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You know a place has good angling when it’s got a fish in the name, and Cape Cod is no exception. Cape Cod fishing charters have centuries of tradition to draw on and plenty of big fish to use it on. From the cape’s synonymous canal and bay to the southern Massachusetts sounds, all the way out to the heart of the Atlantic, there’s something for all kinds of anglers. 
 
Hit the shallow inshore waters and get your hands on tasty Tautog, Seabass, Flounder, and Porgy. Meanwhile, the even more delicious Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Mackerel come right up to the reefs and wrecks nearshore, with monster Striped Bass adding to the entertainment. The list goes on, with Tuna in abundance offshore, along with more Shark species than you could shake your rod at!
 
With so many fishing opportunities, it’s no wonder that Cape Cod fishing charters offer a range of trips suited to your needs. Bring the family aboard a trip as short as two hours to test the waters, with four and six-hour trips commonplace, too. A full day trip will give you a better chance of filling the boat, while spending up to 16 hours on the water is plenty of time to reach the big game creatures. 
 
Cape Cod revolves around fishing, so you’ll have no trouble finding a charter. Hit the canal out of Bourne and Sandwich, with Barnstable offering great access to the Cape Cod Bay. In the south of the cape, Falmouth and Harwich are your best bet to get you to the productive sounds. Meanwhile, a trip out of Chatham and Truro will give you the shortest run to the deep waters. 
 

Rules & Regulations

The good news about fishing aboard a charter in Cape Cod is that your fishing license is covered. However, there are different seasons and limits when it comes to what you can catch, and where. Head out with a professional captain and they’ll make sure that you stay on the right side of the law. 
Cape Cod
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January

If you want the wild beauty of Cape Cod all to yourself, January could be the time for you. A lot of businesses close over the winter, but you can find some serious deals if you don't mind the cold.

February

You'll be hard-pressed to find a fishing charter in February, but there are still plenty of fish biting if you find a guide. Go after Cod and Pollock and land yourself a warming treat to take home.

March

Cape Cod starts to emerge from its winter hibernation in March. Shops get ready for the season, locals return from their holidays, and anglers head out in search of some delicious creatures.

April

Many Cape Cod fishing charters open their hatches for business in April. Head out early before the summer rush, and you'll have all the Cod, Haddock, Flounder, and Tautog grounds almost to yourself.

May

May is a great time to visit Cape Cod. The sun is shining and the first wave of Cow Stripers come crashing into town. Black Seabass also show up towards the end of the month, giving you plenty to target.

June

Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Summer Flounder are all at their best in June, making it a great time to fish the shallows. It's also one of the best times of year for Scup, if they're a personal favorite of yours.

July

Cape Cod's tourist season is in full swing by July, making reservations necessary for charters and accommodation. You don't need to worry about restaurants though – just head out and catch your dinner.

August

The Bluefin action has been building up for a couple of months, but it really comes into its own in August. Add that to great Shark fishing and the chance of an offshore adventure, and you won't know where to go!

September

September yields some of the best catches for Bluefin Tuna, Stripers, and Sharks – Cape Cod's top three targets. Whichever of these incredible game fish you're after, you'll end the day exhausted and satisfied.

October

October is the big sendoff for the charter season in Cape Cod, and what a sendoff it is! Fish fill every depth of water and are feeding furiously before they move on out of town for winter.

November

Most of the tourists have moved on by November, and the charter scene is winding up for the year. A few Cod charters do run through the winter, though, if you don't mind the cold.

December

You're best off sticking to the bigger towns where the shops stay open in December. If wild seascapes are your thing, though, you won't lack for artistic inspiration to see out the year in style. 

