Friday, December 6, 2013
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ZONE 3: The striped bass pick has been slow in some of the rivers but slightly better around the rocky ledges and off beaches. The Boothbay Harbor region has been producing some trophy fish. As the rivers continue to warm, try working the deep spots early or late using bait. Fishing the rivers has also become very tide specific. Anglers targeting stripers need to read the water, looking for moving water and rips off any points. Natural channels, where the flats drain as the tide falls and bird action are also good indicators. Even when you are marking fish getting them to bite has been difficult at times. Bloodworms, eels and macs are the baits that have been catching fish. A few of the artificials that have been doing the trick are the mackerel or pollock colored Rebel Windcheater, Creek Chubs and Gag's Poppers. Fly enthusiasts fishing 1/0 and 2/0 pollock or mackerel pattern flies and black Clousers (at night) report some action. Fishable numbers of mackerel can be found all the way to Eastport.
This saltwater report is compiled by Bruce Joule, Maine Department of Marine Resources, P.O. Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor 04575. If you have information to report please contact me at 633-9505 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.