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Fishing Reports

May/June Fishing Report:



            Now that we have had some nice consistent weather it appears as though the fishing has really taken off. The Striped Bass have shown up in great numbers, the Shad fishing is red hot, and the Haddock bite is second to none right now. If you haven't been out, you are missing out.

            Striped Bass can be found in almost all of our rivers and marshes at the moment as well as in the back bays that hold a muddy bottom. Many of these fish are small, in the 10-16" range with a few larger fish mixed in. What these fish lack in size they make up in aggressiveness. After their long push north, they are ready to eat. Small Ron-Z's, Slug-Go's, and Buck tail jigs have been my go-to, as well as paddle tail swimmers, and small Jumpin' Minnows. Single barbless hooks are the way to go right now, as these fish tend to get all of the hooks in the mouths, gills, and other parts of their bodies if fishing with a multiple hook lure. If you are a fly fisherman, now is the time to shine, and if you want to learn to fly fish for Striped Bass I recommend doing so now. A set up in the 7-9 wt. range with an intermediate or shooting head line will get you where you want to be. Small clousers, deceivers, and sand eel patterns will produce dozens of fish per day for you right now. Do not worry about color too much right now, just stick to the basics, white, chartreuse, pink, and olive. If you are in the river, try to fish an outgoing tide as bait will be flushed out and disoriented from the strong currents. Fish the incoming in the back bays, and flats, as the fish will be following the water in searching for worms, and any other bait fish tat can live in the skinny water. Sand worms, and clams are the natural bait of choice right now. Just remember to use your circle hooks.

            Shad fishing has remained hot around the dam in Saco, anglers using shad darts and spoons as well as small marabou flies have done very well on the fish. This year it appears that the best fishing has been around the top of the tide. Try to keep your offering low and close to the bottom as this is where they will be holding. A light drag is essential as well due to their very soft papery mouths.

            The ground fish bite has been fantastic as of late, with Haddock being the king. Many boats are limiting out on their haddock, and catching many legal size cod as well. We are even seeing good numbers of large Cusk. Jigs fished with a teaser above them, either a soft plastic Hogy, or Tsunami squid, or Ron-Z are creating many double hook ups. Hi-Low rigs with a bank sinker and bait are also taking quite a few fish. So far this year, my best colors for teasers have been, White, Pink, and Chartreuse, and my bait of choice has been strips of clam. Jeffrey's Ledge has been the hot spot for me so far, but I am also getting good reports from Platts, and Tantas as well.

            It has been an exciting start to the season and I anticipate it only getting better. We have yet to see a push of good size fish in any numbers, but from the reports I am getting from Cape Cod, and the Merrimack, we should be seeing them any day now.



Captain Lou Tirado

Diamond Pass Outfitters




May 13th 2016
Good News!! Stripers were being caught in the Saco River Yesterday.  Thad Tibbetts was one of the first to send us a pic catching Schoolie Stripers.  since then, this morning along the Sandy Bottom in Saco, Fisherman were lined up along the shore line.. The past week Fisherman were at the Dam in The Saco River catching Shad with 1/4 oz shad darts...Along the Scarborough. Marsh and inlets in Wells we heard guys and girls fishing with rubber shad and White Bucktail jigs..  Worms are also being fished in the Spurwink but it was a slow start for one of our customers.  We are getting a supply of Milky Ribbon Worms in 6 oz containers.. It has taken our friend Andy to come up with a way to dig and preserve these worms so you can fish them on a trolling tube or put a bundle on a hook and fish the sandy bottoms. 
We had some customers go out and test their boats on a maiden voyage to Jefferies for ground fishing.  Rick Crosby reported plenty of market size haddock and was disappointed to release plenty of legal size cod. (not a legal catch till August 1st).  Still haddock, red fish and a couple of cusk filled the cooler to make it a successful fishing trip.  Clams and shrimp was the favorite bait.
 Fresh water look for Smallmouth and Largemouth bass being shallow not quite on their beds.  this weekend will be a good time to explore your favorite spots.
April Fishing Report 2016

Welcome back! The fishing season has returned two weeks early thanks to the Maine IF&W and Maine DMR. With the early arrival of spring this year, anglers would be wise to take the time to target some new species before the Striper Migration takes over our world. Early season Pike fishing will offer the saltwater aficionado a crash course into the sweet water game. Sea Run Brown trout are always a treat and with the warmer than usual temps it will make chasing them that more comfortable on the open marshes. Lastly, with the change in the ground fish regulations anglers are now able to target Haddock starting April 1st.

Early season Pike fishing can be one of the most exciting fisheries we have in this state. As the ice leaves, the Pike will move into the shallows and prepare to spawn. As this happens, they become quite aggressive, and willing to hit a myriad of offerings. Top water, walk the dog type lures induce explosive strikes, large soft plastics that are rigged weedless will allow you to get the bait into the shallow water that the fish live in. Large Slug-go’s or Hogy’s that are 5� and larger will be your best bet. Spoons and jerk baits will round out the arsenal for anglers. At this time of year, the fishing is highly visual, you will be able to spot the Pike laying up in the shallows where it is warmest, look for fallen logs, or other structure that will give them an ambush site. Pike can be found in many areas, some of the more notable are Sabbatus Pond, Sebago Lake, the Belgrades, and the Androscoggin River.

Sea Run Brown trout are always a viable option for the angler who just has to get out into the marsh and fish the salt. Many of out marshes are stocked with these fish that range anywhere from 12� to 30� small spoons, and minnow style jerk baits are staples in the fishery. Soft plastics rigged on lead heads will also entice these fish as they work well to stir up the mud on the bottom. Small flies will also work well, Clousers, Deceivers, and shrimp patterns fished on an intermediate line will be most effective, you could also try scud patterns. Historically, I have had the best fishing in the Ogunquit area, and down around the Mousam. One nice thing about chasing the Sea Runs is the possibility of catching a hold over Striped Bass. Remember to work the tides and fish the seams.

With the new proposed regulations in ground fish and the early spring trends April could be prove one of the best months on record for the angler wishing to get offshore and target Haddock. The new law states that anglers can now retain 15 fish at 17�. Anglers will be able to retain Haddock year round with a short closure from March 1st to April 14th. Diamond jigs or any other style with a teaser above it will take more than it’s fair share of fish. Some of my favorite teasers are he classic bucktails, and the Tsunami Squid in 3�. I also like the Hogy Sand eels, and the small Ron-Z in either Pink, Pearl, or Green. As always, make sure to have a supply of live bait with you. Clams, squid, and Sand worms will be the ticket. Hit the usually ledges but but prepared to move around until you find the school.

April is shaping up to be an exciting month, and it is just the beginning! Have a great season everyone, stay tuned for more reports and how-to’s. Don’t forget to attend the show, on April 2nd, at the Clambake Restaurant.

August 28th
you Guys keep asking well they are finally here.. a few confirmed reports of bluefish from wells to Portland.. Follow the birds or start trolling on the traditional spots.. Richmond Island, Saco Bay in front of the pier.
Good Luck
August 20th

Fishing Report From the F/V

Teazer ChartersWe have been Mostly Shark
Fishing all August and finding it to be the best season we have had.  Mostly Blue sharks in 400-500 feet of
water.  A lot of makos around and all the
ones we hook up with are right at the boat 30-50 feet below on a dead
mackerel.  We have had a couple of big
thresher sharks over structures while we are tuna fishing.  We have hooked up and seen a lot of large
tuna the past couple of months from inside to Jefferies.  Don't be afraid to troll.  I think a green squid rig would produce and
mimic blasting mackerel!

