Captain Billy "Cap" Chaprales - The Harpooner
Bill Chaprales began fishing in the mid-1960's and harpooned his first bluefin tuna at the age of twelve. he moved to Cape Cod in 1969 and built his first boat, The Delphi, while living in his Chevy Nova.
Bill has experience in tuna, swordfish, codfish, haddock, lobster, crab, striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, and spiny dogfish. He is now the captain of the F/V Rueby and the F/V Ezyduzit.
Bill has extensive experience in the field of research working with the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries and the New England Aquarium. He invented a tagging pole that is specifically designed to minimally harm the animal being tagged. He has tagged hundreds of tuna fish, basking sharks, and great white sharks. To date, Bill Chaprales has never missed his target when tagging a fish. He currently has a 100% success rate. To learn more about the programs and projects Bill has been a part of see our Resumes page.