It’s late Spring and I’m getting all my gear ready to keep in the car for those days when I can get a few hours on the Southern Maine beaches. I’ve been fishing for striped bass a few years and love it.
We all have our different set ups but here is what I have ready (bearing in mind, I’m still learning):
FISHING GEAR FOR STRIPED BASS
- Waders (though not necessary for beach casting)
- LL Beans 9ft/8 weight 2 piece
- Greys Platinum XD Saltwater 9 ft/8 weight 2 piece
I know others prefer a 9/9 but the above is what I’m currently using til I get more experienced.
- Reel and Line:
- saltwater reel should be able to hold enough backing to allow a striper to run – around 150/200 yards of 30 pound line.
- A spare spool with intermediate line can be quite handy. I was fortunate to have The Tackle Shop in Portland set up my reel/spool for me last year.
- Fly Line
- There are 3 types of line –Floating, Intermediate and Sinking Line. I currently have sinking line on my set up for casting from the shore (maybe a floating or intermediate weight line from a boat). For example, you might use an intermediate or sinking line for wading and shore fishing and a floating line for fishing top water. I have spare spools that have different lines that I can change up when needed.
- Leader – 30 pound test monofilament/fluorocarbon then maybe, a 2/3ft length of 20 pound test monofilament material. The tippet – 2 ft section of 15 pound monofilament/fluorocarbon. Or a bought tapered leader is my best friend.
- Flies: I have a very simple fly box with crab patters, sand eels, Clousers (see pic) Most tied by my brother Mark. My fly box is a waterproof Airflo box
- Finally, you may, or may not, want a stripping basket to keep your line from being washed about in the waves. I don’t have one as yet but it’s on my shopping list.
WHERE TO FISH IN STRIPED BASS (SOUTHERN MAINE)
There are many places to go striper fishing – look out for estuaries and flats. I’m based in Portland, Maine so for me – Ferry Beach, Scarborough, Biddeford and down to Ogunquit is about as far as I go. I’ve seen people on rock edges at Two Lights – I prefer the safe zone of the beaches (right now).
Handing striped bass – Catch and release to preserve striped bass for the future
- Land quickly – don’t play to exhaustion
- Try not to handle too much
- Hold horizontally supporting the body weight – avoid touching eyes and gills. Grip the lower jaw and support the abdomen.
- Release gently holding horizontally
- Revive fish – hold headfirst into the current., letting go when it is ready.
(will upload video soon)
RESOURCE FOR TIDES IN MAINE
As I say, I still consider myself a beginner so experiment and if you have recommendations, leave them in the comments below