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I had a decent June, but the first 5 days of July have been a total bust. I am even having a hard time finding macks...

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all it takes is a few maurauding bluefish to make the macks scarce.

Can't rate the season yet, My cape cod season just ended and my southern maine just started.....

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Fair. Still few schoolies, more 26 to 30s haven't seen a hog yet.

 

Top it off, life has been getting big in the way this year. I am wide open this fall, I am going to fish it like a madman.

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Great start (and early too). Fish were much larger than usual for time of year. From mid-June on it's been awful.

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Early season (before the deluge started) was ever-so-slightly better than last year, so I'd say poor but not horrible. Since the rains began it's been absolutely terrible - as bad as I can ever remember it being- I haven't landed a fish in over a week.

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Having a hard time finding stripers in Portland/Caso Bay. Spent two days fishing hard this weekend and nada. Picking up macks in June was EZ. Now it's work. Caught a freaking seal by the lip Saturday in Broad Sound. Cant find schools of shorts or an occaisional cow. So, my season's been lousy so far.

 

That said, I'm having a great time fishing. Not catching.

 

How about those thunder storms on Saturday? Now THAT was exciting.

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I had minimal luck last week on Bailey Island. Managed 2 slot fish (cookie cutter 25's) fishing breaks in the weather. ENE WIND ALL WEEK. Fly fishing produced a 44" fish in Harpswell for my friend. No schoolies anywhere, which should be a concern to anyone who fishes Maine waters. At night you can take all the macs you could want at the Harpswell lobster docks at high tide.

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Sounds like a broken record...same experience for me. Pretty solid start up through Father's Day and then nothing. Hoping it is just the rain and things start to pick back up.

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it's been off and on in southern maine and new hampshire (mostly off) compared to other years. Havent landed a fish over 25" so far since this rainy spell. I hear talk of unbalanced pH levels driving the fish deeper. anyone have any insight if this is truth?

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extremely slow this last 5 days... two weekends ago my brother and I were doubling on 25"ers.. yesterday we got one fish each-- no boats in sight, so it must be bad to say the least... bluefish are in early and that never helps, plus the 8 inches of rain stinks... fresh water is rarely good for fishing

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I've had one good outing so far where I caught double digit slots but other than that it's been 2 fish tops most trips. Macks are still around but had to really look for them this past weekend.

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I do not have a past year of stripper fishing to compare to but I have been out as much as posable and and only been scunced a cople of times (this morning was one of them) The fish have ranged from 18-36'' most thought were around 24-27. I Have hade the best luck when bait wasent so thick and it may tack me 30min or more to catch a alwife but knowing each alwife I hade meant a hungry spriper would be on my line in just a min.

 

But eather way I have been having a blast catching/realesing same nice fish

 

 

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wet & cold. Portland is still reading upper 50's lower 60's. Fishing near mouths of any rivers has been a bust. most rivers are brown and full of silt.

 

I'm still using spring tactics this late (surface lures, fishing during the day, bright colors)

 

Over all better then last year. a few slobs, most fish in the 24-30" but faring a fish or two on each outing...and I go 4 times a week or so. Been doing well on falling tides at creek mouths that are mostly tidal. many smaller fish stack up as the rain has been pushing small bait out.

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