• Understanding Why Whales Breach

    Seeing a whale breach is one of the biggest scores of a whale watching tour. What makes whales put on this kind of display? Researchers aren’t sure, but they have a few ideas.

    This video details the theories about why whales breach. Some researchers think that whales may be trying to improve their digestion, while others believe that whales may be attempting to inspect the sources of noises that they hear, like the sound of a whale watching boat or fishing charter nearby.

    Come watch marine life in action on a whale watching tour in Plymouth from Captain John Boats. Learn more about scheduling your ocean tour by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Whale Watching 101

    It’s hard to go wrong when you’re out on the open water taking in the beauty of some of the planet’s biggest creatures, but there are things you can do to make sure your whale watching trip is everything you want it to be. Keep these tips in mind as you embark on a whale watching tour to have the best experience possible.

    Follow the Instructions of the Crew

    One of the most important things you can do on any whale watching tour is follow the instructions of the boat’s crew. The crew will give instructions to ensure that everyone stays safe on the tour, but their instructions are also helpful in making sure you get to enjoy every minute of your trip. They know the waters and where you are most likely to encounter a whale, so follow their tips for the best chances of seeing as much marine life as possible.

    Keep Your Camera Ready

    Whale sightings can be fleeting, so you could miss the big moment if your camera is not ready. Stay alert and ready to snap so you get a shot when a whale appears. If you have a camera with a zoom lens, bring it, as it will deliver the magnification you need for the best possible picture. Although you want to be ready to take a picture, remember not to spend the whole trip looking through the lens. Take some time to appreciate the scenery in the moment so you can truly savor the experience.

    Choose a Reputable Whale Tour Company

    Reputable whale watching tour companies put the safety of their passengers first. They are also knowledgeable about the area and the marine life in the region, and they adhere to all laws that are in place to protect the whales. Going with a reputable company will ensure that you have an enjoyable experience that is safe for both you and the whales.

    Enjoy a safe and family-friendly whale watching adventure with Captain John Boats. We’re leaders in the efforts to protect the marine environment in our Massachusetts waters and have a long history of successful whale watching tours in Plymouth. Book with us today by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Spotlight on Finback Whales

    If you go on a whale watching tour, one of the animals you may encounter is the finback whale. Finback whales—also sometimes called fin whales—are the second largest mammal in the world, weighing in at almost 80 tons. They are endangered, so getting the opportunity to see one while whale watching is special.

    Finback whales have a distinctive look that makes them easy to identify. They have a ridge behind the dorsal fin that looks similar to a razor, which has earned them the nickname of razorback. The lower right side of the jaw of a finback whale is white, while the lower left part is black. There is an estimated population of between 50,000 and 90,000, and while killing them is banned in some areas, they are still hunted for meat, baleen, and oil in other parts of the world.

    Captain John Boats offers exciting, educational whale watching tours designed around conservation and protecting whale populations. Learn more about booking a whale watching tour in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • What You Need for a Day of Deep Sea Fishing

    If you’re about to embark on your first deep sea fishing trip, you’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and nerves. The idea of spending hours on the water without land in sight can leave you wondering how you are supposed to pack for such an excursion. Fortunately, deep sea fishing charter boats have more amenities than you might imagine, but it’s still important to bring a bag of supplies with you to ensure your trip is comfortable. Here are some of the things you will need when you go deep sea fishing.


    Even if you think you’d like to get a tan, being out on the ocean without sunscreen is not recommended. The sun will be intensified as it reflects off the water, and there aren’t many places to get out of the rays while you’re fishing. Opt for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply it as recommended on the packaging instructions. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses to further protect your face and eyes.


    The weather can change dramatically as you get further out to sea, and it can change quickly while you’re on the water. Dressing in layers will help you stay comfortable. Bring a light jacket, even if it is warm outside. Always assume it will be colder than it you expect, so you’ll have the layers you need to bundle up as needed.


    Deep sea fishing charters often have snack bars, and you may need to purchase a fishing license or pay for your fish to be cleaned on board, but most boats only accept cash. Withdraw some cash before your trip so you can buy food, pay for your fish, or tip crew members as you like.

    Do you have questions about your upcoming deep sea fishing trip or fishing charter in Plymouth with Captain John Boats? Contact our crew today to get the answers you need by calling (508) 927-5575.


  • Keeping Your Catch Fresh on a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

    At Captain John Boats, our experienced crew knows where to find the fish in the waters off Plymouth. On one of our fishing charters, you’re sure to reel in some catches you’ll want to take to home with you. We’re equipped to make it easy and convenient to keep your catch fresh on our deep sea fishing charters.

    On board, we can help you store your fish until we get back to dry land. We can also clean your catch, and for a modest fee, we can fillet them for you as well, so that they are ready to cook. You will need a cooler packed with ice to take your fish from the boat back to your home.

    Reel in haddock, pollock, flounder, and more from the decks of a deep sea fishing charter with Captain John Boats. Get answers to your questions about deep sea fishing in Plymouth by calling us at (508) 927-5575.

  • Picking the Perfect Timing for Your Whale Watching Trip

    The waters off the coast of Massachusetts have some of the highest whale concentrations around, which is why whale watching trips are so popular with tourists and locals alike. With such a large population of whales, you may be wondering if there is any time that is better for seeing whales than others. As you plan your trip, keep these tips for picking the perfect timing in mind.

