|One way to catch Maine stripers is to lob a live mackerel, or chunk of fresh mackerel, into the wash at the base of a rocky shoreline. You can either free-line the bait or add a small egg sinker ahead of the leader if the fish are holding near the bottom. Illustration by Paul Mirto, © 2010 Mirto Art Studio|
The Pine Tree State is well known for its upland and big-game hunting, freshwater fishing, blueberries and steamed lobster, but its saltwater fishing can be a tough nut to crack. Maine’s marine fisheries present more challenges than the other New England states, and visiting anglers are often left scratching their heads when it comes time to break out the rods. Although dependable action with a short list of game fish is available, chasing down some of the other species requires more creativity.
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