June 16th 2018
SEA SURFACE TEMP 53 Degrees
Take a kid to fish! June is the month to get them some schoolie striper action! Just look at the smile on Max's face! He reeled this beauty in at the mouth of the Mousam River, caught on a seaworm.
The stripers have been really steady this week. The early mornings, before and around sunrise have been the most active. Fish caught from Drakes Island Beach, Ogunquit Beach and River, as well as Kennebunk. Chunk Mackerel, and Seaworms are the predominant baits right now. Stripers are ranging from 20-35" this week, with many keepers caught all along our southern coast, by boat and also from shore.
Inside Wells Harbor, we have a dredge underway, but this has not deterred the fish, the last two mornings, at the bottom of the tide, we have crazy action from the sand bar. Bring some light tackle, small soft plastics, small sand eel metals like a sweedish pimple or a kast master with a buck tail, and you will tire of catching them!
Last week, large top water poppers landed a few stripers off of Kennebunk Beach. Cotton Cordell in green mackerel and herring worked well. Yozuri makes a great surface topwater, as well as Heddon spook XT 1 oz, you can cast them quite far and the action is fantastic, irresistable to the Stripers.
Mackerel continue to be spotty. They can be found, but it takes work! Chunks of frozen bait work in a pinch. Tough to beat a live mack though. Keep at it, they are around, you just have to search for them.
Offshore- can't say enough about the bounty this spring! Haddock limits caught by multiple boats. Haddock in 175 to 200 feet of water, you don't always need to run to Jeffreys to catch them! This week, some of the closer spots were yielding limits on Haddock. Jigging with a cod fly, bright green, pink and purple. Clam bait on the bottom also is a great attractant. Most of the Haddock caught on our boat this week were small, averaging about 20 inches, the top one at 24". At Jeffreys last week Dave Rand caught this crazy beast of a Cod, released of coarse, but WOW check it out! 48" what a beauty!
Get out there and FISH!!