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 F/V Meredith Jean. Although he runs charters only from 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 Meredith Jean. She is a classic 35’ North Shore – a very safe, comfortable, and seaworthy vessel. Powered by a 350 HP Isuzu 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 to 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 F/V Meredith Jean!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    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
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $800
    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. The departure of this trip is flexible and dependent on the morning trip, you'll typically start between noon and 2:30 pm.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Fisherman's Feast
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $950
    A fisherman's feast. Start the day deep sea fishing and turn the tide and haul Lobster traps on the way home. Each trip includes 6 Lobster.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – 4 Anglers Max
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    This all-day trip is for those who want a little more deck space or social distancing.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Deep Sea
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,250
    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
    12 Hour Trip – Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,400
    If you want to experience the thrill of hooking into a giant Bluefin Tuna then this is the trip for you. If a fish is caught 73” or over the boat sells the fish. Under 73" the customer keeps a portion to take home.
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About the Captain

Matthew Cooney
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
17 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
51 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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cod Cod
Haddock Haddock
Halibut Halibut
Lobster Lobster

Boat specs

North Shore (Downeast) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 350HP Isuzu engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots.

Length
35 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
15 - 20% gratuity appreciated

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Ages 5 and up
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
Cod and Wolffish

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 51 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Half day trip with captain Matthew Cooney
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Harold J.
Bolton, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day with Cpt Matt and 1st Mate Andrew

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on July 30, 2022
We took the grandkids out for their 1st fishing trip and we all had an awesome time ! Came home with a bunch of keepers (haddock)...
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Paul H.
Malden, MA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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9hr Trip

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Deep Sea on May 22, 2022
We all had a blast, even the one guy that should have taken Dramamine 😂.  Capn Matthew and First Mate Andrew were happy...
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Bruce K.
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Fisherman’s feast

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Fisherman's Feast on June 19, 2022
Seas were very rough but captain Matt got the trip in. We all caught fish and pulled lobster traps on the way in which was...
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Peter Z.
Leonardtown, MD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Gloucester fishing 2022!

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Fisherman's Feast on September 8, 2022
The Zawada family from Maryland and the Kelly family from Washington State enjoying a great day on the water. Caught a bunch...
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Stephen M.
Holland, AR
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Crew
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Best Charter Experience

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Deep Sea on August 2, 2022
Captain took us to catch haddock and we caught fish until we were tired of catching.  We finished the trip lobstering.  Great...
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FAQs about F/V Meredith Jean

F/V Meredith Jean offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $800 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $950 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Fisherman's Feast (7 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip – 4 Anglers Max (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Deep Sea (9 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Bluefin Tuna (10 hours)

When you book a trip with F/V Meredith Jean, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with F/V Meredith Jean include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (15 - 20% gratuity appreciated)

F/V Meredith Jean offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

F/V Meredith Jean offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with F/V Meredith Jean include:
  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Lobster
  • Pollock
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Wolffish