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It's officially Fall, but don't hang up your open water gear or even talk about shrink-wrapping that boat yet, please. Excellent opportunities for all types of fishing continue for probably at least a couple of more months if you bundle up tight and make the most of the conditions.
Striper fishing locally continues to be really productive, and therefore completely worth it from a staying out late, getting up early, going hard all day perspective. In recent days, we've been catching and hearing about fish being caught (even some keeper-sized) in all of their usual harbor, estuary and river haunts. Flies, lures, bait are all working. It's more a matter of fishing the way that you prefer to fish, and sticking to your method. Of course, if your preferred technique is fishing with bait, it's important to always use an in-line circle hook in order to be within the law, and to keep hook and release fishing mortality low. Make sure to grab some in-line circle hooks when you see them available in your favorite shop (or let us recommend a source). You'll be happy to have them on hand when the live-lining and chunking gets good. And if it's streamer flies you need to chase these mighty line-siders just right, your local fly shop is stocked with plenty of feather minnows to match the sand eels, tinker mackerel and herring to suit your exacting, fly-rodding for big game needs. Keep your eyes peeled for a big, full moon hanging on the horizon in the evening this week. Fish along, into the night, with the incoming tide as the murky moon rises. Big, migratory stripers are out there feeding like they need to.
Bass fishing is at last coming off being steadily, ferociously awesome all summer. The bite, however, is not over, but the feeding pattern is a little different from this point into the cooler water months. Fly fisher-people, floating lines and surface bugs still work well and have a place late into frostier days, but Clouser minnows, big woolly buggers and other streamers will get big grabs too, especially fished off full-sink or sink-tip lines, keeping the fly in the strike zone longer. Traditional tackle anglers, I'd just recommend going large -- 4" baits and up. Things with paddle tails (or any shape soft latex type material tail), cranked slowly with deliberate jerks and pauses in the retrieving action , offer the bass-caster a true confidence-builder approach. Now's a great time in the season to creatively mix and match soft baits with different types of hook, jig, lure combinations, and to think big. Could you get away with rigging a soft trailer to your 1 oz. lead-headed bucktail jig? Do it! Otherwise, the larger the frog, mouse or minnow pattern, the better, is the general idea here. I wouldn't rule out the thought of trying one of the Berkley Gulp! offerings in the 3" Crawler range rigged straight on a 1/16 jig head from Zman if fishing the big stuff somehow became tedious or less than ideal for the situation. Think "Trout Magnet", but more worm-like and one tad bigger. Go big, go finesse, just go.
Trout fishers delight in the chilly nights and rainy-ness. In fact, we would also feel much better about recommending local trout fishing ifthe water were cooler and there were more of it in general. That being said, it's in the forecast for the right mix of improving conditions for local trout fishing in rivers and lakes alike, and soon. For now, try fishing deeper presentation methods like large bead-head nymphs/streamers fished slow and low with full-sink or sink tip lines or deeply under an indicator. From a trout food perspective, bait is naturally also full grown for the cold water environments. So, in addition, to fishing deep, fish large bait fish, leech, crayfish, dragonfly/damselfly nymphs, especially at night or when it's dark out. Just in case, have a handful of small all purpose nymph patterns that could pass as imitations for small mayflies and midges that can hatch all Fall. And did we mention the October caddis ever? If not, we just temporarily forgot about the largest species of caddis. Adult October caddis make #8 or 10, roughly orange dry flies such as stimis', sofa pillows, and tarantulas very good replicas of the natural to skitter and drift... take an extra breath on the hook set so you don't prematurely pull the fly away before actual bite occurs -- that would be very bad. But not as bad as sitting indoors waiting for fishing to happen!
Yes, Fall has it all. Too much to shake a stick at almost. Let's all get out there and try shaking a stick 'em nonetheless, eh!
Thanks as always for reading, and the crew at Maine Sport fishing wishes you lots of luck until the next time we hear your reports or report back to you.
PS: secret mission -- pictures of large, mid-coast trout, caught on mouse flies, at night, in the rain, under the full moon wanted -- good week for it! Secret tight lines.
See you at Maine Sport,
-Seth, Paul and all at MSO Fishing/Camping