Not too many years ago, you couldn’t drive along the Penobscot in Brewer without seeing signs of anglers who were attempting to catch striped bass. That has changed, and very few folks are even making an effort at catching the nonexistent fish. But what if the fish were in? (They are). And what if someone was trying to fish for them? (He is). Meet Hunter Pate … again. The 17-year-old Orrington native knows you can’t catch anything if you’re not fishing. And on one recent day, he and his brother caught seven stripers. So get your blood worms. Head to the river. Give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
— John Holyoke
Want to catch a striped bass? Step one: Don’t pay any attention to the fact that nobody else seems to think they’re in the Penobscot.
All it takes is a kayak and a paddle, and you’re off on an adventure — propelling yourself across a lake, navigating river rapids or slicing through ocean waves.
John Holyoke watched his brother get stung by wasps. And he liked it. Well, not really. But he does admit that he was happy that the wasps left him alone.
The BDN’s Aislinn Sarnacki takes you along on one of the park’s iconic hikes. Think you can move Bubble Rock? You can’t. Don’t even try.
“Gigantic trout and salmon taken from Rangeley’s famous waters are every angler’s dream. I’ve caught five-pound brookies and salmon there, but nothing approaching the mounts I’ve seen at the Oquossoc Angling Association.”
On the horizon
It should come as no surprise that bears live in the woods … even in more urban woods near the Bangor Mall. Still, the presence of bear cubs in Bangor’s Rolland F. Perry City Forest has intrigued plenty of hikers this spring and summer. Recently, a group of hikers took some cool photos of the cubs, which quickly scurried up a tree. John Holyoke will tell you the tale in a future “Out There” blog post.
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