Your Trip

What To Bring

Licenses, regulation information, cooler with ice, and fishing gear are provided as part of the charter. Here’s what I would recommend bringing:

  • Appropriate clothes for the forecasted weather and bring one extra layer.
  • Non-marking soled shoes. Flip flops are not recommended.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat.
  • Something to eat and drink.
  • Camera.
  • Rain coat.
  • Cooler with ice to have in your vehicle to bring home fish.

Local Weather

TRURO WEATHER

Fish and Whale Information

Striped Bass fishing along the northeastern Atlantic coast heats up in late spring as the large schools of fish migrate north. Due to the large amount of bait fish in the area, these fish migrate into Cape Cod Bay and the back beach along the outer Cape from Provincetown to Chatham. Many of the migrating fish stop here to spend their summer and early fall feeding on this bounty of food. Striped Bass are typically caught in the 15 to 25 pound size, but may range up to the 80 pound size. They are fun to catch, put up a memorable fight, and taste great. By early October the larger fish are mostly south of Cape Cod and shorts may be caught through the end of the month.

Bluefin tuna are an amazing fish. Their migration covers thousands of miles each year. They are found here mostly from July through mid-November. These fish can grow to over a thousand pounds and can swim at speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Special fishing gear is needed to have a chance to bring one of these fish on board. There are three size classes; smalls, mediums, and giants. The small and medium fish (less than 73 inches in size) may be caught recreationally. These fish are great tasting and provide top end sashimi (sushi) and beautiful one inch thick tuna steaks. The fish over 73 inches in length must be commercially sold and belong to the Captain of the vessel. Bluefin tuna are the prized catch around Cape Cod. There is nothing like seeing them breaking on the surface; you get a feel for their size and speed. Catching one of these fish will create a lifetime memory.

Whales

Northern Atlantic Right Whales congregate in and around Cape Cod Bay in late winter through mid-spring. They are one of the most endangered whales in the world. Population estimates are around 450. They feed on a macro-plankton bloom that takes place in Cape Cod Bay in the winter and spring months.

Approximately one third of the worlds Northern Atlantic Right Whale population visit the area in April and early May. Usually around the first week in May the Right Whales leave the area to head north for the summer. Some of the most amazing whale watching opportunities occurs in the month of April and early May with the Right whales. Watching these huge mammals skim feed along the surface of the water close by is almost surreal. They also may be seen group feeding, hitting their pectoral fins or tail on the surface of the water, breathing on the surface, preparing to sound where their tails come out of the water, and if you’re very lucky, the occasional full body breach.

Northern Atlantic Right Whales are a species of baleen whale, may reach 65 feet in length and weigh over an astounding 200,000 pounds.

Humpback Whales are seen more frequently in the summer months around Cape Cod. These whales feed on a larger sized food than the Right Whales, which includes krill and small fish. They feed on some of the same food that brings the Striped Bass and Bluefin tuna to the area. Humpback Whales may be seen group feeding (including using a bubble net technique), hitting their pectoral fins and tail on the surface, rolling on the surface when breathing,, preparing to sound where their tails come out of the water, and the occasional full body breach.

Humpback Whales are a species of baleen whale, may reach 52 feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They migrate as far as 16,000 miles each year, feeding in the colder waters during the summer months and the warmer tropical waters to breed and give birth.

Minke Whales are seen around Cape Cod for most of the year. These whales are smaller than the Right and Humpback Whales and are usually seen feeding in larger pods. Most of the time you see them coming to the surface to breath while they are actively feeding. They don’t raise their tales out of the water when feeding and very seldom breach. Minke Whales grow up to 35 feet in length and may way up to 20,000 pounds.

Fin Whales are seen frequently around Cape Cod most of the year. I mention these whales, not because they are a fun whale to watch while out on the water because they’re not. They feed shallow in the water column and aren’t seen displaying their tale, pectoral fins, or breaching. I mention them because they are second to the Blue Whale as the largest animal ever to live on earth. This information is to help give you an appreciation of this animal when you see them while out on the water around Cape Cod.

We launch the Cassidy Mae from two convenient Cape Cod locations.

April 1 – November 15

Pamet Harbor, Truro

82 Depot Road, Truro, MA
Cape Cod Bay & Stellwagon Bank Access

Pamet Harbor (Truro) – This will be the primary launch site for many of the Cape Cod charter trips. The launch site is located on the Cape Cod Bay side. The Pamet Harbor launch site is used to access locations in Cape Cod Bay, the Race in Provincetown, Stellwagon Bank located about 10 miles north of Race Point Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean side of the Cape along the shores of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham.

GPS address for Pamet Harbor in Truro:
82 Depot Road, Truro, MA

Driving directions to Pamet Harbor in Truro

From the south (all other locations except Provincetown)

1. Head north on Route 6
2. Take a right at PAMET ROADS exit
3. Take a right off the exit
4. Take your next right onto SOUTH PAMET ROAD which will take you under the highway
5. Take your next left onto TURO CENTER ROAD, then an immediate right onto DEPOT ROAD
6. Follow DEPOT ROAD and bear right at the fork. Depot Road will end at PAMET HARBOR

From the north (Provincetown)

1. Head south on Route 6
2. Take a right at PAMET ROADS
3. Take you first left onto DEPOT ROAD.
4. Follow DEPOT ROAD and bear right at the fork. Depot Road will end at PAMET HARBOR

Pleasant Bay, Orleans

44 River Road, Orleans, MA
Atlantic Ocean Access

River Road (Orleans) – When fishing heats up out in the Atlantic Ocean off of Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and Chatham we will launch out of River Road in Orleans.

GPS address for River Road (Pleasant Bay) in Orleans
7 Packet Landing, Orleans, MA 02653

From Route 6 east (mid-Cape and other locations west)

1. Take exit 12, turn right off the exit onto Cranberry Highway (Route 6A)
2. At the traffic light, turn right onto Eldridge Parkway.  Proceed straight through the first traffic light.
3. Turn right at the second traffic light onto Main Street (Beach Road).
4. Go 0.3 mile and bear right onto River Road.  Proceed straight through the stop sign and down to the end of River Road.
5. The dock is at the end of River Road.

Parking at the very end of River Road is restricted to residents only from June 15th thru Sept 15th. We suggest that you pull down to the bottom of the hill by the dock and unload all of your passengers and supplies.  One person can then take the car back up the hill and Park on the right-hand side of River Road (east side) between Lucy’s Lane (130 yards) and Linden Lane/Packet Landing (230 yards).

If there are no parking spaces available just call Captain Craig on his cell phone at 774-722-5232 and he will come pick you up at the off-site parking that is readily available.

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774-722-5232