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Old 04-17-2018, 12:01 PM
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I've been watching closely for the last few weeks and haven't seen any posts about Maine fishing, since the season just opened last weekend for ground fish I figured I would stir the pot. Just uncovered the boat last week and took it out for a 30 mile cruise, other than a broken nav light (on order) it's ready to go.

Weather pending (looking good right now) I'm hoping to get offshore the weekend of the 28th/29th or earlier in the week if it's nice.

This will be my first time ground fishing, or offshore fishing at all for that matter, I've been doing lots of reading the last few months and have collected an assortment of gear that should get me started pretty well. Any advice on which spots to hit up and depths this time of year would be greatly appreciated. I'll be coming out of Casco Bay and really don't want to go much further than about 15-20 miles, so that leaves me Tantas, WCL, Pollock, Lumbo, and Temple (am I missing anything?). Also, if anybody needs a buddy boat I'd be happy to tag along.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:29 PM
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Report back on the progress! Ill be a few weeks before I splash mine (Casco Bay as well). Wish I could give you some pointers but i'm a novice myself.
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As long as the weather keeps improving as scheduled on Saturday I'll be heading out in the afternoon out of Portsmouth. Glad to give a report when I return and always looking to team up with other boats for stripers and tuna.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:54 PM
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Looking forward to splashing soon but water is still too darn cold for me. Iím out of Casco Bay as well but in an 18í DC so no way am I heading offshore until the water warms up a BUNCH and there is more traffic out there to buddy up with.
Good luck though, Iíll keep checking this thread for updates.

Think warm thoughts!!!
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:57 PM
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It’s still a little cold for me but I plan on dropping mine on the 6th. I will focus my energy a little further offshore at Jeffery’s and Platts because both have proven to be more productive in the early season. Good luck to everyone!
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Same boat...so to speak. Not going in until the 9th but will be watching this thread for progress. I wanna get some halibut this season. Bummed about the Cod closure. Jeffry's has been my go to...its just a bit of a run from Portland Harbor.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:33 AM
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The offshore forecast this weekend looks beautiful, 1' seas with 10kt wind. Wish I was home. Anyways, still looking good for the 28th/29th so fingers crossed. I'll definitely report back.
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I went out of Portsmouth today just to make sure my boat was running well and all the electronics are working. Fished for about an hour and a half at the mud hole which is just a few miles out from ios. Caught a few undersizd haddock and cod but that was about it. I was in about 190' of water so I'd suggest trying shallower, unless the draggers already got them. Temp was around 44f. Good luck to anyone going out tomorrow.
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Filled up the cooler with Haddock today on Northern Jefferey's! Lots of firsts for me today so I couldn't be any happier with how it turned out. Turned out to be a beautiful day, 6' seas but long periods with little to no wind ended up feeling flat while drifting, a little bumpy on the trip out and back, but still was able to run my normal 20kt cruise in my 19' CC.
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Originally Posted by The Autumn Hunter View Post
I went out of Portsmouth today just to make sure my boat was running well and all the electronics are working. Fished for about an hour and a half at the mud hole which is just a few miles out from ios. Caught a few undersizd haddock and cod but that was about it. I was in about 190' of water so I'd suggest trying shallower, unless the draggers already got them. Temp was around 44f. Good luck to anyone going out tomorrow.
I didnít even think you could put a ground fishing rod in the water in the mud hole area.

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Originally Posted by acarter92 View Post
Filled up the cooler with Haddock today on Northern Jefferey's! Lots of firsts for me today so I couldn't be any happier with how it turned out. Turned out to be a beautiful day, 6' seas but long periods with little to no wind ended up feeling flat while drifting, a little bumpy on the trip out and back, but still was able to run my normal 20kt cruise in my 19' CC.
a little bumpy, 6'seas with a 19'er 20kt.s?.ok.
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Originally Posted by tomfrmnh View Post


I didnít even think you could put a ground fishing rod in the water in the mud hole area.

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Mudhole is a few miles NE of the whaleback closure
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ha! Tough paddle out in my canoe to phippines but whacked em dead, things got sporty on the way in with THT 6-8ís
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Originally Posted by Rmoody79 View Post
ha! Tough paddle out in my canoe to phippines but whacked em dead, things got sporty on the way in with THT 6-8ís
must be inches.
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Originally Posted by cdux View Post
Mudhole is a few miles NE of the whaleback closure

the "Mud hole" closure area and "The Mud Hole" are in two different spots, but close enough some people confuse them,

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I'm out of Portland and hope to be in the water next weekend. I've been up here for 5 years and I'm still learning where to go. Hope this thread has some good pointers.
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Originally Posted by marcus220 View Post
a little bumpy, 6'seas with a 19'er 20kt.s?.ok.

Yep, 6' seas with 12 second period (according to the NOAA buoy 12nm SE of Portland) and almost no wind makes for a pretty smooth ride and once your stopped it's just a gentle slow rocking. 6' seas with a 6 second period would be a totally different story. We went out again Saturday and it was actually less comfortable because of the chop even though the seas were down to 3-4'.
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Originally Posted by acarter92 View Post
Yep, 6' seas with 12 second period (according to the NOAA buoy 12nm SE of Portland) and almost no wind makes for a pretty smooth ride and once your stopped it's just a gentle slow rocking. 6' seas with a 6 second period would be a totally different story. We went out again Saturday and it was actually less comfortable because of the chop even though the seas were down to 3-4'.
ok,swells,makes more sense now.
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Anyone make it out to platts yet?
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Made a trip to Northern Jeffereys yesterday, limited out on Haddock, 3 out of 4 were keepers, biggest was 25". Caught 3 cod, one was probably about 30", was very painful to throw them back... One my way out (though it's not really on the way) I tried Pollock Hub with no luck, however I didn't give it much time because I wanted to fill the cooler and I knew I could do that on Jeffereys.
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