Roccus7

North of Portland 2022

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You guys are killing me with big fish. Lately it’s been 15-20” skinny fish. What started for me with fish avg. 22” and up have moved to deeper water? A few boaters here have said even with pogies and mackeral around, big fish are few.

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I've been cursing the last couple of days...

 

Been having a tough time with slot fish the last 2 days.  I hook 'em, but they spit out the hook and then I throw a huge temper tantrum.

 

Yesterday I caught 5 to 27" and dropped 3 large fish, much to my dismay, and this morning started off much the same, with me catching a few smaller fish, but the larger fish would constantly taunt me while fishing in 3' of water over the mudflats.  I really lost it when one crashed my plug, tail walked, greyhounded and then took off on an extended run, only to turn around and spit out the hook.  I was just about ready to toss my rod over the side and take up golf.

 

Not too long after, I noticed a few fish breaking a good distance away and headed off at 1200 RPM, only to see a fish, disturbed by me wake, take off parallel to the boat's path.  I killed the engine and threw a Hail Mary cast in the direction I thought the fish took off in and after two pops, it was FISH ON!!  I had all the water and room in the world for this battle so I backed way off the drag and took my time and pretty soon there was 29" fish in the net, Thank You Baby Poseidon!!

 

As I was unhooking the fish I heard that "Chalk on the Blackboard" screech of bald eagles, only to look up to see that my fishing was being reviewed by two Federal Officials.  I guess they were hoping that when released, they could grab the fish, but I returned her with no problems.

 

Ended the day with 5 fish, 20 - 29", bringing the season total to 290 stripers

 

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Today was International Stripers Screw With Roccus Day

 

Tides finally aligned so I didn't have to leave my dock in the dark, providing the pleasure of extra sleep.  Got to the spot around 05:10 and by virtue of seeing fish swimming around, but ignoring or being scared by my offerings, I knew it was not going to be a great morning.  The fish were having a great time F-ing with me; I swear I could hear underwater laughing.

 

Moved to spot #2 and caught 2 fish, a rare small one at 17" and then a 23", but that was it.  I knew things were probably over for me, but I couldn't get to my dock so I met up with a buddy who had netted a bunch of bunker and bummed some, along with a circle hook.  I figured I'd kill time succumbing to the Dark Side and use bait for a change.

 

Then proceeded to take multiple drifts, once again affording the fish with ample opportunities to screw with my mind.  At least 6 times my bait would frantically swim around on the surface with a bass on it, but even with multiple slurp attempts, none of them actually swallowed the bait.

 

 Finally I was able to leave and get  home, but certainly not with my integrity nor self-esteem intact.

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On 7/31/2022 at 10:08 AM, Roccus7 said:

Today was International Stripers Screw With Roccus Day

 

Tides finally aligned so I didn't have to leave my dock in the dark, providing the pleasure of extra sleep.  Got to the spot around 05:10 and by virtue of seeing fish swimming around, but ignoring or being scared by my offerings, I knew it was not going to be a great morning.  The fish were having a great time F-ing with me; I swear I could hear underwater laughing.

 

Moved to spot #2 and caught 2 fish, a rare small one at 17" and then a 23", but that was it.  I knew things were probably over for me, but I couldn't get to my dock so I met up with a buddy who had netted a bunch of bunker and bummed some, along with a circle hook.  I figured I'd kill time succumbing to the Dark Side and use bait for a change.

 

Then proceeded to take multiple drifts, once again affording the fish with ample opportunities to screw with my mind.  At least 6 times my bait would frantically swim around on the surface with a bass on it, but even with multiple slurp attempts, none of them actually swallowed the bait.

 

 Finally I was able to leave and get  home, but certainly not with my integrity nor self-esteem intact.

Stripers screw with Roccus Day...Is that a Federal Holiday?  If so that explains why I didn't get mail!

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5 hours ago, Scott Charlton said:

Stripers screw with Roccus Day...Is that a Federal Holiday?  If so that explains why I didn't get mail!

It's a roving holiday along the Midcoast and it seems to be holiday week, as yesterday was no great shakes either, battling valiantly to successfully avoiding a meeting with my dreaded friend, Pepe LePew...

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I went fishing a few days ago.  Left my waders at home, so I bought flip flops at a local place.  Came home not a bite, but two big infections on my feet where the flip flops band was.  I’m not liking august…

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It's August, Stripah Maineiacs fear Pepe LePew and consider taking up, Poseidon forbid, golf...

