Hurricane Jose

For surfers, a small craft advisory is like putting slop out for pigs. Both are going to come running. As Tropical Storm Jose lingers offshore, swells have been hitting the East Coast and surfers are dusting off their wetsuits and heading out in search of big waves. I couldn’t resist the opportunity, but what I found was a…

Life Happens Outside Festival

I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. –Henry David Thoreau The Life Happens Outside Festival celebrates Maine’s outdoors and its passionate outdoor…

Seboomook Whitewater

This is my favorite spot. The water runs 24/7, there is hardly anyone on the river, and there are plenty of fun play spots. This is the best that Maine has to offer. The standard flow is 500+ cfs, but big rains can result in big releases and big loads of fun. Brookfield normally has…

Saltwater Fishing Report: 8/28/17

As happens every August, the fishing has slowed somewhat as water temperatures rise. There are still fish in the Cousins River, although it can be luck of the draw whether you will run into them.  A falling tide seems to be the best, but that seems to be true with just about every river. Even…

Redd Bar: Redefining Energy

Redd Bar was kind enough to send me some of their bars, and now they are my new addiction and the fuel for my adventures. They are the perfect snack for shredding the gnar or the daily commute.     On a recent paddle in Portland Harbor, a Redd bar stashed in my PFD kept…

Flounder Recipe

On a trip up to Tenants Harbor, we found a flounder in one of our lobster traps. Rather than tossing it back and passing up an edible gift, we took it home and cooked it up. With no prior experience, we made up our own recipe and surprisingly it turned out great. Along the way, I shot…

Piazza Rock

Looking for a family and dog-friendly hike beyond cell reception? Look no further. Piazza Rock is perfect for anyone looking for an easy hike with great views and numerous exploration spots. However, this is also an easy overnight trip in the fall when the crowds thin out. Getting There The trail head is pretty easy…

Tenants Harbor Lobstering

As striper season has slowed down, we turned to lobstering in Tenants Harbor for some excitement.  We still managed to fish for mackerel and pollock, and even snuck in some largemouth bass fishing on a nearby pond, but for a few days we were lobstermen. Liam Ireland has a student license and tends about 40…

Saltwater Fishing Report: 7/31/17

The stripers are in their typical summer pattern around island ledges and off the beaches.  The fishing has been great and white bucktail jigs with rubber paddle tails have consistently been the most consistently lure. The use of bucktail controls the sink rate of the jig and adding some white side feathers and flash gives…

Sheepscot Reversing Falls

This is one of the best play spots around and what makes it even better is that fact that it runs twice a day throughout the year. Unfortunately, one of those times is normally at night. When the wave is at its biggest, the Sheepscot Reversing Falls is best for intermediate boaters since the boils…

Saltwater Fishing Report: 7/17/17

As the stripers have started to move out to the islands, so have I.  Liam Ireland recently invited me out to Chebeaugue Island for a couple of days and we were quickly pulling in fish. On the island, we were primarily using chunk mackerel right off the rocky ledges of the back side. The action…

Saltwater Fishing Report: 7/3/17

There has been an influx of shad at the mouths of the Royal and Cousins, which is enough to put striper anglers over the edge.  Although there is plenty of surface activity, the results are small bumps on offerings interrupted by a foul hook that makes an angler think he has a pretty big fish….