Give the Gift of a Day on the Water

With the Holidays coming, why not give the gift of an experience for that someone special in your life that is always difficult to buy for. We have all said to ourselves, “What should I get for X who has it all?” Get them a fishing charter trip!

Give the gift of memories and a day outside fishing with either family or friends on the waters around Cape Cod! We can customize a gift certificate for you for either a half day or full day trip. We can even leave it open so they can choose!

You can either email me @ scott@ortuscharter.com or call my business line @774-722-9411.


Holiday Gift Ideas for the Fisherman in your Life!

With the Holiday’s approaching, I thought I would share some great gift ideas for the fisherman/boater in your life!  All of these ideas are items we personally use on our boat and in our charter business.  We are also happy to help you specifically through email if you need further assistance for that hard to buy for person in your life!

These are in no particular order:

  • ACR Bivy Stickallows your boater to communicate even when there isn’t cell reception. Link to ACR
  • BluefinUSA Shirts – we wear this gear every day on the water to protect us from the sun and the elements.  In addition, they are comfortable and easy to clean!  Use ORTUS25 for a 25% discount.  www.bluefinusa.com
  • Sabiki Rod – we use this special rod on our boat to catch live bait, but it allows for the small hooks to retract into the rod to protect us from getting snagged on the boat while fishing.  Link to TackleDirect and search for Okuma Sabiki Rod.
  • Foul Weather Gear from Grundens – for us, this is a must have!  We utilize the gear more in the spring and fall than the middle of the summer, but they are always on the boat!  I wear my rain jacket on those foggy days in the summer to keep me dry from all the moisture! Link to Grundens Gear.
  • Binoculars – great to have to see what is happening around you, spot birds and whales or spying on your neighbors!  These get used on the boat a lot more than you think! Link to TackleDirect and search for binoculars.
  • Fishing Charter Gift Certificate – great way to give that someone special a trip with friends or family so they can make memories of a life time.  You can email me directly at scott@ortuscharter.com and we can customize the gift certificate for you to present during the Holiday’s
  • Gift Cards – if you are still not sure, gift cards to your local fishing outfitter or someone like TackleDirect that has it all!               Link to The Mighty Fish

If you have a person on your Holiday list and they love to fish, there are an endless list of ideas for what you can leave them under the tree! We are happy to help you too, so don’t be afraid to reach out for other ideas.  Feel free to email me at scott@ortuscharter.com.   Hope you have a great Holiday season and we will see you on the water in the spring!


End of Another Season – 2023 Review

Wow! I blinked and it was over! Ugh! I know I say this every year, but wow the season flew by! Such an amazing season though and Captain Mark and I are so blessed to be able to spend it on the water with you all!

Thank you to all the customers who came out in 2023 to join us for a fishing adventure! We really appreciate your business and for choosing Ortus to spend the day with. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram where we have updates all season and we will offer some pre-season specials!

Over the course of a summer, many memories are created for us. Here are our top five for 2023:

  • 7 hour battle with a Giant Bluefin Tuna in October that we ended up losing. Epic battle but a memory we will never forget!
  • Seeing a basking shark in June on Stellwagen bank. These are rare to see and this was only the second time in the last 15 years that I’ve spotted one.
  • 5 guests caught their first bluefin tuna ever! It’s so much fun to see a first timer battle these fish and land their first one!
  • Catching 4 striped bass on one umbrella rig – this was a new best for the boat! Three of which were in the magical 28-31″ slot!
  • Countless sunrises while we were heading out to the fishing grounds. Each one is unique and special. I never get tired of see what it may look like on that particular day

I could probably make a list of 20 memories, but those 5 come to mind quickly. The striped bass fishing was strong right into the middle of October. The bluefish were some of the biggest we’ve caught in the last 3 years. The bluefin tuna showed up in force but in some new locations that kept us on our toes mid-summer. All-in-all, just a great season and we are already working on 2024. We will make some minor boat improvements, upgrade some gear and begin the long winters prep to be ready for May 2024! We love referrals! If you had a great time with us, please refer someone. If they book, we will give you $50 off your trip with us in 2024!

We will not be taking a price increase in 2024 like we did in this past season. With the improvements in fuel efficiency from our new Suzuki engines and stable fuel prices, we feel we don’t need to ask for an increase in 2024. Enjoy a few photos from 2023 and we hope to see you on the water with us next summer!


Fall Update

I know we’ve been quiet with our updates but September has been a great month of fishing! We’ve had some weather interruptions, which is normal for this time of year, but we’ve been fishing every day possible.

We had our last bass & blues trip in early September and had an epic day of non-stop bluefish action with some whale viewing thrown in too! Since then, it has been all bluefin tuna. We had a rough week leading up to Hurricane Lee with 3 lost fish in that one week. It happens and reminds me how humbling this sport can be. I also am reminded that each opportunity to catch one of these special creatures is precious and we have to work hard to close the deal when we get the opportunity!

Post Lee has been great fishing. Multiple tuna have been caught and some released. We had a couple bonus fish with 2 random slot size striped bass thrown in. As our second storm of September arrives this weekend which will delay our next 3-4 days of trips, we should be back on the water a few more times before September comes to a close.

October is typically our last month. We will pull the boat and start the next phase of the annual cycle of preparing the boat and engines for a long winters rest. Pull all the gear and start to work on getting it cleaned up, take inventory of needs and repairs.


Turning to Fall

Today is September 1st. Seems to always shock me at how quickly it arrives! We still have 2 great months of fishing ahead of us which is great!

August was a different month for me as I traveled to South Africa to chase some different creatures with a camera. It was an amazing trip! To see elephants, lions, rhino’s, giraffes, cheetahs in their natural habitat and up close was very special. I was also able to swim in the Indian Ocean which was very cool. Something I will always remember.

Fishing has been very good in August. Still a few great striped bass and bluefish around. Also plenty of bluefin tuna. The tuna have been spread out and finicky but I expect the concentrations to take place again in September as is the pattern. We also caught and released our first Mako shark in August. We also had a few blue sharks and a porbeagle to contend with. September is my favorite month to fish. Weather is normally great, plenty of life here and we have a few less boats to compete with on the water. It’s been a great season so far and I’m excited to see what the fall brings us.

We only have 2 weekend dates available in September but we do have a few in October if you would like to chase bluefin tuna.

Thank you to all of our sponsors too. BluefinUSA, Suzuki Outboards, Grundens, Mustad and Tackle Direct. Check them out here: http://linktr.ee/ortuscharters


Mid-Summer Fishing Update

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of July and that the summer is half over. It has felt like we are in the dog days of summer with the heat and humidity the past 10 days or so, but looks like relief should arrive on Monday.

We have had a great season with striped bass and bluefish with some amazing customers so far. We thank them for choosing Ortus for their fishing adventure! We will put the bass and blues gear away for awhile as we shift our focus on Bluefin Tuna.

August and September are the best 2 months of the year to catch tuna around Cape Cod. We just need Mother Nature to help us out! It can make for long days as we chase these magical creatures but I was reminded yesterday that I live and work in a special place. We saw whales, which breached 6 times, we saw dolphins feeding and doing flips, we saw a giant Mola Mola, we saw sharks, birds and we caught dinner! Pretty special really!

We have mid-week openings in late August and September for Tuna trips. Most weekends are booked until October. Reach out if you have questions about these trips. scott@ortuscharter.com

Thank you to our sponsors too. They make our season and fishing easier! Suzuki Outboards, BluefinUSA, Grudens, Tackle Direct, Mustad: https://linktr.ee/ortuscharters


Mid-July Fishing Update

We are in the heart of the fishing season here on Cape Cod. It has been an excellent season for large striped bass, big bluefish and Bluefin Tuna. The bass have moved to deeper, colder water as we get into the heat of summer. The bluefish are here in big numbers and are hungry! We have some great fun with these big blues on light tackle. The bluefin tuna have scattered some from late June but fog has been the biggest challenge in finding the fish.

We are in a tough weather pattern with lots of rain, fog and wind which causes challenges to be able to get out on the water. We look like we may get a break later this week.

We have some openings in September for bluefin tuna charters. We will wrap up striped bass and bluefish fishing in a few weeks and focus on tuna into November. Hope you can join us on the water for a memorable trip!


June 2023 Fishing Update

I thought that since I’ve been stuck at the dock the last 2 days due to weather, a quick update on the fishing through June.

June has been exceptional! Loads of striped bass and bluefish around on both the Billingsgate Shoals and around Provincetown. We had multiple catches on light tackle with lures, lead core line with umbrella rigs and live lining mackerel. Just a fantastic month with a ton of happy customers!

Then about 10 days ago the smaller bluefin tuna arrived in force. Smaller meaning under 73 inches. We been fortunate to land three fish between the sizes of 46″ to 58″ in the least week. The tuna season will continue to be rock solid through the end of September.

The weather has been the biggest challenge with loads of thunderstorms, our normal June fog and high winds. Let’s pray to the weather gods to get into some quieter conditions!

We still have a few dates open this summer for trips if you would like to catch some bass, bluefish or bluefin! Send me an email with dates you’d like to book and we will see if we can make it happen.


Blogs on Pause – Heart of the Season

As summer becomes official tomorrow and the warmer weather is about to arrive, our blogs will go on pause for the season. The next 90 days are very busy for us as we are in the heart of our season. The best place to follow us during the season is on Instagram @ Ortus-Charters. We try to post after every trip but sometimes it make take a day or two. We hope you can get out on the water this summer here on Cape Cod or anywhere you live! Be safe and have a great season on the water! Thank you for all your support!


In season Charter Captain: what is it like?

I thought it would be fun to share what it is like to be a charter Captain during the season since I have posted before about what it is like during the offseason.  They are very different for a person who makes a living on the water.  Today I will share what those differences are from how we operate our charter business here on Cape Cod

In Season:

Prime season here on Cape Cod is really June 1 until September 30th each year.  We do trips in April and May as well as October, but the prime of the season are those 4 months.  So, what is it like?  It is fast paced and can become very blurry with days blending in.  Depending on the type of charter we have, we get into a pretty good routine.

