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Delaware Bay: 42 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Avalon
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Avalon
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(140 reviews)
Cape May
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Avalon
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Bethany Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(92 reviews)
Rehoboth Beach
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trips from $475
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(36 reviews)
Cape May
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Dagsboro
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(34 reviews)
Lewes
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Avalon
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trips from $375

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Delaware Bay

According to customer reviews, Rising Tide Charters LLC, Fischon Charters, and Captain Mac are some of the most popular fishing charters in Delaware Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Delaware Bay.

The average price for a private 4 hour Delaware Bay fishing trip is $600, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,130 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Rising Tide Charters LLC, Fischon Charters, and Captain Mac all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Delaware Bay.

The most popular fish species you can target are Flounder, Black Seabass, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Trolling. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Separating New Jersey from Delaware, Delaware Bay leads from its synonymous river to the Atlantic ocean, offering a mix of exciting fish. From the brackish waters through the central structures, all the way to the canyons in the Atlantic, there are plenty of opportunities to go fishing in Delaware Bay. These productive waters have it all, so come and explore!
 

What to Expect

With so many different fishing grounds on offer, there’s something for everyone in Delaware Bay. There’s plenty of fish around, so beginners can practice their angling skills, while there’s also the chance to go after some true monsters, which any avid angler will relish.

In the Bay

At the mouth of the bay, the fish take advantage of the shoals in the terrain – known as the Cape May rips. Take a charter out of Lewes or Cape May and make the most of it. Monster Stripers, Flounder, Croaker, Tautog, and Seabass make up the bulk of the fishing, giving you the chance to land a tasty treat.
 
During spring, your best bet is fishing the north of the bay. As the Stripers head to the river to spawn, you’ll hit them at their most productive. Fill the boat with the East Coast’s most loved fish, along with Whiting, Weakfish, Spot, Perch, and other fish that love the hybrid water.
 
Historically, the center of the bay was also a prime spot for fishing. Keep an eye on the weather during the year and, if it’s been dry, head to the structures around the Blake Channel for your fill of Bluefish, Croaker, and Flounder. You’ll also have the chance to land some Sharks here, so if sportfishing is the aim of the game, you’re in luck! 

On the Beach

“Fishing the surf” is popular with New Jersey anglers. Casting away and bottom fishing can be the most productive way of filling the boat here. A decent sample of Stripers, Bluefish, Weakfish, Whiting, Flounder, and Kingfish are sure to whet your appetite as they pass through during the season. 

Offshore

If you have some time to spend and know your way around a rod and reel, then an offshore trip out of Delaware Bay is a must. Spend at least 10 hours on a boat as you head out to the deep waters in search of big game fish. Not only is the fishing serious, but even in good weather the seas can be choppy, so make sure to have your sea legs ready!
 
At distances upwards of 25 miles from the mouth of the bay, you’ll hit the canyons that attract some monster fish. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna rub shoulders with Mahi Mahi, Sharks, and Wahoo, among many more, to give you the thrill of a lifetime. Get ready for an intense battle to hook these monsters aboard and head home with a prized catch.
 

How to Prepare

Whether aboard a downeast, offshore sportfishing boat, or smaller center console, you’ll most likely need to bring your own food and drink aboard. Make sure to pick the right trip, dress appropriately depending on the weather, and away you go!
 
With trips running from two hours to multiple days, you can test the waters or experience the ultimate fishing day out. There’s no reason to miss out on the incredible fishing in Delaware Bay so book your next charter and get on with it! 
Delaware Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27721 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
With most boats out of the water for repairs due to the lack of fish, why not engage in Delaware Bay’s wealth of cultural opportunities? The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival is just one of a number of events going on.
February

The fishing hasn’t quite warmed up yet, so you still have time to fit in some dry land excursions before the season starts. Discover the rich history of the “first state” in one of Lewes’ numerous museums

March
The fishing gets underway and it’s the bay that reigns supreme as the region’s top fishing destination. Get out on the water and land your first catch of the year as you target Tautog, Flounder, and even Sharks.
April
Just before the hordes of tourists arrive, the fishing is good enough for a thrilling adventure into the bay with Bluefish, Weakfish, and Tautog hitting their peak season, along with plenty of other tasty fish.
 
