New England Fly & Light Tackle SportFishing
Courtesy MA Division of Marine Fisheries.
Numerous opportunities exist here in the waters where I cut my teeth on saltwater fishing. Range on-board our boat allows us to fish Eastern LIS, the watch hill reefs and beaches, Block Island, Fishers Island, and Montauk. The season really kicks off in late May or Early June with Stripers and Fluke. As the waters warm in the summer, action heats up with bluefish and the other bottom fish of Black Sea Bass and Porgies. We occasionally see a shot of school Bluefin that move in range as well. Late summer and fall brings about some of the best action of the season as bonito and falsies move in to join the bass and blues on the annual fall run. There is also some good shark fishing within 12 miles or so of Block Island and Montauk.The fishing here wraps up in October and November with blackfish. We got some nice fish last year on rock piles just a short run away in late October. When fishing here I am either launching at Spicer's Marina in Noank or am docked at Noank Village Boatyard.
Many Anglers up in the Boston area including myself enjoy starting their saltwater season fishing the winter flounder fishery in Boston Harbor. The fish have come back in a big way and limits are liberal with 8 allowed per person. Fishing is best in May and June. I offer charters and open boat trips with pickup and drop off in Winthrop for flounder fishing. There is also good light tackle fishing (spin and fly) for stripers and bluefish in the Harbor and in the rips around the Harbor islands.
Much of my fishing out of "Glahstah" falls into the "Near-Offshore" category as I start the season off fishing for Cod and Haddock on Stellwagen or Jeffrey's Ledge. The run to the grounds is typically 10-20 miles offshore so we watch the weather closely and fish days suitable for the MEGABITE. We will be monitoring the regulations and will keep you posted on cod and haddock. Bluefin Tuna are also accessible and I love to fish for school Bluefin. We have had a number of fish in the 120-170 lb range on the boat. I troll for these fish and I also jig and pop with offshore spinning gear setup specifically for the demands of handling these beasts. We recently had a 160 lb fish on a spinning outfit. When fishing Gloucester I have been launching behind Gloucester High at the Dunfudgin public ramp. In 2021, I will be offering Boston Harbor flounder trips with departures available from Winthrop.
I love to fish for bonito and false albacore and the lower cape is ground zero for these line peelers. These are typically half or full day trips as I often run to the south side of the vineyard. I like to troll for the bonito but we can also fly fish or spin cast for them as well if there is surface activity. Later in the summer and early fall the false albacore can often be found close to our point of departure and morning trips are possible. The cape also has great bass fishing and blues are nearly always there. Bottom fishing is also excellent for fluke and seabass on well known grounds in Vineyard Sound. Cape Cod also offers great beaches, restaurants, cape cod league baseball, ice cream, wineries, and accommodations for anglers and vacationers alike. When fishing lower cape cod I have been launching in the Falmouth / Mashpee area.
Other departure points available can be found in Green Harbor, Sandwich, Plymouth, Chatham, and Buzzards Bay. If there are school bluefin zoned in on southern Stellwagen bank or Peaked Hill or there are other targets worthy of pursuing I will sometimes use these departure points.
Departure location is set at time of booking for light tackle and open boat/bottomfish charters. For "Near Offshore" bluefin trips we will call the day before your scheduled trip to confirm departure location. Please see the Resources page
http://www.megabitefishingcharters.com/mfc-resources.htm for directions and some other information that help us in planning. I will also be updating our facebook page on a regular basis as to where we are fishing or feel free to call for more info on dates, location, and availability. http://www.megabitefishingcharters.com/calendar.html