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.