-40 inches and Casco Bay has seems to see a good push of fresh fish every few tides. lots of bait working there way into the river systems, the flats are working well, as long as you find the water temps you should be finding some snappy bigger fish. the outer island water temps are still off. More soon and give or text call to book a tide or just a updated report . Capt Eric Wallace 207-671-4330
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Long Island’s bays and backwaters are teeming with baitfish. Herring, bunker, spearing, and even peanut bunker have been spotted in marinas, tidal creeks, and bays around the island. when migratory stripers do arrive they’ll have plenty of food to keep them around and happy. Some stripers that have been caught on long island are thought to be resident fish, . Migratory fish should be arriving soon, and then the action on Cape Cod will not be too long after, once reports start to surface. I will keep updates on the striper migration, but don't be to surprised if there is a little on the Tarpon fishing in the Fla Keys I will be guiding down there through late June and returning in-time for the best of Casco Bays Flats season for Striped Bass.
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Also Stripers Forever Live Auction starts Feb 5- 19th some great Gear and Guide Trips are up for auction, please help support a great group doing good stuff for the fishery.
Striper Forever Annual Angler Survey Results
Posted by sfadmin on Friday, January 29, 2016 ·
The results of the Stripers Forever 2015 Annual Fishing Survey are finalized and you will find them below. In 2015 we received 657 responses to our annual survey. This represents the second year in a row of participation decline, and we believe that it reflects a decreasing interest in the fishery due to a decline in the quality of fishing. This year’s survey has again produced a good representative sampling of sentiments from fishers all along the striper’s migratory range, and as usual MA and NJ vied for the greatest contributions with 154 and 149 completed surveys respectively.
2015 saw very little change in angler sentiment. 82% of anglers reported catching fewer fish compared to 85% in 2014. 73% said they were catching smaller fish compared to 71% in 2014. In 2015 84% described the striper fishery as worse or much worse compared to 85% last year. It seems evident that most of the older, larger fish from the great year classes of the 1990s and early 2000s have been removed from the population, and with the exception of an occasional school at certain peak periods the population is much less abundant now, and comprised mostly of smaller fish from the poor and mediocre year classes that have generally characterized the fishery since 2003.
We asked our members about what they were seeing from the 2011 year class. The results were that 84% felt that this year class, which ASMFC biologist seem to be counting on, was appearing in the fishery at levels far below those that one would expect. Only 16% of respondents felt that the 2011 year class was evident at levels expected from such a huge year class.
Answers to questions about the need for a slot limit of smaller-sized stripers, and what percentage of the current commercial quotas should be reallocated to recreational quotas, show that our members continue to believe we should not be harvesting large, breeding stripers, that they want to set aside a high percentage of the current commercial catch for conservation – and not harvest it themselves. 75% of our members said that they are willing to buy a stamp to finance the buyout of the commercial fishery.
We had survey results from 61 guides. Without a doubt the decline in striper fishing is hurting this valuable industry as well as the related fishing tourism and tackle businesses. The guides know how to fish their areas, though, and can usually produce the best results possible from their home waters. If you are thinking about a guided trip please check out the guides and tackle shops listed on the Stripers Forever website.
We will send this information to the press and to fishery policy makers everywhere. We hope that you will use this information personally to help us advocate for the goal of coast-wide striped bass game fish. Please share the results with your local fishing club, home town newspaper, and elected officials that you may know.
For More visit Stripers Forever website.
For More visit Stripers Forever website.
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Casco Bays waters are settled into a good temp for early season striper action, mid 50's to lower 60s with a nice run of Blueback Herring in the system add in bass moving through the bay as they travel East towards the Kennebec and maybe beyond. This has made for good action with some larger fish and the area of activity is well spread out keeping the anglers happy and uncrowded....
