Other than the fishing, one of the great things about Stellwagen is its close proximity to a number of Massachusetts ports. Anglers from Provincetown to Gloucester can easily make the run in a large or midsized boat. Given this, you might expect Stellwagen to get pretty crowded, but that wasn't the case last spring. Aside from the handful of center consoles fishing for blues and cod, and a few "stick boats" looking for the first tuna of the season, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Later in the morning, the big whale-watch boats from Boston and Gloucester would arrive, packed with school children and tourists, all of them wondering what the heck we were catching among all those humpbacks and minkes. Whales and bluefish! Who would have figured?