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Gloucester Fishing

Gloucester Fishing

Gloucester has a long history of fishing. A group of Englishmen established a settlement in Gloucester in 1623, finding it a good place for fishing. Gloucester was also the first fishing port in the US. By the late 1800s, the coastal city was one of the top ports for fisheries. It traded with several countries, including China, India, Surinam and countries in Europe. With many nearshore and offshore fishing opportunities, Gloucester fishing has been a top location for fishing for centuries.

Gloucester fishing can deliver a wide variety of fish, including Atlantic Mackerel, Bluefish, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Spiny Dogfish and Striped Bass from inshore and nearshore locations. There is also good Blackfish (Tautog), Black Sea Bass, Cod, and Haddock fishing on the bottom. Nearshore and Offshore there are several types of tuna, including Bluefin and Little Tunny. While the warmer months are generally more productive, fishing in Gloucester can be good all year round.



Gloucester Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Gloucester, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 21.6% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 267 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Gloucester Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  3. Blackbelly Rosefish

  4. Blackbelly Rosefish

    There is a 19.09% catch rate for Blackbelly Rosefish, based on 236 Blackbelly Rosefish counted.

    Gloucester Blackbelly Rosefish Counts Chart
    Blackbelly

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER BLACKBELLY ROSEFISH COUNTS CHART


  5. Sheepshead

  6. Sheepshead

    There is a 18.37% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 227 Sheepshead counted.

    Gloucester Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER SHEEPSHEAD COUNTS CHART


  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 8.17% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 101 Red Drum counted.

    Gloucester Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  9. American Plaice

  10. American Plaice

    There is a 5.18% catch rate for American Plaice, based on 64 American Plaice counted.

    Gloucester American Plaice Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER AMERICAN PLAICE COUNTS CHART


  11. Southern Flounder

  12. Southern Flounder

    There is a 4.61% catch rate for Southern Flounder, based on 57 Southern Flounder counted.

    Gloucester Southern Flounder Counts Chart
    Southern

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER SOUTHERN FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  13. Gulf Kingfish

  14. Gulf Kingfish

    There is a 4.29% catch rate for Gulf Kingfish, based on 53 Gulf Kingfish counted.

    Gloucester Gulf Kingfish Counts Chart
    Gulf

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER GULF KINGFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Haddock

  16. Haddock

    There is a 4.13% catch rate for Haddock, based on 51 Haddock counted.

    Gloucester Haddock Counts Chart
    Haddock

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER HADDOCK COUNTS CHART


  17. Black Drum

  18. Black Drum

    There is a 2.51% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 31 Black Drum counted.

    Gloucester Black Drum Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER BLACK DRUM COUNTS CHART


  19. Hardhead Catfish

  20. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 1.86% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 23 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Gloucester Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart
    Hardhead

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER HARDHEAD CATFISH COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 36 species of fish and 1236 fish counted for February around Gloucester.

To date, there are 174 species of fish and a total of 1408990 fish counted for Gloucester and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1847 (177 years).

Last Update: 2/23/2024 11:23:59 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Gloucester are the following:

  1. Tuna Hole


  2. Rock Piles


  3. Saturday Night Ledge


  4. Jammies Rock


  5. RTs Spot


  6. Tillies Ledge


  7. IPS-039


  8. wreck-2918


  9. Mud Ledge


  10. wreck-2930


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Top Gloucester Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Surfland Bait & Tackle
    Our bait is brought in fresh nearly every day. We sell clams suitable for your own consumption, not just the fish. When fresh bait is scarce we have lots of frozen as well. We'll send you out with the best stuff.

  2. Bridge Road Bait & Tackle
    Your Massachusetts Official Weigh Station and best place to purchase all your fresh and saltwater bait and tackle at the best prices.

  3. Three Lanterns Marine & Fishing
    Your one stop shop for all your Marine and Fishing supplies!

  4. Fisherman's Outfitter
    We're committed to providing hands-on service, expert advice and quality brands. We triple-test all of our gear on the water - so you can be sure you'll get the very best.

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Top Gloucester Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Yankee Fleet
    Yankee Fleet is and has been a leader in Deep Sea fishing for more than 60 years. All day fishing. 1/2 Day Fishing. Marathon Trips. 1 and 2 day Overnights

  2. Tuna Hunter
    Tuna Hunter offers full-service deep sea Gloucester fishing charters for giant bluefin tuna, striped bass, cod and haddock, sharks, flounder, bluefish and more. Corporate, family and custom fishing charters are welcome. All bait, tackle and instructi

  3. Gloucester Fleet
    Gloucester Fleet is located just 40 minutes North of Boston and is easy to reach by Route 128! Our base of operations is close to some of the best fishing grounds in the Gulf of Maine. We fish areas, depending on the time of year, such as Stellwagen

  4. Connemara Bay Fishing Charters
    Connemara Bay Charters offers lobsterbake cruises, saltwater fishing, lobstering, and scenic charters in and around the waters off Cape Ann, Massachusetts (including Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Ipswich). The Connemara Bay is a 37-foot tradit

  5. Fat Tuna Guide Service
    Fat Tuna Guides offers one of the finest fishing experiences in the Northeast. We pride ourselves on the local knowledge of our waters, the latest fishing equipment and tactics, and comfortable and enjoyable vessels to handle a variety of application

  6. Lady J. Fishing Charters
    It is my mission to bring you the excitement that fishing offshore of Gloucester brings me each day, give us the opportunity to show you how great fishing can be and we will make sure not to disappoint you.

  7. Amanda Marine Fishing Charters


  8. Agawam Boat & Fishing Charters


  9. Striper King Charters
    Deep sea fishing for cod and haddock, or a private fishing charter for striped bass or blues, we have it all! Whether a pro looking for your trophy, or a beginner looking for your first striper Capt. Vito has a fishing charter designed just for you.

  10. Sandy B Fishing Charters
    Deep Sea fishing charters targeting Cod, Haddock, Striped Bass and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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