4 Steps to Picking Your Deep Sea Fishing Bait

Fishing BaitAt Labrador Fishing Charters, we love deep sea fishing. Every day on the water provides us with a new adventure. We never know what we’re going to encounter and that is one of the best parts!

Despite not knowing the adventures that await us, we like to be prepared for anything. This includes being prepared to fish with various types of bait – both live and artificial baits. We know everyone has his or her own bait preference when it comes to fishing, but here’s a simplified, four-step guide for picking out the best bait for your deep sea fishing charter.

Step #1

Pick out your bait based on the fishing you’ll be doing. The bait you use for trolling is generally going to be different than the bait you use for bottom fishing. For example, the bait used to catch tuna is going to be different than the bait used to catch red snapper.

If you plan on doing one or both types of fishing, make sure you’re prepared with the right kind of bait. If you’re a first timer, be sure to ask the fishing charter before you go, or find out if they provide the bait for your charter.

Step #2

If you’re going to be trolling, you can use live and artificial bait. If you do go with artificial bait, just make sure they are bright in color, which helps attract fish, and make sure it has the ability to move around.  You can also buy extra attachments called skirts, that’ll reflect the sunlight and make the lures more attractive to the fish.

Step #3

Again, you’re going to want to have a combination of live bait and artificial bait on hand while deep sea fishing. If your artificial bait isn’t working, move on to your live bait. Bait that’s good for tolling includes cigar minnows and shad.

Step #4

If you’re going to be bottom (or still) fishing, you can use fresh bait or fish you catch that isn’t edible. Squid, frozen cigar minnows and small pieces of fresh fish all work well for bottom fishing.


Experience “Shark Week” in Person at the Massachusetts Bay

Mako SharkMillions of Shark Week viewers tune in to the Discovery Channel phenomenon each year. Who knows why people get so excited and so thrilled about shark week, but they do.

Shark Week dramatically boosts Discovery Channel ratings and internet searches about sharks. Even YouTube shark videos see a spike around this time. Sharks are also a popular request in many restaurants. Many of them state that shark has been on the menu, but it hasn’t been extraordinarily popular until now.

Many restaurants are adding Shortfin Mako Shark to the menu, which is a slow-growing shark. Entrepreneurs in the industry find this “opportunistic”. There’s a huge profit in shark meat during shark week, and everyone wants a piece.

Despite its mass popularity, shark week, as one might expect, does create controversy as well. Specifically, many people and scientists were upset at an episode titled “Sharkageddon,’’ which had several inaccurate facts and portrayals. For example, the episode claimed that shark attacks may be correlated to turtle populations, a claim that this article quickly discredits.

Regardless, it’s hard to argue with the popularity of shark week and with our nation’s infatuation with these majestic creatures. The high demand for shark meat in restaurants is an example of that.

No doubt, restaurants will increase prices when shark week is still a hot topic, so you may want to consider fishing for your own. You could even head out on one of our guided shark fishing tours, for a wonderful chance to experience shark week for real, not through television.

To get an idea of why so many find shark week interesting, check out this clip from the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Cam”.

The Health Benefits of Fishing

Captain and Boat If you ask men and women what they do to relax, many will tell you they like to go fishing. Indeed, the health benefits of fishing are many, with the main one being a time to get away from the seemingly endless rush of modern day life and take time to relax, outdoors, surrounded by nature. You can fish from shore or on a boat, surrounded by water, fresh air, and, depending where you are, trees or mountains. It’s really serene.

Fishing is a great way to let go of stress. It takes a person’s mind off their problems, as well as their “headaches at work.” Indeed, a fishing trip is a respite from all that is wrong with the world. It’s man (and woman) versus nature, but not in a combative way– instead, it’s a fairly comfortable experience which involves some exercise and the chance to take deep breaths of air. The “thrill of the hunt” makes fishing psychologically interesting as a person asks themselves, “Will I catch something? What might it be?” When something gets caught on the fish hook, a person’s body experiences a pleasurable adrenaline rush. It’s a feel good moment.

