I’ll begin this edition of the Waldo news with a “Perchin’ Prediction.” Specifically, fishing has had its ups and downs lately.

The ups are that fish are biting, both in freshwater and saltwater.

The downside is that if you plan on freshwater fishing, you had better get on the water early. And I mean real early, as in break of day. If not, be prepared to encounter others on the water who have no idea of the rules of navigation and couldn’t care less.

I hit Megunticook Lake last week and had my first rainbow trout on by about 7:30 a.m. After that, things went downhill fast. Hordes of kayakers, as well as large groups of canoeists (with some paddleboarders thrown in for good measure) swarmed the section of lake where I was attempting to troll. These all suddenly appeared around 8:30 a.m.

These folks would paddle directly in front of my boat, causing me to stop trolling, put my motor in neutral and wait for them to pass. Some of them paddled within feet of me, staring with that “deer in the headlight” look.

Manually powered watercraft have the right-of-way on the water and these folks at least knew that. What they didn’t know, or didn’t care to know, is that it is dangerous and rude to paddle directly in front of a motorboat.

This was one of the most frustrated fishing trips I ever went on. Everyone has a right to go out on our waters, but it amazes me at the lack of courtesy displayed by some people.

The answer, at least for those who wish to fish, unimpeded by dozens of clueless people paddling willy-nilly in front of their boats, is to hit the water at the first, drooling light of dawn and be prepared to leave by about 9 a.m., the time recreational boaters take over. Or, go out on foggy or rainy days. Come early September, things should return to something like normal.

At least saltwater fishing isn’t replete with such hazards. It’s a big ocean. Better yet, Penobscot Bay is loaded with fish right now, so get out and have fun.

Getting your big fish

Finally, and at long last, my new book, “Getting Your Big Fish – Trolling Maine Waters,” is out for sale. I did a book signing last Saturday at Outdoor Sportsman in Northport. It was their grand opening. So for those interested, Outdoor Sportsman has copies of my new book.

Another way to find it is to go to my website:, and order it from there.

The book is jam-packed with tackle and technique tips gleaned from a long lifetime of trolling Maine waters for trout, salmon and togue. It should have something for everyone.

In the garden

Boy, oh boy. It doesn’t take long for things to grow once the weather warms. Gardens are coming on strong now and the first blush of zucchini squash gives gardeners plenty of fodder for stir-fries and anything else you can do with these versatile veggies.

Green beans have formed and what are just tiny beans now should be ready to harvest by the time this column appears again next week.

Swiss chard has taken off like a “striped ape,” as my dear friend, the late Leo Mills would phrase it.

Celtic music

Eschewing big crowds, I didn’t attend Belfast’s Celtic Festival. However, I’m told that most of the music was of the string-variety, with little Irish or Scottish pipe music.

But let your hearts not be troubled, you lovers of the “auld bagpipe music,” because himself, me that is, will put on an hour-long concert at Holbrook Island State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Brooksville on Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

I’ll play the Irish Uilleann pipes, English Northumbrian pipes, pipe-and-tabor, bohdran-and-pipe and Irish whistle. The concert is free. Anyone interested in attending may call or write me for more information. In fact, I am happy to have one or two people ride with me to the event.

Weekly quote

“The best way to avoid to avoid the adverse effects of medical tests and treatments is not to avoid doctors, but to avoid getting sick in the first place.” — Michael Greger, MD