I live by my phone in season.  I am texting guests about weather, back-up dates, reminders, etc.  We are also taking new reservations and working to fill the calendar as we have a limited number of earning days.  We are dealing with the weather.  I check weather 5-6 times per day during the season and we are always looking ahead.

We still have boat maintenance that must be taken care of.  Like oil changes, cleaning and various repairs that come up.  We have gear maintenance and repair as well.  Our gear takes a pounding through out the season.  We clean and check everything every day.  We must replenish as lure and line stock gets depleted.

Lastly, we fish with you!  The best part!  We are entertainer, tour guide, historian, and Captain.  We work hard to make every trip as memorable as possible.  Being on the water almost every day is a blessing.  We get pretty dialed in to what is happening, how the fish and bait are moving, etc. 

Differences between In and Off Season

The biggest 2 differences in season vs. off season are time on the water vs. prep and sleep.

During the season, we are relying on the work we did all off season to help make us in season as great as possible.  The marketing, the gear prep, the boat prep, etc. that takes place during the off season is critical to set us up to have a successful season.  In season is about delivering on the expectations of the customer and maintaining.

As you can imagine, we have long days in season and sleep is at a premium, especially as we get into the heart of Bluefin Tuna season.  Most mornings we are leaving the dock no later than 4 am. So, depending on where we are going, where we are leaving from, etc., we may only be getting 5 hours of sleep with 12 plus hours on the water each day.  We are lucky because we run two Captains and can give each other a break and a day off.  We also capitalize on bad weather days.  Some days are just too windy or have thunderstorms to allow us to get out.  We sleep! We also use these days for maintenance and catch up on our to do lists.


As you can imagine, a lot goes into making sure you have a safe, fun, and memorable trip!  We love our “work” and sharing it with you!  We hope you can join us on the water this season and watch a sunrise with us!  Happy Fishing!

Thank you to our sponsors: Suzuki Outboards, BluefinUSA, Grundens, Mustad, and Tackle Direct.  They are a big par of our success every season.


2023 Fishing Update

I wanted to share an update on the season so far in 2023 for Ortus while giving a preview of things to come for the rest of the summer. We hope you will be able to join us this season for a memorable trip around Cape Cod.

We are approx. 2 months into the season here on the Cape. Things really heated up for us in early May when the Striped Bass arrived in full force. Everything seems to be happening a little earlier than in seasons past. Cape Cod Bay as well as Nantucket Sound have been excellent for Striped Bass so far this season. Also encouraging are the large quantities of pogies and mackeral around. These are smaller fish that the Striped Bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna all like to eat.

Bluefin Tuna season opens tomorrow, June 1st, and we will conduct our first scouting trip on Friday. I expect the fish to arrive earlier as well. As the season is opening, more reports will come in from fellow Captains on what they are finding. We still have some key dates open in August for those interested.

Striped Bass, giant fluke and bluefish should stay strong through July depending on the heat.

We’ve had great success in catching Black Sea Bass since the season opening on May 20th. Mixed in have been scup and robin fish.

Overall, 2023 has started very strong and we expect it to continue for the rest of this summer.

On an equipment note, we have completed our repower of our boat with new Suzuki outboards. We’ve completed our 10 hour break-in period and our first oil change. So far, so good. The engines are performing very well and we have great confidence in the engine/boat combo.

We hope you will join us for a day on the water in 2023!


From Lures to Gear: Unique Father’s Day Gifts for the East Coast Angler Dad in Your Life

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your angler dad this Father’s Day? Look no further than our curated list of unique gifts that are sure to make his day extra special. From innovative lures and high-tech gear, to personalized accessories and experiences, we’ve got you covered with ideas that will impress any East Coast angler dad. Read on for inspiration and get ready to wow him with a gift he’ll never forget!

Introduction to East Coast Saltwater Fishing

If your dad is an avid saltwater angler, then he’s probably always on the lookout for new gear to help him land that big catch. This Father’s Day, surprise him with a gift that will make his time on the water even more enjoyable. Here are some unique gift ideas for the East Coast saltwater fishing dad in your life:

1. A new set of lures – Whether your dad loves to fish for stripers or bluefish, there’s a lure out there that will help him up his game. Do some research to find out what type of lures work best in the waters he fishes most often, then head to your local tackle shop or order online. Tackle Direct has a great selection.

2. A fancy new reel – If your dad is still using an old reel that’s seen better days, upgrade his gear with a new model that’s built for saltwater fishing. There are many great options on the market, so take your time to find one that suits his needs and budget.

3. A subscription to a saltwater fishing magazine – Help your dad stay up to date on all the latest news and tips in the world of saltwater fishing with a subscription to Saltwater Sportsmen or National Fisherman Magazines are some examples.

Tips for Choosing the Right Lures

If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the East Coast angler dad in your life, you can’t go wrong with lures. But with so many different types and styles of lures on the market, how do you know which ones to choose? Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your options and find the right lures for your dad:

1. Consider what type of fish he likes to catch. Different lures work better for different types of fish. If your dad is mostly after striped bass, for example, then choosing lures that are specifically designed to target that species is a good idea.

2. Think about the size of the fish he’s after. Again, different lures work better for different sizes of fish. If your dad is targeting big game fish like tuna or marlin, then he’ll need larger and heavier lures than if he’s just after smaller fish like bluefish or striped bass.  Hogy Lures has a great selection and offers video tutorials too!

3. Ask him! If you’re really not sure what kind of lures your dad would prefer, then just ask him or get him a gift card to his favorite Tackle Shop! My favorite local tackle shop is Goose Hummock in Orleans. www.themightyfish.com.

The Best Fishing Gear for East Coast Anglers

If your dad loves to fish, then you know that he’s always on the lookout for the best fishing gear. And if he’s an East Coast angler, then he knows that there is some specific gear that he needs in order to be successful. Here are some of the best fishing gear options for East Coast anglers:

1. A good quality rod and reel. This is one of the most important pieces of equipment for any fisherman, and it’s especially important for those who fish on the East Coast. There are a lot of different options out there, so make sure to do your research before making a purchase or give him a gift card to pick out his own!

2. Good fishing clothes are also something to consider as a gift for the saltwater fishing dad in your life.  From sun shirts to cold weather gear, to foul weather gear, there is plenty to choose from! BluefinUSA has great sun shirts and you get 25% off with discount code ORTUS25Grundens has great cold and foul weather gear choices.

3. Give a charter trip with a local professional captain to target his favorite species or a fish that is on his bucket list!  Check out Ortus Charters if you are interested for a trip around Cape Cod or check out Fishing Booker for a harbor near you.


If you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift for the East Coast angler in your life, we hope this article has been helpful. From lures to gear, there are so many great options out there that will make any dad feel like they’ve hit the jackpot on their special day. With these gifts, you can be sure that your dad will not only have fun and enjoy fishing more but also appreciate the thoughtfulness of his loved ones. So don’t forget to show appreciation to all those amazing dads out there with a thoughtful Father’s Day gift!


Cape Cod’s Early Season Fishing: What You Need to Know

Attention all fishing enthusiasts! Are you ready to cast your line and catch some big fish this early season in Cape Cod? With the warmer weather approaching, it’s time to gear up and get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience. But before you head out to the water, there are a few things you need to know. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything from the best spots to fish in Cape Cod during early season, what bait works best, and even some tips on how to reel in those trophy-sized catches. So, grab your tackle box and let’s dive into Cape Cod’s early season fishing!

Introduction to Early Season Fishing in Cape Cod

Early season fishing in Cape Cod can be a great way to get your fill of saltwater action before the crowds arrive. But there are a few things you need to know before wetting a line. Here’s what you need to know about early season fishing around Cape Cod.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the water is still cold. The air may be in the 60’s or 70’s but the water is still dangerously cold.  Be prepared for that! Second, you’ll need to target the right spots. The waters of Bay side of Cape Cod will warm quickly if we have sunny days where the sand flats can heat up.  The Ocean side and South facing waters will take longer. 

Lastly, be prepared for changing conditions.  Do your prep work and make sure you understand the weather forecast for the area that you are going to target.

Best Fish Species to target early season (April & May)

There are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing which fish species to target from a boat early season. The first is that some fish are more active in certain seasons than others. Additionally, some fish prefer different habitats than others. Knowing where each type of fish is most likely to be found will help you choose the best fish species to target from your boat. Let’s look at the most popular early season species:

Striped Bass: Striped bass are one of the most popular gamefish on Cape Cod. They will be feeding early season in the waters on the South side of Cape Cod as they migrate North.  Early season, it is popular to use squid or squid type lures to catch them. Hogy Squinnow Jigs or Hogy Dog Walkers

Tautog: These fish are normally one of the first to arrive and are a great eating fish.  They love a rocky bottom and go crazy for live green grabs.  Early season, these are targeted on the South side of Cape Cod in areas like Buzzards Bay. Favorite Lure: Joe Baggs Layperfect Tog Jig if I can’t use live crab.

Haddock: Be sure to know the regulations for haddock based where you are fishing because it is not the same all over the Cape.  These fish like deeper water so you may need to travel to Stellwagen Bank area to catch them.  This is another great eating fish and freezes very well so you can eat it year-round. Favorite Lure: Hogy Biki Rig with Sand Eel Jig

Winter Flounder: Just like haddock, check your area for local regulations.  They will come out of the mud in Cape Cod Bay as the water temperature reaches 50 degrees.  These can be caught in shallower water than haddock and are fun to catch! Favorite Lure: Saltwater Flounder Lure from Eagle Claw

Black Sea Bass: This season doesn’t open until May and most people start on the South side of Cape Cod.  Another fish that likes rocky bottoms.  My favorite for fish taco’s! Favorite Lure: Monomoy Tackle Sea Bass Rig

I use this app to check local regulations.  I like it because it is based on your GPS location: Fish Rules on the App Store. Works for both fresh and salt water.


