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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. Striped Bass

  2. Striped Bass

    There is a 20.49% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 9221 Striped Bass counted.

    Gloucester Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER STRIPED BASS COUNTS CHART


  3. Haddock

  4. Haddock

    There is a 14.41% catch rate for Haddock, based on 6488 Haddock counted.

    Gloucester Haddock Counts Chart
    Haddock

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER HADDOCK COUNTS CHART


  5. Atlantic Cod

  6. Atlantic Cod

    There is a 13.4% catch rate for Atlantic Cod, based on 6033 Atlantic Cod counted.

    Gloucester Atlantic Cod Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER ATLANTIC COD COUNTS CHART


  7. Atlantic Mackerel

  8. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 12.13% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 5460 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Gloucester Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER ATLANTIC MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  9. Spiny Dogfish

  10. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 6.08% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 2739 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Gloucester Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  11. Pollock

  12. Pollock

    There is a 5.5% catch rate for Pollock, based on 2475 Pollock counted.

    Gloucester Pollock Counts Chart
    Pollock

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER POLLOCK COUNTS CHART


  13. Black Sea Bass

  14. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 3.38% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1522 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Gloucester Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  15. Acadian Rockfish

  16. Acadian Rockfish

    There is a 3.09% catch rate for Acadian Rockfish, based on 1389 Acadian Rockfish counted.

    Gloucester Acadian Rockfish Counts Chart
    Acadian

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER ACADIAN ROCKFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. American Plaice

  18. American Plaice

    There is a 3.02% catch rate for American Plaice, based on 1361 American Plaice counted.

    Gloucester American Plaice Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER AMERICAN PLAICE COUNTS CHART


  19. Winter Flounder

  20. Winter Flounder

    There is a 2.16% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 973 Winter Flounder counted.

    Gloucester Winter Flounder Counts Chart
    Winter

    ENLARGE GLOUCESTER WINTER FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 98 species of fish and 45013 fish counted for July 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: 7/5/2024 1:02:50 PM

*** 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. Tillies Ledge


  6. RTs Spot


  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. Agawam Boat & Fishing Charters


  8. Amanda Marine 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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