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Fly Fishing Portsmouth Harbor and the New Hampshire/ Maine Coasts


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Large Striped Bass

Caught in July offshore near the Isle of Shoals in New Hampshire -ask us about our special offshore fishery near the Shoals during June and July . During 2011 we have had schools of very large Striped Bass within a 2 miles of the coast feeding on herring ---- the fishing is pretty wild while they are feeding on these schools of Herring ----most fish average over 25 lbs !!!! with several large ones mixed in .  

The fishing season starts during May with the arrival of Mackerel schools and lasts until Mid October as the fish migrate south for the winter. We are very fortunate to get large migratory schools of Striped Bass which arrive during late May and June and stay all summer. There is usually surface action during the summer months during the early mornings both in Portsmouth Harbor and along the rocky coast. The Striper fishery here is world class and great sport on the fly. Bluefish generally arrive during late June and stay until the end of September. Larger schools are on the surface during the months of August and September feeding on Peanut Bunker.This can be spectacular fishing and very visual on the 10 lbs plus Bluefish. We have had a run of Schoolie Bluefin Tuna which average 30-50 lbs with some fish over 200 lbs the past 3 years. These fish can be caught on Heavy Fly gear 14 wt rods along with spinning gear casting jigs into breaking schools of fish.
Your captain holds a NMFS permit to catch these fish under the charter boat category.


Two average size Stripers caught and released in Portsmouth harbor


Captain Peter Whelan with Lisa Densmore host of Wildlife Journal TV Show with Striped Bass caught in New Hampshire waters.