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Schoolie Striper Bonanza

Schoolie Striper Bonanza

  I walked right past it.  That quiet tidal pool was bland and unassuming.   I was heading towards the surf and faster, moving water.  Surely the striped bass would be chasing sand eels further down below.  It was getting close to low tide and I covered water, flogging the water...
Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Our last launch was emotional.  Mom and Dad were waving goodbye, the U-haul was loaded and it was our final fishing hurrah.  It’s tough paddling forth with optimism, knowing that you’re leaving something beloved behind.  My parents sold their Maine cottage.  It’s been a great...
Finding Stripers on the Beach

Finding Stripers on the Beach

  The beach kicked my butt!  It took me ten days to land my first striped bass on a fly rod.  My familiar beach and river system in Southern Maine didn’t cooperate.  I’ve fished this same beach for 15 years and have caught hundreds of stripers.  This year, I couldn’t find...
Nice Beach Time, Poor Striper Fishing

Nice Beach Time, Poor Striper Fishing

The best reward for getting up early is savoring the beach sunrise.  It’s a visual splendor that shakes off grogginess.  The sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean also eases the sting of slow fishing.  As you contemplate getting skunked (or only landing a few tiny schoolie stripers up to 20″),...
Feeling Crabby

Feeling Crabby

Crabs were there, stripers weren’t.   I saw so many crabs and so few stripers, that it put me in a slightly crabby fishing mood.  I know that I shouldn’t complain about a vacation.  It’s a blessing to be away and enjoy the salt.  Still, when you know how glorious a fishery is and...
2013 Angling Wish List

2013 Angling Wish List

It took nearly three hours to shovel the driveway.  That’s more than enough time to daydream about fly fishing.  I imagined how nice it would be to be fishing a local tributary, instead of shoveling.  Fresh snow, undisturbed banks and a solid whiteness surrounding the creek.  There’s...
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Foul Hooking Crabs

Foul Hooking Crabs

I kept on foul hooking crabs.  In fact, I landed more green crabs than striped bass.  I even caught back to back crabs on consecutive casts.   It seemed logical that with such an abundance of crabs, there would be large striped bass around.  To my dismay, they were mostly schoolie stripers in the...
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Sight Fishing for Striped Bass

Sight Fishing for Striped Bass

A friend of mine calls striped bass “rockfish”.  He prefers that name because they are often found around rocks.  It’s tough to argue with his logic, as well as his catch rate around rocky coastal zones concerning striped bass.  While I prefer the name “striper”, I agree...
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Blitzing Bluefish and Stripers

Blitzing Bluefish and Stripers

For nearly fifteen years I’ve fished the beaches and rocks between Kennebunkport and the Saco River in Southern Maine.  I  just returned from a peaceful two weeks of beach time at my parents cottage on Hills Beach.  I managed to fish most mornings.   Typically , I would fish for several hours,...
Striper Fishing in Southern Maine August 27 through August 31

Striper Fishing in Southern Maine August 27 through August 31

For a final summer hurrah, I headed to Maine with hopes of catching larger striped bass.  Ignoring the less than ideal tides and the developing hurricane off our Southeastern Coast, I drove the 7.5 hours to Hills Beach/Biddeford Pool.  The weather didn’t cooperate and angling was tough.  It...
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