Our Top 15 Cape Cod Fishing Charters
By: Tonya Jean Kelsey
The waters surrounding Cape Cod provide for excellent boat fishing experiences. The best way to get the most out of your trip is to hire a local Cape Cod fishing charter for a day (or more) on the open ocean with a skilled crew.
Whether you are up for a deep-sea exploit or a relaxing day on the harbor, the region has bluefish, tuna, striped bass (stripers), black sea bass, scup, cod, false albacore, bonito, even shark and white marlin, just to name a few. Many charters will clean the fish for you and may even prepare a delicious meal right on board.
Charters are available for all group sizes and ages. Smaller boats accommodate up to six people, while others can take groups of 10 to 20 and even as many as 45 passengers. Rates are competitive and you can experience Cape Cod fishing for as little as $45 per person for 2 hours with a mixed group or $400 for a 3-to-4-hour private charter, to $1,200 for a full-day experience, and upwards of $3,000 for overnight, 2-day and longer trips.
Here are a few of the best Cape Cod Fishing Charters:
Out of Falmouth Harbor:
Falmouth Family Charters offers charters for up to 6 people with 2-hour trips, 4-hour trips, and hourly rates for custom trips on the Scrimshaw, a 29’ Albermarle Express Sport Fish boat that is sturdy, stable, and fast. On board, there is a queen bunk, enclosed stand up head (restroom), refrigerator, microwave, and plenty of storage. The crew specializes in family adventures that include fishing, sightseeing, and picnics. All the rods and tackle you need are provided as you go after striped bass, bluefish, fluke and even sea bass. After a few hours of fishing, many guests enjoy swimming and lunch in a beautiful cove. Along the way, you will have a chance to learn knot tying skills, basic seamanship, and all about the fish you’re catching. The kids may even get to drive! Falmouth Family Charters is well known for providing a fun, safe, and exciting experience for all.
Hairball Charters’ experienced captain enjoys taking experienced anglers and beginners alike out around Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and beyond. The Hairball Charters boat is a custom built 27′ Conch with the power to get you to some the best fishing spots in record time – they chase the fish and guests catch 40” striped bass almost daily. In fact, the captain guarantees you’ll catch a big bass, or you’ll get another trip on the house. Depending on the season, you may also have the chance to go after bluefish, bonito, false albacore, tuna, and even marlin or shark. Families and kids are welcome and fishing gear is provided. Hairball has 4-hour trips, half-day trips, full day charters, and 12-hour offshore tuna, marlin, and shark trips.
The Fish Bandit targets bluefish, bonito, false albacore, king mackerel, sea bass, striped bass, fluke, scup and more in the waters on the south side of Cape Cod, up into Buzzards Bay, and wherever the fish are active. The boat is a 24′ Center Console Robalo plenty of power, an onboard head, three live wells for bait, and the latest electronics including fish finder, depth finder, G.P.S. and radar. The Fish Bandit’s private charters accommodate up to 4 people with 4-hour afternoon trips, 6-hour morning trips, and 8-hour day charters.
Out of Sandwich Harbor:
Laura-Jay Sportfishing Charters hosts full- and half-day trips for up to 6 people, as well as extended offshore adventures. The Laura-Jay is a custom 31’ Duffy Sportfisherman decked out for serious fishing and operated by one of the charter’s experienced, knowledgeable captains. Primary targets are striped bass, black sea bass, bluefin tuna, bluefish, and cod. Both novice and experienced anglers are welcome aboard to relax, have fun, catch lots of fish, and have great stories to tell when it is over.
Sarah ‘K’ Charters operates a roomy 38′ Down East Sportfisherman with a 15’ beam, a large cockpit, full-sized head, and comfortable accommodations for groups of up to 6 people. Join the experienced captain on a 5- or 7-hour fishing trip in Buzzards Bay for porgies and sea bass, a 10-hour trip around the Islands for fluke, porgies, and sea bass, or a 10-hour trip out to Stellwagon Bank on the outer edge of the Cape for haddock and pollock, school tuna or cod. All custom bait and tackle are included. For current prices, booking and details, visit them online.
