Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports Blog
Welcome to the Fish Blog & saltwater fishing reports page of TIDE CHASER GUIDE SERVICE & Capt. George Harris. We're looking forward to providing you with the most up to date inshore saltwater fishing reports on the Maine coast as the Maine Striper Fishing season goes forward into 2019!!! You wont find any generic"cut & paste" reports or info here...Just pure fishing!!!
TIDE CHASER provides friendly, professional guided fly & light tackle fishing trips.
We operate our fishing TRIPS in the Mid-Coast region of Maine, from Casco Bay to Penobscot Bay. This area features an astonishing 1000 miles of jagged, pristine coastline. We focus our efforts on the broad reach of the lower Kennebec river estuary & the outer boundaries of Casco Bay...with its countless thousands of acres of untouched saltwater flats, gnarly tides that rip over rocky structure and an intricate maze of backcountry channels, It's a fly & light tackle fishermans nirvana. On any given day we can be found fishing sandy beaches, ocean front ledges, coastal tide marshes or shallow hard bottom flats. Wherever the fish are!!! Whether it's on the fly...pitching plugs or live lining frisky live baits we've got you covered check out our website for all of our trip offerings...and stay tuned for some new trips options for 2019
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Sorry for the lack of reports on here...those who've been following our progress daily on Facebook know that we're on the fish. The past couple weeks have seen the Kennebec really spring to life with hungry stripers. It's not full blown fall run action just yet but we are getting good numbers of fish over a wide variety of habitat using an even wider variety of techniques...from fly fishing to drifting live baits such as mackerel, herring and eels. Topwater action has been good at first & last light with rebel jumpin minnows and storm chug bugs working very well. bouncing Bucktails and jigging spoons off bottom is absolutely deadly when the fish are schooled up in 15-25 feet of water..we simply mark the school on sonar and drop the jigs into them. Soft plastics like slug go and paddle tail swim shads are deadly fished on a lead head jig or Carolina rigged over the ledges. With 4 weeks of fishing left I'd encourage anyone who 'a been thinking about getting out for a striper trip to get in touch with us ASAP!!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Lots of great fishing taking place in the midcoast region and despite the heavy rains we had last week we are still on the fish... In the Kennebec and out off the beaches... Yesterday afternoon Alex Mckown celebrated her birthday with her family aboard the Super Fly and she was rewarded for her efforts with a jumbo striper ... Her first ever !!!
This morning we had a blast sight casting to huge schools of striper out off the beaches...bright sun helped us locate the dark backs of the stripers as the cruised and fed voraciously in schools numbering in the hundreds!!
In the Kennebec the best techniques have been Carolina rigging with live or chunk baits over channel structure, skipping Bucktails and rubber baits off the shoreline rocks and around eddies has been productive as have flies fished off a sinking head line worked though the eddies and shoreline rips. Out off the beaches searching for birds diving into the Surfline has been a good way to locate stripers feeding on sandeels. Chunk Mack's tossed into the foam is a top tactic but be ready with a selection of small bucktail jigs, sluggo and sandeel imitating flies when the blitz is on!!!
Lots of good fishing left between now & mid October
Get in touch soon if you'd like to reserve a tide or two
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Some great fishing this past week...Big Striped Bass have arrived and anglers from Saco bay to Kennebec have been having great success in the surf lines, estuaries and on the mud flats. We have been having some great trips into outer casco bay and have had some pretty amazing fish come to the boat... In the Kennebec, the stripers are piling up on channel structure in 20-30 of water which is great for light tackle fishermen but poses some challenges for the fly angler. Heavy sinking head fly lines 350grn and heavier will get you down in the swirling current of the Kennebec but that doesn't always mean the stripers are going to notice your fly with the water column solid with bait. Typical summer patterns are here so that means early starts for fly fishing with and working shoreline structure and rips is key...fishing deep during the daytime tides for light tackle trips... Live & chunk Mack's have been working great as have live herring!!! We have some great tides available and we are totally dialed in on our fishery.
