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Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports Blog

Welcome to the Fish Blog & saltwater fishing reports page of Super Fly Charters & Capt. George Harris. We're looking forward to providing you with the most up to date coastwide inshore saltwater fishing reports on the Maine coast as well as offshore Bluefin Tuna fishing reports as the Maine Striper & "football" Bluefin Tuna Fishing season goes forward into 2014!!! You wont find any generic"cut & paste" reports or info here...Just pure fishing!!!

Super Fly Charters provides friendly, professional guided fly & light tackle fishing trips.
We operate our fishing charters in the Mid-Coast region of Maine, from Casco Bay to Penobscot Bay. This area features an astonishing 1000 miles of jagged, pristine coastline. We focus our efforts on the broad reach of the lower Kennebec river estuary & the outer boundaries of Casco Bay...with its countless thousands of acres of untouched saltwater flats, gnarly tides that rip over rocky structure and an intricate maze of backcountry channels, It's a fly & light tackle fishermans nirvana. On any given day we can be found fishing coastal tide marshes, shallow flats, sandy beaches and islands or ledges located offshore. Wherever the fish are!!! Whether it's on the fly...pitching plugs or live lining frisky live baits we've got you covered check out our website for all of our trip offerings...and stay tuned for some new trips options for 2014

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing With Capt George Harris & Super Fly Charters

Some decent Striped Bass fishing reports are coming in from southern New England...The herring runs have started to fill in here in Maine, which sets the stage for the Striper migration to begin in the mid coast region of Maine...We'll begin to see some Striped Bass activity on the Kennebec river starting by the end of May and from then on it'll continue to get better as we move into June....On the nearshore ledges cod will start to stack up in big numbers...and my lobstermen buddies will soon be taking some nice sized halibut off gravel bottom areas...I'm looking forward to seeing some fillets very soon...lets hope for some warm weather to help get our saltwater fishing season kicked off strong!!! Just a rminder that we have some availability this may for Merrymeeting Bay Carp fishing...My friend Dan R. recently landed a nice one, well over 10 pounds probably over 15#...A very nice and catch on his 5wt!!! Freshwater fishing also is starting to improve greatly here in Maine. In the streams and rivers, trout are biting well...I have a few friends that have been hammering the rainbow trout in a tiny midcoast maine tailwater, streamer flies and tiny swimming plugs have produced....Spring in Maine is also the time of year when you see many anglers in tin boats trolling streamer flies & wobbling spoons along the shorelines of many of our lakes and ponds...this accounts for some great catches of Brown Trout, Brook Trout and landlocked Salmon. Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish are beginning to wake up in the lakes and ponds...best reports have come from those who have been fishing over dark weedy bottoms as those areas seem to warm up faster...
For those who haven't gotten the yard work done...you better hurry up!!! May is an awesome month to be outdoors & the Fishing in Maine is about to really get cranking


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports With Capt. George Harris & Super Fly Charters

