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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.
Recent Activity
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
Strong fishing continues in Boston Harbor, as we're finding consistent surface feeds at all times of the day. When the bass have been on smaller bait (silversides) they seem to alternate between getting a little fussy and focused on smaller... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Stripers are back in the Kennebec River and all seems right with the world again. There are fish all along the Maine Coast, from Muscongus Bay to Kittery. After a long winter, feeling the tug of that first striped bass... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Monday, April 21 is the last day of skiing (and the free day) here at Sunday River and although I'll get in a couple more days on snow at Sugarloaf, I'm ready for spring and what follows. It was great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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One of 40 plus fish we found off Falmouth After a day that ranks in my top five for the lifetime fishing list of "Holy Shit. This is unbelievable." yesterday was not epic, unreal or better than you ever imagined... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Despite continued dirty water, the Kennebec River is still fishing well for striped bass from Bath through Phippsburg to Popham and around to the New Meadows. The combination of a lot of water coming from upcountry rains and some high... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Everything I'm hearing about striper fishing in Maine is supporting what we're finding in the Kennebec River and Eastern Casco Bay. The striped bass are here and in good numbers. The bait is here and nervous, for good reason. Schools... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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It's been a great couple of weeks fishing early season stripers down here around Boston Harbor but now it's time to head home to Maine to fish the Kennebec River and Casco Bay. I'll post a recap of adventures in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Back from Cape Cod, at least for this week, I spent today sorting through tackle, drying out gear, washing clothes and plotting the next albie trip. It won't be until mid-October when I can get south again, so we'll have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Albie smile Ned the hardware chucker Gotcha Larger bait is relative term Had a great time catching up with my good friend and Hebron roommate Ned Hutchinson and a couple of his friends from Jackson, WY. It took a bit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Every year I look forward to spending time down around Cape Cod chasing the funny fish. After four months focused on the flats and sightcasting to stripers, I really enjoy the change; of being on open water, of the faster... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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The one constant in fall fishing is change. There certainly are patterns, year to year, day to day, but your fishing plans always need to be flexible this time of year. In June, a group of stripers may work the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports