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Advice Greatly Appreciated - Shore Fishing Between Portland & Portsmouth

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My husband and I will be visiting Portland in July and decided to stay in Kennebunkport for a day so that he could spend fishing for a day. We've never been to this area and have no idea which location we should focus on. Advice on good location would be appreciated so very much since he only has one day and I would like him to have a worthwhile time.

 

1) Any location between Portsmouth and Portland.

2) Location accessible by car. (Any tips on parking would be appreciated also.)

3) Would not mind wearing waders.

 

Thank you so much!

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Try the mouths of rivers that separate the towns... any of those river mouths should be good but with tide being a factor. Scarborough, Saco, Biddeford and Kennebunk all have places to fish at the mouths of rivers. Check google maps and you can get an idea of the geography and also a rough idea of what roads are closest and where to park.

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I can't think of a spot there that didn't give me a striper back when I lived there but it has been a while. The real trick is parking so have him out just before sunrise with the assumption that any piece of salt water he sees has stripers in it. Most of them do, especially at that hour.

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This is husband speaking and thank you so much everyone for the advice.

I often fish steelhead and salmon and do some ice fish during the winter. (I'm in Canada)

Some of the gear I have I think should work for shore lure fishing.

Here are the thing I purchased.

360GT 

Bucktail jig

Casting jig

I do have some soft bait shown on picture. One of my friend gave me for lake trout ice fishing. Will this be ok?

Also, I wanted to know if spoons are effective? I wasn't sure I should bring my steelhead spoons as well.

Mainline prepared with 30lbs braid line.

I know it for only one day of fishing, but I don't get so many chance fish in salt water so I wanted to prepare as much as I can.

Let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

Thanks again.

 

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All that tackle can work.  One other option is to visit a local bait and tackle store and seek advice for locations and tackle.  Most stores are a great source for both. Good luck 

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I would add some floating minnow lures like Bomber 15 A and 16A,Cordell redfins or daiwa SP minnow,  2 sizes 5 inch and 6 1/2 inch depending on the brand. Also surface poppers 3/4 oz to 1 oz creek chub or yozuri.

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3 hours ago, TA0313 said:

This is husband speaking and thank you so much everyone for the advice.

I often fish steelhead and salmon and do some ice fish during the winter. (I'm in Canada)

Some of the gear I have I think should work for shore lure fishing.

Here are the thing I purchased.

360GT 

Bucktail jig

Casting jig

I do have some soft bait shown on picture. One of my friend gave me for lake trout ice fishing. Will this be ok?

Also, I wanted to know if spoons are effective? I wasn't sure I should bring my steelhead spoons as well.

Mainline prepared with 30lbs braid line.

I know it for only one day of fishing, but I don't get so many chance fish in salt water so I wanted to prepare as much as I can.

Let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

Thanks again.

 

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I would fish those Sniper Shad exclusively. Those will work perfect on 1/2oz or 3/4oz Z-Man HeadlockZ Swim jigheads. 

 

Spoons will work but I've always been partial to deadly dicks or Hogy epoxy lures that outcast spoons and sink quickly, you can snap those in and imitate sand eels or small baitfish. 

 

Add a quality barrel swivel and a bit of fluoro or clear mono as a leader. 

 

I would definitely fish a swimmer like a redfin, bomber, or ole reliable SP minnow in a mackerel pattern. 

 

Look at the rivers and prominent points n Google earth, fish the prominent rocky head lands that stick out on the map in that area. 

 

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Work is over! We are heading soon for the journey.

Appreciate the advice, I will try to grab some minnow plugs and poppers in local shop.

I will be waking up at Scarborough, and wondering if the state park near by will be a good option as well?

Will they be open in early morning? 

My wife planned a dinner at Portsmouth, and Hotel will be in Kennebunkport.

I am so excited since it been so long since I fish in salt water.

I will try to report back the outcome later next week.

Again, thank you so much for the advice.

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Overtime challenge!

The day I leave Maine, i sneeked out from hotel early morning for one last shot.

Fortunately, i was able to catch the real striper on first cast!:)

Caught few mackerels as well, and used it as bait. The next thing i know, this ugly fish showed up.

Is it scorpion? i avoid touching the fish just in case...

 

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Glad your trip to Maine was productive!  Your gear is solid.  Some guys like to add a strip of squid or bacon to the jig heads you posted, but regardless, you did pretty well.  Congrats!

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