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 Post subject: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 8th, 2016, 12:39 pm 
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Hi guys, I'm new to this site and fairly new to fly fishing but it's definitely become a passion. I've been chasing stripers in Southern Maine for a few seasons now and I never have much luck before the 3rd week of May. With the mild winter, I'm optimistic that we may see fish a little sooner but I was curious what other people thought.

I'm looking forward to being a part of this forum and hopefully meeting some of you as the season picks up. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 8th, 2016, 3:28 pm 
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I don't fish a ton of salt, I will never be able to pass up trout fishing for stripers. Id be surprised if they were much earlier then normal, perhaps a week or two, any more would surprise me. But with the last week being fairly cold once again it could push them back some. May 3rd isn't far away but I usually don't start hearing about people catching them till mid May, at least around the Brunswick area. Others that fish for them more might have a better idea.

Peter

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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 10th, 2016, 6:45 pm 
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Hi Peter, thanks for the reply. I agree that there is something special about trout fishing as well - I'm glad we live in a state that offers such variety.

I actually meant that I haven't had any luck with stripers until around Memorial Day. If they show up any sooner I'll be pretty happy :D .


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 10th, 2016, 8:55 pm 
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I've caught a few stripers in mid-May in the Freeport area. But, things (weatherwise) seem to be evening out - with warmth early and cold lately. I don't believe we'll see the striped ones much earlier than normal....


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 12th, 2016, 6:41 am 
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Well I guess the good news it that we're down to about a month to go... :D


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 12th, 2016, 5:36 pm 
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Yes, a month from now I will hopefully be out there chasing the early arrivals!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 13th, 2016, 9:52 am 
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Ospreys are back in Yarmouth.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 13th, 2016, 5:09 pm 
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Location: Winthrop, Maine
http://www.onthewater.com/striper-migra ... il-8-2016/

Here is a pretty good migration map. Seems like they update it weekly. Should let us know when the fish arrive.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 14th, 2016, 10:24 am 
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Just waiting for the water temp to get up around 50!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 14th, 2016, 12:13 pm 
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Just heard a report of schoolies being caught on Marthas Vineyard.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 19th, 2016, 6:59 am 
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Grindstone is right on - 50 degrees seems to be the trigger. Water (Kennebunk area) is currently about 45. If we get a few lows coming up the coast, instead of some steady w-n/w flows, the water should warm faster.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 26th, 2016, 12:25 pm 
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Today's weather won't help any! I haven't seen any sign of shad yet - looks like they will probably show up about the same time as last year...


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: April 28th, 2016, 7:18 am 
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We always hope earlier - but mother nature usually gets her way! Still, within the month I expect to see the first reports of fish being caught. While it was an easier winter (compared to 2008), it was still a long winter. Time to warm up and catch some stripes!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: May 11th, 2016, 1:05 pm 
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Shouldn't be long now!

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 Post subject: Re: Early Arrival?
PostPosted: May 11th, 2016, 7:58 pm 
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Should be soon! One more week of being able to sleep in...


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