Fishing: Black Crappie

Black crappies exist in Maine due to accidental or illegal introduction. These fish first showed up in Sebago and Sebasticook lakes and are steadily extending their range. Maine’s largest black crappie weighed 3.25 pounds. Anglers use small bucktails, live minnows, and small spinners to take Maine crappies.

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), that live along the base of the reef. However to catch and contain them takes a bit of pre-planning because you need to go armed with a child’s fishing net in which to catch them. Depths start at about 8 metres on the plateau top, with the gully bottom at 15 metres, but it shelves away deeper the further south you go until the reef wall peters out at 20 metres. The seabed at 20 metres is covered in small jagged rocks and is ablaze with small marine life, but it is worth remembering that above you is a very strong current going south on the flood or, heading into Seal Gut, on the ebb. A surface marker buoy is seriously worth thinking about on this dive site. Visibility is usually good all around Knavestone, except maybe during spring tides or after rough weather. This is another exciting site with depths ranging from 5 to 25 metres and the sheer, eerie walls ofthe reefare covered in marine life, but this is definitely a slack water dive. On the flood tide, the current of water surges around the corner of the island at 20 metres plus, then drives up the gully and over the reef plateau, making it impossible for you to get down the wall. On the ebb, there is also a vicious downward flowing current going north around the Knavestone, which can be rather frightening on a big tide. At the base of the reef wall is a gloomy canyon with lots of wreckage strewn around and well worth a closer inspection, because a couple of ship’s bells were discovered there in recent years.

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