Cape Cod is an ideal destination for early season fishing. By following the tips in this article, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience on your next trip. Before going out, make sure to plan ahead by researching the regulations and techniques of local anglers as well as familiarizing yourself with popular spots that offer excellent catches. With some knowledge and preparation, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the wonders of early season fishing in Cape Cod! 

If you would like to go with a charter, you can email me for available dates for early season: scott@ortuscharter.com   


Making the Right Choice: Tips for New Fishermen on Finding Their Ideal Saltwater Rod and Reel Pairing

Are you a new fisherman looking to dive into the world of saltwater fishing? Finding the perfect rod and reel pairing can be overwhelming, but fear not! We’ve gathered some expert tips and tricks to help you make the right choice. From understanding different materials and weights to considering your desired catch, we’ll guide you through the process of finding your ideal saltwater setup. So, grab a pen, take notes, and get ready to hit the open waters with confidence!

Introduction: What is Saltwater Fishing?

If you’re new to saltwater fishing, you might be wondering what kind of rod and reel pairing is ideal for you. In this article, we’ll give some tips on how to choose the right saltwater rod and reel pairings for your fishing needs from a boat.

When it comes to saltwater fishing, there are a few things you need to consider before choosing your rod and reel. First, what type of fish are you going to be targeting? Saltwater fish come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to know what you’re after before making your purchase.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend opting for a versatile setup that can be used for a variety of different fish species. Once you’ve decided on the type of fish you’d like to target, it’s time to choose your specific rod and reel pairing. There are many different brands and models on the market, so it’s important to do your research before making your purchase. We recommend reading online reviews and talking to experienced saltwater fishermen to get their opinion on which brands and models they prefer.

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Types of Rods for Boat Fishing

There are many different types of rods available for saltwater fishing, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose the right one. Here are a few tips to help you select the ideal rod for your needs:

1. Determine what type of fish you will be targeting. This will help narrow down your options and make it easier to select a rod that is designed for the type of fishing you plan on doing. Consider their size, weight, and type of fight they normally put up.

2. Consider the action of the rod. Do you want a fast action rod for quick, powerful strikes? Or a slower action rod that is better suited for finesse fishing?  This is where understanding how a fish will strike the lure you are using and how they will fight after they are hooked is critical.

3. Think about the power of the rod. How much weight can it handle? Do you need a light, medium, or heavy-duty rod? 

4. Decide on the length of the rod. Shorter rods are more maneuverable, while longer rods have more reach and cast farther. Choose a length that is comfortable for you to use and that matches the type of fishing you plan on doing.

5. Lastly, consider your budget. There are many high-quality saltwater fishing rods available at various price points. Find one that fits both your needs and your budget. A great place to search for a variety is with Tackle Direct.  They sell rods, reels, and combo units at various price points.

Types of Reels for Boat Fishing

When it comes to boat fishing, there are three main types of fishing reels that you can choose from: baitcasting, spinning, and fly. Each type of reel has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before making your purchase.

-Baitcasting reels are the most popular choice for boat fishing. They’re easy to use and offer a lot of power, making them ideal for catching larger fish. However, they can be difficult to control and require a bit of practice to master.

-Spinning reels are a good choice for those who want an easy-to-use reel that’s still capable of landing big fish. They’re not as powerful as baitcasting reels, but they’re much easier to control. Additionally, spinning reels don’t require as much maintenance as baitcasting reels and are typically less expensive.

-Fly fishing is a bit more challenging than baitcasting or spinning, but it’s also the most rewarding. Fly fishing requires a lot of patience and practice, but the payoff is worth it. When done correctly, fly fishing can be incredibly effective at catching fish of all sizes.  You should practice casting before going out on the water.

Tips for Shopping for the Right Gear

When it comes to shopping for the right gear, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you know what type of fish you plan on catching. This will determine the size and strength of the rod and reel that you need. Secondly, you need to consider the conditions that you’ll be fishing in. Will you be fishing in salt water or fresh water? In rough conditions or calm waters? Knowing this will help you choose the right materials for your rod and reel. Finally, don’t forget to factor in your own personal preferences. What type of handle do you prefer? What size of rod and reel do you feel most comfortable using? Keeping all these factors in mind will help you find the perfect saltwater rod and reel pairing for your next fishing adventure!

Also, if you are not sure, find a charter captain in the area you would like to start saltwater fishing.  Hire them for a trip to not only have fun, but to learn what equipment and techniques work best.  Most captains are happy to answer your questions about fishing while you are on the charter.  Then you will know some of the correct fishing gear to start with.  Check out FishingBooker.com to find a great charter captain in your area.

Proper Maintenance and Care for Your Equipment

Assuming you have already purchased your rod and reel, it is important to learn how to properly maintain your equipment to prolong its life. Here are a few tips:

-Rinse your gear with fresh water after each use, especially if you were fishing in saltwater. This will help remove any built-up salt and prevent corrosion. But don’t overdo it either.  A good rinse with fresh cold water for 10-15 seconds should do it.  Rinse both the rod and the reel.  If you spray the reel to long, you will just drive the saltwater deeper into the reel and risk getting water inside the reel itself.  We spray our rods and reels with Salt-Away first.  Let them sit for 5 minutes and then rinse.  This helps with salt build-up if you fish a lot.

-Be sure to dry your gear completely before storing it away. Dampness can lead to rust and mildew.

-Store your rod and reel in a cool, dry place when not in use. An attic or basement is ideal.

-Regularly inspect your gear for signs of wear and tear. Replace any worn or damaged parts as soon as possible.

-If you fish a lot, it is recommended to have your reel serviced every year by a local shop or by shipping  back to the manufacturer for a complete professional service. This can add years to the life of your investment.  You can do this work yourself but be aware of any warranties and make sure to watch a reputable profession on You Tube before proceeding.

-One trick we do is to lightly spray the rod and reel with WD40 once they are rinsed and dry.  Especially when they are going to be sitting for a while.  This will help with salt corrosion.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your fishing gear in good condition for many years to come.


Choosing the right saltwater rod and reel pairing can be a daunting task for any new fisherman. However, with a little knowledge about your fishing needs and preferences, it doesn’t have to be that way. With these tips in mind, you can ensure that you make the best decision possible when selecting your ideal saltwater rod and reel combo. So, get out there, explore all your options, and start reeling in those big catches!


Fishing with Mom: Unique Mother’s Day Gifts for Anglers

Mother’s Day is next month on May 14th and if your mom happens to be an angler, you’re in luck! Fishing with Mom can be a great bonding experience that creates memories that last a lifetime. But what do you get the mom who loves nothing more than casting a line into some water? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We have put together a list of seven unique Mother’s Day gifts for that special angler in your life! So, let’s dive in and explore these top picks that are sure to make her day extra special!


Let’s admit it, for most of us, our Mom’s hold a special place in our lives.  Women who fish are often overlooked and forgotten about. Fishing is a beloved pastime for many Americans, and the opportunity to share this hobby with Mom on Mother’s Day is very special.  If you’re looking for unique Mother’s Day gift for the angler in your life, we’ve got you covered. From personalized lures to unique artwork, these gift ideas are sure to make a splash with Mom.

Types of Fishing Gear for Mom

There are many types of fishing gear that can be used by anglers, but some gear is better suited for mothers. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for gear for mom:

1. A Good Fishing Rod: A good fishing rod is essential for any angler, but it’s especially important for mothers. Make sure it is a rod for the type of fishing she likes to do and that is the proper weight and size for her. If you are not sure, ask the pros at your local tackle shop.

2. A Good reel: A good reel is just as important as a good rod. Mom may not have the strength to handle a large reel, so it’s important to find one that is lightweight and easy to use.

3. Comfortable fishing clothing.  Today, more and more manufactures are creating clothing for the female angler. Grunden’s is just one example of companies catering to the fishing woman in your life! They have quality gear and a nice selection.

Unique Gifts for the Fisherwoman in Your Life

There are plenty of unique gifts for the fisherwoman in your life, whether it’s your mom, wife, girlfriend, or daughter. Here are a few gift ideas that are sure to please any angler:

1. A personalized fishing rod is a great way to show how much you care. There are many companies that offer custom-made rods, so you can choose one that fits her style and personality.

2. Book a trip with a charter captain in a destination that you know is on her bucket list.  Maybe that special fly-fishing trip to Montana or helping her catch her first bluefin tuna.  Check out Fishing Booker to find a great captain at any port.

3. Give a lasting memory of a special fish she caught with an original painting or some framed artwork of her special catch.  Check out Nick Mayer Art for some inspiration.

4. You can never go wrong with fishing gear or even a gift card to her favorite tackle shop.  Fisher Women, just like men, can never have enough gear! Check out Tackle Direct for a wide range of options or gift cards.

Budget Friendly Options

If you’re looking for unique Mother’s Day gifts for anglers that won’t break the bank, check out these budget-friendly options. From fishing gear to accessories and more, we’ve got you covered.

1. Make your own gift certificate that she can redeem at any time to go fishing with you!  Let her cash it in when she feels like and you get to spend some quality with mom!

2. Find a great book or podcast that focuses on Women in Fishing.  Give her a gift that she can explore or listen to on her own time.

3. Personalized fishing key chain that will remind her every time she starts her car or goes somewhere!  Here is a sample idea: Fishing Key Chain.

4. Gift Cards in any dollar amount will always go a long way for the fishing mom in your life!

Opportunities to Fish with Mom

If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift for the angler in your life, why not give them the opportunity to fish with mom? Here are some great opportunities to do just that:

1. Take her out for a day of fishing at her favorite fishing spot.  She will love the quality time with you.

2. Sign her up for a fishing charter where she can learn from a pro! Bonus – you get to go too!

3. Make it a family affair and take everyone fishing! It’s a great way to bond and create lasting memories.


Spending time in nature with your mom is a great way to show her how much you care. Whether it’s an all-day fishing trip or just a few hours of casting out on the lake, these unique Mother’s Day gifts are sure to make her smile. From personalized lures and gear to quality rods and reels, there are lots of options for any angler that will create lasting memories she’ll be able to cherish forever. Give your mom the gift of adventure this year – take her out for some fun on the water!

