Another Great Week for Anglers Along the Coast

by Captain Greg Metcalf

It was another excellent week of fishing along the southern Maine coastline. Boaters had to deal with some hard southerly wind and rough seas, but the fishing remained strong. 
Anglers are still waiting for the first blast of bluefish to invade our waters.  Hopefully that will happen in the very near future. Stripers are still abundant and are being caught from the surf, boats and kayaks.

A very excited seven-year-old Mason Meyers and his dad Nick pose with the striped bass Mason caught aboard the Striper Swiper on August 1. Nick Meyers is a Kennebunk native who now lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is the head lacrosse coach for Ohio State University. His team made it to the national championship game last year.

Kennebunkport: The fishing from Cape Porpoise to Wells Bay was good during the week. Big schools of mackerel were easy to locate by drifting through the lobster gear just south of the Fishing Rocks. 

Fishing along the beaches and Ocean Avenue shoreline was difficult due to an abundance of sea weeds that moved in from the offshore waters due to all the southerly wind. The anglers that fought through the inconvenience and persevered were rewarded with some quality fish. 

Anglers aboard my boat the Striper Swiper caught some very nice keeper-size striped bass this week. The Kennebunk River also is full of stripers of all sizes from 12 inches to jumbo 40-inch fish.

Wells, Ogunquit: Brandy from Webhannet Bait and Tackle told me that both surf and boat fisherman reported a lot of weed on the beaches this week yet 30-plus-inch stripers were very common as were many school-sized fish. 

Parson’s Beach and the mouth of the Mousam River have been productive at first light and during the evening. Flounder fishing has been good to very good in the York River and Perkins Cove. Chumming with clams and canned corn are producing excellent catches.

York: Captain Phil Breton reported mackerel were a little tougher to find along the coastline between Wells and York this week. The striper fishing along the rocky Ogunquit shoreline remains excellent. Long Sands Beach is still consistent with mixed sizes of bass. There aren’t a lot of really big fish around but some very nice 30- to 34-inch fish.

Goose Rocks Beach: Captain Steve Brettell reported striper fishing in the Goose Rocks area was excellent this week. The early morning tides remain the best time of day with chunks of mackerel and clam baits accounting for most of the fish. The nice weather and favorable tides are promising conditions for the upcoming week.

Saco River and Saco Bay: Captain Cal Robinson of Saco Bay Guide Service told me the striper fishing has been very steady but far from red hot.  Mackerel are still abundant, easy to locate, catch and are the best bet for catching trophy stripers.

The islands around Saco Bay, Old Orchard Beach as well as the Saco River have all produced some impressive catches this week.


Photos courtesy of Captain Greg Metcalf.
From June to October, fishing and sight-seeing is offered by Captain Greg Metcalf

along the Kennebunkport coastline aboard the custom 23-foot Striper Swiper.

Captain Greg has more than 30 years of experience sport-fishing in the Northeast.

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