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.


The Fardigs Enjoy Another Fun Day Fishing on The Kennebec

Jack and Will with dad and mom; Peter and Karen Fardig joined me again this year for another fishing trip on the Obsession. We caught some striped bass on bucktails and live eels upriver early in the morning. I had help from the boys getting the eels when I needed them.

Will kissed his first striper again this year just he did last year.

July 24th, 2016
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Windy Morning Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec

Despite 18kt SSE winds and ripping out going tide the Coopers Get it done. 

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Kennebec River, Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report July 20, 2016

Conditions: Water temps are now in the mid 70s upriver and in the low 60s downriver. Water clarity is slightly diminished in the River due to the runoff from inland rains. The clarity on the beaches is excellent. The River is holding several schools of striped bass ranging from 12" to 28". There are some larger fish staged up on the beaches and the south facing ledges from Indian Point to Cape Small.

Bait the fish are feeding on: River Herring, American eels, Alewives, Mackerel, Sea Herring and Sand eels

Fishing Tactics: Warmer water and bright sunlight is causing the striped bass to move into deeper water by mid morning. So go early, use topwater lures at first light and change to subsurface lures and flies as it brightens up. 

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Kennebec River / Eastern Casco Bay Fishing Report 07-11-16

July Fishing is Looking Every Bit as Great as June!

Conditions: Water temps in the river range from 65*-75*. The beaches are around 60*. There's tons of bait everywhere so the stripers have full bellies by mid day. The best bite is really early and again at dusk. But, with some patience you'll catch fish from late morning through the afternoon in the deeper water.

This year the River is fishing so good my trips to the beach have been fewer than normal but when I've gone the action has been worth the 12 mile run.

July 11 Fishing Report

Normand Saucier and Bob Emmons with a striper caught on live eel

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July Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec River

Ron and Karen Banas from PA enjoying a nice (albeit windy) day of striped bass fishing on the Kennebec river.

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A Striper Morning on Maine’s Kennebec River

We picked up a good bit of internet and social media exposure in Orvis' Blog: the Orvis News with a story titled "A Striper Morning on Maine's Kennebec River" Check it out and share it. It talks about the fantastic striped bass season we are having and the reasons why its happening. 

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Dingley Press Striped Bass Outing

Corporate fishing charters are always fun. Jim Gibbs Dingley Press' VP of sales set up this June trip for two customers Tim and Adam. We had an action packed morning catching striped bass on the lower 12 miles of the Kennebec river. Most of the fish were caught spin fishing with 3/4oz bucktails. we had some luck on poppers and metal jigs too. On the water at 5am and back to the marina for a nice lunch at the Kennebec Tavern before returning the office.  

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Kennebec River Fishing Report June 27, 2016

Longtime client John Kern from Salt Lake City joined me Saturday on the Kennebec for a morning of striped bass fly fishing. We had a dropping tide as we left the marina at 5:30am. As we rounded Thorne Head the gulls were diving on bait, a sure sign the stripers were on the ledge. First drift through the gulls provided a solid hookup. 

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Wrigley June Striped Bass Fishing

Steve Wrigley and his son had a great morning on the Kennebec. They caught a ton of schoolie stripers and some good ones too. We were fishing the rips on an incoming tide. Bait was being driven to the surface and gulls were diving while tons of stripers stacked up on the ledges. Caught most of them spin fishing with white bucktails fished slow. 

Great meeting you guys! Safe travels home and I hope to see you again!


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Youngsters and Kennebec River Schoolie Striped Bass

Jackson, David, Kate and Olivia had a really fun morning catching schoolie striped bass on the Kennebec. They caught and released 28 in 4 hours! 

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Kennebec River Casco Bay Fishing Report 6-13-16

Conditions: We are seeing some of the very best early June striped bass fishing in years. Lots of surface blitzes on both the incoming and outgoing tides. Water temp is between 60* and 67* and water clarity is good.

Bait the fish are feeding on: River Herring, Alewives, Mackerel, Sea Herring and Sand Eels

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Making the Best of an Impending Coldfront

20kt Northwest winds gusting to 35 and a sky rocketing barometer made for an interesting day on the Obsession. Got to the boat an hour before my clients to find a school of striped bass feeding like piranha around the docks (check out the sounder screenshot of the fish stacked up under my slip. 