May
Peak bay fishing season is upon us as the weather warms up and the fishing follows suit. Get out for a full day and fill the boat with anything from a Seabass to a Tautog, Rockfish to a Weakfish, and many more. 
June
With calmer weather comes the opportunity to go offshore in search of big game fish. Bluefin Tuna make their way along the East Coast, while Mahi Mahi begins to arrive, too. Get your fish on and show off your strength.
 
July
Whether you’re looking for inshore, nearshore, or deep sea fishing, July has it all. Fish the bay for delicious Panfish, hit the reefs for bottom fishing action, while thrill-seekers can also target offshore beasts.
 
August
Blue and White Marlin join the offshore party as fishing the deep waters hits its peak. Meanwhile, the bay is overflowing with plenty of delicious creatures to target, such as Seabass, Flounder, and Weakfish.
September
The kids may be back in school but there’s no reason to give up on the fishing. Amberjack and Mahi Mahi will provide a treat offshore, while the last of the Marlin, while Seabass, Trout, and Flounder are abundant in the bay. 
October
Bluefin Tuna makes a late return in October but the choppy waters mean that conditions may be a bit tricky. It’ll be better to stay in the bay and fill the boat with some delicious bottom-dwelling creatures for a warming meal. 
November
The end of the season may be nigh, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it! Tautog come back into the fold, joining Seabass, Flounder, Stripers, and some Sharks as the prime target in the rich waters of the Delaware Bay.
 
December
If the weather permits, and a brave captain is ready to take you out, then you’ll have the pick of the fishing as the season is over. Rockfish and Seabass will make for a warming meal at the end of the day. 

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Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know before you go. Research your charter and have an idea what you want out of the trip.
David  C.
David C. Rockaway, NJ
We fished in the Bay and it was like glass on the water which was great for our family and kids
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We fished in the Bay and it was like glass on the water which was great for our family and kids
Mahesh  G.
Mahesh G. Great Falls, VA
If you're not used to fishing in the ocean, bring dramamine to be on the safe side.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're not used to fishing in the ocean, bring dramamine to be on the safe side.
Chris  D.
Chris D. New Market, MD
Fishing in the canal is pretty good this time of year. Be patient and have fun. Make sure to have blood worms, squid and power bait.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Fishing in the canal is pretty good this time of year. Be patient and have fun. Make sure to have blood worms, squid and power bait.
Jeffrey  P.
Jeffrey P. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s an awesome time to go in July with the exception if there is any type of turbulence in the atmosphere such as what was encountered by us, some Highwinds thunder and lightning I would recommend exactly what our captain recommended. Wait an extra day if need be, and I have an amazing day the next, when things are calm, it’s the best experience ever hands-down.
Jenna  P.
Jenna P. Nesquehoning, PA
Hire a charter with a captain eager to work hard to find fish so everyone on board catches fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a charter with a captain eager to work hard to find fish so everyone on board catches fish.
Dale  P.
Dale P. Wellsboro, PA
Be prepared for some ups and downs from the waves, and a bit of a ride out into the ocean (40-50 minutes) before you get to where the fish are. But all in all it was a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for some ups and downs from the waves, and a bit of a ride out into the ocean (40-50 minutes) before you get to where the fish are. But all in all it was a lot of fun.
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Evanston, IL
Inshore fishing expect: flounder, sea bass, blue fish, croaker, Mahi Mahi, and ocean trigger fish. Offshore fishing expect: yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, blue and white marlin, Mahi Mahi, and shark
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Inshore fishing expect: flounder, sea bass, blue fish, croaker, Mahi Mahi, and ocean trigger fish. Offshore fishing expect: yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, blue and white marlin, Mahi Mahi, and shark
Damon  C.
Damon C. Chadds Ford, PA
Ask a lot of questions about how the fishing is set up on the boat so that you'll be prepared to either fish with your Pole or have the crew fish with the pole for you
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Ask a lot of questions about how the fishing is set up on the boat so that you'll be prepared to either fish with your Pole or have the crew fish with the pole for you
Eric  H.
Eric H. West Wyoming, PA
Try switching between bait and jig for bottom fishing, some days one type of lure works significantly better than the other.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try switching between bait and jig for bottom fishing, some days one type of lure works significantly better than the other.
Arkadiy  N.
Arkadiy N. Philadelphia, PA
Morning was cooler and hot hotter during the day. I would recommend the 6 hours or full day. We were hitting bigger fish around 11am. Could have been the storm from the night before but fishing is good in these waters. Others coming in had good luck as well. 90 feet was a good depth.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Morning was cooler and hot hotter during the day. I would recommend the 6 hours or full day. We were hitting bigger fish around 11am. Could have been the storm from the night before but fishing is good in these waters. Others coming in had good luck as well. 90 feet was a good depth.
Rob  T.
Rob T. Depew, NY
ABSOLUTELY. CAPT DAVE KNOWS WHERE THE FISH ARE LOCATED. GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
ABSOLUTELY. CAPT DAVE KNOWS WHERE THE FISH ARE LOCATED. GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
Rene  T.
Rene T. Georgetown, DE
Easy to find the docks. Lots of parking. Shop right next to the docks available to clean your fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to find the docks. Lots of parking. Shop right next to the docks available to clean your fish.
Aaron  P.
Aaron P. New Castle, IN
If you might get sea sick take some Dramamime about an hour before you go. Make sure to wear sun screen and bring water to drink and some hand wash or wipes if you like to hold your own fish for pictures. ;o)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you might get sea sick take some Dramamime about an hour before you go. Make sure to wear sun screen and bring water to drink and some hand wash or wipes if you like to hold your own fish for pictures. ;o)
Kym  R.
Kym R.
The fish were there but water was about 3-4. Foot whaves the fish where down deep it's called fishing some day you win some you don't
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish were there but water was about 3-4. Foot whaves the fish where down deep it's called fishing some day you win some you don't
John  S.
John S. Hamburg, PA
Be open minded to the fish you catch but with a great caption, you will have a great time and get lots of action!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded to the fish you catch but with a great caption, you will have a great time and get lots of action!
John  C.
John C. Malvern, PA
Yes, the location is easy to get to. There is ample parking, a restaurant (not open in the winter), and other amenities.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, the location is easy to get to. There is ample parking, a restaurant (not open in the winter), and other amenities.
Pamela  S.
Pamela S. Essex, MD
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go far offshore if you can. May be spotty close to the reef at this time of year. Better to spend 2x and go big than 1x and go home unsatisfied.
Alexander  S.
Alexander S. Katonah, NY
Make sure you take your motion sickness pills before you go LOL but most importantly just having a good time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take your motion sickness pills before you go LOL but most importantly just having a good time
Israel  G.
Israel G. Philadelphia, PA
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to see what is in season and target that. Work the location in with the targeted fish as well.
Paul  S.
Paul S. Lysander, NY

