The Marilyn S was launched yesterday into Little Pleasant Bay by my old friends at Nauset Marine. The team at Nauset Marine has been handling all of my launching and outboard and outdrive servicing since I started in 1996. They have been a good reputable and reliable marine services outfit to deal with. Upgrades to the boat this year were new injectors, batteries, after cooler core, and boat lettering (old lettering was pretty dinged up) and I added another bunk down below for the offshore tuna trips we take in the fall. There is always the usual repainting and refitting of certain things, its an ongoing thing on a boat.
The sun is shining and our phone is ringing almost every day now with folks looking to book a charter this season. Our striper fishing doesn’ t get great until mid June, due to the cooler waters on the east side of Chatham, and Cape Cod. If you need to go striped bass fishing in late May or early June, I suggest you look at some of the Cape Cod Bay charter vessels, as they do have some great early season fishing due to their waters warming ahead of ours. Although Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket sound waters get their stripers earlier than we do, by late July and August the water temperatures there have warmed so much that the bass move out and into cooler more oxygen and bait rich waters like we have just east of Chatham. When there is nothing but bluefish biting in the warm waters, the stripers are on the feed just outside the Chatham harbor and breakers of the inlet. We have striped bass in abundance from Father’s Day in June into November.
Bluefin Tuna are caught within 2 miles of the dock regularly in the latter months of the fall, but generally they are within 8 -12 miles of the Chatham Fish Pier. There will be some weeks where we may have to run to an area about 25 miles away, when the fish show up there, but there are bait rich areas quite close to Chatham that attract the bluefin and whales every year, where we do the mainstay of our tuna charters.
My rates for striped bass and recreational bluefin tuna charters this year will remain the same as last, due to the reduction in diesel fuel prices from previous years. I dreaded the idea of having to ask for a fuel surcharge in years past, but when fuel is 1/4 of your operating expenses, it does very much affect my bottom line. There will be changes in the daily giant bluefin tuna fishing charter rates. New this year, I have secured a quaint, secluded, heated cottage for renting, as part of a Giant Bluefin tuna “bucket list” fishing adventure. Details have yet to be finalized, but it seems to be looking like a 2-3 day offshore Giant tuna fishing adventure for 1 or 2 passengers, complete with up to a week’s lodging at this Marsh-side cottage in Orleans, and we will throw in a lobster dinner. We are still working out the specifics, but hopefully we can do this for around $4200. There are very limited dates for these types of Giant tuna trips. The best time of the year for one of these trips is the last 3 weeks of September. If you are interested, call me, Capt. Bruce Peters, at 508 237-0399 to discuss your wishes, and select the optimum dates to accomplish us getting you on the fish during the most optimum time of the year.
Reservations for other charters are now being taken just about every day and please take the time to call now and set up your party’s date and time, before the better tide and departure times are already taken. I am available on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell phone at (508) 237-0399. You will find Capeshores Charters on the web at www.sportfishingcapecod.com and also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/capeshores.charters?ref=hl.
Thanks very much,
Capt Bruce & “Marilyn S”