Why US?

Big Fish Mojo Sportfishing is committed not just to helping you catch fish, but to actually TEACHING you the science behind the art of fishing, sustainably.

Our fishing trips are an absolute blast for anglers of any experience level. For those who are not interested in fishing but would still like to experience the waters off Marblehead’s coast, we offer whale watches and harbor cruises as well.

Meet captain Jake

Captain Jacob V. Abbisso, better known as “Captain Jake,” has been fishing the Massachusetts coast since he was just three years old, and it’s safe to say that saltwater runs in his veins. Having grown up in the quaint and historic seaside town of Marblehead, MA, it was inevitable that he would be drawn to the ocean. Jake is passionate about teaching others to enjoy and respect the ecosystems he calls home, and he absolutely loves giving clients the foundation to make their own “big fish memories.”

At age 12, Jake received his United States Power Squadron Safe Boating Certificate, and a few years later, Jake received his Operator of Un-inspected Passenger Vessel Captain’s License from the United States Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security. Jake also holds a valid TWIC Card, Adult and Pediatric CPR+AED+First Aid Certification, as well as valid Massachusetts and federal charter fishing permits.

Jake is an expert on marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine and Cape Cod Bay, and takes a very scientific approach to finding and catching BIG FISH. He is committed to fishing sustainably, and supports good catch and release practices. Always willing to share his knowledge, Jake is the perfect guide for anglers who want to learn more about how to enjoy Massachusetts’ marine ecosystems through the sport of fishing.

Intrigued? You’ve come to the right place!

Fun Facts about Captain Jake

  • Jake has a LOT of experience working with children! Since 2008, Jake has been twisting animal balloons as The Balloon Dude (formerly The Balloon Kid) and donating his proceeds to the Marblehead Animal Shelter. Jake has also worked as a teaching assistant and tutor for kids ages 5-13, and when he is not running private charters, Jake also works with The Ultimate Kids Fishing Charters, a summer fishing program here in Marblehead for kids age 8-16.
  • Jake is multilingual! He is fluent in both English and Hebrew, he speaks intermediate-level Arabic and Spanish, and he is beginning to learn Tamazight, a language native to Morocco.
  • Jake founded Wesleyan University’s first and only Catch and Release Fishing Club
  • At age 13 Jake became a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and he has also practiced Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

To read an interview with Capt. Jake about his passion for fishing, please visit the Following link:


Mojo Reviews

“Captain Jacob is a fantastic guide. Not only does he put you on the fish, but he takes the time to teach you and explain why the fish might be at that spot, and why they are hitting a certain lure over another lure/bait. He is the #1 choice guide. Highly recommend.”

Andrew G., 4hr Inshore Striped Bass/Bluefish Charter

“I would highly recommend Captain Jake and Big Fish Mojo Sportfishing for anyone looking for an outing on the water of any kind. I can’t wait to go out for another trip with Captain Jake!”

Tracey R., 2hr Marblehead Harbor Cruise

“I booked an excursion for my son (14) and daughter (8) and they absolutely loved it. Captain Jacob was very knowledgeable and easy going. He took us to all the best fishing spots around Marblehead. We caught a ton of mackerel and a lot of Stripers including a 35″ keeper. I will definitely be booking another trip next summer!”

Justin D., 4hr Inshore Striped Bass/Bluefish Charter

“Had the best time fishing with Jacob! He taught me so much about fishing and we boated to some really cool places. It was such a great day, I can’t wait to go again! Jacob is the best!”

Mason M., Custom Inshore Kids’ Fishing Trip

“We had a great trip with Captain Jake this summer! We… caught many fish (so many that I lost count) – and my older son (13) caught a 34″ keeper. Most importantly for me, Jake made sure that my other son (10) caught a few as well so that both kids were happy! He also did a great job filleting the fish that we kept when we got to shore.”

Chris H., 6hr Inshore Striped Bass Charter

Our boat

Big Fish Mojo Sportfishing is operated out of the “Summer Son” – a Grady White Journey 258. This boat is 25ft long, has twin 150hp engines (300hp total), and is fully equipped with United States Coast Guard approved safety gear and state of the art electronics/radar, as well as a small portable toilet (for emergencies). The Summer Son is a fun boat to ride – it can travel up to 40mph! This boat is the perfect machine for everything from inshore striped bass trips, to offshore bluefin tuna fishing, to private cruises and whale watching trips.