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Aug 05, 2014

The striper fishing along the southern coast continues to be a lot of fun!  I fished every evening last week with good results.  I just cruised the coastline on the drive home from work looking for birds working, and lucked out finding them every day. At least 5-10 fish per tide, and a few sessions I landed closer to 20.  Mostly schoolies 20-25 inches, but really fat, and a few slightly bigger ones. I only made it out in the morning a couple of times, and the fishing was not as good, but still productive.  The incoming tide has been the time to be on the water.  Guitar minnows and bucktail emu’s were working very well in current where we were fishing.  Sorry for the continued lack of photos in these reports, but I find it almost impossible to take a picture while there are piles of stripers wildly feeding at my feet.  The sound of them splashing around and sucking up bait is almost intoxicating.  Over the weekend fishing was great.  We started out early Saturday with busting fish, and started hooking up right away.  We fished for a while and got our share of schoolies.  Sunday we travelled north.  Unfortunately Liz slipped on a rock and broke a nice new Winston, but luckily she was ok.  Be careful out there on those rocks!  The fishing was good though, beautiful weather and I landed 8 fish quickly on the crab pot.   Get out there, fishing’s good and the summer is almost gone!

 

James Browne

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein

Jul 29, 2014

What a difference a week can make!  The water temps have come back up to normal, and it seems to have kicked off a feeding frenzy.  I’ve found very large schools of stripers pushing juvy herring and sand eels up tight to shore and making the water boil.  This has been the case in several spots I’ve fished from Biddeford to Portsmouth over the past week.  Nothing gets me quite as excited as seeing fish busting for hours on end.  It’s been mostly smaller fish in the 20-24” range, but there are definitely some nice healthy fish close to 30” mixed in as well.  The most productive flies for me this week have been the guitar minnow, a white gurgler and Jeff’s sand eel.  I’ve also heard reliable reports of some very big fish that have moved into the rocks out front.  A 48” and a 52” fish were both caught in York on bait in the past week, and I saw some nice pictures of some very healthy fish all around 35” caught on the fly north of here.  Seems like after a somewhat spotty first half of the season, things have really kicked off and the fishing is good.  Get out there and wet a line if you have the chance!

James Browne

 

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein

Jul 22, 2014

It’s been a strange year in the salt so far!  Fishing has definitely been hit or miss, some really great tides, some days without a bump.  Lately we’ve been having some exceptionally cold water in the low 50’s, and it even dropped to 49 degrees a couple weeks ago.  Needless to say that cold water hasn’t provided for great fishing, but if you can find the warmer water there have been some really nice fish around.  Top producing flies for me have been the crab pot, simram, and guitar minnow.  I’ve actually been doing the best sight casting in very shallow water, in hot sun during the middle of the day.  Sight casting crabs in these conditions has been insanely fun.  There is nothing like watching big fish cruising the flats with that slight downward angle just looking to pick up an easy meal off the bottom.  It is challenging fishing though, and you will generally spook more fish than you hook, long light leaders and delicate casts are a must.  This past weekend was very encouraging, we found piles of stripers busting on sand eels for hours with the incoming tide.  We waded right out into the mix of them and proceeded to hammer 20-25” fat schoolies on almost every cast, and a few bigger fish mixed in as well.

James Browne

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein

Jun 10, 2014

The stripers have arrived in large numbers and I finally found some of very large size fish this past weekend!  In fact the evening action that I got into at the end of last week and through the weekend was incredible.  There was a large school of bass with most of them appearing to be between 30 and 40 inches, with a whole pile of schoolies and even some dink and micro sized bass mixed in as well.  They had thousands of juvy herring packed tight into the rocks and were feeding on the surface like it was their last meal.  There were plenty of terns working the bait, as well as mackerel.  It was the kind of scene that really reminds me of the amazing fishing that we had in the late 90’s or early 2000’s.  There’s nothing like seeing BIG stripers boiling a foot or two off the rocks.  I caught my biggest of the season at a fat 30 inches, and lost another fish that seemed a bit bigger.  The guy next to me landed a real pig that was close to 40” on a tiny little fly with floating line.  The hot flies were little surf candies, guitar minnow, gummy minnow, little mule, and the game changer.  Definitely seems like the fish have moved out of the rivers, so go check your favorite beach or do some rock hopping out front.  Fishing the salt should be very good for the next couple of weeks until the temps start to rise and we get into that steady summer pattern.  I haven’t had the chance to do any freshwater fishing, but we’ve had some good reports from anglers coming through the shop.  Most reports say that the trout fishing up north has been pretty good with hatches of Hendrickson’s, bwo’s, caddis and some stoneflies coming off in good numbers. The warm water species have been a lot of fun in our ponds down south.  

James Browne

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein

May 21, 2014

There are stripers in Southern Maine! I’ve been hearing through the grapevine that the stripers have been here for a couple of weeks. This happens every year and those reports almost always turn out to be false.  So I had no solid reports until two nights ago when Matt Rogosienski sent me text with a picture of a beautiful bright schoolie that was caught locally. I’ve still had no local reports of shad but if the stripers are here, they are too. I fished south of here last week for shad and landed two. I had a tough time trying to get them to eat a fly but my friend Eric, who was spin fishing, landed more than I could keep track of including a couple of very large females. 

Trout reports from the rest of the state have been very good. With all of the great weather we’ve been having Maine’s fisheries are coming alive. It’s time to neglect your chores and grab your fly rod. Good luck!

 

Jim  

 

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein

May 07, 2014

After such a cold snowy winter, just getting the chance to go out and fish has been amazing.  Fishing season opened with high water and colder temps, but things have definitely improved over the past few weeks.  With the high water in April, I decided to fish very small water, with little native brook trout.  I usually swing small soft hackles on a light rod, as I find this to be a very relaxing way to fish.  The colder temps (both air and water) didn’t provide for any fast action, but with a steady catch of beautiful little native fish it was a lot of fun.  More recently, the state stocking trucks came through the area, and dumped thousands of trout.  For anybody chasing those fish, get out there, its prime time.  I also got the chance to hunt Rainbows and Salmon running into tributaries of one our bigger lakes, chasing smelt and eating sucker eggs.  This provided some really fun fishing, and I even landed a 20 inch salmon on my 3wt Scott A4 which was a blast.  A great midge hatch came off around lunch and I got a bunch of action on a size 22 RS2. We’ve had some reports come into the shop that Hendrickson’s have been coming off for about a week.  Last weekend I decided to throw some poppers for largemouth in a couple of small ponds.  The fish were set up in the shallow water and aggressively attacked my popper.  I have loved popper fishing for bass ever since I was a kid, its just so much fun.  I also saw some surface activity in the ocean two days ago, couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but the stripers could be here any day now. No news on the shad run yet but they should be here very soon. 

 

James Browne

Posted in Fishing Reports By Jim Bernstein