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|Capt. Dave Pecci|
Fishing conditions: June has arrived and so have the striped bass Lot's of bait in the lower river. Water levels are running a bit high and the river is a bit silty after the rains but that will clear up in a few days. Schoolies are bunched up in several places in the lower river.
Inshore temperature: 60 Degrees F
Offshore temperature: 55 Degrees F
Type of bait fish are feeding on: Alewives, River Herring, Sand Eels and juvenile Sea Herring
Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, football bluefin tuna and shark
Fishing season: Mid June - September (Prime: July & August)
Nearest airport: Portland International Airport (PWM)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 7 ½ Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 16 Pound Test
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 9 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Striper WF
Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink
The Kennebec Estuary is located in Midcoast Maine. Carrying 20% of the state's freshwater run off it is one of the largest and most important estuaries in the Northeast. The Kennebec is home to America's most northern native populations of striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, carp, American eel, alewives and blue back herring. Migratory species such as bluefish, mackerel, pollock, sand eels, Atlantic herring, and ...
menhaden call the Kennebec their summer home. Merrymeeting Bay is the most expansive tidal marsh north of the Chesapeake Bay.
Substantial tidal ranges and a tremendous variation in structure provides for a diverse fishing opportunities. Everything from sight fishing to dredging the rips with Depth Charge lines can be done on any given day. The rugged beauty of the rocky coast, the miles of pristine beaches and the wooded shores of the mighty Kennebec set the tone for a world class fishing trip. During the months of May & June the Kennebec is catch and release only providing some of the very best striped bass fishing on the East Coast. July - September striped bass fly fishing is also excellent. In July the bluefish show up along the coastal islands and beaches along with school sized (footballs) bluefin tuna offshore. August & 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.
Watch for bird activity and look for breaking fish in shallow water. small baitfish imitations and surface flies work great in early June on both sinking and floating lines
Fishing should continue to improve over the next few weeks