Striped Bass are our typical Near Coastal Target Species. Striped Bass, or “Stripers”, start showing up in May as small fish under five pounds. As the season progresses into June and through September the larger fish will invade the area. These fish will typically range from 20″ to 48″ or BIGGER!!!. Anglers in Maine are allowed to keep one Striper per person 28 inch or bigger. Striped Bass are a very good fighting sportfish. They are also a very tasty fish, that some people will compare to Haddock. The meat is white, and not strong smelling or tasting.
Mackerel are a smaller fish, although edible, they are typically used as bait for anything from Striped Bass to Giant Bluefin Tuna. These fish are usually between 6 and 18 inches, and do provide a great fight based on their size. Usually when we fish for Mackerel, we use a bait rig or tree with between 3 and 5 hooks per line. Once we catch some Mackerel, we place them in our custom onboard built-in livewell. Ideally for 3-4 fisherman we will have 50-60 live baits for a half day of Striped Bass fishing. When live Mackerel are not available Captain Todd will have dead fresh or frozen bait in the onboard ice chest.
These ferocious fighters with razor sharp teeth can show up anytime from June – September. Some years they do not arrive at all, staying just to our South. Bluefish are known for their unbelievable fight. The Bluefish sometimes can be seen right on the surface in a huge school. This is when we catch them with top water poppers. This is unquestionably the most exciting way to catch any fish, as they jump right out of the water to slam the lure. When we cannot spot the fish on the surface we troll deep diving lures. Bluefish aren’t the best eating, but some people do like them depending on how they are cooked.
Note Added 5/21/16 – Due to the extreme restrictions and limits on Cod this year, we will not be taking any Groundfish Charters. Offshore charters for Shark may be available after August 15. Email the Captain for current fishing conditions.
Fishing for groundfish in Maine consists of Cod, Pollock, Haddock, Cusk, Wolffish, Redfish and a variety of other species.
Groundfishing is not for everyone. We travel 12-25 miles offshore and bounce a heavy jig in 200 to 300 feet of water. Some people truly enjoy this type of fishing while others feel it is more like “work”, jigging the rod up and down. However, these fish do make excellent tablefare. Captain Todd will gladly fillet and skin the first four keepers at no charge. After that there will be a $3.00 charge per fish.
Groundfishing is commonly referred to as Deep Sea Fishing. While we are Groundfishing there is an “off-chance” that we could hook up with a Porbeagle Shark. These are the cold-water cousin to the Mako Shark. They are also occasionally substituted for swordfish at many restaurants.
Up to 30 miles offshore, blue sharks 6 to 12 feet in length are the common shark catch. In the past several years the shark fishing has declined and we will only book these trips as conditions dictate. Occasionally a porbeagle, thresher or mako shark is hooked up.
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Tag and Release
We tag and release all blue sharks after the fish is brought boatside and several pictures have been taken.