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Hard Lesson Learned
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posted 07-02-2002 01:19 PM ET (US)
Just spent a week of shore based striper fishing in the Kennebeck River area in Maine, the one week of the season the 18" OR gets a quiet rest in the garage. Friday afternoon on the beach I noticed boat with 3 POB's fishing the rocky shoreline just west of us, on the beach waves about 4' were breaking, less off the rock ledges as the wateris much deeper. As the boat approched the beach area I could see it appeared to be a guide with two people fly fishing, they were a little close in for my comfort zone. Well, by now you probably know the next event, broadside in the surf and over they went, 3 people flying out of the boat and the boat landing upside down on a rock. Thankfully and amazingly no one was injured except the pride of a Maine lisenced guide/Coast Guard licensed captain, an 18" Parker center console (with a split hull), some expensive electronics and tackle and his not too happy clients (a couple on their honeymoon). Remember things happen fast out there.
posted 07-02-2002 03:15 PM ET (US)
People never learn,this happens all the time here on Cape Ann. On Fathers day an out-of town fisherman was swept off the rocks in heavy surf in nearby Rockport.Dispite heroic efforts by the Rockport Harbormaster and a doctor that happened to be onboard,they were unable to save him.
posted 07-02-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)
Were you down at the mouth of the Kennebec, where it meets the ocean? That is some of the best striper fishing on the east coast. Nasty spot for small boats - as you explained in your post.
That river area has some of the most unpredictable and super strong currents around. The Kennebec is a tidal river, flushing salt water a hundred or so miles inland, so when the tide is going out, the rush of river hitting the ocean creates VERY steep waves. I've seen 8 to 12 footers, with hardly any space between them. Many of the old schooners have sunk in the day trying to navigate that river mouth. The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath has a great display of old pictures and paintings showing the wrecks...
Hope you enjoyed your trip - and even more - hope you had good luck with the fish!
posted 07-02-2002 04:14 PM ET (US)
The beach the boat overturned was on Cape Small, town of Phippsburg, about 2 mi. west of the mouth of the Kennebec. We've been fishing the area for about 10 years and yes, I agree, it may be some of the best striper fishing on the east coast. Having tides of
8 to 10 feet makes these waters very dynamic
and dangerous for the risk takers. I would strongly recommend anyone boating these waters for the first time study your charts
carefully, know the tides and try to get as much "local knowledge" as possible.
posted 07-02-2002 07:53 PM ET (US)
We're planning to make the trip to Bath from Northern Vermont this holiday weekend for some striper fishing now that the bait season has opened. Normally we put the boat in at the town access about a mile east of the Bath Iron Works region. Plenty of good parking. We head downstream out past the Fort, to Seguin Is. or ledge or whatever, and jig for mackeral/pollack for bait. Then we move around looking for stripers and/or other fishermen. We also have good luck with white bucktail jigs and other plugs. As you are cruising around the mouth of the Kennebec fish are rising within fly casting range many times.
We've never tried the Small Point area per se, but have fished in Sebasco Harbor. I wouldn't mind trying new territory.
Not only is there some rough water in the area around the fort, but when the wind is going against the tide, pretty good fog banks set up so you want to have your compass course in mind.
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