Kevin scores a striper in Casco Bay, Maine

Striper Fishing in Maine Creates Excitement

by Cathy Genthner

Fishing in Maine offers both salt water and fresh water opportunities. For the casual angler to the serious fishermen/women, Maine offers plenty of fishing excitement.

Salt water fishing guide Dave Pecci has been fishing the tidal waters of the Kennebec River and the midcoast of Maine for over 50 years. Pecci grew up in Bath and caught his first striped bass from the Kennebec when he was eleven years old. It is still a thrill for him to catch stripers today. “Striped bass are a magical fish. They are good fighters and can be somewhat unpredictable. The attraction also comes from their habits of holding on to strong current and around structure. To catch them consistently you need to know their habitat. Fishing for them is as much of a hunt as it is angling,” said Pecci, who is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and the owner of Obsession Sportfishing Charters in Bath. Striper fishing is big business in Maine, bringing in $48 million a year with roughly 100,000 salt water anglers hitting the waters. Stripers are migratory and come out of Chesapeake Bay, migrating up the eastern seaboard and arrive in the cold ocean waters of Maine in late spring and early summer. Stripers can be caught off the coast in a boat or by surf casting and in tidal waters, where rivers flow into the sea. “Last year, we had some fish settle into the Kennebec and were able to get clients on fish,” said Pecci. “I’ve had many memorable striper trips during my 20 years of guiding. A vast majority of the anglers who come to Maine for salt water fishing are going after stripers.”

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