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Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports Blog

Welcome to the Fish Blog & saltwater fishing reports page of TIDE CHASER GUIDE SERVICE & Capt. George Harris. We're looking forward to providing you with the most up to date inshore saltwater fishing reports on the Maine coast as the Maine Striper Fishing season goes forward into 2019!!! You wont find any generic"cut & paste" reports or info here...Just pure fishing!!!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Maine Striper Fishing Report 2012

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It's official...After enthusiastically watching some very good reports come in from southern New England and tracking those reports as the Stripers quickly marched northward ...the Striped Bass fishing season has officially begun here in Maine. A boat overhaul including repowering with the latest Yamaha outboard technology will keep my boat off the water till towards the end of the month, however Southern Maine anglers are seeing the beginnings of the migratory push of Striped Bass into Maine's coastal waters. While this is exciting news...I'm not ready to do cartwheels just yet..due to the wildly fluctuating water temps caused by incoming tidal flows, early season is still hit or miss and highly unpredictable as the fish are moving quickly and do not stage in the holding areas for long... It's been my experience that if we focus on areas that have strong herring runs, then the likelihood of finding action is much greater...Over the course of the next 4-5 weeks we will see the Striped Bass migration build in volume and we'll also be able to better pattern the fishes feeding habits and movements. We also often see another big push of fish migrate into our coastal water mid to late summer...where that second charge fish exactly comes from is a little mysterious...most likely migrants from cape cod bay or even possibly from an offshore population of gulf of Maine fish....regardless of where they come from...they are always a welcome addition!! I'm ready....ARE YOU!!!
(photo by Got Stryper Baits)
This past winter I decided that I needed to introduce some new large profile lures to help better target the Jumbo Stripers that hang off the oceanside rocks and in the surfline...these bigger 36" and up oceangoing Bass behave differently than the smaller bass that hang on river structure...those smaller 20-30 inch river fish are greedy and compete for anything that washes past them in the current and will undoubtedly hammer these new baits into oblivion!!! The large ocean stripers are a completely different animal. The Jumbos are more solitary and more finicky as to which artificials they choose to hit...I needed a bait that draws attention to itself, a bait that pushes water creating fish attracting vibrations, a bait that had an irresistable action that would get a big striper to charge it from a laid up posistion...After much research and a rather enlightening conversation with my Temple Fork Outfitters sales rep, whom also reps "Got Stryper Baits" I was led to a small, family run, company based out of Chatham, MA called Got Stryper which manufactures "Pintail" & "Stubby Pintail" baits...The Pintail & Stubby Pintail can be fished in both salt & freshwater. It has caught; Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Sea Bass, Pickeral, Pike, Musky, Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Bonito, False Albacore, Halibut, Fluke, Rockfish, Ling, Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Cobia, Jacks, Grouper, Trevally, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Big Eye, Blue & White Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Weakfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish, Barracuda, Wolfish, Got Stryper was founded by Cape Cod charter Capt. Alan Hastbacka and they produce an incredibly durable line of soft plastic baits in 7,9 & 11 inch models...The 9" & 11" Pintail models were the ones that interested me the most...large enough to get the full attention of a Giant Striper but still easy enough to cast on light tackle spinning gear. After receiving a few samples I knew they were the homerun I was looking for..So I got in touch with Capt. Alan and placed my order for the season...Looking forward to seeing you all again and also looking forward to putting some new products in your hands!!!

Check out the video that Capt. Alan Hastbacka recently shot while fishing his home waters around Cape Cod, using nothing but his Got Stryper Pintails(Video Courtesy of Got Stryper Baits)

If you haven't yet made plans to fish with us I'd advise you to do so as soon as possible because once the season starts...the best tides dissappear quickly!!



Arrowsic said...

Good to be "flexible" in your presentation Captain. Keep us posted on the results.

Capt. George Harris (aka superfly) said...

By the end of June I should have some great video documention showing great results with the new baits...a few of the largest fish of last season came on artificials that my anglers were throwing while "waiting" for a bass to pick a chunk up off the bottom or to chase down a livie...the zing of the baitrunner is electrifying...but it's pretty amazing when a 30 pounder crushes an artificial...The strike in shallow water is explosive!!! not much can compare!!

Capt. George Harris (aka superfly) said...

Additionally...scroll back to my Sept 10, 2011 report for a reminder why I sometimes like to mix the real stuff with artificials...and why it's so you said it's good to be "flexible" with