Massachusetts Shore Fishing

Massachusetts Shore Fishing
Massachusetts is steeped in nautical and fishing heritage. Both commercial and sport fishing opportunities abound in the state. Sebastian Junger wrote about the famous fishing tragedy in his book, "The Perfect Storm," which talked of the dangers of offshore fishing, from Massachusetts-based fishing boat. There are plenty of places to fish in Massachusetts that do not require you to take to the seas. Be sure to have a valid Massachusetts fishing license prior to dropping a line into the state's waters.

North Shore Sport Fishing Dock

The North Shore Sport Fishing Dock is in the historic fishing community of Gloucester. Fishing for cod, redfish and sole is possible from the docks. It is possible to fish for these species all year long at Gloucester. Size limits for cod are 22 inches with a maximum of 10 fish allowed per day. There is no catch limit to gray sole, but they must be at least 14 inches to be kept. Redfish must be a minimum of nine inches and there is no limit. Try using weighted line with jigging lures for flounder and redfish.

North Shore Sport Fishing Dock
211 East Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930-4161
(978) 283-6880‎

Johns Pond/Cape Cod Bass Fishing

You can fish for bass at Johns Pond in Cape Cod. This "kettle pond" has an average depth of 23 feet, which makes for prime bass fishing, according to the Massachusetts Department of Game and Fish. Steve Hurley, the Southeast District biologist for MassWildlife, suggests fishing the area near the sunken hump southwest of the boat ramp at the lake's southwest section. To get to the lake, follow Route 28 south and go east on Route 151. Turn left onto Ashumet Road which leads to Hooppole Road. The ramp is on the right off Hooppole Road.

Quincy and South Boston

You can find good fishing in Massachusetts' capital city, Boston. The Carson Beach area has solid shore fishing, according to the Shore Fishing Quincy and South Boston website. Reports of striped bass and blues are common for Carson Beach. Using clams or cut mackerel as bait are favorite methods of catching these sport fish. Atom Poppers have been used at the beach successfully for stripers (striped bass.) You can take Boston's Redline (subway) to JFK/UMass station and walk to the beach, or drive to South Boston and use the free parking at the beach.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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