Cape Cod Fishing Calendar

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I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Frank  T.
Frank T. Brewster, Massachusetts
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Brad  C.
Brad C. E BRIDGEWTR, MA
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Was a good experience & they worked with us to try to catch what we wanted to.
Norman  C.
Norman C. West Springfield, Massachusetts
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Erie, PA
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Although the weather beat us up quite a bit the fishing was worth it! Captain John was very professional and knowledgeable. He put our safety and comfort as priority. The Kate Jim was patient as well as knowledgeable for this first time striper angler. I had a ball fishing with these guys! You will too if you book with the Grey Dolphin Sportsfishing Charter. The marina was easily located and there was ample parking.
Sherry  P.
Sherry P. Berlin, VT
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Have a great time. Capt John and mate Bob were excellent, extremely helpful and fun to be with. The captain worked really hard to make our experience a great time. We loved it.
Stephen  V.
Stephen V. New Bedford, Massachusetts
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Suzanne  T.
Suzanne T. Bloomfield, Connecticut
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Fort Myers, Florida
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Stacey  R.
Stacey R. North Providence, Rhode Island
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definite quantities of sea bass and blue fish... Striped bass season is slow in June, best in the spring months of April and May.
Jared  B.
Jared B. Marlborough, Massachusetts
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go out with experienced captains and mates like Dan and Tom on the salt shaker!
Lynne  W.
Lynne W. South Yarmouth, MA
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend fishing in June and July, the fishing is amazing at this time. Went out with the Cape Cod Charter Guys. It was the best charter I could recommend.
James
James Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Fishing charter in Bourne
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 73 reviews
Capt Ross knew where the fish were and what technique was working. He had us on balling bait and chasing stripers the whole trip. Great time.
Kenneth  S.
Kenneth S. Temple, PA
Blue Bandit Charters – Harwich
Blue Bandit Charters – Harwich
Fishing charter in Harwich
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Captain Jim put us on fish instantly and kept them coming so much we gassed with 45 minutes left on the trip. Easily the best charter guide on the cape and was an absolute pleasure. 10/10 will return
Daniel  M.
Daniel M. Avon, CT
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Eastham
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Great time, Great Captain and 1st mate who made it easy fun and tons of Blues!! Very happy!
Garth  F.
Garth F. Somerset, MA
First Light Sportfishing
First Light Sportfishing
Fishing charter in East Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
We had a great time. The crew was awesome! Couldn’t have been a better trip!!
Kristopher  B.
Kristopher B. Worcester, MA
Salt Shaker Charters
Salt Shaker Charters
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 96 reviews
Knowledgeable and fun crew. Doug was very helpful and definitely knows how to fish. Capt. Dan was superb and knew the waters.
Peter  M.
Peter M. United States
Janine B Sportfishing
Janine B Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Crew made a great effort to make this trip a success and enjoyable. Well done!
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. Emmaus, PA
First Light Sportfishing
First Light Sportfishing
Fishing charter in East Dennis
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 70 reviews
Started the morning off with lite rain. These guys worked their butts off , unfortunately the fish just weren’t biting , had 4 hookups only landed 1.
Wayne  W.
Wayne W. Cookstown, NJ
Lady J. Sportfishing
Lady J. Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Barnstable
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 74 reviews
Captain Phil and 1st mate Paul went above and beyond to provide us with a fun day. They’re persistence and experience resulted in us making a strong finish catching 7 stripers
Michael  D.
Michael D. Hyannis, Massachusetts
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Fishing charter in Bourne
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 73 reviews
Captain Ross and his mate, JJ were a great time! We had a blast hunting for the fish and catching them too! They were knowledgeable and helpful, accommodating all levels of skill. We are already planning our next trip! We would recommend calling captain Ross directly before you book, as he switches up what he fishes for depending on the season and availability. He will be able to tell you what he’s going for at the moment! You will not be disappointed!
Nicholas  C.
Nicholas C. East Falmouth, Massachusetts
Shannon Sea Sportfishing
Shannon Sea Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
