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Who We Are

An experienced crew, a comfortable & powerful boat along with a convenient location make Beth Ann the best choice for your fishing trip.

Owner Captain Rich Wood personally captains the majority of all the trips, while Captain Mike Rathgeber handles a lot of the afternoon and evening trips when Captain Rich is home babysitting his grand-nephew Benjamin. First mate Rhys is on board for most all of the trips.

A Five-Star Experience

Because of our expanded offerings and fleet, we have also enlisted the services of some of the most experienced captains on the outer cape. Rich, Mike, Steve and Cheryl have over a combined 125 years of sea time on these local waters, which is basically longer than some of our competitors have even been alive! And, our first mate Rhys is also in the process of obtaining his captains license. This experienced, mature, personable group of captains will make your experience a five-star one!

Our Boats

Beth Ann

The Beth Ann is a 38-foot long Wesmac Downeaster, one of the most solid boats produced in Maine, the Downeast boat capital of the world. Because of her wide beam, almost 13 feet, she is a very stable, non rocking and rolling vessel, and gives our customers outstanding space for fishing and relaxing.

The spacious deck has ample room for up to six anglers without bumping elbows, a bait well for live bait, and a tuna door for when we need to pull “the big one” into the boat! The enclosed cabin has a comfortable settee to starboard, a complete gallery to port, a dual front passenger helm seat, and a large head below. The aft windows of the cabin also fold up to allow easy conversation between those fishing in the back and those relaxing up front. Topside is a full bridge, with seating for five, which provides our customers with a great view when steaming to and from the fishing grounds.

For power a Caterpillar C-12 acert clean Diesel engine with over 700 horsepower propels us to almost 30 knots when we need to get somewhere fast! Beth Ann also has a complete suite of Garmin electronics, including radar, GPS, and a fishfinder, along with autopilot and redundant vhf radios. Of course we also have all the required safety gear, along with both adult and children's life jackets, and get annual Coast Guard safety inspections.


Bethie, our newest vessel, is a 29-foot classic Cape Cod bay vessel. Dyers have been produced since 1930 and other than the fiberglass hull, are completely hand made. The employees at Dyer average 30 years of service, and most are descendants of old Portuguese boat builders. Attention to detail and perfection are keywords at Dyer, evidenced by the fact that only three Dyers are made every year!

About the Captain Rich Wood

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.

In 2018 we stepped up to a beautiful 38’ Wesmac Downeaster, known as the Cadillac of Maines downeast boat manufacturers. The Wesmac gives you even more fishing space, beautiful inside, sheltered accommodations, a full galley, a spacious head and a bridge deck which has seating for five. See below for some detailed pictures of this top notch vessel.

In 2021, due to increased interest in all of our trips, but especially our sunset trips, we acquired a 29 foot Dyer, a classic Cape Cod bay style boat manufactured in Rhode Island. This vessel also has a stand-up head, seating for six and a bluetooth stereo system.