Massachusetts Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Massachusetts Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Massachusetts

Massachusetts: 92 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(33 reviews)
Gloucester
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Dennis
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Orleans
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trips from $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Truro
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trips from $600

Deep Sea Fishing in Massachusetts

Between record-breaking Bluefin, Monster Makos, and an under-appreciated Marlin bite, the deep sea fishing Massachusetts enjoys each summer is simply legendary. Many captains come from families who have worked these waters for centuries and nothing but the most hardworking crews cut it in this land of giants. You’re in for a very special trip if you head offshore in Massachusetts.

Target Species

 

Tuna

Bluefin Tuna over 1,200 lbs have been caught Massachusetts charters in the past. Both Bigeyes, and Yellowfins join them each summer as they chase schools of Mackerel up the coast. Tuna are some of the most prestigious food fish on the planet, and they absolutely do not come quietly on their way to the dinner table.
 
During early summer, the fish often sit just off the top of Cape Cod. You can reach them out of Boston and Gloucester, but Provincetown is right next door to the action. As the waters warm, the bite moves out east, and Orleans and Chatham can be great spots to launch from.
 

Sharks

Fish don’t get much more fearsome than pelagic Sharks. Chatham holds the IGFA all-tackle record for Mako Sharks, set at a staggering 1,221 lbs. It’s not just Makos here, though. Porbeagles, and Blues have both tipped the scales at 500 lbs, and Threshers get even bigger.
 
Sharks show up all around Massachusetts. Falmouth and Barnstable are close to the famous sharking spots of Nantucket Sound and Martha’s Vineyard, while Winthrop, Marblehead, and Gloucester are all awesome for Shark fishing in Massachusetts Bay.
 

Marlin

Billfish may not get the same headlines here as Sharks or Tuna, but Blue and White Marlin both have a good late-summer season. Spots like the Dump and the Fingers do get Marlin, but the best action is out at the Canyons. Starting your trip from Chatham or Orleans will give you a head start on your journey offshore, but overnight charters from Gloucester are just as good if you have the time.

Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

Skilled anglers cast for feeding Bluefin in topwater run-and-gun style trips. Popping rods and floating lures are the go-to setup, and a lot of the sport’s top equipment was developed and tested here, like the renowned Espada Series from Custom Angler. You can also catch Tuna by vertical jigging on stand-up spinning gear, using either hard or soft-bodied jigs. Shimano Butterflies and RonZ Big Game series are both local favorites.
 
Chunking and chumming are timeless tactics for attracting monster Sharks. Use heavy-action conventional stand-up gear and Ilander lures or big oily baits like mackerel or bluefish. If you’re going after Marlin, expect to troll using Ballyhoo or Mackerel with Mold Crafts or Sea Witches skirts in colors like green/chartreuse, black/purple, or white/pink.
 
Whatever you’re after, and however you want to catch it, you can find someone who has been doing it here for decades. Bluewater runs in the blood of every local charter captain, so take a trip to Massachusetts and find out just how good the fishing is here. We warn you, you’ll be coming back again and again!
Massachusetts
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 26,559 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Massachusetts

It’s the beginning of the season so warmer weather days will be best from what I learned.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s the beginning of the season so warmer weather days will be best from what I learned.
Yesica  O.
Yesica O. Germantown, NY
Great experience. Dress in layers of it is early in the seasons. The boat does not have a toilet on board so plan accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great experience. Dress in layers of it is early in the seasons. The boat does not have a toilet on board so plan accordingly.
Dina  V.
Dina V. NEWTON U F, MA
Wait till the second or third week in May when the water is a little warmer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait till the second or third week in May when the water is a little warmer.
David  O.
David O.
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

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Massachusetts