Our striper trips have also
been productive.  Overcast days better
than the bright sunny days.  Key words "Low
Light"  Early Morning and evening.  Jefferies has been good on bottom
fishing.  Fish have moved in deeper water
250-300 feet. Try to find the big Pollock using bait. Tough to avoid the cod
though!  Mackerel have been tough the
past week. Richmond
Island and West Cod Ledge
have been holding mackerel, but mostly in our chum slicks while shark Fishing.Good Luck

Capt. Pete Morse

Teazer Charters


August 7th
Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament started off with a
bang on Thursday with a few Tuna coming in... Tuna bite is up and down but this
year you can fish many ledges without a fleet around you . 
Off shore ground fishing has been steady with fisherman
throwing back legal sized cod but in between keeping some good size Pollack and
haddock . Mostly at Jefferies Ledge.  Striped bass are still on the beach but
you have to deal with that seaweed issue that some beaches continue to have.  We
have been going out on the boat and searching for the birds at first light and
tossing poppers and  ron z or slug go to represent the sand eels.  you are
competing with a lot of bait still so the fish are picky on what you are
tossing.... mackerel and worms on the ocean floor using a circle hook in Maine
can be a bit tricky especially if the fish hits and you are use to setting the
hook.  hold that bait on the bottom but be attentive with your drag set loose or
even your bail open , or use a bait runner version of a reel.  Once a fish hits
your bait let it run for a couple of seconds then start to reel it pointing your
rod towards the fish.  As you retrieve it in start to put pressure on the rod
and keep the rod tip up and continue to reel. Land the Striper.  If it is under
28" let it go.  Then repeat process over and over again!
Tight Lines

July 30th

Anglers targeting groundfish can expect catches of primarily
pollock, haddock and also cod (which must be released) along with a few hake,
cusk and redfish mixed in. Sixteen-ounce jigs with a teaser fly, just above the
jig, work well for pollock. Bait such as shrimp and clams work best for haddock
but don't overload your hook. There are blue sharks, threshers and porbeagles
available to the offshore fisherman. A couple of captains had some massive
Makos on the hook doing their trademark leap and spitting the hook during the Veterans
Tournament last week.  The Atlantic
bluefin tuna bite has been good, mostly inside. Thirteen tuna were entered in
last week's 77th annual Bailey Island Tuna and Small Fish Tournament.
Congratulations to Joe Geaumont and the crew of the "Off-the Hook" with their
first-place fish weighing in at 715 pounds. This is their second straight
first-place finish.mperatures, as reported from Jeffrey's Ledge, are in the
mid- 60s

Time of day is very important if you want to catch stripers.
Anglers, especially those fishing artificials and flies, need to be out during
low light hours. Anglers fishing the rivers on an incoming tide with bait
(worms, clams, and herring) or surgical tubes coupled with a worm have had
success. The beaches and ledges continue to be productive. Beach fishermen
should check local ordinances before fishing as some area beaches may restrict
fishing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those working artificials have had luck with
any of the rubber baits (Slug-go, Fin-S, etc.) as well as top water lures.  Had some luck the past few days in the Saco River
early 5 am- 7am watching birds and still bait in the river.  Incoming tide try the same techniques using
top water poppers or un weighted slug go type rubber bait inside the islands of
Saco and Pine Point...Watch the Birds! You will
be competing with sand eels so be patient and look for swirling water on top.

Fly guys tossing flies
that mimic the natural bait (sand eel, crab patterns) are catching fish.
Mackerel catching has been spotty but the typical haunts around the mouth of Saco Bay
(Wood, Stratton, Bluff
Islands) have been
producing fish. Sabiki rigs and chum (cat food) work for catching fish. There
are plenty of harbor pollock about. Though there are lots of rumors, there
still have been no confirmed reports of bluefish..

July 24th 2015
Bluefish seem to be elusive but fisherman are getting bit off clean off the jetty at camp ellis and in Portland.. Striped Bass of all sizes are on the Beaches from Wells to Bath. Dead Low Tide on the incoming with chunk bait landed a few keepers for Some Fisherman coming in from Vacation staying at the Friendship Hotel. Even Shad are still at the Dam in Saco this time of year. The Lonely Angler Zipster and the dawai SP Minnow cream color are still working where the birds are diving. Ron z and Bill Hurley rigs are still a go to rubber bait which mimics the sand eel pattern. Most popular fly is also the Beach side and Estuary sand eel Pattern. Also try the Crab Fly and HOLO Deceiver in Pine point.

shark Fishing has been active of in the deep water on the East side of the common Ledges... reports of makos coming up from deep water are starting to be present especially with the water temp hitting 70 at the Portland weather Buoy. Tuna bite is still on in many different areas. We are lucky this time of year as far as you are not on top of everyone at one spot.. the Bluefin seem to be spread out this year.. The market is a bit inflated with supply and the quality of fish But It is just getting started.
Good Luck


July 16th 2015
Atlantic cod and the minimum size for haddock has been reduced to 17 inches with a bag limit of three fish per angler per day.

