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  1. I usually expect consistent striper fishing to end by about October 15, with good fishing holding on for another week or two in York County if you can find the fish. After that, I’ve just caught a few sporadic schoolies in early November. Still other things to fish for though. Harbor pollock are still around and will be for at least a couple more weeks, then on to ice fishing.
  2. Stripers unlikely at this point, but you may still find small pollock around the rocks and stocked brown trout in the upper tidal areas of the Mousam and ogunquit rivers if you get a nice day.
  3. I don’t want to be casting the knot since the repeated friction wears on the knot and creates a weak point that could fail on a big fish. My usual reels hold about 300 yards of 30 lb braid, so my solution is to use two 150 yard spools to fill the reel. Connection is a Bimini twist on each end connected loop to loop, this should be a 100% strength connection, or close to it. Once I’ve cut back enough that I’m getting close to the knot on a long cast, I throw out the top section and loop on a new 150 yard piece.
  4. Harbor pollock should stick around the rocks at least until Thanksgiving or later depending on the weather. Fun on light tackle and good eating too. On the freshwater side the best resource we have nearby is Sebago. Togue jigging is a blast from the kayak or through the ice, and it’s open season on them year round. Other than that, most ponds hold bass, and there are a lot of fall trout stockings that you can take advantage of, check the ifw stocking reports.
  5. Plugs recently, sp minnow and 9” sluggos at night, top water spooks and pencils at first light.
  6. Definitely not the easy fall fishing of 10-15 years ago, but there are still some around and probably will be for another 3-4 weeks at least. Landed 4 last night, one schoolie, 3 nice fish 34, 37, and 38”. Before that, the previous 3 trips were a skunk, 3 schoolies, and another skunk. That’s pretty representative of how it’s been for me for me lately, slow overall with many skunks, but enough nice fish mixed in to keep me going. Hopefully we get a final push of a bunch more fish sometime in October. Seems to be a serious lack of low 20” to low 30” fish. Everything I’m catching has been schoolies around 20” or mid to upper 30” fish, with nothing in between. Anyone else seeing similar results?
  7. Nice one! I’m hoping to get offshore at some point during this brief window. I have one spot that can usually be relied upon to produce at least one 20+ pound fish that I’ve been dying to hit the last few years but I’ve mostly avoided it.
  8. It’s nice that they gave us a token season this year, but I’d be fine with them keeping it closed for the most part and open back up gradually in a few more years. The closure does seem to be working, I’ve been seeing more and bigger cod every year over the last few seasons. Still a far cry from what it used to be, but it’s nice to see things moving in the right direction for once. I think you’re on the on the right track thinking about how the habitat is improving with less commercial fishing pressure and nets bulldozing the bottom. A lot more big halibut being caught too since the closure, and I think that has to relate to the lower overall fishing pressure. Interesting to see how the marine environment can recover when you give it a rest for a few years.
  9. Anyone else get out for cod yesterday? I took my daughter out and it took us all of about 10 minutes to get our limit. Inshore ledge I fished was loaded with them, along with pollock and mackerel. So nice to be able to keep even just a couple of them, Hope we get more next year!
  10. Still fishing, but not much to report. I seem to be continuing my pattern of 2 skunks followed by one or two fish and then 2 more skunks. Average size has been decent for the ones I’ve caught, I guess the skunks are just the price of trying new spots and moving around a lot in search of bigger fish.
  11. I’ve never been a big fan of fishing storms in my home waters in ME, but if I didn’t have to work I’d be in my way to SoCo right now. I don’t claim to be anything near an expert on fishing down there, but I’ve had some great fishing during storms the last few years in the fall. Seems a bit early to me, would be better in a few weeks. Had a great day fishing a nor’easter around September 30 or so in 2016 I think, and a 100+ fish day last year in a late October storm. Nothing huge, but a ton of fish, mostly chunky schoolies with a few up to 20 lbs.
  12. That’s a big one for up here, nice catch! I got one a bit smaller about 10 years ago off OOB during a good chunk bite for big stripers on pogies. Seems like a few get caught in Maine any year that we have warm water and lots of pogies. I’ve heard that they will shadow pogie schools like stripers do.
  13. At least I’m not the only one having a tough time in the surf. I’ve still been catching some fish, but only because I’ve gone over mostly to the dark side since early July fishing from boat and kayak, and we all know boat fish don’t count! Hopefully the surf bite will get better in September and October. There has been somewhat of a fall run the past couple of years, but later then it used to be with the best fishing for me in early to mid October.
  14. My experience too for the most part. I did get one nice fish on Sunday night casting a plug at 1 am into the rough surf, doing what I think of as traditional nighttime surf fishing, fat 38” on a large size sp. Other than that though, it seems to me that the traditional game of going out late at night and casting plugs is mostly an exercise in futility this year. There really aren’t that many big fish around to begin with, and those that are here are hanging tight to the pogie schools. Makes for some very frustrating fishing. Great if you can get on an active pogie school, but otherwise mostly sucks. Feels like 20 years of accumulated knowledge of where to go at what tide, season, wind, etc. isn’t worth much of anything anymore. The game these days seems to be just covering as much water as you can in daylight to spot active schools, and then live line a pogie to catch a big fish.