Get in touch with us if you'd like to reserve a guided trip between now and mid October
~Capt. George Harris
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The dynamic is defininitely changing on the saltwater fishing scence in midcoast Maine...An influx of stripers in both the schoolie size and trophy size have fueled some furious action lately and we are on the water everyday dialed in on all the habitat that these fish frequent!! Lots of cool stuff is happening on the kennebec river, it's surrounding waters and the outer reaches of casco bay...Loads of bait has been keeping our Striped Bass active and happy and when we use the right techniques our results are spectacular!!
We have been super busy this season and still have lots of opening with our second vessel & capt.
Please get in touch asap to reserve your tide...text us...call us...email us but do it fast
~Captain George Harris
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Enjoy the short video of client Bill Farland using the GLoomis NRX 8wt to put the boots to one of several striped bass that we caught during his recent fly fishing trip with Super Fly Charters!! We are rolling with multiple boats this season with 2 boats/captains operating Striper/Bluefish/Shark/Groundfish charters out of the Kennebec tavern & Marina in Bath and a third boat is available for small family striper/mackerel/bottom fishing trips in the Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Port Clyde area!! Give us a shout if you want to be a part of this action 207-691-07454
Sunday, June 22, 2014
(Maine saltwater fishing reports. & charters)
Anglers who have fished with us this past week have enjoyed some great Striper fishing here on Maine's mighty Kennebec river. Schools of Striped Bass have been feeding heavily during both incoming and outgoing tides. Huge patches of both juvie herring & adult river herring have given our stripers plenty to get excited about..flies, bucktail jigs, top water plugs and soft plastic baits like fin-s fish, ronz or sluggo have been great producers as usual. Paddle tail swim baits have been dinomite!!. Our favorite color has been white but we've had success with a variety of colors including black, chartreuse and bubblegum pink...In darker water Rattle trap type lures have worked very well....On the Kennebec... We have special regs in place to help protect our native fish during the spawn. Remember that it's Catch. & Release only, fly or artificial lures only and any lures must only have one hook...Crushing the barbs down on your hooks is not a bad way to go when fishing over these big schools of stripers...Also remember that the use of bait is prohibited on the Kennebec until July 1st
Our go to fly for the last two weeks has been an olive over white or all olive clouser...NO FLASH !! This fly has worked time after time... The retrieve speed has been SLOW...
HAVE A GREAT WEEK~CAPT GEORGE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Kennebec region continues to fill in with schoolie striped bass...
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
This morning I had Chris back aboard for a fly & light tackle trip..
For more info on Maine Striper fishing or the guided trips that we offer, please call, text or email the Maine Striper Hotline or visit our web page at: www.superflycharters.com
Friday, June 6, 2014
Yesterday morning I had John & Ashley aboard for a half day trip. We departed the Kennebec tavern around 830am to catch the last of the outgoing & the first of the incoming tide. We covered a lot of water to start the trip with little to show but as the tide started to swing we found what were were looking for. Schoolie Stripers smashing bait on top. Nearly every cast got blasted...Bone colored jumpin minnows walked across the surface were hammered repeatedly and 4" black sluggo on my own hand poured lead head jigs were money!! Areas south of the Kennebec are producing good action too. Casco Bay has produced some quality fish to go along with the school sized fish. There are some huge schools of Striped Bass working there way up the coast right now and it won't be long before they reach coastal Maine in huge numbers. The tidal rivers are plugged with herring and Reports of mackerel are starting to trickle in...when the bulk of the stripers arrive they will have plenty to eat!! In the meantime get out there and fish...The stripers are here!!!
If you'd like to book a trip please get in touch ASAP...we have two boats and can accommodate larger parties with additional boats..we have lots of tides still available but they'll disappear fast!!
