Ian Sawyer of Lyman typically finds himself standing chest-deep within the Atlantic Ocean at night time, fishing rod in hand.
The Registered Maine Information is focusing on striped bass within the waters alongside Maine’s southern coast.
When you’ve got any doubts about how the fishing has been up to now this season, look no additional than right now’s video of Sawyer touchdown a big striper throughout a current nighttime outing.
The video was shot and supplied by Registered Maine Information and avid striper fisherman Larry Blanchette of Wells at a fishing location they’d solely consult with as “south of Biddeford.”
Sawyer made no bones in regards to the high quality of the fishing motion he and his associates loved.
“That exact night time was the very best night time I’ve ever seen,” he stated. “5 guys there. Every individual caught a minimum of 5 fish over 40 inches.”
The video exhibits the challenges Sawyer confronted making an attempt to extract the hook from a fish that measured 46 inches and weighed near 40 kilos — all whereas standing within the water together with his fishing rod clamped below his arm.
“While you preserve them within the water they don’t take lengthy to revive. That factor was able to go,” Sawyer stated of the spunky striper. “My lure was all wrapped up in my waders so I needed to pin him towards my leg.”
Sawyer and Blanchette used the footage partially to extol the virtues of a specific lure, the yellow Yo-Zuri Magazine Darter, which they consult with as “the meat banana.” It has been vastly profitable focusing on stripers.
Sawyer stated the motion was quick and livid, even within the lead-up to the arrival of the bigger stripers.
“Earlier than the larger fish confirmed up I used to be catching post-slot fish between 36 and 39 inches each forged for about an hour and a half,” he stated. “I landed about 20 to 25 of these.”
The slot for stripers — which determines if a fish could also be legally harvested — is 28 to 35 inches. The post-slot fish are bigger and thus should be launched. The identical applies to fish below 28 inches.
As soon as the larger fish moved into the realm, issues acquired loopy. One of many males snared a 49-incher and Sawyer himself caught eight fish of greater than 40 inches, together with a pair that measured 45-plus.
“We had a quadruple 40-inch hook up,” Sawyer stated of the spotlight of the night time. “And considered one of my associates caught his private finest twice in a single night time.”
The slot restrict and size laws on stripers aren’t an issue for Sawyer. As a fishing information and conservationist, he believes Maine anglers ought to dwell by the catch-and-release ethic.
He avoids taking a fish out of the water until it’s completely vital. In that case, he helps the stomach of the fish — fairly than permitting it to hold from its mouth — to keep away from injuring the fish’s inner organs.
“I believe folks ought to suppose twice about maintaining them even when they’re within the slot,” Sawyer stated. “I solely take them house when they’re gonna die. We have to defend these fish.”
Sawyer and associates will proceed to do their half, however he seems to be ahead to the problem of catching extra large stripers alongside the best way.
Many because of Ian Sawyer and Larry Blanchette for right now’s video!