I'm looking forward to a busy and fun season of saltwater fishing trips here in Maine, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Really looking forward to it. I mean really, really. And based upon the conversations I've been having with many of you, this anticipation is mutual. I'll be starting out with trips in May around Cape Cod, then spending much of June here at home on the Kennebec River and Casco Bay with 10 days set aside for a renewal of my annual Martha's Vineyard adventure. July and August are all about home waters here in Maine. I'll head to Cape Cod a little earlier this year, starting the albie hunt before Labor Day. Then by November 1 I'll be set up back in Beaufort, North Carolina to finish out the season with more albie madness and some other offshore pursuits. I hope you'll join me somewhere along the way. The pace of bookings is impressive but I still have great tides available in all locations for every month.
Here in Maine I focus on chasing shallow water striped bass but I also fish great moving-water structure, oceanfront ledges and islands, and along the beaches. The variety of options in this watershed is amazing and, compared to what you would often find south of Maine, it is uncrowded. We'll fish in a stunningly gorgeous setting and if you've never seen the lower Kennebec River watershed by boat I know you'll be in awe.
I use top of the line fly and light tackle spin gear from Sage, G. Loomis, Nautilus, Bauer, Scientific Anglers, St. Croix, Aubut Rods, Shimano and other manufacturers. I always have plenty of gear all rigged and ready to go but can happily also give you recommendations on what to bring if you'd also like to utilize your own tackle. If you are a tier, I'd love to share suggestions on patterns I favor for these waters, but know that I have boxes stuffed with flies for you use.
I'm really please to be joining the Scientific Anglers Pro Staff. I've been so impressed with their lines the last few years. They continue to lead the industry with developments in coatings, tapers, and now leader material. Let's put some of my reels on your favorite rod and let you experience what I mean.
Here in Maine I often fish out of a 18 1/2 foot Maverick Master Angler flats boat that is incredibly well suited to these waters. It has a remote control, bow-mounted electric trolling motor and I also pole it. It is a fabulous fishing platform and I think you'll enjoy it. It's perfectly suited for two anglers plus myself. I also run a semi-custom 25 foot LTB center console that I had built this past year. It too has a Minn Kota trolling motor and the latest electronics from Humminbird. It's as fly friendly a boat as I could find, with low and narrow gunnels, clean and level deck, and lots of open space.
All of my striper trips are catch-photo-and release. As you may know, the striped bass population all along the eastern seaboard is overfished. The only way we are going to see more big bass to target is by returning fish to spawn and spawn again. I have no squabble whatsoever with the angler who chooses to keep a couple of fish a season, but I'm out there almost every day. These fish are my business partners and returning them is one small contribution that I can make to improving this incredible fishery. If keeping a striper is a part of the experience that you want to enjoy I would be happy to help connect you with some excellent guides.
New this year, I donate 5% of my charter fee to organizations that support responsible fisheries management, fisheries research, or angler education and resource protection. As a guide I have a unique opportunity to connect anglers with groups that help make our fisheries sustainable and accessible. My goal is to help users become supporters and to grow anglers into advocates. I've put together a menu of organizations that focus on research or advocacy specific to our Northeast inshore fisheries, that work on the local level to protect our coastal watersheds, or dedicate their efforts to promote this sport that we love so much. You choose the group that you'd like to support and I make the donation following payment after our trip. You'll then receive any membership benefits that may be associated with the donation.
I fish with a lot of anglers who travel the world to chase fish and plenty of anglers who are just getting started fishing or who've only fished freshwater. I spent 10 years as a teacher, outdoor educator, and coach and have been a professional fly casting instructor at L.L. Bean for 16 years. I love sharing what I've learned about this watershed, striped bass biology, fishing techniques, and casting skills of all kinds.
Spotting the v-wake of a pod of bass working a dead calm mudflat, calculating when and where to cast, executing the delivery of your shrimp fly or topwater plug, working your offering to entice but not spook the fish, and finally watching one of the stripers make a hard turn and hone in on your imitation and then explode in two feet of water at the sting of the hook is...exhilarating, captivating, intoxicating, and of course addictive.
It isn't the easiest way to chase striped bass but we're not out there to feed our families. If you want to try a different approach to striper fishing or you already know exactly how you prefer to chase these incredible gamefish, give me a call or send me an email. You can learn more about my false albacore trips at CapeCodAlbies.com
See the fish. Cast to the fish. Catch the fish.