The 34 foot "Marilyn S" is a Downeast lobster boat designed by the famed Ernest Libby. She is powered with a 400 hp C Series Cummins diesel engine for reliable economical power. Capable of speeds up to 25 knots, she is the ticket for safely covering the waters to find good fishing. She is a large open decked and roomy fishing platform. Along with the latest in electronics and safety equipment, she also has the necessary enclosed "head" to bring your Honey or children along, and soon will be finished with a galley for that refreshing cup of coffee on the water.
The "Marilyn S" (named after my mom) is US Coast Guard licensed to carry up to six passengers. She is equipped with the latest in navigational and safety equipment and is fully insured. On board you will find the NORTHSTAR digital GPS plotter, FURUNO Radar, 1000 watt color fish finder and LORAN. The on board VHF, EPIRB, life raft and cellular phone ensure an immediate response if trouble does arise. This proven Maine design will keep you out of the wind and spray, with a level of comfort, unlike flats boats or center consoles and still get you to the fish in short order.
Captain Bruce loves to show his customers the thrill of catching large fish on tackle that is fun. Our gear ranges from 6 to 8’ St. Croix spinning or casting rods. Also available with advance notice are 10' St. Croix "noodle" rods and IGFA 4 lb. test line as an ultra-light combination for the experienced angler. The reels for these everyday outfits are either Shimano or Fin nor spinning reels in varying sizes or a Abu Garcia 6500 level wind casting reel loaded with either 10,12 or 14 lb test line. When you catch a 20 lb plus Striper on these outfits, you will know that you have accomplished something. A rod should be lightweight enough for even a child or a novice to hold all day if necessary, not heavy wire with jigs or umbrella rigs that are tiring and unsporting to fish with. Sure, wire and rigs will catch fish, but there are just as effective ways to catch Striped Bass that are more fun. Captain Bruce prefers to drift natural baits (both live or dead), or cast artificials through the rips and over the bottom structure that prevail in the southeast Cape Cod area. The bait is presented in a natural fashion, providing the angler with the thrill of the pickup, the setting of the hook and the satisfaction of a fight unencumbered by heavy tackle or line.
Fly-casting can be done under the right conditions. These conditions are: reduced wind, fish feeding up in the water column, lack of other boats in the area (putting fish off), small size of charter party (less than 4 on board) and skill of the person casting. We will, with advance notice, have on board a 9, 10, 11, and 13 weights Sage RPLXi. All are outfitted with Teton fly reels and the appropriate fly lines for what we will be throwing to the fish. I guarantee that I can put the boat within casting distance of the fish - presentation is up to you.
Our bluefin tuna tackle ranges from sturdy spinning rods coupled with Shimano reels to huge Penn International 2 speed 130's. We have a range of 2 speed Shimano and Penn International mid weight trolling gear too.
The spinning gear is for vertical jigging, casting and trolling on the 40-100 pound fish. Our trolling gear is the usual 30 to 50 weight stuff, coupled with 50 to 80 pound test monofilament on quality stand up rods with roller tips.
Our heaviest gear is the Penn International 2 speed 80's and 130's for chumming and trolling for the largest Giant size Bluefin Tuna. Equipped with 200 lb test Dacron main line and monofilament headers, we will be in for a battle once we hook up.
Captain Bruce A. Peters is a holder of the U.S. Coast Guard Master's 100-ton license # 1092339. The skipper is a 16th generation Cape Cod native from a long genetic line of lifesavers, whalers and watermen. A commercial fisherman and boat operator for over 38 years on both Atlantic and Pacific coasts, I have the acquired sea experience to ensure a safe and rewarding trip. I believe it is my personality, coupled with the amazing fishing that we have here on Cape Cod to be the reason my business is successful. That aside, it is my responsibility to make sure you have a safe trip. Judgments as to weather conditions, experience of the crew (your party), etc, all depend upon my assessment of the situation. I cringe when I hear of the news media citing reports of a "rogue wave" as a reason for a boating accident. It all boils down to the captain’s decision to go out that day or not, and where he put his boat. Your safety is upon my shoulders and I do not take that responsibility lightly.
The Captain enjoys sharing the serenity of the bountiful Cape Cod waters and the fulfilling experience of catching a dream fish. Women and children are welcomed and are generally luckier than the men folk. Children 12 years of age and under are required by law to wear a life preserver. If conditions are not conducive to the family having a quality experience due to the weather, the Captain will suggest you schedule another day or restrict the outing to calmer waters. The novice and experienced angler alike will benefit from the knowledge Captain Bruce will freely share with you.