Captain's Log! This weeks adventures updated 2/18/10
Captain Satchie's ... Wells harbor Weekly
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during the winter season
on his cell (207) 337 0800
Our 2010 Season reservations
will begin Saturday morning February 27th @ 8am sharp.
Week ending 2/18/10... Spring newsletters hit the mail. It was a busy weekend as everyone
chipped in to help prepare our annual Gath III newsletters for this
weeks mailing. Jeanette spent days deciphering and updating our address
book, Miss Trudy laid out and did the printing for the twelfth year in
a row. Gloria, Courtney, Jeanette, Frank,Captain Whit and I folded,
labeled and stamped for a few days and as if by magic.... they will
appear in your mailbox this weekend. Hope you enjoy the read, it's fun
for me to think back on each summers season and then do my best to
present a four page synopsis that you hopefully will enjoy. As I
re-read this years I thought of all the help and guidance my mom
contributed over the years to give me this ability.Thanks mom! Anyway
if you forgot to leave your name in the guest book and would like to
receive one just call or e mail and I'll get one right out.This morning
Jeanette and I reviewed and began to process of redesigning our fishing
logs for this season. It will be another busy paperwork week getting
2010 reservation book ready for opening day next weekend. I wonder if
we'll ever find the time to get back to the fun stuff like pouring
jigs, rebuilding and spooling reels, and spicing up our jigging sticks.
Tommorrow morning, little Dennis,
Frank and I will begin a fairly big project on India. We have to pull the rudder
assembly to inspect and then repair or replace the bronze rudder
bearing.The crew puts in a lot of hours and a serious effort in the off
season to insure a safe and steady run offshore for our guests during
the summer season. As you can see I have a bit of cosmetic topside work
to complete and not much time before April's launch. Hope to hear from
you next Saturday
Week ending 2/08/10... Who Dat! It was pure meham in our
house last night as our New
Orleans Saints came roaring back to become the Super bowl champs.Captain's
Whit and Den both native New Orleaneans have been waiting since
they were iust little tike's for this moment. I wasn't even a bit nervous even when we
were 10 points down because, like Drew,
I truly believed it was our destiny. Following the Saints as closely as
I do, I also new we had the better and most cohesive team, held
together by strong ties of real love, trust and respect for each others
abilities. You really have to be proud of the Saint's and of our entire
country, last night the Saint's became America's team. I'm really confident that 2010 will
be a much better year for all of us. I'm looking forward to us pulling
together to get our whole great country back on it's feet, the way the
city of New Orleans has just four years after Katrina.
This week, I started mailing out your 2010 season newsletters. They
came our really nice and should be a good read on a cold February eve.
If you left your address in our guest book you should be receiving your
copy in the next 10 days. To be fair
to all, our 2010 season reservations will begin Saturday
morning, Feb 27th at 8 am sharp! Ensign Ed has agreed to help again
this year, so you should be able to get through on either his phone or
mine with out much problem.
Gloria and I escaped for our 1st winter weekend getaway. We were
invited to my good friend Wayne
Guyette and his wife Karen's home in Spofford Village, New
Hampshire.We were treated like kings and had a wonderful time.
The weekend was highlighted by the Guyette families 5th annual Chili
festival. Couples from all over the Keene area come together to beat
back the cold winter doldrums and offer up their "Secret Chili Recipes" for
annual bragging rights.Pictured on the right are this years winners.
"Left to right", Mike 2nd place, Amy 1st place, our hostess Karen, and
2nd place Madeline. Mike's chilli was the hottest and one of my three
favorites. Amy's first place entry was made with her husband and my
good friend "Bob Posner's" venison steak". Karen's my personal
favorite, was the first "cod
fish chili " I've
ever experienced. Move over
Mexico! Pictured on the left is Gloria with "Wayne and Karen's"
three loving boxers, Zoey, Bo, and Ceirra. Karen and Wayne has been
involved with "Boxer Rescue" and other orphaned canine organizations
for over twenty years.
Week ending 1/25/10... Saints
win NFC Championship!
For the first time ever, and after a 43 year excruciating
wait our Saints
are off to the Super
Bowl. As many of you know both Captain Whit and
Captain Den were both born in New Orleans. We attended every
home game in the Dome when they were little guys usually with brown
paper bags on our heads to hide our identity as avid Saints fans.If you
haven't lived in the "Big Easy"
you just can't imagine what it like to be a Saints fan, inadvertent whistles and all.
