Our Charter Captains
Know that you are in capable hands when on a saltwater fishing charter in Truro, Massachusetts, from Reel Deal Fishing Charters. We have five experienced captains to take you out on one of our four fully equipped vessels. Read the following bios to learn more about the captain who will be in charge of your fishing charter:
Captain Bobby Rice, Owner/Legend
Bobby Rice, a Cape Cod native and long-time Truro resident, arguably has saltwater running through his veins, after spending the majority of his life on local waters. As a teenager laden down with rods, tackle, and an aluminum skiff, his adventures began and his devotion to fishing has continued to grow. He has been involved in commercial fishing for more than 30 years and has encountered many prosperous fishing ‘holes’ and learned countless tricks of the trade through his endless hours spent on the waters from the Billingsgate shoals to Race Point to Martha's Vineyard.
Striped bass, black sea bass, and bluefin tuna fishing are among his specialties. He also fishes for bluefish, scup, squid, cod, haddock, pollock, and sharks. Bobby's love for fishing runs deep and it shows. Stop in any local tackle shop and ask for a reference and you will see as he is rapidly becoming a local legend even though he is still a young man. He authors a monthly column for On The Water magazine, and is a member of the Pro Teams for Mercury Marine, Van Staal, RonZ Baits, Daddy Mac Lures, Cortland Line, Smith Optic, and Grundens.
Bobby has admitted on several occasions that giving someone the experience of being on the water and catching big fish is more fun than catching them himself. This is what prompted him to obtain his USCG Captain’s license to share his knowledge of the area and love for fishing. He completed the USCG certified OUPV–Near Coastal course at New England Maritime in the fall of 2000.
For years, Bobby has created his own jigs to achieve just the right weight, shape, and color to maximize striper strikes. He has also been building and repairing his own fishing rods.
Bobby is an active member of the local community, assisting with the saltwater creatures’ project for the Truro preschool and also coaching one of the recreational basketball teams.
On any given day, May through October, if you are out on the water in the outer Cape Cod area, from the waters of Truro and Provincetown around the hook to the Orleans ocean side, you likely will see Captain Bobby in his center-console fishing boat, which some have called a floating tackle store, because of his large inventory of rods/reels and tackle equipment. The key to the success of Reel Deal Fishing Charters is that in addition to his busy fishing charter schedule, Bobby is out there on the water doing "research." This means that anytime he has an open day, he is trying out new gear and tackle, and continuing to track the fish. Reach out to us to schedule a day on the water with Captain Bobby aboard our 33' Invincible fishing machine, Done Deal.
Captain Ian Wall
Reel Deal welcomes back Captain Ian Wall for 2020. In his seventh season operating fishing charters for us, Captain Ian continues to be our rising star, who, under the guidance of Captain Bobby Rice for the past several years, has quickly learned many of the secrets and skills of this dynamic industry. These have made him an amazing angler at a young age. Don't let his youth fool you. Anglers love fishing with the contagiously enthusiastic and sharply skilled Captain Ian Wall --he lives, breathes, and loves, loves, loves to fish. This shows through his hard work and dedication to life on the water, with many 5-star customer reviews as he excels in striped bass and bluefin tuna fishing. Over a decade ago, Ian went on charters with Captain Bobby and was instantly hooked on Cape Cod fishing. It was then he knew his life dream was to spend time on these waters.
A Vermont native, Ian grew up fishing the Lake Champlain coastline and couldn't wait for his summer trips to Cape Cod for the saltwater fishing scene. Graduating from Colchester High School, Ian pursues a full-time career in the charter fishing industry and looks forward to sharing his love and energy for fishing with you. He operates our fishing 26' SeaCraft Master Angler, Reel Deal II. Contact us today to book your next striped bass or bluefin tuna fishing charter.
Captain Chad Avery
Captain Chad Avery joins our fishing charter for his fifth season with the Reel Deal team. A Cape Cod native, Chad grew up enjoying and exploring the amazing environment of this region, where he instinctively discovered a passion for fishing. From the local kettle ponds to the many saltwater shores and harbors, Chad's fishing skills began at a young age. Over the years he has gained experience and knowledge while fishing from his own boat, as well as crewing for Captain Bobby Rice and Captain Ian Wall.
A Nauset Regional High School graduate, Chad has also studied at Mass Maritime Academy and UMass Amherst. He excels not only on the water, but also in his schooling with a high GPA--well done!
Chad's easygoing, yet energetic personality and magnetic enthusiasm for fishing has already been acknowledged by our customers. We eagerly look forward to a successful fishing season with our new captain, operating our 26' SeaCraft Tournament, Reel Deal 3.
Captain Elena Rice
A Truro resident and descendant of long-time Provincetown Portuguese mariners, Captain Elena has partnered with Bobby Rice to bring you the best fishing experience around. Starting out as Bobby's commercial fishing protégé, Elena has taken a more prominent role as the sales and marketing engine for Reel Deal. She is the friendly voice you speak to when booking your trip and she will go the extra mile to assure your Reel Deal experience from start to finish is top notch! Despite her land obligations, her ocean spirit only stays docked for so long as she still manages to grab a few minutes on the water particularly when sanity begins to escape her.
Elena is a USCG-certified captain, completing the OUPV--Near Coastal course at New England Maritime, her ambitions go beyond the waters. She has graduated with honors from Harvard University and is currently employed as a software engineer for Onset Computer Corp. Elena also has served as a recreational coach for youth soccer and basketball, as well as a member of the Pamet Harbor Commission, appointed by the Truro Board of Selectman.
Captain Doug Richmond
Captain Doug Richmond returns for a part-time season with Reel Deal. Captain Doug and Captain Bobby have spent many years fishing together on Cape Cod waters. Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, Doug has fished many locations throughout the cape and islands, targeting bluefin tuna and striped bass.
We are sure you will agree that Doug's enthusiastic attitude and skill for fishing make him a top-notch charter captain. We are excited to have him join the Reel Deal fishing team, operating all our vessels at various times. Call today to schedule your fishing charter.
First Mate Fran Taylor
A long-time fishing sidekick of Captain Bobby, you have most likely met Fran Taylor over the past decade. If Bobby is Batman, Fran is Robin. (They probably will kill me when they read that, haha!)
Fran joins us on weekend charters throughout the summer whenever his schedule allows and brings with him many years of fishing experience, plus a winning attitude of someone who is beyond content being out on the water. A Boston area executive manager for Hertz Car Rental, Fran also provides a great knowledge of business management and marketing in the travel industry.
Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach Jan Taylor
Jan Taylor keeps our captains and crew going with exceptional advice for overall health, nutrition, and staying fit for the battle. She is the owner and lead coach of Get Lively: Mindful Health & Fitness Coaching. Contact her to build your own fitness program.
Contact us today for more information about the captains and crew on our fishing charters. We proudly serve customers in Truro, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities throughout Cape Cod and New England.