At the start of my sixteen season with Capeshores Charters, I want to do better. I want to give you, my customers, exactly what you want in your outing. I am blessed to be able to operate out of Chatham, MA , at the very eastward elbow of Cape Cod, and at the closest harbor to world class bluefin tuna and striped bass fishing. There isn’t much i can do about the fishing, it is already “as good as it gets”. (Shades of Jack Nicholson’s movie character come to mind when he tells Helen Hunt - “ I want to be a better man ” )
I do. I want you to be so happy with my sport fishing service that you don’t have to go looking to try a different boat, location or method of catching. I have in the past used light tackle and will continue to do so in the future, simply because I feel you should be having the lightest tackle within reason to have fun catching fish. Usually folks want to catch a steady amount of fish, enough to stay busy throughout the day. Luckily our bass fishing at the rips and just east of Chatham provides that. Sometimes though, I will run into folks that want to do something different. Maybe its jigging cod, or jigging the long wire for bass, it could be fly fishing or even casting to surface feeding tuna or striped bass. It could be that you just want to show the kids a few whales. Perhaps you only want to catch bluefish, or possibly you would much rather catch bluefish and then let them swim around as live bait for a giant bluefin tuna ?
I would like to hear from you, whether you have fished with me for years, or just checking me out for the first time. Please tell me what you think I should do better, where i could improve the boat, the tackle of the methods, or just take some time to let me know about a trip you want to do differently than we did before. Perhaps trolling for tuna with squid bars now bores you, and you would rather try something different? Wherever possible I will try to adjust my tackle and trip planning to accommodate your wishes. Obviously, I will not be able to do some things due to the limitations of the vessel or budget, but within reason I would like to try to adjust the issues that are “ less than”. For example, due to draft, I could not make a flats fly fishing skiff out of my 35 foot lobster boat, but I can try to get you some fish on your fly rods, if that is what you prefer. My boat handling skills are quite good and I can put the boat on fish, if you can cast the fly and fish it at the depths where the fish are. On tuna, if conditions are good, I’m willing to try some vertical jigging or bait fishing if you want to try something different from trolling. Keep in mind though trolling covers a larger area, and jigging or chumming is just the drift line. For jigging to work we need to find the fish first. As for budgetary limitations, distance and method changes could cost more than a standard trip. For example a chumming or live bait charter for giant tuna will have the added expenses of heavier and more gear, getting the bait and more fuel, so the costs will be more.
I write this report to be more in tune to what you like to do. If you found a method on another boat that you liked, please run it by me and perhaps we can do it on the Marilyn S too. I am open for learning new methods and trying new things.Im not afraid to buy some different gear to keep it real on my boat. Let me know your ideas.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce & “Marilyn S”