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!

The Risks of Poor Planning on Your Early Season Fishing Trip

Attention all fishing enthusiasts! Are you excited to kick off the early season with a much-anticipated fishing trip? Before you pack your gear and hit the water, it’s essential to plan ahead. Poor planning and bad judgement can put your safety at risk as we learned this past week as four fishermen lost their lives.  We will never really know what happened but let’s see if we can learn from this experience to reduce the chance of it happening to someone else.

Introduction to Early Season Fishing

Every year, anglers across in New England get excited for the start of the fishing season. However, many of them don’t realize the importance of proper planning when it comes to their early season fishing trips.

One of the biggest risks of poor planning is getting stuck in bad weather or underestimating the conditions at sea versus on land. Early season fishing can be unpredictable, and if you’re not prepared for it, you could find yourself in trouble very quickly. This can ruin your trip and put you at risk for serious injuries, including fatality.

All of these risks can be easily avoided with a little bit of planning and preparation. Make sure you check the weather forecast before heading out, pack appropriate clothing and supplies, and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your early season fishing trip is safe and enjoyable.

What You Need to Know Before Going Fishing

It is hard to know what happened to the four-fisherman last week but let’s try to learn what we can from the experience.

  • Weather – the forecast the day they went out was not bad on land.  Warm and sunny weather was in the forecast with some wind.  The ocean waters are still below 50 degrees in the area, so on a boat will be considerable colder than on land.
  • Boat choice – the fisherman was in a small 17-foot center console boat with 4 people.  Depending on how much gear they had in the boat, they were probably pushing the weight limit for their boat which can make a boat handle differently.
  • Gear – they found personal floatation devices from the boat, but none of the men were wearing them.  If the conditions had worsened, it would have been best to put them on to be safe.  In the heat of the moment, they may not have been able to get to them.
  • Cold water survival suits – boats that are out during cold water will normally have a cold-water survival suit on board.  One for each passenger.  They take practice putting them on and they take time.  If everything happened very quickly, then they may not have been able to put them on.
  • Fishing destination – they had chosen to fish a spot approx. 35 miles from shore in their small boat.  Probably another bad decision bad on weather and time of year.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!  Especially at the beginning or end of a season when the water temperatures can be deadly. 


Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the four lost fishermen.  It’s a tragic story.  I wrote this blog to try to help us all learn from the tragedy in hopes that it won’t happen to anyone else. Poor planning can cause a lot of headaches when it comes to early season fishing trips. It’s important to be prepared and make sure that you are equipped with the necessary gear, supplies, and information before embarking on your next fishing adventure.

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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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