Pollock, haddock, redfish and hake are the mainstays for those targeting groundfish. Bait (shrimp, clams) and jigs coupled with a teaser are getting fish.

A few sharks, mostly blues and porbeagles, have been reported. If you are not sure what species you have hooked, then release - "If you don't know, let it go." The minimum size for all keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4.5 feet in length. Great whites and basking sharks are federally protected.

Atlantic bluefin tuna are here and a couple have been landed by rod and reel. This early, try trolling squid rigs or daisy chains of mackerel instead of setting up on the ball and chunking. All vessels fishing recreationally for Atlantic tuna, sharks, swordfish, and billfish must have an Atlantic HMS Angling Permit.

Readings from the Jeffrey's Ledge weather buoy show sea surface temperatures in the low 60s.


Federal striped bass regulations: It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in federal waters (waters greater than 3 miles from shore).

New statewide striped bass regulations: An angler may fish all year for striped bass, but may only keep one per day that measures over 28 inches in length.

Also, if you are fishing for striped bass or bluefish using bait, you must use a non-offset circle hook. There is an exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of 8 inches long and have a single hook protruding from the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached.

 If you want stripers, get out early or late since the heat and sun may slow fishing activity during the day. Schoolies can be found in the lower portions of most rivers, while "keepers" are out on the beaches and rocky structures.

Shore anglers have done well at Old Orchard, Higgins and Pine Point (both the beach and the pier). Other active sites are the bathhouse end of Biddeford Pool and the beach next to the Camp Ellis jetty. The key to beach fishing now is to be willing to move to find the fish and not wait for them to come to you. Beach fishermen should also check local ordinances, as some beaches restrict fishing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Reasonable catches, even during the day, have been reported from boats fishing the lower portions of the rivers with black, bubblegum or wine-red surgical tubes paired with a sandworm. Bait, especially worms, is producing the most fish. The 2½-ounce Savage rubber baits, 6-inch Al Gag Whip-it-Eel, Gag's Grabbers 5-inch poppers and Wood Striper Maine-iac are catching fish for anglers working artificials.

Fly fishers tossing sand eel and crab patterns continue to be into the fish. Mackerel catching has been spotty, maybe due to bluefish. Use chum to stay on the fish once you start hooking up. Flounder catches have been reported out and around the Piscataquis. There are still a few shad to be had below the Saco Dam and the Scarborough Marsh.

 The transition into the summer striper fishing mode is occurring. Schoolies on up are scattered throughout the islands, coves, rocky ledges and along the Cape Elizabeth shore.

Fish areas where there is moving water or along the backside of surf as that will be where the bait has been kicked up.

Make sure your Boat has all the safety gear
before you head out.. it is a long way back to the dock if you are missing a
flare or life jacket!!

There is lots of bait (sand eels, alewives,
etc.) and therefore plenty of happy stripers throughout this zone. Shore
anglers have been catching bass off the beaches (Higgins, Pine Point, Biddeford
Pool, ocean side of the Camp
Ellis jetty) and the
rivers. Beach fishermen should check local ordinances as some beaches restrict
fishing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bait (clams, worms, live or chunk macs) is
producing the most fish. River fishing (Saco, Scarborough,
etc.) has been very good when fished during the incoming tide and the first
hour of the outgoing. Anglers trolling weighted surgical tubes (wine red or
bubblegum) , slow and deep coupled with a sandworm are catching fish. The Daiwa
fast sinking S P Minnows and the 1 ounce Lonely Angler Ghost Zipster are just a
couple of artificial lures that have been getting it done. Fly guys throwing
crab and sand eel patterns are catching fish. Over the past week mackerel have
become very abundant with some showing up with bite marks (bluefish). If you
are targeting blues try the orange 3-ounce Ranger lure and don't forget the
wire leader. Shad (the poor man's tarpon) are still being caught below the Saco