Captain Joe P Charters is all about fishing, whether you are after a relaxing day on the water or you’re serious about hooking a trophy. The team caters to all walks of anglers – families, friends, coworkers, private tours, and special occasions. Primary targets are stripers, scup, sea bass, bluefish, fluke, and tuna, but Captain Joe is open to special requests. The boat is the Miss Jennie, a custom H & H Down East Osmond with a 15’ beam, spacious deck, and state of the art electronics. They offer charters for groups of up to 6 people with 4-hour tours starting, half-day trips in the morning or afternoon, and 8-hour day tours. Captain Joe also does 10-hour tuna and shark trips as well as extended trips to the Northeast Canyons.
Out of Lewis Bay, Hyannis:
Helen H offers a unique experience on larger boats with mixed groups of people, or they can accommodate parties of up to 38 people, for ground fishing off Georges Bank and Nantucket Shoals using bait and jigs. If you don’t have a group or want the expense of a private tour, this could be just the ticket. Full-day bottom fishing trips start at just $225 (rod and reel rental is $20 extra) and you’ll be going after cod, haddock and pollack. 2-day trips (you’ll make separate hotel arrangements for the night) start at $400 per person and the primary targets are fluke, sea bass, cod, and haddock. Novice and seasoned anglers are welcome. Whether you have a large group or you’re on your own, Helen H. can give you a truly memorable fishing experience!
Predatuna Sportfishing offers some of the best Cape Cod fishing and can help you land jumbo porgies, sea bass, striped bass, bluefish, or cod, depending on the season. The Predatuna II is a spacious 35′ JC Sportfisher with turbo charged twin engines. The cockpit has plenty of room for up to 6 people, plus there’s running water, a full-size head, a microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator, and bunks as well as top-of-the-line GPS, fish finders and radar. The captain has worked the area for years as commercial fisherman and charter operator, so he’s got the skills to help you catch more fish. 4-hour, 5-hour, 6-hour, and 8-hour trips target stripers, bluefish, and sea bass. 12-hour offshore trips go after bluefin tuna, codfish, shark, or fluke. Predatuna also does overnight Canyon trips to seek out yellowfin tuna, swordfish, marlin, wahoo and more.
Fat 2na Willy’s Fishing Charters has two boats to suit your needs, a 23′ Seacraft named Hell on Reels most suitable for 4 person groups, and a big, 42’ Bruno named Miss Andrea for groups of up to 6 people with plenty of room to spread out, get comfortable and catch fish safely with the help of a professional crew. Miss Andrea launches from Hyannis Harbor and Hell on Reels can be put in just about anywhere. Small boat charters include 4-hour striper and 5-hour bluefish trips, 8-hour striper trips, 8-hour shark trips, and 9 to 12-hour tuna trips. Miss Andrea charters include 5-hour bluefish, squid, sea bass, or scup and porgy trips, and full day striper trips.
Out of Rock Harbor, Orleans:
Rock Harbor Charters has a whole fleet of charter boats to meet just about any fishing needs. With 10 fully equipped sportfishing boats and a variety of charter packages, Rock Harbor can accommodate groups of up to 6 people on each boat for private tours, individual and smaller groups can split charters to minimize the cost, and large groups can reserve as many boats as needed for corporate events, fishing tournaments, charity outings and other events. Fishing trips target striped bass, bluefish, shark, and bluefin tuna on the Cape Cod Bay. The professional captains and crew are willing and able to accommodate the needs of experienced anglers and novices alike, all tackle and gear is provided, and a mate will clean your catch for you. Rock Harbor offers private 4-hour trips, private 8-hour trips, and 4- or 8-hour split charters at per person rates.
