Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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FEDERAL: It is unlawful to fish for, take or possess striped bass in federal waters greater than three miles from shore.
STATEWIDE: An angler may fish all year for striped bass, but may only keep one per day that measures between 20 and 26 inches total length or one fish per day that measures 40 inches or greater in total length. If you have questions or would like copies of the saltwater regulations, call 633-9505 or check the Web at: http://www.maine.gov/ dmr/recreational/rechomepage.html.
NEW FOR 2013: If you are fishing for striped bass or bluefish using bait, you must use a non-offset circle hook. There is an exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of eight inches long and have a single hook protruding from the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached.
ZONE 3: Striped bass and mackerel are available to both shore and boat anglers. Striper fishermen live-lining mackerel, bloodworms or eels in the cuts and drops are getting fish while clams along the beaches have been the way to go. Bucktails with teasers, Fin-S, Sassy Shad and Pencil Poppers are some of the artificials that have been catching stripers. Fly guys who have been working larger groceries in the fast water and shrimp, crab or sand eel patterns on the flats have been seeing activity. Fishermen need to be out very early. Once the sun is over the trees, fishing activity almost stops. For anglers, fish the flats and work areas on the coming tide after the clammers and wormers have left since they will have stirred the bait up. Though just about anything will catch mackerel, anglers report that hand-tied mackerel rigs or Sabiki rigs coupled with a 4-5 ounce Hopkins or Crocodile Spoon are really producing results.
Compiled by Bruce Joule, Maine Department of Marine Resources, P.O. Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575. If you have information to report, call 633-9505 or email: