Originally Posted by zimno1
I miss going up every year.
One of these days you'll get up here zim, one of these days!!!!
The fishing has been off the charts so far here in southern Maine, by far the best I've seen since moving up here 7 years ago. I have yet to land a cow but have taken a great number of fish in the low to mid 30" range, upwards of 12-15 lbs, maybe a couple even a little bigger. My buddy landed a 41" a couple weeks ago and at last count I think we had just over 100 fish landed between us so far. I'm not 100% sure what's happening north of Portland but I've seen/heard nothing but good things from rivers to beaches to the marshes and everything in between down my way for stripers and mackerel alike.
If you're coming through Maine and plan on hitting a few places on your way up, focus your attention more on southern waters to give yourself the best chance at catching fish in any sort of numbers. I'm not familiar with the Trenton area (other than it's up by Ellsworth) but I think the majority of your fish up there are gonna be in the rivers as opposed to the beach fronts, but someone from up that way could advise better.
There are several good fishing spots in/around the area that have been producing fish. Take a pit stop and drive through Kennebunk/Kennebunkport (exit 25 off the turnpike) heading the way of Cape Neddick. I was down that way for a wedding a couple months ago and my head was turning every 5 minutes passing by "fishy" spots. There are river systems that divide well-traveled roads that you could pull over and cast into with no effort. I didn't hit many beaches while I was there but the few I passed had some very fishy-looking rock jetties that just looked like they were holding fish. I haven't had a chance to fish down there but get off on rte 1 and just take a drive around, you'll se what I'm talking about.
Camp Ellis Jetty in Saco is another good place to fish for both bait and stripers.....bit of a tourist trap so hit it early morning or late afternoon/early evening to beat the crowd. You can jig up macks and live-line them under a balloon, day or night, for stripers and/or blues. Bring another set up with ya and fan cast a few spots on either side of the jetty. Work your way down the jetty but don't feel like ya have to go to the end, I think that thing is almost a mile long. The first 50 yards or so aren't bad then it starts getting a little dicey so be careful, especially if you're out there at night.
If you have more time to stop and fish at night, grab yourself some sand/blood worms or fresh macks and soak bait off the beach at night. Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Scarborough have already seen a great number of fish ranging in size from 12-14" upwards of 40" and larger. Don't overlook clams either, great bait ya just have to be religious about checking your bait and changing out every 15-20 minutes cause the crabs will chew ya off all night long. I float sandworms 2 at a time and have landed almost all my fish this way so far.
I hope some of this helps ya get into fish amigo. Report back and let us know how ya do after your trip.