: Fishing around the mouths of the rivers
(Presumpscot, Harraseeket, Royal, etc.) the islands (Cushing, Cow, Little
Chebeague) as well as the Cape shoreline are
areas that have been productive for striper fishermen. Bait is everywhere and
so are the stripers. Anglers working artificials have been getting into the
fish using Rapala X-Raps, mackerel or herring, Gag's Mambo Minnows poppers as
well as any of the rubber baits. Flies that have been effective include any of
the 2/0 and 4/0 grocery patterns (river mouths) and Clousers (on the flats).
Baits of choice are mackerel and worms. Mackerel catches throughout the Bay are
moderate. Use chum to stay on the fish once you start hooking up.

Major changes have been made in the
groundfish regulations for 2015. Anglers can't retain any Atlantic cod and the
minimum size for haddock has been reduced to 17 inches with a
three-fish-per-angler-per-day bag limit. Anglers targeting groundfish can expect
a mix of pollock, haddock, hake, redfish and cusk. Both jigs, coupled with a
teaser, and bait are working well. An angler specifically after haddock should
fish bait (clams, shrimp) right near a gravel or sand bottom. Also, be careful
not to overload your hook with bait since haddock have a relatively small mouth
and more is not better. It is not uncommon for anglers to easily reach their
haddock bag limit. Readings
from the Jeffrey's Ledge weather buoy show sea surface temperatures in the upper

Atlantic bluefin tuna, footballs and the
big boys, are around but I have not heard of any taken by rod and reel. A few
porbeagles have been hooked up over the past week. The minimum size for all
keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4.5 feet in length.
All vessels fishing recreationally for Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish, and
billfish must have an Atlantic HMS Angling Permit.



June 19th 2015  
The fishing remains insanely strong as the month of June pushes on. As these fish show up to their final migration destinations they are being greeted by hoards of sand eels, alewives, and river herring. Most of the fish appear in the 23-27" range and feeding heavily. Most mornings start with a surface show that rivals those seen in the past, it appears as if there are acres of the bass that could walked on. While there are an enormous amount of fish presently in and around the rivers lure presentation is extremely important. The stripers are keyed in on sand eels, so do not get discouraged if you do cast through a school of breaking fish and do not hook up. Just keep at it and the bass will find you. Top lure choices are any top lure i.e. Diawa SP Minnows or the Lonely Angler Zipster. Swimmers like the Yo Zuri Mag and crystal minnows have been producing great numbers as well. Soft plastics are still reigning supreme though, the slim profile of the Ron-Z, Gag Whip-its, and Bill Hurley rubber baits are matching the profile of the bait the bass are chasing but the fact that these lures are just a bit bigger give the bass an added incentive to eat. The fly anglers will be best suited to throw Clousers and small Deceivers right now. We haven't seen a color preference yet but stick to the standards; white, olive over white, chartreuse over white, and pink over white. If you do that you can safely bet that you will come tight on more than one bass.
Diamond Pass Outfitters
Captain Lou Tirado

