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Nantucket Island is a popular summer destination that draws in tens of thousands of tourists every year. Thanks to its beautiful sceneries, world-class accommodations, as well as fun and relaxing activities, including stunning beaches, historical lighthouses, and museums, top-tier restaurants, and boutiques. There are also thrilling water sports. Boredom will never be an option on this paradise island. 

A Whole Lot of Fishing Opportunities in Nantucket

Nantucket Island is one of the best fishing spots in New England, if not the country. Why? Well, it’s an island about thirty miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, and it used to be one of the major whaling towns in the region back when whaling was a thing. 

Anyone can easily surmise the island’s long and rich history when it comes to fishing—not just whales, mind you, but also for other fish species such as cod, bonito, pollock, false albacore, haddock, halibut, flounder, bluefish, stripers, tuna, mahi-mahi, and different shark species. You can fish however which way you want as you can go fishing for stripers, bonito, and bluefish straight from the beautiful beaches at Brant Point, Great Point, Madaket Harbor, to name a few. If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy the island’s natural beauty, you can hire a local fishing guide and rent a small boat or a kayak and paddle a bit farther off the coast to the Nantucket Sound or to the North Atlantic, where you can target bigger bluefish and striped bass as well as some bottom dwellers such as black sea bass, fluke, and scup.

Now, if you’re looking for a real adventure, Nantucket fishing charter is the way to go and head out to the North Atlantic with some of the best captains and crews in the business. Huge tunasharksmahi-mahi, or marlin are just some of the fish species up for grabs in the vast ocean. And if you’re lucky enough, you even have a chance of seeing different types of whales, including humpback minke, finback, and pilot whales.

Yes, recreational fishing is definitely one of the top activities that a visitor can enjoy in Nantucket. If you’re thinking of fishing on this beautiful island, the best time to go is from June to mid-October as this is when the waters in and around the island are most abundant with different types of fishing targets.

Fish species
Pacific Cod 

Habitat: Continent Shelf, Upper Slopes, Deepwater

Weight: 11 - 50 Pounds

Length: 0" - 47"


Habitat: Nearshore, Onshore

Weight: 3 - 15 Pounds

Length: 15" - 51"

Pacific Bonito

Habitat: Inshore, offshore

Weight: 0 - 25 Pounds

Length: 0" - 40"


Habitat: Offshore, Nearshore

Weight: 20 - 35 Pounds

Length: 24" - 42"

Things You'll Love About Nantucket 


1.Recreational Fishing

It’s an island in the middle of a bountiful ocean, so it’s really not surprising that one of the most popular activities here is fishing. There are literally hundreds of fishing charters and guides all over the island, and it’s just a matter of booking one to get to some of the island’s best fishing spots.


2. Surfing

Yes, surfing is actually one of the favorite past times of the locals here—and you can enjoy surfing here too, even if you’re a beginner or a pro. If you’re trying to catch your first wave, there are terrific surf schools located at Cisco Beach and Nobadeer Beach. Other surfing hotspots in the island are located along its long south shores, with Madaquecham and Madaket Beaches being two of the most popular.


3. Exploring the Island

The whole island is definitely an awesome sight to behold. With amazing architectures scattered all over the island and a stunning backdrop of natural beauty, you would definitely want to take it slow so we highly suggest exploring the island via bicycle or on foot.   


4. Whale Watching

The island of Nantucket has a long and proud whaling history. You can learn more about it by visiting the Nantucket Whaling Museum, which exhibits some amazing artifacts, including a complete sperm whale skeleton. If you want to see the real thing, you can either go offshore fishing via a chartered fishing boat, or you can join a whale watching tour and get to meet these huge but gentle cetaceans.


5. History, Arts, & Culture

The island is a history, arts, and culture enthusiast’s dream getaway as there are museums, art galleries, and historical sites literally scattered around the island. Historical attractions like the Jethro Coffin House, Old Mill, Nantucket Atheneum, The Old Gaol, and the several lighthouses can satisfy anyone’s curiosity about the island’s storied past. If you’re an art lover, Nantucket is proud of its several art museums and galleries that you can enjoy, including the gallery at Four India, Samuel Owen Gallery, Nantucket Estate Jewelry, and Fine Arts G.S. Hill Gallery, and Eric Holch Gallery.