Maine Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Maine Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Maine

Deep Sea Fishing in Maine

When you think of deep sea fishing, Maine might not jump to mind immediately. But it should! With a huge coastline and some of the cleanest waters in the U.S., the Gulf of Maine offers anglers the opportunity to reel in some huge trophy Bluefin Tuna – some of the biggest in the world!

Giant Tuna isn’t all that you’ll see out here. An assortment of gentle giants are regular visitors – humpback, minke, and finback whales can be seen on most deep sea trips.

What to Catch

The most prestigious fish you can hope to catch when deep sea fishing out of Maine is the Bluefin Tuna. These can regularly reach 900 pounds. Under federal regulations, Tuna over 73 inches are to be sold by the boat commercially.

Fishing for Sharks is a major part of deep sea fishing here. Expect to reel in Blue Shark, Porbeagle, Thresher, and Mako. In summer the waters are teeming with Blue Shark, which can weigh up to 300 pounds and reach 12 feet in length.

Deep sea fishing trips in Maine also include bottom fishing. You’ll be able to target Haddock, Cod, Pollock, Cusk, Halibut, Monkfish, and Hake. These fish are great table fare, but keep an eye on regulations for size and limits of fish, as some, like Cod, must be released.

Where to Go

Unlike deep sea fishing in the south of the U.S, you don’t need to head out hundreds of miles to hit the deeper waters. Distances of 30 miles can put you into water 400 feet deep in the Gulf of Maine. You’ll want to book a charter of 10 hours minimum to give you the best chance of catching your trophy fish. There are plenty of spots that you can fish from. Below are some of the top spots.

Mistaken Ground

Head out 10 miles from New Ledge to the Mistaken Ground, which reaches depths of 600 feet! A lot of smaller fishing vessels stop here, as the fish stick around even in the winter. Cod and Cusk have two peaks, between May and July, and again from October to November. Also found during the winter are Hake, Pollock, and Haddock – at this time of year, you can either go ice fishing inland or deep sea fishing!

The Kettle

The Kettle can be found 10 miles south of Seguin Island. It is a hugely popular plateau-like expanse that reaches depths of 350 feet, although it can be 150 feet in some places – perfect fishing conditions. Come between June and September and try trolling to hit those huge Bluefin Tuna. This is also a hot spot for Shark fishing, and for bottom fishing for Hake, Haddock, Cusk, Cod, and Pollock.

Jeffreys Ledge

Head out of any of the southwest ports in Maine and you’re sure to swing by Jeffreys Ledge. Up to 30 miles from shore and reaching depths of 300 feet, the Ledge is great for Bluefin Tuna, Cod, Pollock, Haddock, and Shark. In July, you might even find a Halibut or two!

Boon Island

Just 6 miles offshore is Boon Island, where the seafloor rapidly drops to 360 feet. Mix up your day by targeting both Bluefin Tuna and Cod, Haddock, and Cusk. This is one of the prime winter fishing spots for Haddock in the area.

The Garden

From Eagle Island you can find The Garden. This small area is around 2 miles long but has varying depths from 200–360 feet. This is a prime fishery in the fall for Cod, and in the spring for Cod, Haddock, and Cusk.

How to Fish

  • Deep sea fishing off of Maine is all about using different methods to get the most out of your trip. You’ll be deep jigging, bottom fishing, and trolling.

  • When targeting giant Tuna, you’ll need strong tackle! Use rods up to 130 lb test for best results.

  • For bottom fishing for Cod and Haddock, a medium power rod is needed, with a braided line. Jigging is the most effective method to catch your fill.

When to Go

Fishing out of Maine is most productive in the warmer months. The best time to fish is between April and October. If you’ve got a winter vacation booked, fish with a captain who can take you to the productive winter spots.

If you’re after world-class Tuna, deep sea fishing in Maine is your best chance of reeling in these huge predators. There’s something to catch throughout the year – you’ll have a blast reeling in the fish that call these waters home.

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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Maine

I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter Baltimore, MD
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Saltwater Fishing with Captain Joe
Saltwater Fishing with Captain Joe Norridgewock, Maine
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises Winthrop Harbor, IL
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Balding Eagle Enterprises
Balding Eagle Enterprises
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Bucks Bass And Beyond
Bucks Bass And Beyond Greenwich, CT
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter Biddeford, Maine
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter Tonawanda, New York
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
Saltwater Fishing with Captain Joe
Saltwater Fishing with Captain Joe
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter Haverhill, MA
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter
Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter Mocksville, NC
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Whiptail Adventures
Whiptail Adventures Chester Springs, PA
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Sea Time Fishing Charters
Sea Time Fishing Charters Potsdam, New York
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
F/V Lost Charters
F/V Lost Charters Pulaski, VA
Book a morning trip to increase your odds and stay away from the heat. The ocean is rougher than you would think, keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach and if you have balance issues.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a morning trip to increase your odds and stay away from the heat. The ocean is rougher than you would think, keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach and if you have balance issues.
Maine Tuna Fishing
Maine Tuna Fishing Saco, ME
Book for a full day if you want to bring back your quota. It takes two hours to get to Jeffrey Ledge which is where you want to be.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book for a full day if you want to bring back your quota. It takes two hours to get to Jeffrey Ledge which is where you want to be.
Maine Tuna Fishing
Maine Tuna Fishing Scarborough, Maine
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
Seawalker Excursions
Seawalker Excursions United States
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
Special J Charters
Special J Charters Danville, Kentucky

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