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From Tackle to Techniques: Everything You Need to Know About Striped Bass Fishing on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a fisherman’s paradise, and when it comes to catching striped bass, this sandy peninsula offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, there’s nothing quite like reeling in one of these magnificent fish while on Cape Cod. But before you head out with your tackle box and rod in hand, there are a few things you’ll need to know about striped bass fishing on Cape Cod if you want to increase your chances of success. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything from the best techniques for catching striped bass to where and when to find them on Cape Cod

Introduction to Striped Bass Fishing on Cape Cod

Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or someone who’s just getting started, striped bass fishing on Cape Cod is an experience you won’t want to miss. The Cape is home to some of the best striped bass fishing on the Eastern Seaboard, and with a little bit of know-how, you can be sure to have a successful trip.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about striped bass fishing on Cape Cod, from choosing the right tackle to perfecting your technique. By the end, you’ll be ready to hit the water and catch some fish!

Types of Tackle and Gear Needed for Striper Fishing

There are a few different types of tackle that can be used when fishing for striped bass, but the most common is probably are artificial lures that are made to look like the bait in our local waters.  The striped bass here on Cape Cod forage on a variety of bait, like sand eels, mackeral, pogies, sand worms as an example.  Trying to pick a lure to match those types of bait, will help your success rate!  Don’t be afraid to ask your local bait shop for ideas!

Other types of tackle that can be used include jigs, spoons, and live bait rigs. Jigs are usually made of metal or plastic and have a weighted head that helps them sink down into the water. Spoons are similar to jigs, but they are usually made of metal and have a concave shape that causes them to spin as they fall through the water. This action often attracts fish, making spoons a good choice for lure fishing on the troll. Live bait rigs typically consist of a weight, leader, and hook, with live bait like mackeral or pogies being attached to the hooks.  This can be slow trolled or dropped down in the water column on a drift.

The type of gear you need for striper fishing will depend on what type of tackle you plan on using.  Most commonly used set-ups here on Cape Cod are spinning reel and rod or a conventional reel with troll rod.

Best Places to Fish for Stripers on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is one of the best places in the world to fish for striped bass. Every year, thousands of people come to Cape Cod to try their hand at catching these hard to catch fish.

There are many different spots on Cape Cod that are good for fishing for stripers. Some of the best spots include:

The Cape Cod Canal: The Cape Cod Canal is a man-made waterway that runs through Cape Cod. It is one of the busieststriper fisheries in the world. Striped bass can be found here all season long, but the best time to fish is from late May to early June, when the fish are migrating up from southern waters.

The Monomoy Islands: The Monomoy Islands are a group of small islands off the southeastern coast of Cape Cod. They are renowned for their excellent striper fishing. The best time to fish here is from mid-June to mid-July, when the fish are feeding on baitfish that congregate around the islands.

Cape Cod Bay: From Barnstable Harbor to Billingsgate Shoal to Provincetown, depending on the time of year and where the bait is located, will determine where in the Bay you need to fish.  Pay attention to water temperature too, as in the heat of summer, the fish will travel to deeper and cooler water.

Popular Techniques to Catch Stripers in the Area

There are many popular techniques for catching stripers in the Cape Cod area. Some of the most popular include trolling, jigging, live bait fishing, and fly fishing.

Trolling is a popular technique for catching stripers in the Cape Cod area. This involves dragging a lure or bait behind a boat as it moves through the water. Trolling is an effective way to cover a lot of ground and to find fish that are actively feeding.

Jigging is another popular technique for catching stripers in the Cape Cod area. This involves using a lure that is weighted so that it can be jigged, or bounced, up and down in the water. Jigging is an effective way to attract fish that are suspended in the water column or near the bottom. You can vertical jig or be trolling with wire line and jig while moving.

Live bait fishing is also a popular technique for catching stripers in the Cape Cod area. This involves using live baitfish, such as pogies or mackerel, as bait. Live bait fishing is an effective way to target fish that are feeding on smaller baitfish.  Some of the bigger fish can be caught in this manner.  Local regulations require you use a circle hook when using live bait.

Fly fishing is also a popular technique for catching stripers in the Cape Cod area. This involves using flies, which are small artificial lures that are designed to imitate various types of insects and other small prey items. Fly fishing can be an effective way to target fish that are feeding on small baits near the surface of the water.

How to Properly Handle and Release Caught Fish

If you’re lucky enough to catch a striped bass while fishing on Cape Cod, there are some important things to keep in mind when handling and releasing the fish. First, know the rules and regulations. For 2023, only fish between 28-35 inches can he kept.  Only one per angler per day. Second, know how to properly catch and release the fish so you can increase the chances of them surviving. It is best to try to always keep them in the water.  If you want to take a picture, be prepared before pulling the fish out of the water and return it as quickly as possible. If you need to remove the hook, do so carefully and avoid squeezing or pinching the fish too hard. Finally, when releasing the fish back into the water, make sure to do so gently so as not to damage its scales or fins. By following these simple tips, you’ll help ensure that any striped bass you catch will be healthy and able to swim away safely.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Day of Fishing

1. Get an early start: The early bird gets the worm, as they say. Getting out on the water early will give you the best chance at catching striped bass.  The end of the day works well too.  Avoid the heat in the middle of the day.

2. Use live bait: Live bait is more effective than lures when it comes to fishing for striped bass. Try using bunker, mackeral, pogies, or eels as bait.  Many bait shops can sell these to you.

3. Fish in areas with structure: Striped bass are often found near areas of underwater structure, such as reefs, wrecks, and ledges. Fishing in these areas will increase your chances of success.

4. Keep your eyes peeled: Pay attention to your surroundings and look for signs of striped bass activity, such as surface-feeding fish or diving birds. These can be clues that fish are nearby.

5. Be patient: Don’t get discouraged if you don’t immediately hook a fish. Striped bass can be finicky, so it may take some time before you’re successful.


Fishing for striped bass is a popular pastime at Cape Cod and a great way to spend time in nature. With the right tackle, techniques, and knowledge of the area, you can have an enjoyable and rewarding day out on the water. Whether you are just beginning your fishing journey or looking to up your game, this guide has provided all the information needed to make sure that you get the most out of striped bass fishing on Cape Cod. With these tips in mind, grab your gear and go find yourself some fish!

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From Winter Blues to Fishing Joy: Embrace the First Day of Spring and Plan Your Next Adventure on Cape Cod!

Are you tired of feeling cooped up and gloomy all winter long? Well, the first day of spring has just passed, and what better way to welcome this season of bloom than planning a fishing adventure on Cape Cod! Whether you’re a seasoned angler or simply love spending time in nature, exploring some of the best fishing spots on Cape Cod will surely lift your spirits. So, pack your bags, grab your gear and get ready to bid adieu to those winter blues as we embark on a journey towards sun-kissed beaches and endless fishing opportunities.

Welcoming the First Day of Spring: Break Out of Winter Hibernation!

As the days grow warmer and longer, it’s clear that winter is finally coming to an end. For many of us, this can be a relief after months of bundling up and dealing with cold weather. It is also time to start thinking about getting away this summer.

But now that the first day of spring has passed, it’s time to break out of our winter funk and embrace the warmer weather! Here on Cape Cod, we know how to make the most of springtime. From fishing and boating to exploring nature trails and working outdoors, there’s no shortage of activities to get us out of our winter funk.

So whether you’re a winter lover or ready to say goodbye to the cold, we hope you’ll take advantage of everything Cape Cod has to offer this spring!

Tips and Tricks on How to Catch Your Favorite Fish

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, many of us start to feel the itch to get outside and enjoy some time in nature. And what better way to do that than by planning a fishing trip? Fishing is a great activity for all ages and can be a relaxing way to spend some time outdoors. But if you’re new to fishing, or are looking to improve your skills, here are a few tips and tricks on how to catch your favorite fish:

1. Do your research. Before heading out on your fishing trip, take some time to research what type of fish you’re hoping to catch, and what kind of bait or lure will work best. This will help ensure that you have a successful trip.  If you are not sure, as a local bait shop for suggestions.

2. Be patient. Fishing takes patience and perseverance. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t catch anything right away – keep at it and eventually you’ll be rewarded with a bite (or two).

3. Try different techniques. If you’re not having any luck with one method, try something else. Whether it’s changing up your bait or trying a different spot, sometimes all it takes is a little experimentation to find success. This is where a charter captain can be priceless!

4. Have fun! Remember that fishing is supposed to be enjoyable so relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings. If you’re feeling stressed or frustrated, take a break, and come back when you’re ready – there’s no rush when it comes to fishing!

Popular Spots to Go Fishing in Cape Cod

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Cape Cod is a great place to go fishing. There are many popular spots to choose from where you can fish from shore or in a boat, including:

1. Nauset Beach: This beach is known for its good surfcasting and striper fishing. Be aware of the sharks and don’t wade to far into the water.

2. Cape Cod Canal: the big ditch as the locals call it give you easy access to great fishing.  It can get crowded, so give your neighbors some space and respect their lines.

3. Cape Cod Bay: This is a great area to fish with a charter captain.  Typically, you have a short drive to get on some great flounder, bluefish, and striped bass.

4. Provincetown: Provincetown is another  great place to go fishing for striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna with a charter captain.  Race Point and Stellwagen Bank are very close.  It is very common to see whales too.

5. Monomoy Rips: South of Chatham at the end of Monomoy, you will find some of the best striped bass and bluefish on Cape Cod.  You will need a boat to access this area and a charter trip is a great way to spend a half day here.