Maine Striper Fishing Guide 2011

Next Month Striped Bass Will Be Migrating Into Maine Waters...Cod will be stacking up on the ledges...Many Other Coastal Species Will Become Active As The Water Warm's...We Will Be Ready For Them All!!! As you can see in the pics, Striped Bass can be ferocious in the way they take a fly...Early last June, this Kennebec River striper took Chris Oliver right to the corks on his G.Loomis GLX 9wt...this would happen many, many times that morning!!! If you would like to give Striped Bass fishing in an amazing setting a try,
Please give us a jingle @ 207-691-0745.
Beginning next month we'll be on the water night & day...We'll get the fish dialed in and we'll keep them dialed in. That's the benefit of fishing with a full time saltwater fishing guide...
We are also looking for marina space for the 21 Parker, Most likely this will be somewhere on the lower Kennebec watershed...We will still be offering trips in different regions, that we'll access by taking advantage of the numerous public boat launches that are spread across the Maine coast...We have the choice of two boats that we can fish from....
We mostly fish from the 21' Parker "Super Fly". Without a doubt, it's the most versatile fly & light tackle skiff for fishing the rugged Maine coast...When the need arises, we'll also be fishing from a smaller, lighter 17' hybrid flats skiff equipped with a poling platform...
We have some availability next month for "Trash Can Tarpon" aka Carp fishing on the pristine flats of the Merrymeeting bay estuary, These brutes range over a wide variety of habitat in the Kennebec system and can be targeted using a variety of fly & light tackle techniques. I also have some late May dates open for early season Striped Bass fishing. For the bottom bashers out there...Cod fishing begins to heat up next month, which directly corresponds to the spring Herring runs...As the herring move into the tidal rivers, Hungry Striped Bass won't be far behind!!! Some of the largest wild life migrations on the planet occur each spring and fall as staggering numbers of fish, invertebrates, marine mammals and sea birds move up and down the western Atlantic seaboard...We feel truly blessed to have been able to carve out our own place in this migration path..If you are interested in joining us as we chase the tide & work our way up through the food chain, please give us a call for more info.

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Super Fly Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing Reports: Department of Marine Resources NOTICE OF RULEMAKING Chapter 42.03 Striped Bass – Deadline For Written Comment Is TODAY!!! April 14th, 2011

If you have strong feelings one way or the other about these proposed rule changes, please submit your written comments by TODAY: APRIL 14th, 2011!!! Read Details Below

***Click here to read some of my thoughts on this issue***

To see what some of my good friends, fellow guides & all around fish magnets have to say about these proposed rule changes click the following links:

Capt. Peter Fallon - Gillies & Fallon Guide Service

Capt. Dan Wolotsky - Sweet Action Charters

Capt. Doug Jowett aka Captain Pine Tree


Department of Marine Resources: NOTICE OF RULEMAKING
Chapter 42.03 Striped Bass
(Kennebec River and Sheepscot river areas)
The proposed rulemaking would remove the marine bait prohibition and replace it with the requirement to use circle hooks while using marine bait when fishing in the Kennebec River closed area during the established May 1 to June 30th season. The closed area is also proposed to change from upstream and inside the line drawn from Cape Small to Cape Newagen to a line upstream and inside from Fort Popham, Phippsburg to Kennebec Point to Indian Point, Georgetown, and upstream from a line in the area called Robinhood between Lowe Point, Phippsburg to Newdick Point, Westport and downstream of the Route 144 Westport Island Bridge therefore removing the Sheepscot River from the Kennebec rules and placing it under the statewide regulations.

This request was made by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) - Barry Bibson of Boothbay Harbor who is the rep. for RFA in Maine.
PUBLIC HEARING: April 4, 2011, 6pm, Bath City Hall, 1st Floor Auditorium, 55 Front Street, Bath
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: April 14, 2011
CONTACT PERSONS: Bruce Joule (207-633-9505) or Pat Keliher (207-287-9973)
For more information: Online the web link for a copy of the proposed rules is: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking/
Or, to obtain a hardcopy by US mail write: Dept. of Marine Resources, attn: L. Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008 TEL: 207-633-9584, or
EMAIL: laurice.churchill@maine.gov, FAX: (207) 633-9579 or TTY: (207) 633-9500
To receive future rulemaking notices by email please use contact info above.

