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    Essential Boating Safety Tips for Your Family

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    Whether you live near Cape Cod or are just visiting with your family for vacation, it’s always a good idea to take advantage of your proximity to the ocean and get out on a boat for a day. If you don’t have your own vessel, that’s perfectly fine. Instead of doing all of the work yourself, you can take a whale watching trip or a fishing tour to experience maritime life without the hassle of buying or renting a boat. Before you embark on a boating journey, it’s important for your family to know how to be safe on board. Read on for boating safety tips for your family.

    Wear Life Jackets
    It doesn’t matter if you and your family are experienced swimmers—wearing a life jacket on board a boat is always a good idea. Children should always wear life jackets that are Coast Guard-approved, and infants shouldn’t ride boats until they are big enough to wear their own personal flotation devices. When you are fitting your child with a life jacket, make sure that it is the right size. If the jacket hits your child’s chin or ears when he lifts his arms straight up overhead, the jacket could be too big or not fastened tight enough.

    Keep Warm
    Taking a whale watching trip on a boat is an exciting adventure for the whole family, but it’s important to keep in mind that the weather can change while you’re out on the water. Bring a sweatshirt or rain jacket in case the weather turns, or in case you get hit with sea spray. Ocean water can be quite chilly, so pay attention to your children to make sure they are warm and comfortable.

    Be Smart
    If you are concerned about your family’s safety on a boat, you can always enroll everyone in a boating safety course. That way, you’ll all feel comfortable and secure while on the boat, and you can even help out others if need be.

    When you’re ready for an adventure that you and your family won’t soon forget, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours in Plymouth at (781) 336-4245. We offer exciting deep sea fishing and whale watching ex

    Identify Whales with This Handy App!

    Last updated 13 days ago

    When you embark on a whale watching cruise off the coast of Massachusetts, prepare to be amazed at the majestic beauty of whales and other marine life you see. With the help of the See & ID Dolphins & Whales app for iOS, you’ll be able to identify different marine animals and learn a little bit about each one.

    This helpful app lets you choose from a few different categories of marine animals, including whales and dolphins. It provides photos, descriptions, and illustrations of different whales so that you can pick out which ones you’re looking at. This app also provides information about each animal’s behavior, diet, and history, as well as any threats that they may be up against.

    Bring See & ID Dolphins & Whales with you on your next adventure with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Make your reservation for a whale watching cruise by calling (781) 336-4245. Visit our website to learn more about our services and what you can expect during your tour. 

    Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Whale Watching Excursion

    Last updated 28 days ago

    For those who love whales, there is no better way to observe them than in their natural habitat. If you have never been whale watching, however, there are a few things you should do to have the best experience possible. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your whale watching excursion.

    Dress for the Excursion
    Regardless of how the weather may be on land, the weather on the water tends to be cold, windy, and damp. It is better to have extra layers of clothing to take off than to risk suffering due to cold weather. The air temperature out at sea is lower than the temperature on land, and you will also be faced with both wind and water from sea spray. It helps to bring a hat, a sweatshirt or jacket, and gloves.

    Be Flexible
    Go into your whale watching expedition with an open mind. Your captain will do the best he can to get you up close to the whales so you can see their spectacular shows and maybe even hear their songs. However, as simple as it may be to plan a boat trip, it is not easy to plan for whales’ activities. Since different species’ migration patterns vary, you may not get to see exactly the type of whale that you wanted to see.

    Prepare for Seasickness
    If you have never been on a boat before, know that it does not feel the same as standing on the ground. Those who tend to suffer from motion sickness will want to bring along the appropriate medicine in order to make the most of their excursions.

    If you would like more tips for whale watching excursions, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. We offer bass and cod fishing tours as well as whale watching expeditions in the Plymouth, Massachusetts, area. You can find out more about our business by visiting our website or calling us at (781) 336-4245.

    Meet the Crew of Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours is proud to have a friendly and professional staff. Our team members are as passionate as they are experienced, and they love what they do. Keep reading to learn about the crew of Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours.

    Captain Russ Burgess runs the Captain John and Son II and has been fishing for more than two decades. Captain Kenny Hyslop is 26 and has been working with us for half of his life. He both captains and serves as a deckhand on the Captain John and Son. Captain Bob Avila has been watching whales for 30 years, and has been a captain for even longer. Captain Dave Niemi runs the Captain John and Son fishing boat, is certified in CPR, and has many fishing awards. Our naturalist, Carol Carson, has been working in the area as a marine biologist for over 30 years.

    Come in today and meet the crew of Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours in person. We are happy to provide Massachusetts with exciting striped bass fishing tours and whale watching excursions. If you would like to find out more about what we can do for you, call (781) 336-4245 or visit our website.

    Important Facts about Deep Sea Fishing

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you enjoy fishing and want to expand the range of fish you encounter as well as add more excitement to your hobby, consider deep sea fishing. This type of fishing is different from regular, shallow water fishing in several ways. Here is a look at a few important facts about deep sea fishing.

    It Occurs Away From Land
    One of the main differences between deep sea fishing and other types of fishing is that it occurs well away from land. This type of fishing, also called sport fishing, big game fishing, and offshore boat fishing, typically requires 30 meters of depth or more. Keep in mind that when you are farther out in the water, you will experience more motion on the boat. If you suffer from motion sickness, particularly seasickness, you should prepare accordingly. If you are new to deep sea fishing, it helps to bring an expert with you in order to stay safe.

    It Offers Different Species
    One draw of deep sea fishing is the variety of different types of fish you will encounter in deeper water. You will not typically find sharks, swordfish, or tuna while fishing from land or in shallow waters. The deep sea is home to a plethora of fish that can only feed in deeper waters; many of these fish are larger and arguably more interesting than common shallow water fish.  

    It Takes Place at Hot Spots
    There are certain areas of the world where deep sea fishermen tend to find the most success. American locations include Hawaii, Maine, Florida, California, Massachusetts, and Alaska. Each of these hot spots offers a particular selection of fish throughout the year.

    For more important facts about deep sea fishing, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (781) 336-4245. We provide educational and entertaining tours in Massachusetts. If you would like to know more about our services, please visit our website today.


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