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!!!
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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, August 3, 2015
Some tremendous striper fishing has been taking place this summer on the Kennebec and it's surrounding waters. Striped bass have continued to feed during peak tidal flows and large numbers of fish are now on deeper structure around the main stem of the river. eels, mackerel and herring have been the primary forage. The beaches are still holding fish and abundant sandeels should continue to keep them interested in those surflines for the remainder of the season.
We're totally dialed in on the striper bite right now
Please let us know if you'd like to join us for a tide this season...still have a few dates open this month and in September & October
Saturday, July 25, 2015
We have continued to have great action here on the Kennebec. Fish have been stacked on channel structure and in the shoreline rips. River herring, eels have been keeping the fish well fed and the bite has been predictable during both tides. Out along the oceanfront & beaches Stripers have continued to prowl the surflines and rock faces in search of sandeel, mackerel, pollock & crustaceans . Water temps are rising fast in the river so some of the stripers may drop down along the beach or they just may continue to feed on the deeper river structure. Either way we 'll have them pinpointed.
Looking forward to the second half of the season
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The fog certainly helped us this morning and we took advantage of it!!!
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Ben & Jon Lowe were back aboard again(see previous posts to read about Ben's exploits)
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
So far it's been a great start to the season here in the Kennebec and casco bay regions...thick schools of mackerel, sandeel, blueback herring have kept the striper action red hot..I'd be surprised if we don't start seeing schools of big bluefish showing up in the near future with all the bait we have spread out along our coastline.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mackerel have been spotty so far but a little bit of chum in the water will bring them to the boat fairly quickly. July 1st end of the special regs season here on the Kennebec which adds a whole new dimension to the we target the bigger stripers in the river...I'd also like to remind bait anglers to use proper in line circle hooks when fishing with baits...also for 2015 the regs for keeping striped bass have changed from 1 fish @ 20-26 inches to 1 fish @ greater than 28"...please remember take only what you plan to eat and let the rest swim...
~Capt George Harris
Thursday, June 25, 2015
looking for...while it was the only fish we caught in that spot...dozens of others were seen gorging on sandeels in that crystal clear water!!! We spent the rest of the tide back up in the Kennebec jigging the current seams for schoolie stripers and ended up with another double digit day...albeit we worked a little harder for them today
The bite is strong right now and no one is more dialed in on these Kennebec fish than us...give us a call if you'd like to experience one of the many types of trips that we offer
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
As usual we are dialed in on the fish as we roll on toward July. Please give us a shout if you'd like to get in on the action!!
~Capt. George Harris
Friday, June 19, 2015
Gloomis NRX 8 weight was bent to the grip and he soon had double digit fish to the net for a quick release...as the tide slacked we worked our way down the river and picked away at schoolies that we're chasing bait through some of the shoreline eddies!!!
Schools of mackerel and sandeel have shown up in eastern Casco Bay which means it's time to start searching those south facing beach front surf lines for big stripers. The great fishing will continue as more & more stripers continue to migrate in!!
Please contact us if you'd like more info on fishing the Kennebec river and Casco Bay
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Stay Salty My Friends, Capt. George
Monday, June 8, 2015
Reports from eastern casco bay have been solid with the best action centering around estuaries and shallow mud flats & marshy areas. All in all we've had a pretty good start to June and within 2-3 weeks the exposed oceanfront beaches should start to produce good catches of big stripers. Mackerel reports have been sporadic but they are here and if you get out on their habitat and chum the water a bit you should be able to fill the livewell or at least get enough for a session of chunk baiting your favorite spots
Our schedule is filling up but we still have some prime tides each month so get in touch ASAP if you would like to lock down the best tide
Friday, June 5, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Ocean fresh migratory Striped Bass are trickling into the Kennebec estuary. Yesterday I found some aggressive fish feeding during the mid day outgoing tide.
I began my scouting trip by working the usual spots, throwing soft plastic swim baits, it didn't take long to confirm the presence of stripers!! The Kennebec is chock full of a variety of baits right now and is usually the case river herring is the prime forage. Soft plastics like slug-go, rubber swim shad, Bucktails or any variety of swimming should work well for the light tackle guys. Fly fishermen will do well with by keeping the flies basic...lefty deceiver, clouser minnow and other baitfish imitators. Good colors are olive over white, chartreuse, black etc. locations are more important than color right now...areas with shallow mud flats are going to produce better as they are typically warmer than the surrounding deeper water...add in some good current flow and you should be able to find some stripers...in the next few weeks Maine waters should see a good run of fish show up in the usual spots.
Also please remember to check the 2015 rule books as there are some regulations regarding Striped Bass & Cod
Have a great season everyone and we're looking forward to having many of you back on the water with us