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Hey all, I am heading up to a condo right on Well beach this coming weekend. I am novice bass fisherman at the moment but wanted to try some ocean fishing this weekend.

Couple questions:

Does anyone know the area and have any advice on lures and location? do I just fish off the beach I am not sure of any jetties up there but will look when I get there.

Also I have two rods setup for basic lake bass fishing. What differently would I have to do to make these capable of catching larger fish? just upgrade the line?

I do have a deep see rod my brother in-law bought me a few years ago when he would take me out on his boat but not sure this is a real castable setup. the line looks really thick.

Ok I will stop here and see what you all have for me.

Thanks as always

Harpoon

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I'm heading to Kennebunkport this weekend. I usually use a 6'6 freshwater bass rod for stripers right off the beach. My biggest being 42"...sorry I can't give a weight, no scale, but I'm sure you can guess just as well as I can. Anyway, you can go right off the beach and use jigs, chunk macs, clams, jerkbaits (somewhere in a 4.5" range) and if the water is calm enough, a Zara Spook. However, if you do get lucky enough, you will probably catch a schoolie striper.

If you want to have some fun, take a trap in a fire tiger and catch the macs that will more than likely be running like crazy this time of year. Catch a few of those and chunk up and then try the stripers....I've never had much luck this time of year for stripers up there, the waters are little too cold for them right now.

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I'm heading to Kennebunkport this weekend. I usually use a 6'6 freshwater bass rod for stripers right off the beach. My biggest being 42"...sorry I can't give a weight, no scale, but I'm sure you can guess just as well as I can. Anyway, you can go right off the beach and use jigs, chunk macs, clams, jerkbaits (somewhere in a 4.5" range) and if the water is calm enough, a Zara Spook. However, if you do get lucky enough, you will probably catch a schoolie striper.

If you want to have some fun, take a trap in a fire tiger and catch the macs that will more than likely be running like crazy this time of year. Catch a few of those and chunk up and then try the stripers....I've never had much luck this time of year for stripers up there, the waters are little too cold for them right now.

Hey Jigfishn, thanks for the reply, I do have a 6'6 mh rod with a spinner reel with 12lb test line on it. would this be ok or should I replace the line with something a little stronger? I am not too familiar with all the baits you mentioned but will definately look them mup and hit up walmart tommorrow and see what I can find.

Thanks again

Harpoon

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Harpoon, what kind of bass lures do you use?

You'll be fine with 12 lbs test. I've caught plenty of schoolie stripers with less, but generally I use 17 lbs for later in the season when the bigger ones show up.

I honestly think you will have more enjoyment this time of year up there targeting mackerel, but again, you'll never know.

Your best areas are down the very end of the beach fishing off the jetties or as you come down Mile Road, instead of taking a left where all the cottages are, walk to the right. There is some nice seawalls and large rocks to fish from.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, you need to register with the State of Maine this year to fish coastal waters. You can do it online. I think it's a $10 or $15 dollar fee.

Here's the link:

https://www5.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/dmr/swf/index.pl

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I usually use fake worms, but have some small crank bait and jigs.. I also have some green minnow looking things that are pretty heavy and can cast pretty far.

If you can think of any specific i will go buy them tomorrow before I leave.

I am staying right across from a large retaining wall. at the bayview inn. right between the OLD firestation and the lobster pound.. you know where that is??

Also what is the best time to get out there? when the tide is coming in or out? or is it a time of day thing??

Thanks and sorry for the Noobie questions..

Harpoon

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I hate to say this, but I haven't been in Wells in years. We used to saty at the Atlantic Motor lodge, which I think they switched to condos a few years back That was basically at the end of Mile Road and right on the beach It used to have an inground pool above the garage.

Anyway, I fish the incoming tide, 2 hrs before and 2 hours after high tide for the most part. I have had luck on an outgoing tide, but not as much.

The more I think of it, get yourself a Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring and a Deadly Dick Spoon. WalMart in Biddeford will have them if you get stuck finding them.

LOL...no problems with the questions. That's why you joined this site, right! :)

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let us know how it goes! I look forward to mackerel fishing this year! Caught quite a few last year but I wasn't aware they were running this early.

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