Fun Activities To Do After Your Fishing Trip is Over

After you’ve finished your fishing trip for the day, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy on Cape Cod! Enjoy the National Seashore Vistors Center. Take a stroll down one of the many charming streets in the historic district of downtown Chatham or people watch in Provincetown.  Catch a game with the world-famous Cape Cod Baseball League. Or grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious seafood restaurants on the Cape. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, stop by one of the many art galleries or boutique shops in the area. And be sure to save some time for exploring Cape Cod’s beautiful beaches!

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Catch and Keep’em Tips from a Charter Captain: Preserving the Day’s Catch to Enjoy at Home

You have completed an awesome day on the water with your charter and you have fish to take home. Now what? Here are a few simple tips to help keep that fish fresh so it will taste amazing when you get home. Don’t worry, storing your catch at home doesn’t have to be rocket science. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your seafood fresh, flavorful, and safe for consumption. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best ways to store different types of fish so that they stay delicious from sea to table.

Preserving your Catch: The Boat

You and your charter group had a successful day on the water and you are lucky enough to have fish to take home from your trip.  Now it’s time to learn how to properly store your fish to maintain the highest quality possible. As soon as you catch a fish, it begins to deteriorate. The goal of cleaning, filleting, and prepping your fish is to slow down this deterioration process so that you can enjoy your catch for days, weeks or even months after you’ve caught it. Here are some tips for doing just that:

– As soon as possible, the crew will be putting your catch on ice in the boat to begin the chilling process. Every charter should have ice on the boat and either a fish locker or cooler to begin this process.

– Typically the crew will focus on cleaning and fileting the fish on the return trip back to the dock.  Make sure they know how much you would like to take with you. Some will wait until they reach the dock if they happen to have a cleaning station there.  Either way, the crew will prep the fish for the journey home for you.  This is one of the ways they earn their tips!

– It is important to know what the regulations are in the area you are fishing for the species.  Not all fish can be kept at certain times of year.  Your charter Captain will know, so make sure they know you want to take fish home and how much so they are prepared before you leave the dock.  Some charters don’t want any fish so the entire trip is catch and release.

Preserving your Catch: The Dock

– Bring a cooler with ice and leave it in your car while fishing.  When you return, add your fish to the cooler and surround it with ice.  If you have a short distance to travel, and you can put it in a fridge quickly, you can get away with a simple Styrofoam cooler.  If you have more than 45 minutes to travel to get the fish into a fridge, you should use a real cooler like Igloo or Yeti.

– Unless you ask the charter captain otherwise, they will filet the fish for you, put the filets into bags so that you can store them in your cooler properly for the ride home.  If you want to keep the whole fish, make sure to let the captain and crew know ahead of time.

Preserving your Catch: At Home

– When storing cleaned fish in the refrigerator, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help keep it from drying out.  If you aren’t going to eat it within 48 hours, it is best to freeze it right away.

– Fish can also be stored in the freezer for long-term storage. In a perfect situation, you would have a vacuum sealing machine.  If you don’t, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. I like to place the wrapped fish into a zip lock back and then into the freezer.  I like to portion the fish into the proper size before wrapping it. This allows me to pull out only what I will need from the freezer.

– Label the package with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been stored. Most fish will be safe to eat if kept properly frozen for up to six months.


Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get a delicious dinner at the same time. Some of these steps may seem very basic or just plain common sense, but 3 out of 7 trips, people forget to bring a cooler with them to transport it home. We want you to be able to enjoy your catch for days, weeks and even months to come, but it takes some preparation and planning. With these tips for storing your freshly caught fish at home, you will be able to make sure that your catch stays fresh until it’s time to cook. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that you have a tasty meal every time!

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From the Sea to Your Table: What to do with your Day’s Catch

You had a successful day on the water and have some amazing fish to take home and cook for your family and friends – now what?  Striped bass and bluefin tuna are two delicious and healthy options from what you may catch on a charter trip around Cape Cod.  These two species are very popular in this area and are great fish to eat!

Introduction to Striped Bass and Bluefin Tuna

If you’re looking for fresh fish to eat this summer on your vacation to Cape Cod, it doesn’t get any better than hiring a charter captain, catching some fish, and taking it home to the family for dinner that night. Striped bass and bluefin tuna are the two most sought-after species on the Cape for this type of experience.  These versatile fish can be cooked in a variety of ways and make a great addition to any meal.

I like to keep it simple anytime I have fish as fresh as this.  I try to let the fish be the star of the meal! But before you can go home and prepare it, you need to process the fish into usable filets.  Most charters will filet the fish for you and send you home with what you think you can eat.  Normally this is agreed upon before the trip starts and the regulations are explained on what can and cant be kept based upon the focus species for the day.

Recipe Ideas for Striped Bass

Here are two recipe ideas for striped bass while you are on vacation this summer on Cape Cod

1. Grilled striped bass with lemon and herbs – Cook your filet on the grill with aluminum foil under the fish to help keeping it whole.  Sprinkle some olive oil, salt, and pepper on the filets.  Then squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the filet.  You can sprinkle some dry herb seasonings on top, like Italian Season blend or Parsley.  I prefer fresh herbs when every I can and like to use Parsley or Fresh Thyme.  Lastly, I like garlic and if you do too, then I slice it thin and spread them out over the surface of the fish.  Then grill on the foils until done.  The amount of time will depend on your grill and thickness of the fish.

2. Roasted Striped Bass Mediterranean Style – Cook your filet in the oven in an oven safe pan.  I sprinkle olive oil, salt, and pepper over the filet.  The add some fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic, fresh thyme and capers in the dish. I like kalamata olives, so I also add some to this recipe.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.  Be careful not to over cook the fish.  The thickness will determine if you need more or less time in the oven.

Recipes for Bluefin Tuna

Here are two recipe ideas for fresh Bluefin Tuna that are sure to leave your friends craving more this summer on your Cape Cod Vacation!

1. Grilled Tuna with mango Salsa – once your tuna is cut into steaks, lightly oil it, and cook on a hot grill.  Tuna is very lean so you need to be careful about over cooking it.  Dice your fresh mango into small pieces.  Chop up some green onion, red bell pepper and red onion and fresh cilantro.  Mix well in the bowl.  I like to let it sit for a few hours before I grill the fish.  If you like spicy, then you can add fresh jalapeno or poblano peppers.   Serve over the fish when it is done grilling.

2. Poke bowls – this is a bit more complicated but a great way to serve a large group if you have the means to do so.  Cook sushi rice in a rice cooker.  I like to let it sit so it gets room temperature.  I normally make 2 batches to serve about 10 people.  In their own separate bowls, I place sesame seeds, thin sliced radishes, diced fresh avocado, diced mango and green onions. This way everyone can add their own toppings to their bowl. I dice up the tuna and place in 3 separate bowls.  In bowl is just the tuna and some high quality soy sauce. In the second bowl, I mix the tuna, soy sauce and a little mayonnaise.  In the last bowl is tuna, soy sauce and sriracha for a hot version.  Then everyone can make their poke bowl the way they like it!


The fish always taste better when you catch it!  When you come to Cape Cod this summer, hire a charter captain, catch some of the local species and have an amazing meal with friends and family.  You can tell your fishing stories over dinner while you eat your amazing catch and then skip out on the dishes!  I like to top every great meal at the Cape with some local ice cream! We look forward to seeing you on Cape Cod this summer and helping you make memories!

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Taking a Fishing Charter: What to Expect On Your Day On the Water

Have you been curious about what it might be like to take a fishing charter for the day? Join us as we discuss what a typical day on the water with a fishing charter captain looks like, and what you can expect from your excursion. From the gear and bait you need to bring, to tips on how to maximize your catch and have the most fun possible – get ready for some great insight into fishing charters!

Overview of Fishing Charters

Fishing charters are a great way to spend a day on the water, especially when you are on vacation and visiting an area for the first time.  Even if you are an avid fisherman, if you are not familiar with the area, hiring a charter the first time fishing can make all your future trips that much more productive. They offer an opportunity to catch fish, while also providing a fun and relaxing experience.

When you take a fishing charter, you can expect to be provided with all of the necessary equipment. This includes rods, reels, bait, and lures. The charter company will also usually provide a cooler for your catch and to store food and drinks that you’d like to bring. It is important to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Sunscreen and hats are also recommended.

The captain of the charter will typically give everyone a safety briefing before heading out and show you where the safety gear is in case it is needed out on the water. Typically, you will have had some communication with the Captain before your trip date, but if not, they will normally outline the day and what to expect.

Fishing charters typically last 4-8 hours, depending on the company and package that you choose. During this time, you will have the opportunity to catch a variety of fish. The captain will clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip so that you can take it home with you if it is permitted.  Every species is different and has different regulations which your Captain will explain.

Preparing for Your Day on the Water: What You Need to Know

When you book a fishing charter, the captain and crew will take care of everything related to the boat and gear. All you need to do is show up ready to fish! Here’s what you need to know to have a great day on the water:

  • What To Bring:
    • -Sunscreen
    • -Sunglasses
    • -Hat
    • -Food and drinks for the day
    • -Cooler with ice (if you plan on keeping your catch, but leave it in the car)
    • -Camera!
    • -Layers of clothes as the weather can change and will vary on time of year
    • -Dramamine if there is any potential of getting seasick

A Typical Day on a Fishing Trip

Ideally, be at your departure location 15 minutes before your trip is supposed to depart.  Be aware of parking constraints and allow for time to be on the boat at your agreed upon time.  If you are late, that cuts into your fishing time.  Also, be aware that your Captain and crew have probably been up and at the boat for a few hours already to make sure you have the best experience possible.  Depending on the type of trip we lead, we will be at the boat a minimum of 1 hour before departure time.

The Captain will be taking you to areas that have been producing fish in the recent days.  They want you to catch fish!  They want you to enjoy being out on the water and creating lasting memories.  You will need to travel to those locations which can take time depending on the species of fish you are hoping to catch.

