Flats Fishing Casco Bay!! Photo By Barry Beck
Maine’s Casco Bay sits near the northern terminus of the legendary annual migration of striped bass along the Atlantic coast. It is the last, most consistent fishery for striped bass and bluefish on their journey north and arguably the best kept secret in East Coast saltwater fly and light tackle fishing. Known as the Calendar Islands, it is reputed to have 365 unique islands within its 20 mile span and remains largely undeveloped and undiscovered by fishermen. You’ll share the water with lobster boats and bountiful wildlife — seals, eider ducks, snowy egrets, osprey, eagles and porpoises – but almost no other anglers.
By virtue of sheer numbers of fish, variety of structure and natural beauty, the Striper fishing is considered world class. Local rivers harbor huge runs of baitfish, providing abundant feed for striped bass and bluefish. As summer heats up and the baitfish runs have slowed, the action moves away from the rivers and onto the countless acres of mud and sand flats. For the skinny water fly and light tackle fisherman, ideal water temperatures keep an active bite in shallow water even during warmest of days. And for the anglers looking forward to the Tuna bite check out the current issue of Fly Fishing in Saltwaters article on Tuna and contact Capt John Ford.
Capt Eric Wallace