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 blew hard the first three days and kayaking was dangerous/challenging.  Heavy rain and large swells kept me off the water for two days.  I did manage to find a fish or two, but nothing spectacular.  There wasn’t bait (sand eels, pogies or herring) around and I only spooked one fish on the flats.

To end the trip, I contacted Tom at Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop. http://www.eldredgeflyshop.com/ It is a first rate freshwater/saltwater fly shop w/ great service, an outstanding fly tying selection and honest local reports.  Eldgredge Brothers also offers a guide service, so I asked Tom for a recommendation.  Within two hours, Capt. Mark Drummond-http://www.fishlikemad.com called me and we agreed upon a location and time to fish.

Stormy WavesPepperell Cove Sunrisestriper

I met Capt. Mark nice and early 5:20 am in Pepperall Cove and we fished for stripers in the Pascatagua River and outer ocean rocks.  Early on there were some stripers busting on herring and terns diving.  Nice to see surface  activity and we soon hooked up w/ a 22″ fish.  After chasing a few more pods of scattered bait/fish,  we decided to pursue bigger bass on the outside.  Capt. Mark operates a very smooth, easy to cast from 24′ custom boat that is ideal for fishing bays, rips or rocks.  He expertly manuvered the boat, angling me w/ the wind to make long casts to the rocks/swash/troughs.  We managed another decent bass, but the fish just weren’t there.  I sure would like to fish those rocks under better conditions.  Our best guess is that the recent storm activities put off these fish.  Our decision to chase cow bass outside limited our total fish count, as we likely could have located more schoolie sized fish within the harbor.  Nonetheless, it was a pleasure to fish w/ Capt. Mark.  He has an easy temperament, knows the water, ties quality flies, communicates well as a guide and has a very fishy boat.  I would recommend Capt. Mark to any of my friends looking to fish the Portsmouth/Kittery/York waters for bluefish/mackerel/pollock/shad/stripers.

Used flies and artificialsCaptain Mark & his fishing craftTown Dock

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Craig Dennison

This is Craig and I host Fly Fisher's Workshop. My fly fishing experiences include plenty of travel (Montana/Florida/North Carolina/Maine) and a few years part time guiding for trout. While I primarily target trout and steelhead, I still manage to chase warm water species and enjoy chasing stripers and bluefish. I'm a 3rd generation fly fisher trying to share the passion with my two sons!

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