For more info visit our website
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tips that I'll offer this week are to get out and fish the outgoing tides in the tidal rivers...look for areas of warmer water and work the methodically. herring imitating flies fished off a sinking head line will work well for fly anglers. Jigs, soft plastics and plugs fished on light tackle will bring you success if you work them SLOWLY!! For anglers that fish outside of the Special regs area of the kennebec river, the same techniques will work as will live & chunk baits fished in the surf lines...as we move into June we should expect to see the bulk of the migration arrive. This is one of the funnest times of the year for striper fishermen, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement...please remember to take care when handling these fish..use the proper tackle and release these stripers back into the water gently and rapidly to help insure that we can fish for these great fish for many years to come!!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
As mentioned in a previous post we have expanded our operation to include a second 21 Parker light tackle boat...Team Super Fly member Capt. John & I hopped in the truck for a 50 hr door to door round trip to Anglers Marine located in Supply, NC...now that we have the boat back home sitting in my yard, we're going to add a few touches to the boat to improve it's fish ability. This boat is going to basically double our available tides. After running a Parker for 12 seasons it's was a no brainer to add a second one....these rugged, shallow draft boats are perfect for the amazing variety of habitat...from drifting the gnarly rips of the lower kennebec to working the surf pounded out islands and headlands of casco bay, we'll take you there safely with speed, and comfort.
Moving on to the reports ...friends of mine who fish out on Long Island ,NY are indicating a mix of schoolies & larger fish. Moving north to Massachusetts the reports that have filtered in from both the north and south shores are pretty good...far from gang busters but fly and light tackle guys fishing up in the estuaries during falling tides have had a lot of fun. Now on to Maine...everything here seems to be mostly on schedule...water temps are on the rise and bait is showing in mind boggling numbers. Reports of schoolie Stripers being caught in the Saco R & in the Scarborough marsh are a good sign..May is always a shaky month for Stripers in Maine but invariably the fish show up within the same two week time period year after year!!! My best fishing early season tides are usually the outgoing but in fishing there are no hard fast rules...if any of you have questions about early season fishing techniques feel free to call or text...we have a lifetime of experience on the Maine coast and will be more than happy to share some knowledge with you!!
Stay Salty My Friends!!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Reports from the south indicate that the Stripers are slowly working their way northward which is great news. But the really big news for Super Fly Charters is that, my bro-in-law, Capt John Coppola and I are leaving this week for North Carolina to pick up the new Parker 21se...Capt John will be running this boat for us this season which is great news for anglers who wish to fish with us this season...as many of you know...My schedule fills up fast and having a second boat will free up some of the best tides of the year. We are looking forward to bringing this sweet boat home and adding a few custom touches to it..We'll be keeping this boat alongside the super fly at the Kennebec Tavern & Marina.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the water!!
Stay Salty My Friends!!
Capt George Harris
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hello Everone!!! With the Striped Bass season rapidly approaching, I'd like to share this great new program that Stripers Forever is about to roll out to the public...Read the details below and if you'd like to participate just follow the links to enroll...It's free and your participation is important to insure the continued restoration of Striped Bass stocks along the atlantic coast. In addition to getting a release certificate from Stripers Forever...All of Super Fly Charters guests who release an over 36" fish will receive an 8X10 inch glossy print of their trophy to hang on the wall next to their Release Certificate... As many of you who have fished with us know...Super Fly Charters specifically targets these big fish and we go to great lengths to insure healthy releases of these important gamefish.
Release a Breeder Club
About The Club
Welcome to the Stripers Forever Release A Breeder Club “RBC”. This program is designed by Stripers Forever to promote the release of large “breeding size” stripers which are mostly female fish. Current striped bass management practices have targeted large striped bass. The result has been a considerable decrease in the number of these large, old fish found in the population. Nature never intended it that way. Striped bass are the top predator in their inshore range, and historically it was not uncommon for individuals to live more than 20 years and spawn each year. This long spawning life is needed because conditions are often not suitable for the production of good year classes. The older fish produce many eggs, and when conditions are favorable to produce young stripers a robust spawning stock biomass insures that the waters will be well seeded with eggs. If conditions aren’t good the long lives of these fish and low natural mortality insure that there will be good spawning potential the next season. Unfortunately for the striped bass we have knocked this system seriously out of balance.
