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  1. After going to Septemberfest Saturday morning and pick'in some new hunting gear, I was ready to put away the rod and pick up the bow that afternoon. But my daughter and neice wanted to go for a ride in the "lobster" boat. We get down to the mouth to find birds diving and fish busting. Every cast w/ a popper hooked a mid sized blue. Here is Morgan w/ her first chopper. They never touched the cut macks, divers, or jig. Just dailed in on the minnows on the surface. Tried for one w/ the fly rod but couldn't get it to gether in the wind. I decided then to launch the aquasport (which I'd talked myself out of a week before) and head-out sharking on Sunday. It took $250 to fill'er up (out of my Allagash trip fund) and we in by 6:30am Sunday. Forcast was marginal w/ 10-15 & 2-4', get past 2KR to find 15-25 Erly w/ 4-7'. After ten minuted of taking it nose on and a few soakings we give up on the blue-dog run and look for choppers. No birds to be found & no chance on spotting a blitz, we troll diver and poppers. Again the poppers got the bite on. Lost count on how many but from 7:30 to 10:30 we didn't go 10 minutes w/o a hit. Lots of big boys, many doubles and a few hat tricks. Never surface trolled for blues before, what a blast; a couple even cleared the water as they hit. Took friend out, from down South, last night, whos in town for the race. Didn't get 200 yards and stripers everywhere; 15"-30" taking anything we threw @ them. Fished with-in site of the dock all evening. Had maybe 1/2 dozen casts w/o a strike. Was able to catch fish on every plug/jig/rubber in my bag :lol: . Those deer are safe for a few more weeks, cause I can't pass up fishing like this. :P
  2. Four years ago I took my new boss out after blues. He and his son showed up to the dock 45 min late w/ 2 brand new cheapo rod and reel boat combos; (but no lures). I set them up w/ a couple of my best mags and start trollong off York beach. With in 20 mins we had doubles on. No sooner than the rods started bouncing did I hear "crack, crack". Both plastic spools had spilt in half. Lucky he'd wound them w/ 50 lbs test, so we started bring them in by hand. Though I guess I forgot to tell him to not to wrap it around his hand, cause the next thing I know he's yelling and screaming and jumping all around. I damn near had mine to the boat but had to drop it to get him unstuck. Lost both the fish and the lures in the process, but no fingers thankfully. Just goes to show you no good deed goes unpunished.
  3. I'd also pack the trout &/or fly pole. If the linesiders are shy, macks and harbor pollack on ultra-light gear can be a good time.
  4. If your taking the ferry out of Rockland, stop by Johnson's sporting goods on Rte 1 just as you get into town. They were able put us on some good fishing in Thomaston the other week. I'd start w/ Guyza's spot, from what we found the fish were holding in on near-by outflows.
  5. Try this http://www.nesportsman.com/articles/article51.shtml
  6. Any guess on the weight? IGFA record for American Eel (yes, they have one)is 9lbs and some change.
  7. Wanted to get out to the rocks this past weekend but the wind and the wife's to do list kept me in. :banana: Over the holiday @ the mouth of the York R. I was getting 15-20 every night on a fly. Nothing big, a few @ bottom of the lower slot. I did see some good size fish come over the railing of the bridges up stream during the week.
  8. I don't but he might. His email is: TSAURMAN69@YAHOO.COM
  10. Just think in 6 weeks or so, a fish that size will be considered bait. :banana: My "fresh water" friends always get pissed when a I reel in a stocky, and then make some comment about biding my time till the linesiders come home. :)
  11. I haven't been to the Wells in a few weeks. But as for the KTP, stay away from their bait freezer. I've tried them four times this year, last was 10days ago and each time got nothing but mush, even rubber bands couldn't keep the herring or clams on. :lol:
  12. To keep them alive in a bucket, use 2 stackable pales/buckets. drill a bunch of drain holes in the top bucket <1/4" and put the eels and ice in that, then set it inside the "tight" pale. Make sure there is a an inch or 2 seperation between the bottoms. As the ice melt sit will drain the slim into the bottom pale. I've gotten a couples days out of them using this method. Word to the wise: if you put rig in your trunk of your car, make sure to succure it so it doesn't tip over. Don't ask me how I know :D
  13. Unless they are dead, keep'em moving. It's a reel mess, if they double over on your line.
  14. Work is sending me up to Thomaston for a few days next week. Hoping to be able to fish in the evenings. How is it in this area? Is there any action from shore or should I load up the canoe or even the 14'er? Looking at the map, the options look endless. W/O giving away any honey holes, does anyone have any advive on where we should focus our attention (i.e ocean front, back in the coves, or river heads/marshes)? Also recommendations on local "watering holes" would also be appericated. B) Thanks Fred
  15. FYI In friendly conversation I had yesterday 2 Federal officers, they mentioned that they and the Coast Guard are "stepping up" their patrols in the EEZ, with a big focus on illegal Stripers. They had been 8 miles off Newburyport Weds morning and issued 4 violations for boats targeting and possession of Stripers. I never got a clarification, but from their owns words I got the impression that having a treble hook on a mono leader outside 3-miles is prima facia evidence of targeted Striped Bass. Direct quote "...you don't tuna fish w/ a treble hook and you don't bluefish w/o a steel leader...". I don't know if that would stand up in court; but be fore-warned and watch that line when heading to port from IOS or BOON Is.