Word from the Woods: Fish don’t bite if your line’s not in the water

Posted July 09, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
Hunter Pate poses with a striped bass he caught off his dock on the Penobscot River in Orrington recently. Pate and his brother caught seven stripers during the day.
Courtesy of Sue Pate
Hunter Pate poses with a striped bass he caught off his dock on the Penobscot River in Orrington recently. Pate and his brother caught seven stripers during the day.

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

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