Fall striper run....and tuna run!!

2006-09-22 13:47:23
Casco Bay, Maine - Saltwater Fishing Report
Portland ME

<P>Fall striper run....and tuna run!!

Getting cooler - fall is on it's way.

Water outside 62 degrees

Water inside 60 degrees

Sorry for the giant delay between reports but I have been straight out for the last 20 days....

To start- not a huge typical fall blitz type fishing for bass as we the bait inshore seems to be localized to small areas. The upper inner bays have some peanut bunker and have had some fantastic surface feeds but most seem to be smaller schoolie size stripers with a few bigger slot sized mixed in, also over the past few days bluefish have moved in as well. On the outside of the islands the bait seems to be tiny YOTY herring and surface feeds are off and on. But I am finding some bigger fish out there, this week we have been at least been able to manage a couple fish over 30" each day and 30-40 smaller fish in a morning. Also we have seen many fish over 20lbs as well. Fish are schooling up fast so when you find them they are together. The shoreline between Bug light and Portland head turned on with good surface action over the past week -all early morning stuff.

On the TUNA front the inside stuff has slowed down a bit with only a few fish showing here and there. Most of the tuna seem to be folowing the halfbeaks south and offshore and totally ignoring the masses of peanut bunker out there?

East of Tantas and towasrd Jeffries has seen the most action and even more fish to be south off Kennebunk and Cape Ann area. Fish are still good size and any fish we have hooked have been over 50lbs and most have been in the 70-80lb range- awesome stuff.

Get out while the short fall period offers some great fishing..Tight lines,

-Capt. John Ford

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About The Author: Captain John Ford

Company: Portland Guide Service

Area Reporting: Portland Maine

Bio: Captain John has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod. He grew up fishing New England for many saltwater species, but is now obsessed with chasing striped bass in Maine's most prolific area-Casco Bay. John is a registered Maine guide and a U.S. Coast guard licensed captain. The captain has spent years casting and testing fishing equipment. He will only endorse what he believes to be the best fishing equipment for your dollar. He is proud to be chosen as a part of the Cape Fear and Albright guide teams

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