Once arriving at the hot spots, the crew will give you pointers on how to catch the fish that you are targeting that day and in that area.  You may be using a variety of methods and bait.  For example, you may be casting artificial lures to topwater fish or jigging to fish that are deep in the water.  You may be trolling lures or bait behind the boat while you are moving.

Based on the Captains experience will determine how long you stay in one area or based on intelligence he is receiving from his network.  Captains help each to get on to the fish, because we all want to have happy customers!

As the trip is coming to the end of time, you will head back into the harbor.  Make sure you have taken lots of photos and videos of your experience.  Don’t be afraid to as the crew to take group photos and to filet your catch if allowed.

Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your Fishing Trip

Communication is key!  Be sure to touch base with your Captain in the weeks leading up to the trip when every possible.  Make sure you are on the same page on what you are expecting for the day on the water.  When a Captain knows what you are expecting, they will have a better chance of delivering that experience for you.

Do some of your own preparation.  Have your food and drinks planned out for the amount of time you are on the water.  Review the weather forecast so you can understand how to dress and what conditions you might face. 

Be open and listen to what the Captain and crew are telling you on how to catch the fish, remember they want you to catch as many fish as possible! 


A day on the water with a fishing charter can be very relaxing, fun and rewarding when both parties are prepared and communicate.  It can be a great way to do something different on vacation or to see your favorite vacation destination in a new way.  No matter what your reason for choosing to do a trip, you can expect a trip that will create great memories!  We look forward to seeing you on the water in 2023!

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5 Pre-Season Prep Tips To Help You Catch More Fish Around Cape Cod in 2023

Are you ready to hit the water and catch some big fish this upcoming season? Before you do, make sure that you’re prepared and that you complete your pre-season prep. This article will provide five effective tips to help ensure that your fishing trips are successful this upcoming season!

Understand Your Local Fishing Area

If you want to be successful in the upcoming fishing season, it’s important to understand the fish and bait in your local area that you are hoping to target. Different fish species prefer different types of bait, so it’s important to know what kind of fish you’re trying to catch and what they like to eat. The same goes for baitfish – different species of baitfish are more attractive to different predators. Do some research on the fish in your area and what kind of baits they respond well to.  Great resources are blogs, podcasts and past fishing reports.  Do some of the research so you are prepared for when the fish arrive!

In addition to knowing what kind of fish you’re targeting and what kind of bait they prefer, it’s also important to understand the habitats in your area. This is very true around Cape Cod.  An example is that the striped bass arrive on the South Side of the Cape first and then work their way into Cape Cod Bay and the Monomoy Rips.  Again, do some research on the fish in your area and find out where they like to hang out. This information will help you choose the right spot to fish and increase your chances of success.  Leverage your local tackle shop, look for Spring Fishing events and research on-line.

Prep Your Gear

No matter what type of fishing you do, it’s important to take some time at the beginning of the season to prep your gear. This will help ensure that you have a successful and enjoyable season. There is nothing worse than getting out on the water and having gear failure.  This is one of those areas you can control by doing your prep work. Here are some tips to get you started:

– Inspect your rods and reels for any damage or wear and tear. Repair or replace anything that is not in good condition or have it repaired by a professional.

– Clean your tackle box and organize your lures, hooks, weights, etc. Throw out anything that is old or damaged.  Replace hooks and connections so you don’t lose that trophy fish!

– Check your fishing line for nicks or breaks and replace if necessary.  I tend to replace all my line every year.  If you can learn how to do this yourself, it can be a big cost saver!

– Make sure all your other gear is checked and in good shape.  If you fish from a boat, check all your safety gear, check your fire extinguishers and their expiration dates, check boat lines, etc.  Don’t take your safety for granted!  If you fish from shore, check your waders and headlamps, check your gear bag, etc.  If you’ve hiked a beach to get to your lucky spot, nothing worse than finding a hole in your waders that lets the cold water in.

By taking the time to prep your gear before the season starts, you’ll be setting yourself up for success when you hit the water.

Learn the Rules and Regulations

If you want to be successful in the upcoming fishing season, it is important that you take the time to learn the rules and regulations that apply to your desired fishing area and species. Don’t assume that everything is the same.  I would say the exact opposite, they seem to change every year! These rules and regulations are put in place by state and federal government agencies to protect fish populations and their habitats. Not only will following the rules make you a more responsible angler, but it will also increase your chances of catching fish. To find out what rules and regulations apply to your fishing area, you can check online resources such as the website for the state wildlife agency or the website for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  I also use an app called Fish Rules so I can confirm throughout the season. Don’t forget to have your licenses updated and that you are current with all your paperwork.

Know Your Fishing Spots

One of the best ways to catch more fish is to know your fishing spots. But they can change from season to season, especially around Cape Cod.  If we’ve had a stormy winter, then sand bars can shift and one of your honey holes from last year may have changed.

Also, do some prep and try out some new spots or target a new species that has been on your list.  Do some research to find out where are the hot spots for those fish.  Research maps to understand the structure in those areas to give you the best chance of success on the water.  Lastly, if you fish from a boat, make sure your fish finder is working properly and ready for a new season.

Get Familiar with Weather Conditions

To be a successful fisherman, it is important to know what kind of weather conditions you will be dealing with. Find two or three weather apps related to fishing that you can trust.  Start checking them 3-4 days before your fishing adventure. This will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of temperature, precipitation, and wind speed or if it is even possible to go that particular day. Understand how and if the conditions may change while out on the water on your specific date.

Knowing what the weather is going to be like can impact how you fish, where you fish and what species you may target that day.  Two apps that I use are Fishweather and Buoycast to help me stay on top of the weather and changing conditions

By being prepared for the worst, you increase your chances of having a successful fishing trip.


Fishing around Cape Cod can be an incredibly rewarding experience if you come properly prepared, and by following these five pre-season prep tips. Besides being a great way to connect with nature, it is also a great way to relax and have fun with friends and family. So, let’s get out there this season and make some memories!  I know I am excited for the 2023 season and our prep work is well underway to make for a great season!

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Holtec’ Proposal To Dump Toxic Waste Into Cape Cod Bay Is Unacceptable

Imagine if a company wanted to dump 1.1 million gallons of toxic waste into one of the most beautiful and beloved bodies of water in the United States – Cape Cod Bay. If you haven’t heard the news, that is exactly what the Holtec Corporation is proposing, and I find it is simply unacceptable. Find out why in this article and learn more about why this proposal must be stopped.

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Introduction to Holtec Corporation’s Proposal

The Holtec Corporation, a New Jersey-based company, has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to dump 1.1 million gallons of toxic waste water into Cape Cod Bay. The proposed dumping is slated to start in September 2023 right from the shore of the Plymouth facility, and less than 30 miles from Boston.

The Holtec Corporation claims that their proposed dump would be safe and pose no risk to the environment or public health. However, many experts and environmental groups disagree. They believe that the dump could leak radioactive material into the ocean and contaminate seafood, as well as jeopardize the safety of nearby communities in case of a major accident or terrorist attack.

The NRC is currently reviewing the proposal and has not made a decision yet. In the meantime, we urge them to reject the Holtec Corporation’s dangerous plan.

Environmental Impact of Toxic Waste Dumping

The environment is already struggling to cope with the amount of pollution and toxic waste that is being produced, so the last thing it needs is for companies to start dumping even more toxic waste into our waterways. The Holtec Corporation’s proposal to do just that, by dumping toxic waste into Cape Cod Bay, is completely unacceptable.

Not only would this have a devastating impact on the local environment and wildlife, but it could also potentially contaminate drinking water supplies and endanger public health. There is simply no way that this can be allowed to happen, and we urge the authorities to reject Holtec’s proposal outright.

Impact on Marine Life

The Holtec Corporation’s proposal to dump toxic waste into Cape Cod Bay is not only unacceptable, but it would also have a devastating impact on marine life. The Bay is home to many different species of fish, whales, shellfish, and other wildlife, and the introduction of toxic waste would jeopardize their health.   If the Holtec Corporation’s proposal is approved, it would put all of these at risk.

There is already a growing problem with ocean plastic pollution, and adding more toxic waste to the mix would only make things worse. If the Holtec Corporation’s proposal is approved, there would be an increased risk of contamination of the food chain. This would not only be bad for marine life, but also for humans who enjoy these products.  Cape Cod and the surrounding area are know for World Class Oysters, a creature that filters water.  What might happen to them if this waste is dumped in the Bay?

In addition to being harmful to marine life, the Holtec Corporation’s proposal would also have a negative impact on the economy. The Bay supports a thriving fishing industry, which employs many people in Massachusetts. If the Bay becomes polluted with toxic waste, it would put this industry at risk. Who wants to eat fish from tainted waters?

Economic Impact of Toxic Waste Dumping on Tourism

The Holtec Corporation’s proposal to dump toxic waste into Cape Cod Bay is unacceptable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the economic impact it would have on the region.

Cape Cod is a major tourist destination, and its economy is heavily reliant on tourism. If the Bay were to be contaminated with toxic waste, it would jeopardize the livelihoods of everyone who depends on the tourism industry for their income. This includes not only businesses like hotels and restaurants, but also activities that draw tourists to the area, such as fishing, jet ski rentals, parasailing, kayak rentals, etc.

The bottom line is that dumping toxic waste into Cape Cod Bay would have a devastating economic impact on the region. It is simply not worth the risk.


The Holtec Corporation’s proposal to dump toxic waste into Cape Cod Bay is an unacceptable solution for a number of reasons. Not only does it threaten the delicate ecosystem, but it also puts local residents at risk of health problems and environmental contamination. It is essential that we take action now to protect our environment and ensure that future generations have access to clean water, air, and land. We must reject any proposals like this one which put our planet in danger.

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How Bluefin Tuna Travel From Cape Cod Waters To Japanese Dinner Tables

In this blog article, we’ll be following the journey of wild bluefin tuna from Cape Cod waters to Japanese dinner tables – outlining the process of how they are caught, sold and shipped overseas. We’ll also explore why Japanese consumers have such a deep connection with bluefin tuna. So dive in and learn the fascinating story behind these fish!

