Portland Shoreline

Portland, Maine

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Several bridges, as well as the shoreline at Mackworth Island, provide shore-based anglers with the opportunity to catch bluefish and striped bass. Mackworth Island is home to the Baxter School for the Deaf. Private campgrounds are available in Portland and Scarborough, and motels are plentiful in the Portland area. The Martin Point Bridge, the highway bridge on U.S. Route 1, and the shores of nearby Mackworth Island can be crowded when fishing is hot. Most anglers come here for bluefish. These battlers are not daunted by the urban setting and provide fast fishing. You can tell when the blues are in because the bridges and shoreline will be lined with anglers. If you can snag some menhaden, these make good bait, as do whole mackerel. Some anglers use heavy-duty spinning tackle to cast Rapalas or large poppers. One especially good lure is cigar-shaped and has a concave head with a single treble hook on the back. This lure is semi-buoyant, so you can let it sink and then give it a twitch to bring it back to the surface. Bluefish love it. Use a 3-foot steel leader and medium or heavy spinning gear.
Fishing Maine

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Fishing Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Several bridges, as well as the shoreline at Mackworth Island, provide shore-based anglers with the opportunity to catch bluefish and striped bass. Mackworth Island is home to the Baxter School for the Deaf. Private campgrounds are available in Portland and Scarborough, and motels are plentiful in the Portland area.

The Martin Point Bridge, the highway bridge on U.S. Route 1, and the shores of nearby Mackworth Island can be crowded when fishing is hot. Most anglers come here for bluefish. These battlers are not daunted by the urban setting and provide fast fishing. You can tell when the blues are in because the bridges and shoreline will be lined with anglers. If you can snag some menhaden, these make good bait, as do whole mackerel. Some anglers use heavy-duty spinning tackle to cast Rapalas or large poppers. One especially good lure is cigar-shaped and has a concave head with a single treble hook on the back. This lure is semi-buoyant, so you can let it sink and then give it a twitch to bring it back to the surface. Bluefish love it. Use a 3-foot steel leader and medium or heavy spinning gear.

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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Portland
Duration: Best Way to Fish: bridge
Season & Limits: Best July though September
Local Maps: DeLorme Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Portland Shoreline

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2008
0

Pleasant short loop trail around Mackworth Island, good for everyone. Some fishing spots along its beach, too.



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