​So what was I to do? Break out the 9wt fly rod and a folded foam popper! Went 9 hook ups for 10 casts and then decided I better get the boat ready. My three clients showed up and I did something I rarely do - I suggested they make some casts right there in the Marina. I assured them we were going to cast off and fish elsewhere on the Kennebec. After they caught and released several stripers we did just that.

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Early June Kennebec Striped Bass on Fly Rod

Dr. Matt Budd (81) a long time client catching schoolie striped bass in the rips of the Kennebec River using a 9wt Helios2 and a 350gr Depthcharge line. The fish were holding on a ledge in 15' of water and feeding on 2" alewives.

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2016 Kennebec Striped Bass Season Starts with a 50 Fish Morning

Thursday morning proved to be the best kickoff to the striped bass season in many years. I was part of a four boat outing for folks from Sunday River Ski Resort. We had fish busting on the surface for two solid hours. Mostly schoolies but we managed to get two nice 8-10 pounders too. There's tons of small and medium sized river herring around for the bass right now. We caught them on light tackle using MirroLure twitch baits, sluggos, and bucktails. Video coming soon. I've got June dates available - lets go get em!

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2016 Kennebec Striped Bass Season Starts with a 50 Fish Morning

​Thursday morning proved to be the best kickoff to the striped bass season in many years. I was part of a four boat outing for folks from Sunday River Ski Resort. We had fish busting on the surface for two solid hours. Mostly schoolies but we managed to get two nice 8-10 pounders too. There's tons of small and medium sized river herring around for the bass right now. We caught them on light tackle using MirroLure twitch baits, sluggos, and bucktails. Video coming soon. I've got June dates available - lets go get em! 

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Saltwater Recreational Fishing Report: 61 Billion Dollars and 439,000 Jobs

The Dept. of Commerce just released its 2014 Socio - Economic Report on Saltwater Fishing.  NOAA's press release stated: "Saltwater angling sales increased 4 percent from 2013, generating $61 billion in 2014 and supporting 439,000 jobs. This year's report includes improvements in data collection and analysis methods for the recreational sector, which helped NOAA scientists gain a more accurate view of the industry's economic landscape." 

Saltwater angling is big business across America. 68 million fishing trips took place in 2014. With this, goes a huge responsibility to utilize our marine resources wisely. Those of us who make our living from these resources must do all we can to protect our oceans and the fish along with advocating for our businesses. Great organizations like the National Assn. of Charterboat Operators, the Maine Assn. of Charterboat Captains and the Florida Guides Assn. provide strong voices on fisheries issues. I'm proud to be a member of all three.   Read the entire report

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Maine Mako Shark Fishing - Slow Motion Highlights

 

Incredible 30 seconds of slow motion highlights of catching a 150 - 200 pound Gulf of Maine Mako caught on 30 pound stand up gear.

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Kennebec River / Casco Bay Fishing Report September 9th, 2015

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HOT weather this 2nd week of September is continuing to keep the striped bass deep. Good light tackle action is taking place on the ledges of the Kennebec River. The bite is not continuous but there there are lots of stripers to be found if you are persistent. fish deep and slow with worms or eels. I'm still confident that as the days cool off the fly fishing will be great.

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Shark fishing is very good right now and will continue for the next 3-4 weeks. Check out the mako shark videos I posted on the Maine Fishing Videos Section of the website.

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Gulf of Maine Mako Shark on 30# Stand Up Gear

This 3 minute video captures some pretty intense action of a 15 minutes fight with a 150-200 pound mako shark. Several jumps and long runs ending with the shark leadered. We had hoped for a few boatside pictures but the mako wrapped himself in the outboard and broke off. We caught several blue sharks on spinning gear and fly rods during this trip also. Thank you to Erin and Jeremy Libby and Sumner Crawford for the camera work and colorful commentary!  

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Graham and Spencer Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec

Everyone had fun on this late August morning on the Kennebec. The striped bass were holding deep and a bit fussy until the tide started running but then things turned on. Live bait on light tackle spinning gear is still the key but over the next few weeks we'll be getting them on lures and fly fishing. The young of the year alewives are starting to arrive in the lower river. Going to be a very good fall for stripers! Great getting to know the Woods family, hopefully we can do it again in the future!

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