Of course, fishing is never a “for sure” thing– sometimes fish get away. But, as people are apt to do in life, if one gets away, then “try, try again.”

Fishing involves using your fingers, forearms, wrists and hands to bait hooks, cast the line(s), and “reel ‘em in.”

Fishing can be a low-key affair, or it can be a lively adventure for the mind, body and spirit. If you’re the type of person who craves adventure on the high seas, and you’d like to catch a shark or a huge tuna for the fun of it, Labrador Fishing Charters near Boston is who you need to connect with– call Cap’n Don Campbell at 508-498-4716 to reserve your spot on a fishing charter trip on the ocean, with the sun shining down, the wind through your hair, and the combination of fresh air and salt water giving you the kind of euphoric feeling you dream about all winter long.

What is a Deep Sea Fishing Charter Like?

Here at our fishing charter service in Massachusetts Bay, we embark with deep-sea fishers of all levels. Some are relative beginners, while others have years and years of experience under their belt. Many are quite experienced in other types of fishing in shallower waters. For those without deep-sea fishing experience, here are a few things to look out for on their first trip out.

Different Waters
Most definitions of deep-sea fishing require a depth of about 30 meters. While the fact that deep-sea fishing is done in deeper waters is pretty obvious, the nature of those deeper waters can be surprising to some, and it can take some getting used to. To get to sufficiently deep waters, charters need to travel very far from land, sometimes completely out of sight.

A Whole New World
Deeper waters lead to a vastly different and enormously diverse array of ocean life. When you feel a bite, what is on the other end of the line can be a total mystery—and a total surprise. You could reel in something really big, like a shark or tuna. This diversity, along with different regulations, also means you’ll need to keep a closer eye on what you should or shouldn’t be reeling in.

Sit Back and Relax
Many people embark on a deep-sea fishing charter thinking they’re about to reenact their favorite fishing reality TV show. While deep-sea fishing can certainly be exciting, those shows are highly produced and edited. You might get a big catch, but you might not as well. The best idea is to enjoy the challenge, and temper your expectations just as you would in shallower waters.

Keep Your Head Up
Because deep-sea fishing charters are in deeper, choppier, and more isolated waters, they are naturally a little more dangerous. Don’t worry, though, you’ll be just fine. Still, remind yourself to listen closely, ask questions, and take safety advice seriously.

Use the Experts
Our deep-sea Massachusetts Bay fishing charters are so successful for a reason. We provide the expertise, both in knowledge of the environment and use of equipment, that leads to a high rate of success on the water. Remember to use the resources provided to get the most out of any deep-sea fishing charter.

If you’re interested in a great deep-sea fishing charter in Massachusetts Bay, visit our website to learn more today.

How to Avoid Being Seasick

You’re out on the water, enjoying the weather, the fishing, and the friends who have accompanied you. However, it just takes one great bounce over a wave to ruin all of that fun! Getting seasick can hit quickly and is brutal enough to completely drain away your energy and enjoyment of the day. There are a few tricks you can try, however, to avoid becoming seasick!

1)    Eat breakfast! Yes, actually having something in your stomach before you set out on your voyage will actually help keep your stomach calm. Keep it bland and acid-free, and then drink carbonated liquids once on board the vessel.

2)    Medication! As long as the medicine is a meclizine-type then it will help to suppress the nausea. You would typically need to take it about an hour before launch to ensure that it’s in your system.

3)    Wristbands! Certain wrist accessories press on pressure points, that alleviate the nausea associated with seasickness. This pressure point is called the Pericardium 6, and it’s just above the wrist toward the inside of your arm.

4)    Keep busy! Once you’re on board, keep moving and offer to help. Keeping yourself busy and focused proves to be distracting enough. Don’t just stand still and concentrate on the motion of the water! Keep your own rhythm and keep focused on something specific, even if it’s just the far off horizon.