Just last night, and early this am, June 6th, spotted schools of larger bass
under dock lights at camp Ellis. Caught 6 total fish in one hour, all on rubber
baits. 4-6 inch flash foil working well, as well as RonZ 6-8 inch in the silver
or pearl colors..also nailed a few a couple days back on a bone colored SP
minnow, last summers hot minnow...thought I'd let you know I spotted schools of
100 or more bass, many with SIZE. Lots of bait, sand eels herring and alewives
as well..
No Bullshit..tight lines,
Cory from Camp Ellis
May 21st 2015
The brooks and streams are still flowing but we are in need for some rain to get the pools filled again.. Scott Bartlett told me Sebago has been keeping him busy catching salmon.  
Reports of small striped bass have been reported all along the Saco river from the dam to the jetties for the past week. Lots of shad still at the dam using shad darts all colors have been working well . Bass have been hitting best on sandworm and bloodworm along the Sandy Bottom of the Saco River and Camp Ellis. The Ron Z has success in the Scarborough Marsh yesterday on schoolies.  Rubber baits 6" and 8" in the herring and pearl have been working as well with a slow retrieval.  Do not forget to take out your mambo minnow or sp minnow in your tackle box...  Mike Payer Had some luck with the Storm Eye Shad near the Dam in the Saco River.  Typically the inlets and rivers are a great start for the stripers to be spotted before they hit the beaches. William Evangelista said he sees a few stripers surfacing on the  River side of the Jetty in Camp Ellis. he spent most of his evening north of the Pier in Old Orchard Beach and had some luck before dawn this morning.   Ben Day Had some luck with his favorite Lonely Angler Popper first thing in the morning and early evening . Fishing tide change has always given best results. But remember that any time to fish is a great time to fish after the winter we had here in Maine . If you are fishing from a boat in the river try trolling with a tube and worm slow with the current . wine color and bubble gum color tubes are effective with a blood or sandworm.  Early reports of mackerel we caught off the Kennebunk jetty a couple of days ago...
Offshore The Bunny Clark has been busy off shore despite the new regulations.  In between catching haddock, some Pollock, redfish... the cod were weighed and released for information to pass along to NOAA.  Everyone has to make the best of a limited situation.  Miss Megan Charters took out a group who wanted to get out and bend a rod.  They limited out on their haddock and asked us for some recipes for red fish...  Hopefully we will continue to give you good news this season.    
May 5, 2015

June is arguably the best month for saltwater enthusiasts. With the influx of warmer weather, raising water temperatures, and schools of migrating baitfish being followed by schools of predators, an angler has ample opportunity at numerous species over the course of four weeks. The three top species that the inshore angler can expect to catch are the Sea-Run Brown Trout, the American Shad, and the Striped Bass.

Both the Sea-Runs, and the Shad are usually caught by accident by anglers hoping to score an early Striped Bass, but when word gets out that Shad have moved into the rivers watch out. These acrobatic game fish have a cult like following. The American Shad, also known as ‘The Poor Man’s Tarponâ€ï¿½ range in size from 2-6 lbs and can be found in tidal rivers and marshes with a moderate current. Shad darts, spoons, and small flies will be an angler’s best bet. Target pockets of calm eddy’s that are adjacent to a rip current, the shad will ambush their prey as it gets kicked out of the turbulent water. Light line and a light drag are extremely important as well. The paper thin mouths of these fish do not hold up to heavy drag, so make sure to play them, and take your time. As I said early, shad darts, spoons, and flies will consistently produce, color preference changes from day to day, so it is in the best interest of anglers to have a wide variety of colors and size darts, and spoons on hand each time you go out.

As the month moves on, the Striped Bass fishing will only get better. With each passing day, more and more migrating bass will take up residence in Maine waters; these fish will be hungry and ready to feed. The Primary prey for the Striped Bass will be, alewives, herring, sand eels, sea worms, small crabs and lobsters, and clams. Anglers are the advantage right now, lure selection is not as important as it will be later in the season. Perennial favorites include, soft plastics like the Slug-go, Ron-Z, and Wildeye Shad. The singe hook on these lures allow for solid hook ups, and quick releases allowing the angler to get back in the game faster. Small swimming lures like the SP Minnow, and Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow are great alewife and herring imitators. Be sure to crush the barbs on both treble hooks, by doing so you allow yourself an easier release that will cause less damage to the fish and yourself should you get stuck. The act of crushing the barb will not affect the catch ratio either just maintain a tight line. Top water plugs like a spooks or “walk the dogâ€ï¿½ lures will draw aggressive strikes, pencil poppers mimic the frenzied action of a struggling alewives or river herring as well. Top spots to catch a June Striped Bass include the Mousam, Saco, Scarborough, Presumpscot, and Kennebec Rivers. Any tidal marshes will hold Stripers as well. As we get later into the month, the bass will begin to move out to the beachfronts, and surrounding islands.

Good luck this season, make sure to introduce someone new to the sport, and if you have any questions contact your local tackle shops or hire a guide to show you the ropes! See you out there!

Diamond Pass Outfitters
Captain Lou Tirado