Maine Fishing Charters

Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in Mid Coast Maine - The rugged beauty of the rocky coast, the miles of pristine beaches and the wooded shores of the mighty Kennebec River all set the tone for a world class fishing trip.  During the months of May & June the Kennebec is catch and release, fly and artificial lures only fishing.  This provides for some of the very best striped bass fishing on the East Coast.  July through September Striped Bass light tackle or fly fishing is very consistent.  In July the Bluefish show up along the coastal islands and beaches along with school sized (footballs)bluefin tuna offshore.  August and September is the time to try your luck at offshore fishing for shark.  Blue Shark, with the occasional Mako mixed in, cruise the cool waters of the Gulf of Maine.  Obsession Charters currently holds the State of Maine Blue Shark Fly rod Record.


July Shallow Water Kennebec Striped Bass on Fly

Some great shots of Paul Skydell and Mike Wolfson fly fishing the shallows of the Kennebec for striped bass. The video ends with Paul getting a very nice one on a 7wt. using 10# tippet.

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Kennebec River Estuary / Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report 07/29/2019

Fishing Conditions: The striped bass have somewhat settled into their mid-summer habits. Water flow and clarity in the Kennebec River are both good. Water temps are 62*in the lower river and 78* near Merrymeeting Bay. This week will have morning rising tides.

Type of bait fish are feeding on...cont.

Now is the time to start paying attention to your fish finder.

Capt. Da e Pecci 07-29-19
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Fly Fishing for Striped Bass along Maine’s Coast

Doug Bear from Orvis catching striped bass on ledges at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Mid July is when the ledges and beaches fish very consistently. 

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Mid-July Striped Bass Fly Fishing on Kennebec River

Bill Farland joined me his past week for a few hours of striped bass fly fishing. We ended up catching 14 schoolies between 16" and 24". I love my summer office. Not sure if there's a prettier place this side of heaven. Its so easy to get focused on the fish and what it takes to catch them that I find myself missing the beauty all around me. This video captures some of that beauty. I hope you enjoy watching it.

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Kennebec River Estuary / Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report 07/08/2019

Fishing Conditions: Big tides this week has diminished the water clarity and increased the flow. Surface feeds have been less frequent. Type of bait fish are feeding on:... (continued)

We are settling into typical July fishing. Most of
the striped bass have now are staged along structure waiting for bait to come
to them.

Capt. Dave Pecci 07-08-19
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Kennebec River Estuary / Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report 07/01/2019

Fishing Conditions: The schools of striped bass in the river are starting to settle into typical summer routines. New schools are showing up too. Water flow will be moderate this week. Clarity is good especially in the lower river...

"There's still some need for exploration but the
fish are settling down and becoming a bit more predictable."

Capt. Dave Pecci 07-01-19
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Fly Fishing for Kennebec Striped Bass with Woody and Ben

A combination of breaking fish and casting to structure provided a great morning on the Kennebec. The river was full of small herring which we were able to match very effectively with flies.

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June Kennebec Striped Bass on Fly Rod

Paul and Mike fly fishing for striped bass. We love foggy mornings!

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Kennebec River Estuary / Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report 6-20-2019

 Fishing Conditions: Good and improving. Schools of stripers are entering the estuary daily. They have not settled into their usual patterns, but they are now much easier to find. Surface action is taking place quite often.

"Today we caught somewhere around 40 striped bass up to 24" and, we also caught 5 20-22" shad!"

Capt. Dave Pecci June 19th, 2019
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Kennebec River – Casco Bay Fishing Report June 26, 2018

Conditions: There is a large abundance of bait in the Kennebec. Water temps range from 57* to 68*. Water clarity and water flow are average for late June. We are finding stripers feeding on the surface daily but the action is less predictable than in past weeks. The fish are ranging in size from 14"-30" with a few bigger ones here and there. We are averaging 20 fish per trip right now on fly and spinning gear.
Bait the fish are feeding on: Juvenile Atlantic Herring, Sand eel, Alewife, River Herring, American Eel, Mackerel
Target species right now: Striped Bass

The striped bass are becoming more selective due to the huge abundance of bit in the River.

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Striped Bass fishing June 17, 2918

John Kern and his niece Caroline fishing for striped bass on the lower Kennebec in June

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Striped Bass Videos - Week of July 23, 2017

Another incredible week on the Kennebec River! Pretty much nonstop action every morning on flies and lures. No bate needed. Catching striped bass up to 32" in many spots on the River. Here's three videos from this week:

Bill Farland joined me again on July 25th for a fantastic morning of striped bass fly fishing. We caught over 25 fish and several over 24" the biggest one weighed in at 7 pounds and was 28" long. 

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Kennebec River Striped Bass Fishing Videos

The Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec River is HOT and shows no signs of slowing down. We're catching them on flies, lures and bait. Averaging 20 fish a trip right now. Keeper sized fish are a bit scarce but tons of nice stripers between 15" and 27". And many of them are fatties! The water temps are starting to rise causing the stripers and the bait to hold in deeper water. Surface action is sporadic but the fishing is excelent if you fish deep.

Reserve your fishing charters soon - I only have 14 open dates between now and Labor day.      Capt. Dave Pecci


Micheal Arthur Charter July 21st

Micheal and his buddies caught somewhere around 20 fish on Friday using jigheads with Super Flukes tails. Micheal caught a really nice one on bait. It was almost 28" and weighed about 8 pounds. We had some sporadic surface feeds which is always a bonus in mid-July. 

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Fly Fishing for Kennebec River Striped Bass 07-18-17

Great fly fishing action on the Kennebec River is continuing into mid July. Carroll and Adam caught over 30 striped bass during their 6 hour morning charter. We're catching them on both floating and sinking lines. There's more striped bass in the River than we have seen in years. One of the clips in this video shows Carroll Ware from Fins and Furs Adventures catching a 20" schoolie striped bass on a colossal 13" bunker fly! 

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Kennebec Striped Bass with John Albin

Long time client and friend John Albin making this Orvis fishing guide look good on a less than perfect day of fly fishing. 15mph NE winds, rain and a 3 knot moon  tide river current didn't stop John from catching over 20 striped bass. 

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Kennebec River – Casco Bay Fishing Report July 10, 2017

Early morning surface action followed by fish stacking up on ledges and in rips. Water quality is good and water flow is increasing due to the big full moon tides.​..   Continued

"We are catching 20-30 fish per trip on flies and lures! Sizes are ranging from 12" to 32" with some fish over 36".​"

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Fred Bogue Catching Kennebec Stripers 07-02-17

Fred Bogue and Doug Bear catching a bucket load of striped bass on the Kennebec River

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Fly Fishing for Kennebec Stripers 07-06-17

John Shanely and Richard Riley enjoying a morning of July striped bass fly fishing 

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Doug Bear Catching Kennebec Striped Bass 06-30-17

Doug Bear from the Orvis Company fly fishing for striped bass.

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Tim Wood Catching Kennebec Stripers 06-23-17

Tim Wood catching striped bass in one of the more picturesque spots on the lower Kennebec.

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