Capt. Dave Pecci

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Kennebec River, Maine

Capt. Dave Pecci

Overview

We offer personalized guided fishing trips for striped bass, bluefish, football bluefin tuna, and shark. We also offer casting instruction. All levels of experience are welcomed. Major credit cards accepted. Fully licensed and insured. No fishing license required.

Date Range

Early June through the end of September.

What is Provided to Customer

All rods, reels, flies, and leaders are provided; however, customers are welcome to bring their own if they wish to. Coffee, pastries, snacks, and soft drinks are provided on morning and afternoon trips. Lunch is provided on all-day trips. Special dietary concerns will gladly be met with prior notification.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Kennebec Estuary is located in mid-coast Maine. Carrying 20% of the state's freshwater runoff, 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 blueback 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 and June, the Kennebec is catch-and-release only, providing some of the very best striped bass fishing on the East Coast. In 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 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.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring - early summer: morning lows in 50s, warming to 60-70 during the days. Mid-to-late summer: morning lows in the 60s, warming to 70-80 during the days.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Morning striped bass, bluefish, and school bluefin tuna trips start at 5am and end around noon.
Afternoon striped bass and bluefish trips start at 2pm and end at 6pm.
Offshore shark trips start at 7am and end at 4pm.
All-day marathon trips start at 5am and end at 6pm.
Start times are flexible to meet your schedule. Pick-up and drop-off at area lodging accommodations can be arranged.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

June through the end of September: striped bass.
July, August, early September: bluefish, tuna, and shark.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Sunscreen, camera, clothing selection, rain gear.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does a charter cost?
A. Striped Bass 6 hour $500 - Striped Bass 4 hour $400 - Shark / School Tuna 8 hour $775

Q. How does your deposit and reservation cancellation work?
A. A deposit of $150 is required to reserve your trip. If you need to cancel your trip(s) and do so at least four weeks before your reserved date(s), your deposit will be refunded in full. Should you cancel your trip within the four-week period prior to your date(s), your deposit will be refunded only if I am able to rebook your date(s). Should we have to cancel due to weather or rough seas I will refund your entire deposit if we cannot reschedule your trip for another day.

Q. What about tipping / gratuities?
A. Tipping is optional and at your sole discretion. If you had an enjoyable time while on your charter, a tip will be graciously accepted but certainly not expected.

Q. Where can I stay?
Bath Hampton Inn - located across the street from the marina. Walking distance of downtown shops, parks, and restaurants.
Bath Residence Inn - Leeman Highway 5 minute drive to the marina.
The Inn at Bath - a beautiful bed & breakfast in Bath's historic district, just three blocks from the marina and downtown.
Comfort Inn - Pleasant St. Brunswick. Clean, comfortable and affordable lodging 15-20 minutes from the marina and downtown Bath.
Harraseeket Inn - Main St. Freeport. a luxury inn in downtown Freeport with two choices for onsite dining. 20-30 minutes from the marina and downtown Bath.
Sebasco Resort - Phippsburg. A seaside resort with dining and its own golf course. 30-35 minutes from the marina and downtown Bath.

Reviews

Capt. Dave Pecci
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
The Kennebec Tavern and Marina,
119 Commercial St.
Bath, ME 04530

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