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Great Whale Watching Resources! | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

Since the dawn of humankind, whales have enchanted and enthralled many—indeed, once you see them up close, you quickly realize that they truly are gentle giants.

Biggest aquarium in the world. Atlanta, Georgia.

To learn more about whale watching and deep-sea fishing opportunities, call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 746-2646.

  • To learn more about the fin whale, take a look at this page from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
  • Known for their large pectoral fins, humpback whales can be seen all over the world. Find out more at this page from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  
  • Discover the details of whale migration patterns and how they vary between species at WhaleRoute.com.
  • When planning a deep-sea fishing trip, it’s important to be well-prepared. Take a look at this page from LiveOutdoors.com for some handy deep-sea fishing tips.
  • It should come as no surprise that codfish are abundant in Cape Cod Bay. To learn more about the history of cod fishing, head over to the CodTrace website.  



What is Deep-Sea Fishing and How Does it Work? | Capt. John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Plymouth, MA

A beloved Massachusetts tradition, deep-sea fishing is still enjoyed by millions of people. Yet those who haven’t been out to sea may picture large nets and wild storms.

Waiting for the fish

This article will briefly describe deep-sea fishing and how anyone can enjoy it.

  • What Is Deep-Sea Fishing?

Deep-sea fishing is just as it sounds—fishing in deep ocean waters. Off the coast of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, some of the most common fish are mackerel, pollock, flounder, and of course, codfish. If you’re lucky, then you might even catch a bluefish.

  • How Does Deep-Sea Fishing Work?

There are many commercial boats that go deep-sea fishing in order to make a living, but there are also boats that specialize in taking out members of the general public. Some are little more than a deck on which to stand and a few rods, but others may include a climate-controlled cabin and a full breakfast menu. For several hours, you and other fishing enthusiasts will cruise the sea looking for ideal fishing waters. Then you’ll hook your bait and wait for the fish to bite! If at any time you have a question, then a fishing pro will be glad to help.

  • How Can I Prepare?

When you go deep-sea fishing, it’s important to bring a few key items—you’ll need a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a jacket in case the weather turns cold or rainy. It’s also a good idea to bring comfortable shoes with good traction, as you’ll likely be standing for long periods of time.

If you’re interested in deep-sea fishing, then visit Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Based out of Plymouth, our fine vessels tour all over Cape Cod Bay and beyond for some of the world’s best fishing. We also provide excellent whale watching tours that feature knowledgeable guides and playful, curious whales. Find out more by calling (508) 746-2646.


Humpback Whale: Hunting Technique | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Plymouth, MA

Since humpback whales are some of the biggest creatures on the planet, they tend to work up quite an appetite. That why they’ve evolved a unique way of hunting, as described in this video.

Watch this clip to catch a glimpse of the humpback whale’s dazzling hunting technique. Working together, the whales dive far below a school of herring, driving them to the surface. They then release columns of bubbles around the fish, trapping them until the whales can surface and eat their fill. A single humpback whale can eat a full ton of herring in one day!

If you’d like a chance to experience humpback whales in person, then contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Based in Plymouth on Cape Cod Bay, we provide some of the world’s best whale watching and deep-sea fishing opportunities. For more information, call (508) 746-2646.



Migration Patterns of Northeast Coast's Whales | Capt. John Whale Watch - Plymouth, MA

Birds aren’t the only ones that migrate south during the winter—whales do it too. The warm, tropical water of the Caribbean is great for calving, while the cold waters of the north play host to all sorts of delicious creatures.

Minke Whale Swimming in Ocean

This article will briefly examine the migration pattern of some of the Northeast Coast’s most commonly seen whales.

  • Northern Humpback Whale

Perhaps the most iconic of whale species, humpback whales can reach 39-53 feet in length. In the winter, they spend their time in the warm waters of the Caribbean, where they give birth to their young. Come spring, they take the long journey north toward Cape Cod and Maine—averaging about 1 mph—where they feed until around October, when they head back south and begin the process all over again.

  • Fin Whale

As one of the largest species of whales, fin whales can grow to nearly 88 feet! Yet what’s most notable about fin whales is their speed—they are known to travel at speeds of up to 23 mph. There are some fin whales that migrate south for the winter, but others appear to stay north. In general, the calving and migration patterns of fin whales are poorly understood.

  • Minke Whale

At just 23 feet in length, the Minke whale is one of the smallest relatives of the humpback and fin whales. Minke whales are present in all of the Earth’s oceans, yet they appear to prefer colder waters, as they are rarely observed in the tropics.

Luckily for New Englanders, each of these whales loves to dine right along the Northeast coast—particularly near Cape Cod. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of one or more of these beautiful creatures, then contact Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. We’d also love to take you out for some of the world’s best flounder and cod fishing, so give us a call at (508) 746-2646.



Check Out These Whale Resources! | Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours - Plymouth, MA

Whether you’re taking a tour to view the giant mammals of the sea or aiming to catch a trophy fish off the ocean floor, spending time out at sea can be exciting and like nothing else.

Whale Watching

To find out more about whale watching and deep sea fishing, check out these links:

  • In this article, you can learn more about the history of whale watching, including good whale watching practices and the origin of whale watching.
  • This timeline of whale conservation highlights some of the major steps the movement has taken through history.
  • Get some tips on cod fishing here and learn the different levels of cod fishers and how to use a rig to catch cod.
  • Discover from this article what you need to know about pollock fishing to be successful in deep sea fishing or saltwater fly.

For more information on whale watching and deep sea fishing, call Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours at (508) 746-2646.


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