Tidal Expeditions

CAPT MIKE ROY

I have been running charters as a registered Maine fishing guide in the Portland area for nine seasons. I have been operating boats on Casco Bay for over 25 years. My passion for saltwater fishing and guiding comes from growing up on the bay; exploring by skiff, fishing, lobstering and digging in the mud flats. I have dedicated many years to chasing striped bass in skinny water from the Kennebec River to Cape Cod. I am passionate about both fly fishing and spin fishing, spending hours obsessing over fly tying and tuning setups for Maine striped bass fishing.

I guide clients of all abilities, from all over the world. From destination anglers and IGFA record holders to kids and newcomers to the sport. I focus on tidal saltwater flats using flies and light artificials. Conservation of the habitat and fishery is of the utmost importance to me, I practice safe handling techniques to ensure the healthy release of the fish.

I am a registered Maine Tidewater Guide and hold a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain's license.

Portland Maine fly fishing for striped bass

FISHERY AND LOCALE

Casco Bay’s many islands and peninsulas preserve the secluded feel and undisturbed beauty of Maine. While the lively city of Portland is just minutes away, Casco Bay offers a scenic feeling with unobstructed coastline and abundant wildlife. The beautiful setting and exciting fishery come together to make this a world-class destination.

Casco Bay intersects the sandy beaches of southern Maine and the characteristic rocky coast of the downeast region. Numerous rivers and creeks flow into estuaries acting as the spawning grounds and nurseries for many of the bay’s inhabitants. Thousands of acres of productive tidal flats stretch across Casco Bay creating many opportunities for sight fishing.

Striped bass arrive along the Maine coast in May looking to replenish calories lost during the spring migration. Casco Bay provides plenty of the baitfish, shrimp, and crab these fish love to eat. As the resident schools settle into their summer routine, they feed with the tide over the mud and sand flats.

Large tides help to keep the bay nutrient rich and provide optimal water temperatures, which keeps Maine saltwater fishing going strong in July and August. In September and October, when the fish group up for the fall migration, it is common to experience blitz style feeding frenzies at key points in the tide.

CHARTERS

I guide the waters around Portland Maine including both Casco Bay and Saco Bay. I utilize a number of different boat ramps and meet up points depending on your location and the conditions. I do pickups on islands including Peaks Island, Great Diamond Island, and Chebeague Island.

We will spend the day flats fishing for striped bass and bluefish using hand-tied flies and jigs, small plugs and soft plastics. Sight fishing is an exciting and effective approach to this fishery. Maine saltwater fishing is very tide and condition dependent, some days provide longer windows than others. Short outing or all day trip, we can find a day and plan that works with your objectives. If you're traveling to the Portland Maine area specifically to fish for striped bass consider booking multiple days. Multi-day discounts are available.

We will fish from a 17’ 8” Maverick HPX-S. This skiff was built for technical saltwater fishing and is extremely effective for both fly fishing and spin fishing on the tidal flats of Maine and the northeast. Onboard you will find Hardy and G. Loomis fly rods or St Croix spinning rods. All trips are catch and release fishing.

Maine Striped Bass Fishing

RATES

1-2 anglers

4 hours: $375
6 hours: $450
Evening: $100/hr - 2hr minimum

WE SUPPLY

• Equipment / Tackle
• Fishing license
• Cooler w/ ice
• Water

YOU SHOULD BRING

• Hat with brim
• Polarized sunglasses
• Snacks
• Sun protective clothing
• Windproof Jacket
• Rain gear if forecast dictates

CONTACT

(207) 751-3179

LOCATION

Casco Bay | Portland ME

PHONE

(207) 751-3179