Additional information:
The original rule adopted in 1990 was based on mortality concerns for native striped bass within the Kennebec River during their spawning season n May and June. This was due to the primary use of J hooks, which at the time posed an unacceptably high hook and release mortality. In 2010 the Department adopted a year round circle hook rule to improve the reduction of the discard mortality for striped bass caught and released by recreational anglers. Those rules become effective after two seasons to allow tackle shops to reduce inventory and as an education period.
The “Recreational Fishing Alliance” has requested the proposed rulemaking to open the Kennebec to bait fishing with circle hooks during May and June. In their opinion this request is consistent with the Department of Marine Resources’ objectives to reduce discard mortality through circle hooks while also opening these waters to bait fishermen and guide businesses currently prohibited from fishing these waters for a significant portion of the season. Therefore opening this area would have a positive impact on the recreational fishing industry.
Proposed rulemaking – see underlined or deleted text below:
Chapter 42 - Striped Bass 42.03 Striped Bass - Closed Area and Closed Season
A. Except as provided in Chapter 42.03 (B), from the 1st day of December to June 30, inclusive, it is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass from the tidal waters of the Kennebec River inside and upstream of a line drawn from the outer extremity of Cape Small to the outer extremity of Salter Island, thence to the outer extremity of Cape Newagen Fort Popham, Phippsburg to the southern end of Kennebec Point, Georgetown, thence east to the southernmost tip of Indian Point, Georgetown; and from Lowe Point, Georgetown to Newdick Point, Westport (Robinhood); plus downstream from the Route 144 Westport Island Bridge; and including Merrymeeting Bay and tributaries, the tidal waters of the Sheepscot River, Androscoggin River, Sasanoa River, and all other tidal tributaries of the Kennebec River. From July 1 through November 30, statewide regulations for striped bass apply to this area.
B. Special Hook and Release Season/Area. From May 1 to June 30, it shall be lawful to fish for striped bass in the waters described in Chapter 42.03(A) with a hook and line and single-hooked artificial lures (a hook may have one, two or three points), and with bait, solely as prescribed below in Chapter 42.03(C). Any striped bass caught during this special season/area fishery shall be immediately released and returned alive, without further injury, to the waters from which they were taken.
C. Waters Seasonally Closed to the Use of Bait. Use of Circle Hooks and Bait. From May 1 to June 30, inclusive, it is unlawful to use any hook other than a circle hook when using marine bait. For purposes of this chapter the definition of circle hook means a non-offset hook with a point that points 90o back toward the shaft of the hook. it is unlawful to possess or use bait while hook and line fishing for any finfish species in waters described in 42.03(A). During this closed season (May 1 to June 30), possession of hook and line fishing gear and bait on waters described in 42.03(A) is prima facie evidence of violating this regulation. For purposes of this section, "bait" is defined as any live or dead marine organism, or part thereof.
Note: No other changes are proposed in Chapter 42.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing Reports: 2011 Preview

Next Month Striped Bass Will Be Migrating Into Maine Waters...Cod will be stacking up on the ledges...Many Other Coastal Species Will Become Active As The Water Warm's...We Will Be Ready For Them All!!!

Maine' Premier Saltwater Fishing Guide Service
Super Fly Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing Reports With Capt George Harris & Super Fly Charters

Saltwater Freestyle Angling In Maine!!!

Before I get to Freestyle fishing...let me first again touch on the following important issue:

