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Preventing Seasickness on Your Fishing Cruise

Any vacation can be spoiled by an unexpected illness, and motion sickness is a common culprit. If you’re planning a deep sea fishing trip with your friends and family, you should know if you’re vulnerable to seasickness or not. Remember to plan in advance if it turns out you are. Continue reading for some tips on preventing seasickness on your fishing cruise.

Spend Time on Deck

Motion sickness is probably a more common condition than you think it is. If you’ve never been on a deep sea fishing trip before, you might not even know if you have it or not. In the event that you do start feeling nauseous while you’re on the trip, try to get some fresh air. It helps to see the movement and the boat and the water. This tends to help people center themselves and get their feet under them again.

Consider Medication

If you’re the type to get motion sickness on a regular basis, it could help to ask your doctor about seasickness medication before going on a deep sea fishing trip. Everyone has a different sensitivity to this issue—some people get seasick, and others get sick just from being in the car for too long. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you medication before your venture.

Know What to Eat

Nausea can strike at just about any time, and it’s always unfortunate when it happens during an exciting event like a deep sea fishing excursion. If you do start feeling nauseous, sometimes it helps to get some food into your stomach. However, you shouldn’t load up on a heavy meal, as intense tastes may exacerbate your symptoms of seasickness. Try sticking to something a little bland, just so your stomach has something to settle it down with.

Once you learn how to overcome seasickness, you can fully enjoy your time on the ferry in Plymouth. Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours is famous for its exciting humpback whale watching and pollack fishing outings. Browse our website or call us at (508) 927-5575 to get your next vacation started.

Get an Up-Close Look at Some Unusual Whale Behavior

Unless you spend most of your time on a whale watching ferry, you probably wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between normal and abnormal whale behavior. Getting to see whales up-close in any situation is an exciting experience, so get a glimpse for yourself by watching this video.

Being able to witness any kind of whale behavior is a treat, but the experience is all the more special when you get to see them act out of character. It’s rare to see orcas and humpbacks in the same area, let alone getting along and playing around each other. You never know what to expect, however, when you’re on a whale watching excursion.

You can get a closer look than ever by calling Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 927-5575 and signing up for a whale watching excursion in Plymouth. Our deep sea fishing and whale watching experiences will give you memories to last a lifetime.

A Look at the Whale Watching Rules at Stellwagen Bank

As exhilarating of an experience as it can be, whale watching needs to be done properly. This means following all of the rules and regulations to keep the whales safe and comfortable while we admire them. Continue reading for a quick look at the whale watching rules at Stellwagen Bank.

Encountering a Whale

The point of whale watching is to admire whales in their natural habitat, so it’s important that we don’t disturb them while we look. That’s why captains need to be careful with their speed when they search for active whales to watch. If a whale is spotted one or two miles away, the boat needs to drop its speed to 13 knots at maximum. It’s also important to make gradual moves rather than sudden changes, as changing your speed or direction too rapidly can be disturbing for the marine animals.

Approaching the Whale

Once you’re within a mile of the whale you’ve spotted, the boat should be going no faster than 10 knots. As the vessel closes in on the whale closer than half a mile away, speed should be further reduced to 7 knots. If you’re watching a whale that’s not moving, the boat must be going slowly enough that there is no wake. For mobile whales, the vessel should parallel the path of the whales without interfering with their course. 300 to 600 feet away from a whale is called the stand-by zone, and there should never be more than two vessels in the area at the same time. Captains should only spend about 15 minutes in the close approach zone, which is between 100 and 300 feet.

Leaving the Whale

All of these conditions apply to the departure of the whale as well. Vessels should end the whale watching trip at least 15 minutes before the sun sets.

Are you excited to go whale watching for the first time? Call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 927-5575 to book your excursion. Check out our website for a preview of just how fun and exciting humpback whale watching in Plymouth can be.

Fileting Your Freshly Caught Pollock

One of the best parts of a day of deep sea fishing is coming home and cooking your fresh catch. Pollock is plentiful on Cape Cod fishing charters, so this video will help you prepare your catch so you can enjoy it after your day on the water.

In this video, you’ll learn how to filet your pollock from start to finish, from removing the filet portion of the fish to removing the small bones that remain so that it is ready to cook. Keep in mind that you will need a very sharp knife for the best results.

Are you ready to try out your fileting skills? Schedule a deep sea fishing excursion near Plymouth with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. Make an appointment for a fishing charter today by calling (508) 927-5575.

Planning a Winter Trip to Provincetown

Although most people think of Provincetown—or P-town—as a top summer destination, there’s a lot to love about making a wintertime trip to this coastal paradise. The crowds are much thinner in the winter, so you get to experience P-town like a local, and while you probably won’t want to take a dip in the water of the area’s renowned beaches, the wintertime seaside scenery has a charm all its own. P-town doesn’t stop having fun when the weather gets cold, so here are some tips for planning your winter trip.

Take the Fast Ferry

Year-round, the best way to get to P-town is to board the Provincetown Fast Ferry. The ferry leaves from the State Pier at 77 Water Street in Plymouth at 10 a.m., and the journey takes approximately 90 minutes. The cabin is climate-controlled, so you’ll be comfortable throughout the journey, as you take in the sites along Plymouth Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. A full-service galley is available on board, along with clean restrooms.

Indulge Your Artistic Side

Winter is the perfect time to explore all of P-town’s art galleries. As America’s oldest art colony, you’ll always find some new and unique as you visit the local art spaces. Hop from gallery to gallery to see all of the town’s collections, from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where you’ll find a variety of fine arts disciplines as well as educational programs, to the White Porch Gallery, where you’ll find traditional and contemporary art from across the world.

Satisfy Your Taste Buds
Winter doesn’t slow down the restaurant scene in P-town. Most of the restaurants are locally owned, and you’ll find everything from local seafood to tacos and fine dining and farm-to-table menus. Many restaurants offer wintertime specials, so you can taste the local flavor for less.

Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours brings P-town to you with our ferry services. You can find out more about our ferry in Plymouth and the rest of our services, including deep sea fishing and whale watching tours, by calling (508) 927-5575.

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