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Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:11 am

Saltwater Fishing Report

f you are a recreational saltwater angler, Maine law may require you to register with the Maine Saltwater Recreational Fishing Registry. To learn more or to register visit maine.gov/saltwater or call 633-9505.

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Major changes have been made in the cod and haddock regulations for 2015. Anglers can’t retain any Atlantic cod and the minimum size for haddock has been reduced to 17 inches with a 3 fish per angler per day bag limit. Pollock and haddock have been dominating the groundfish catches, especially on Jeffrey’s and Tanta’s. Both jigs coupled with a teaser and bait are working well. It is the exception when a boat does not max out on its quota for haddock. ..

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:23 am

Saltwater Fishing Report

If you are a recreational saltwater angler, Maine law may require you to register with the Maine Saltwater Recreational Fishing Registry. To learn more or to register visit maine.gov/saltwater or call 633-9505.

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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. If you have any questions or would like copies of the 2015 saltwater regulations please call 633-9505 or check maine.gov/dmr/recreational/rechomepage.html

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:12 am

Saltwater fishing report

Major changes have been made in the groundfish regulations for 2015. Anglers cannot retain any 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.

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:51 am

Saltwater Fishing Report 7.16.15

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Anglers are seeing and marking lots of bait, which is a very good sign. Pollock and haddock with lesser amounts of cusk, redfish and hake are filling the groundfishermen’s cooler. Bait (shrimp, clams) on a gravel bottom for haddock and jigs with a teaser on the humps have been catching fish. Major changes have been made in the groundfish regulations for 2015. Anglers cannot 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. The tuna bite continues to heat up for rod and reel fishermen with numerous fish taken from a variety of locations, mostly by chunking while on the ball. This is good news for those participating in the upcoming 77th annual Bailey Island Tournament, the granddaddy of all Maine tourneys. This tournament is based out of Cook’s Lobster House on Bailey’s Island and runs from July 20-25. Some shark action has been reported, mostly porbeagles but also a few threshers and blues. The minimum size for all keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4 1/2 feet in length while great whites and basking sharks are federally protected. If you are not sure of what species you have hooked, then “if you don’t know, let it go.”

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:32 am

Saltwater Fishing Report

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The Atlantic bluefin tuna bite is getting better and better. Some spots where fish have been caught include the Kettle, Sagadahoc and outside of Platt’s. Chunking on the ball or drifting have been the most productive methods of hooking up. Porbeagles (some monsters), threshers and a few blue sharks have also been taken by those fishing offshore. The minimum size for all keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4.5 feet in length while basking and white sharks are federally protected species. If you are not sure of what species you have hooked, then “If you don’t know, let it go.” All vessels fishing recreationally for Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish must have an Atlantic HMS angling permit.

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:34 am

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Substantial changes have been made in the cod and haddock regulations for 2015. Anglers cannot 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. The minimum size for halibut in federal waters is 41 inches and the taking of halibut in Maine territorial waters is closed from July 1 to April 30. 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. The minimum size for all keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4.5 feet in length while basking and white sharks are federally protected species. If you are not sure what species you hooked, then “If you don’t know, let it go.” The Atlantic bluefin tuna bite has been good, mostly inside.

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:36 am

Saltwater Fishing Report

The 18th annual Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament, based out of Spring Point marina in South Portland, starts Thursday and runs until Saturday. This tourney is a highly competitive, no-nonsense event that draws the region’s top tuna men. On that note, the Atlantic bluefin tuna bite continues decent; unfortunately the price for these fish isn’t. Sharking will be picking up for those targeting blue sharks and there have also been some reports of decent makos and threshers taken. The minimum size for all keeper sharks (makos, porbeagles, threshers and blues) is 4½ feet in length while basking and white sharks are federally protected species. If you are not sure of what species you have hooked, then “if you don’t know, let it go.”

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:13 am

Saltwater Fishing Report #20

Congratulations to John Harmon and the crew of the Banshee for their 670.8-pound first-place tuna in last week’s Sturdivant Island Tuna Tourney.

The annual Casco Bay Classic Tournament, based out of Spring Point Marina in South Portland, starts Thursday and runs until Saturday. This tournament has tuna, shark and small-game fish categories.

Changes have been made in the cod and haddock regulations for 2015. Anglers cannot 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.

The minimum size for halibut in federal waters is 41 inches, and the taking of halibut in Maine territorial waters is closed from July 1 to April 30.

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:03 am

Saltwater Fishing Report #21

ZONE 1: Stripers, schoolies to trophies, are there for the taking. The key is to be flexible and to remember that what is a hot spot today may not produce any fish tomorrow. Pine Point, the Bathhouse end of Biddeford Pool, Goosefare Brook (coming tide) and Old Orchard have been giving up fish. Beach fishermen should check local ordinances before fishing as some area beaches may restrict fishing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Labor Day. Chunked macs, worms and clams are the baits to use. Anglers can also find action in the lower portion of the rivers and the estuaries especially when using surgical tubes tipped with a sandworm. If you are casting (from shore or boat) use Al Gag’s Whip-it Eels, Storm Wildeye Swim Shad or the Bill Hurly’s 71/2-inch Cape Cod Sand Eels. Fly fishermen report better catches of late (fish the coming tide) using mackerel pattern, red/white and red/yellow Clousers and the pure black Deceiver (night). Mackerel are readily available in their usual spots.

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Re: Saltwater Fishing Report

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:58 am

Saltwater Fishing Report # 22

ZONE 1: The first documented account of a bluefish has been reported. This 11-pounder was taken out around Wood Island. Bait (chunk macs) works great but remember that wire leader. For those who want to work artificials try the orange Ranger or Gag’s Grabber lures. Stripers are still here with some of the better fishing upcoming as we approach fall. Beach fishing has been more productive than the estuaries and lower rivers as of late. Eels (at night), chunked macs, worms and clams are the baits of choice. Use a balloon or float between your weight and your hook to keep the bait off the bottom and away from the crabs. Lures that have been getting it done include the mackerel pattern Striper Maine-iac, the Yo-Zuri clear Crystal Minnow and the Savage Gear Ghost. For those anglers that would prefer to toss a fly, try chartreuse or the chartreuse/white Clousers or any of the crab patterns.

ZONE 2: The Cape shoreline and the islands are

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