For those of you who are staying current with this blog...you know that there is some contentious rule making proposed for Striped Bass fishing on the Kennebec...There are basically Three factions that are fighting tooth and nail over what the right way is to manage this once world class fishery...Standing on one point of the triangle is a group Fly Fishermen...They are mostly a level headed group of guys that stand fast to their convictions...Whats not to respect about that? Next we have a group of anglers that fish bait...again...a group of level headed guys that for the most part are also advocates of catch & release...Scientific evidence has proven that the use of circle hooks has resulted in levels of release mortality are far below what is the accepted norm...based on those facts...this group has decided to support the regulation amendments...One shaky argument to that fact is that additional pressure from anglers fishing with bait will result in additional release mortality...It's hard to present an argument to a tough administration about fish that might or might not be caught....So far, I can see that both sides have some very valid arguments...The first two groups are the kind of guys that you can get together with at the end of the day for a few cold beers and you can actually have a good productive discussion...Last but not least we have a group of guys that are pretty mixed up & over the top....we have the small contingent of EXTREMIST conservation zealots that would like to see nothing less than the entire coast shut down to all fishing...those guys can go pound sand as far as i'm concerned!!! and the other group & I hate to lump these guys in this group but there is no other place to put them...this group has their tails between there legs and don't know if they are coming or going.. With their puppet master pulling the strings this small band of puppets publicly rail against the regulation change that would make using using bait on circle hooks in May/June possible yet their actions on the water speak differently....Some would say that the pen is mightier than the sword...Well I say that actions speak louder than words!!! As much as I hate to say it...Fishing is still considered a blood sport...even though we can choose to release our catch to fight again it doesn't always work out the best for the fish, regardless of the methods used...It's important that we use gear that keeps release mortality to a minimum...Crushing barbs on hooks is a good idea for the fish and the angler...Circle hooks have come a long way...
If you ask me, I can present a pretty compelling arguments for either side...I can certainly just as easily present the argument that saltwater fly fishing can be just as destructive a method as any other method..The hooks are are often just as large and the other end of the spectrum, tiny flies can easily be sucked into the vital throat,gills area of a fish...I've seen too many overly aggressive fish that have been hooked in the throat, gills, eyes etc...I've been there & done that...Between 1977 when I was just a 5 year old boy fishing among the rocks and sand at Ft Popham to the present day where I am a full time saltwater fishing guide, I have seen striper & bluefish blitzes on the kennebec that have lasted all day long without a lull...In that 30+ year span I've seen alot...I have seen the up & down fluctuations in fish numbers...In the late 1990's early 2000's I had more 100+ fish days on fly rod than I can count, I feel that makes me more than qualified to speak about it...
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: April 14, 2011
CONTACT PERSONS: Bruce Joule (207-633-9505) or Pat Keliher (207-287-9973)
For more information: Online the web link for a copy of the proposed rules is: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking/
Or, to obtain a hardcopy by US mail write: Dept. of Marine Resources, attn: L. Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008 TEL: 207-633-9584, or
EMAIL: laurice.churchill@maine.gov, FAX: (207) 633-9579 or TTY: (207) 633-9500

Now back to Freestyle Angling There is quite a bit of name calling between the above groups...lots of silly labels being thrown around...Fly rod dweebs, bait draggers etc...we've all heard the various terms. What category do I fall into??? ..The answer...ALL OF THEM!!! Here is where the term Freestyle Fishing comes in
To me Freestyle Fishing means not following a traditional path...I am not a purist of any one discipline. Rather I consider myself a purist of all disciplines...which in my mind makes me a true fishing purist hahaha!!!Depending on the conditions I can be found using a variety of techniques....some of them are quite unorthodox by local standards...techniques that have been adapted from other fisheries from all around the world. I won't go into them in detail here because much of what we do is what makes us unique...It's not rare that I'll have a guy in the bow of the boat casting a fly rod with an angler in the stern drifting a livie or skipping a jig off the bottom. I have learned so much about fly presentation, by also fishing bait...case in point was a fly fishing tournament that was held last year on the Kennebec river...A tournament that had a very poor turnout as far as landings were concerned...It was downright horrible actually...Only two fish were boated during the entire 6hr event...that's why they call it fishing!!!...We left the dock at 6:00 am to fish the last of the out going tide...then with what I can only attribute to poor planning by tourney officials(nobody looked at the tide chart...lol), we were faced with a long slack tide period before the incoming tide built enough steam to overcome the natural flow of the river. A hot summer had left the water temps astronomically high so the fish were holding & feeding in the deeper, cooler waters, water much deeper than whats normally conducive to fly-fishing....I put together a strong game plan and had some very skilled fly anglers aboard to execute it...based on that game plan and chatting with some of the other teams about their gameplans over many beers, I knew that we would probably be the front runners...
Prior to the tourney I had spent the last several weeks carolina rigging live baits in the cooler water over deep ledges...we were catching very good numbers..Once the tide started to rip inbound...I ran to a spot that holds fish all season long..I had my anglers switch to the heaviest sinking lines that we had onboard....600 grains or so.....The first drifts my anglers didn't have the feel for it...getting a fly down deep in all that current and being able to stay in contact with your fly is extremely difficult but after some coaching they were able to get their flies to tick off the bottom and occasionally snag structure...It was then that I became confident that If we could keep this presentation up during the peak flow of the incoming tide, that we would most likely win the tourney. The rest of the tourny fleet was also present in the area but after watching the frequent casting and fast cadence retrieves of the anglers on most the other boats I knew that they couldn't possibly be letting their flies get deep enough into the crush zone...I'm used to setting the boat up to have the tide pull us along specific current seams and tide rips...knowing how water behaves as it flows over structure is very important when making presentations in deep water...we used that to our advantage, It took us several long, slow methodical drifts, dredging our flies over a ledge in 25' of water but we ended up sticking the winning fish...This most likely never would have happened had I not been experienced in carolina rigging...we presented our flies in such a way that they almost exactly mimicked that of a carolina rigged livie...the long heavy sinking head fly line played the part of the egg sinker...the black "snakefly" tied to a 4' stubby leader played the part of a live eel to perfection!!!....The other fish was landed by team "Fly by Knight" these guys fish with me alot each season and are from the same school of Freestyling as i am. This is only one small example of the things that I have learned about fly presentation from my time spent using live baits.....Many days we incorporate fly, artificial lures and livebaits all at the same time...I could go on and on with enough info to fill whole volumes of encyclopedias with crossover techniques...It's nice to have a fat playbook to utilize...I laugh to myself every time I hear a fly fisherman proclaim that bait fishing is not really fishing...I guess that can be their own little secret...lol....I'm pretty sure that I could teach those guys a few valuable lessons about their own game on their own turf...but why bother....ignorance is bliss...lol

