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Tom W Clark posted 08-12-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tom W Clark   Send Email to Tom W Clark  
I'm going to be vacationing in Chatham, MA August 17 - 24

Are there any FORUM members that live around there? Anybody have any recommendations for boating? Anybody want to go boating? I may have access to a 25' Mako and a Sport 13.

aubv posted 08-12-2002 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
I'll be on MV Aug 22-26 but only have the 23rd available for rendezvous. I'm fishing the 24th and 25th, may have a spot(s) available, can keep you posted if your interested.

Nantucket is about 30 miles south of Chatham, on the right day and the 25 Mako, easy to do. Good day trip.

Great fishing all around Chatham from what I hear. What kind of tackle will you have?

Whale watching might also be available with the 25 Mako. NOAA WX will broad cast areas where mariners are warned to be on look out for whales.


Tom W Clark posted 08-15-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Thanks for the tips. I have no idea what what gear is available. I know nothing about East Coast fishing. My girlfriend's brothers fish the Mako so I'm in their hands fishing wise.

I would like to visit Nantucket as a day trip. Is it terribly "touristy" at this time of year?

What kind of whales are there? In the Pacific Northwest we have Gray whales, Orca, and Minke whales in our coastal waters at this time of year.

aubv posted 08-18-2002 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales are the most common after doing a quick search. For some reason I thought the Right Whales but that must be from the whaling books I recently read. This might help.

Regarding Nantucket, I can't tell you how "touristy" as I've only been there once to volunteer for a beach clean up and never made it to town. I'm planning to go there by boat in Sept. Because of it's location you have to be a dedicated tourist, regular ferry is a 2 hour+ ride one way, fast ferry is 1 hour each way. I can tell you that ACK airport is the second busiest in the State of Mass. Martha's Vineyard is 45 minutes by regular ferry. Both of these Islands can't be appreciated in a days jaunt but it's a start.

Another thought and unique experience is P-town as it certainly is an interesting place!


andygere posted 08-19-2002 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm not sure if you are on-line while on vacation, but the Cape is my old neighborhood so I'll put this up for ya in any event. Striper fishing is great this time of year, and I did really well just outside the Chatham cut in 40-50 feet of water in July. All fish were taken on flies or artificial lures (eel colored Sluggos), down near the bottom. Stripers can also be taken off the flats around Monomy Island in the calm early mornings. Look for birds working the surface as the bass crash schools of shiners and sand eels. When this happens, surface plugs and flies work well, fished around the edges of the live bait. My dad also did well this summer in Cape Cod Bay, fishing the Billingsgate Shoal and Eastham flats. Stop in the Goose Hummock Shop at the rotary in Orleans for good fishing advice and gear.

Nantucket is fun and worth the trip. It can get pretty busy, but it's still a great day trip. Rent a bike and ride around the island for the day. Once outside of Nantucket town, it's pretty quiet even in the summer.

In terms of boating, the Cape can't be beat. Some of the nicest water is Pleasant Bay from Orleans to Chatham. Cape Cod Bay is also great, but many harbors are subject to big tide swings. Rock Harbor in Orleans is only navigable from 2 hours before to two hours after the high tide. I used to run my 13 all around this area, including trips from Rock Harbor up to P'town on nicer days. Whalers are extremely popular on the Cape, and you are sure to see everything from beautiful classics to thrashed-but-functional work horses.

Your best bet for whale watching is off of Race Point in P'town. We have seen many from our family's boats in this area over the years, but the commerical tours are pretty good as well. It's also a good area for bass and blues. The most common whales are humpbacks and pilots.

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