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.


Kennebec River / Casco Bay Fishing Report July 6th, 2015

Conditions: The River is a bit muddy due to some heavy rain last week and big tides. Water temps are from the high 50s to high 60s.

Bait the fish are feeding on: Juvenile Atlantic herring, sand eel, river herring, eel

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Species to fish for this week: Striped Bass, Atlantic Mackerel, some sharks offshore

Fishing Tactics: Big bulky flies and bright colored lures up river, more life-like offerings downriver in the cleaner water are working best. The striped bass are hanging on structure with sporadic surface feeds happening early and late day.

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My fly fishing tip of the week: Sinking lines and medium sized flies fished around structure and banks are producing great right now.

My spin fishing tip of the week: Switch to bait during mid-day when the striped bass go deep. Worms and cut bait are working in many spots on the river.

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7 day outlook: great weather and warmer temps will increase the water temps. Post full moon tides will slow the current in the river.

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Striped Bass Fishing with John Kern on the Kennebec

John Kern and his nieces Sara and Jennifer catch a bunch of Kennebec River stripers on spinning and fly fishing gear. We had a 200 pound harbor seal steel the last fish of the morning.

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Gregg's Bamboo Fly Rod Does the Job

Gregg Jenkins and his wife Shelli fly fishing for striped bass on the Kennebec River. Greg catches the very first fish on his 9wt. bamboo fly rod that he built over the winter. Great work on the catch and the rod Gregg. The rod casted great with both a floating and Depthcharge line and has enough butt strength to lift a spirited striped bass.

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The Nicoll's 20th Year Striped Bass Fishing With Obsession Sprotfishing Charters

Tom & Naomi Nicoll joined me for their 20th year of Kennebc River striped bass fishing. The morning turned out to be one of the best trips we have had. My clients have had great action on both fly and spinning gear over the past three weeks!

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The Llorens Morning Fishing for Kennebec Striped Bass

Hector, John and Henry Llorens from Atlanta, GA join Capt. Dave Pecci on the Obsession for a morning of great Kennebec River light tackle and fly fishing for striped bass. 

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Kennebec River / Casco Bay Fishing Report June 22nd, 2015

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Mike & Leslie Harsip from MA with a nice June Kennebec striped bass 06-20-15 photo

Conditions: The striped bass have been moving around the river following bait. Some have moved well upriver. Water temps are in the high 50s to mid 60s.

 

Bait the fish are feeding on: Juvenile Atlantic herring, sand eel, river herring, eel

Species to fish for this week: Striped Bass, Atlantic Mackerel

Fishing Tactics: The schools of stripers are spending more time on structure now. Rather than feeding on the surface. Use your fishfinder to locate underwater ledges and banks with lots of current.  

My fly fishing tip of the week: Time go to Depthcharge lines, weighted flies and focus on structure.

My spin fishing tip of the week: Bucktail jigs and shad bodies will get you down to the fish.

 

7 day outlook: The weather is looking up after Sunday’s deluge. Inland rainfall amounts were much lower than along the coast so increased flow and run off should not be a problem this week. Falling morning tides should provide great fishing.

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Mid June Striped Bass Jig Fishing action on the Kennebec River

Gayle and Michelle Newth from Colorado use their walleye light tackle jig fishing skills on early season Kennebec River striped bass. Falling tide, fog and drizzle provided perfect conditions for nonstop action.

 

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June Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec River

June striped bass light tacke fishing on the Kennebec River with Gayle and Michelle Newth from Colorado. Cool drizzle and fog provided for some pretty good action this morning. We used some of the Newth's waleye jig tactics on these Maine stripers with great success.  

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Striped Bass fishing on the Kennebec River 2015 Begins

Steve Dixon from Colorado joined me today for the first striped bass fly fishing trip of the year. Looks like the 2015 season is going to be a great one. There are more early season striped bass in the River than I've seen in several years. 

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Becky and Kelsey Morrell Striped Bass Fishing

Darrell Clark, Becky Morrell and Kelsey Morrell striped bass fishing on an overcast September afternoon with Obsession Sportfishing. We enjoyed 3 hours of non stop action using light tackle spinning gear and live eels.

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Greg Straut Kennebec Striped Bass Fishng

My good friend Greg Straut from upstate New York joined me for a picture perfect September morning on the Kennebec. We caught a bucket load of striped bass on live eels. The last segment of this video is Greg losing the biggest fish of the morning to one of the striper steeling seals on the River.

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Pictures From Recent Kennebec River Fishing Charters

Here's a few pics from this week's charters. We had a great week on the Kennebec River catching striped bass on light tackle and fly fishing gear. 08-28-14-striper-gardner

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September Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec

Rob and Christine from Massachusetts had a great morning of striped bass action on the Kennebec River fishing with light tackle and live eels. Here are some of the highlights. Despite bluebird skies and stiff northerly winds from an approaching cold front the stripers were feeding. I love September on the River!

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September Striped Bass Fishing starting Strong

Russell Wakeman and his nephew Jarrin spent a morning striped bass light tackle fishing on the Kennebec River. We started the morning spin fishing with Sluggos catching schooling fish on the flats and finished up live eel fishing the ledges in the upper river. Enjoy the rest of your visit in Maine guys. Safe travels home to Pennsylvania.

 

"Just wanted to let you know my husband Russell and nephew Jarrin had the best time with you today!! They already want to do it again!! Thank you!!!" - Marcia Wakeman Sept 2, 2014

 

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The Johnson's Striped Bass Charter on Labor Day

Brett Johnson and his 10 year old son Lance from Massachusetts  joined Obsession Sportfishing charters for a morning of light tackle striped bass fishing on Labor Day. Though the lure fishing was tuff we managed to find some nice stripers on the ledges using live eels.

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Vandergroef Striped Bass Fishing Charter on the Kennebec

Dave, Jennifer and Caleb Vandergroef from northern NJ on their Labor Day weekend Kennebec River striped bass charter. This was day two of stiff northerly winds from a strong high pressure area.  The striped bass were off the feed but we persisted both on fly fishing and light tackle gear. Caleb, keep practicing your fly casting you have great promise. Capt. Dave

 

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Morning Fly Fishing for Kennebec Striped Bass

Nat Gardner and his fishing buddy Rob joined Obsession Charters Thursday morning for a few hours of fly fishing for striped bass on the Kennebec. Even though an approaching cold front shut the fishing down by mid-morning we managed to land a few fish.

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Gulf of Maine Shark Fishing in High Gear

Last Sunday the Gulf of Maine shark fishing was hot ! 22 hookups on fly, spinning and 30# stand up gear. We boated and released 12+ blue sharks including this 5 foot male on fly rod by Brad Osborn. There's weeks of great offshore action to come. Book your trip today.

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Shark Fishing Video from Brad Osborn Charter 08-24-14

Brad Osborn, Teunis VanDeGraf and Ron Hamel saw some incredible blue shark action on this picture perfect day offshore in the gulf of Maine. 23 hook ups on fly, 30 pound stand up and heavy spinning gear in 5 hours! We boated around a dozen of them with the largest being a 10' total length big female weighing an estimated 180 -200 pounds!

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Dunlop Kennebec Striped Bass Charter

Neil Dunlop and his buddy Dave Shaw enjoyed a fun morning on the Kennebec River and along the beaches of Casco Bay. This fish took a chartreuse Clouser Minnow in about 10 feet of water.

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