If you want to become a more efficient angler and are interested in learning more about Freestyle Fishing please give us a shout to arrange a trip... 207-691-0745

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Super Fly Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing: Department of Marine Resources NOTICE OF RULEMAKING Chapter 42.03 Striped Bass –

As Many of you know...there is currently a movement to amend some of the current Striped Bass regulations that govern the Kennebec river...(read more about it in one of my older posts below)

The public hearing has come and gone...unfortunately I was unable to attend as my wife & I are expecting the birth of our first child and we had a child birthing class to attend the night that the public hearing was held in Bath...In order to preserve household harmony I skipped the meeting and sent my written comment in to the DMR...there is still time for you to do so as well!!!

I am a fisherman...I don't label myself a fly fisherman...yes I absolutely love to fly fish, and I love to tie flies, but I also love pitching live baits...Like I said....I'm a fisherman.
One thing that this rulemaking process has taught me is that I am only a moderate conservationist...I am pretty much in the dead center of the road...yes I'm an advocate of catch & release, and I feel blessed every time that we catch & release a Striper...but I certainly don't begrudge my fishing guests a fish dinner either. I also feel pretty comfortable saying that I feel just as confident releasing a Striper that crushed a live herring as a fish that nailed a lefty's deceiver....the types of terminal gear have evolved to the point where release mortality is at an all time low when using proper equipment.

Another thing that I have learned during this process is that my tolerance for conservation zealots is waning fast...really fast...We all know who these guys are...These Quacks are so far right of center that they are not even on the horizon...they are the guys that troll all the online Maine fly fishing message boards with their blah blah blah doom & gloom, psychobabble rants...."the sky is falling"..."the sky is falling"...gimme a break...chicken little!!!if you know what I'm talking about and you visit some of those websites...Do yourself a huge favor and don't get caught up in that garbage...do your own reasearch...and draw your own conclusions...we all know that every story has at least two sides. When times are good you'll see some of these same guys boast on all the web forums about single handedly catching as many as 3000 stripers during a single season...apparently the fish that they catch somehow have a halo around them protecting them from release mortality...perhaps release mortality is an affliction only reserved for non fly caught fish...do you think many of these guys cry themselves to sleep over the possibility that a few of their Stripers might not survive release???....No, more than likely they are too busy high fiving each other celebrating their "Striper Thumbs" to shed a single tear. I guess it's only okay for one group of anglers to enjoy the slayfest...Now that things are a little tougher this small contingent wants to point their fingers at bait fishermen???...none of them want to look in the mirror...hmmm...how is that for irony???
Sure...I can appreciate a good debate with open minded people once in awhile...that is a good thing and it often leads to even better things...I respect that people are going to have varying opinions...It's the one sided spin that so many of these card carrying conservation zealots spout off about that really gnaws at me...Basically I have no use for it...In the end it's the guys with the cool heads that usually prevail.

