Captain Bobby Rice
Bobby Rice, a Cape Cod native and long time Truro resident, arguably has salt water running through his veins after spending the majority of his
life on local waters. As a young teenager laden down with rods, tackle, and an aluminum skiff his adventures began and his devotion to fishing
has continued to grow. Now he has been commercially fishing for over 25 years and has encountered many prosperous fishing ‘holes’ and 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 while 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 at a young age he is rapidly becoming a local legend. He authors a monthly column for On The Water magazine and is a member of the Pro Teams for Van Staal, RonZ Baits, Gibbs Lures, DEEP Ocean Apparel, STORMR, Guides Secret, Daddy Mac Lures, Cortland Line, Fin-nor, Quantum, Smith Optics and Mercury Marine.
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 gain the capability to further 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 at times 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 will most likely 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 is that in addition to his busy fishing charter schedule, Captain Bobby is out there on the water doing "research" fishing anytime he has an open day trying out new gear and tackle and continuing to track the fish.
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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 protege, Elena has taken a more prominent role as the sales and marketing engine for Reel Deal, i.e. this is the friendly voice you will speak with when booking your trip. Although she still manages to grab a few minutes on the water when sanity begins to escape her.
A USCG certified captain, completing the OUPV - Near Coastal course at New England Maritime, Elena’s ambitions go beyond the waters as well having
graduated with honors from Harvard University, she is currently employed as a software engineer for
Onset Computer Corporation. Elena also has served as a recreational coach for youth soccer & basketball as well as a member of the Pamet Harbor Commission appointed by the Truro Board of Selectman.
Captain Ian Wall
Reel Deal excitedly welcomes back Captain Ian Wall for 2016! In his third season operating fishing charters for us, Captain Ian is 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 which have made him an amazing angler at a young age. Don't let his youth fool you! If the Deadliest Catch has Jake Anderson, the Reel Deal has Ian Wall as he lives, breathes and loves, loves, loves to fish. This brightly shows through his hard work and dedication to life on the water, where 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 and knew his life dream was to be spent on these waters.
A Vermont native, Ian grew up fishing the Lake Champlain coast line and always 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!
Captain Chad Avery
Welcome Captain Chad Avery for 2016! With great excitement, we announce Captain Chad Avery as our newest addition to 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 and 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, Cape Cod Community College and continues his bachelor's degree at a state university. He excels not only on the water, but also in his schooling with a very high GPA - well done!
Chad's easygoing yet energetic personality and magnetic enthusiasm for fishing has already been acknowledged with positive reviews from our customers and we eagerly look forward to a successful fishing season with our new Captain!
Captain Doug Richmond
Captain Doug Richmond returns for his fourth part-time season with Reel Deal! Captain Doug and Captain Bobby have spent many years fishing together on Cape Cod waters limiting out! Born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, Doug has fished many locations throughout the Cape & 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 topnotch charter captain. We are excited to have him join the Reel Deal fishing team. Operating our beloved 26' SeaCraft Master Angler, Reel Deal 3, contact us today to book your next Cape Cod fishing adventure!
First Mate Fran Taylor
A long-time fishing side kick of Captain Bobby, you have most likely already 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 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.
Fitness Coach Jan Taylor
Fighting giant class bluefin tuna on spinning gear is hard work! Personal trainer and fitness coach Jan Taylor keeps our Captains and crew going with exceptional advice for overall health, nutrition and staying fit for the battle. Owner and lead coach of Get Lively: Mindful Health & Fitness Coaching contact her today if you would like to establish your own program!
Captain JR Barnes
After six great seasons operating charters for us, Captain JR has decided to retire from Reel Deal and pursue other life interests. We will surely miss our long-time captain and friend! Best wishes Captain JR during this next phase of your life and we look forward to hearing about your latest adventures.
“Fishing is worth any amount of effort and any amount of expense to people who love it, because in the end you get such a large number of dreams per fish.” – Ian Frazier, The Fish's Eye