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Massachusetts: 123 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(107 reviews)
Quincy
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(94 reviews)
Dennis
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trips from $700
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(149 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Wellfleet
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Eastham
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $479
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
West Dennis
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Chatham
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trips from $775
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Wareham
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trips from $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Massachusetts

According to customer reviews, 10 Point Charters, Anglerfish Guides, and Janine B Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Massachusetts. Full list of top fishing charters in Massachusetts.

The average price for a private 4 hour Massachusetts fishing trip is $610, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,038 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

10 Point Charters, Anglerfish Guides, and Janine B Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Massachusetts.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Bluefin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Jigging, and Trolling. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The state of Massachusetts prides itself on its premier fishing opportunities so much that its nickname is “The Codfish State.” This is the epicenter of the East Coast angling action. If you’ve never experienced the thrill this rich fishery has to offer and you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – there are plenty of Massachusetts fishing charters to help you out.

Both saltwater and freshwater action are top notch here, but it’s fishing for the monster Bluefin Tuna that steals the show. Add to that huge Sharks, Bluefish, Halibut, Pollock, Haddock, Tautog, Black Seabass, and Flounder, and you’ve got a party. Massive Striped Bass are also very popular, both because of their size and numbers.

Exploring the rivers and lakes of Massachusetts will also put you on the trail of many A-listers. Think Atlantic Salmon, Striped Bass, Black Bass, as well as Trout species – Brookies, Rainbows, Browns, and Lakers. Love catching fishing even in winter? Ice fishing in Massachusetts won’t disappoint.

Because Massachusetts fishing charters are so numerous, you’ll find just about every type of fishing trip on offer. Expeditions that last anywhere from 8 hours to a couple of days are perfect for Tuna chasers. Families and beginners will have a great time on shorter excursions as well, targeting plenty of bottom fish. Specialized trips are very common as well.

Some of the top fishing hotspots in Massachusetts are Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Cape Ann, Boston, as well as Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers. You just can’t go wrong with an angling adventure in the Bay State!

Rules & Regulations

Whether you’re fishing on your own or with a charter, in freshwater or the deepest reaches of the North Atlantic, you’ll need a valid Massachusetts fishing license. Catch limits and seasons differ depending on where you fish, so get informed before you head out.

Massachusetts
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25956 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Hardy anglers catch Cod and Pollock while freshwater enthusiasts hit frozen lakes for productive ice fishing. Most boats on Cape Cod are out of the water, but if you don’t mind the cold, larger vessels often run year-round.

February

Ice fishing in Massachusetts may not make the headlines but it’s still well worth checking out, especially if you’re hungry for some action. In the saltwater realm, you can find decent Cod and Pollock, and even some Halibut.

March

Celebrate Massachusetts’s incredible fishing heritage without actually going outdoors at the Hyannis Boatbuilders’ Show. Otherwise, hit the water on a calm day and spend some time battling delicious bottom fish.

April

The spring season starts off with a bang! Good numbers of Striped Bass and Tautog show up in the shallows, and the first Bluefish appear towards the end of the month. The Brook Trout bite really picks up in April, so there’s a lot for you to do.

May

Do you like fishing for Striped Bass? Are you up for some healthy competition? Join the Spring Sea Run Opener to take on big Stripers and support local charities in the process. Scup and Seabass are both open for harvest from May onwards.

June

June marks the beginning of the tournament season, with Hull’s South Shore Striper Tournament, Fairhaven’s Bad Daddy Tog, and Seabass and Scup Tournament, to name a few. Bottom dwellers are hungry and there are more and more Tuna around.

July

It’s the middle of summer, and Tuna and Sharks show up in force! See the best of them at the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament in New Bedford. There are a lot of big Sharks prowling in the deep, as well as Tautog, Black Seabass, and Haddock.

August

From Stripers and Bluefish to Makos and White Marlin, just about all bragworthy fish are around and biting in August. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Gloucester Bluefin Blowout is about as good as it gets for competitive Tuna fishing.

September

Action is still going strong towards the end of the summer, with great numbers of bottom fish, Sharks, Marlin, and of course, Tuna. Inland waters are brimming with Kokanee and Stripers, and the Trout bite is just as strong.

October

October is your last chance to take on deep sea pelagics like Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna or Blue, Mako, Thresher, and Porbeagle Sharks. Head out for an epic battle as the summer season rolls to a close, you won’t regret it!

November

Things are winding down and every day, more Massachusetts fishing charters are pulling their boats out of the water. Most migratory fish have moved on but you can still find Tautog, Stripers, Bluefish, and Flounder inshore, and Cod, Pollock, Halibut, and Haddock offshore.