So if you have strong feelings about these rule changes...you have until April 14th to submit them in writing to the DMR...I'll respect your opinion no matter which way you're leaning

(River Herring Flies & River Herring)
Department of Marine Resources: NOTICE OF RULEMAKING
Chapter 42.03 Striped Bass
(Kennebec River and Sheepscot river areas)
The proposed rulemaking would remove the marine bait prohibition and replace it with the requirement to use circle hooks while using marine bait when fishing in the Kennebec River closed area during the established May 1 to June 30th season. The closed area is also proposed to change from upstream and inside the line drawn from Cape Small to Cape Newagen to a line upstream and inside from Fort Popham, Phippsburg to Kennebec Point to Indian Point, Georgetown, and upstream from a line in the area called Robinhood between Lowe Point, Phippsburg to Newdick Point, Westport and downstream of the Route 144 Westport Island Bridge therefore removing the Sheepscot River from the Kennebec rules and placing it under the statewide regulations.

This request was made by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) - Barry Bibson of Boothbay Harbor who is the rep. for RFA in Maine.
PUBLIC HEARING: April 4, 2011, 6pm, Bath City Hall, 1st Floor Auditorium, 55 Front Street, Bath
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: April 14, 2011
CONTACT PERSONS: Bruce Joule (207-633-9505) or Pat Keliher (207-287-9973)
For more information: Online the web link for a copy of the proposed rules is: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking/
Or, to obtain a hardcopy by US mail write: Dept. of Marine Resources, attn: L. Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575-0008 TEL: 207-633-9584, or
EMAIL: laurice.churchill@maine.gov, FAX: (207) 633-9579 or TTY: (207) 633-9500
To receive future rulemaking notices by email please use contact info above.

Maine' Premier Saltwater Fishing Guide Service
Super Fly Charters
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
Super Fly Charters Facebook Page
www.superfly-charters.com

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Maine Striper Fishing With Capt George Harris & Super Fly Charters

Don't Overlook Creek Mouths And Flats Channels
(Photos Capt. George Harris)