Sorry as this is my first report as Capt Mike has been doing all the Striper trips while I just finished up with a great season in the Lower FL Keys and traveled back this week and looking forward to introducing the new skiff to the bay. We will start with more consistent updates in the near future - but as always feel free to Call, Text or email us for updates and open dates for the season. 2015 report
Capt Eric Wallace 207-671-4330
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In the Fall of 2014 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board voted to implement new coastwide recreational striped bass regulations of 1 fish per day at a minimum size 28 inches, which scientists estimated would achieve a 31% reduction in the harvest. Giving states the option to find there own equivalent regs as long as they achieve at least a 25 percent reduction, you would think states would work together on this, once again the jackasses in ther suits and ties sitting on there ass far from the tide water find away to screw it up!!! what you got Maryland??
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If landing a striper on the flats in the 35-40 inch range has been a goal of yours, this might be the season!!!! the amount of large fish we have been sight fishing to is unreal!!! Some tides have been off as the bite goes with so much food in the system they are always not in the mood to eat feathers or soft plastics, but the right tides and conditions have been producing some days to remember!!!!!!! also a lack of fishing reports from us...... From Saco to the kennebec and all of Casco Bay have a good number of fish, great water temps and tons of food, the Bass should hang around now and move into there mid summer feeding habits, low light or tide will needed to be matched up for the best results. Give a call to book a guided trip or with any other questions on fishing the Maine coast...
Capt. Eric Wallace 207-671-4330 www.coastalflyangler.com
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Flats fishing report for Striped Bass: Capt Eric Wallace
From Maine to Cape Cod Bay there are both big flats and small shoreline pockets that offer good skinny water fishing, and big tides that average 8 to 10 feet. The coast from Chatham, Massachusetts to Long Island, New York offers the same type of water but smaller tides, only 2 to 4 feet or so. Only Long Island has tide ranges up to 7 feet.
The bigger the tides the faster fishing conditions will change. In locations with a 2-foot tide a flat might be fishable for the entire day; a flat with a 10-foot tide will be most stable around low tide, sometimes for several hours. Once the strong flow begins be prepared to move with the flow so as not to get trapped by the rising water when wading.
An early incoming tide will be the most productive in many locations. Stripers feel more at ease and as the flats cover there is food like dead sand eels, clams and crabs that are easy targets for stripers. This is especially true where tides are biggest. However, a falling tide in places that trap baitfish along edges and inside basins and drainage gullies can be excellent, too. Small creekmouths attract fish on a falling tide and they move upstream into the creek in search of food as the tide rises. Some small creeks are crystal clear and will remind the trout angler of Western spring creeks. Generally, big-tides mean a short fishing window.
Sand eels are the best baitfish for northern flats because they burrow and remain in the sand on dry flats through low tide. As water returns, some baitfish die and lay on the bottom. A flat where you see dead sand eels at low tide could be a hotspot, so stick around. Crabs are numerous on all flats and both crabs and shrimp are abundant inside creeks and estuaries. I do very well with a sparse, white Deceiver, and an epoxy sand eel fly made with purple Fluorofibre over cream Fluorofibre with some flash. Tie these flies 3 to 5 inches long. The lady crab, or calico, is a very important food source in the shallows; a reddish Del Brown Crab Fly is a good match for these. Any light tan bonefish fly 1 1/2 to 2 inches long will match both the common shore and sand shrimp that live on the flats inside most estuaries. And lightly weighted 3- to 4-inch Clouser Minnows in tan-and-white or olive-and-white are also very popular.
Top times for sight fishing are from mid May through early July. Then you can depend on good sunlight and the lower water temperature brings hungry fish onto the flats and into the creeks to feed. Some of the colder water locations from northern Massachusetts to Maine can have good sight fishing into August. In September and early October big flats might hold fish at times but the light is not as good as in summer. The key to good daytime fishing is cool water and abundant food sources.
In the spring there are places when you can sight cast and catch large numbers of smaller stripers, but the real fun begins when casting to big stripers. You will earn each fish, and you will remember each one long after the memory of a 20-fish day has faded.
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