• Tips for Hooking Flounder

    When you head out on a Cape Cod fishing charter, flounder may be one of the fish you hope to reel in. Flounder can be tricky to catch, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be catching them in no time. This video will help you on your next flounder fishing trip.

    Flounder are sometimes difficult to catch because they don’t bite the bait the whole way at first. They often hold it in their mouths, which make their bites easy to miss. Once you learn to recognize the feel of their bite, they will become easier to catch.

    Make your flounder fishing trip a success by heading out on a Cape Cod fishing charter with Captain John Boats . To learn more about charter fishing near Plymouth and our other boat trips, call (508) 927-5575.

  • Planning Your Fishing Club’s Deep Sea Charter Trip

    If your fishing club is ready for a new adventure, a deep sea fishing charter could be the perfect solution. Deep sea fishing is much different from the freshwater fishing most clubs do, so it is a great way to change up your usual day on the water and to try your hand at catching new kinds of fish.

    Our deep sea fishing trips are perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced anglers, and we can tailor the experience to meet your fishing club’s needs. On a deep sea charter, you can catch flounder, haddock, and Pollock, along with a host of other species. This unique experience is a great chance to bond with your club and discover new ways to indulge your favorite activity.

    Captain John Boats offers affordable rates for group deep sea fishing expeditions and can create a trip designed to suit your group’s preferences. Start the process of planning your deep sea fishing trip near Plymouth by calling us today at (508) 927-5575.

  • Getting the Best Shot on Your Whale Watching Tour

    When you go on a whale watching tour, getting photos of your adventure is likely to be high on your list of things to do. Photography on a whale watching boat can be challenging, as there are many factors influencing the shot. Everything from the sun’s angle to the speed with which a whale appears—and disappears—can impact the quality of your pictures. As you set on your tour, keep these tips in mind so you come home with the best possible pictures of your day on the water.

    Get Prepared

    Keep in mind that you’ll be photographing while out on the open water, so prepare to protect your gear from water damage. For a camera, you’ll need to bring your bag and strap. If you don’t have a camera bag, bring a plastic bag for storage. If you’re using a smartphone, consider a waterproof case. You should also have a backup battery for your camera or be sure to have your phone fully charged.

    Set Your Camera for Speed

    Whales move quickly, so capturing them requires fast actions. Point-and-shoot cameras should be set on action mode, if possible. If you have an SLR camera, you may want to use shutter-priority mode and set the speed to at least 1/1000. Make sure your camera is set up for continuous shooting. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use a tripod or monopod on the boat. Skip multiple lenses and focus on using one zoom lens.

    Know When Not to Shoot

    Whales aren’t going to resurface in the exact same spot, so try to gauge their motion and anticipate their rhythm to capture your shots. It’s equally important to recognize when it’s time to put the camera down and take in the moment. You’ll miss out if you watch the entire trip through a camera lens.

    At Captain John Boats, we take groups out on whale watching tours near Plymouth along Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, where you’re likely to encounter Finback whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and many other varieties. To book your whale watching trip or for more information about our fishing charters or Provincetown ferry, call (508) 927-5575.

  • FAQs About Sailing on the Pilgrim Belle

    The Pilgrim Belle is one of the most popular attractions for people looking for an adventure on the water and a new way of exploring Plymouth Harbor. In addition to our whale watching trips and fishing charters, we offer a variety of excursions on the Pilgrim Belle for a number of different occasions. Here are the answers to some questions passengers frequently have before setting sail.

    What exactly is the Pilgrim Belle?

    The Pilgrim Belle is a Mississippi style paddle wheeler that travels around Plymouth Harbor. The boat has no conventional propeller and relies purely on the paddle to move through the water. The Pilgrim Belle departs from the Mayflower II State Pier, which is right in the heart of Plymouth. Each sail takes about an hour, and there is a full bar as well as a variety of snacks and drinks available for cash-only purchase. Passengers can sit on the sun deck for the journey or ride inside a climate-controlled cabin. There are also restrooms on board.

    When does the Pilgrim Belle sail?

    The Pilgrim Belle departs from the pier every two hours, starting at 11 a.m., with the last departure at 5 p.m. There is also a sunset cruise that leaves nightly at 7 p.m. for a 90-minute cruise. The boat is available for private charters and is a popular choice for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, retirement parties, and other special events. The boating staff works with each private charter to personalize catering, decorating, and entertainment needs.

    Is the journey smooth?

    The Pilgrim Belle is the perfect sailing adventure for everyone, since the ride is virtually guaranteed to be smooth. Plymouth Harbor is protected from the elements, so the water remains calm. This trip is ideal for people of all ages and enjoyable for everyone.

    Explore Plymouth with a ride on the Pilgrim Belle with Captain John Boats. Learn more about the Pilgrim Belle as well as our deep sea fishing charters and whale watching in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Find Your Way to P-Town on Our Ferry

    Provincetown is a beautiful place to spend the day or the weekend, especially if you live nearby. Captain John Boats can take you over to P-Town on our ferry , so even the travel will be enjoyable.

    If you’re planning on heading to Provincetown and you want the trip to be as simple and fun as possible, consider booking a trip on our ferry. The Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours crew is courteous and professional, and our ferry is climate-controlled. On our ferry, you can enjoy gorgeous views on your trip. The excursion usually takes about an hour and a half, and you’ll enjoy full galley service in addition to magnificent views. Kids who are three years or younger also get to ride for free. You can even bring well-behaved dogs with you, as long as they’re on a leash.

