Weekly Fishing Report 9/13/21
Fishing Conditions & Updates for Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Week of September 13, 2021
Thanks to all who attended our annual Septemberfest event. It seems that hunting seasons are preoccupying the minds of many anglers, indicated by the thinner reports coming in. Those who are fishing are doing very well though. Between fewer anglers and more feeding activity, many consider this the best fishing of the year. Guides and shops across New England tell us that whether you are chasing stripers, salmon, lake trout, or bass, now is the best time of year to be out.
Dave Garcia at Naples Bait and Tackle in Naples reported a very successful Sebago Lake Anglers Association Togue Derby over the past weekend. “We had about 90 participants and the largest lake trout weighed 12.26-pounds the second fish was 8.8-pounds, and there were about 90 fish registered. The first and second place winners were brothers Dave and Dean Ferris,” he told us. Dave says the weather hasn’t hampered the fishing much as many are taking advantage of one of the best times of year to be on the lake fishing.
Captain Tim Tower of the Bunny Clark in Ogunquit furnished the following report on their website from a recent trip: “The fishing was fair, marred by the large number of dogfish interfering with the catching of the targeted species. They saw the largest number of dogfish caught on a trip this season so far with an average of over twenty dogfish a person. Granted, dogfish love the west southwest wind more than any wind I know. Added to that was the fishing conditions; the seas could have been much smaller for a better day. The catching and landings were fair to good. Most legal fish landed, again, were pollock. Legal landings also included seventeen haddock, seven cod, eleven good sized redfish, one cusk, eight white hake and eight mackerel. Released fish included about two hundred and fifty dogfish, seven small cod, a 14+ pound cod and a mackerel. They tried anchoring but were instantly held captive by dogfish. So drifting was the method of choice today. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.”
“Ian couldn't tell me who was high hook with the most legal fish. This crew of eleven anglers were very evenly matched in the talent department, all very good fishermen. Andrew Bruyere won the boat pool for the largest fish with a 12.5-pound pollock. He caught this as a double with a cod of over 14 pounds, both fish on the same line at the same time. The problem arose when they tried gaffing the two fish as Andrew was fishing in the bow. I guess that they got the gaff in the pollock, first, and in lifting the pollock and trying to get a gaff into the cod, broke the line between the fly and the jig, sending the cod right back to the bottom with the lost jig on it's lip! Certainly, the line was probably weakened by a number of dogfish catches. Not only would the cod have been one of the bigger cod of the year, the catch would have counted as the largest double of the Bunny Clark season as well. Ian also weighed a 10-pound cod for Andrew.”
“There was a tie for second place with fish, both weighing 11 pounds. One was an 11-pound cod caught by Bob Williams. The other was an 11-pound pollock caught by Greg Mallott.”
“Other Angler Highlights: Rich Mallott caught a double that included a 10-pound pollock and a 7 pound pollock. His biggest fish was a 10.5-pound pollock. Peter Backus caught an 8.5-pound cod. Pat Gallagher landed the hard luck award for most lost jigs, most tangled lines and getting spined by a dogfish. It wasn't Pat's best day.”
Full-time New Hampshire fishing guide Tim from Tim Moore Outdoors is still on the lake trout, but says the fishing is even better than last week. “We are absolutely hammering them right now. We find fish in around 115-feet early in the morning, and then they move out to around 135-feet once the sun hits the water. The ½-ounce blue Daddy Mac Albie jig has been on fire. We switch to the 1.4-ounce blue Nervous Minnow when the fish are choking the ½-ounce to avoid killing fish,” he said. Tim says the salmon bite is mildly better, but still inconsistent. He says they are getting fish on orange streamer flies and spoons down around 40-feet deep. He wanted to remind anglers and prospective clients that the salmon and lake trout season closes at the end of this month. If you’re looking to get out, now is the time to do it.
Dana Berry at Berry’s Bait in New Durham tells us that the fishing has been productive for most everyone she has spoken with. “They seem to be having more luck on the big lake with the lake trout. We are selling a lot of Tim Moore Nervous Minnows lately. We are also selling a lot of Mooselooks and Top Gun spoons, so the salmon fishing must be improving. The bass guys are also having a blast. We are selling a ton of live bait. We are also seeing a lot of horn pouting going on,” she said.
Mike Crouthamel at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester says there is a lot of bass fishing going on and cooler waters are helping. He told us that the Three Rivers Stocking Association should be stocking the Isinglass, Cocheco, and Lamprey Rivers in the coming weeks and with more water than last year he expects the fishing to be very good. Mike says they still have shiners and shoreline bass anglers have been doing well with them in Tower Hill Pond and Massabesic Lake. For the big wake bait anglers, Mike says they just got some very good ones in from Australia, and they are less expensive than many of the high priced custom wood baits.
Captain Les Eastman at Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook furnished the following report on their website: “Three of the four boats did excellent, couldn’t get ahold of the fourth. Lots of haddock, big pollock and cod, double digits for most. Cod legal tomorrow for a month so maybe double digits plus a huge cod starting tomorrow. Weather looks great, unlike last Thursday, this Thursday is just showers, no wind or seas. People calling about rough surf, it’s just that, surf. Swells from that far away ( hurricane Larry) don’t affect the ocean once a couple hundred yards offshore.”
Martha at Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island told us that with the recent “giant ground swells” the beaches have been tough to fish on. “Friday and Saturday were really tough with the big swells, but Sunday was a bit better,” she said. Martha says she is hearing of some schoolie stripers, but most reports have slowed due to the weather. “The fishing was definitely picking up before the swells came. It’s beautiful out there now, so I expect better reports to come,” she told us.
Pete Santini at Fishing Finatics in Everett reported a big striper blitz in front of the Amelia Earhart Dam, from the Tobin Bridge down. “We had a huge school of big bass feeding on pogies. They were hitting poppers and tubes, and all kinds of stuff. Fish up to 40-pounds,” he said. Pete says there were a few bluefish in the mix too. He tells us there is a pile of small bluefin tuna north of P-Town. He says they were, “hitting anything, like the old days.” Pete says the night eel bite has been good along Revere and Lynn at night, and the tube and worm bite has been good around the islands in 10-feet of water. “Troll them nice and slow,” Pete say.
Captain Randy Drago of Codfather Charters and his clients have been bouncing back and forth between the Merrimack River and the Cape, lured south by the tuna and albies roaming around. “The night bite in the Merrimack has been spotty but the outside night bite has been steady. It's been a great small football bite off the cape if you can make it! Along with albies and bonito.”
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