There are two categories, each with their own dedicated page for posting images and information on the breeder released. The first category is for Guides and/or charter boat captains who pledge to promote the release of breeders to their clients, the second for anglers who release a breeder while fishing with or without a guide/captain. Joining the club is free, and the rewards are recognition on the RBC membership pages of our website as well as the knowledge that you are doing your part to turn around the decline in striped bass.
There is no cost for anyone to participate in the program, however individuals will receive only one decal and one certificate per year at no charge. Guides can make unlimited applications for their clients using the angler application below, but every angler will receive only one free decal and certificate a year. For any angler to receive additional decals and certificates a $10 contribution using pay pal on our donate page is required for each fish submitted.
The minimum size for membership in the RBC is 36” total length. This is largely an honor system, though either a photograph of the fish or the name of a witness is required with the application. If a picture is supplied with the application we will publish it next to the name of the club member. The fish must be released alive and either left in the water or held out only very briefly for the picture. These are the only rules.
All angler names will be listed on the individual angler page even if fishing with a guide. The name of the guide will be listed next to the angler, though if the application is submitted by a guide or if the angler lists a guide in his/her application.
Below are links to our application forms where you will also be able to upload your image. Please send all questions to: email@example.com
ANGLER APPLICATION (Angler application is used for all fish applications whether made by angler or guide)
GUIDE APPLICATION (This application is just for guides to register for the program. Guides should register in advance of submitting a fish application)
- Anglers who release a breeder will also receive this certificate:
- All individual anglers will be automatically be entered (1) time into a year-end drawing (December 2014) for a prize of fly or conventional tackle or a guided trip. All prizes are currently TBD. The number of drawings will be based on the number of prizes we have donated to us. Each member can only win one prize. The number of prizes and number of drawings is subject to change
Stay Salty My Friends!!!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Nearshore Light Tackle Cod Trips: Bath, Maine!!!
If you plan to be in the area in May and want to get out on the water…Our light tackle inshore cod fishing trip is definitely something to consider!!!
In addition to the Striped Bass trips that we offer…We also offer bottom fishing trips to target Cod. Now when most folks think of Cod fishing, they think of long rides to the fishing grounds, aboard a crowded boat, fishing with broomstick tackle and super heavy jigs, epic tangles etc…..Well here at Super Fly Charters we have re-defined the art of Cod fishing with light tackle!!!…Located just off the coast of Maine lie some very productive fishing grounds. Shoals, ledges, rocky pinnacles and steep drop-offs provide great habitat for Cod, Pollock and other bottom dwellers. We have spent a lifetime learning which areas are the most effective and we have scaled our tackle down to provide the most sport. The majority of these trips involve the use of very lightweight & sensitive spinning tackle that we spool with ultra thin braided fishing line so you can feel every thump. This tackle allows us to use much lighter weight jigs even in heavy current. Most anglers that choose this trip often combine it with one of my Striped Bass trips as a way to throw some tasty fillets on ice!! This trip is also very popular with families as it provides a great variety of bottom fish species and fast action…These trips are available to start at the beginning of May and run through the end of October!! If you feel the need to get in on some saltwater fishing before the Stripers arrive please get in touch with us for available dates. Click the link to read one of my late season Cod fishing reports that took place in Muscongus Bay Cod Fishing Report
