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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.

How To Cook Your Striped Bass | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Plymouth, Massachusetts

After your deep sea fishing trip, you’ll be looking to cook up your fresh catch of striped bass.  There’s nothing quite like enjoying the catch of a fun day with family and friends.  There are a variety of ways you can cook your striped bass, but one of the best ways is on the grill.

In this video, you’ll see how to prepare and grill your striped bass in a simple and delicious way.  You’ll also learn more about striped bass, as the host takes you through a tour of a sustainable fishery where he gets his catch of striped bass. 

Find out more about the striped bass and other fish you can catch from a deep sea tour at Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2646 for more information. 

The History Of Whale Conservation | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Plymouth, Massachusetts

In nearly every major coastal city, including Plymouth, Massachusetts, you’ll find at least one company that offers whale watching boat tours.  Seeing the giants of the sea in person is an unforgettable experience and has helped to raise awareness about whale conservation over the past 60 years.

whale tail

Read this brief history of whale watching and whale conservation and then book your whale watching tour to see these mammoths of the sea for yourself: 

  • Whale watching, as a commercial enterprise, started in the early 1950s when fishing tour companies on the West Coast began offering enticing whale watching rides.  For one dollar, you could take a ride and often enjoy the site of a few whales in the freedom of the sea. 
  • The International Whaling Commission, or IWC, one of today’s leaders in the whale conservation movement, was founded in 1946, shortly before commercial whale watching began.  Today, organizations like the IWC work towards making sure boat operators of whale watching companies are respecting the whales and maintaining safe practices in whale areas. 
  • In the 1970s, whale watching companies started to appear in major U.S. coastal cities.  People across the world were given the opportunity to see the majestic sea creatures, and many felt they were worth saving.  Commercial whaling lost a lot of popularity during this time, although it is still practiced by certain countries today. 
  • It’s estimated today that whale watching is a multibillion dollar industry, with over 9 million participants across the world.  Exercising caution and respect in whale areas, whale watching will continue to inspire whale conservation movements and concern for the whales.

To experience whale watching, contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours.  We offer memorable and exciting whale watching and fishing tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2646 to learn more. 

What You Might Catch On Your New England Deep Sea Fishing Tour | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours

Deep sea fishing is a great experience for both the casual and the passionate fisher. Off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts, there are a variety of fish to be caught just a short fishing tour away.

Fishing Reel

Some of the fish you can expect to catch from a deep sea fishing tour in New England are cod, pollock, haddock, mackerel, flounder, and bluefish. Here, we’ll highlight just a few of those:

  • Cod. Cod can be caught either by bait or jig. The great thing about cod fishing is that they’re not picky eaters. Just about anything will work as bait, but most fishers prefer clam. Casual fishers are more likely to enjoy fishing by bait, while fishers looking for more of a challenge will try using a jig.
  • Pollock. Fishing for pollock in the deep sea requires a heavy weight and strong line. You’ll need to lower your line to the sea bed when the skipper tells you it’s a good time to lower your rig. Also, find out from your skipper what color lures the pollock have been hitting on the past few days and how deep your rig should be set for.

To experience cod, or Pollock fishing for yourself, contact Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We offer whales watching and fishing tours, serving Plymouth, South Shore, Boston, Cape Cod, Hyannis, and surrounding areas. Visit our website or call us at (508) 746-2646 to reserve your spot on a tour today.

What Whales You Should See In New England | Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours - Plymouth, Massachusetts

While whaling has long been illegal in the waters off of the coast of New England, the region’s extensive and once thriving whaling industry is a testament to the variety and volume of whales that spends its summers there. If you are preparing to go whale watching off the coast of Plymouth, you are likely to see some whales than others—but if you’re lucky, you may see a rare species.


Right Whale

A right whale is a large baleen whale, averaging some fifty feet in length. These whales are slow-moving, making them great for whale watching because they can often be seen for several minutes consecutively once spotted. Cape Cod Bay is a favorite feeding ground for the North Atlantic Right Whale, making your chances of spotting them fairly high—especially considering that only an estimated 400 are alive today. Part of the reason why this whale is so rare is that it was one of the most hunted whales in the North Atlantic.

Humpback Whale Mum and Calf

Fin Whale

Fin whales—long, slender, and smooth—are the sixth largest living animal species in the world. Sightings by whale watchers are not uncommon, but they are often brief, as the fin whale can swim up to 25 miles per hour.

Fin whale

Minke Whale

One of the smaller species of baleen whale, the minke whale is abundant. Close to one million of these whales are estimated to roam the world’s oceans today, but all but 100,000 live and feed in Antarctic waters. Still, minke whale sightings are fairly commonplace for whale watching tours off the coast of New England.


Are you an avid whale watcher or interested in whale watching for the first time? Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours operates exciting and educational whale watching tours and flounder fishing excursions all summer long. Contact our Plymouth office at (508) 746-2646 to find out more or book your tour today!

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