 

Like clockwork, the fishing has really dropped off as the calendar went from July to August.  I'm lucky to catch 2 fish per outing, and often live in dread fear of getting skunked.  Today I had to dig deep to rid myself of an impending skunk, and was seriously considering buying golf clubs!!

 

Decided to travel a bit, to a spot that has been very good in summer's past.  I got there early and hit every spot in that cove, including a "Never Miss" spot in a desperate attempt to keep me from getting skunked.  For an hour's fishing I had one tepid follow to show.  Almost grabbed the cell phone to order some golf clubs to take the sting out of the looming skunk.

 

Then, like Mana from Heaven, my distinguished colleague, @ill_postino, texted me about a decent morning at a different, but nearby cove.  He said the bite had stopped and he was heading home, but gave me some intel on that cove's Never Miss spot.  It was on my way home so I stopped by.

 

I was greeted by seals, which is never a good sign, and started hitting the described areas with no results.  I was drifting over the last spot and then fully resigned to a skunking, announcing "Last Cast" to the seals.  Well that cast did result in a small, but a definitely striped 19" fish; I swear I saw a skunk sulking away into the woods.

 

Well I had to take some additional casts and ended up with a second fish that went 23", which was very welcomed in that it was #300 for the season.  It surprised me in that when I checked last year's records, I found that I was at 330 at this point, so the deficit is only 10%.  I would have sworn I was way below last year for a YTD total.

 

One other interesting note from one of this past week's outings: I would have sworn I had hooked a bluefish, something I never seen in Maine.  I was fishing 8' of water and when my plug got crashed, the fish came flying completely out of the water 3 times in quick succession, making me wonder if it was a blue.  Bass will occasionally go skyward, usually in shallow water, but the best you get is a single jump clearing the water.  That fish the other night has set a new record for bass jumps...

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Boated about 30-40 last week biggest was 38”. Will be back out all this week. Best option for a consistent bite has been tube and bloodworm. Lutes working too, but LOTS of casts per bite. 
fishon!

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48 mins ago, fishoninct said:

Boated about 30-40 last week biggest was 38”. Will be back out all this week. Best option for a consistent bite has been tube and bloodworm. Lutes working too, but LOTS of casts per bite. 
fishon!

The guys working tube and worm here are doing good. Atlantic salmon once were called a fish of a thousand casts! Stripers for me is really close, Is therapy for my body or am I just being a glutton for punishment? 

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First August Slot Fish - Had a decent morning, 3 fish to 28", but fishing has definitely slumped off to the August Abyss.  Might have to turn to the Dark Side and consider bait/trolling...

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4 hours ago, fishoninct said:

Boated about 30-40 last week biggest was 38”. Will be back out all this week. Best option for a consistent bite has been tube and bloodworm. Lutes working too, but LOTS of casts per bite. 
fishon!

How essential are the worms, do generic teasers work?

 

I assume you dig for worms yourself yes?

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3 hours ago, adam42 said:

How essential are the worms, do generic teasers work?

 

I assume you dig for worms yourself yes?

Sandworms make a big difference, fish take a chunk and  come back. Dig your own

 

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7 hours ago, adam42 said:

How essential are the worms, do generic teasers work?

 

I assume you dig for worms yourself yes?

I don’t own a boat so take this worth a grain of salt, but when I’ve gone out with friends/relatives who do we’ve done well trolling tubes with Gulp bloodworms. I’m sure real bloodworms are better but the Gulp is certainly less of a hassle.

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14 hours ago, MainelySmallies said:

I don’t own a boat so take this worth a grain of salt, but when I’ve gone out with friends/relatives who do we’ve done well trolling tubes with Gulp bloodworms. I’m sure real bloodworms are better but the Gulp is certainly less of a hassle.

You need a teaser or forget it. Bloodworms are the best.  I also use Berkeley gulp.  The ones with the twister tail. We did a side by side comparison yesterday. Worms out fished the gulp by a LOT. About 4:1 ratio. 
I will try the gulp bloodworms. Less $$$ and way easier. 
 

I was told it is illegal to dig your own worms in Maine.  I have also heard nightcrawlers also work well. Being 5 hours from home, they might be a challenge to find. 
 

will go back out today.   When my 26 year old son wakes up. Lol. 

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2 hours ago, fishoninct said:

 

I was told it is illegal to dig your own worms in Maine.  

Where did you ever hear that??  There's no State Law I know that says that, and there isn't one in my town.  I dig them all the time!!

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