Shang Hai’d Fisheries – Miss Meredith

Anglers looking for a sea-hardened captain and crew that can provide their customers a proper taste of New England fishing need look no further than Captain Matt Cooney and Shang Hai’d Fisheries. Although he runs charters only April to October, Capt. Matt fishes the Gulf of Maine year-round, catching anything the water has to offer. After 35 years of doing this, he’ll always be able to point to where the fish are and teach you what the best way of getting it out of the water is.

For the day, you’ll become part of the crew of Miss Meredith. She is a classic 31 BHM – a very safe, comfortable, and seaworthy vessel. Powered by a 260 HP Cummins engine and equipped with all the electronic and safety equipment you could think of, this boat will provide you with all the tools necessary for a productive day at sea. The boat’s capacity is 6 guests, excluding crew, who can all fish at the same time. On Tuna trips alone the capacity is limited at 4 guests. The boat also has a private toilet.

On all charter trips, you’ll be provided with top-notch Penn equipment. Depending on the trip and the fish you’re targeting you may be using either live or artificial bait. In either case, you’ll be provided with the bait you need. Live bait is typically caught at the beginning of the trip and bait such as Mackerel and Clam that you’ll be using for tuna fishing and deep-sea fishing will be acquired ahead of the trip.

Also included in the price is your fishing license, meaning all you need to bring with you is a cooler with your choice of food and drinks, non-aerosol sunscreen, and your sunglasses. Please note that the deckhand works for a gratuity, and 15% is customary.

With those few items ticked-off, you’re ready to book your next trip and start planning your fishing adventure with Shang Hai’d Fisheries!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Bluefin Tuna (4 MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Oct 31
    $1,250
    price breakdown
    $1,250
    If you want to experience the thrill of hooking into a giant Bluefin Tuna then this is the trip for you. This is a 12-hour trip and is limited to 4 passengers. If a fish is caught 73” or over the boat sells the fish. Under 73" the customer keeps a portion to take home.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Deep Sea
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    The all-day trip allows you to travel to the fishing grounds further offshore without sacrificing any fishing time. This will get you to some deeper waters where you can get a chance to hook some seriously big fish!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Fisherman’s Feast
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    This combination trip allows you to experience the best of New England fishing. Start the day of bottom fishing for Halibut, Haddock, and Pollock and finish up by hauling Lobster traps. Each charter goes home with 6 lobsters as well as their well-prepared fillets. A feast fit for a king!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – 4 Anglers Max
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 9
    $880
    price breakdown
    $880
    This all-day trip is for those who want a little more deck space or social distancing.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    If you’re an angler simply looking to get acquainted with local fishing or you’re new to the sport and not sure if you’re ready to join in on a longer trip, this is the trip for you. The captain’s vast knowledge of local fishing means you’ll be able to get a taste of the action and get something on the hook year-round!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Lean on the captain’s extensive knowledge of the inshore and offshore grounds and set off on this action-packed half-day. He will put you on good fishing while still in sight of the picturesque rugged coastline. Expect to target species like Haddock, Pollock, and Halibut.
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About the Captain

Matthew Cooney
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
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4 Fishing Reports
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10 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
Captain Matt holds a USCG master certification and has been a captain since 1991. He grew up on the water and has been fishing since he was 10 years old. From working on cargo ships to owning his own fishing boat, he has always found a way to stay on or around the water. He enjoys it all, being out on the ocean with people of all experience levels, watching their reaction when they reel up the fish for the first time or sharing experiences with seasoned anglers. He fishes year-round commercially and knows where to find fish at all times.

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Targeted Species

Cod Cod
Haddock Haddock
Halibut Halibut
Lobster Lobster

Pollock Pollock
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Wolffish Wolffish

Boat Specs

BHM (Downeast) originally built in 1985. Powered by a 260HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.77
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
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Experience
Haddocks galore!
Fisherman's Feast
Claws rubber banded and ready to go  home with us!
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
78%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Kathleen H.
Brookline, Massachusetts
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Fisherman's Feast

VERIFIED   NEW  September 1, 2020
Captain Matt and his first mate, Andrew were very friendly and knowledgeable and taught us all the ropes of fishing and lobstering...
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New York, NY
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VERIFIED   July 12, 2020
Matt and son were awesome ..They were very attentive and right there for all of our needs. We definitely plan on booking them...
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Heath T.
Nashua, NH
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6 hr trip

VERIFIED   July 25, 2020
Captain Matt and his son where amazing again! 1 stop and the 3 people fishing max out our catch limit for the day...
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Wakefield, MA
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Great day on the water!!

VERIFIED   August 10, 2020
What a great day with a considerate and caring person!  The Captain, was an absolute pleasure!! He was sincere and conscience...
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Heath T.
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8 hr 4 person trip

VERIFIED   June 20, 2020
Captain is very easy to talk with and give pointer to help us / you to catch more fish. Captain Matt did a amazing job getting...
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