Boston Harbor Fishing Charters

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Boston Harbor Fishing Charters

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Boston Harbor: 19 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(153 reviews)
Quincy
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trips from $475
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4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Hingham
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trips from $800
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Boston
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Boston
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trips from $700
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Winthrop
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5.0 / 5
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Boston
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Boston
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Boston Harbor

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Boston Harbor fishing trip is $649, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $948 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Boston Harbor that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Boston Harbor are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Boston Harbor are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Boston Harbor are:

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

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Boston Harbor are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Boston Harbor?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Boston Harbor are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $475
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $616
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $740
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $796
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $800
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,086
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,300

Boston Harbor is historically famous for many things. You may be surprised to hear, but Boston Harbor fishing charters are now on the rise, and a top reason why people visit here! The waters, which weren't too fresh in the last century, have been cleaned up and the fish you can catch in the harbor are both plentiful and delicious.

The fish you’ll be able to target here include Striped Bass, Winter Flounder, Bluefish, Cod, and plenty more. This is a prime fishery for Flounder, with fish ranging from 18–20 inches and weighing 4 pounds.

Boston Harbor Fishing Spots

Whether you choose to fish the islands in the harbor, head further offshore for Bluefin Tuna, or even fly fish on the piers, you’ll love fishing in Boston Harbor. In the harbor, there are reefs, wrecks, shoals, and underwater structures that many fish call home. In the wrecks, you’ll find Mackerel, Tomcod, Tautog, Pollock, and Cunner. There are 30 islands to explore here!

Boston Harbor offers over 20 access points to reach these varying and excellent fisheries.

Castle Island

On the edge of the harbor entrance and connected via land is Castle Island, making this a perfect place for pier fishing. It’s a very popular area, so come early to get a good spot. Expect to hook Striped Bass, Bluefish, Cunner, and at some points, Winter Flounder, too.

Spectacle Island

One of the closest islands to the harbor is Spectacle Island. You can escape city life and be at the island in a short 20-minute boat ride. This is one of the few islands with a marina. Anglers here will catch Striped Bass and Bluefish here.

Lovells Island

Head two islands over to Lovells Island, where the water can reach depths of 40 feet. Bluefish and Striped Bass can be caught here. Close to Lovells Island is the Narrows – captains are likely to take you here to catch bait fish.

Brewster Islands

These are a collection of islands and include Great, Little, Middle, and Outer Brewster. These islands are a great spot for Bluefish, Flounder, Striped Bass, Haddock, Cod, and Skate. It’s worth heading out a little further to these productive waters!

Stellwagen Bank

Head 37 miles out of the harbor for some offshore fishing at the excellent fishery at Stellwagen Bank. This is where you’ll catch Bluefin Tuna, which are regularly 80 pounds but can reach 200. You’re also likely to see whales and dolphins here during the season.

Fishing Tips

  • For great results, try chunking. You’ll catch big Bluefish this way. Drifting with live eels is another top method.

  • The space between Lovells Island and Georges Island is the Narrows and is a great place to stock up on live bait. Striped Bass eat a lot of different prey, including crabs, Tomcod, sea worms, alewife, and Flounder.

  • Trolling for Striped Bass is an effective technique around the Harbor Islands.

Need to Know

Dress for the weather on the water, not the weather on land. This can be a difference of 20 degrees!

When deciding which fish to keep, always go for the smaller ones. Not only do they taste better, but you’ll also help keep the fishery healthy by releasing the big breeders.

Regulations

Most Boston Harbor fishing charters provide a license for their customers. If fishing alone, you’ll need to purchase your own fishing license.

Budget

Half day trips are usually between $400–$500 for four people. Full days trips can be between $650–$800 for six people. If heading out of Boston Harbor for offshore fishing, prices start at $1,000 for 10 hours.

Getting There

Fly into Boston Logan International Airport and you’ll find yourself practically in the Harbor already!

It’s time to book a Boston Harbor fishing charter. You’ll have a fantastic time going after some tasty fish. The waters are as rich in diversity as they are in history!