Anyway the entire family had one heck of a celebration last night with
even Whit's old coon hound "Cooper"
howling to beat the band ..When
the Saints come marching in.. Archie's son Payton better buckle
his helmet on the 7th.. See you in Miami.....
We enjoyed a fun Maine outdoor winter weekend. My lifelong friend Terry Shortelle (CT) came up
for his first trip to Maine after retiring from his families business
after 40 years. Always a true
friend andAlready 2010 is shaping up to be a very kind guy,Terry
brought little McCarey a
full downhill ski outfit that his daughter had outgrown. Ski's, boots, poles, helmet, goggles, snow
pants and jacket. Like every other sport he takes to McCarey
took right off like the champ that he is. Pictured "left" all suited
with his dog Fisher.
Saturday, we spent the day at
Powder House Hill in So Berwick. A super little beginners slope
not five miles from the house, they have a real nice rope tow with 150
skiers maximum, and no lift line. Once he mastered the rope tow "second try", McCarey made quite a
few friends and over 70 runs down the slope.We had a wonderful time
enjoying the great snow conditions.
On Sunday morning, Captain Whit
called and invited us ice fishing with his friends at Kennebuck
Pond. It was my first time on the ice since we pulled "India" out
of the water on Jan 15th. The fishing was very slow but the weather was
beautiful. Looking at the horizon when your on a lake ice fishing in
Maine is like your on another planet, another experience you can't
really put into words.. If you haven't done it, please call and come
up, the boys and I will be glad take you. Pictured on the right is 7 year old "Hunter" He ran
head over heels to the only flag of the day and landed this nice 14
inch small mouth bass. Spring's coming, it's not getting dark till at
least 5:23.... Best Satch
Week ending 1/015/10...Winter
preparations for the 2010 season begin ..
Yesterday Frank Davis and I
braved the chilly 6 degree morning air, taking the "India
Marie" for a little ride out of the harbor, around the
bell buoy and back to the launch ramp. Pictured right is
Frank in the wheel house as we warmed up the engine for her last ride
of the season.
Capt.Scott Worthing hauled
her about noon time and gave us a prime dry dock spot right next to the
IV" in his Webhannet
River boat yard. Over the next 90 days the crew and I
will do our best to pretty up the two girls and bring all their
fishing systems to like new
condition.There's always a lot of annual maintence and a major
project or two on each vessel. I can assure you we're going to be very
busy refurbishing both boats and bringing them up to the standards we
all enjoy ever summer. Lets hope for kinder weather this spring that
will make the work more enjoyable.
I'll keep you updated on our major projects and our progress every week
or two throughout the winter.
India's launch is scheduled for April 27th and Gath's for May 15th.
Yesterday, I submitted our list
of lucky anglers to the Maine Dept of Marine resources. This season we
had thirty five guests who
landed beautiful fish large enough to be recognized by
the state of Maine as Tackle
Buster Trophies. I'm sure some of
these fish were also the
largest fish of that species caught anywhere in our state during the
2009 season.We'll soon know as they will be posted on an annual
Maine state recreational fishing
newsletter. The other really "outstanding cool thing" is that almost
all of out
trophy fish were voluntarily released back to the ocean unharmed by our
forward thinking guests.
Inshore Captain Whit landed more twenty five pound plus
trophy stripers than in any of our previous twelve seasons,
fourteen in total. Our two largest ever, Rich Palmer (CT's) 47 pound 44.5 incher
and Sharon Waterhouse (ME's) 37
pound, 44.75 inch lead the pack.
"Center picture" below is 11 year
old Suzanna Van Gelder (NY) and
her dad Ed, they are long
time annual guests on the Gath III. Suzannah's 35pound, 40.5 inch striper was
our 4th biggest of the season. All four of these fish were
released alive and kicking after their pictures were taken. Pictured on
Suzannah's left is our good friend of many years, Frank Fazio (NH) with
his 24 pound, 35 inch striper.
