Family fun on the Gath III...........        
                                                               Bethany and her dad, Don at the helm !         

    The opportunity to properly introduce a young person to the sport of salt water fishing is a responsibility my sons and I take seriously ! 
      It makes a Captains day to see a guest catch the largest fish of their lives and we try hard to give you that opportunity .Whether it's a five year old girl with a five pound striper, or an old salt with a Maine state trophy the thrill's the same.

  Our 2 Hour family trip gives the family on vacation an introduction to the sea, and a classic boat trip at a rate that a family can afford. We strive to make this adventure the highlight of your family vacation.                        


                                        The Foley family (MA) with 1st mate Joe Godin !

Last spring  June 2003* the boys and I plan on introduced a Youth weekend fishing camp for kids age seven to seventeen years old. For specifics please click here or on our Youth fishing camp link.Our goal is to offer a full weekend of fishing fun, boating basics and environmental education for a family group of six. One or two adults to chaperone w/ four youths in each group *CREW*. 


                                 Striped bass.... East coast, history and habitat... Click here !    

        We are honored that every year so many families return to fish with us. Many of our trips our designed for families with minimum fishing experience. In fact most of our big fish are caught inshore within a mile of the Maine shoreline. This makes for an enjoyable, exciting, safe 1st trip for novice seafarers... Allot of the kids in the pictures below have grown up with us over the last six years and are now some of the best young fishermen on the Maine coast today!


  The brothers Walsh "MA"........Rory (age 6) with his 25 inch ,5 pound striper, and Shane's (age 9) 31.5inch ,10 pound striper.
  The brothers Mier!
Paulie with a dogfish shark on a cold autumn day, and his older brother John with a pretty striper an a foggy spring afternoon.

Bobby Offlenbach (NH )"left" earned a little respect fighting and landing this 10 pound blue on his own.. Bobby also landed the largest fish of his life this season a 35.25" 19# striper.
Mattie Rich (VT) "right" never fails to land a nice striper every year. This seasons shown here weighed in at 25.75" 5.5 pounds.



   A couple of real fine young gentlemen who are also becoming excellent fishermen. Elliot Lacki (NY) "left" with a 28.5 inch, 8.25 pounder. Dave Cohen (Ma )"age 13" with his largest ever 37.5inch, 19.25 pound striper.                                                               


 Natalie Guillmette (MA) "age 8" landed her very first striper a 25.5 inch , 6 pounder on a 2 hr family trip.  1st mate Keith McAvoys niece Liz (NY) with her largest fish ever a 30.5 inch, 10 pounder. Liz also landed the most fish of the trip.


Two of my grandsons .These guys are some of Maine's most serious young anglers. Cary "age 3" with his largest ever 10 pound blue. And Joey "age 8" with a nice 8 pound blue, Joey almost always manages to outfish all our guests.



Two guys who never let me down !  Five years ago, I took a five year old boy for his 1st trip on the Gath III and we both tried so hard to catch a fish but alas we were skunked. Over the next four years Jay Query (PA) "age 10" has become on of the best young anglers I know. He always manages to land a large fish every year.. Shown here with his dad Rocky is this years pool fish a 39 inch, 23.5 pound striper 
       Another great kid who also experiences
"the old Gath Magic" is Logan Malcomer (VT), Logan has a wonderful attitude and always seems to be smiled upon by Mrs. Coombs. Logan with this years 25.75 inch 6.76 pound striper.


The Luby family (CT)..Bob, Jess, and Brian always manage to have one of the most fun and relaxing trips of the season.
And the 3rd generation, Dvoretsky family (NJ) are blessed with enough grandchildren so two boats may not be handle their crew in future years.

    Captain Whit McMahon shows the Gobertus children {FL} how to handle a lobster. My sons Whit and Den take turns working with me to give your family an experience the'll long remember.



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