Stay Salty My Friends!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Simms is a brand founded on the pillars of innovation. It was the brainchild of visionary angler John Simms who saw a need to develop better waders and accessories than what was then available on the market. That quest led to the development of Simms Fishing Products in 1980. During that era, Simms was one of the first companies worldwide to introduce neoprene waders, which provided enhanced warmth and waterproofing armor for serious anglers pushing the limits of their fishing pursuits. The brand continued to progress under the Jackson-based Life-Link International banner through the ’80s. But it took a giant leap in 1993, when current owner, K.C. Walsh, a passionate angler and entrepreneur, acquired the company and relocated it to Bozeman. Walsh grew up in a flyfishing family and it was his life-long dream to live, and work, and play in Montana. Under Walsh’s leadership, Simms introduced breathable waders in a trailblazing partnership with W.L. Gore & Associates (makers of GORE-TEX® fabric). That seismic shift breathed new life into wader innovation and has since powered the sport to new levels of comfort and performance. Today Simms continues to mature as a brand with a trained eye on fisheries conservation and inspired product development over a wide swath of technical apparel offerings—from state-of-the art sun protection and wind-blocking outerwear to pioneering CleanStream™ footwear technologies. What remains unswerving, however, is Simms’s commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing and business ideals. When Simms relocated headquarters in 2012, it cemented its Bozeman roots with a new 60,000-square-foot facility housing corporate headquarters, warehouses, and its production plant. This 15,000 square-foot expansion provides elbowroom to drive product evolution in a more efficient and effective manner. It also solidifies Simms as the sole fishing wader manufacturer in the country. Simms currently staffs nearly 120 locally based employees and is a recognized Montana economic ambassador and community contributor. Although Simms continues to strive for new heights its vision—that stems back to that misty Jackson morning and reverberates through the halls of its new Bozeman stronghold—remains the same: To produce the highest quality products to keep you protected from the elements in any and all fishing conditions.
Friday, March 21, 2014
We're just about done rolling out growing list of trip options...here is one more...and its going to be FUN!!!
Moonlight Madness Guided Striper Fishing Trips
Are you ready to join the ranks of the 1% of anglers that catch 99% of the fish? Are you ready to lose precious sleep for the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime? If you’re an angler who can answer YES to both of these questions then I am ready to take you to the edge and back!! For giant Striped Bass “NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME”!! Several times each summer the right mix of Moon Phase, huge baits schools, and boiling tides combine to create the “Perfect Storm” of angling opportunities for Striped Bass fishermen. We’d like to help you take advantage of these great conditions by offering a very limited number of night time Striped Bass charters. These trips can be geared more towards the experienced fly or light angler but are also open to those less experienced fishermen looking to increase their fishing knowledge base…If you are the angler that’s just looking for some adventure this trip could be for you!! During these trips we could find ourselves fishing a dizzying array of wild, uncrowded, habitat… from shoreline rips to deep water structure to shallow flats & remote surf lines!!! We can cover a wide range of techniques skill sets including fly fishing, plug casting , drifting eels or chunk baiting…we have mastered all of these techniques and can switch tactics rapidly as needed. Although we catch plenty of big stripers during our normal “Bankers Hours” trips…. It’s the REALLY BIG STRIPERS that we’re after!!!These Jumbo fish are well known to feed heavily and more aggressively at night and often the wariest and biggest cows up and down the striper coast are caught during strong night tides!!! Please get in touch with us asap if you’d like to reserve one of these limited opportunity trips…We are looking forward to having you join us under the “STRIPER MOON” (we’ll bring the coffee!!)
Reminder: once the season gets underway we'll be posting a daily dockside video trip report from the Kennebec Tavern on our FB social media page...It's going to be really cool...so make sure you head on over there and give our Super Fly Charters Facebook Page a like!!
Stay Salty My Friends!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Hey Everyone!!! With both of the kids now in daycare, I'm slowly but surely getting caught up on the stuff that I want to share with you guys...For many of you...it's nothing new, you've been hopping out of the boat with me for years. This year I'm taking these trips to a whole new level & I want to bring you all up to speed on this. We'll have some new specialized equipment to make the wade fishing more efficient Most of the details are described below but if you want more info pick up the phone and give us a call on the Maine Striper Fishing Hotline!!!
