Smelt Rig Tying

Today was spent tying rigs right here in Maine, right at my kitchen table, as fast as I could go to get some out before the new season starts. Baker’s Smelt Camps is aiming at January 1st to kick off the season (If cold weather cooperates).

Over the next couple of days tying flies and rigs is the order of the day. Only a limited number will be available and we are doing the best we can in our fly – supply – situation.

These rigs are the best way to get your limit in the shacks.  

Click here and order them while they last!

See you on the ice – 

Lloyd Metcalf – The Fishin’ Hole.

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Smelt Rigs and the 2018 season

Hey all,

Lloyd here. I have had a few requests, and thought it was a time for an update. the #1 question is:

Why are there no Smelt rigs for sale on the site?

The short answer is… we don’t have much for inventory this year. The long answer is about to follow. Continue reading

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Father’s Day Promise

Broken RodI made a promise to my father on his death bed, and now I have to break it.

May 18th, 2017, exactly one month before Father’s day, My dad passed away.  Continue reading

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Here we come 2017!

Baker's Smelt Camps

Baker’s Smelt Camps

Shacks on the ice!

Baker’s Smelt camps is reporting 17 camps on the ice with more to follow.

Smelt numbers are looking good with only a few zeros, and some 60+.
With Fishin’ Hole Smelt rigs and jig poles you can bump those numbers to the limit.

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Webstore is BACK!

Fishin Hole smelt rig Things got a little busy, and I’ll admit, I was slacking a bit. Tonight a smelt fisherman messaged me asking where the heck the rigs were! I realized I had disassembled the site while I was trying to keep up with my illustration work. Continue reading

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The Return of The Fishin’ Hole

Return to Maine We have been away from our home-state for two years. It’s a long story, but we roamed through Florida, then up to Wisconsin… and now are headed back home to Maine.

Our return should be late March / Early April and with that, will come new episodes of the show, new products on the website, and many other exciting changes. We are working our way back to the North East and will be in time for the spring Striper run!!!

~Lloyd & Colleen

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Maine Smelt Fishing 2015

Maine Sea Smelts Maine Sea Smelts 2015

I woke up this morning and the good folks at Baker’s smelt camps had reports of their first numbers of the season on their Facebook page. 400 for a couple of fellas and more photos of buckets filling up fast on all the tides.

That’s a good start, fishing is hot and the weather is cold. The Kennebec river in Maine will now spawn a little village of its’ own. Ice shanties pushed out on the ice, electric bulbs dangling over troughs of open water and ‘The Fishin’ Hole’ Ice rigs pulling smelts up through to land in skillets on the wood stoves!

Sea smelts on the stove

Sea smelts on the stove

During these first bursts the smelts seems to taste the best. Maybe it’s because everyone has had to wait a whole year while the smelts made their rounds out in the cold Atlantic, maybe it’s the taste of anticipation. Whatever the flavor is, it sure is delicious. Grab your rigs, jigs and rods, grab your skillet and reserve your shack NOW!

The Smelts have come to Maine!

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Maine Winter off to a Warm Start

Pittston Maine, Kennebec River

Pittston Maine, Kennebec River

Pittston, Maine

The Smelt Update

It’s no secret that my favorite place to fish for Sea Smelts is Pittston, Maine at Baker’s Smelt Camps. It’s also no secret that this winter has been off to a warm start. Ice has been slow to form up. More accurately, it hasn’t formed up at all.

Now that deer season is over, the holidays are winding down, and folks are settling in for winter, thoughts turn to ice shacks and fishing. Those in the know for fun and delicious delicacy think of Sea Smelt fishing in particular.The

Winter of 2014 has left folks on the bank of the old Kennebec river with a bucket and rods getting wet feet. While the ice is coming, it never seems to be fast enough. The past few years have seen smelt numbers dwindle, and every year the wave of fishermen are hopeful for a renewed run. Is this the year? No one can say until the shacks get out on the ice.

What to do?

There isn’t much to do while we wait for Mother Nature to get her act in gear and invite father winter in to freeze the river. Here are a few suggestions though.

  • Grease and oil the rods
  • Untangle the rods and gear
  • Organize the rigs

Jig poles face a lot of abuse, sitting on ice, getting dipped in water, tossed in a bucket, stepped on and more. The whole set of gear tends to get tossed into a bucket or bin at the end of cold nights in a tangled mess. Now is the time to sort out those messes, order new gear, repair any damage. Rod and Reel grease from the local sporting goods store will get the reels in top condition fast. Check for loose screws, bent bales, or any damaged parts.

  • Organize the old rigs
  • Check for rust
  • Order replacements

Old rigs get tangles and breaks, it happens in a cramped ice shack. Check all your rigs, re-bagging them often helps keep them organized and untangled. NOTHING is worse than getting to your shack, hear people catching sea smelts and you get out your gear and need to spend the first 45 minutes untangling and sorting yourself out. Be ready to walk in, sit down, bait and fish!

You can check on the Kennebec River conditions live by clicking HERE This will show you a view from the bridge in Augusta ((Close enough)). In the sidebar to the right is the local Pittston weather report for the next few days to also help you out.

Winter will still come to Maine, and the Kennebec River WILL freeze up. So get the gear together and BE READY when it does.

Good luck this year, and we hope you report to us on the facebook page!

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Maine Smelt Fishing

Hanging Around the Fishin’ Hole

Hanging around the Fishin’ Hole Smelt Fishing episode is back online and available to everyone. In this episode Kent and I visit Baker’s Smelt Camps to use the Fishin’ Hole Rigs to catch and fry up some Maine sea smelts.

A great day on the ice was had, and some new gear tried.


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Website rebuilt

The Ol Fishin’ Hole had a server upgrade, which required a site re-build. Things ar estill coming together, and we will be adding tips, tricks and how-to’s. The base products are listed on the front page, as the season gears up, more will be added.

Winter is setting on fast, get your smelt rigs now!

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