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Fishing Reports

 
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 Tarpon†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 dog†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
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