July 4, 2010

Mark Latti: Groundfishing: a secret pleasure

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Michael Latti hoists a 15-pound cod caught on a 14-ounce jig at Jeffreys Ledge. The cod can offer a tremendous fight but make for a wonderful meal.

Photo by Mark Latti

While catch and release may be quite popular inshore for striped bass and my freshwater fish, no angler worth his salt is going to release a legal size cod or haddock, as they make fantastic table fare. Fresh cod or haddock, simply broiled with a little butter and lemon, is unmatched. Those eating cod or haddock caught the same day will certainly notice the difference between that and store-bought fish.

Cod must be 24 inches in length in order to keep, and haddock must be 18 inches. There is a 10-fish limit per angler per day for cod and no bag limit on haddock. For more information on size and bag limits on other fish species, go to the Maine Department of Marine Resources website. Your captain and deckhands also will be up to date on all bag and size limits.

If you are going, make sure to pack an extra layer of clothes, rain gear, sunscreen, and bring a camera. Catching these fish are a treat, and you will want to show off your pictures at your fish fry, in order to entice your friends to accompany you on your next offshore trip.

For a list of Maine Charter Boats and Head Boats, please visit the Maine Department of Marine Resources at www.maine.gov/dmr and click on the recreational fishing link for a listing of boats and charters.

Mark Latti is the former public information officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, a Registered Maine Guide and a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. He can be reached at:



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