One of the primary goals I have as a charter captain is helping you learn to become a better fisherman. Aboard the Katie G., I specialize in casting with the lightest equipment practical, whether it is spin, conventional, or fly. From Sage and G. Loomis flyrods and Tibor fly reels to Penn and Shimano spinning reels mounted on St. Croix Tidemaster and Avid rods, all equipment is provided or feel free to bring you own. Your involvement in the fishing experience is guaranteed as you sight cast to fish or work on accurately placing a plug, jig, or fly in a pocket or next to rock where the fish are. I also offer live eel fishing trips along the Elizabeth Island, both day and night—the closest you can get to artificial fishing using the real thing!
If casting instruction is what you're looking for, I offer lessons for one to two people at $50 per hour, with all equipment provided.
The Katie G is a fully restored Maritime Skiff 1890, featuring custom casting decks and rails both fore and aft, as well as a poling platform; full marine electronics including a Garmin 4208 color chartplotter/depth sounder and an ICOM marine VHF radio; an Engel marine cooler for ice, food, and drinks, as well as large fish bags for any catch you wish to keep; and a 2009 Honda four stroke outboard. The Maritime Skiff line of boats has proven itself over years of service in the northeast and provides a dry, comfortable ride as well as a stable platform perfect for casting around the rocks of the Elizabeths, on the shallows from Barnstable to Monomoy, and along the rips of Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.
The Katie G II is a 2007 Mitzi Skiff 17 built in Jacksonville, Florida by Tom Mitzlaff, a dedicated shallow water enthusiast who designed and constructed his own line of boats before it was purchased by Custom Fiberglass Products in North Carolina. Like the Katie G, the Katie G II represents the kind of thinking that can combine both an amazingly dry, comfortable ride with excellent stability in a small boat. A true flats boat, the Mitzi has a huge forward casting platform with a raised deck area in the stern that is large enough for another angler to fish from comfortably. Along with three dry storage areas and a small center console that houses the same electronics as the Katie G, the Katie G II also has a remote controlled bowmount Minnkota trolling motor, Bennett trim tabs and a Bob's Machine Shop jack plate that allow for operation in the skinniest of waters along with a poling platform that allows me to see fish from a long distance away. With a fully loaded draft of just eight inches, the Katie G II is the perfect choice for the sight fishing enthusiast, both fly and spin.
Boat Trips - Full and Half Day Rates
For the more serious angler or folks who want to investigate a broader area of fishing options, my full day trip is $450 for 2-4 people (2 fishing at a time) for a minimum of eight hours. All equipment is provided.
My half-day rate is $300 for 2-4 people (2 fishing at a time) for 4 hours. All equipment is provided.
A deposit of $100 is required to hold your date and will be promptly and cheerfully refunded if the trip has to be cancelled due to weather. A minimum of two weeks is required if a trip has to be cancelled for any other reason. All decisions concerning cancellation due to weather will be at the captain's discretion, with safety always my primary concern.
Shore Trips - $200 for one to two people.
Kids, Family and Beginner Specialty Trips
I also offer special four hour trips for beginners, kids, and families with kids. These are spin fish trips only using jigs and plugs and are scheduled for more "reasonable" departure times. Limited to a number of easily accessible, relatively calm water locations such as Barnstable Harbor, the Mashnee Flats, and the southside, inshore waters of the upper Cape, fishing instruction is emphasized as we target schoolie bass and bluefish to groups as large as families of two adults and two children. The price for these trips is $200.
As the fishing writer for the Enterprise Newspapers located in Falmouth, as well as the Internet correspondent, Southside Insider reporter, and frequent contributor to On The Water magazine, I am dedicated to helping folks discover the joys of fishing as well as the unique beauty and tranquility that is the Cape and islands. I invite you to join me for a great day of fishing; for more information, call 508-274-9619; or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have spent most of my life on the Cape since three months of age, enjoying Popponesset when it was a cottage community with dirt roads. Fortunately, I was introduced to fishing at the age of five years old by an uncle who showed me the joys of being outdoors and not just catching fish. An avid and dedicated shore angler for most of my life who stole away from adventures on other folks' boats whenever I could, I have now made the transition to boat captain. Still, my love of roaming the beaches and backwaters of my beloved Cape is now only magnified by my ability to reach areas which I roamed as a boy but which have become inaccessible over the years.
Since the Katie G. is in the water by the first week of April and is still fishing in November, you can take advantage of a longer fishing season.
Although it can be cold and unpredictable, early April means the arrival of the first migrating stripers to the southside of the Cape and the upper reaches of Buzzards Bay. While many of these areas can be fished from shore, getting there is another matter. Since I don't troll on the Katie G., fishing the upper reaches of Waquoit, Cotuit, Buttermilk Bay, and elsewhere from my boat is as close to the quiet and insularity of shore fishing that you can get.
As May approaches, so do the bluefish and larger bass around the upper Cape with some of the best fishing of the season from shore and boat. The Elizabeths and Woods Hole come alive and the squid and herring runs are still in force, bringing fish with them. Daytime fishing can be very good as these fish are hungry and aggressive. June can be just as good for in shore fishing, but as July and August approach, the fish will generally head for deeper, cooler waters during the day, venturing inshore at night to feed along the beaches. Hitting the water well before dawn or after sunset ensures a pleasant trip and avoidance of crowds and traffic.
With the summer months come the bonito and false albacore, responsible in their own way for a fishing frenzy of flyrodders and light tackle enthusiasts. A daytime delight, just watching these Atlantic speedsters feed is enough to get the adrenaline flowing.
Give me one time to fish, though, and it would be fall, from September right through Thanksgiving. With cooler water comes more activity during the day as a sense of urgency precedes the southward migration of fish from the waters of the Cape and islands. It's quite possible to enjoy a "Grand Slam", catching and releasing stripers, blues, albies, and bonito in the same trip. Fishing from the beaches can be blitz city as fish corral bait against the shore and go to work, feeding and building up their energy stores for the long trips ahead - and a boat only makes the odds of running into one of these frantic scenes even greater.
Whatever season you visit the Cape and islands, you can rest assured that there are fish to be caught.
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Captain Dave Peros
P.O. Box 3001
Pocasset, MA 02559