Maine Striper Fishing the Flats Update July 2014




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 

Maine Striper Fishing Report June 20, 2014

              
Some good saltwater  fishing reports from around the state of Maine, after a week of unstable weather  with inland area getting as much as 3.5 inches of rain and added in a couple days with hard wind,big full moon tides pushing around the bait just enough to make thing interesting, But searching around often pay off, and the  mid day sunshine has brought the water temps back into the zone making the fish happen and willing to eat..

Striped Bass are spread out in Casco Bay from Harpswell to Portland in good numbers water temps are good to go, even the outer islands fish can be found but seem to be on the  move in search of the bait that is either dropping out of the local river systems or traveling up for spawning.... This bait will be bright and flashy as it approaches the rivers but will turn a more yellowish tint as it spends some time in the brackish water 5-7 inch bait fish patterns are working well and can not express having some long pauses in your strip even if you are in the middle of a surface feed,,,, pause it -- let it get down into the mix and chances are you find yourself find some bigger fish. Capt Mike Roy had a blast using some black and purple tarpon toads  producing a bunch of eats in skinny water..




Sand eels, juvenile herring , river herring,mackerel and for the guys focused on the flats crabs are always on the stripers menu, There is some off colored water out there and all black flies in the 5-7 in herring profile have taken two of the largest fish we boated this past week one 34 and a fat 37 both on fly !!! and quickly released..

Light tackle anglers, I am just a fan of the sluggo I like the way they can be worked and how bass eat them. there is a endless number of artificial that work great.

If you are fishing the Kennebec River system remember to check the regulations as the area is Catch and Release and use of singled hooked artificial only, the use of any live bait is prohibited, This is a great regulation to help take some of the pressure of the wild reproducing fish in the system.

Overall things should just fill in and quality fishing should be the norm from the Kennebec south and west, we have 2-3 boat available each day so feel free to contact us about best tides or any other questions..




Capt. Eric Wallace
(207) 671-4330
http://www.coastalflyangler.com

Maine Striper Fishing June 1, 2014 QuickReport






This past weeks unstable weather killed the bite for a few days with a couple of night seeing very low dew points cooling the water outside the bass comfort zone.-- But that has changed and is looking to set up for a preety good weather pattern,and timing and low tides during daylight hours  bringing water temps back up and we should see improvements in the bite daily!!!!

 There is a good number of striped bass on the coast of  Maine from the Kennenbec, Casco Bay/ Portland area,There are reports a few larger fish being landed ,but mostly schoolies size bass in the 15-25 inch range,  The reports to the south are looking good with some nice fish being caught in New Hampshire and Cape Cod and some very large schools of fish being spotted on the sand flats of the cape.-- Water temps at the portland bouy are 51-53  the nearshore flats and estuaries have been warming a few degrees above that,  tide timing and sun can change water temps daily so check back in area that may have fished slow a few days ago, it does not take much to get these fish back on there bite..


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Fish the moving water and the meat of the tide,although out going might be a bit better the incomer should be explored as well,,,, herring patterns in the 5-7 inch range are working well our  light takle guys  have been having fun with sluggos black silver 6 inch.!!!!  This is early season so things  change quickly, feel free to drop a email or check back for updated fishing reports for the coast of Maine.

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Maine Striper Fishing 2014 Water Temp Updates, Stripers are Here!!!!!

 Quick report from Coastal Fly Anglers Capt Mike Roy, Casco Bay has fish!!! 5/18/2014

Outgoing afternoon tide had surface temps in the mid 50s in the rivers. Finding clean water after all the rain yesterday was key. Still a bit spotty but surprisingly good for this early on. small flies on intermediate lines brought some schoolie size fish to the boat. Give a call if your looking to get out on the upcoming long weekend...
The striper fishing is on fire in New Jersey, and it’s getting better each day in New York and the slow start on the cape seems to be showing signs of improvement, New Hampshire and Maine could see thing happen quickly due to the water temps and bait movement. The water temps just offshore are looking good and its not to often we are this close to the same temps as Rhode Island in early May. If fish show up early we will report!! and Coastal Fly Anglers Capt Mike Roy is available for early season trips while I am still in the FL Keys. Not long now!!! looking forward to a great season of striper fishing in Maine.     Again if you are trying to reach me during Tarpon Season send a email, text or leave a message I will get back to you ASAP.

