Bob Emmons Catching Kennebec River Striped Bass 07-09-24

Friend and client Bob Emmons joined me Tuesday for a fun morning on the Kennebec River. Light winds and a perfect tide produced this beauty on one of our favorite spots above Bath. There was a small school of fish this size smashing adult river herring. We also had some action in the lower river where they were feeding o...
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Mid June Striped Bass Fishing on the Kennebec

Natalie holds up one of the striped bass she caught on her mid June charter

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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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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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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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Snook, Redfish and Seatrout Remain Catch and Release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will extend catch-and-release measures for snook, red drum and spotted seatrout for an additional year via an Executive Order. All three species will remain catch-and-release through May 31, 2021, in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has extended snook, red drum and spotted seatrout catch-and-release measures in areas impacted by prolonged red tide

02-19-2020 Obsession Charters Fishing Report
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February Matlacha Snook Fishing

Snook fishing in Matlacha as a winter cold front was settling in over southwest Florida. North wind blowing 10-15 with air temps in the 60s. Water temp 74*. The snook were cruising the sands along the mangroves just the same though. These weak cold fronts don't always shut the bite down. The ladyfish were eating anything thrown to them also.  

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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Soon, Very Soon - Update; Jan 18, 2020

Happy January!I've been getting emails and texts asking if I am in Florida… No, not quite yet, I'm finishing up a few carpentry projects.  As I'm typing this the temperature is 1* but our wood stove is keeping the house, us and our westie Scotty toasty warm. Our second snow fall of the week is arriving tonight, another 5-9 inches. I love winte...
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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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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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June Kennebec Striped Bass on Fly Rod

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

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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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.

Capt. Dave Pecci
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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

Capt. Dave Pecci - Obsession Sportfishing
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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 – 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".​"

Capt. Dave Pecci
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