    Consider Spring through Fall

    The peak season to find whales in their feeding grounds off the coast of Massachusetts is between April and October. Although these months are when whales are the most plentiful in the region, they aren’t the only time to see them. There is a high likelihood that you will see whales when you go on a trip any time of year. However, if you hope to see multiple whales or groups of whales, these months can be the best time to go.

    Think of Comfort

    Generally, it takes an hour or more to get out to the best spots for whale watching. Adding travel time to the time spent finding the whales once you reach your watching location, you will be out on the water for several hours during an excursion. Depending on the time of year, it can become very cold out on the water. Some people prefer to plan their trips for the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate, while other love the idea of getting out in the water bundled up in their winter clothing.

    Trust the Captain

    Seeing a whale is virtually guaranteed on a whale watching trip. At Captain John Boats, we offer a complimentary ticket for a future whale watching tour if you happen to miss out on seeing a whale on your initial tour. Ninety-nine percent of our trips end up with spotting whales, so trust your captain to determine the best time and places for your excursion.

    Enjoy a whale watching tour in Plymouth with Captain John Boats on your next trip to the Cape Cod area. To reserve your spot on one of our tours, please call (508) 927-5575.

  • Here’s How to Fillet Your Pollock Haul for Cooking

    Pollock are a common catch on our deep-sea fishing trips. This video will show you how to fillet the pollock you catch after a day on the water. Fillet the pollock with the head on, using a sharp knife to separate the flesh from the bone. You can get two fillets off of a single fish. From there, you can turn your pollock fishing success into your favorite fish recipe.

    Enjoy a deep-sea fishing adventure with Captain John Boats. We offer a variety of deep-sea fishing and whale watching excursions from Plymouth, including charters. Book your fishing trip today by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • How to Identify Different Types of Whales

    On your whale watching trip, one of the exciting parts of seeing whales in the wild is identifying which ones are swimming near your boat. The crew of your whale watching tour can explain the marine life you encounter to you. This video will also help.

    The waters of the northern Atlantic are filled with a variety of whales. You will be able to tell them apart by distinctive features such as the size of their dorsal fins and how they approach the surface.

    For a memorable excursion, choose Captain John Boats for a whale watching trip in Plymouth. For more information, please call (508) 927-5575.

  • Foolproof Strategies for Cutting the Risk of Seasickness

    If you have a day of deep sea fishing planned, the last thing you want to experience is seasickness. Seasickness is unpredictable and can happen even if you’re used to being out on the water, but with a little prevention, you can keep the queasiness at bay and enjoy your fishing charter. Fight back against the nausea, dizziness and vomiting of seasickness with this advice.

    Get Hydrated

    If you’re dehydrated when you head out to sea, there is a good chance you’re going to feel sick once the boat starts moving. Drink plenty of water in advance of your trip, and make sure to keep sipping once you’re on board. Stay away from alcohol for at least 24 hours before your trip, and don’t drink while on board. It’s also a good idea to avoid coffee and orange juice, as they are both acidic enough to irritate your stomach. The caffeine in coffee will also dehydrate you.

    Try Over-the-Counter Remedies

    People who love deep sea fishing but are prone to seasickness often swear by a few over-the-counter remedies. Motion sickness patches and pills as well as antihistamines are all effective for many people. Taking ginger root can also be helpful. Try to select non-drowsy versions of these remedies, and be sure to consult with your doctor before trying any new medications.

    Avoid On-Board Triggers

    Take steps to avoid seasickness when on board your fishing charter by avoiding common triggers. Don’t look at your phone or attempt to read, which will exacerbate the sensory confusion that causes seasickness. Look ahead at the horizon rather than down at the water, and stick to the center of the boat if you start to feel nauseated. Don’t think about seasickness or worry that you could be experiencing the symptoms. The power of suggestion can be a trigger in and of itself.

    The crew at Captain John Boats will work hard to ensure you have a great day on the water with our fishing charters in Plymouth. To schedule a deep sea fishing excursion, call us at (508) 927-5575.

  • FAQs for First-Time Deep Sea Fishers

    Heading out on your first deep-sea fishing trip can be exciting, but you’re also likely to have a lot of questions about what to expect. When you’re on board, don’t hesitate to speak up if you’re unsure about something. The captain and crew are experienced and expect guests to have some questions about the experience. They’re there to ensure that you have a great fishing trip, so always ask for help when you need it. Here are the answers to some questions that first-timers frequently have when they head out for their first fishing trip.

    What should I bring?

    In most cases, you shouldn’t bring much of anything with you on the boat. The boat has a galley stocked with food and drinks, so you won’t need a cooler. Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a sweatshirt you can put on if you get cold. Fishing gear can be rented on the boat, and bait is provided. Bringing your own alcohol on board is prohibited, but you will be able to purchase it from the galley.

    How long is the excursion?

    That depends on the length of the trip you booked. Deep-sea fishing trips can be as short as four hours or as long as 14, depending on your preferences. The length of the trip will determine where you go to fish. No matter how long your trip is planned to be, plan on arriving early. Seats on board are first come, first serve, so arriving early will give you plenty of time to get settled and grab the seat you want.

    Can I keep the fish I catch?

    Yes, any fish that fall within the legal size limit can be brought home. We can clean them for you on board for free. Our crew members will also fillet them for you for a small fee, so that they are ready to cook when you arrive home.

    Let Captain John Boats help you plan a deep-sea fishing excursion near Plymouth and experience the adventure of being out on the water. We also offer private fishing charters for groups. Learn more about our fishing trips by calling (508) 927-5575.