Introduction to Wild Bluefin Tuna

Wild bluefin tuna are among the largest, fastest and most commercially valuable fish in the world. Valued for their fatty flesh, which is used for sushi and other delicacies, wild bluefin tuna are a valued prize for the finest Sushi Restaurants in the World.

In an effort to protect these fish, various organizations have put in place catch limits and quota systems. So for a charter Captain, he is only able to commercially sell fish that are greater than 73 inches in size. He must hold special permits and licenses to be able to sell these prized fish. Depending on where they fish from, they may only be able to fish for them on select days.

Fishing for Wild Bluefin Tuna off of the Eastern Coast of the United States

Wild bluefin tuna are some of the most sought-after fish in the world. They can sell for upwards of $20,000 in Japan. But remarkably, very little of that is paid to the fisherman. The vast majority of wild bluefin tuna that are caught are done so off of the Eastern coast of the United States. The waters around Cape Cod are some of the best for these fish from June through November each year.

The process of catching wild bluefin tuna is both an art and a science. Once the school has been located, fishermen will use a variety of techniques to catch the fish. The most common methods are live lining bait fish, trolling various spreader bars to imitate bait fish, jigging or casting artificial lures.

Once the fish have been caught, they must be cooled down and put on ice to bring the best possible price at market. These fish are under a lot of stress during the fight and create a lot of heat. Properly cooling them is a must!

Processing and Shipping of the Catch from the US to Japan

The catch of these wild bluefin tuna are shipped from the US to Japan within 24 hours of being caught. The boats Captain brings the fish to a buyer at the dock where it is weighted and then taken to market. Most bluefin are sold domestically but the best of the best are shipped overseas. The fish are carefully packed in ice and stored in a temperature-controlled environment to preserve their quality.

Upon arrival in Japan, the fish are auctioned off to the highest bidder and then sent to restaurants and markets around the country.


From Cape Cod to the Japanese dinner table, wild bluefin tuna take a remarkable journey on their way to becoming sushi. Research has demonstrated that by tracking individual fish with RFID tags we can increase our understanding of how these species migrate around the ocean and improve fisheries management worldwide. In order to keep wild bluefin tuna populations healthy into the future, continued conservation efforts must be made.

Giant Bluefin before being Iced

A Fisherman’s Guide to the 5 Most Common Whales On The Cape Cod

Have you ever wondered what kinds of whales you might see near Cape Cod? We are very fortunate to see these majestic creatures on many of our fishing charter trips.  Here we will explore the five most common species of whales spotted around Cape Cod over the course of the fishing season and offer some tips on how to best appreciate these majestic creatures. So, if you’re a whale lover looking to explore the depths of Cape Cod, grab your binoculars and let’s get started!

Introduction to Common Whales Around Cape Cod:

1. Humpback Whale

2. Fin Whale

3. Minke Whale

4. Right Whale

5. Pilot Whale

Cape Cod is one of the best places in the world to go whale watching. Every year, thousands of people come to the Cape to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

There are a few different species of whales that you might see when you’re out on the water. The most common ones are humpback whales, fin whales, and minke whales. These are all filter-feeding animals, which means that they strain small organisms out of the water to eat.

Humpback Whale

Humpback whales are probably the most well-known and the most popular type of whale we see on our fishing trips. They’re known for their long pectoral fins, which can be up to 15 feet long! They’re also very acrobatic, and often breach (jump) out of the water. They will slap their tails and even sometimes wave at us with a fin.  Humpbacks are usually between 40 and 50 feet long.

Humpback whales are perhaps the most iconic of all whale species. They are easily recognizable by their large size and their characteristic hump. Humpback whales can grow to be up to 60 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons. They are mostly black or dark gray in color, with white patches on their underside.

During the breeding season, male humpbacks compete for females by producing complex singing displays. These displays may play a role in mate selection and help to determine dominance hierarchy among males. Females give birth to a single calf every two to three years. After a gestation period of about 11 months, calves are born weighing up to 2,000 pounds!

Fin Whale

Fin whales are the second largest type of whale, after blue whales. They can grow to be up to 85 feet long! Fin whales have a distinctive appearance, with a tall dorsal fin and a sleek body. They are easily identifiable by their long, thin body and asymmetrical coloring. The right side of their body is dark gray or black, while the left side is light gray or white. They’re also very fast swimmers – they’ve been recorded swimming at speeds up to 35 miles per hour! When we see them, they are normally not around for very long.

Fin whales are known for their “vacuum-like” feeding habits, as they can consume up to 3,000 pounds of food per day. Fin whales are often seen around Cape Cod during the summer months, as they migrate north from their breeding grounds in the Caribbean. They typically travel in small groups or alone and can be spotted surface-feeding on schools of fish.

Minke Whale

Minke whales are the smallest type of whale that you’re likely to see around Cape Cod. They average about 25 feet in length but can reach up to 35 feet long. Minke whales get their name from their narrow snout, which looks a bit like a duck’s bill. They tend to be solo when we see them.

Minke whales are the most common whale around Cape Cod. They are easily identified by their sleek black or dark gray bodies and white patches on their flippers. Minke whales are curious and often approach boats, making them a favorite among whale watchers. These gentle giants are filter feeders and eat small fish, krill, and other crustaceans.

Right Whale

The right whale is a large baleen whale that can grow to be up to 60 feet long. They are the slowest swimming of all the whale species, and they are often seen feeding on zooplankton near the surface of the water. Right whales are endangered, and there are estimated to be only about 500 of them left in the world. They are often spotted off the coast of Cape Cod, and they are a favorite of whale watchers from shore.  They travel to the area in the winter months with their calves.

Pilot Whale

Pilot whales are another one of the more common types of whales spotted around Cape Cod. They are easily recognizable by their long, slender bodies and dark gray or black coloration. Males can grow to be up to 20 feet long, while females only reach about 16 feet in length. These whales are often seen swimming in large groups, and they are known to be very social creatures. They are also one of the deepest diving mammals, capable of reaching depths of over 3,000 feet!


Part of the reason the fishing around Cape Cod is so spectacular is all the bait that comes to the area every year.  As you’ve seen from this article, whales are here for the same reason.  It is always spectacular to see these creatures on our trips.  We respect them and give them lots of space to protect them and ourselves. 


Cape Cod Summer Fishing: Your Guide to Catching Striped Bass, Bluefish and Bluefin Tuna With A Charter Captain

Are you planning a trip to Cape Cod this summer? Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to spend your summer days? Fishing off the Cape Cod coast may be your best bet! Join us as we explore some of the most popular catches, including Striped Bass, Bluefish and Bluefin Tuna. These fish can provide hours of fun for any experienced fisherman or newcomer alike! In this article, we’ll cover all the essential information from what you need to bring to what kind of charters are available. So get ready for an adventure and don’t forget your rod!


Cape Cod is one of the best places in the world to go fishing. With its long history of fishing, great variety of species, abundant sea life and its many charter captains. Cape Cod is well known for its striped bass and bluefin tuna.

When it comes to fishing on Cape Cod, there are a few things you need to know. First, the best time to fish is from late May to early September. This is when the water is warmest, and the fish are most active. Second, you need to know where to fish. The Cape Cod Bay is a great place for striped bass and bluefish, while the waters East of Chatham, off Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are good for bluefin tuna.

Finally, you need to know what bait to use. For striped bass, live eels or bunker are best. For bluefish, fresh cut bait works well and various artificial lures. And for bluefin tuna, live bait or various artificial jigs work best.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a great time fishing on Cape Cod this summer!

Benefits Of Charter Fishing

If you’re looking to catch some of the biggest and most popular fish in Cape Cod waters, charter fishing is the way to go. Here are some of the benefits of charter fishing:

1. You’ll be guided by an experienced captain who knows where the fish are biting.

2. You’ll have access to better quality fishing gear, including rods, reels, and tackle.

3. It is not uncommon to see other sea life while out on the water.  Like whales, turtles, sharks, mola-mola and various birds. You will have a tour guide!

Types Of Fish You Can Target in the Summer on Cape Cod

The first fish that comes to most people’s minds when they think of Cape Cod is the striped bass. Striped bass are an excellent choice for summer fishing, as they can be found in both inshore and offshore waters. Another great option for summer fishing on Cape Cod is bluefish. Bluefish are known for their high energy and fight, making them a fun catch for anglers of all levels. It’s not uncommon to see them jump out of the water once hooked.  Lastly, bluefin tuna are another option for those looking to go after a bigger fish. Bluefin tuna can be found offshore and can provide anglers with a challenging and rewarding fight. Bluefin are some of the fastest and most powerful creatures in the ocean.  You might fight a fish that weighs over 300 pounds!

Necessary Gear and Tackle to Bring On a Cape Cod Fishing Trip

When it comes to Cape Cod fishing, there is certain gear and tackle that you will need to be successful. Here is a list of the necessary gear and tackle to bring on your next Cape Cod fishing trip:

• A good quality fishing rod and reel. The charter boat will have these for you but if you have a lucky lure, ask your captain if you can bring it.

• A selection of different lures or bait, depending on what type of fish you’re hoping to catch. Again, this is the benefit of a charter captain.  He will know what the fish are keyed in on and have these for you.

• A cooler with ice to store your catch in. Ideally this is left in your car as most boats will have a large cooler on the boat for your drinks and snacks.

• A pair of polarized sunglasses to help you see through the water.

•Sunscreen and hats to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

• Comfortable clothing that can get wet or dirty. Layers are recommended as conditions will be different on the water than they are on shore.

General Tips for Having a Successful Trip

– Do your research before you go. Make sure you know what kind of fish you want to catch, and where to find them. Talk to a charter company before making your final decision. Make sure you share your expectations for the trip.

– Bring the right gear. You don’t want to end up being cold, wet, and miserable because you didn’t dress properly. If you’re not sure, ask someone who knows, like the charter captain. Don’t forget Dramamine!