On her right is another long time friend Kelly Cleveland (NY) with one
of our biggest trophy cod of the 2009 season. Kelly's cod also released
alive, wieghed in at 26 pounds, 39
inches. I can't thank you all enough for making 2009 another
really fun,special and successful year for our Capt Satch and son crew.
hope you found the pictures of your family that I posted on our
season slideshow video on
You tube. I
was also able to edit and upload a "really cool" 5 minute flick of
Paulie Mier (PA) catching our
largest Bluefin Tuna ever. It's titled Paulie's
15th birthday surprise (click
here). There are at least seven Captain Satch videos on
you-tube. When you are watching one, if you look to the right there is
a highlight: more
from Captain Satch, click on that heading and all seven will
pop up for your perusal.
feel free to e-mail me any video clips you may have of your trips
aboard Gath or India. If you'd like to share them with our other
guests, I'll try to make a clip of them to post on you tube this winter.
Week ending 1/02/10....Happy New Year!
Wishing all our good friends and
guests good health and the hope of easier financial times for those in
need this coming spring. We spent a few days over Christmas break with
my grandson McCarey's Jamaican Grandma. Ms Patsy, I believe she summed
up best. "We are
praying to God for continued good health and the strength to support
our families in the coming new year." Here in Maine we are very
blessed to have such a good life, clean water, great schools, caring
friends and neighbors, a couple of strong seaworthy boats, our own farm
and plenty of wood for a warm family hearth. It's my hope that we
will continue working together over the next few years to make
it easier for those who have so much less.
On Thursday, we officially ended or 2009 season aboard the "India
Marie". On the last day of the year, Captain Whit,
little Dennis and I hauled
in the rest of Whits lobster gear back to Wells harbor. Pictured
on left are Whit
and Den seated a top a fully loaded "India Marie". In her
role as commercial lobster boat she is superb, able to haul at least 40
traps to and from the fishing grounds in heated comfort. " For the Captain in the wheel house at
least". We enjoyed a very good fall lobstering, but all good
things always come to an end and with the oncoming cold weather and
heavy snow it was time to call it a season. I believe we timed it
almost perfectly getting our gear in before this very large winter
storm hit this weekend.
time, I rode down to the harbor and tied additional storm lines on "Indi". The forecast is for
northeast winds with gusts to 40 knots tonight and tomorrow morning.On
the ride home I passed Captain
Whit (pictured left) he was out helping his brother Den make a first pass on his
ambitious snowplow route. Both boys will be busy plowing for a few days
cleaning up this big mess.
I've already made arrangements w/ Captain Scott Worthing to have
"India" hauled out at his Webhannet River boat yard early next
week. Then little Dennis and I can begin working on our list of winter
maintenance items. Whit and little Den spent a few days over the
holiday insulating his new maintenance workshop. This will give Ms.
Jeanette, Frank, and the rest of the gang a nice warm, well-lighted
place to hang out make
jigs and rebuild our fishing gear. Now that the seasons over,
I'm already looking forward to a nice relaxing day
ice fishing with my boys before I get immersed in submitting
our guests trophy lists and my annual season newsletter.
New Year and
sincere thanks for another successful season..Satchie
ending 12/20/09...Annual Gath III
Christmas Party! Last night we celebrated our
13th annual company Christmas
party. Our fishing family and crew met at
the house to celebrate the close of another safe and successful season
aboard "Gath" and "Indi". A
grand time was had by all. it's the only
time during the busy year that all the crews wifes, families and
special guests are able get together as one... Captain Whit and I do
our best to thank everyone for
putting up with the long strenuous hours
the crew families experience during the busy summer season. I'm truly
honored and in awe of the efforts my crew exerts to make your trips
with us possible. An example of this was pointed out in this years
funniest story presented by Captain
Den. He spoke of observing Ensign
Ed mowing his lawn with the
reservations book bungee corded to
his yard tractor
as he tried his best to keep up with all the rescheduling
caused by this seasons unusually bad weather.I can't say how
am by how much time, hard work and sincere effort you all put in to
keep our guests happy and secure in the fact that they our experiencing
Maine's best charter fishing boats.
Pictured below, Ms. Jeanette
is slicing the ham my wife Gloria,
the Bobinator, Ensign Ed and his wife Jodi are
background.Gloria was up a 6am preparing all day for the evening
festivities. There was just so much great food, baked ham,venison
meatballs, shrimp cocktail , baked lobster tails, homemade lasagna,
special chesses, cakes, assorted home made fudges, blueberry pie,
chocolate chip pie,chocolate and coconut date squares ..you get the
the center,Captain Whit,
Porter, Jeanette, the Bobinator and Captain Satch enjoy
end of the season cigar in the 10
degree night air. As always the
highlight of the evening for me, was sitting with our friends and crew
stories about another great season we are leaving behind, and their
expressing the hope for our renewed adventures in
the spring of 2010. On right, mama Sarah
opens her Santa swap gift
Ann, Gloria and Little Dennis
wait in anticipation.
