Maine is renowned as a premier fishing destination for its plentiful selection of both freshwater and saltwater fish. If you are like most boat owners, you anticipate the thrill of an ocean adventure and enjoy the challenge of Maine’s marine fisheries. In fact, chasing down some saltwater fish can be a quest in itself. With just a bit of creativity, here is how boat owners can catch some of the state’s most elusive fish.
Since the 1980s, striped bass have been the highest valued sportfish in Maine, with sizes ranging from 12 to 50 inches or even more. With more plentiful food elsewhere, striped bass have become somewhat tricky to catch. For a sure way to attract striped bass, expert boaters and fishermen recommend using a one-inch fresh mackerel steak as bait. Simply attach the meat to an octopus hook attached to a fluorocarbon leader and toss into the foamy water next to a rocky stretch of coastline.
Of course, in order to use a mackerel as bait, you first have to catch one! This once reliable option for boaters and fishermen of all ages and experience levels have begun to be less predictable in Maine waters. Fortunately, these fish are still fairly easy to catch. Mackerel can be caught almost anywhere in saltwater that is more than 10 feet deep, including in your marina. To catch a mackerel, use a light spinning outfit with a 1/3 ounce diamond jig.
If you are having a tough time tracking down mackerel, it may well be bluefish season. During midsummer, bluefish can be hit-or-miss. Your best bet is to take your boat off coast and use a slow-trolled swimming plug.
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