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September 2017
 · A Cancelation Provides New Open Dates
 · September Bluefin Tuna

August 2017
 · August Fishing on Cape Cod
 · Reservations or Reluctant Disappointment ?

July 2017
 · Bluefin Tuna Fishing NOW !
 · Capeshores Charters Blackened Fish Recipe

June 2017
 · 6/26/17 Tuna Arrive
 · Mid June Report

May 2017
 · The 2017 Season Begins
 · Strpers & Bluefin May Report
 · May 2, Fish report

March 2017
 · Ides of March - Tides & Reviews

February 2017
 · Herring Committee Meeting Update
 · Important Meeting HERRING COMMITTEE 2/7/2017

January 2017
 · 2017 Tides

December 2016
 · Thank YOU !
 · Holiday Gift of a Charter ?

September 2016
 · Happy Labor Day !

August 2016
 · Mid August Fishing Report

July 2016
 · ORCA !

May 2016
 · Squid Bars Make Noise
 · Cape Cod Fishing

March 2016
 · Reserving In Advance Is Wise
 · Choosing a Fishing Charter

February 2016
 · 2016 Tides

December 2015
 · December 13 Report

September 2015
 · September 1 Bass & Tuna Report

August 2015
 · August 4 Report

July 2015
 · July 18 Chatham Fishing Report
 · Squid Bars Make Noise

June 2015
 · June bluefin & Striped Bass
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass

May 2015
 · May 2015 - first report

April 2015
 · Aquatic Awakenings

March 2015
 · 2015 Tide Predictions

January 2015
 · St. Valentine's day Promotion
 · January Blizzard Report
 · CAPE COD - A FISHING PARADISE !

December 2014
 · SANTA'S SURPRISE
 · Good News for Bluefin Tuna Stocks
 · Gift a Discounted Fishing Trip ?
 · Bluefin Tuna news

September 2014
 · September Fishing on Cape Cod

August 2014
 · August Bluefin Tuna Action
 · Monomoy Bass - Chatham Bluefin

July 2014
 · Mid July Chatham Fishing
 · Boyhood Initiations

June 2014
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass

May 2014
 · 2014 Bluefin Tuna Report

April 2014
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · Bucket List Bluefin

March 2014
 · Hearty Fish Chowder recipe
 · Bluefin Tuna Charters

February 2014
 · A New "Wicked Tuna" season ?
 · February Bass Meeting

January 2014
 · 2014 Tide Predictions
 · January Fishing Blues
 · Do You Want to Save Bluefin Tuna Quota ??

December 2013
 · Merry Christmas & Thank YOU !
 · Christmas Gift Certificate Sale

August 2013
 · September Bluefin - "I'M TIGHT!"
 · Mid August

July 2013
 · Red Hot !!!
 · July 4th Fishing @ Chatham

June 2013
 · June Bluefin & Striped Bass
 · Bluefin Tuna at Chatham

May 2013
 · Blackened Striped Bass Recipe
 · Macks, Squid, Bass & Tuna
 · Cape Cod Stripers & Tuna

April 2013
 · Cape Cod's "Engine's of Life"

March 2013
 · Make A Better Charter - Follow Up
 · How Do I Make a Better Charter ?

February 2013
 · Catch Your Own Wicked Tuna !
 · Choosing a Charter

January 2013
 · 2013 Best Tide Extremes

December 2012
 · POSITIVE Results form the Latest Bluefin Stock Reports !
 · Merry Christmas, everybody !!
 · Christmas Fishing Gift Certificates - 10% off

October 2012
 · October Tuna

September 2012
 · Best Tuna Bite of the Year !

August 2012
 · 8/30 Bass & Tuna Report
 · Chatham Bluefin & Stripers
 · Open dates

July 2012
 · July End Fish Report @ Chatham
 · Squid for Stripers @ Bearse's

June 2012
 · Topwater Stripers @ Bearses Shoals !
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · First Bluefin of the Season
 · BluefinTuna @ Chatham

May 2012
 · Striped Bass are Everywhere !
 · Early May Cape Cod Fishing Report

April 2012
 · Wickedly Awesome Tuna !
 · 2012 Charter Rate Change

March 2012
 · 2012 Striper & Bluefin Tides
 ·  email to MA committee re bass bill proposals.
 · Striped Bass in Massachusetts

December 2011
 · Merry Christmas !

October 2011
 · October IS Bluefin Tuna Time !

September 2011
 · Sept. & Oct. = BLUEFIN TUNA !

August 2011
 · Chatham Striped Bass & Tuna Report

July 2011
 · Chatham Bass with the TUNA !
 · Exploding with Striped Bass

June 2011
 · How To Take Your Kid Fishing for $5 !!!
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna
 · Chatham Bluefin Tuna for DAD ?

May 2011
 · NMFS says Bluefin Tuna NOT endangered !
 · Cape Cod Stripers & Tuna

April 2011
 · ABTA letter explaining latest NMFS proposal to ABFT regs
 · Cape Cod Fishing

March 2011
 · CAPE COD FISHING REPORT - TIDES

January 2011
 · Recreational license, tuna & bass news
 · Endangered Bluefin Tuna ?

December 2010
 · Give Summer Fishing Fun for Christmas !
 · Best Giant Tuna Fishing ever !

September 2010
 · September Tuna & Bass

August 2010
 · Chatham MA Striped Bass
 · Striped Bass BITE !

July 2010
 · Bass Limits - 2 hours
 · Striped Bass off Chatham
 · Bass Fishing in the Rips
 · Bass, Blues & Tuna on top
 · July 4 TH Doldrums

June 2010
 · Lots of Bass !
 · Cape Cod Fishing
 · Chatham Bass with the TUNA !
 · Bluefin Tuna Abundance !
 · Opening Day Bluefin Tuna Landed !

May 2010
 · Memorial Day Bass & Tuna
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass
 · Tides for Bass & Tuna

March 2010
 · Locust Trees Catch Tuna ? - Part II
 · Locust Trees Catch Tuna ? - Part I
 · Massachusetts Striper Fishing Bill

February 2010
 · Striper & Tuna Tides
 · BLUEFIN TUNA FISHING ON CAPE COD

January 2010
 · Striped Bass in Massachusetts

December 2009
 · Christmas Eve
 · Give Fishing for Christmas !
 · SAVE your Tuna Fishery !
 ·  Bluefin Tuna CITES Listing?

October 2009
 · October Tuna

September 2009
 · Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass
 · School’s open, and the Tuna are Biting !!

August 2009
 · Hurricane Bill
 · August's Fishing Dog Days
 · "IT'S ON" !!!! ( The tuna bite that is )
 · Tuna Bite Improving !

July 2009
 · Stripers, Mackerel and Bluefin Tuna !
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass & Tuna Report
 · Boyhood Initiations
 · Bearse's Rip Producing Bass

June 2009
 · It Stopped RAINING !
 · Bluefin Tuna 2009
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report

May 2009
 · Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

April 2009
 · GREAT News on HERRING !
 · SAVE FISH w/ 1 CALL or EMAIL?

March 2009
 · March Striped Bass Blitz ??
 · Bluefin Tuna Action Needed (send email)

February 2009
 · 2009 BEST TIDES

January 2009
 · Monster Tuna Dream

December 2008
 · 2008 THANK YOU !

November 2008
 · CHATHAM BLUEFIN TUNA REPORT
 · Gamefish Status - Another View

October 2008
 · Biggest Bass of the Year !!!
 · September & October Striper Conservation
 · Giant TUNA Support !
 · Its Time to Catch a GIANT !

September 2008
 · Bass Fishing Great - Tuna Just OK
 · Striped Bass & Bluefin Tuna on Cape Cod

August 2008
 · Bluefin Tuna & Bass Still on the "Bite"
 · Tuna Busting Among Bubble Feeding Whales !!
 · The Bass Are Back @ Bearse's

July 2008
 · Bass slow, but Tuna picking up !
 · Bearse's Rip works for me !

June 2008
 · Record Striped bass numbers caught !!!
 · FUEL SURCHARGE
 · Fishing Politics -
 · Cape Cod Fishing report

May 2008
 · Sign on to Support Sustainable Herring Management

February 2008
 · 2008 Best Fishing Tides
 · NMFS Adjusts Daily Recreational Bluefin Limit
 · Cape Cod House Rentals for 2008

January 2008
 · River Herring FMP Public Comments
 · New T Shirt Winners
 · 2007 Bass & Bluefin in Review

December 2007
 · Huge Christmas Bass !!!!

October 2007
 · Sea Herring Management Needs YOUR Help
 · Flat Calm Weather in October !!!

September 2007
 · Chatham and Cape Cod MA Fishing Report
 · Chatham MA Bluefin Tuna and Striped Bass Report
 · Chatham MA Bass and Bluefin Report

August 2007
 · Tuna trips in the AM and Bass in the afternoon !!
 · Double Digit Tuna on a Morning Bass Charter !!!
 · Bluefin Tuna at the Regal Sword
 · Tuna Fishing Better Than Bass Fishing

July 2007
 · I Got "Bearse's Bass Thumb" !
 · STRIPED BASS FISHING IN THE EEZ
 · Bustin Bass @ Bearse's

June 2007
 · Squid & Bass, Nice Bluefin on Rigs
 · Striped Bass at Monomoy !
 · Bluefin Tuna Report
 · action alert : Need your support for herring management
 · East of Chatham Fishing

May 2007
 · Memorial Day Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · Cape Cod Striped Bass Report
 · STRIPED BASS IN THE EEZ
 · Cape Cod Fishing

April 2007
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · - Bluefin Tuna Fishing Report -
 · Sportfishing Cape Cod Site Updates & Housekeeping

March 2007
 · I think its over now – You can come back outside !!
 · Article ; Boyhood Initiations – The making of a fisherman.

February 2007
 · Tides for Bluefin tuna and Striped Bass

January 2007
 · MISS JILLIAN for Sale !
 · HAPPY NEW YEAR !

October 2006
 · Herring Managment Needs YOUR Input !!
 · October Winds to Bring in BIG fish ?
 · Bass and Tuna Report

September 2006
 · Tuna and Bass in September
 · Its Tuna Time !!

August 2006
 · The Best Fishing is Now Ahead of Us !
 · August Heat Brings Warm Waters

July 2006
 · Broken Down at Bearse's
 · Bass Busting Right Out of the Water !

June 2006
 · Tuna showed - Bass still great !
 · Rip Fishing is Great !
 · Chatham Harbor Bar is Sanding In
 · Fathers Day Weekend !
 · June of 2006 - Bluefin Tuna report

May 2006
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · May Showers Cape Cod Fishing Report

April 2006
 · Latest "T" shirt winner

March 2006
 · Spring Eels

February 2006
 · DOES TIDE REALLY MATTER ?
 · 2004 Striped Bass Stock Assessment
 · February Doldrums and Hunting Report

January 2006
 · Cape Cod Fishing - January Report

December 2005
 · Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Thank you !!!

October 2005
 · Flat Calm and Lots of Nice Big Stripers !

September 2005
 · Upcoming Storm Ophelia
 · Big Bass Every Drift ! - Fuel Surcharge ??

August 2005
 · HOT and COLD fishing off Chatham

July 2005
 · Cape Cod Charter Fishing Report at Chatham
 · Cape Cod Fishing
 · Free Fishing Trips !!

June 2005
 · Chatham Fishing Improved Considerably !!
 · Chatham Fishing Report
 · June - Warming Cape Cod water temperatures !

May 2005
 · Pleasant Bay, Orleans Fishing
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · How to tell if you are a Native Cape Codder
 · Cape Cod Fishing and Conservation
 · Orleans MA fishing report

April 2005
 · Cape Cod Fishing Report
 · New T shirt winners
 · Striped Bass Commercial Regulation Changes
 · Striped Bass Fishing Pictures

March 2005
 · Commercial Bass Regulations
 · Seems Like Another Cold Spring
 · Boyhood Initiations

February 2005
 · How's the Cabin Fever ????
 · Andrew Troetti of Norwalk CT wins a T shirt
 · Go Patriots !
 · Steve Iacovelli wins a shirt

January 2005
 · Fishing Charter Survey Winner
 · January 2005 - A brand new year and fishing season !!

December 2004
 · Christmas Wish

September 2004
 · Labor Day !!

August 2004
 · Bearse's Rip is still RED Hot !!
 · Mid August is Bass & Tuna Time !!
 · Capeshores Charters on NESN
 · Fog, Fish and Happy Customers !
 · August Charter Availability

July 2004
 · Northeast Breezes Finally Clear out the FOG !!!
 · Jon's comments
 · Kathy catches 44 inch Bass on 10 POUND TEST Tackle !!
 · Bearse's Shoals Producing Nice fishing

June 2004
 · Finally - Some GOOD Fishing !
 · Monomoy !
 · No Big Fish !!!!
 · Pleasant Bay on Saturday 6-5
 · “Millions of fish swimming around me, DUDE” !!!!!!

May 2004
 · Wow, They Are Already Gone !
 · Lets See if Anyone Really Reads These Things ?
 · Lots of Fish Moving In Now !
 · It's All About The BAIT !
 · NEW FEDERAL GROUNDFISH RULES

April 2004
 · Schoolies in May !!!
 · Changes to MA Scup Regulations
 · Waiting for the Sun..........
 · Proposed MA Commercial Striper Regulation Changes
 · Cod Slow !! Schoolies ( holdbacks ? ) Rumored
 · Feedback Form problem
 · Fishing with Wayne
 · Nightcrawlers in April

March 2004
 · March Doldrums

February 2004
 · Washington DC Fishing Report
 · Capeshores Charters latest T shirt winner

January 2004
 · Bad News !! - 2004 Charter Rate Change !!
 · Herring, Bycatch & Observer Coverages
 · Latest "T" Shirt Winners !
 · Cold - With little cod activity

December 2003
 · Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays !!!
 · The Fall Activities

October 2003
 · October Bluefin Thrills

September 2003
 · Cool Crisp Days of September
 · Hurricane Isabel - links to data
 · Stripers Are Being Caught On Every Drift in the Rips of Monomoy
 · Giant Bluefin Tuna Report
 · Steve's Comments
 · After Labor Day

August 2003
 · Customer comments
 · The Sky is Falling !!
 · Finally, Some Bass are Showing in the Rips !

July 2003
 · 5 Days of Southwest wind !!
 · Paul's Comments
 · Finally ! - Some Consistent & Decent Fish !!
 · Not the Greatest Start to a Season !!!
 · Not the Greatest Start to a Season !!!

May 2003
 · A Late Spring ??
 · BIG Pods of Fish Moving up the Beaches !!
 · The Rips of Monomoy - Part 2
 · The Rips Of Monomoy - Article by Bruce Peters ( Part 1)
 · They're Back !!

April 2003
 · Fishing Instinctively by Capt. Bruce Peters
 · Nothing to Report
 · Cod Moving into the shallows

March 2003
 · Article: Boyhood Initiations by Capt. Bruce Peters
 · Article : Beat Dogfish with Rubber !!
 · Fishing Instinctively by Capt. Bruce Peters

February 2003
 · Chris is Thinking Ahead !!
 · 15 th Survey Respondent Winner !
 · February Updates

January 2003
 · January 2003

November 2002
 · November Bluefin Follow Up

October 2002
 · Every Giant Tuna Fights Differently !
 · October Bluefin Tuna and Bass

September 2002
 · Dan's Comments
 · Paul's Comments
 · Bass Charters 9-22 Weekend
 · Giant Bluefin Tuna - Now or Never !
 · BIG BASS LIKE COLD WATER !

August 2002
 · Brian's Comments
 · George's comment
 · Good Fish are Far to Find !
 · Dick, Howie & John

July 2002
 · Raffle winner gets 25 and 27 pounders !!!
 · Looking for More !
 · Squid at Bears'es - Bluefin @ Crab ledge
 · Bass Breaking outside the Chatham Inlet

June 2002
 · Bearse's, Monomoy east, & High Bank
 · Monomoy Tip Rips Producing Nice Bass
 · Strong Island - Home to BIG Bass !
 · ASK and YOU shall receive !
 · Pleasant Bay - Use Live Herring !

May 2002
 · COD - CHARTER RELATED CHANGES
 · Early Spring Means Early Good Fishing
 · Big Bass Eating Herring ! !

April 2002
 · LATE APRIL - Windy and cool
 · Taxes Paid - Now Get the Boat Ready !!!!

February 2002
 · SEE US AT THE 2002 SPORTING SHOWS

January 2002
 · 2002 RESERVATION ADVICE

December 2001
 · Year End - THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH !!!
 · Decembrrrrrrrrrrrrr Cod !!!
 · November Cod Fishing Has Slowed

November 2001
 · Bass, Blues & now COD !!
 · Giant Tuna

September 2001
 · I Lost a BIG One !
 · Big Bearse's Bass are Back ! !
 · September Swells
 · Labor Day Bass, Cod & Tuna

August 2001
 · Tuna fishing slow - Bass red Hot !!
 · Mid August

July 2001
 · Sunday crowds on the water
 · Why I am a Charter Captain
 · Bicknell Charter caught 47 fish !!
 · HOW TO RESERVE A DATE !!
 · Todd's Comments ........
 · Barneys comments ........
 · Barney's birthday 42 incher
 · Consistent Bigger Fish Showing

June 2001
 · Bears'es Rip Produces First Big Fish
 · East of Chatham
 · June Tax day
 · Bluefins close to the beach
 · Breaking fish in PB Tuesday eve.

May 2001
 · Pleasant Bay
 · Another Published Fishing Story
 · May 20 - 51- 53 degrees
 · Beaches, Nantucket sound, CC Bay all have fish !
 · They are finally back !!

April 2001
 · Mayday - still slow ! My published Rips Story !
 · April Anticipation

March 2001
 · March 13 Fishing Report
 · Show Trip Raffle Winner

February 2001
 · MEET ME AT THE SHOWS

January 2001
 · Customer's Comments
 · January Affirmations

December 2000
 · A CHRISTMAS WISH
 · Some 2000 Customers comments

November 2000
 · November Report

October 2000
 · October report

September 2000
 · September Fishing at its Best !
 · Fall Fishing Begins !
 · Dave's trip and comments - Thanks Dave !

August 2000
 · CAPESHORES CHARTERS FISHING ACTION ON TV !!
 · Capeshores Charters on TV Tuesday Night !
 · It was "THE BALLS" !!!
 · 100 STRIPERS TODAY !
 · An Over 40 Fish Trip !!
 · Two really nice fish !!
 · "Blackened" Bluefish and Stripers Recipe
 · This is Why I Love What I do !
 · Noreaster in August ? ? ?
 · Latest fishing - T shirt winners
 · I LOVE what I'm doing ! !

July 2000
 · BIG FISH ! Really Big !
 · Weather Kicked Up - Fish Still Here !
 · Non-stop Catching and Releasing
 · Big Fish for Young and Old ! !
 · Small Tides = Finicky Fish
 · 5 MILES OF SOLID FISH ! ! !
 · More-further-and Bigger ! fish !
 · Bassing red hot - Cod lukewarm

June 2000
 · A "Boomer" of a Day
 · Engine in - New winner - Bigger fish

May 2000
 · Almost a Keeper !!
 · Reports are confirmed !!
 · May 1,

March 2000
 · No Fish Yet

Often, I will write small informational articles in my online fish “reports” about my fishing methods or upcoming calendar in the hopes of educating prospective and regular clients of other ways of fishing and to consider how variables such as tide, moon phase, water temperature, tackle and bait supply may effect your fishing charter or personal outing. I offer that not only as a way to have my regulars pick a choice day as opposed to a less optimum one, but also as a way to pass some knowledge or ideas that may help the regular guy, regardless of whether he fishes with me or not.

Every year I, at some point, get frustrated when returning a prospective clients email or recorded phone inquiry about a charter, only to find that he has already booked a trip with another service. It may only have been only a hour or two since he had called, but since I wasn’t there to answer the phone at the time of his call, he immediately moved on to the next prospect and booked the trip with the first guy to answer his inquiry. It seems to matter not to compare other services with each other, or variables such as where or how the charter fishes, or the type of tackle used, or even the size of the boat, but merely how fast the Captain or the Captain’s wife returns the call. For me, I can only say if I was spending $500 to $1500 on a fishing trip, I would want to put a bit more effort into how I picked my boat and captain. So I offer the following article to possibly illuminate some things to consider BEFORE you commit to saying “aye” and sending the deposit check to a charter and reserving the boat. The following five items need to be taken into consideration before you book your trip.

WHEN :

Its important to know when you wish to plan your trip. I occasionally get calls from folks from out of our area looking to do a striper or tuna charter in mid February. They don't realize we do have seasons up here in the Northeast. On a smaller scale though, many of our local areas get the most productive fishing at differing times of the year, according to water temperature and food or bait supply. One example, might be how the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound warm much earlier in the spring than the ocean waters east of the Cape. Starting in mid April, the first herring start to accumulate in these warming bay waters prior to returning to the runs. At this time eels are also coming out of dormancy in the estuaries and shallow bays and salt ponds, and the plankton blooms are starting the food chains required to feed the migrating fishes into warming waters. Behind these warming “engines of life” come the striped bass, mackerel, squid, and tuna, followed by the bluefish, and eventually the hot water species. All are moving into the area and feeding heavily to fuel their natural circle of life. As the waters of Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound and all the smaller embayments and estuaries warm, they become the first areas to provide gamefish and table fare for sport fishermen. These are the areas to target early in the year. As summer progresses however, these waters that were the first to get warm enough to attract gamefish, are now becoming too hot to be consistent. The stripers and bluefin tuna are moving to cooler, more oxygen rich waters and bluefish have moved in. If you want more striped bass and less blues, perhaps the 70 plus degree Cape Cod Bay or Nantucket Sound waters are not the place to be in August and September ? As these waters warm further into September, false albacore and bonita can be found here. What about the time of departure ? Many harbors go only according to the timing of the tide. Is 4 am too early for you? Where will you be staying ? How much travel time do you need to get to the boat ? Most fish feeding and successful fishing trips operate around the timing of tide events. Considering that, if you then specify to the captain that you only want to go from 10 am to 2 pm, you may not have the best fishing (catching) experience. I personally prefer early mornings as the crowds are less, and it seems some fish bite best before the sun gets high in the sky. Travel time to the grounds is a consideration as well. If it takes the boat two hours to get to the spot 25 miles offshore, and the fish bite best at dawn, I think it would be wise to leave 2 hours before dawn.

WHERE : Location is key for decent and productive fishing. The best location is where the fish and the bait are. Don't reserve your boat based upon a location close to the motel or lodging. Do the opposite. First find the harbor you want to fish from, by looking at water temps, bait supply, boat selection etc, and speaking with a couple, at least, of boat captains you are considering, and only then, reserve the lodging. Why pay for an extra 2-4 hours of travel time by booking a boat near where you are staying. Stay closer to where the fishing is best. Pay attention to water temperature and bait supply and talk to your skipper before you book. Ask about travel time to the “spot”, water temps and bait supplies etc. If you reside more than an hour away from the boat dock, consider travel time in selecting your day. Go to bed early, be rested, these trips are expensive, and require planning. Don't drink and party all night and expect to soar with eagles all day on the charter. Make your lunch and cooler preparations the day before. Car pool and make sure all drivers have written instructions to the boat dock. Have your thermos already to go, many coffee shops are hard to locate and may not be open at 3:30 or 4 am, and if you are driving around looking for java and bagels, you may miss the boat !

HOW :

This may seem a silly question, but how you target the species you go for is important as well. Many charter companies say “we use light tackle”. Then you find out that trolling with umbrella rigs and wire line or 60 pound monofilament is what they considered “light”. Call the Captain and ask. Are you a fly fisherman? If so you will need an open boat. Perhaps you prefer to fish with bait ? Is trolling too boring for you? Perhaps you would rather cast to fish ? Do you have a novice or two in your group that will need extra care? Children, females and novices might need some extra attention or comforts provided. Is jigging wire and lead jigs something you are tired of, or perhaps you would prefer that method? Are you taking one friend or a half dozen? Its possible your method may require a small fast rig to get to fast moving surface feeders, such as blues or bonita and falsies, and a bigger boat might put the fish down. Do you want a trophy giant bluefin ? Then a larger more comfy and safe boat capable of some big water is what you want. How is the tackle - in good shape and top of the line stuff ? Or, is it boat rods with broken corroding guides and a stiff winding reel ?

WHY : What is the purpose of your trip? Is it a business outing, possibly to reward your employees for a job well done or to entice a prospective client? If so make it about the outing and make it about the comfort and relaxation of the day. It may not be required to leave at the crack of dawn. Having a huge assortment of food and drink is a good idea when making a large group happy. Think, sunscreen, cameras, water, perhaps have t shirts made for the group “team” photo, to add to the camaraderie of the trip. Maybe it is for your family to relax, share and enjoy some fun family time ? Do you want to catch as much fish legally possible as fast as you can to get as many fillets as you can legally take home? Bring a cooler then. It could be a “bucket list” item such as landing a giant tuna, but you should know what it is you are looking for before you start asking your prospective skipper for rates and open dates.

WHO : Now, considering the above criteria, you are closer to deciding with whom you want to entrust your outing to. Consider the size of the boat and the comforts (or lack of) the vessel provides. You are going on the water and size does matter! If you have a full group of 6 passengers, you will need a vessel of at least 32 feet or more to be spacious, seaworthy and comfortable. Will the $200 you saved on a smaller 23 foot boat be worth the salt spray soaking and the pounding you took coming back home into the wind ? Will the vessel have a head or bathroom for your wife or daughter or will they be required to pee in a bucket or “hold it” ? Believe me, most women I’ve seen would rather be uncomfortable and “hold it” than go pee in a bucket. Perhaps it is just you and a “pal” and you don’t need all that “big boat stuff”? How will you board the boat ? Is it at a dock or will you have to wade out to it ? Is there parking for your car ? How about the skipper, is he experienced? If so, for a lifetime or just a few years? Where does he live ? Locally or from out of state ? Does he trailer his boat from the city to the latest hotspot for some summer supplemental income or is he permanently located at a pier or marine on the Cape? Is he insured? Is he arrogant, impatient or unfriendly ? (you would be surprised !) When you called him, did he take the time to find out your needs as to the makeup of your party, or the nature of your intended targeted species. Is he willing to suggest a different area or boat to accommodate you, if his service isn't going to be best for you ?

COST: It is entirely possible that you can take a child fishing for less than $5 and have an exciting outing for them. All you need is 10 feet of very light monofilament line and a half dozen tiny size 18 or 20 streamer fly hooks. (longer shank than normal helps with removal) Take your child to the nearest dock and using whatever you find on the shoreline for bait - mussels, clams etc, thread the tiny hooks with scraps of bait. Let that hook and bait sink gradually under the dock or pilings, and you will catch minnow after minnow until your child gets bored with it. They will remember that for a long long time because you actually caught something and they were involved! Charter trips are expensive, due to insurance, dockage, permitting and fuel costs, boat payments, gear etc. Most 4-6 hour charters on a 6 pack boat go for a range of $300 for a small 21’ skiff to more than $800 for a top of the line sport fisher. The average 5-6 hour trip on a 35 foot sportfishing boat is from $500 to $800. The average tuna or combination trip of 10-12 hours or more is $1500 - $2000. That said, I believe you get what you pay for and a smart shopper will do their homework before the deposit check is sent, to make sure the best values can be had. Don’t cut corners on what you need, ask lots of questions and make sure that your boat and captain choice is what you want for the comfort of your party and for a reasonable chance of catching the fish species you are targeting.

Good Fishing,

Capt. Bruce Peters - Capeshores Charters www.sportfishingcapecod.com

Captain Bruce Peters
Capeshores Charters