Captain Rich Wood has been fishing the waters of Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic ocean for over fifty years, starting as a little kid fishing with his dad on family vacations, surf casting from the Provincetown and Truro ocean beaches in his twenties and thirties, and then from his recreational saltwater fishing boats in his forties.
In early 2000, Captain Rich and his wife Beth Ann, were fortunate enough to escape the "real world" and moved to Truro year round. It was then they purchased the iconic Nelsons Bait and Tackle, on Race Pt. Road in Provincetown, rescuing it from being shut down by developers. Although the tackle shop was a small one, Captain Rich and Beth felt it was an essential part of Provincetown and Cape Cod fishing history, and felt the right thing to do was to try and carry on its tradition of being the best tackle shop on the outer Cape.
It was also at this time that Captain Rich started Beth Ann Charters, with his last "small" vessel, a 22 foot Grady White. Our reputation of good, fun, successful fishing charters soon led us to purchase our first "real" charter boat, a 28 foot Nauset, a hand made downeast style boat built by Nauset Boats in Orleans, MA. Through a lot of hard work by us and our employees, both the tackle shop and Beth Ann Charters continued to prosper, and our outstanding customers kept coming back for more!
This led to us stepping up to a larger boat in 2011, a 35 foot downeast style Terry Jason, built in the downeast boat building capital of the world, Steuben, Maine. A wider, more stable vessel now gave us more than enough room for all our customers and crew - see the "Our Boat" page for all the details!
For the last fifteen years, Captain Rich has also been writing the weekly fishing report - "Fishing the Tip" - in the Provincetown Banner, providing area fisherman with the latest and greatest as to what's happening on the water. His updated fishing reports on his web page also get thousands of "hits", proof that if someone wants to know what's going on, they go to Captain Rich!
The Beth Ann is a 35 foot long, thirteen foot wide, T.Jason, a down east style fishing boat custom made in Steuben, Maine.
Because of her wide beam, there is plenty of room in the rear cockpit fishing area, as well as comfortable seating within her cabin, and she handles six passengers with ease.
Up front, down below, she has a full size head (bathroom to you landlubbers), a small gallery (kitchen) with a microwave, and a nice v- berth area with cushions if you want to take a nap after catching all of your fish.
She is powered by a 450 horsepower Cummins diesel motor, which gets us out to the fishing grounds fast, and also has an engine trolling valve which allows us to reduce the boat to a crawl when wire line jigging, which is critical to catching the fish.
Of course, she is also equipped with state of the art electronics, including radar, and we have all the Coast Guard required safety gear, including lifejackets for the smaller children.