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Newburyport is the classic New England seaside town, complete with red brick shopping streets and a picturesque waterfront full of pretty boats. Head down to the harbor and you’ll find a dozen Newburyport fishing charters just waiting to take you out. Charter captains are proud of their local waters - and with good reason. From the fast currents of the Merrimack River to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the town has access to some incredible fisheries. 
While away a sunny morning battling Striped Bass in the shallows, or head offshore for the chance to bag a Bluefin. If you somehow get bored of fishing, head to the stunning Salisbury Beach or explore untouched wetlands on Plum Island. Fancy something a little more civilized? Head to Maudslay State Park and take a walk through its immaculate formal gardens. Newburyport really does have something for everyone.

Fishing Spots

Of course, all these beaches and country estates are lovely, but you’re here to fish! Luckily for you, Newburyport is surrounded by amazing fishing spots for anything from freshwater fly fishing to deep sea Shark hunts. Here are a few of our top picks to make sure you get the most out of the area.

Merrimack River 

You can’t get much closer to town than the Merrimack River. And with such awesome fishing, why would you go any further? One of the most exciting events for local anglers is the spring Shad run. These guys have been nicknamed “freshwater Tarpon” due to their great game potential, and are a delicious food fish, too. 
Head down to the river mouth and you can find big Striped Bass and Bluefish. The Joppa Flats are a particularly good Striper spot and are so close you could practically swim to them. And there’s more. Winter Flounder can be caught in the briny estuary waters, making the Merrimack River one of the most productive food fisheries around.

Plum Island 

Fancy seeing more of the countryside while you fish? You can’t get much more scenic than Plum Island. Spend the day landing Linesiders along mile after mile of beautiful sandy beaches. Venture round the head of the island and into Plum Island Sound and you’ll find a ton of big Blues to go with the Stripers.

Jeffreys Ledge

Offshore enthusiasts may be getting bored by now. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of bluewater action here, too! Some of the best deep sea fishing Newburyport has to offer is found out at Jeffreys Ledge, just 10 miles from town. Bluefin Tuna can be caught here in the summer, some weighing as much as 250 pounds! Sure, most of the Tuna are closer to the 100-pound mark, but that’s still more than enough to put an experienced angler through their paces.
And it’s not just Tuna, either. You can catch all kinds of tasty groundfish like Pollock, Haddock, and even Halibut. Truly set on a heavy tackle hookup? Head out past the ledge and into deeper waters for your chance to battle monster pelagic Sharks. Makos, Blues, Porbeagles, and even the occasional Thresher can be caught when the waters get warm enough.

Fishing Techniques

Newburyport has an incredible variety of fishing styles on offer. Slow-troll live lines along the beachfront to bring in big Stripers or throw topwater plugs in the river mouth for the added chance of hooking a Blue. Fly anglers love Merrimack River with good reason, but Shad can be just as fun with shiny spoons and light tackle. If you’re just here for the food, drop a top-and-bottom rig baited with seaworms and count the seconds until your first Flounder.
Head offshore, and you still have plenty of option to play with. Troll dressed baits on spreader bars for run-and-gun style Tuna fishing. Taking Tuna on jigs is just as rewarding. Nothing gets your heart going like throwing jigs into the middle of a topwater feeding frenzy, while vertical jigging is hands down the best way to bring big Bluefin to the surface. 
Sharks like one thing - the blood of other, lesser fish. Chum over deep-water structure and throw out bait on heavy tackle. It’s the easiest and most effective way to find these guys. They’re one of the best predators on the planet, so you just let them come to you.

Need to know

Saltwater fishing licenses are usually provided on Newburyport fishing charters. Freshwater licenses aren’t, though. If you’re thinking of targeting Shad, you’ll need to buy one before you can start. Do this online, or pick one up in person when you get to town.
Tuna anglers should be aware that all fish over seven feet long will stay with the boat if you don't release them. Your captain will be able to advise you on all other important limits and seasons when you book your trip.
Lastly, the standard checklist for any fishing charter: Sunscreen, shades, hat, and windbreaker (it may be hot on land, but it can always get cold on the water). If you’re heading offshore, consider taking Dramamine before you go - there’s nothing fun about feeling sick for eight hours!
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Start the new year with a flurry of freshly-fallen snow at the Newburyport Winter Carnival. With snowboarding, skating, and "human dog sled races", there's plenty of fun for the whole family!


The Merrimack River Eagle Festival is a great event for anyone interested in the majestic Bald Eagle. Learn all about the country's emblem while you wait for the fishing season to start.


Most of the fishing fleet is inactive in March. You can find some hardy food fishers heading offshore, though. These trips mainly target Haddock, Pollock, Halibut, and other tasty groundfish.


The spring Shad run kicks off in April, making for great fun on light or fly tackle. You also start seeing good numbers of Tautog towards the end of the month, making for good food fishing in the bay.


Newburyport Spring Fest has been held for over 30 years, celebrating the end of the cold with live music, activities, and stalls selling local wares. If you don't fancy that, hit the flats to target spring Stripers!


Things start heating up in June, and we're not talking about the weather! Bluefin Tuna show up on the ledges and Sharks can be found patrolling offshore. You can still catch the last of the Shad, too.


July is a great month for Shark fishing. Makos, Blues, Porbeagles, Threshers, and occasionally even Great Whites are seen offshore. Closer to town, you have food fishing for Mackerel plenty of great game fish, too.


Spend the day fishing for big Bluefin or Stripers then settle down to a free outdoor movie screening as part of the Waterfront Movie Series. Sounds like the perfect summer's day to us.


September is prime Tuna time, with the biggest fish and the best action close to shore. Hit Jeffreys Ledge for the awesome topwater fun and head home with the tastiest fish in the sea!


October is the end of the charter season, but it sure goes out with a bang! Target Bluefin, Sharks, Stripers, Blues, Mackerel, Tautog, Flounder, and more!


The migratory species may have moved on, but there are plenty of tasty fish that tough it out over winter. Target Flounder inshore or head out for Halibut, Haddock, Pollock, and more.


Massachusetts get pretty cold in the winter, but Newburyport's seasonal cheer will keep you warm! Enjoy events such as the Holiday Invitation Nights, where local shops open into the evening.

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Captain Jon and us aboard The Alchemist
Christina B. fished with On The Side Charters on July 28, 2017
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Reach out to Captain Jonathan Carey aboard The Alchemist

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Newburyport

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Newburyport costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $561, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,050. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Newburyport is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Downeast.

According to customer reviews, F/V Emme Fisheries, Polaris Charters, and Lady Suzanne Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Full list of top fishing charters in Newburyport.

F/V Emme Fisheries, Polaris Charters, and Lady Suzanne Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Newburyport.

The best way to experience fishing in Newburyport is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Tuna (Bluefin), and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, light tackle, and trolling. River fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

October is the end of the charter season, but it sure goes out with a bang! Target Bluefin, Sharks, Stripers, Blues, Mackerel, Tautog, Flounder, and more! Check availability for local fishing charters in Newburyport.

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