Scott Charlton

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About Scott Charlton

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    Fishing
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    Computer Tech
  1. Last 48 hours has made it a different ball game. Right at sunset, just before the tide turned, strike after strike. All in the 20 -24 range, but the bait was barley touching the water. Trying again tonite.
  2. I second that
  3. I've been going through my freezer, and I've got more macks than I can realistically use, and I have a lot happening in the next few weeks, so the odds of me needing so much of it is not at all realistic. At any rate, I'm having a great sale on frozen mackerel. As in, it's free if you'd like some. Message me if you are interested. -Scott
  4. Very helpful indeed! Thanks!
  5. First, so sorry to hear about what happened to your town's newspaper last week. Absolutely horrible. Stonington...Wow.. I've been to Isleboro a few times, and the summers I've had there the striper fishing is fairly lean. Plenty of mackerel, though. I have visited Frenchboro, not too far off from where you will be, and the locals there have assured me that in July, at night, stripers can be caught in the surf using blood worms. They said they don't wast time with anything but bloodworms, and they don't fish during the day. Not sure if that helps much. Tight lines.
  6. Got a nice 32" 3 weeks ago, since then, mighty silent. A few in the high teens low twenty's, but zilch in the past 7 days. I'm sure the heat isn't helping. Got next week off, I'll try some new spots and hopefully will be on the board again.
  7. Been out of town for several days, looking forward to using this! -Scott
  8. Few years back, someone had a fantastic detailed account of how they would create a slush brine with water and ice, and store the macks in that. When they want to use them again, the macks came out smelling and behaving like fresh bait. They stayed on the hook and fish loved 'em. INSANELY awesome tide this week to get fresh clams, and I of course, was in CT. D'oh!
  9. Thanks for the advice! I’ll hit them low tonite!
  10. See, now that’s what I thought. I got there today at 730, dug until 930 and I asked if I needed to pay the 5 bucks. The kid said no, the sign said yes. I’m not complaining...just confused.
  11. My jaw hit the ground. I went into the town hall today to buy my annual non-resident permit. They DOUBLED it to $150. I graciously left, the women behind the desk were very pleasant, but holy cr@p, $150 for an out of town parking pass?!?!?!
  12. Never heard of stillwater, but wish I had one last night. Man they were hitting the top water everywhere.
  13. Great questions, when I had a license a few years ago I watched people get “educated”when using pitchforks. What I don’t understand is I know you can dig worms with pitchforks, that’s fine, just not steamers. Here’s the link. http://www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/town-clerk/licenses-permits on the bottom of the town of Scarborough’s website click the link for shellfish license, and scroll to the last paragraph of the last page. Under method of harvest for soft shell clams “The only acceptable method of harvest shall be by use of the hand-held clamrake, with a handle no more than eighteen inches in length. Use of shovels, spades and pitch forks shall be prohibited. [03/01/06]”
  14. Ahh Clamming...Unlike fishing, you can almost always get at least one of these buggers. Okay, my advice, focus on the hens. Hen (or Surf) clams are available from Pine Point in Scarborough to Parcher avenue in OOB. These are excellent clams in a chowder. I of course use them 99% of the time for bait. Call the shellfish hotline before digging 730-4300. If the front beaches are open to clamming (the hotline will tell you), anyone can go. No license is required. No residency is required. You are allowed 2 or 3 bushels of hens per day, that translates into a BUTT load of clams. Take note: At Pine Point, you have to pay to park, unless you hit a tide in the off hours. Now, steamers are right around the corner of pine point into the marsh. You absolutely need a permit for these, and if you are not a Scarborough resident you can only purchase a day pass to get them. It should be noted that In April, the town of Scarborough has a raffle for the soft shell permits to out-of -towners. In August, if they have any unused town licenses, then you can get them first come first serve. Call the town to get the date. Some years they have 4 or 5 extra licenses. Some years it's 20 or more. They don't know the number usually until the day of. It is not at all uncommon to meet some great people in that line in August, many of whom have spent the night. Just note, they are not cheap. Last time I got one it was 50 bucks and that was a few years ago. I doubt it's cheaper today. Steamers REQUIRE a very specific hand rake. Do not try to make one at home. Do not use a spading or pitch fork. You will get fined. For hen clams, you just need a spading fork or a pitch fork. Some people will take a 2x4 and cut it to the length of your shoe, and tap nails into them. As you walk on the beach, the nails will strike the shell and that's where you dig. Too much coordination for me, I just take a spading fork and walk backwards into the surf, jabbing the sand until I hit one. It won't take long. If using for bait, take them home, put each one in its own sandwich baggie, and put a hook in it. THEN freeze it. It makes fishing with much easier if you have a hook already frozen into the clam. That's a GREAT tip I got a few years ago from Linesider. Can't thank him enough. Through some non-scented dental floss in your tackle box and wind up the clam in that to keep it hooked. Tight lines.
  15. Not wanting to spot burn, just so I'm clear, you are getting them on the beach, and not in the river?