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Fishing in Buzzards Bay

Fishing in Buzzards Bay will give you amazing opportunities both inshore and offshore. As an ace up its sleeve, the bay has miles of beautiful coastline and offers great shore fishing as well. The main fishing season lasts from May–November, so make sure to come at the right time.
A half day trip will mostly take you after Flounder, Porgy, Bluefish, or Black Seabass. Interested in heading offshore for 12 hours? You’ll be able to target bullet-fast species like Bluefin Tuna and Albacore Tuna. These trips also put Haddock, Cod, and Pollock on your radar.
The main star of the show in Buzzards Bay is Striped Bass. They tend to mingle around spots with a strong current, so it’s best to find a local guide who’s familiar with the area. A guide is also crucial if you’re interested in the ultimate Striper challenge – catching them from shore. If you’re up for catching the king of the bay, come here early May.
Trips out of the upper part of Buzzards Bay will give you a shortcut to Cape Cod Bay. You can get there through the artificial Cape Cod Canal, which is not just a passage but also a great fishing spot during fall. If you’re fishing offshore and want a head start, head out of New Bedford, which is one of the most productive fishing ports in the US.

Rules & Regulations

In Massachusetts, a fishing license is required for everyone over 16 years old. This is usually covered by your fishing guide, you just need to provide the names of anyone in your group requiring a license.
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Buzzards Bay Fishing Seasons


Winter in Buzzards Bay is not that promising when it comes to catching fish. You’ll have the best chances of catching Cod.


Low season continues in February. Your best bet is Cod, and if you’re lucky, Halibut and Haddock.

You can catch Tautog around reefs and wrecks. Overall, this is still a slow time for fishing.
Come spring, the fishing starts to heat up. Winter fish, like Cod and Haddock, are easy to find and you can finally go after Striper!
As soon as May starts, the best Striper fishing kicks off! The first wave usually brings bigger fish, some of them reaching 30 inches.
Striper is still the star of the show in the bay. If you want more variety during your trip, you can also target Black Seabass and Bluefish.
Striper fishing slows down during the hottest month of the year. You’ll find lots of action nearshore with different types of Sharks.
Summer is great for offshore fishing, especially if you’re ready to spend more than 10 hours on a boat. Target Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna for an unforgettable trip.
The end of summer brings pretty good chances for almost any fish you can find in the bay. Pick your dream catch and let your guide lead the way.
You’ll have the best chances of catching Bluefish, Flounder, and Bonito. This is the last active month of the year for most charters in the area.
As the weather gets cold, fishing opportunities are scarce. You can target Cod and Flounder, but most other fish species are inactive.
In winter, your chances of catching fish are low. You can still target Cod and Flounder, but most fishing guides are waiting until spring to get back on the water.

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Reviews of Fishing in Buzzards Bay

Deep sea fishing for my sons 21st birthday
Bobbi C. fished with Fish Bandit – Vineyard Sound on July 27, 2019
Captain Skip Bandini and fish bandit charter
Half day trip with Captain Skip
Gregory B. fished with Fish Bandit – Vineyard Sound on June 17, 2019
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Great time on the water
Ed B. fished with Fish Bandit – Vineyard Sound on April 20, 2019
Book with Captain Skip he’s great and you will have lots of laughs

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