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Saltwater Fishing for Beginners

If you’ve gone fishing in freshwater lakes and rivers, then you probably think you’re ready to take on saltwater fishing. However, saltwater fishing is different in a lot of ways.

In this short video, fishing expert “Mark the Shark” provides a few handy saltwater fishing tips. First, he says it’s important to hire a charter boat that is helmed by a seasoned captain. Then, it’s important that you select a rod you can handle—perhaps a spinning rod to start. Finally, you need to remember to be patient, as saltwater fishing involves a lot of waiting.

If you’d like to try your hand at saltwater fishing, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Our captains all have years of experience navigating the waters of Cape Cod and helping people like you catch big, tasty fish. Call us today at (508) 746-2646 for more information. 



The Benefits of Hiring a Private Fishing Charter

Morning Charter Trip

Though there are some similarities between saltwater and freshwater fishing, they have many differences as well. For starters, you can catch much larger fish in the ocean than you can in any lake or river. For this reason and others, you’re probably best off hiring a private charter when deep sea fishing. Here are just a few of the benefits of hiring a licensed captain:

Enhanced Safety

Though Plymouth and Cape Cod Bay may be beautiful, they can also be treacherous. Without the proper knowledge and skills, you may end up lost, or worse. When you hire a licensed captain, on the other hand, you’ll be in very capable hands. In addition, deep sea charter boats are larger and better equipped than most private boats.

More Relaxation

Though you may get a measure of pride from doing things yourself, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and let someone else take the helm. Deep sea fishing should be fun—and you’ll find that you have much more fun if you can focus on fishing rather than navigation.

Better Chances

If you’ve never been out on Cape Cod Bay, then you may have no idea where the fish are. Since experienced charter boat captains have seen dozens of fishing seasons, they know where and when the fish tend to congregate. Such knowledge can greatly increase your chances of catching fish.

More Fishing    

When you take your own boat out, you’re constantly worrying about where you’re going, whether you have enough life jackets, and dozens of other concerns. By the time you’re ready to start fishing, your cohorts are ready to start moving again. Leaving the navigation to a professional is a great way to ensure that you get plenty of quality fishing time.

If you’d like to hire a fishing charter out of Plymouth, contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Our captains have decades of experience navigating the waters of Cape Cod Bay, and can easily lead you to safe, plentiful waters. Call us today at (508) 746-2646 for more information.  



Learn More About Deep-Sea Fishing And The Whales Of Cape Cod!

trawler at sunset

You can find an abundance of useful information about deep sea fish and this history of whale watching with the resources below. If you are interested in trying your hand at deep sea fishing or would like to view the whales of Cape Cod, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours today at (508) 746-2646.

  • For more information about flounder, take a look at this page from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
  • This academic article from the ICES Journal of Marine Science discusses the color changes of Atlantic cod.
  • To read about a new species deep-sea dragonfish recently discovered off the coast of New England, check out this article from ScienceDaily.com.
  • Learn more about the history of whale watching in Cape Cod with this page from InsideCapeCod.com.
  • This article from History.com provides detailed information about the history of the whaling industry in New England.



Fascinating Deep Sea Fish Facts

Freshly caught fish laying on wood dock

The deep sea is an area that is full of mysteries, even today. While a number of strange creatures are found only in the deepest parts of the ocean, you can encounter many types of fish with odd characteristics if you take a deep sea fishing tour with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Take a look at the following facts about fish species that you will have the opportunity to catch on your tour:

Flounder Have Two Eyes on One Side of Their Heads

One of the strangest looking fish that you are likely to encounter is the flounder. Flounder is a species of flatfish, which spend most of their lives lying on their sides on the ocean floor and waiting to surprise prey that swim by. While flounder are born with one eye on each side of the head, one of those eyes migrates to the other side as the flounder reaches maturity. This adaptation allows flounder to see with both eyes while lying on the ocean floor.

Atlantic Cod Can Change Colors

When Atlantic cod enter certain depths of water, their color may change due to the availability of different prey. While most Atlantic cod feed on fish and have a grey-green color, those that feed on invertebrates found in shallower waters tend to have a red-brown coloration. Anytime one of these fish moves to a different water depth and changes its diet, its coloration can change as well.

These are only a few of the fish species that you may encounter while fishing with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours . To learn more about our deep sea excursions in the Cape Cod Bay, call us today at (508) 746-2646.


A Sanctuary Worth Saving: Stellwagen Bank

Stellwagen Bank is a National Marine Sanctuary located within the Massachusetts Bay, just 25 miles east of Boston. This marine habitat is filled with an abundance of wildlife, including whales, seals, and sea turtles. However, Stellwagen Bank’s proximity to urban areas makes active protection essential.

This video provides an overview of the history and significance of Stellwagen Bank. In this clip you can learn about the importance of whale watching and fishing for the local economy. The video also highlights the need for the conservation and preservation in Stellwagen Bank.

You can responsibly view the beauty of Stellwagen Bank by taking a whale watching tour with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. To find out more, call us today at (508) 746-2646.


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