Coastal New Hampshire and Maine Fishing Report- June 29, 2023

If your neighbors to the south take a peak at this report they might get jealous! While Bay Staters are bemoaning the lack of bunker northern New England has plenty. Not surprisingly there are big bass shadowing the bait schools. Tuna fishing is terrific with some Charlies cruising close to the coast looking for a pogy snack.

New Hampshire Fishing Report

Captain Bob from Seacoast NH Sportfishing said that pogy schools milling around the Isles of Shoals are getting mugged by seriously large linesiders up to 50 pounds! The easy menhaden meal has not gone unnoticed by recreational and giant tuna. There’s also a bluefish presence in the area. When the nomadic blues have moved on, mackerel will often move in; it’s pretty obvious that you could do a lot worse than to be fishing in the Isles of Shoals area! Skipper Bob suggests that just in case you should pack some titanium leaders or you may be in for an expensive day.

Kyle and Alex Bozocous striped bass
Kyle and Alex Bozocous with a 56” giant Granite State striper!

Seacoast NH Sportfishing striped bass
This dad/daughter team had a banner bass day aboard Seacoast NH Sportfishing!

Captain Andy from Adventure and Catch Charters also has Charlie on the brain with some tuna busting by Boon Island drawn in by the pogy and mackerel schools.

fisherman-sized tuna
Captain Bob Weathersby has been finding fisherman-sized tuna!

There are also some scary big stripers feeding among the giants including a 56” monster taken by Kyle and Alex Bozocous of Hooked On Fish Charters. For a groundfish/tuna combo consider The Curl and inner Pigeon Hill where the haddock bite has not been half bad and combined with cusk, pollock and whiting make for an interesting day and impressive cooler!

Southern Maine Fishing Report

Captain Paul Hood of Touch of Gray Fishing Charters pushed out to Platt’s Bank last Friday and Sunday and has been finding a nice little bite of cusk, haddock, whiting, hake, mackerel and dogs. The last one may be of interest to anyone who has a masochistic streak! The action has been in 40-70 fathoms. Casco Bay has been holding pogy schools and mackerel not far out which in large part has been attracting schools of some very nice bass.

James and Aaron Garland striped bass
James and Aaron Garland tag-teemed this 43” bass along the Maine coast.
Captain Paul Hood cod
Captain Paul Hood continues to put his crew on a nice mixture of groundfish.

According to Captain Lou Tirado of Diamond Pass Outfitters, between squalls the fish are still chewing. They are seeing good amounts of herring dropping out the rivers which is producing some “whack a mole” type blitzes. It’s great excitement, but not great for the fuel tank. Casco Bay is also seeing some bigger fish push in and take up residence in their usual haunts. The rivers have been fishing well on the dropping tide and the bays and beaches on the incoming.

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New Hampshire And Southern Maine Fishing Forecast

Pogy schools off the Isles of Shoals and Boon Island have attracted everything from bluefish to big bass to bluefin tuna! The appearance of bluefish have scattered mackerel but they can be found with a little bit of searching. While wheezing to a stop, rivers holding herring runs are still supporting hungry linesiders. Tuna have also taken hold of offshore ledges such as the Curl and Pigeon Hill with deep dropping jigs and bait coming up with a mixed bag of gadoids. Just watch out for those dogfish!

1 thought on “Coastal New Hampshire and Maine Fishing Report- June 29, 2023

  1. Michael Leverone

    Our party of 6 had a great trip; even managed to bring a few fish home to eat. Both the Captain and Mate were friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Looking forward to another trip next year.

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