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.


Paul Skydell Fly Fishing for Kennebec Stripers 06-23-17

Paul shows how waiting for a sinking line to get into the strike zone is so important. These stripers were holding in 10-15 feet of water. He had to get the fliy within a few feet of them to get hooked up.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Sal Pulieo fishing for striped bass on the Kennebec River

Sal was hammering the stripers in 15' of water while they were feeding on 5-7" whiting. Great morning and a great angler. 

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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July Kennebec River Striped Bass Fishing

Despite the rainy weather we are getting some great fish this summer. 

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The Kennebec River Striped Bass Fishery

The excellent striped bass fishing on the Kennebec River is not by happenstance. It comes from decades of stewardship. I recently celebrated this amazing fishery with Maine's Commissioner of Marine Resources Pat Keliher, his wife Deirdre, and daughter Kaitlin.

"A great fishery needs healthy habitat and forage. The Kennebec has both in abundance..."

Capt. Dave Pecci 6-27-22
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June Fly fishing for Kennebec Striped Bass

Despite 15kt northwest wind gusting to 25kts we pushed through and got eleven nice Kennebec river striped bass on fly rod. Bill Farland got the job done with a sinking line and his great casting abilities. First spot, first cast, first fish. It was a fat 30"er weighing over 9 pounds. At that point we knew we were in for a great day. Though the wind kept us from fishing some spots, we were able get on the fish in several places. Absolutely a great day on the water.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Early Season Kennebec River Stripers on Fly

A beautiful morning on the Kennebec River fly fishing 18-30" striped bass With Richard Ievoli.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Email issues please use obsessioncharters@gmail.com

​Hi everyone, if you have been emailing me and I have not responded its because the address Dave@obsessioncharters.com is not working correctly. Please use obsessioncharters@gmail.com until the problem is resolved.Thanks Dave P.
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And So It Begins - Kennebec River Striped Bass 2022

​I returned from the heat of Pine Island Sound and Boca Grande two weeks ago and the Kennebec River striper season is already in high gear! The River is stuffed with stripers ranging from 16" to 32"  

"One of the best starts of the Kennebec River striper season in years."

Capt. Dave Pecci
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Kennebec River Fishing Report July 1, 2021

Fishing Conditions: Water clarity and current levels are good. Salinity is up due to the lack of rain. Bait size varies from 1" sand eels to 9" throughout the lower 15 miles of the river. Boat traffic has increased now that the catch and release season has ended. The boat ramps still have parking spots though, even on the weekends...

If you are fishing a rip or bank with other boat set up a rotation and drift through so everyone can gets an opportunity.

Capt. Dave Pecci
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The 2021 Maine guiding season has started.

​Hi everyone! June is here and so are the striped bass. There are stripers spread throughout the lower 11 miles of the river. There is an incredible amount of bait ranging in size from 1 1/2" sand eels to 8" river herring.  2021 striped bass fishing is off to a good start. Capt. Dave Pecci 2021 stiped bass fishing is off to a good star...
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August Fishing Forecast

The fishing has been very good all summer so far. It been a bright spot in this summer of uncertainty...


We are catching 10-20 striped bass per trip on flies and lures. No complaints about that!

Capt. Dave Aug 2, 2020
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Just in - Obsession Face Tubes

Just in from BlackStrap Products, custom Obsession Charters neck tube/face coverings! And for those of us who can't keep our glasses from fogging up, I've included a flexible nose clip  These tubes meet the Maine CDC's covid19 requirements for face covering while on a charter and have SPF 50 sun protection. I recommend using them folded double for extra covid19 protection. 

$22 plus $6.00 shipping. If you want one (or more) email, text, or call me, I'll get them to you! dave@obsessioncharters.com 207-841-1444

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June Fly Fishing for Striped Bass - Kennebec River

Jerry and Ted joined me for a foggy morning of fly fishing for striped bass on the Kennebec River. We caught around 30 fish ranging from 11"-26". It has been excellent fishing this June.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Early Season Striped Bass Fly rod Action on the Kennebec River

I'm seeing the best June striped bass fly rod action in years. Lots of fish spread throughout the lower 15 miles of the Kennebec. We're getting fish from 21-32" each trip. If your looking for quantity, there's loads of 10-15" schoolies feeding on the surface too. I'm pretty much booked through the end of the month, but I do have several openings in July.   Let's go fishing!

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Yes, I will be Guiding on the Kennebec this Summer

Hi all, its been quite a while since I did a post. Crazy times for sure.

Barb and I are well and in Maine. We flew up from Florida on Feb 18th for what was going to be a two week stay but as the pandemic gained its grasp on America and all our lives, we remained in Maine.

I would like to thank all of you who have reached out to check on us and those who have offered to send deposits and in some cases payment in full for charters during the upcoming summer striper season. Your thoughts prayers and offers to help financially has meant so much. I have dusted off my carpentry tools and have been doing projects to generate cash flow. I am taking on outside work to protect my customers and myself from the virus as much as possible. I am grateful and blessed to have a trade considered "essential" to fall back on.

"Barb and I both have rediscovered our surroundings. So much goes unnoticed as we go about our busy lives. I can't remember the last time I took time to watch ospreys repair their nest..."

Capt. Dave 5/20/20
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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.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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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. 

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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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.

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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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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