Maine has pristine waters that are teeming with life. From the Southern Tip of Kittery to the Northern Tip of Calais, anglers come for some great inshore and offshore action, and a lobster or two. There are many Maine Fishing Charters up and down the coast, but the majority of them are situated near Casco and Saco Bay. Here you will find many professional charter services ready to take you for a day of fun on the water. Whether you stay in the relatively calm inshore bays and inlets or brave the waves offshore, you will have fun reeling in fish after fish.
Inshore fishing in Maine is fantastic. Spend a day targeting the hard-hitting Bluefish, Striped Bass, Mackerel and Pollack on the ledges near the jetties, on the rivers and bays, and around the many islands. Some of the most popular inshore areas are Casco Bay, Saco Bay, the areas around Mt. Desert Island Narrows and the Bay of Bundy. Maine has many large and small fishing villages and towns, where you can find many Maine Fishing Charters with inshore options, including specific charters for Striped Bass and Bluefish.
There are some big fish off the coast that will get your heart pumping and adrenaline spiking. For some time of the year, there is epic Bluefin Tuna fishing at the ledges 20 – 30 miles offshore. On an extended Tuna charter, you can test your strength reeling in one of these beasts. But there is also some excellent Shark fishing. Many of the Maine Fishing Charters have Shark Trips where you will target Blue Sharks, Mako Sharks, Thresher Sharks and Porbeagle Sharks.
There is also an abundance of bottom fish or groundfish. You might find yourself reeling in Pollack, Cod, Cusk, Haddock and Monkfish on a Groundfish bottom fishing trip. Starting from Freeport, Portland and Tremont on Mt. Desert Island, you will find yourself at the fishing grounds in no time. These charters will take at least a full day because the fishing grounds are not close, and the weather and waves can be rough, especially when you go to reel in a Bluefin. But the rewards are well worth it.
When people think of Maine, the first that comes to mind is “Maine Lobster.” This famous crustacean can be found worldwide. Here in Maine, there are Lobster Tours where you can become a Lobsterman for a day, hauling in pots and, at the end of a hard day on the water taking home a legal-sized lobster ready for your pot. There are a number of these Maine Lobster Tours, so you should have no problem booking one of these fun and educational trips.
There are fishing opportunities for every angler, regardless of age or experience. A half-day inshore trip is perfect for families reeling in smaller bottom feeders. At the same time, more serious anglers may opt for a full-day inshore to hook up with larger fish like Striped Bass and Bluefish. Offshore you will have to plan a full day, although 10+ hours is probably better. Or, for the hardcore, spend the night or a few days on the water searching for giants. Many Maine Fishing Charters have the expertise to put you on the fish, making memories that will last a lifetime.United States