We are Catching Stripers!


Hello Snap-A-Striper community!

Thanks to all who participated in this striped bass data collection program for the month of July.

CCA-Maine is awarding some great prizes donated by L.L. Bean to the following anglers and captains:

Winners for the month of July were:
Biggest fish – Jason Farris
Biggest Youth Fish – Lukas Barnes
First Post of the Month – Tom Whittle
Most Photos of the Month – Tom Whittle


Snap-A-Striper is an ongoing collaborative effort between the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and CCA-Maine . Body shape data collected from striper photos with Snap-A-Striper data cards in place, as well as data from the otoliths (ear bones) of legally harvested fish can help GMRI scientists determine the origin (locally spawned or migratory) of stripers in Maine, information that can improve management of the resource.


If you are already participating in Snap-A-Striper, please keep it up! The scientists need all the fish photos you can send. And CCA-Maine will be awarding more prizes for August and September catches, as well as a grand prize at the end of the season.

Learn more about how you can get involved
  Get your data cards.

Please make sure to include the age of any successful angler 14 or under when you submit your photos.

We look forward to seeing your striper photos and we thank you for participating in this important “citizen science” research program.

The Snap-A-Striper Team

Read more about the research being done by GMRI…

Research Update

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Hello Snap-a-Striper Community!

We are very excited to share the news that Snap-a-Striper program was recently profiled on Bill Green’s Maine!

Watch the television segment here!

GMRI scientists Lisa Kerr and Zach Whitener went out with Capt. Carle Hildreth (an avid Snap-a-striper contributor) and Bill Green last week and were able to catch-snap a photo-and release some stripers and talk about the growing success of the program!

If you are not familiar, Snap-a-Striper is a data collection program run collaboratively by GMRI and the Coastal Conservation Association using photos and fish heads to identify origins of migratory and resident striped bass. The only native striped bass population in Maine spawns in the Kennebec River; this study is providing scientists a change to build a better understanding of this iconic species, while working together and fostering stewardship with the incredible resource that is Maine’s recreational anglers!

Learn more about how you can get involved and get your data cards.

We’re looking forward to seeing your stripers!

The Snap-a-Striper team

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Snap a Striper 2016


Looking for Anglers!

The Coastal Conservation Association-Maine (CCA-Maine) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) are collaborating on an ongoing data collection program called “Snap-A-Striper,” aimed at compiling photos and valuable information from live release and legally kept striped bass caught in Maine waters.

We are looking for anglers — and guides and captains — from Boothbay to Kittery to email photos of stripers with special down-loadable data cards in place (see links below) to the fishery scientists at GMRI. The information developed from your photos could lead to better management of Maine’s striped bass resource.

To encourage your participation in SAS in the upcoming fishing season, CCA-Maine will be awarding more than $2,500 in prizes donated by L.L.Bean!  Prize categories:

* First post of the month

* Biggest fish of the month

* Biggest young angler fish of the month (include age of fisherman on SAS Data Card)

* Most photos posted for the month

Entries can be submitted starting in May. Prizes will be awarded during the season and the winners will be announced on the CCA-Maine website.

Click on the links below for more information on how to participate.

*Download SAS Data Cards

For more information, please contact either:

Duncan Barnes


GMRI Staff

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Snap-A-Striper Man of the Year!


Captain Carle Hildreth


Captain Carle Hildreth, the owner/operator of No Slack! Sportfishing Charters based in South Portland and a specialist in live-lining and chunking mackerel for striped bass in Casco and Saco bays from his 21-foot Parker, is our “Snap-A-Striper Man of the Year!”

With a clientele that includes many family groups new to saltwater fishing in Maine, Captain Hildreth released more than 200 stripers up to 43 inches in 2015 and managed to email photos of 90 of those fish with Snap-A-Striper catch data cards in place to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) where researchers are collecting the data to learn more about striped bass in Maine waters.

Snap-A-Striper is a collaborative effort between GMRI and CCA-Maine and local anglers, captains and guides. Body shape data collected from striper photos as well as data from the otoliths (ear bones) of legally harvested fish can help GMRI scientists determine the origin (locally spawned or migratory) of stripers in Maine, information that can improve management of the resource.

Captain Hildreth encourages everyone who fishes for striped bass in Maine to get involved in Snap-A-Striper. “The striper biomass in Maine and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast is not in great shape,” Hildreth says. “So it’s important for all of us to learn as much about stripers as we can in order to manage the fishery sustainably. I think the best way to do that in Maine is to be active in the Snap-A-Striper program.”

CCA-Maine is a founding partner with GMRI in Snap-A-Striper. Some 280 striper photographs with accompanying catch data have been submitted to GMRI during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and the Snap-A-Striper program will be continued in 2016. For full particulars on Snap-A-Striper and how you can get involved, go to Snap-A-Striper on this website or email stripers@gmri.org.

To reach Captain Hildreth, go to  captain@noslackcharters.com or call 207 450-9428.



