Light Tackle Inshore Fishing Trips

Striper Fishing Trips

Our most popular private inshore fishing charter trip is for Striped Bass, or Stripers as they are commonly called here in Maine. Stripers are the premiere light tackle inshore saltwater gamefish in Portland, Maine.

Although we pride ourselves in catching the biggest stripers in the bay, the pull and fight of even a schoolie striper on light spinning tackle is extremely exciting and has been known to make people laugh, smile and scream with delight. 

When we target striped bass we will be casting jigs, topwater lures, flies, chunk bait or live bait. Many times we’ll be anchored up on the edge of the coastline casting into ocean surf washing over rock piles and beaches. Other times we’ll be drifting and casting lures into ocean rips or slow trolling live or chunk bait.

Most of the stripers we catch in the bay are in 10 feet of water or less which allows you to enjoy the scenic views up close as we fish around the islands, forts and lighthouses in the Portland area of Casco Bay. 

During the early and later parts of the season we sometimes see great blitzes of stripers that provide the ultimate fishing experience as birds and striped bass chase baitfish on the surface of the water in the bay.

We use light action 7’ spinning rods paired with Shimano Baitrunner spinning reels spooled with PowerPro braided fishing line. All of our gear is provided and serviced by our friends over at The Tackle Shop. We use the lightest tackle possible so you can enjoy the battle while still being able to control and land these great fighting saltwater fish.

In the state of Maine we are required to use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with bait. Circle hooks help prevent foul hooks and are designed to hook the mouth of the fish which makes for an easier release of the striper. We prefer to use Eagle Claw 6/0 circle hooks designed for saltwater sportfishing.

At the beginning of each striper fishing trip we will spend some time targeting mackerel, herring or bunker to be used for fresh bait. Having good working relationships with other local guides allows us to keep a finger on the pulse of the live bait scene. Live bait fishing can be explosive but some days the stripers are lazy and only want to eat a chunk of mackerel drifted right in front of them.

We will be prepared to make adjustments and may try different techniques when we are striper fishing. We participate in striped bass conservation programs that will document your catch for you while helping scientists working on striped bass research projects.

Organizations we are proud to partner with include: Stripers Forever, Coastal Conservation Agency of Maine, University of New Hampshire Biological Sciences Department and The Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

The season for striper fishing charter trips in Portland is typically June through September. Reserve your fishing adventure here.

Inshore Striped Bass Fishing Trip rates: 3hrs $395, 5hrs $595

Inshore Ledge Trips: Deep Sea Fishing for Beginners

We offer inshore ground fishing trips for the chance of catching cod, pollock, mackerel and other bottom fish on light tackle. These fish can be real rod benders and are great fun for all ages.

Our ledge fishing charters are typically within 2 to 5 miles of shore and offer a chance to explore the deep sea fishing style of ground fishing. We’ll drop jigs 30 to 100 feet deep to the ocean floor around ledges and rock piles.

Jigs range in weight from 2oz to 20oz depending on drift speed and underwater current. We like using cod fly teazer rigs and Sabiki rigs which allow us to catch multiple fish on the same line on the same drop!

This deep sea style of fishing usually produces more fish and is great for the beginner angler or folks looking for the deep sea fishing adventure in calmer waters closer to shore. We’ll be in Casco Bay and will have amazing views of the islands and lighthouses in Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

This fishing excursion is very popular amongst both kids and adults due to the steadier action and number of saltwater fish species we reel up.  

The season for this charter fishing trip is typically May through October.  Reserve your fishing excursion here.

Inshore Deep Sea Fishing Trip rates: 3hrs $395, 4hrs $495

Please contact us to inquire about our offshore deep sea fishing trips if you are interested in full day ground fishing or shark fishing trips. 

Family Fishing Trips in Casco Bay

Maine Striped Bass Fishing

Bring your family aboard for a fun couple hours of private fishing around the harbor and inshore protected islands of Casco Bay. We’ll be targeting Atlantic Mackerel but we’ll be on the lookout for any other schools of fish cruising around the bay.

Mackerel are feisty fish that run in large schools and it’s not uncommon to reel up several mackerel on your line at one time!

This trip has some amazing scenery for any non-fishing member of the family. We pass by islands, forts and lighthouses on our way to the different mackerel fishing grounds. If you keep your eyes alert you might spot harbor seals, harbor porpoise, bald eagles and diving osprey!

We can troll around the coastline so you can enjoy the tremendous views of the Maine coastline and lighthouses or we can anchor up in a calm area in the bay and drop some chum in the water to attract the fish to the boat. 

Mackerel fishing is fun for the whole family.  Make sure to bring your camera to capture the excitement.  This family fishing charter is designed for kids with fun and safety in mind but is also a great affordable way for adults to get out on the water for a couple hours and wet a line.  Contact us to book your fishing trip today!

Family Fishing Trip in Casco Bay rate: 2hrs $295, 3hrs $395

Other Trip Info and Details

All prices are per trip, NOT per person.

All our trips are private fishing charters so you have the entire boat to yourself. All fishing tackle, gear, bait, chum and licenses are provided. 

We depart from: Sunset Marina, 231 Front St, South Portland, ME 04106. 

FREE PARKING is available at the marina.

If you are staying in the Old Port area of Portland we can pick you up at the Portland Water Taxi Dock at 72 Commercial Street located between Flatbread Company Pizza and Casco Bay Ferry Lines.

We are a full time charter fishing operation and trips depart daily.

Capt. Carle is a Registered Maine Tidewater Guide and holds a USCG Charterboat Captain’s license.

Our vessel is a 23 Parker SE and is licensed, insured and in compliance with all USCG requirements.

We utilize Garmin chart plotting /sonar technology, as well as Garmin radar and Marine VHF radio equipment.

Please contact us if you have questions about recent fishing reports or to inquire about realistic catch expectations for your trip. See you on the water!

Portland Maine Striper Fishing Trips

Portland Maine Family Fishing Trips


Now booking Striped Bass Fishing Trips, Deep Sea Fishing Trips and private Family Fishing Trips for the 2020 summer season! Call or email for reservations!

Portland Maine Fishing Charters

PHONE: 207-450-9428
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