SEPT 4, 2018
SEA SURFACE TEMP 65 Degrees
Night fishing is where it's at this week. Several 40-45" Stripers have been landed off the beaches with live eels. The weather seems summer like still, with temps in the upper 80's and 90's, the water gets really warm in the rivers and shallow estuaries, therefore head to the surf. Those fishing midnight through sunrise have been heavily rewarded with multiple large stripers.
Mackerel, fresh chunked has clearly been the bait of choice if you are not able to find live eels. Those fishing from boats, with live bait have also caught some beauties this week.
Sand eel pattern bucktails and weighted slugo's have caught a few keeper sized fish, and many schoolies in the rivers. Trolling a tube and worm in the Saco still brings in fish, though few were keepers for us this week. The fish are deep in the cooler waters so try targeting them with a weighted tube if you are trolling.
Pogies are still plentiful, with higher water temps, we've had a few hints of bluefish around. Though not many have been landed, we have heard of shredded line and bitten leaders.
Offshore remains solid, and there are only a couple of weeks left to land the haddock. Bright colored flys above your jig surely works every time. Some large polluck boated this week as well.
The whale shows have been terrific in close to shore along Parson's and Drakes Island Beaches. What a gift, to live where we have access to such abundant waters.
Enjoy the remainder of summer and early autumn. The fall run is just beginning!!