 

Boston Harbor
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 27939 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Temperatures can drop to 23°F – embrace the winter and go ice skating or watch a hockey match. Warm up at the wine festival.

February

On land, you can watch the  Annual Boston Beanpot Hockey Tournament or celebrate the Chinese New Year.

March

There are plenty of celebrations happening around the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, for both those over 21 as well as those under.

April

The fishery starts to pick up, with Atlantic Mackerel arriving in the Harbor. Patriots Day is held mid-April and there are plenty of free events to join.

May

May to July is great for Flounder, especially in waters between 10–30 inches deep. The Striped Bass will be in full swing now.

June

June is a fantastic month for good-sized Bass and Bluefish. Join in the famous Boston Harbor Striper Shootout! Whale watching is great for kids this month.

July

Younger anglers will love the Annual Fan Pier Celebrity Youth Fishing Tournament. There are plenty of activities happening around Independence Day.

August

Support a great cause and join in the “Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Annual Youth Fishing Tournament” on Fan Pier.

September

This is the month for festivals, especially for food and drink. Beer, Asian food, Medieval fair, and more are all happening this month. Temperatures will stay around 74°F.

October

Celebrate Columbus Day with a parade in the center of town. October is the last month where you can catch Flounder and Bluefish.

November

As the temperature drops, ice skating opens. This is the last month for reeling in Striped Bass.

December

December is all about Christmas – watch the holiday lights come on in Boston. This is the last month to target Codfish.

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Get the morning charter, fish is active and you can enjoy nice cool morning cruise of the bay.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get the morning charter, fish is active and you can enjoy nice cool morning cruise of the bay.
Andrey  B.
Andrey B. New Canaan, Connecticut
Easy and the connection and access to information prior to the trip was excellent! Will be using them again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy and the connection and access to information prior to the trip was excellent! Will be using them again.
Philip  B.
Philip B. Glens Falls, NY
Listen to the Capt on how to fish. We had perfect weather but you never know.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Capt on how to fish. We had perfect weather but you never know.
Burt  M.
Burt M. Defiance, OH
Yes, I would recommend fishing in Quincy for the first time. Not so choppy for sea conditions, close to Boston, easy access, good spot
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, I would recommend fishing in Quincy for the first time. Not so choppy for sea conditions, close to Boston, easy access, good spot
Randall  M.
Randall M.
Enjoy the scenery, I’m from Boston but fishing around Boston harbor is always a good feeling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the scenery, I’m from Boston but fishing around Boston harbor is always a good feeling
Sy  P.
Sy P. Malden, Massachusetts
Bring a rain coat just in case, pack prepared, bring a cooler just in case you’re lucky
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a rain coat just in case, pack prepared, bring a cooler just in case you’re lucky
Paul  G.
Paul G. Needham, MA
Yes, but be aware of weather patterns. It can get rough, worth busting a few waves for the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, but be aware of weather patterns. It can get rough, worth busting a few waves for the experience.
Adam  M.
Adam M. Worcester, MA
The striper fishing in the harbor is great, even IF targeting schoolies (non-keeper sized)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The striper fishing in the harbor is great, even IF targeting schoolies (non-keeper sized)
Phil  B.
Phil B. North Easton, Massachusetts

Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Great Captain, beautiful views, and stubborn fish. The trip was great and provided us with everything we needed.
Amber  S.
Amber S.
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Wonderful day catching >15 striped bass from novice fishers! Great and authentic experience from beginning to end!
Jeremy  K.
Jeremy K.
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
This is a top notch operation from beginning to end. The vessel is large and comfortable in any weather. Capt Joe and Mate Marty are engaging and full of knowledge about the local fishery. I can nor say enough good things about the charter experience with Fish Tales. Book this trip and you will not be disappointed.
WILL  F.
WILL F.
Storm Buster Charters - Boston
Storm Buster Charters - Boston
Fishing charter in Winthrop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Our party of children and adults couldn't have asked for more from Captain Vinny. We started with casting lessons followed by practising close to shore. Vinny was friendly, patient and excellent with the children - and we caught loads of magnificent blue fish. Then, when it came to paying, I carelessly overpaid in cash and Vinny messaged me so he could put it right. What an honest guy and an excellent captain and great value.
David  M.
David M.
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
This was our second trip with Captain Tim. We caught some nice fish and had a blast. We would recommend him to anyone. Can’t wait to go again.
Joseph  R.
Joseph R.
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Captain Joe and Artie were great. Super cool guys who taught us what to do and explained why. Which we really appreciated. After 15 years of fishing trips with various boats around the country, Boston Fish Tales sits at the top of my list of favorites. Definitely booking again. Thanks Captain!!
Colin  Q.
Colin Q. Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
First Bite Charters
First Bite Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
I surprised my husband with a birthday charter for him and 5 buddies. They had a blast even though they didn’t catch a lot of fish. Being able to send them off with snack and beverages in their own cooler was great as well! Highly recommend Dan and his crew.
Colleen  C.
Colleen C. Randolph, Massachusetts
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Tim was an an outstanding guide. He got us to some large striper bass and my sons and I had a blast. We highly recommend booking the charter with Tim!
Billy  B.
Billy B. Lantana, TX
Sweet & Salty Charters
Sweet & Salty Charters
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Best experience ever Everything was perfect Couldn’t ask for a better captain and first mate Top Notch!!
Alex  R.
Alex R. Boston, Massachusetts
Karavi Charters
Karavi Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Captain Van was great. It was a slow day but he worked hard, moved around, and didn't end our trip until we caught fish. He was great. I highly recommend and will book again in the future. Thank you Captain!
Reyes  N.
Reyes N.
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with captain Tim. He was knowledgeable and patient with our group when we had no prior experience with fishing. He gave clear instructions on what to do, what not to do and when to do certain things so we were quiet successful that day. We caught some big fish, some small fish and saw a seal in action. What a great way to spend the weekend!
Anna  N.
Anna N. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Capt Joe and Artie were fantastic! Always making sure we were in the right spot and giving advice for success. Anytime I’m back in Boston, I will be booking with capt Joe and fish tails!
Jerry  N.
Jerry N.
Pointe N Shoot Sport Fishing
Pointe N Shoot Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Winthrop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Caught a bunch of big striped bass with both lures and live bait or a 3 hour sunset trip without having to go far at all. Captain Vinny showed us how to really see and hear and understand the fish, it was like magic, and my 9 year old son loved every minute of it.
Semyon  D.
Semyon D.
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
My son and I had a great time. An adventure that will not be forgotten. Biggest fish either of us have ever caught.
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(111 reviews)
This was our second trip with Fishbucket. Excellent captain and first mate. Kept us set up with gear and bait all day. Knew when to change locations to keep the action going. We caught and kept lots of haddock, perch, whiting, and hake and a couple of pollock, and cusk. Plenty to pack our cooler and freezer back home. Caught and released four 8' to 12'+ blue sharks. Would definitely recommend!
Soahn  K.
Soahn K.
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(153 reviews)
Caught exactly what we were hoping for. 5 massive stripers and used live bait. Great time!
Lauren  M.
Lauren M. Shrewsbury, MA
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Loved the trip. Great crew - extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and fun! Caught tons of different fish and received a handful of useful finishing tips. Would recommend their services 10 out of 10 times.
Andriy  G.
Andriy G. Boston, MA
Boston Fish Charters
Boston Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
We had the most amazing morning, thank you Capt. Jeremy!! We caught tons of stripers!! Super exciting!!
Amanda  B.
Amanda B. Harpswell, Maine
Pointe N Shoot Sport Fishing
Pointe N Shoot Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Winthrop
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
We had a great time, didn’t catch any tuna but a great time with Captain Vinny!
Bruceo  J.
Bruceo J. Meadowlakes, TX
Ajax Charters
Ajax Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Dave takes care of everything. Makes you feel at ease and like you’re on the water with one your friends. His knowledge of the area is top notch. I would recommend any of the services that Ajax Charter provides.
Malcolm  B.
Malcolm B. Ashland, Massachusetts