Wow what great weather!!!! and a real good start to the striper season here in Maine, with solid catch reports up and down the coast!! The last few days I tried a few different Tides, yesterday Capt. John ford and I went out with floating lines and worm patterns in search of leftovers at first light. What we found was a few fish on the surface but really no solid hookups until the tide filled in, once again found our fish on the flats not in the river?? But I'm sure there are some large fish to be had in the rivers!!! I finish my day yesterday stand up paddle surfing in the OOB area with my wife, and holly cow did we see some schools of bass moving around, not feeding, head down and swimming hard. Today I started my day surfing once again in OOB at sunrise lot's of terns working the water around 7 or so. Spent the late morning fishing with a Fly rod reel rep, casting a prototype one piece 9 wt real cool rod!! today was a scout day for my trips over the week, so we went to places just wondering if there was bait there, well not only was there bait but bass as well, these are outer island spots, I don't fish until late June or early July, there is a ton of bait and we landed fish from 14-28 in the bright sun. The water quality is still clean with these big moon tides, temps great. In some of the flats you might run into a lot of pollen on the surface fish it any ways you can still get hook ups !! I have had a few email about worm patterns, yes the Casco Bay anglers really need to dial this in, it is a treat!!! and even in off years I could count on good fishing during these tides. I am in the final planning stages of doing a fly tying night in June the focus will be worms and crabs email me if you want to be on the list.
Enjoy the weekend and fish hard.
Open June dates I have a few scattered good tides the first two weeks so call for tides, also June 17, 18 and 19 just opened up. Also openings for evening trips
Capt Eric Wallace
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Weather forecast HOT near 90 on Tuesday, Fishing to the south of us Hot!!!! I have my hopes up that is going to be a good year!!! I can tell you this, we are off to a good start here in Casco Bay. We hit a fat 31 inch off a island flat near a river mouth followed up by a 14 inch striper two cast later a mixed bag and that seems to be the word on the water from Long Island NY to Casco Bay.
A few days ago on Maine Striper Fishing Reports blog, I recommended to stay near the rivers, and yes they are holding lots of fish and bait, well the fog had everyone staying in the river today, I hate crowds!! so I ran off to some flats in the hope to pick up a few more before calling it a day, well we found fish scattered and feeding 3-4 miles away from any river system with plenty of small fin bait to keep them here for a few days. I have a feeling there going to just keep moving into our waters pretty thick over the next few weeks, we have the bait!!!! but something we have not had in 3 years is water temps pretty equal to other area in the migration zone.
Long Island 55.0 Block Island 54.0 Buzzard 54.3 Portland 52.0 last year we where 7-9 degrees off in water temps in early June,
A few days just opened up that are prime time and tides June 16-19
I also have few day open in early June. Call for July Dates 207-671-4330
Also I have some angler looking to trade in there rods and reels for the latest greatest, if you ae looking for a used 7-12 wt there are some great deals to be had!! drop a line and I can get in touch with the seller.
at May 23, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Quick update going into the weekend, found a few nice fish this morning in Casco Bay, some good reports to the south, wind direction and temps look good and getting better. things could bust open in the next few days!!! Did get a couple of fish near 30 today, the real story was a group of little punks that where full of it at 14-17 inches, great to see!!! Stay near the river systems!! and things turned on about 2.5 hr into the outgoing. I just had some June dates open up due to a angler who had to change his travel plan till Aug they are great tides!!!June 16-19 I also have few days in the first and second week of June For either Maine tidal Carp or striped Bass, Give a call for more info 207-671-4330
May 18, 2010
Here we go, my first Maine fishing report for 2010, Stripers are showing from Portland South and in some area's in good numbers!!!for mid May, and that's the word Cape Cod North. Water temps are not to bad even with a few chilly nights we had this past week. Looking forward with the amount of baitfish that have moved into Maine's water we should here about some big fish being caught in the bigger rivers, I've fished the sand flats near Portland a couple of times on the few sunny days we have had, and have seen some nice groups of fish moving around, they where playing follow the leader and not stoping by for any thing we casted at them, have had good luck around Plum Island and Kittery area last week. Fished the Carp flats had five shots one day to some real large fish but really need a spike in the water temp for that to turn on!!! It's still early but off to a good start!!!!
Cathy Beck hitting her target, skinny water striped bass on Casco Bay.
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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Here it is, our new skinny water skiff at CFA, adding to our 17 Action Craft with a 115, the IPB is half the weight allowing us to enter the flat earlier with the tide and stay longer,Power will be a 40 4 stroke Suzuki tiler, Can't wait for it to get here!!!
Reports of Stripers being caught in Southern Maine today May 8 th- here we go!!!!!
ASMFC Striped Bass Board Approves Draft Addendum II for Public Comment
Alexandria, VA – The Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board has approved Draft Addendum II to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass for public comment. The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.
***** A big WTF!! we really need to make it a GAME FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2004, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.
The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on information presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result in any necessary changes to the current management program.
It is anticipated that the majority of states will be conducting public hearings on the Draft Addendum. A press release will be issued once the details of the hearings have been finalized and the Draft Addendum is available for public comment. For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or email@example.com.
Please Support this fishery by calling or emailing and asking them to not approve Addendum II and Join the Maine based stripers forever or your local CCA make some noise on this one.
at May 08, 2010
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