Pretty Plum Island is just over 10 miles in length. It's bordered by the ocean on one side and the Merrimack on the other. All around the island are wetlands, flats and pretty sand dunes, not to mention many oceanfront beach vacation rentals ideal for relaxing and fishing all along its stretches of coastline.
Stocking UpAt the center of every fishing vacation to Plum Island is a visit to Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island Boulevard , founded about 50 years ago and servicing area fishermen ever since. This classic East Coast fishing shop is offers a wide array of rods, reels, lures, flies and everything else a fisherman needs to make that big catch. Surfland Bait and Tackle brings in fresh bait every day, but they keep frozen bait on hand, just in case. You can also visit Surfland for rod and reel repair. It’s the place to go to get the lowdown on all the latest local information and fishing news. The store itself is like a Plum Island fishing guide.
Where to Fish from the ShoreThe island is small enough that you can fish on any side or shore, but one of the best parts about staying in a Plum Island vacation rental during your fishing trip is that you can fish just outside your door. A great option is fishing during low tide from sandbars around the Joppa Flats on the southern side of the channel, which is at the mouth of the Merrimack River . Take care, as the tide can be strong, and go with a few friends. There’s also a great jetty there that is popular with local fishermen.
Fishing ChartersMassachusetts has great deep-sea fishing, so a strong recommendation of our Plum Island fishing guide is to get out on the deep water with a fishing charter. Fishing charters are available to take you out for half-day or full-day trips on the Atlantic or on the Merrimack River.
Obsessed Charters is a family run fishing charter that departs from Plum Island Point in Newburyport. They are perfect for smaller groups of up to six, and reservations are required on board their vessels, the Obsessed or the Stir-It-Up . Obsessed Charters is so familiar with the waters that they offer a guarantee: you will come home with fish or your next charter is half price. Obsessed Charters specializes in outings for bluefish and striped bass, and they will clean your catch at no extra charge.
Kelly Ann Charters offers both inland-river fishing excursions and fishing from June to August from the Newburyport Pier . You can choose inshore fishing trips ranging from four hours to full day, or head offshore in search of bluefin, shark, cod or haddock.
The Captain's Fishing Parties , another family-run charter, has been in business on the Newburyport Pier for two generations. Typically fishing 20-40 miles offshore, the company offers half-day mackerel or blue fishing trips and full-day deep sea charters, as well as sightseeing and whale-watching cruises. You can also arrange for 12- or 14-hour marathon fishing trips that get you out to the fishing spots earlier than everybody else.
With all of these charter companies, rod, bait and tackle are provided.
Remember to book your Plum Island rental while you're here!