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Surf casting in southern Maine

Surf casting in southern Maine

A fish on the hook while saltwater fishing in Maine.

A fish on the hook while saltwater fishing in Maine.

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Saltwater Fishing in Maine

It’s a daily ritual seen up and down the Maine coast. Anglers shoulder heavy fishing rods and reels, hoist coolers and coats, and trudge down beaches and rock spits to the water’s edge. There, they heave poppers and spinners and radiant flies and chunks of bait across the surf line towards the fish they hope await them.

Surf Casting

Surf casting - fishing from beaches, rocks, and piers – is popular throughout coastal Maine. It’s also one of the easiest ways for visitors to check out saltwater fishing in the state. Surf casters reel in species including tasty mackerel, hard-fighting striped bass and toothy bluefish. Check out The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) for more information. DMR oversees saltwater fishing, provides saltwater fishing regulations, recommends places for you to try your luck, shows you the sorts of fish you might hook, and explains whether you need to register to fish.

On The Boat

Want more excitement? Try a charter. Boats sail from harbors throughout coastal Maine and can steer you to some of the best saltwater fishing in Maine. Some captains use specialized skiffs that prowl tidal zones for stripers as well as zip offshore. Others use bigger boats that head primarily into deeper water. There, you can try for smaller game fish as well as hunt for big boys – Bluefish, Mako and Thresher Sharks and Bluefin Tuna. Charters often provide everything. And experienced captains don’t just lead you to the good spots. They’ll also help you choose the right bait and tackle. Maybe, they’ll even offer you advice on that shaky cast. Contact the Maine Association of Charter Boat Captains for more information.

Businesses & Organizations

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  • Enjoy the experience of a lifetime big game fishing off the coast of Maine.

    Phone: 2076884966


    Address: 727 Poland Range Road , Pownal

    Charter Boats Saltwater Fishing Registered Maine Guides
  • A Maine guided sportfishing service specializing in saltwater fly fishing and light tackle angling....

    Phone: 207-468-9781


    Address: 3 Maria Lane , Kennebunk

    Fly Fishing Saltwater Fishing
  • Maine Outdoors is here to help you create great outdoor memories! This is the experience that you come to Maine for, imagine paddling along a secluded shore while loons call, or drifting silently along casting a line while eagles watch.

    Phone: 207-785-4496


    Address: 69 Beote Road , Union

    Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Saltwater Fishing
  • Saltwater Fishing Charters in York Harbor, Maine

    Phone: (207) 752-3420


    Address: Town Dock #2 Harris Island Road , York Harbor

    Saltwater Fishing Registered Maine Guides
  • Private powerboat charter service on the pristine Penobscot River + Bay , "Cetacia" is a classic 1970 Boston Whaler Outrage , Stable , comfortable platform to accommodate up to 4 people .

    Phone: 207-385-9680

    Address: 21 verona park road , Verona Island

    Registered Maine Guides Fly Fishing Charter Boats
  • Fly and Light Tackle Fishing Charter for Striped Bass

    Phone: 207-751-3179


    Address: 49 Verrill Rd , Pownal

    Charter Boats Fly Fishing Saltwater Fishing

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