– Be flexible.  The captain always wants to help you catch as many fish as possible.  Conditions change daily and even hourly.  Be open to what the captain is suggesting and communicate.

– Don’t forget your camera! A lot of people forget to bring a camera, but you’ll want to document your catch (and bragging rights).

– Be respectful of the environment. This one is important – help preserve our fisheries by following all regulations and only taking what you need. Remember that catch-and-release is an option, too.


If you’re looking for an unforgettable fishing experience to add to your 2023 summer trip, it doesn’t get much better than a Cape Cod. With the right charter captain, you can easily catch striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna in these waters. Whether you want to explore Cape Cod Bay, Provincetown area or offshore, there’s something for every kind of angler in this marvelous region. So come prepared to have fun and make memories – because nothing beats a day spent summer fishing on Cape Cod!


Enjoy An Unforgettable Offshore Fishing Adventure On Cape Cod With A Charter Captain

If you’re looking for an unforgettable offshore fishing adventure, look no further than the Cape Cod area! The waters around the Cape are some of the best on the East Coast! With a charter captain guiding your way, you can explore some of their secret fishing spots and enjoy a truly unique experience. From catching different species like Striped Bass, Bluefish and Bluefin Tuna.  Enjoy the beauty of nature, read on to find out more about why this is one adventure you won’t want to miss.

What is Offshore Fishing?

Offshore fishing is a type of saltwater fishing that takes place in the open ocean, typically more than three miles from shore. On the Cape, we also have Cape Cod Bay which is close and safe. It can be a challenging and dangerous form of fishing, but also incredibly rewarding. Those who love offshore fishing often do so for the excitement and thrill of the sport, as well as the potential to catch large and impressive fish. On the Cape, we also have Cape Cod Bay which is close and safe.

The type of fish you are hoping to catch will dictate what kind of tackle and bait you use. It is important to be patient when offshore fishing, as it can often take a while to get a bite. But when you finally do hook into a fish, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience!  This is where the expertise of a charter captain proves invaluable!

Why Choose Cape Cod?

Cape Cod is one of the most popular destination spots for offshore fishing in the United States. The reason why is because it offers some of the best fishing grounds in the country, as well as a wide variety of charter captains and companies to choose from.  Some of the best fishing is very close to shore with little travel time.

When it comes to finding the perfect charter captain for your offshore fishing adventure on Cape Cod, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that the captain is experienced and knowledgeable about the area. They must be certified by United States Coast Guard to run a charter business. Second, you want to make sure that they have a good reputation with other fishermen. And finally, you want to make sure that they have a boat that is well-equipped and comfortable for your group.  Safety should be important to you and the captain.

What to Expect on an Offshore Fishing Trip

When you book an offshore fishing trip, ask some questions of the Captain. Ask, what can we expect? Species we will be targeting and tell the captain what you would like to catch. Ask about gear, safety equipment and how they manage the weather. Cape Cod is home to some of the best fishing on the East Coast, and a charter captain will take you to the best spots for catching fish. You can expect to catch a variety of fish on your trip, including bluefish, striped bass, haddock, flounder and bluefin tuna depending on when you book your trip.

Choosing the Right Charter Captain

When you’re planning a fishing adventure on Cape Cod, it’s important to choose the right charter captain. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a charter captain:

  • First and foremost, you want to make sure the captain is experienced and knowledgeable about the waters off Cape Cod. There’s nothing worse than being out on the open ocean with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
  • Secondly, you want to make sure the captain is someone you feel comfortable with. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person, so it’s important that you get along.
  • Finally, you want to make sure the captain has a good reputation. Ask around and see what other people have said about their experience with the captain. You can also read online reviews to get an idea of what others think.

If you keep these things in mind when choosing a charter captain, you’re sure to have an unforgettable offshore fishing adventure on Cape Cod!

Tips for a Successful Fishing Trip

If you’re planning an offshore fishing trip on Cape Cod, there are a few things you can do to make sure it’s a success. First, book your charter well in advance so you can get the date and time that works best for you. Next, be sure to bring all the necessary gear, including sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Finally, don’t forget to pack food and drinks for the day – and don’t forget your camera to capture all the memories!


If you are planning a trip to Cape Cod this summer, a fishing trip is worth adding to the list of things to do to make your time here memorable. With a charter captain, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be in safe hands and have access to all the best fishing spots. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day away from it all or hoping to land your biggest catch yet, we are sure that your offshore fishing adventure will be something you won’t soon forget!


Winter Blues

No, not winter Bluefish or Bluefin Tuna, but true winter blues! Wishing my warmer weather was here and that I could be on the water! I was on the boat today dumping some excess water off our boat cover after all the rain the last few days. It was nice to be on the little lady, but made me wish it was April already! Yes, the days are getting longer, but the weather is still blah! Trying to be patient but it can be hard this time of year. I’m looking forward to my trip to Florida in February to see family and to sneak in some fishing. I hope that holds me over until April.

I’ve been busy putting new line on all the reels, servicing them, replacing the old worn out gear. Helps pass the time until we can get on the water! Here is a beautiful sunrise from this last season to put a smile on your face! Thanks for letting me share!


5 Reasons I love to Charter!

Reason #5 here – again, in no particular order at all.

The people! We have met some really great people over the years. Many come back year after year to enjoy the day on the water. In some cases, we have watched their children grow up on our boats. Many become friends that we are truly excited to see each year to catch up with them.

Some folks come multiple times per year, some companies have entertained key customers, etc. We get experienced fisherman and first timers and everything in between!

The one common theme with all these folks is the love of the water and being able to spend a day outdoors. It really is a blessing to be able to share the fertile grounds of the Cape with them. To share what we know, to create memories, laughs and heartbreak! We hope you will join the family too!

We look forward to a great season and tight lines!

Landing a Giant!

5 Reasons I love to Charter!

Here is reason #4 that I love to run a charter business.

We are there to catch fish, but we see so much more in the form of sea life. Everyday can be full of surprises and most people that join us for a day of fishing have not experienced much interaction with the various types of sea life.

Here are some of the things we have seen or encountered on our fishing trips:

Whales – mostly humpback and minke – both are great indicators of bait in the area;

Sharks – blue, porbeagle, thresher, white and even a black tip once

Mola Mola or Sunfish – big and curious creatures – fool most people for a shark

Turtles – we even were able to call the pro’s to get one untangled once

Jellyfish – big and small

Dolphins – big and small pods – very friendly and come close to the boat

Ground fish – cod, haddock, hake, fluke, etc. – not always on purpose!

Baitfish – mackeral, herring, pogies, baby bonito, etc.

So every trip can bring various sightings and adventure! Join us to see these creatures too!


5 Reasons I love to Charter!

Reason #3 that I love to run a charter business. Again, in no particular order.

Everyday on the water is different. Conditions, the guests, what we are trying to catch, the bait or lures, etc. No two days are alike. Yes, there may be similarities, but no two are alike. It makes going out for the day less like work and more like fun!

You never know what to expect. Not all days go great either. Maybe less fish caught than we would like, maybe someone gets seasick, maybe a surprise shower, or a slew of other possible surprises. We try to prepare for everything, but we don’t always succeed.

But many days are magical too! Calm day, perfect sunrise, find bait or birds quickly and have that first fish in the boat before most people eat breakfast! The smiles are priceless!

Lastly, there is very little technology out there. People talk to each other, we learn a little about who they are and where they are from. New friendships are formed. For a few hours, people escape their everyday lives and are able to get close to nature. It revitalizes us!


5 reasons I love to Charter!

Reason #2 that I love running a charter business. Again, these are not in any particular order.

I love watching people catch their first fish or first big fish. Many people join us that might have caught some smaller fish in a pond or have never caught a fish at all. But watching them enjoy catching that first fish, that experience is really priceless for me.

You can see their excitement as the board the boat in the morning. It’s all over their face. We get to our fishing spot and start to drop lines in the water. A nervous energy comes over them. Then BOOM!! First fish is on the line! A bit of panic sets in with what do I do next! We help them get the fish into the boat and that big grin comes over their face – a memory was just made! One they won’t forget. It’s priceless!

It happens over and over again – it never disappoints me. So much fun! One of the real thrills of what we do is sharing this experience with people.

A happy first timer!

5 reasons I love to Charter!

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will share some of the top reasons I love to run a charter business. Not in any particular order!

Reason #1 – I love to see the sun rise over the water, hence our name Ortus. Ortus is Latin for rising. There is something special about being up early, getting to the boat, loading everything up and heading out in the dark. Only to be on the water somewhere and watch the world wake up!

Like a snowflake, no two sunrises are alike! Sometimes the sunrise is 100% over water, some times we have some land with special features as a backdrop, like the Provincetown Monument and so on. They have a magical glow to them and a different hue than a sunset. It always brings excitement and energy to the morning.

Yes, we do have those days where it is cloud covered and not much to see, but we are up and out on the water. Many people don’t see the sunrise as compared to it’s twin sister, the sunset. For them, the same energy and excitement of seeing something new and unique. A rebirth of the day!


What does a Charter business do in the off season?

Many times I am asked what we do in the off season when we can’t fish? Well, we keep pretty busy and have normal lives like everyone else.

But, here are some of things we do related to our business:

Clean and maintain our gear, marketing work, paperwork for permits and regulations, attend seminars and public hearings related to our industry, and the biggest of all – boat work! The list of things that need to be done on a boat can change from year to year, but we always have work to do. I describe it as the office building that I have to maintain so that I can go to my office in the summer! All this behind the scenes work that we do from November until April is so we can have a fun and safe summer. Time on the water is precious in the warmer months when the fish are here, so we do everything possible in the off season to avoid having to be off the water due to boat related issues.

But I also go to my daughters basketball games and events at school, home improvement projects and travel. I went to Costa Rica for the first time in December for a fishing trip. It was fun to be the charter guest and have the roles reversed. So this side of life is similar to what most people have to do everyday.

We will soon be on the water again and look forward to sharing our little slice of heaven with you all!