5)    Don’t sit still! This may sound similar to the previous tip, but many people think that if they just sit down and focus on reading, or watching something stagnant on the boat, they will be okay. False! Your brain will be confused by the overall motion despite being locked onto something stationary on the boat. Open up your senses and get up!

Are Fishing Charters Good For Novice Anglers?

kids page 7Everyone needs to begin somewhere, and you shouldn’t ever feel bad about taking every possible step to increase your ability in any trade.  As a fisherman, taking a charter cruise is an absolutely helpful experience.  Don’t count out the process of learning from experienced peers.  In any field of study, the absolute best method is to learn is from the more experienced.  This is ingrained in our human nature.  We learn best from copying — monkey see monkey do.  So to become the best at fishing, your first step, and hopefully not the last time you do it, is to watch others do it well and copy them.

When learning, one should understand the importance of admiration.  It is a major underlying force that will skyrocket your interest in a trade.  First off, a fishing charter places you among sea-hardened captains and crew that have seen it all.  They have grit and experience, and their level of coolness will make you want to work harder and better.  You will admire them, in short, which is another natural reaction in addition to copying them that has astounding effects on the way you learn.   You are more than likely to continue with your trade.  You have seen the other crew fishing everyday, and you’ll see that it can be done, and you’ll say — I can do that.  That’s the feeling you want to trust.  Be a novice, both in mind and in practice.  Listen and learn.

Then there is also the a bit of competition involved, especially if there are other learners on the boat.  Make sure to let this emotion fuel you.  Step up to any challenges on that boat and prove yourself to the Captain and Crew.  Competition is just another ingredient in the stew that is the human psyche.  Having other people involved is super, but having other people who are there to challenge you is what brings out the best in you.  Now, a challenge is an interesting thing to consider.   When learning, a challenge is something working against your goal of getting better.
If you would like to learn the art of fishing, go on a Labrador Fishing Charter.  Book one today by calling  508-498-4716 or 508-280-4796.



Tips for Mounting a Fish

Tips for mounting a fishThe phrase “mounting a fish” might make some young boys snicker, but for adults, it means attaching a fish you caught to a wooden plaque so you can hang it up on the wall or display it for all to see in your home or office.

In order to mount a fish, first you should measure the length of the fish using a measuring tape. If you have a rope with you, you can use that, marking the head and tail locations on the rope with a pen or marker.

Next, it’s time to measure the girth of the fish. This is kind of like trying to dress up a pet dog or cat. You’ll have to handle the fish, wrapping the measuring tape around the fish as best you can to determine its girth.
If you have a camera with you, try and take a picture of the fish soon after you catch it. This can be used by a professional to highlight certain colors and areas when they mount it.

Taxidermists typically mount fish, and consider fish to be one of the toughest animals to work with since their skin loses color once they dry out—that’s why it’s good to take a picture soon after it’s caught.

Using a filet knife or scalpel, a taxidermist will skin the fish. Any leftover skin or meat can be preserved using salt (Borum and alum) or formaldehyde injections. Eventually the skin is stretched out over a mold and shaped into a certain pose, or firmly filled with sawdust. Glass eyes replace actual eyes. In some cases, the fish you catch ends up being recreated with some or even all man-made materials. After preparation, which includes several weeks for the fish to properly dry out, the fish is mounted onto a wooden plaque for display. Mounting a fish is a way to preserve the memory of a great day of fishing when you caught “the one!”

What are The Best Ways to Cook Fish?

Eating FishFor centuries, people have made fish a major part of their healthy, daily diet. Fish are typically high in protein and low in saturated fat, and researchers have concluded that eating fish is good for a person and their heart health.

There are several ways to eat fish. Sushi—aka raw fish—is an option, but there are also many ways to cook fish, making it taste good for consumption.

You can bake fish at 450 degrees on a baking sheet (or baking dish) typically for 10 minutes, and then season it with salt, spices or other condiments that you like. Or you can go for the crispy tender strips, done by sautéing (pan frying) fish in oil or butter in a skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Oftentimes, people like to dip their fish in milk or beaten egg, and then “bread” it—a popular choice for many fish eaters.

