July 13, 2016

I was able to get away last week to spend some time in Maine with family and friends. Beautiful weather in a beautiful state, and of course my favorite people. Now perhaps the part of the trip that stands out more prominently in my memory is the fact that the striped bass have finally arrived in our part of the Gulf of Maine (Casco Bay). Since the vast majority of the stripers in Maine are migrating up from the Chesapeake (I understand that there is now a breeding population in the Kennebec), they always arrive earlier in Massachusetts than they do in Maine, and my friends in Massachusetts like to regale me with stories of the wonderful fishing well before the fish arrive in my neck of the woods (neck of the ocean?). We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and there is nothing better than getting out to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us. It used to be a little difficult for me to shift gears and get out to enjoy all that living in northern New England has to offer; now, not so much.... I hope you are all enjoying the summer, and maybe even getting a chance to do some serious fishing. 

Warmest regards, 

John R. Butterly, MD