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Fishing Reports

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