Guided Mothership Wading Trips
(a fly angler stalking the edge of a sandbar and finding great success where hungry Stripers were staging at low tide)
If you are feeling adventurous or are just looking for more advanced, surf or wade, fly & light tackle opportunities then you should experience one of Capt George’s boat/wade fishing combo trips where we use the boat as a mothership to access some of the most incredible saltwater wade fishing habitat on the Maine Coast, most of which is only accessible by boat !!! The area that we fish has many sprawling hard bottom tidal flats that are bathed in crystal clear ocean waters. Wading the leading edge of a flooding tide can yield some spectacular catches from knee deep water…The same can be said of fishing the edges of flats that have drained off...Even the stealthiest boat will only give you a limited shots at fish and will often spook skinny water stripers out of range or into into deepwater… but a careful wade fishermen can more effectively creep up on wary fish !!! Bring your own waders (Recommended) or brave the elements and wet wade. Even though the water warms up in July & August waders are a huge benefit for extended wading sessions. This trip option can be tailored specifically for fly or light tackle wade fishermen. Having our boat, the “Super Fly”, to serve as our mothership has huge benefits over our land based surf fishing trips…The first and biggest benefit is mobility…being able to chase the tides efficiently is critical to success and with Maine’s jagged coastline a boat offers the fastest transport when hopping the peninsula’s and little time is lost. Other benefits include the ability to carry a virtual bait and tackle shop of gear with you!!! The last benefit is that the boat ride to and from the prime wading areas covers some of the most productive striper grounds in the midcoast region….it’s not unusual to be “interrupted” by hungry schools of blitzing Stripers or Bluefish on the way to you wade fishing spots!!!
Capt. George Harris
Monday, March 17, 2014
* GREAT NEWS FOLKS!!! To serve our
loyal customers and those who’ll be fishing with us for the first time, with greater efficiency, we have added a new fishing guide to “Team Super Fly”…what this means for you is more prime dates/tides become available for your convenience…John will be running a second boat for us this season & *(In the event that you are unable to schedule with us, we’be delighted to get you setup with one of the fantastic, hardworking captains/guides that we network with)
Capt. John Coppola
(The Young Gun)Registered Maine Tidewater Guide Capt. John Coppola, A native of midcoast Maine , Has spent a lifetime, fishing for Striped Bass along the rocky coast and tidal rivers of Maine…He first got started at a very young age on the Kennebec river and over the years he’s become a very experienced & skilled light tackle angler. His specialty is fishing the rips and structure of the Kennebec system with live bait…Taking a page from Capt. George’s playbook…Chasing and catching the most prime of live baits is what separates John from the rest of the pack… Having a tankful of frisky live baits will insure that you have stellar results even during the dog days of summer!! A pleasure to be around, Capt. John has a laid back personality and is a very patient teacher when giving instruction to novice anglers…John has also enjoyed traveling to tropical locations like Costa Rica, The Bahamas and Florida to chase species like Sailfish, Tarpon, Mahi, Cobia, Sharks and many other species. On the days when Capt George is already booked, you’ll be in good hands when you leave the dock with the “Young Gun”
Friday, March 14, 2014
Maine Striped Bass Fishing Report: March 14th, 2014
CALL OR TEXT THE MAINE STRIPER FISHING HOTLINE FOR RESERVATIONS & THE MOST UP TO DATE REPORTS ON THE ENTIRE MAINE COAST 207-691-0745
CALL OR TEXT THE MAINE STRIPER FISHING HOTLINE FOR RESERVATIONS & THE MOST UP TO DATE REPORTS ON THE ENTIRE MAINE COAST 207-691-0745
Monday, March 10, 2014
We do have some more exciting news coming out soon so stay tuned about the addition of another capt to run charters from a second boat and we're also adding shore fishing guide to the Super Fly team...these great additions will help us more efficiently serve our loyal customer base as well as those joining us for the first time!! CALL OR TEXT THE MAINE STRIPER FISHING HOTLINE FOR RESERVATIONS & THE MOST UP TO DATE REPORTS ON THE ENTIRE MAINE COAST 207-691-0745