We ordered blue skies and plenty of fish and that’s exactly what Captain Mike delivered. Spending a half day on the well equipped and spotless Shannon Sea, was the highlight of our week on Cape Cod. Mike was personable, friendly, and engaged in conversation with knowledge and history of the area. His price was fair and we felt safe and comfortable. We would definitely recommend Capt. Mike and the Shannon Sea to anyone and will use his services again. He really knew how to find the fish!
Robert  P.
Robert P. Cedar Park, TX
Cuz Charters
Cuz Charters
Fishing charter in Plymouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Captain Ed & Steve showed my husband & I an amazing time on the Cape. So glad we booked a charter with them. They took their time & made sure we caught something, & had shared detailed information about landmarks, places to visit ect.
Krystal  G.
Krystal G. Dorchester, Massachusetts
Tiggertoo Charters
Tiggertoo Charters
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 61 reviews
We had such a great day on this boat. They went above and beyond making sure we caught some fish. They were also great company! Really enjoyed our trip today!
Amy  K.
Amy K. Berthoud, CO
Cuz Charters
Cuz Charters
Fishing charter in Plymouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
The trip is awesome! We first caught some mackerel as baits for the striper, then we caught 4 huge stripers between 28 and 35 inches. We then went to the nearby restaurant and had two fish cooked, and took the rest two fish home. Captain Ed was such an interesting and knowledgable person. We really had a great time.
Yanke  S.
Yanke S. Cambridge, MA
Cuz Charters
Cuz Charters
Fishing charter in Plymouth
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 51 reviews
Fantastic fishing trip! Ed and Steve were the best hosts ever. Boat was great. Caught a couple of nice Striped Bass one of which was excellently prepared at the dockside restaurant called the Surf Side Smokehouse. Highly recommend this charter
Alan  S.
Alan S. Cleveland, OH
Pistol Sportfishing Charters
Pistol Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bourne
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
As title says calm cool and collected. Fun no pressure day, Captain communicates with other fishermen put you on fish! Thx
Marty  S.
Marty S. Concord, New Hampshire
Salt Shaker Charters
Salt Shaker Charters
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 96 reviews
Captain Dan and First Mate Doug were great! They put us on fish the whole time. Awesome experience!
Ryan  N.
Ryan N. New York, New York
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Eastham
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Captain Doug and his Mate Kaley were phenomenal! The communication leading up to the trip, the cleanliness of the boat (Jennifer Ann), the knowledge of the Captain and Mate…all top notch. We caught 16 Bluefish and two Bonita’s. Tons of action and fun for a 4 hour trip. Can’t wait to book them again next year!
Mike  J.
Mike J. Boylston, MA
Salt Reaper Charters
Salt Reaper Charters
Fishing charter in Dennis
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 32 reviews
We had an amazing time with Captain Matt. We caught a bunch of big fish including tuna and blues. I would highly recommend Salt Reaper for your next fishing trip. We had 2 adults and 2 boys age 10 and 12 and it was fantastic and would absolutely go again!
Jamie  V.
Jamie V. Trumbull, CT
Lady J. Sportfishing
Lady J. Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Barnstable
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 74 reviews
Trip was great caught a 5 strippers but no keepers. Would definitely recommend and do again
Rafal  O.
Rafal O. Taunton, MA
Lady J. Sportfishing
Lady J. Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Barnstable
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 74 reviews
Captain Phil was great! We were also lucky to Paul aboard as well who is a seasoned fishing captain as well. Super fun trip. Navigated to many spots to get some bites despite the tough fishing post storms that cooled the waters off and ran the good fishing out. I even caught a Bonito! What a fighter he was. Definitely recommend!
Mike  B.
Mike B. Westwood, MA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cape Cod

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Cape Cod costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $578, 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 Cape Cod is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Salt Reaper Charters, Janine B Sportfishing, and Osprey Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape Cod. Full list of top fishing charters in Cape Cod.

Salt Reaper Charters, Janine B Sportfishing, and Osprey Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cape Cod.

The best way to experience fishing in Cape Cod 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 Cape Cod.

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

You're best off sticking to the bigger towns where the shops stay open in December. If wild seascapes are your thing, though, you won't lack for artistic inspiration to see out the year in style.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Cape Cod.