Bowdoinham, Maine Smelt Fishing Trip (2017)

Winning Bid: $200.00

Item condition: New


Some really lucky s.o.b. is going to win this trip!  You get to go smelt fishing in a smelt shack on the Abbagadaset River in Bowdoinham, Maine under the direction of all around good guy Chas Gill who farms the land adjacent to the river.  This is as genuine an experience as you can find.  The smelts are delicious and great fun to catch.  There are lots of videos of this on You Tube, and here is a link to a one I took on a trip with Chas earlier in the January.

The fish range from 6 to 14 inches and are caught on drop lines or small jigging poles fished through a hole cut in the floor the length of the shack.  Chas’s spot is very private with only a very few other camps nearby.

The shack will fit two to a maximum of three fishermen.  Chas has a second shack and for some extra money up to 4 or 5 people can be accommodated, but you can work that out with him separately if you win the auction.

Chas will set you up with instructions, a wood fire, and bait – I watched him fillet a sucker for our bait – and take you to and from the shack in his Kawasaki Mule.  Food and drink are on you – these trips are FAMOUS for food and drink.

There may still be time to get the trip in this winter.  You need to have ice and generally speaking that continues up until early March.  You can also wait and book the trip for next season.


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