fishing in the mid coast area of Maine starts in early August. We fish
for Shark and tuna up to 600 pounds 10 to 15 miles offshore the Gulf of Maine using light (relatively) tackle: 30 pound class stand up gear or 12-14 wt. fly rods.
We start (and end) the day fishing for football
tuna (weighing 40-100 pounds) show up in the Gulf of Maine in July and usually stay into the
fall. They hang on offshore structure while feeding on herring and
mackerel. We cruise areas 5-15 miles from shore where these baitfish
consistently hold looking for breaking schools of tuna, then maneuver up
to the schools and sight cast to them. The experience of a tuna’s savage bite followed by
screaming drag is unforgettable. Size and possession limits change often
so check with Capt. Dave regarding what can be taken home on your
charter. You can also check out the
NOAA Fisheries HMS
website for current tuna regulations.
After arriving at a good location we set out a chum slick of ground
herring that draws the big ones in from as much as a mile away. Fly
fishing for shark has become very popular amongst our clients. As a
matter of fact, one of Obsession Charter's clients Fred Danforth holds
the State of Maine Blue Shark Fly Rod Record at 101
pounds. All gear, bait and tackle are included but feel free to bring
your own along if you wish. Lunch, soft drinks and snacks are provided.
Shark trips take place from early August through late September.
depart from the Kennebec Tavern
and Marina at 7:00 AM on the OBSESSION for 8 hours. Maximum capacity
for our shark trips is 4 clients at a cost of $650 for the trip. (Not
per person) This is a deep sea trip 10 -15 miles offshore so weather and
wind can sometimes cause cancellations or the need to stay inshore and
fish for stripers and bluefish. It is best to contact Capt. Dave the day
before your trip to discuss the latest weather forecast. Please bring a
light jacket / raincoat, sunscreen and sunglasses. If you're prone to
motion sickness take some medication well before we depart. If at all
possible please do not wear black soled shoes or work boots; they really
mark up the deck of the boat, thank you.Contact us today