Michael D Sport Fishing Charters
Michael D Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bethany Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Capt. Gary and his crew are experienced and knowledgeable. They are also a lot of fun! We began catching fish from the moment our bait hit the water. And we didn’t stop until we were almost home. They did everything they could to ensure that we had a wonderful time. And the the boat is beautiful, with every comfort. Our thanks for a great experience!
Cheryl  M.
Cheryl M. Herndon, VA
Makai Charters
Makai Charters
Fishing charter in Rehoboth Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Lawrence Coyle and his mate. His boat was clean and comfortable, fishing was good and we are looking forward to our next trip!
Cynthia  C.
Cynthia C. Hummelstown, PA
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Avalon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Great trip! Captain Scott works to find you fish. A true professional and a real gentlemen.
John  O.
John O. Washington, NJ
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Had a great trip. Capt Mike and First Mate Tom are professionals and very courteous. The GONE FISHIN' V is a great boat with amenities that enhanced the overall experience. Would definitely recommend Capt Mike, First Mate Tom and GONE FISHIN' to anyone who wants to have a great trip that these experiences charter operators provide. We caught 12 fish ( different types) in two hours!
Richard  R.
Richard R. Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Avalon
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(25 reviews)
Captain Scott is a great storyteller was very accommodating. We had a good morning and caught some fish. Will go out with him again
Michael  N.
Michael N. Ocean City, New Jersey
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Rising Tide Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Avalon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful trip with Captain Scott on September 15. Our dog was able to join as well. Captain Scott is extremely courteous, knowledgeable, and fun. Thank you!!
Tamara  W.
Tamara W. Philadelphia, PA
Master Sportfishing
Master Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Great trip with Captain Mike and 1st mate Marty. License and equipment provided. All five caught a shark. Definitely recommend this charter. Will return for another trip.
John  L.
John L.
Fishing & Crabbing - 24'
Fishing & Crabbing - 24'
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(195 reviews)
George was an excellent captain very knowledgeable about area and techniques of fishing
Keith  H.
Keith H. Dundalk, MD
Prime Time II Sport Fishing
Prime Time II Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Wildwood Crest
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Steve does a great job of putting you on fish and Mate Jerry was a wealth of knowledge and super helpful
Rich  M.
Rich M. Philadelphia, PA
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
Went trolling for bluefish and cobra. Caught over a dozen . Then went flounder fishing caught one and some small sharks. Great fishing trip.
Darryl  J.
Darryl J. Martinsburg, WV
Tara Anne Sport Fishing
Tara Anne Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Wildwood
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
What an experience we had today with captain Joe and Nick ! They made sure to understand what we wanted and offered exactly that. Fun and adrenaline ! They even went the extra mile offering to cut and clean the fish for us. Thanks a million for an amazing experience ! Othmane, Omar and Salim
Othmane  B.
Othmane B. Casablanca, 06
Captain Mac
Captain Mac
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
You couldn’t ask for a better charter trip. Right off the bat captain joe and his deck hand also named joe we’re laughing with us and telling stories. Captain said what was biting and he put us on fish in a real quick hurry. Caught our limit in no time. Would highly recommend booking with these guys. They’re awesome!
Eric  D.  J.
Eric D. J. Lock Haven, PA
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
Always a great experience. Outstanding performance. Thanks you Captain Mark and Joe for a great day fishing. Our best
John  B.
John B. Warrington, PA
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
We had a great time. He was very helpful with what we were trying to catch and with any questions we had. We had a very good time and we will be calling to go back out with him next year when we come to Delaware on vacation.
Angelo  F.
Angelo F. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Makai Charters
Makai Charters
Fishing charter in Rehoboth Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Had a great half day fishing with Captain Larry and first mate Vince. Both were very knowledgable, helpful and friendly. The well equipped boat was very comfortable. We came home with a sea bass and croaker dinner which was delicious. Looking forward to going out again with them.
Joseph  W.
Joseph W. Strafford, PA
Michael D Sport Fishing Charters
Michael D Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Bethany Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We had a absolute perfect day on the water with Gary, Bruce and Steve. They were super helpful, knowledgeable and good with our kids. Caught plenty of fish and just had an all around great experience. Would definitely book it again!
Jessica  D.
Jessica D. Hershey, PA
Master Sportfishing
Master Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
My son and I had a great day of fishing with Captain Mike. We were catching fish all day but "keepers" were tough to come by. The Capt worked non-stop to keep us in the fish. Great day, great boat, great leader... highly recommend. We'll be back for sure.
Randy  H.
Randy H. Ellicott City, MD
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Hook N Cook Sport Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Great time! Highly recommend. Captain Tim and First Mate John were great. Worked hard to ensure we caught fish. Were great with my kids and teaching them everything. We caught triggerfish and sea bass
Richard  W.
Richard W. Blackwood, New Jersey
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Gone Fishin’ Sport Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cape May
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(112 reviews)
A lot of fish. Captain Mark and Joe did an excellent job. Highly recommend!
John  B.
John B. Tice, FL
Makai Charters
Makai Charters
Fishing charter in Rehoboth Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
My group of 4 did the half day trip and we had a great time! Although we didn’t get on any fluke we brought some some keeper sea bass and couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water. Conditions weren’t the best after considering the storm but we were really happy with our trip and grateful we were able to get out there. Great boat, great Captain!
Mario  M.
Mario M. Nutley, New Jersey