Spending decades on the waters of Cape Cod, fishing off of Truro, Massachusetts, Charter Captain Bobby Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters shares the products and resources that help him achieve success. Consider the following recommendations when making decisions about fishing and boating:
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Reel Deal loves RONZ baits. These baits are a staple of Captain Bobby Rice’s tackle collection. He has used spinning setups with the silver RONZ soft bait to land many stripers and bluefin tuna, including multiple tuna that weight 200 pounds or more.
Captain Bobby recently began using the Van Staal VSB250 for spinning bluefin tuna action. Ask him how well they perform.
Spliceable braid line is a key component of your tuna fishing tackle. We highly recommend Cortland as the easiest line to splice on the market.
Daddy Mac Lures offers some awesome-looking jigs for striped bass and bluefin tuna. Captain Bobby Rice looks forward to fishing these lures even more in the upcoming fishing season.
We highly recommend Mercury engines. The Optimax is not only incredibly reliable, it provide outstanding fuel economy. When you are looking at new boats or thinking about a re-power, we strongly recommend you give Mercury Marine a close look. You won't be disappointed.
Reel Deal is fishing at a Quantum level. Be sure to ask Captain Bobby Rice for recommendations on Quantum reels.
Fin-Nor conventional reels are in use for our haddock fishing setups.
Handcrafted in the USA, Gibbs Lures carries on the tradition of creating plugs from wood and other natural components, despite the heavy competitive pressure from plastic manufacturers. We look forward to supporting this local company. Stay tuned for Captain Bobby's list of favorites.
Boats & Marinas
G & S Marine keeps Reel Deal running. This is by far the best marine center with which we have ever done business. From boat and engine sales to maintenance and repair, quality and customer service is their priority.
No surprise here. Captain Bobby has come to depend time and again on his center-console SeaCraft, which has proven to be one of the better riding boats on the water. Rough seas? No problem for this deep V-design that has proven itself through the years.
Bait & Tackle Shops
The NCO family is fantastic at assisting with your fishing gear from tackle and apparel to bait and rod/reel setups. Visit them today at 300 Orleans Road, Chatham, Massachusetts, (508)-348-1638.
Blackbeard's Bait & Tackle
Paul will help you out with all your fishing needs from tackle to bait to good tip. Get your bait at 4550 State Highway, Eastham, Massachusetts, (508)-240-3369.
Cape Fisherman's Supply has commercial and sport fishing gear, marine equipment, parts, and navigational aids from ground tackle to bottom paint and chart. They also stock fishing, lobstering, and shellfishing gear, as well as safety equipment, and clothing. Find what you need in their 800-page catalogue for boaters and fishermen alike.
Falmouth Bait & Tackle
This place always seems to be open when we are in dire need for live eels. A long haul from Truro, but if you are on the Upper Cape, be sure to give them a visit at 258R Teaticket Highway in Falmouth, MA, (508) 457-0700.
Our Favorite Gear
The best polarized sunglasses on the market! Captain Bobby Rice highly recommends the ChromaPop amber lens with Hookset, Guides Choice or Frontman frames. Be sure to check out their clothing too.
Trendy new collection of fishing apparel including shirts, hats and buffs that are environmentally friends and offer UV protection.
The Weather Watch packable pants are proving to be excellent for off-season offshore fishing on Cape Cod. Waterproof, lightweight, and heavy duty, these pants are well designed with an adjustable belt and cargo pocket.
STORMR makes the rugged gear that offshore Cape Cod fisherman rely on for high performance and comfort on those hearty offshore fishing trips. Captain Bobby Rice highly recommends the UV shield shirts and jackets. Be sure to check out their gloves too.
While this isn't exactly "gear," we have to mention Cranberry Signcraft. The Reel Deal hauling machine (our beloved Ford F350) was recently lettered here and the results were outstanding. If you are looking for any sort of decals and/or lettering for your vehicle or boat, be sure to call Karen. Not only is she great help with design, her finished product is amazing. You will know which one is the Reel Deal in the Pamet Harbor parking lot.
Permits & Regulations
Captain Bobby kept telling everyone to "call Elena" whenever they needed to know a fishing permit or regulation website. Well, here they are. We’ll do our best to keep this up to date as the fishing regulations keep changing.
Find all the recreational and commercial fishing regulations for Massachusetts here. This site also keeps a running total for the commercial fishing quotas, although sometimes we have found these totals to be underestimated when initially reported.
Log in to the eTrips page with this convenient link for commercial fisherman to access Massachusetts’ electronic trip level reporting.
Review the daily auction prices for many species including cod, haddock, striped bass, blues, and cod.
Buy Atlantic tunas permits or report landings. Note that charter passengers are not required to buy this permit or report landings as that is the responsibility of the captain.
This NOAA regional site is pretty dense, but if you put in the time you will probably find the fishing regulation you are looking for. There is a great cheat sheet for the Northeast multi-species groundfish closures.
On The Water brings you a five-month, season-long tournament designed to bring the entire Northeast fishing community together to celebrate the most beloved sport fish in the region, the striped bass.
THE HULL TRUTH is the world's largest free network for the discussion of boating and fishing. Whether you are researching a new boat or are a seasoned captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from boaters and sport fishermen around the world.
Browse a large selection of new and used boats for sale. Check back often for reduced prices.
The Saltwater Fishing Directory has information on fishing charters in Massachusetts and much more.
Contact us today for more information about the products we use and resources we advocate. We proudly serve customers in Truro, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities throughout Cape Cod and New England.