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Snap-a-Striper 2015


Stripers are back in Maine waters and we want to remind you that Snap-A-Striper (SAS), the striped bass research project on which CCA-Maine and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) are collaborating, is on again for 2015.  We need your help to make this important conservation project successful!

The SAS program is designed to further striped bass research in Maine by encouraging anglers from Boothbay to Kittery to take fish photos (with special downloadable data cards in place) of stripers that are released and those that are legally harvested and email those photos to GMRI. Scientists at GMRI will use the photos as well as otoliths (ear bones) taken from the heads of harvested fish to analyze the morphometrics (body shape) of stripers caught in Maine and determine the origin of those fish – whether they are “resident” fish spawned in the Kennebec River or migratory fish spawned in more southerly waters. This is important information that could lead to better management of Maine’s striped bass resource in the future.

The following attachments explain how SAS works and how you can play a key role in this ongoing fishery science program. Many thanks for your help!

*How to Join the Snap-A-Striper program

*Download SAS Data Cards

Note: if printing your own data cards, be sure to turn off print scaling in your pdf reader.  If you continue to have problems, please contact us at ccamaine@gmail.com.

*Fish Photo Tips






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Get on the Bass Bus – Save Our Stripers – October 29th


Save Our Stripers

Don’t let pictures like this become a thing of the past.

On October 29th…


What:  Bus trip to the annual ASMFC Meeting in Mystic, CT.

When:  October 29, 2014, bus leaves Portland, ME at 6:30 a.m. Returns to Portland at 8 pm. Will stop in Wells at the Wells Transportation Center to pick up riders if needed.

Cost:  $45.00


On October 29, The Maine Association of Charterboat Captains is arranging a bus trip to Connecticut to make our voices heard in the fight to reduce fish mortality.

We NEED you to participate.

For only $45, you get transportation and an Orvis “Save Our Stripers!” hat to be worn during the hearing.


As usual, the commercial industry will be there in force, demanding to be allowed to continue harvesting from a fishery that is already in trouble.  That’s why your voice is so important. 


Comments at hearings up and down the East Coast have surprised even the ASMFC, with many concerned parties demanding an immediate reduction in harvest. That means we have the ASMFC’s ear! But it will all mean nothing if we don’t put at least 50 people in those seats.


Anyone interested in the future of our bass is welcome to come and be a part of saving our fish.


Right now all we need you to do is send an email to mike@fishportlandmaine.com, or call me at 207-619-1584, and let me know you’re coming.

At this point, all we need is a head count. I will then follow up with each participant and provide the details for our trip.


In the event you can’t make it, please consider sponsoring, even partially, someone who can. If you wish to donate in order to defray costs for someone else, please get in touch with me and we can make arrangements.

Thanks so much!



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Dolphin Inn and Marina Opening 4/3/2014


Our Friends at the Dolphin Inn and Marina are opening on 4/3/2014!

Visit them on Basin Road in Harpswell, Lat: 43.44N  Lon: 70.02W or online at http://www.dolphinmarinaandrestaurant.com/

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L.L.Bean Fishing Expo – FFIM Thank You


                   (L-R) Dave Huntress, Ben Redmond, Dominic Vella

The L.L.Bean fishing weekend was a great success with many people in attendance.  There were a lot of great exhibits, presentations and lots of great gear to get ready for spring!

CCA-Maine had the opportunity to talk with folks about the Snap-a-Striper Program at their booth.

During the event, CCA-Maine was presented with a generous donation from Dan Tarkinson and Fly Fishing in Maine for the Snap-a-Striper Program. Ben Redmond of Fly Fishing in Maine presented a $500 check to CCA-Maine Treasurer, Dominic Vella and CCA-Maine Board Member, Dave Huntress.

Fly Fishing in Maine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving Maine’s fisheries. It does this in a variety of ways, primarily sharing its passion with others, introducing new people to the sport, and conducting and funding conservation projects through the state.

Each year Fly Fishing in Maine hosts “The Fly Fishing Film Tour”, a series of short, action–packed films whose main characters include tarpon and brook trout with winding rivers, Caribbean flats and other locales supporting the main cast. Always entertaining for both plot and action, the tour is a different entity each year, varying in film destinations and film subjects.

This year was the 5th year the event was held at the Frontier in Brunswick and it also included an “Iron Fly” fly tying contest.

Check out their website next winter and watch for the announcement.  This event sells out fast every year so be sure to follow Fly Fishing In Maine on Twitter or look for information on their website at www.flyfishinginmaine.org.


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L.L.Bean Spring Fishing Weekend – March 14 – 16

Join Us at the L.L.Bean Spring Fishing Weekend – March 14 – 16! Fishing season is almost here!

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Visit the 24th annual Spring Fishing Weekend, March 14-16 at the L.L.Bean Freeport Store! It will be a great weekend of hands-on activities for adults of all skill levels, plus fun activities for kids. There will be special guests, casting demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, visits from top vendors and expert instruction. CCA-Maine will be hosting a booth. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

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