April has arrived in mid coast Maine...That means that next month we'll have the boat in the water and we'll be doing what we do best...putting on a slayfest!!!Early in the season when the stripers begin migrating into our waters the first thing they typically do is head into the numerous estuaries that dot our coastline....These could be huge shallow bay areas featuring vast mud & sand flats, large tidal rivers or smaller river systems that drain amazingly fertile tide marshes. Because these early arriving Striped Bass haven't yet gotten into a regular feeding pattern...Getting dialed in on the fish requires putting in lots of time...Thats where we come into the picture...It's our job to sniff them out...We could chase birds around all day like everyone else...and sure, you can get lucky and catch some exciting pop up blitz action but that is normally short lived...Don't get me wrong...We definitely take advantage of every blitz we can and when they do happen...it's incredibly exciting...but we find it better to focus the search on areas that, #1: harbor a decent herring run or #2: has decent tidal flush that will wash small baits like crabs, shrimp, worms and small minnows through choke points to stripers that are waiting for an easy meal. Small creeks are prime examples of a good area to focus your search...A dropping tide flowing out of a tiny creek will often yield big results....Finding the right creeks that hold stripers is the tough part...a lot of creek mouths might look like they'll hold fish but if they don't have the correct features, we wont waste more than a few prospecting casts around them. Over the course of a lifetime spent fishing in saltwater...I have found that certain creeks types produce better...It's usually the deeper creeks that feature steep undercut sod banks that produce best...most of the really fishy creek mouths will have some sort of shallow water at it's mouth in the form of sand, mud or shell bars that are formed by the constant depositing of sediments being dumped by the currents...many times there will be a deeper pool on the inside or upriver side of such a bar...These bars are like buffet lines...stripers can tuck in behind them out of the current and lay in wait for an easy meal to drift out with the tide...As luck would have it I have a tidal creek thats located behind my house...it dumps into a larger river just a 100 yards or so from by back door...early in the season we often anchor up just outside the large oyster bar that lays just off the mouth of this creek and we wait for the stripers to come cruising by...most of the action takes place in 1-3 feet of water so you can imagine that the strikes can be pretty explosive....because of the hard running current coupled with the shallow water in this spot we have found it necessary to anchor instead of drift....it's also in this spot that I developed an amazing , yet unorthodox light tackle technique that I guarantee that no other angler in Maine uses..I won't get into the details here but we call it "water buggin"..."water buggin" has paid off huge in many other areas too and is a valuable technique when fishing tight creeks and skinny water currents!!! I only share this mind blowing technique with the anglers who fish with me...so if you're interested give us a jingle!!!
We also focus on creeks that flow onto expansive flats....these creeks often have a well defined mouth but often continue to wind there way for 100's of yards to deeper water...these flats drains are like super highways for Striped bass. Being stealthy is critical when transiting these flats as noise is amplified and Stripers become as skittish as a long tailed cat in room full of rocking chairs...I often have to pole the heavy Parker across these flats to get set up on a creek....we also concentrate on the small creek channels that drain the flats of water and usually find some of our biggest fish of the year in these deeper depressions...It drives me crazy when I go through the effort to pole the boat across 100's of yards of shallow water, being ultra careful to be quiet, when some googan anglers go racing across a flat at warp speed blowing out any fish in that zip code...what's worse is that some of these guys are lazy @ssed veteran guides...so if you see a boat being poled on a flat...PLEASE slow down and give them a wide, wide berth...we're not doing it for the excersise!!!
Some of the best creeks don't really look like much at a casual glance...some are just a small opening in a wall of thick spartina grass......Like I said at the the beginning of this post...don't overlook these areas..

Check out this old post of one of the many outstanding early season creek mouth trip that I have done over the years with Chris Oliver...
Maine Striper fishing...Game On!!!
Last evening I had the chance to fish with Chris Oliver from Knight Marine Service, a full service boat yard located in Rockland, Maine. Chris lives & breathes saltwater fly & light tackle fishing and over the course of the last 5 or 6 years he has caught his first Stripers of the year while fishing with me. Last nights fishing did not dissapoint us. We launched the "Super Fly" at a local midcoast Maine river and ran to a spot that was just a little off the beaten track, an area that had been holding some nice numbers fish. After getting set up it didn't take long before the fish began to feed and feed heavily they did!!! As the tide receded the water became extremely shallow and we could see slot sized Bass swirling aggresively in as little as a foot of water. The fish were mostly keyed in on 6" river herring but they were also munching smaller baits...brit herring perhaps. What a fun night of fishing!!! With beautiful weather in the forecast for this weekend we should see even better fishing in the very near future.


That night we had to thread our way back downstream in the dark through incredibly shallow water...across miles of mudflats, over numerous mussel bars and though a 100 yard class 2 whitewater drop...But it was all worth it...when you go the extra mile off the beaten track the results speak for themselves

If you're looking to fish with us season...please call us soon for available dates!!! We are taking reservations daily. Don't forget to ask about our evening blitz trip...It's becoming a guest favorite!!!
Capt. George Harris
207-691-0745
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