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Fishing in Nantucket

Fishing off Nantucket

The waters around Nantucket Island abound with a wide variety of fish. Both experienced anglers and first time casters will enjoy Nantucket fishing.

Fishing charters are very popular on the island. You will find many options: onshore, offshore, flats fishing, early morning and night fishing, group trips, and the opportunity to hire a captain for your own boat. About two dozen captains fish out of Nantucket Harbor, some right out of Straight Wharf. Most Nantucket skippers prefer trolling, though some do offer spin casting excursions.

Nantucket charter fishing tours range between 2 1/2 hours and five hours, to all day. Private charter boats generally carry four to six passengers in a single party. Head boats will carry as many as 20 individuals who will share fishing times.

Hours: Times vary, depending on charter. Individuals may fish at any hour in some areas-at their own risk.
Prices: Depends on charter chosen and length of trip

Barton & Gray Hinckley Cruise

Why not own your own yacht for a day? Now you can, for half-day and full-day excursions, as you tour Nantucket Harbor, motor over to Coatue for a private picnic, swim off  Tuckernuck Island, or cruise to Martha's Vineyard. We'll stock the boat with all the provisions you'll need for your special outing. It's a great way to spend the day with family and friends. To view itineraries, click here. We'll be happy to assist in planning your itinerary.


Nantucket Bluefin Blast

The bluefin tuna is one of the most prized game fish in the ocean. Luckily, they swim freely in the waters around Nantucket Island and Cape Cod. On September 6 and 7, 2014, Nantucket invites visitors to come fish in a private tourney off island for bluefin with their friends and family while competing with other boats and anglers to catch-and release-the most fish. Winners receive bluefin trophies and other prizes.

Big Game Battle

"The Big Game Battle" is an Invitational Fishing Tournament held August 14-17, 2014 on the historic island of Nantucket. Each year the Big Game Battle Committee chooses a foundation to support with guidance from captains and crews. The island is full of activity during the event, and just about everyone can participate. Visit to learn more.


  • Group fishing charters
  • Inshore and offshore fishing
  • Flats fishing
  • Large game fishing
  • Catch-and-eat excursions
Charter trips are very popular with visitors who enjoy large game fishing. Skippers offer trips between two and eight hours long. Private charter boats generally accommodate 4 to 6 passengers in a single party. Head boats can carry 20 individuals, and allow individuals to share fishing times. Additionally, you'll find whale watching tours, seal cruises, sunset cruises, water taxis, and day sailing trips.

There is generally no minimum age limit for children to fish on charter boats, but children should not take part in large game fishing without help and supervision. Monomoy Charters does offer a special "Critter Cruise" for younger children.


Q1: Where are the best places to fish around Nantucket Island?

A1: The waters around Great Point Rip are pretty ideal, as well as the waters in Old Man Shoal. The east and south sides of the island offers ample opportunities for those looking for stripers and big blues, especially off Sankaty Lighthouse. The sand bars tend to shift around on the west side of the island, so visiting anglers are advised against fishing in those areas.

Q2: When is the best time of the year to catch great fish?

A2: The end of May through October. October is known for scalloping.
Distance from Attraction: Within walking distance of some charters.
Specials: None available.
Reasons to Stay Near Hotel:
  • Close to ferry docks and airport
  • Offer waterfront accommodations
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