The picture on the right is of the "only
giant leather back sea turtle" I have ever seen in Maine
waters. Nancy Noyes (Me) was kind enough to e-mail it to me. She
was able to snap this picture of him this August ,when I was driving
"India" back from a 10 hour offshore trip. It was taken about seventeen
11/01/09....Another memorable and rewarding season comes to an end!
all our loyal friends and guests that helped make our twelve
fishing season another very enjoyable and successful one. It's so hard to believe how fast the
time fly's. It seems we just get the boats launched each spring and the
short days of late fall are upon us. Despite the crummiest
weather I have
ever personally encountered "in over twenty
years of taking guests fishing" and the worst of the worst economic
conditions, our faithful
friends and guests have stuck by us through a season that has
financially sunk a few good competitors in our areas charter
2009 was by far "our best year ever"for landing "Maine
State Trophy stripers.
Captain Whit and his crew landed fourteen Maine State trophy striped bass that
were over 25 pounds in wieght. Almost twice the number of
trophy size stripers than we've ever landed in any previous season. Also, the two largest striper's ever landed aboard the Gath III, the Gath IV and the India
Marie were landed this
season! (Center) Rich Palmer (Ct.) with the help of the Bobinator proudly
displays his 44.5 inch, 47 pound
trophy bass, our largest ever! (Right) Sharon Waterhouse (ME)
now doomed to 2nd place with
the largest fish of her life, a 44.75 inch 38.5 pound striper. For the first time in over ten years,
Lamb (NY) finally outfishes all her brother and
sisters with the biggest fish of her life, a 30 pound 40.25 inch Trophy Striper. All three of these
conservation minded anglers were kind enough to release these beautiful fish back to the
ocean unharmed shortly after these pictures were taken. They
weren't required to do so by law, but just cared enough to help the
striper fishery recover for our future generations.
Mom with Captain Whit abord the "India Marie."
Week ending Jan 9th... Our
dear friend ...My dear friend and our chief mechanical engineer Bobby Helinski passed on
today. Bob was one of the kindest and most
brilliant men I have ever met. He will be sorely missed by my
family and all our friends and guests. Bob spent the winter with Whit
and I last year installing the new Cummins engine in "India". For
those of you who enjoyed one of our 75 offshore trips last
summer ..Bobby was the one behind the
scenes that made it all such a success. He was our "Click and Clack". The India
Marie's equivalent to the Bunny Clark's Dave
Pease. One of the kindest closest friends I've ever had. Bobby was also
a gifted teacher who taught me more about engines than anyone else ever
and also some very special lessons about what life is really all about.
that big heavy
engine in that little hole. "March 06".
and Whit during Gath's rechristening, July
her rebuilding.* Note that the boys were
still in high school at the time.
*Please note our new
post office box address:
Capt. Satch and Sons... PO. Box 225, No. Berwick.Me. 03906.
"Gath III" is a
nice example of one of the few remaining
(50 Plus year old) wooden boats once
built by master craftsman in down east Maine. I've seen lines of a
similar style in the state boat museum in Bath., but I've never seen another currently operating
vessel with the fine workmanship that was put onto Aggie. I'm thrilled
to be involved in keeping her a viable and active member of New
England's fishing fleet. We were just
blessed that a few exceptional Maine boat builders recognized her as
worthy when my sons and I started this project 12 years ago. The expert
knowledge of "York Counties premier boat builder" Dave Pease and the fine
craftsmanship skills of Keith McAvoy
it possible for my boys and I to offer you "the adventure" of
fishing on the Gath III
Picture of Captain Bobby Coombs, taken in 1943 in his New
uniform....... Bobby received
his Captains license in August of 1951,
the month and year of my birth. In the
early 1950's he began taking guests aboard the Gath II, which he
sold to Mr. Bush in Kittery Me..prior to purchasing our own Gath III a few years later. Photo and history courtesy of his son," young Bobby
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