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gilliesandfallon
Kennebec River, Maine
Maine saltwater guides specializing in striped bass charters.
Interests: Sightcasting and shallow water fishing, saltwater fly fishing, teaching as a part of guiding.
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I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the change in the fishing in the Kennebec River and keep coming up with conflicting thoughts. This week has been incredible and disappointing. I’ve noticed a distinct difference from last week,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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After three incredible weeks fishing Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and surrounding waters it was wonderful to run down the Kennebec River yesterday morning just after 4:00 am with Fritz Folts, cruising past water loaded with flipping herring and then to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
I’m wrapping up the last day of a 4 day trip to the Vineyard where we’ve experienced some pretty fabulous fishing. All reports I’m getting from fellow guides at home are good, with a noticeable increase in numbers of fish... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Here's a short video from Friday, June 9, showing stripers moving into shallow water: It's really cool when you can pattern fish, and as this video shows, there are times when they do what you might expect. Hope you get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
We're off to a good start here on the Kennebec River with more striped bass arriving daily. These fish are hungry and there's plenty of feed in Maine for them right now. I've done a couple of fly-only trips this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
There were plenty of stripers in spots this morning in the Kennebec between Bath and Popham on both the dropping and rising tide. The River isn't full of fish just yet, but they are there and happy to eat. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
We looked for stripers in the Kennebec for a couple of hours on Saturday without success. With fish now in the Presumpscot River there should be some bass filtering into the New Meadows and Kennebec. The water visibility was not... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
I'm up early for an Andro River trip this morning and am greeted by a post from the Tackle Shop in Portland showing a photo of a schoolie bass caught yesterday. My guess would be Scarborough Marsh, but that's no... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Fishing season is finally, at long last, after much delay, upon us. Striped bass are showing up on the south side of Cape Cod and it won't be long before reports of the first schoolie stripers filter in from Southern... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
I finally got back out on the water Sunday at first light. Anticipating heavy fog and choppy waters, we stationed ourselves off Nobska and waited for the light to hit the water and for the albies to show themselves. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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The first week plus of chasing albies was really pretty fabulous. As is always the case with these fish, there are times when they eat with abandon and times when they are fussier than a four year-old at the dinner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Striped bass are here, in the Kennebec, all over waters to the south, upriver as far as they can swim, in the Damariscotta and even up into the Penobscott north of Bangor. Both mornings this weekend fished very well and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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There are stripers in the Kennebec and New Meadows and last night I heard from a good source about fish up in the Damariscotta around the oyster leases. The combination of heavy rain and big tides has our waters pretty... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Well, it is finally May (that took a while), and the striped bass are moving up the New England coast. I expect that any day now I'll get word of confirmed catches of migratory stripers from Southern Maine rivers and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Here's a short and simple suggestion; use your binoculars when searching for false albacore. When we're covering some ground and burning some fuel, searching for signs of albie activity, it is amazing what we miss with the naked eye. Every... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Most of the time when we're chasing albies we're looking for fish showing themselves on the surface. The search pattern we have in our brain involves seeing signs of bait spraying, birds diving, and that distinct tunoid slashing across the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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For quite a few years now I've been intending to share lessons learned from chasing False Albacore around Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands, and Buzzards Bay. I catalog albie catching thoughts in my mind and mentally file epiphanies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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By focusing on shallow water in and around the lower Kennebec, we were able to avoid any kind of a summer slow down in our striper fishing. No dog days here, just lot's of solid outings with good water visibility... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
If you love to chase striped bass in shallow water, get out there NOW. This stretch of hot weather has not deterred the fish from moving up onto the sand and mud flats of Midcoast Maine. There will of course... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
The striper fishing here in Maine continues the strong start we saw in early June. There are many more age classes of fish now scattered all over the Kennebec River and surrounding waters. The micro bass have also run way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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The lower Kennebec River is full of schoolie striped bass right now. The first charter of the season started a little slow on Thursday morning but finished with a flurry, as we drifted over a couple acres of busting fish... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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How do I define the demarcation line for the start of a new saltwater fishing season? Preparation begins after the last trip in the fall so that doesn't work. Other people have now caught striped bass in waters that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Week one of chasing False Albacore around Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard was filled with long runs, warm days, clouds of peanut bunker, and enough albies to keep us smiling and searching for more funny fish. We found fewer instances... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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There are plenty of stripers in the Kennebec right now and they continue to eat well. We've had some really, really good days and some outings that qualify as solid but not spectacular (in terms of catching). If you're thinking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
We had a spectacular day of top water fun on Monday, as the persistent fog kept the stripers happy. After focusing on the Inner Harbor, Governor's Flats, Dorchester Bay area we made a move over to Hingham and Hull and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports