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Tips for Hooking Flounder

When you head out on a Cape Cod fishing charter, flounder may be one of the fish you hope to reel in. Flounder can be tricky to catch, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be catching them in no time. This video will help you on your next flounder fishing trip.

Flounder are sometimes difficult to catch because they don’t bite the bait the whole way at first. They often hold it in their mouths, which make their bites easy to miss. Once you learn to recognize the feel of their bite, they will become easier to catch.

Make your flounder fishing trip a success by heading out on a Cape Cod fishing charter with Captain John Boats. To learn more about charter fishing near Plymouth and our other boat trips, call (508) 927-5575.



Planning Your Fishing Club's Deep Sea Charter Trip

If your fishing club is ready for a new adventure, a deep sea fishing charter could be the perfect solution. Deep sea fishing is much different from the freshwater fishing most clubs do, so it is a great way to change up your usual day on the water and to try your hand at catching new kinds of fish.

Our deep sea fishing trips are perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced anglers, and we can tailor the experience to meet your fishing club’s needs. On a deep sea charter, you can catch flounder, haddock, and Pollock, along with a host of other species. This unique experience is a great chance to bond with your club and discover new ways to indulge your favorite activity.

Captain John Boats offers affordable rates for group deep sea fishing expeditions and can create a trip designed to suit your group’s preferences. Start the process of planning your deep sea fishing trip near Plymouth by calling us today at (508) 927-5575.



Getting the Best Shot on Your Whale Watching Tour

When you go on a whale watching tour, getting photos of your adventure is likely to be high on your list of things to do. Photography on a whale watching boat can be challenging, as there are many factors influencing the shot. Everything from the sun’s angle to the speed with which a whale appears—and disappears—can impact the quality of your pictures. As you set on your tour, keep these tips in mind so you come home with the best possible pictures of your day on the water.

Get Prepared

Keep in mind that you’ll be photographing while out on the open water, so prepare to protect your gear from water damage. For a camera, you’ll need to bring your bag and strap. If you don’t have a camera bag, bring a plastic bag for storage. If you’re using a smartphone, consider a waterproof case. You should also have a backup battery for your camera or be sure to have your phone fully charged.

Set Your Camera for Speed

Whales move quickly, so capturing them requires fast actions. Point-and-shoot cameras should be set on action mode, if possible. If you have an SLR camera, you may want to use shutter-priority mode and set the speed to at least 1/1000. Make sure your camera is set up for continuous shooting. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use a tripod or monopod on the boat. Skip multiple lenses and focus on using one zoom lens.

Know When Not to Shoot

Whales aren’t going to resurface in the exact same spot, so try to gauge their motion and anticipate their rhythm to capture your shots. It’s equally important to recognize when it’s time to put the camera down and take in the moment. You’ll miss out if you watch the entire trip through a camera lens.

At Captain John Boats, we take groups out on whale watching tours near Plymouth along Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, where you’re likely to encounter Finback whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and many other varieties. To book your whale watching trip or for more information about our fishing charters or Provincetown ferry, call (508) 927-5575.



FAQs About Sailing on the Pilgrim Belle

The Pilgrim Belle is one of the most popular attractions for people looking for an adventure on the water and a new way of exploring Plymouth Harbor. In addition to our whale watching trips and fishing charters, we offer a variety of excursions on the Pilgrim Belle for a number of different occasions. Here are the answers to some questions passengers frequently have before setting sail.

What exactly is the Pilgrim Belle?

The Pilgrim Belle is a Mississippi style paddle wheeler that travels around Plymouth Harbor. The boat has no conventional propeller and relies purely on the paddle to move through the water. The Pilgrim Belle departs from the Mayflower II State Pier, which is right in the heart of Plymouth. Each sail takes about an hour, and there is a full bar as well as a variety of snacks and drinks available for cash-only purchase. Passengers can sit on the sun deck for the journey or ride inside a climate-controlled cabin. There are also restrooms on board.

When does the Pilgrim Belle sail?

The Pilgrim Belle departs from the pier every two hours, starting at 11 a.m., with the last departure at 5 p.m. There is also a sunset cruise that leaves nightly at 7 p.m. for a 90-minute cruise. The boat is available for private charters and is a popular choice for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, retirement parties, and other special events. The boating staff works with each private charter to personalize catering, decorating, and entertainment needs.

Is the journey smooth?

The Pilgrim Belle is the perfect sailing adventure for everyone, since the ride is virtually guaranteed to be smooth. Plymouth Harbor is protected from the elements, so the water remains calm. This trip is ideal for people of all ages and enjoyable for everyone.

Explore Plymouth with a ride on the Pilgrim Belle with Captain John Boats. Learn more about the Pilgrim Belle as well as our deep sea fishing charters and whale watching in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.



Find Your Way to P-Town on Our Ferry

Provincetown is a beautiful place to spend the day or the weekend, especially if you live nearby. Captain John Boats can take you over to P-Town on our ferry, so even the travel will be enjoyable.

If you’re planning on heading to Provincetown and you want the trip to be as simple and fun as possible, consider booking a trip on our ferry. The Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours crew is courteous and professional, and our ferry is climate-controlled. On our ferry, you can enjoy gorgeous views on your trip. The excursion usually takes about an hour and a half, and you’ll enjoy full galley service in addition to magnificent views. Kids who are three years or younger also get to ride for free. You can even bring well-behaved dogs with you, as long as they’re on a leash.

Are you looking for a ferry in Plymouth that can take you to Provincetown? Call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575 and ask us about our fishing tours and whale watching trips, or peruse our website to see what we have to offer.


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