Capt Eric Wallace 207-671-4330


Water Temp Updates by Forecasted Region: Friday, May 9, 2014

New Hampshire/Maine: 47-49
Cape Cod: 44-46
Rhode Island: 46-49
Long Island, New York: 48-51 (Fire Island Buoy 49.8)
New Jersey: 50-54 (ACYN4 54.3)
Delaware/Maryland: 54-57 (OCIM2 55.9)

Maine Saltwater Fly and Light Tackle Fishing Reports 2014 by Coastal Fly Angler

Here at the Maine Striper Fishing Blog, There will be no more talk about winter, as its time to move forward to fishing!!! what ever way you bring the new season in,  either by checking out  one of 
tackle show and casting new rods or buying a plane ticket to the FL Keys to get on the water. Either way the energy for the up coming season seems to contiguous and full of energy as emails come in for either fishing the Keys or Striper season here in Maine the excitement builds, For me when the post season ski races are a thing of the past, I head over to see Peter Smith and Tim at SS Flies for a visit, lunch and plan some skinny water striper fishing back in Maine, also to pick up flies I have them work up over the winter Permit and Tarpon patterns. Then dodge a snow storm and head to the FL keys with flats skiff in tow. on the fishing front there is not much I really miss about Maine until the striper show other than the LL Bean and the Eldridge Bro fly shop shows. I have missed these every year other the year my twin girls where born 9 years ago, but like to keep up with the line up and this year LL-Bean brought in a angler who I have learned a ton from Andy Mill his books and films are ever educational, but the best nugget of knowledge came last spring while sitting at a bar in the lower Keys where where the discussion was on fishing the worm hatch and fishing worm patterns in the weeks leading up to the event, his advice was a game changer!!  Andy has a talk at LL BEAN on Saturday the 15 Th. if you are into skinny water fishing and in Maine he's a must see!!!



Casco Bay Stripers and the Maine saltwater fishing season is not to far off and we are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new anglers!! Starting this spring there will be a new reports project that  Capt Mike and I will be hosting, this is very cool and we look forward to sharing it with you, we also hope you become  engaged as in the past and keep the great questions and comments coming!!! For those of you working out your travel plans, I can be a day or so getting back to you during Tarpon season - long days on the poling platform in the sun,and a cold rum drinks, Ok no excuses I will get back ASAP and we can lock in your tides. 

Capt Eric Wallace and the guide staff at Coastal Fly Angler

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Maine Striper Fishing 2014



RUNNING THE COAST: the newest project from HowardFilms, Summer 2014

The film about the Striped Bass migration began in The Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and follows the fish and the anglers who love them through New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York City, and The Hamptons, Montauk, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and up to Maine. Conventional World Record Holder Greg Myerson makes the boat shake with both his enthusiasm and his fish catches. His innovations are changing the sport. Along the way we fish from beaches and chase stripers in shallow water and blitzes with fly rods as well in moments that make your heart race.



Maine Striper Fishing Report - September 2013

This past week ended on a high note, with Friday one the best days I have seen in Years!!

Large snappy fish and perfect weather and not another car in the parking lot at the boat ramp made for a great day that was welcomed on many levels. After dealing with cold morning temp and 4 days of a northerly wind direction we were finding fish but they where hugging the bottom and the birds were sitting on the rock and the bait was down deep, it's amazing how quickly things come to life and show movement when the temps just bounce back a little bit. A low last Monday of 38 and winds to 30 mph has faded and this Fridays morning low of 56 add in nice sunny weather on Saturday bringing back the near shore water temps that seemed like they fell off a cliff. The bottom line is the Kennebec and Casco Bay have a ton of fish in the system and they are starting to move and we are at the point where it could be epic at any point during the day!!! The bait is very spread out and in Casco Bay you do yourself well by looking at other shorelines as the winds pushed bait to areas where you usually don't find it this time of the year but the fish have found it!! There is group of bluefish in the area so still carry some wire. I really belief we have another 3 weeks of solid fishing in the Portland area and some of the best days we have seen in years.... enjoy it!!!!

 (Already tying Tarpon and Permit flies for the spring...)

Capt Eric Wallace
207-671-4330
Maine - FL Keys
eric@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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