Liberty Fishing Charters is a family owned and operated service using a 46’ Hatteras Sportfisherman with all the comforts of home – coffee and cold drinks in the galley, an air conditioned or heated salon, two staterooms and heads with showers, a spacious bridge with incredible views, and state-of-the-art electronics. Perfect for relaxing on the bay or a serious angling adventure, Liberty Fishing supplies all the gear and takes you out to where the striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna are known to feed. For groups of up to 6 people, Liberty has 4-hour and 8-hour bass and bluefish trips, as well as 12-hour excursions for bass and bluefish or bass and tuna. Liberty also does overnight charters, harbor and island cruises, parties, and whale watching tours.
Triton and Unchained Fishing Charters are known for their successful charters, often exceeding the expectations of anglers. The Triton is a 38’ Holland custom sports fisherman with four fighting chairs and a full tuna tower. The Unchained is a 26-foot Regulator center console that is faster than most and very comfortable. Both will get you to the fishing grounds quickly to make the most out of your fishing time. They specialize in catching striped bass, bluefish, and tuna in Cape Cod Bay and beyond. Depending on what the fish are feeding on, you’ll use topwater casting, mid water trolling, or bottom jigging. Triton charters accommodate groups of up to 6 people for 4- and 8-hour bass and bluefish trips, full day tuna or combination tuna and striper or haddock and pollack. Unchained charters include 2-, 4-, and 8-hour bass and bluefish trips, full day tuna or tuna and striper combination trips, plus 2 to 4 hour groundfish (haddock and pollack) trips that are especially good for kids.
Beth Ann Charters takes anglers out fishing for striped bass, bluefish, and even bluefin tuna on their two boats, the Beth Ann and Bethie. Beth Ann is a 38’ Wesmac Downeaster with a very spacious deck, bait well and tuna door for pulling in extra-large fish, dual front helm seat, full bridge with seating for five, enclosed cabin, and large head. Bethie is a 29’ classic Cape Cod Bay vessel made by Dyer. Charters on Beth Ann include 2.5-hour and 4-hour striper and bluefish trips, 5-hour combination striper, bluefish and whale watching trips, and full-day bluefin tuna trips. Bethie charters are 2.5-hour and 4-hour striper and bluefish trips. For more information, visit Beth Ann Charters online.
SeaSalt Charters offers private whale watching and fishing charters from the Dolphin Fleet dock in Provincetown for groups of up to 6 people on the Kapula, a 28’ Parker boat with over 90 square feet of open deck space on the stern, ample seating, forward pilothouse open to guests, deck space on the bow, and a marine head in the berth. The captain’s experience as a commercial striped bass fisherman and extensive knowledge of depths, tides, currents, and feeding patterns of the fish makes for extraordinarily successful fishing trips where you’re likely to catch striped bass, bluefish, fluke, cod, and blue fin tuna. Depending on the conditions, you may use light tackle to catch fish at the surface or heavier tackle to troll for the fish deeper in the water or on the bottom, and all rods, tackle and bait will be supplied. SeaSalt offers 4-hour fishing trips and 6-hour combination fishing and whale watching tours.
Chas’n Tails Charter Fishing serves up Cape Cod Bay fishing on the Lisa Zee, a custom 28′ ROS Downeast boat with an enclosed cabin, spacious cockpit, and head in the berth. The captain’s lifelong passion for fishing makes for a fun, exciting and memorable fishing experience. All bait and tackle are supplied, and the skilled crew will clean and fillet your fresh catch at the end of your trip. Chas’n Tails has 2.5-hour afternoon striped bass and bluefish charters and 4-hour morning or afternoon striped bass and bluefish charters for up to 6 people, as well as 8-hour bluefin tuna trips for up to 4 people.
For prices, booking, and more information on any of these Cape Cod fishing charters please visit their websites directly. If you want information on other boating charters, please check out Cape Cod Boat Charters and Tours.
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