    Are you looking for a ferry in Plymouth that can take you to Provincetown? Call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575 and ask us about our fishing tours and whale watching trips, or peruse our website to see what we have to offer.

  • A Closer Look at the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary

    Just like state parks are dedicated to preserving wildlife on land, marine sanctuaries protect ecosystems in the water. Volunteers can take a ferry to keep an eye on the animals and look for change. Watch this video to learn about the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary.

    The Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is a haven for birds and marine animals alike because there’s plenty of food to snatch up. The purpose of the sanctuary is to protect the ecosystem and its inhabitants, and volunteers learn about the changes by watching animals’ behaviors. Seabird activity is especially helpful when trying to understand changes in the ecosystem.

    Captain John Boats can take you out on a ferry in Plymouth and show you things you’ve never seen before. Please visit our website for information about our whale watching and deep sea fishing trips, and give us a call at (508) 927-5575 for more information.

  • What to Expect When You Go Deep Sea Fishing

    Start practicing way ahead of time if you’re planning a deep sea fishing trip , and if it’s your first time, know what to expect. The ferry should have food and drinks available for passengers, and you can catch dinner for later if you practice enough. You’ll also get the chance to meet other anglers who share your passion. Read on and learn what to expect when you go deep sea fishing.

    Available Food and Beverages

    Your deep sea fishing trip may last anywhere from four to 14 hours, depending on the size of your budget and how much time you’d like to spend on the water. You may work up an appetite during a four hour trip and will most likely need to eat at some point if the trip takes any longer, but you can expect food and beverages available onboard. Those who are old enough to drink can usually purchase alcoholic beverages on the boat, making the excursion that much more fun and relaxing. There should also be food, snacks, and hot and cold beverages for the family to enjoy.

    Souvenirs for the Trip Home

    If you’ve been practicing in preparation for your deep sea fishing trip, you may catch a few souvenirs that you can take home with you. The one caveat is that you can only bring home fish within the legal size limit. If you accept a small fee, you can have your fish cleaned and filleted as well.

    Connections with Other Anglers

    When you board the deep sea fishing charter, you’ll be surrounded with people who have similar interests. This is a wonderful opportunity to pick up tips from other anglers, swap stories about past fishing experiences, and make connections with people you might not have otherwise met.

    Deep sea fishing near Plymouth is a fulfilling way to spend your time, and the crew at Captain John Boats specializes in deep sea fishing trips. Check out our website to learn more about our fishing trips, or call us at (508) 927-5575 if you have any questions.

  • The Parent’s Guide to a Family Whale-Watching Trip

    Whale watching is a popular activity for people who live in the Plymouth area, and it’s a great way to spend the day with your family. The tour will indeed take up a large chunk of the day, and the boats fill up quickly, so get your reservation in soon and enjoy the ride. Here’s the parent’s guide to a family whale-watching trip.

    Prepare for the Day

    Planning a family trip can be tricky, especially if you have young children. You need to know what your kids can and can’t handle before you start looking at your options, as well as what they’ll need throughout the day. A whale watching trip will take about four hours, so keep that in mind if your kids are particularly antsy. This includes the time it takes to reach the area where you can see whales and the return travel time as well. Since you’ll be outside the entire time, it’s a good idea to pack sunscreen no matter what time of year it is. Dress in layers so you can take them off if you’re warm and put them back on if you’re cold.

    Make Reservations Early

    Don’t wait to reserve your spots on the ferry, as they might fill up before you get the chance. Whale watching season is only so long, so get your itinerary together as soon as possible to make sure you and your family get on the boat.

    Enjoy the Experience

    Whale watching can be an unforgettable experience for the whole family, so try to relax and enjoy it. You might get much closer up than you thought you would, and sometimes you may even see dolphins in addition to whales. Bring a camera so you can document the trip and give your kids a small memento from the experience.

    If you’re planning on going on a whale watching tour in Plymouth, call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575. We’re happy to take you and your family out on our ferry so you can have the whale watching experience of a lifetime , so visit our website today.

  • Bringing Your Deep Sea Fishing Catch to Shore

    Spending the day deep sea fishing can be great fun, whether you fish for the sport of it or you like to work for your dinner. There are some rules to follow if you want to keep the fish you reel in, so read on and learn about the process of bringing your deep sea fishing catch to shore.

    If you want to bring your fish home, you usually can. However, it must fall within the legal size range. Reeling in and catching a massive fish is exciting from start to finish, but you might not legally be allowed to bring it home with you. You might also want to have your fish cleaned professionally, and crew members will usually do this for you for free. In some cases you can have them filleted as well, but this will cost you a small fee.

    Captain John Boats can take you deep sea fishing or on a whale watching excursion in Plymouth, and both of these are experiences you won’t want to miss. Just call us at (508) 927-5575 or explore our website to see what our business is all about.

  • Get a Glimpse of Humpback Whale Bubble-Net Feeding Behaviors

    There’s nothing quite like whale watching. You get to see some of the world’s largest creatures in the wild, and you’ll see sights that you will remember forever. Check out this video to get a glimpse of humpback whale bubble-net feeding behaviors.

    In addition to being sensational to see, whales are intelligent creatures. Humpback whales in Alaska are particularly smart. They use a combination of bubbles and their whale songs to scare their prey into a frenzy, in a process called bubble-net feeding. This requires about a dozen whales to work together in perfect synchronization.

    You can get a glimpse of whales in their natural habitat when you go whale watching in Plymouth with Captain John Boats. Whale watching tours give you a chance to see these majestic creatures and observe their behaviors first-hand, so give us a call at (508) 927-5575 to book your tour today!