Popham Beach Professional Review and Guide
"This sand beach is located at the mouth of the Kennebec River on the Gulf of Maine. Historic Forts Baldwin and Popham are located on the point of land just north of the beach. Popham Beach State Park offers parking, swimming, surfing, and picnicking.
Striped bass fishing is good from late June through September. Surf casters line Popham Beach when the fish are in. Although most anglers use bait, such as sandworms and live eels, Popham Beach is an excellent spot for fly fishers. Striped bass are often found near shore, just outside the breakers. The water is so clear that you can often see stripers as they chase your fly or lure. Use a 9- or 10-foot, 9- or 10-weight rod. Large streamer flies such as Lefty’s deceiver are effective, as are various squid imitations such as Page’s Simple Squid. Whitlock’s Sand Eels and Tabory’s Sand Eels are good choices as well. Cast your fly and retrieve by quickly hand-stripping the line. A wading line basket can be a great help. Key Species: striped bass, bluefish."