Poaching fish involves pouring liquid, like wine, water or milk, into a pan just covering the fish. With the pan covered, fillets can be cooked just below the boiling point for 10 minutes (whole fish take 20 minutes), and later on, use the poaching liquid as a base for a sauce!
If time is of the essence, there’s always the microwave, which takes about 3 minutes (per pound) to cook boneless fish fillet. Add some salt after it’s done, and you’ve got a decent meal.
With summertime comes grilling time. Consider grilling thicker cuts of fish using a clean, oiled grill grate or fish grill basket, depending on the size of the catch.

And, if you love a good fish fry, there’s always the deep fry version of fish—perhaps one of the best ways to eat fish if you generally love fried foods, which most people do.
Want to go deep sea fishing and catch your next potential meal? Call Captain Don Campbell of Labrador Fishing Charters at 508-498-4716 to make that happen.

Give Dad a Unique Father’s Day Gift

Father's DayFather’s Day happens every June, and most dads get…ties. That’s boring. Why not get dad a fishing charter off the Massachusetts’ coast? Captain Don Campbell of Labrador Fishing Charters has the patience, experience, and safety record to ensure your dad has a great fishing experience in Massachusetts Bay near Scituate, MA.

Does your dad always seem to do nice things for other people but all-too-rarely do anything nice or special for himself? This is your chance to get him a unique Father’s Day gift. And if you’re able to accompany him, it’ll be a great bonding time as you try to catch the ever elusive “big one.” Think about all the tall tales you’ll be able to tell friends and family about your adventure together on the high seas.

Most fishermen are used to their local pond or river—the minor leagues. Fishing on the ocean is major league. It’s not something most guys do on a daily basis, unless it’s their livelihood. With that in mind, this Father’s Day, give your dad the gift of a Labrador Fishing Charter. It’s time away from the humdrumness of life on land. Fishing on the ocean is a chance to be outside in nature, experiencing the sights and smells of offshore waters. And, of course, the challenge of hooking fish and reeling them in is one of man’s greatest and most rewarding challenges of all time. Wait until you see the light in your dad’s eyes when he catches a fish worth a picture that will proudly be framed and hung in the house for all to see his great accomplishment!

Call Captain Don Campbell at 508-498-4716 to book your dad a trip today. A fishing charter is always a better gift than a tie for Father’s Day—always.




Why People are Fascinated by Whales

Whale WatchesThere’s a museum in New York City where a giant whale hangs from the ceiling, and as you walk under it, you sense its awesome presence, even though it’s just a representation of a whale. Imagine seeing a whale in person—you’d be in awe, wouldn’t you? They’re huge!

Labrador Fishing Charters now offers whale watching tours off the coast of Massachusetts. Here is your chance to see whales in the wild, and Labrador Fishing Charters’ boats offer the chance to see them at eye level, quite close to the action.

You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who wasn’t amazed by seeing a whale in person—it’s something people of any age don’t soon forget. In the Massachusetts’ coastal waters, there’s a chance to see humpback, finback, minke and orca (killer) whales. Get your cameras out; it’s going to be an exciting boat trip.

People seem to have a fascination with whales for many reasons. Obviously, since whales are the biggest animals on the planet today, they stand out and people can’t believe how immense these things are. Spray from their blowholes and a flap of their tail cause many to say, “Wow.”

Even though they’re huge, whales are generally gentle. Like dolphins, they are social, travel in groups, and seem to like humans. Many people enjoy hearing the sounds whales make, which can have a soothing effect on listeners who get a glimpse into another world.

Whales are also appreciated for their strength and smarts. These mysterious creatures have been swimming in our oceans for centuries, surviving and thriving. Any chance you get to see them in the wild is a real treat. Don’t hesitate to book a whale watching trip with Labrador Fishing Charters; call 508-498-4716 today.