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With so many miles of shoreline, Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island is a world-famous region for enthusiasts looking for a good fishing trip. Your options will range from casting a line into the surf and spending a lazy day on shore seeing if anything nibbles, to renting a charter boat and heading out to the open seas in search of shark, tuna, cod, and other aquatic creatures. For most of the fish, the season is from April or May to October or November. Cod and Pollock, however, can be caught nearly year-round.
Fishing Trips around Boston, Massachusetts
One of the few areas along the Massachusetts coastline where you can find good sport fishing all year long is Boston Harbor. The Harbor offers recreational fishing where you might catch striped bass, mackerel, winter flounder, or bluefish, while many of the Harbor Islands have excellent shore-fishing locations.
Fishing Trips around Cape Ann
Cape Ann was once known as the commercial fishing capital of the world. Today, the Cape is just as well known for its sports fishing, thanks to its waters filled with stripers, bluefish, cod, and haddock. A half-day charter costs in the vicinity of $400. If you're looking for a fly fishing trip, travel a little inland to Nissitissit River, located in north-east Massachusetts near the town of Pepperell. Remember, however, that this is a catch and release area.
Fishing Trips around Cape Cod
There's a generous helping of state parks on Cape Cod in which you can fish. Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee, and Nickerson State Park in Brewster, all offer fishing and other activities. During the summer months, the waters off of Cape Cod can warm up to a very comfortable 80 degrees, and bring in warm-water fish such as bonito, Spanish mackerel, and false albacore.
Fishing Trips around Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Martha's Vineyard, and to a larger extent Nantucket, have been known for centuries for their fishing. This industry put Nantucket on the map. Nowadays most of the fishing is charter-oriented. Charter a boat and a captain, head out to sea from these islands, and try your luck and skill. Inshore you can catch striped bass and bluefish, and the cost for half a day is about $500. Off shore, the price can run to up to $1200, but this is a full-day excursion, and you can catch marlin, tuna, and sharks. Usually, the caught fish are cleaned and filleted for you on the dock, and if you don't catch anything, you don't have to pay.
Off Martha's Vineyard to the east is Chappaquiddick Island. It actually isn't fully an island, as a barrier beach connects it to Martha's Vineyard. On the island's southeast tip is Wasque Point, where you can fish for striped bass and bluefish, among others.
Fishing Trips in Rhode Island
There's always some place to fish in Rhode Island, no matter the time of year.
For great saltwater fishing sites, book a charter boat and head out to Galilee, Jerusalem, Point Judith, Snug Harbor, or Watch Hill, where anglers can fish for striped bass, bluefish, and fluke. Farther off-shore still, the catch includes shark, tuna, cod, and more.
Some of the best spots for freshwater fishing are southwest Rhode Island's scenic Wood River and Pawcatuck River, which offer great trout fishing throughout the spring, summer, and autumn. Freshwater catches might include game fish such as largemouth bass, northern pike, and trout. The trout season officially opens on the second Saturday of April at sunrise.
Fishing on Block Island, to the south of Rhode Island, you can catch bluefish, bonito, striped bass, false albacore, tuna, fluke, sea bass, and sharks. There's only one charter boat company on the island, called Block Island Fishworks. One half-day of fishing costs a little more than $300.
Fishing Spots in Boston, Cape Cod, Newport, Connecticut, Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island
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Cahoon Hollow Beach - Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Menemsha Beach - Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Kalmus Beach - Barnstable, Massachusetts
Brenton Point State Park Beach - Newport, Rhode Island
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Beach - Nantucket, Massachusetts
Parkers River National Wildlife Refuge Beach - Yarmouth, Massachusetts