Massachusetts Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Massachusetts Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Massachusetts

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 28,781 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Massachusetts

I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
If you aren’t used to the cold bring enough jackets plenty of room in captain David’s boat!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you aren’t used to the cold bring enough jackets plenty of room in captain David’s boat!
Blueline Fishing Charters
Blueline Fishing Charters
Get to the dock early enough to settle in and relax. Great fishing trips start at the dock.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get to the dock early enough to settle in and relax. Great fishing trips start at the dock.
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Lyla Rose Fishing Charters
Double check the weather with cap if you think you might have seasickness. Also ask for recommended clothing. If you want to process and cook the fish yourself, ask for the safe and appropriate ways to handle the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Double check the weather with cap if you think you might have seasickness. Also ask for recommended clothing. If you want to process and cook the fish yourself, ask for the safe and appropriate ways to handle the fish.
10 Point Charters
10 Point Charters
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Triton Sportfishing
Triton Sportfishing
I would say Slacktide is the best experience Ive ever had and captain Matt truly blew my family away with his beautiful boat and immense knowledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would say Slacktide is the best experience Ive ever had and captain Matt truly blew my family away with his beautiful boat and immense knowledge
Slack Tide Charters
Slack Tide Charters Stoneham, Massachusetts
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Salt Reaper Charters
Salt Reaper Charters
The weather is chilly but it’s a great experience. Capt jason is your guy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is chilly but it’s a great experience. Capt jason is your guy
Kill Day Sportfishing
Kill Day Sportfishing
Capt jason told us the fishing this time of year is world class and it was.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt jason told us the fishing this time of year is world class and it was.
Kill Day Sportfishing
Kill Day Sportfishing
Book KillDay sport-fishing, you will be amazed . Unbelievably skilled Captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book KillDay sport-fishing, you will be amazed . Unbelievably skilled Captain
Kill Day Sportfishing
Kill Day Sportfishing
September is a very good time if you are looking to cat stripped bass or bluefish
Excellent
4.3 / 5
September is a very good time if you are looking to cat stripped bass or bluefish
Toby Ann Charters
Toby Ann Charters
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod Pelham, NH
Follow the Captain's information closely as to the fish you are going to target in order to manage your expectations. Unfortunately we didn't get the opportunity to pull lobster pots as expected.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Follow the Captain's information closely as to the fish you are going to target in order to manage your expectations. Unfortunately we didn't get the opportunity to pull lobster pots as expected.
Agawam Boat & Fishing Charters
Agawam Boat & Fishing Charters Boston, Massachusetts
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters Montclair, NJ
September fishing is hit or miss but Captain Paul put us onto some big blue fish and we had a great day of it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
September fishing is hit or miss but Captain Paul put us onto some big blue fish and we had a great day of it.
Hogg Tide Charters
Hogg Tide Charters Raynham, MA
We did well in September, but the captain said June and July would be better for Haddock. Even though we caught some haddock, we hope to be back during peak season.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We did well in September, but the captain said June and July would be better for Haddock. Even though we caught some haddock, we hope to be back during peak season.
F/V Meredith Jean
F/V Meredith Jean Utica, NY

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Massachusetts