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Gloucester: 50 fishing charters available

10 Point Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $600

Lyla Rose Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(149 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $400

Tuna Tail Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Rockport
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trips from $725

F/V Meredith Jean

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(51 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $800

Andiamo Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $600

Four C's Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Gloucester
trips from $700

Toby Ann Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Gloucester
trips from $400

Morning Tauk Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Gloucester
trips from $200

Tuna Hunter Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Gloucester
trips from $800

Great Marsh Outfitters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Ipswich
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trips from $400

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Gloucester

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Gloucester, Massachusetts are: Full list of top fishing charters in Gloucester

The average price for a private 4 hour Gloucester fishing trip is $572, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,099 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Gloucester that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Gloucester provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Gloucester are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $400
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $633
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $695
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $750
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $950
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $945
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,475
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,317
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,492

Gloucester fishing charters will take you out for some world-class fishing whenever you stop by. These fisheries are brilliant and vibrant, and are home to fish of all sizes and colors, ranging from Bluefin Tuna to Cod and Haddock. Featured in the popular ‘Wicked Tuna’ TV show, Gloucester is where you come to land a massive fish.

The scenic landscape has inspired scores of painters and sculptors. For decades, this port has been one of the most important ones across the entire US and has largely helped the rise of other nearby settlements. Gloucester’s shipbuilding industry is strong and boasts long tradition. Many of the waterfront houses have been turned into well-equipped museums and each summer the town lights up as the annual St. Peter Fiesta celebrations take place.

Here you will find much to admire, from eclectic architecture to culture, from the town’s fleet to the sight of the fish caught as charter boats come back from their voyages.

Gloucester fishing spots

We understand it’s hard not to jump straight onboard and follow in the footsteps of fishermen whose magnificent captures of Tuna have been recorded on camera. But remember that Gloucester inshore waters have a solid offer for you as well.

Gloucester freshwater fishing

It’s difficult to single out the hot spot for Gloucester freshwater fishing. It could be the Annisquam River, Essex River, Ipswich River, Brace Cove, or other numerous creeks and ponds. As you drive down the Yankee Division Hwy, you will see a network of points and islands, connected by water. The scenery is far from being just a sight for sore eyes. Here you will find worthy adversaries for your tackle. Striped Bass are the main prize and put up an incredible fight.

Check out the holes in these rivers and ponds--the Striped Bass can grow super big around here. Explore fishing opportunities around the Brace Cove, just outside the marina, or have a go at the Norman’s Woe or Halibut Point. Please remember that waters that flow over these boulders can be treacherous, so you will need to join an experienced local guide to help you fish.

June to mid July are the best time to get Bass. The rocky shoreline and inshore ledges will prove a real treat in summer time.

Gloucester saltwater fishing

Once you’ve reached catch limits - and it shouldn’t be hard given the richness of Striped Bass fisheries around Gloucester - the road will take you further out. Once you depart from Cape Ann and head towards the Gulf of Maine you will find yourself amidst some of the most impressive fisheries of this side of the US coast. Let’s have a look at these impeccable fisheries.

Stellwagen Bank

A sanctuary for a variety of marine life, the Stellwagen Bank has diverse fishing to offer. Blue Shark, Cod, Black Sea Bass, Bluefin Tuna, Cusk, Haddock, Halibut, Pollock, Mako Shark, and more are available for fishing. No permit is required, but you’re asked to follow the guidelines on limits and size. As you’re waiting for the boat to arrive there - and it won’t take long as the northwest border of the sanctuary lies only three miles from Gloucester - enjoy the sight of whales passing by.

Jeffreys Ledge

Here you will find outstanding fishing for Haddock, Cod, and Pollock. The ledge sits about 30 miles offshore and stretches from the Maine/New Hampshire border down to Cape Ann. These waters are up to 200 ft deep on the ridge surface but plummet even further around the edges. This means fishing is far more than just promising. You will find impressive Haddock, Pollock, Cod, and Flatfish here, as well as a variety of Sharks that range from Mako to Tresher.

Tillies

Tillies Bank fishes nicely for Haddock and Cod during spring and fall. Hake are abundant throughout the year save for winter months, while Pollock are numerous in spring time and fall. The bank is a rocky spot with superb fishing, and the waters are 150 ft deep, dropping suddenly all the way down to 250 ft. It’s a 10 mile stretch of land, but every bit as rewarding as the water which lies 20 miles from the mainland.

Fippennies Ledge

If you want to land Halibut, anglers claim this ledge is where you should go fishing. If you have the stamina to brave some 60 miles to reach productive fishing grounds, go for it. The ledge also fishes incredibly well for Haddock and Cod. Find a captain who offers full day or extended trips to have enough time to properly explore the fishing opportunities.

Cashes Ledge

The farthest away from the terra firma, the Cashes Ledge offers stellar fishing for anglers willing to endure an 80-mile journey from the Gloucester harbour. It produces great Cod, Haddock, as well as some solid Halibut.

How much does it cost?

Distance plays a major role here. On some trips it will take you about 40 minutes to reach the fishing grounds. Hardcore anglers may want to head far, far out to the Georges Bank which will take them up to 10 hours. So, it’s best to decide what you want to catch and then head out.

The standard trips when fishing offshore include full day trips, marathons, and multiday trips. On a full day trip, the captain will take you out to get some Bluefin Tuna, Cod, Haddock, Halibut, or Shark. These trips run about 8 hours and can cost around $1400.

Marathons usually run for 12 hours and give you more time to explore the fisheries. As a rule of a thumb, Tuna trips last 11 hours and more. Marathons cost about $1500+.

Multiday trips give you the most time - if you’re a seasoned angler you will want to have plenty of time to properly explore all the options Gloucester deep sea fishing has to offer.

Most of the charters take up to six people and let you have the boat to yourself. The crew will be fully focused on making your trip worthwhile and will generally supply all the fishing gear you need to land these predators or bottom dwellers.

If want to be fishing on a party boat, you’d need to pay about $90 or more for a half day trip. It can get a bit crowded, but if you want to meet new anglers, thia might be a good choice.

Fishing techniques

If you decide to stay around the town and explore its coves and rivers, chunking bait around the holes is a good way to entice the fish to come closer to the surface. You can go jigging, casting, or trolling for Striped Bass and Bluefish. These trips are a good choice for newbie anglers who want to experience fishing but still get some bite around these rocky fisheries. The best time is summer.

If you’re looking for some hot action, fishing for Blue, Mako, and Thresher Shark is a great way to spend the day. Use live bait or trolling to get these predators excited and then try to outwrestle them and pull them onboard. Make sure to stay abreast with the latest regulations on Shark size and limits.

Now, if you’re coming to Gloucester for a good bite, Haddock, Pollock, Halibut, and Cod should be the top of your list. You will usually be drift fishing using some quality tackle. Most captains choose jigs, but occasionally bait is also used. If you want sore arms but a tasty meal, then a short chase after Haddock is well worth the trip.

Obviously, Bluefin Tuna are the rockstars of these fisheries. Fast and merciless, they will easily crush your line if you’re not accompanied by a pro who’s landed these beauties before. Trolling with live bait is a supreme technique for these fellas. Chunking—tossing bait into the water— and kite fishing are also quite popular. They can grow anywhere between 50 lbs and 1,000 lbs, so it’s no easy fight, but is purely rewarding.

Need to know

Before you pack your cameras, food, and beverages, there are couple of things to remember. You should dress in layers and bring clothes warm enough for the weather. Also, make sure to bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you’re heading far out, you might want to bring some rubber boots in case of foul weather.

If you want to get some Bass and explore freshwater fisheries, you will need to purchase a fishing license online which you must have with you when you go out.

Saltwater anglers fishing on permitted for-hire charters don’t need a recreational fishing license.

Gloucester
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The start of the year is a good time to explore the consistent fishing opportunities, such as Halibut, Cusp, and Cod. Party boats love Cod as they guarantee a fun chase.

 

February

Fishing can be a hit and miss, but luckily Halibut, Cod, and Cusp make up for a lack of other species and are great to catch. This is a perfect time to explore bottom and deep sea fishing options.

March

The weather’s improving and fishing will be even better. You can get Halibut, Cod, and some Winter Flounder.

April

The spring is here and you’re going to love it. Chase Halibut, Cod, Flounder, or go after Cusp. Later in the month you may come across some eager Bass.

May

Black Seabass are arriving. Get them to come up from the bottom by using cut squid. You can also get Cod, Cusk, Haddock, Mackerel, and Pollock. Go over sandy bottoms for some Summer Flounder (Fluke).

June

The actions starts heating up. You can get Sharks out there. Later in the month, Tuna will begin to show up, so head offshore and start trolling. If you’re up for something different, chase Wolfish.

July

It’s Tuna time far offshore. Wolfish are there too, as well as Tautog. The fisheries are on fire you can get Shark, Mackerel, Bass, Summer Flounder, Pollock, Haddock, Cod, Cusk, to name the most prominent fellas.

August

The fishing is still on fire. Stay around town and chase Striped Bass, or head to offshore ledges for some Sharks. Around offshore banks and ledges you will also find Tuna, and the bottoms offer Halibut.

September

You will find a steady bite, whether it’s pelagics or bottom fish you’re after. Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna are in large numbers, followed by Sharks, Mackerel, Pollock, Haddock, Cod, and Cusk.

October

The fishing starts to slow down, but you can get an incredible Tuna offshore. Pollock are large in numbers, as well as Cod and Halibut. Mackerel are lower in numbers.

November

If you head far out, you can still get some Tunas, though their prime time is now behind us. You can also get Halibut, Winter Flounder, Cod, and Cusp.

December

The bad weather can heavily affect your trip. Some days, even the richest of fisheries produce average results. You can expect a nice number of Halibut, Cod, Cusp, and Winter Flounder.

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Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
Jane  A.
Jane A. Gloucester, MA
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Lowell, Massachusetts
Call Captain Gary with the Tuna Hunter. (978) 407-1351. https://www.tunahunter.com
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Gary with the Tuna Hunter. (978) 407-1351. https://www.tunahunter.com
Jimmie  C.
Jimmie C. United States
Bottom fishing is incredible. Giant tuna is something every fisherman should try.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is incredible. Giant tuna is something every fisherman should try.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Brooklyn, New York

Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
We had an AMAZING experience with Captain Matt! He was so helpful, accommodating, experienced, and went above and beyond to make our trip exciting and memorable. We will definitely be back for another adventure, hopefully sooner than later! In the meantime, HUGE thanks to Captain Matt for giving these two Midwest girls such a fun day on the water - it was absolutely the highlight of our weekend!
Haydee  J.
Haydee J. Saint Paul, MN
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Matt gave detailed information regarding the boat at the dock then advised me of fishing choices for the day.
Roy  F.
Roy F. Saugus, Massachusetts
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Thanks Capt Matt for a great afternoon of fishing! Was a gorgeous day! My newbies are hooked and can't wait til next season! Thanks so much for your help and patience! We will see you next year!
Jodi  K.
Jodi K. Pittsfield, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Matt was an awesome and experienced fishermen. We had a 5 hr deep sea trip and he made the experience great by trying to get to the fish, stay on them and helping with the rebating the whole time. 10/10 would recommend and we will be coming back!
Bradley  W.
Bradley W. Fruita, CO
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Matt and his mate work there tails off. They did not disappoint on a hard day fishing. The crew of Lyla Rose were also available when no one else could be. Thank you so much for an incredible experience fishing Gloucester!
Todd  K.
Todd K. Thetford Center, Vermont
10 Point Charters
10 Point Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain IRA was awsome from the day I booked the trip all the way to wen he dropped us off at the dock. He answered all my questions and got back to me fairly quick. He made this experience with my friends an easy and stress less trip.for me and my friends we will be using captain IRA and his boat the Annie M again .
Hector  A.
Hector A. Simsbury, CT
F/V Meredith Jean
F/V Meredith Jean
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Captain and his deck hand where a pleasure to go out with there was 5 of us and at all time fishing 2 to 3 of us had fish on we had a great time
Dana  W.
Dana W. East Otis, Massachusetts
10 Point Charters
10 Point Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
This trip was a blast the captain and first mate were very knowledgeable and patient. We will definitely be coming back hopefully for bluefin.
Christian  H.
Christian H. Martinsville, IN
F/V Meredith Jean
F/V Meredith Jean
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
The Zawada family from Maryland and the Kelly family from Washington State enjoying a great day on the water. Caught a bunch of fish, a bunch of lobster and a bunch of crab. Great dinner that night with our catch!
Peter  Z.
Peter Z. Leonardtown, MD
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Matt was great ! He is very knowledgeable about fishing ! Unfortunately we are so sick due to a bit rough weather . Would probably try it again . Highly recommend
Diane  A.
Diane A. Brookline, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with captain Matt. We caught plenty of fish and the captain was full of local information. He took us by some of the boats from the show “Wicked Tune”. We got great pictures of them. What a beautiful area to fish. I highly recommend fishing with him.
Aaron  S.
Aaron S. Gloucester, Massachusetts
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(149 reviews)
Went 8 hours and only caught 2 fish but Captain Matt was very nice guy and tried so hard to find fish. We traveled everywhere. Just a tough luck day but great guy and experience.
Shawn  M.
Shawn M. Wilmington, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Got a gift for our adult kids with Captain Matthew and Lyla Rose. Went out this morning and they absolutely loved it and felt they had a true Gloucester experience. He was friendly, experienced, and accommodating. They’re already talking about booking another trip with him.
April  M.
April M. Boston, Massachusetts
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Matt. Caught some beautiful fish and two of us even caught fish at the exact same time…that was amazing!! Matt is a great guy and customized our trip to whatever we wanted to do.
Nicole  F.
Nicole F. Troy, NY
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Had a great time taking the family out with him. Laid back guy that knows the area well. I would book with him again!
Dillon  K.
Dillon K. New Bedford, MA
F/V Meredith Jean
F/V Meredith Jean
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Went for buddies bachelor party. Perfect way to start off the day. We had fun and caught a lot of different fish.
Eric  W.
Eric W. Springfield, Vermont
10 Point Charters
10 Point Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Has an awesome experience w/ Ira and 10-Point Charters. Very knowledgeable about area and caught plenty of fish. Highly recommend!
Jay  D.
Jay D. Boston, MA
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
We had a great experience with Captain Matt! Matt was very knowledgeable, friendly, and made our first family fishing trip a great experience! We will certainly be back. Highly recommend a trip with Captain Matt on the Lyla Rose!
Jonathan  H.
Jonathan H. VERNON ROCKVL, CT
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Awesome time again with Captain Matt and the Lyla Rose. He works hard to find the fish and we had a great time once again. We will definitely be coming back for more!!
David  D.
David D. Westford, MA
Julia Nicole Charters
Julia Nicole Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
3 1/2 hours of non stop catching. Had a great time. Would definitely recommend.
Lori  E.
Lori E. Burlington, Connecticut

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