The “Bay State” is steeped in US history. It gave birth to the American Revolution and was at the forefront of American Democracy. But besides its historical richness, the state of Massachusetts is also known for its natural beauty and, in particular, for its great sport fishing. Whether it be inland, inshore or offshore, fishing the Bay State will not disappoint you. In fact, fishing in Massachusetts may be just as exciting and popular as going to a Red Sox-Yankees game!
Freshwater Fishing Massachusetts
Deep Sea Fishing MA
But where the state really shines is in its saltwater fishing. When we think of Massachusetts fishing we tend to think of Striped Bass fishing on Cape Cod or hooking into big Cod offshore from famous fishing ports like Gloucester or Boston Harbor. The state’s fisheries are rich and diverse. Cape Cod fishing charters are always fun, and you may even get a chance to do a little whale watching while traveling to your boat’s favorite fishing hole. From early Spring to late Fall – and even in the Winter- the Mass angler has a full plate of options open to him. Whether you want to surf fish the Cape beaches, cast your line just off the waters of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for Bluefish and trophy Striped Bass or head deep offshore for Mako Shark, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefin Tuna, you will find an experienced Massachusetts guide or charter boat to make your experience a memorable one.
Of course, great saltwater fishing in the Bay State is not limited to the Cape. You will find some of the best fishing off George’s Bank (about 120 mi southeast of Gloucester), probably the best spot in all of New England for Cod fishing. A Cod fishing charter will put you over some of the richest Cod Fish grounds in North America. You will also be rewarded here with plenty of Haddock, Pollock and other numerous other species. This is just one outstanding Massachusetts offshore location – the state has many others.
Closer inshore in the harbors and bays you will find that Black Sea Bass fishing, in addition to targeting other Massachusetts favorites such as Bluefish, Flounder, Scup (Northern Porgy) and schooling Stripers, will keep you busy. Here are some typical MA freshwater and saltwater fish species: