As yet one more powerful storm hits us here in the Northeastern part of the US, I light the wood stove, and carry in enough armloads of wood to get me through a couple days in case the power goes out. With not much outside activities today, Ill fill out a fish report that reminds you all of what tides are better than others, in case you are considering a vacation plan.
Speaking of tides, it is possible that I may have to adjust the departure schedule somewhat for those trips arriving and departing close to the times of low water. There are changes in the Chatham break this year. The added break throughs in the outer beaches has increased the shoaling on the Chatham bar entrance due to diluted flows to the main entrance. Storm related outer beach sand relocation is filling in entrances and channels we have used in the past, and carving new channels as I write. I can only hope the storm doesn't fill in my harbor entrance any more and perhaps makes enough changes to allow us unfettered access in and out at low water this upcoming summer. These changes have been going on since the early formation of Cape Cod and will continue long after we are gone. It is too early to tell now what will be in June, I guess we will have to see what we will have to deal with this summer when we again start our 2017 fishing season.
I have had a pretty steady booking of charters in the last 2-3 weeks. It seems the warm spell we had spurred folks to make some reservations. As you may have seen, I sent you a “Tides for 2017” report awhile back. http://www.sportfishingcapecod.com/reports/2017/2017-Tides If you can plan your fishing days on optimum tide and less crowded days, you will increase your odds of a plentiful catch fishing trip. Try to keep in mind that there are commercial fishing days on Mondays and Thursdays, starting mid June and lasting until mid August. These days and Sundays tend to be more crowded than other days. We still fish on those days, but advance planning is required, utilizing early starts and perhaps a farther away “secret spot”, in order to beat the crowds.
If you have fished with me before, you have a good idea of what I am like, and some days I may be perhaps a little rough around the edges, but I feel I do give you my best at trying to put your charter on decent fishing. This business is highly competitive, and many of my competitors have a web presence showing happy faces holding a big fish, for a price of the charter a bit less than what I charge. A few of these websites don't ever show the boat ! The boat may be a much smaller open skiff. Lately there has been a increased push by websites promoting reviews of businesses. Most of you are familiar with them. Tripadvisor, Yelp and Google are the big three. I have noticed that the businesses are ranked not by length of time in business, or the quality of the reviews, but merely by the number of reviews (Tripadvisor) Others rank them by the amount of reviews by the reviewer or the ranking of the reviewer and ignore the age of the review, or the quality of the review. (Yelp) Yelp in fact has posted a false review to my page, and refuses to remove it, and hides as “not recommended”, many (45) of the more recent 5 star reviews from real customers. I think it a gimmick to try to extort advertising with them. Needless to say I am not a fan of Yelp and refuse to use them or advertise with them. If you have fished with me before and you would like to leave me a honest review of how it was, it would help me in my rankings and I will surely very much appreciate it. Use the one you like and prefer, but keep in mind the Yelp company will likely hide or “not recommend” the review, so I think Tripadvisor or Google are best. I will add the links here.
Thanks very much,
Bruce & “Marilyn S”