December

The fishing fun doesn’t stop when temperatures drop below freezing. Find a lake or a section of water that’s frozen solid and put your ice fishing skills to the test. If you’re feeling competitive, there are ice fishing tournaments you can check out.

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Get a good charter captain for your first trip so you can understand where and how to fish for the targeted species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a good charter captain for your first trip so you can understand where and how to fish for the targeted species.
Jim  P.
Jim P. Weston, MA
Beautiful unfortunately we did not catch anything… still great experience and captain Jason great!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful unfortunately we did not catch anything… still great experience and captain Jason great!!!!
Caryn  K.
Caryn K. Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Try to book with Capt. Eric Newhouse if you can. Not saying other charter captains are worse, but this was my only experience with charter boat fishing..and it was excellent. Used to do drift boat fishing in the past...but if you are looking for a good chance to land a fish, charter is the way to go and if you get a small group, the cost is worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to book with Capt. Eric Newhouse if you can. Not saying other charter captains are worse, but this was my only experience with charter boat fishing..and it was excellent. Used to do drift boat fishing in the past...but if you are looking for a good chance to land a fish, charter is the way to go and if you get a small group, the cost is worth it.
Walter  D.
Walter D. Chelmsford, MA
Capt Bob and Jared were terrific. I caught an amazing striper...made my day! My 15yr old son was with me too, he had a blast! Fishing cape cod bay is a beautiful spot. Lots to do in town of Dennis (beautiful beaches too) before or after the charter...spend the whole day in that part of the cape! Stoddy
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Capt Bob and Jared were terrific. I caught an amazing striper...made my day! My 15yr old son was with me too, he had a blast! Fishing cape cod bay is a beautiful spot. Lots to do in town of Dennis (beautiful beaches too) before or after the charter...spend the whole day in that part of the cape! Stoddy
Stoddard  O.
Stoddard O. Danbury, Connecticut
I am basing on 1 day. Not a ton of action and some boats That went north ran into tough seas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
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
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Ross, you will not regret it! Worth much more than what we paid
Brad  C.
Brad C. E BRIDGEWTR, MA
Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go out with a pro and be upfront about what you'd like to learn and accomplish.
Jane  A.
Jane A. Gloucester, MA
Short drive of Boston. Added as part of a Boston vacation plan. One of the highlights of our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Short drive of Boston. Added as part of a Boston vacation plan. One of the highlights of our trip.
Michael  Z.
Michael Z. Nuangola, PA
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
Bottom fishing is easy and fun! Drift fishing for sea bass or trolling for striped bass are options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
book a charter with Morning Tauk Charters! Captain Mike never disappoints! Mike D.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Lowell, Massachusetts
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
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Book Coastal Fishing Charters. They offer several different fishing trips to cover whatever you want to fish for. Awesome Captain and first mate.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Coastal Fishing Charters. They offer several different fishing trips to cover whatever you want to fish for. Awesome Captain and first mate.
Scott  R.
Scott R. Bennington, Vermont
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact Capt. Ross if you want to catch fish! CAPE COD FISHING ADVENTURES Ross D. Goslin Mashpee, Massachusetts
Suzanne  T.
Suzanne T. Bloomfield, Connecticut
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
To fish Cape waters..........listen to your captain. Enjoy all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Brian!!!! You will not be disappointed guarantee you will bring home dinner!
Stacey  R.
Stacey R. North Providence, Rhode Island

Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
Excellent day! So accommodating and informative. Great guy to have captaining the boat!
Daniel  W.
Daniel W. Boston, Massachusetts
FishLinked Charters – 32'
FishLinked Charters – 32'
Fishing charter in Wareham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
We had the BEST experience with Capt Sebas and first mate Travis. We brought our kids (6/7) with us so it was no easy task for them! Not only did we catch fish we got to learn so much about their trade and different species of fish! Our son walked away with a new found passion and dream career! Couldn’t recommend these guys enough!
Brittany  N.
Brittany N. Brookline, Massachusetts
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
Had a great time! Tim was very friendly and helpful. Caught some beautiful striped bass.
Andrew  H.
Andrew H. Kansas City, MO
West End Johnny Charters
West End Johnny Charters
Fishing charter in Wareham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Made a short trip to one of Capt. Johnny's spots and never had to move. Constant action and limited out on Tatoug wihout a problem. Great trip and landed a 22 1/2" toag.
Jim  P.
Jim P. Weston, MA
First Bite Charters
First Bite Charters
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
It’s was amazing went out far personally caught some little stuff but captain Dan his crew did everything to get us a bite was a nice boys trip and I do all over again specially with captain Dan and his crew these guys know there stuff and I will definitely do it the tuna trip again . Thanks again captain Dan and his crew were amazing definitely know the fishing and what be disappointed with these guys thanks Aaron I
Aaron  I.
Aaron I. Lumberton, NJ
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishbucket Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Had a great day with the family and Capt. Mike. Caught some very nice stripers on the slow troll and then some hard fighting juvies that were boiling with light tackle. Lots of knowledge/experience and good people. Highly recommend!
Adam  W.
Adam W. United States
Tuna Tail Charters
Tuna Tail Charters
Fishing charter in Gloucester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We had such a wonderful time. John and jimmy were so helpful and kind. We enjoyed spending the day fishing with good company.
Sydney  A.
Sydney A. Algood, TN
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(60 reviews)
Family outing, all adults. Had a great time. The captain and mate were warm and friendly, clearly enjoying what they were doing. We were inexperienced and they were very helpful. We all caught plenty of stripers, all for the first time. The trip was all we hoped for, and exceeded our expectations. We will be going out with Captain Joe Dorsi again.
Douglass  B.
Douglass B. Newton, MA
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
We had an amazing experience fishing with Captain Tim. Between my buddy and I we landed a dozen or so stripers in a short trip. Tim was actively pursuing the fish, and always giving us advise on how to be more successful. He was knowledgeable of changing tides and knew where the fish would be moving to. You want success? Take a trip with Tim!
Chad  P.
Chad P. Minneapolis, MN
Lady J. Sportfishing
Lady J. Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Barnstable
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Great 5 hour morning trip. Spent most of the day jigging caught 20 stripers 1 blue and even a crab!
William  C.
William C. New York, NY
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We had a great experience with Captain Joe! He was great with the kids, and all had a good time!
Jessica  T.
Jessica T. Miami, Florida
West End Johnny Charters
West End Johnny Charters
Fishing charter in Wareham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
It was a great trip. My wife and I caught fish pretty much from start to finish. Captain John and Dan were wonderful couldn't ask for a better Captain. Would definitely use again
Ellert  J.
Ellert J. Saint Clair, MO
RPS Fishing
RPS Fishing
Fishing charter in Plymouth
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Captain Brian was an exceptional host and guide, we were comfortable and got so lucky with tons of fish. Couldn’t ask for more in a short trip. The wildlife were abundant and diverse, and the scenery was breathtaking. Truly an epic adventure, I’ll be back.
Ryan  H.
Ryan H. Winter Garden, FL
Anglerfish Guides
Anglerfish Guides
Fishing charter in Quincy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
We’re visited the east coast for a friends wedding. We had booked a trip with a different charter north of Gloucester that had been canceled three days prior, and we found Anglerfish so booked another trip. After booking you communicated that the weather wasn’t going to work with our trip. Instead of canceling you made it happen. You did everything you could to make our experience one to remember❤️
Jessica  P.
Jessica P. Hinckley, MN
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Eastham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
I have been on several deep sea fishing trips, but have to say this was the best. Capt Doug & First Mate Kaylee were awesome very interactive with us. The fishing was some of the best we have experienced catching a dozen blue fish. Kaylee was very knowledgeable and we had a great time with her. I would highly recommend a trip on the Jennifer Ann with this crew and would definitely come back.
Steve  H.
Steve H. Albuquerque, NM
FV Odysea
FV Odysea
Fishing charter in Provincetown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Ralph is a. Very experienced waterman. We had a blast with him! He got us on some 15 lb blue fish right away. We tanked them ,and moved on too fish for giant tuna we set up on a cool drift and locked up on a 600 plus tuna and had a second line sucked off . We then hooked a shark before ending the day caching 6 more 15 lb blue fish. He’s a very respectful , Knowledgeable and humorous waterman . We loved our Experience and we’ll do it again for sure
Christopher  K.
Christopher K. Lancaster, PA
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Eastham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(127 reviews)
Great trip with captain Doug. He was very helpful explaining how we were going to fish and what to expect. One person on our trip had never been on a boat and never held a rod. Doug was a great mentor for him. Definitely will do another trip with him next year
Greg  V.
Greg V. Strongsville, OH
Boston Fish Tales
Boston Fish Tales
Fishing charter in Boston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
What an amazing morning fishing trip with Captain Joe and his crew. Captain Joe is very professional and friendly. We successfully caught many huge beautiful striped basses, and the fish, by the way, taste super good!
Yuqing  C.
Yuqing C. Cambridge, MA
Snap Shot Charters
Snap Shot Charters
Fishing charter in Hingham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Had a blast! Would totally recommend Snapshot Charters to anyone interested!
Tom  R.
Tom R. Berlin, CT
West End Johnny Charters
West End Johnny Charters
Fishing charter in Wareham
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Great day. Very patient with people new to fishing. Highly recommend and will book again in the future
Nikki  A.
Nikki A. Shrewsbury, MA