Tips for Catching the Big Massachusetts Cod

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“Fishing  is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” –Herbert Hoover

Catching a huge Massachusetts cod delivers an inimitable feeling of accomplishment and freedom. Catching this big, elusive fish is often easier said than done; a cod can range anywhere from ten to sixty pounds, with some even being over 200 pounds!

Bait is subjective, and many of us anglers are stubborn when we find something that works. This breeds a lot of conflicting information online and in conversations. Ask one experienced angler for a few options to try, or give us a call for help. Nobody needs to decide for you though, keep with the trial-and-error until you find bait that you love. Because of the cod’s feeding style, many anglers opt for crabs, worms, and clams.

If you’re going after the big cod, remember that they’re bottom feeders. The size of the fish, coupled with fast waves and tides, calls for a five to eight foot, heavy-duty rod, with 50lb. line.

Time of year is crucial, as cod migrate inshore during winter for breeding season. Winter fishing brings cod in about three to five miles from the shore. If you want to catch the big ones, throw on some winter gear because this will definitely improve your chances for success.

Finally, the major factor to your success is your location. If you’re fishing on your own, you want to make sure you’re in a highly populated area. When you’re with us, you don’t have to focus on this part; we know the best places to fish in the Massachusetts Bay!


Fishing the Infamous Cod in Massachusetts

Fishing the Infamous Cod in Massachusetts

Cod is a very sacred fish species in the state of Massachusetts. Its importance began in the times of Native Americans living on the land, long before the first settlers set foot on what they “discovered” as America. In 1602, explorer Bartholomew Gosnold provided the name Cape Cod for the infamous location where he caught tons and tons of cod. Fast forward to the present and fishing for cod is a Massachusetts state tradition. There’seven a sculpture of the cod in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

However, there have been many restrictions placed upon cod fishing to ensure that there is a high number of cod for everyone to catch. The limit placed upon cod fishing has resulted in a decent number of cod available to anglers and casual fishers enjoying a charter during the summer months. (more…)

Fishing in Massachusetts

Fishing in Massachusetts

Fishing in the state of Massachusetts is a year round activity. Whether for recreational or commercial purposes, fishing in Massachusetts is a part of everyone’s lifestyle. You can fish in both freshwater and saltwater for some of the most desired catches that anglers dreams of.

The top sought after species found in waters surrounding MA are striped bass, bluefish, Black Sea bass, mackerel, tuna (giant bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna), cod, and the sharks, blue and mako. Aside from cod, which can be fished all year round, most of the species above can be fished beginning in early Spring to October.

There are a lot of great fishing spots in the state of Massachusetts and this is why people visit us all year. This is also why you’ll find fishing charters available throughout the year. Fishing in Massachusetts is not just reserved for the experienced anglers, families alike can join in the fun as well. (more…)

The Beast Of The Atlantic: The Bluefin Tuna

The Beast Of The Atlantic: The Bluefin Tuna

The state of Massachusetts is widely known for legendary fishing. The salty sea boasts many different types of fish, especially the torpedo-shaped, giant bluefin tuna. This fish is a very popular catch. Anglers from all over the country visit Massachusetts during the prime bluefin tuna fishing season.

Since the 1930’s, the bluefin tuna has played a large part in being a big-game recreational fishing fish. The giant bluefin tuna is very profitable for the state of Massachusetts. One giant bluefin tuna can bring in as much as $10,000 to  $20,000. The commercial giant bluefin tuna industry brings in a whopping $7,000,000 a year. (more…)

Tis’ the Season for Cod Fishing in Massachusetts

The Atlantic Cod has held the reputation for being one of the most sought after catches in Massachusetts. Fishermen from all over the country come to Massachusetts for a chance to reel in this amazing fish.   Cod has always been a large contributor to the Massachusetts economy.  In fact, because cod was so plentiful in the waters surrounding Massachusetts, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold named Cape Cod after the beloved fish in 1602.

Massachusetts Bay is renowned for cod fishing, and we are about to embark on a new season starting in April. Labrador Fishing Charters would like to welcome you to join us on one of our many cod fishing excursions. Because we have fished in Mass Bay for many years, we’ve mapped out the very best spots for cod fishing success. (more…)

Why Fishing Has Remained a Top Outdoor Adventure

Fishing has been a recreational sport and food supply source for many years. The first people to step foot on the land of our great nation were fishermen. Since that time, the world of fishing has become so popular that people from all walks of life and age enjoy embarking on a fishing excursion. But, this question may still ponder in your mind, “Why do people love to fish?”

That question cannot be answered in one simple reply. People engage in activities for different reasons, but here are some common answers you might expect if you ask a fisherman why they love to do what they do. (more…)

For the Novice Anglers

Deep-sea Fishing vs. In-shore Fishing

A commonly asked question by our novice anglers is “what is the difference between deep sea fishing and in-shore fishing?”  The first answer to the question is an obvious one.  You go deep-sea fishing in deep water, and you go in-shore fishing in shallower water.  Generally speaking, fishing at depths of at least 30 meters, or 100 feet deep is considered deep sea fishing.   Although that is the easy answer, there are several other differences between the two.


The Joy of an Unforgettable Trip

Thank you for taking the time to check out Labrador Fishing Charter’s new blog.  We want to take this opportunity to communicate new information in an engaging way for our valued current and future customers.  We also would like to provide a forum to discuss any related industry news, trends and changing regulations relating to the recreational charter, and commercial fishing industry.

Recreational saltwater fishing is a timeless American tradition that, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) engages over 12 million Americans annually.  Planning an excursion on the ocean can provide the perfect getaway to reduce the inherent stress that comes from our busy lives.  For those who have never fished before, it’s a wonderful way to embark on a new adventure and perhaps discover a new hobby. (more…)