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Midnight Charters Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(118 reviews)
Weymouth
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Anglerfish Guides

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(49 reviews)
Quincy
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Snap Shot Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Hingham
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Boston Fish Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Boston
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Boston Fish Tales

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Boston
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

First Bite Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(63 reviews)
Quincy
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $625

Storm Buster Charters - Boston

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(11 reviews)
Winthrop
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Richard J Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Boston
trips from $1,600

Ajax Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Quincy
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Reel Pursuit Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(32 reviews)
Boston
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

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 24785 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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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
Call Captain Roger! He will make it worth the trip. Showing you the sights as well as teaching you how to fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Roger! He will make it worth the trip. Showing you the sights as well as teaching you how to fish!
Rian  D.
Rian D. Worcester, MA
Be prepared that an hour of your trip is travel time to get you to where you need to be .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared that an hour of your trip is travel time to get you to where you need to be .
Ted  W.
Ted W. Waterloo, ON
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
Pay attention to the season (measured in weeks for some species) of what fish are available if you are particular about a certain type.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to the season (measured in weeks for some species) of what fish are available if you are particular about a certain type.
Miles  S.
Miles S. United States

Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
We had a beautiful day and Capt. Tim made it perfect by really showing us the ropes and finding the best fishing holes. I would highly recommend this tour for beginners and experts alike.
Tyrel  S.
Tyrel S. Cambridge, MA
Snap Shot Charters
Snap Shot Charters
Fishing charter in Hingham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Mike went out of his way to ensure our enjoyment and also I was very impressed by his environmental concerns and respect
Allen  Y.
Allen Y. Marlborough, MA
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
I had a great time on the water and quickly found a good bite. Eventually I got tired of catching fish my arms got too sore. Overall a great experience and trip.
Malcolm  P.
Malcolm P. Clarksville, TN
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
We met the captain at the dock. He welcomed us aboard and went over a few things and off we went . Fun and fishing. He put us on the fish in multiple locations. My wife and I had a great time. Captain Roger was funny and helpful.
Norman  A.
Norman A. White Post, VA
Boston Fish Charters
Boston Fish Charters
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Friendly knowledgeable fisherman got us on some good fish. Had a great time would definitely go out again.
Christopher  E.
Christopher E. Revere, Massachusetts
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Captain Mike and his crew know their stuff. We caught some great stripers and bluefish. My favorite part was that we got to try a multitude of fishing techniques from casting to slow-trolling and jigging. It was a great day overall and I would highly recommend letting the Fishbucket crew show you where the fish are in Boston!
Casey  B.
Casey B. Winston-Salem, NC
Snap Shot Charters
Snap Shot Charters
Fishing charter in Hingham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Captain Eric hosted a great day for my son and his friends. So many fish. Beautiful day. Great knowledge of the area. History lesson as well. We will book again.
Lisa  L.
Lisa L. United States
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
We had a wonderful time on our four hour Blues and Bass trip! We caught about 7 fish total, but were only able to keep two (based on the size and type of fish). The captain taught us how to use the equipment, filleted the fish for us once we were back on board, and also provided us with some delicious recipes we could use for cooking the fish! Captain Roger was friendly, knowledgeable, and overall a great guide!
Hannah  R.
Hannah R. Malden, Massachusetts
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Never in my life have I caught so many fish that I was sore until I took this trip. My wife has actual bruise on her arm from fighting so many fish. Worth the money
James  W.
James W. Shelbyville, KY
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
First time in Boston I recommend this charter I will be contacting Caption Tim in the near future to do some more fishing
Jeff  C.
Jeff C. Iron Mountain, MI
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
My son and I had an outstanding morning fishing with Captain. He had us on the fish in minutes and we both hooked up on the first fast. We will be fishing with Captain the next time we are in the area for sure.
Lou  G.  I.
Lou G. I. Sylvania, OH
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Our trip was Saturday afternoon. Capt Tim took us out towards the harbor islands and soon we saw birds diving and stripers jumping. Capt kept us in the fish, over 14 schoolie stripers released to grow a little bit bigger! Capt helped us with tips and lessons that helped. Couldnt have been a nicer outing, see you next year, thanks
ANDREW  K.
ANDREW K. Marlborough, MA
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Awesome trip. 4 hours of non-stop action. Capt Roger made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived and was very accommodating to anything we needed or wanted to know. We will be back next year for sure. Would recommend this to anyone from beginner anglers to experienced. Having a captain with over 40 years experience on these waters made all the difference. Thanks Capt. Roger! See you next year
Angela  M.
Angela M. Seekonk, MA
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
I went fishing with Capt. Tim on 9/17/21 for Stripers. My son and I had a fantastic time. The boat was great and so was the Captain. He was more than polite and highly motivated. We chased schools of stripers around for hours. We had a blast. The fish were on the move and so was the Captain. I would recommend this Charter to anyone. Great
Joseph  R.
Joseph R. Boston, MA
First Bite Charters
First Bite Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Super enjoyable trip - great captain and first mate - wife, boys and I all had a great time.
Chase  A.
Chase A. Hingham, MA
Reel Pursuit Charters
Reel Pursuit Charters
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Gentlemen of the sea, personable and knowledgeable. Worked hard to put us on fish we're happy with our trip. I recommend Captain Paul and first mate Steve. 👍
Victor  C.
Victor C. Abington, MA
Karavi Charters
Karavi Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Had a great time! Got my wife into some saltwater fish for the first time and she loved it! Captain Van was awesome he got us on fish all day couldn't have asked for a better trip! Thanks!
Logan  W.
Logan W. Owego, NY
First Bite Charters
First Bite Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
We all had a fun day boat team of Dan and Tom know there business we caught a our bait and then went striper fishing we caught a few and lost a few excellent day
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Medway, MA
First Bite Charters
First Bite Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(63 reviews)
We had a great time. It was quite windy and conditions were tough and we spent most of our time trying to catch baitfish. The last half hour there was a frenzy and we would have stayed out if there was not another group waiting.
Eric  S.
Eric S. Dedham, MA
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Midnight Charters Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Weymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Me and my wife had a great experience with captain Roger he was very helpful and made the whole day fun.
Peter  M.
Peter M. Cambridge, Massachusetts

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Boston Harbor

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Boston Harbor costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $538, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $879. 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 Boston Harbor is 31 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Midnight Charters Sport Fishing, Anglerfish Guides, and Snap Shot Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Boston Harbor. Full list of top fishing charters in Boston Harbor.

Midnight Charters Sport Fishing, Anglerfish Guides, and Snap Shot Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Boston Harbor.

The best way to experience fishing in Boston Harbor 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 Boston Harbor.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Bluefish, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

May to July is great for Flounder, especially in waters between 10–30 inches deep. The Striped Bass will be in full swing now. Check availability for local fishing charters in Boston Harbor.