Martha’s Vineyard sits right in the middle of some of the best fishing grounds in the world. From the Elizabeth Islands, through Vineyard Sound, around to Nantucket Sound and Wasque Shoals, and down to the Northeast Canyons, there are infinite opportunities to catch bluefish, tuna, striped bass (stripers), black sea bass, scup, cod, false albacore, bonito, even shark and white marlin, just to name a few. Consider hiring one of the many Martha’s Vineyard fishing charters for a day (or more) on the open ocean with a skilled crew for the best results.
Martha’s Vineyard fishing charters are available for individuals, small groups, and large groups, for as little as a few hours to half-day and full-day trips or overnight offshore trips. Some charters also offer treats like whale watching with a champagne brunch, romantic sunset cruises, wildlife watching tours, diving adventures and picnic excursions. There’s a Martha’s Vineyard boating adventure for everyone, and fishing is just the beginning.
Here are 10 of the best Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Charters
Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Guide hosts groups of up to 5 passengers on a 29’ center console boat for half-day or full-day fishing trips around Martha’s Vineyard. The smaller 17.5’ Aquasport can take up to 2 people out for half-day trips. Seasoned anglers and novices are welcome, and all the necessary gear for a successful fishing adventure is provided. The primary targets are striped bass, bluefish, black sea bass, bonito, false albacore, fluke, and scup. On request, you can also arrange an offshore trip to go after shark, mahi, or tuna.
The “Skipper” of Oak Bluffs is a large boat that accommodates up to 40 people. The per person rate gets you a 4-hour fishing trip on Vineyard Sound with rod, reel and bait provided. This is a fun and affordable way to get a taste of deep-sea fishing that’s great for all ages. Typical catches include black sea bass, fluke, scup, tautog, striped bass and bluefish. The boat is also available for large group parties – company, family reunion, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. – whether you plan on fishing, enjoying a fantastic sunset view, or checking out the ocean wildlife, and catering can be arranged.
High Tide Charters has a 23’ Sailfish charter boat available for half-day and full-day trips out of Edgartown. Enjoy a day on Nantucket Sound using light tackle or fly fishing for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore and more. Fishing gear includes custom rods and flies made by the captain himself, who’s near 60 years of local experience mean you will most certainly be catching fish in no time.
MV Sportfishing uses a 27’ shamrock center console that has a large, open deck with plenty of room for fishing, comfortable seating for all, sufficient storage to keep everything out of your way. Based out of Chilmark, the charter has quick access to the waters around Menemsha and Vineyard Sound for all the striped bass, bluefish, and bonito fishing you desire.
Beamish Charters offers custom private fishing trips aboard a spacious 35-foot Henriques Maine Coaster. The boat has a very comfortable cabin, roomy cockpit, clean head, hot and cold running water, and room in the v-berth for rest. The captain is a third-generation resident of the island and knows the surrounding waters better than most as he has been fishing, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, birding, and teaching on Martha’s Vineyard all his life. Beamish Charters offers not only fishing trips, but also diving adventures, sightseeing and sunset cruises, picnic outings, and just about any experience you’d like to pursue on the water.
Menemsha Blues Charters offers full-day and half-day trips out of Menemsha Harbor to fish the fertile waters of Vineyard Sound for some of the best striped bass and bluefish fishing around. Experienced anglers, novices and families are welcome. All rods, tackle and bait are included but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you’d like, and the crew will clean and filet your catch for you.The captain has been fishing the waters of Vineyard Sound since he was a child and knows where to find the fish!
Done Deal Charters uses a state-of-the-art vessel that was custom made for sportfishing with a high-powered engine and a range of 300 miles. The boat also has comfortable sleeping accommodations for 4, a three-burner propane stove, a small gas grill, a well-appointed head with toilet and hot shower, and carries fresh water for drinking, showering, and washing. Charters launch from Lake Tashmoo and include quarter-, half-, and full-day trips for up to 6 people for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, scup, sea bass, and fluke. Full-day and longer offshore trips target yellowfin and bluefin tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, and mahi mahi.
Tomahawk Charters offers premier fishing and whale watching cruises out of Aquinnah aboard a spacious 35’ Carolina Classic with refrigerated fish boxes, a full tackle center, covered seating for 6 people, refrigerator, stove, microwave, head with shower and sink, and room to sleeping accommodations for up to 6 people. Half-day and full-day charters go after striped bass, bluefish, black sea bass and fluke. Full-day and overnight offshore charters target bluefin tuna, marlin, wahoo, mahi mahi and shark. One of the boat’s captains is a member of the Wampanoag tribe of Aquinnah, the other a champion local fisherman, and both have been fishing around Martha’s Vineyard for decades.
Fishsticks Charters offers light tackle and fly-fishing trips around Martha’s Vineyard where you can catch striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and false albacore while taking in the fantastic scenery. The boat is a custom-built 26′ Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman. The center console design allows passengers to move around the boat easily and the spacious deck offers plenty of room for casting and fighting fish. The crew welcomes beginners as well as experienced anglers and can provide as much or as little assistance as is needed. Fishsticks has 4, 6, and 8-hour charters for up to 6 passengers plus offshore trips for up to 4 people.
Great Harbour Sport Fishing Charters offers charters for up to 6 passengers out of Edgartown Harbor. The boat, CayLee, is a 26’ Fortier fishing boat with a comfortable cabin and onboard head. All the fishing gear you need is supplied, and the fishing grounds of Nantucket Sound and Wasque Shoals are minutes away. Striped bass and bluefish are the primary targets, fished by top water spinning, jigging, and trolling. Bonito, little tuna, black sea bass and flounder are also possible, depending on the season. The scenery around Edgartown and Chappaquiddick is beautiful and looks just about the same as it has for the past one hundred years or more.