Captain Satch and Sons........Your caring and experienced crew welcome's you aboard !


                Captain Satch McMahon "below left" shown with his mom Carolyn and his 1st cousin John Lewis of Connecticut. Satch has loved taking guests fishing since he and his dad purchased their first  lobster boat "The'll with it!"  when he was thirteen years old........Satchie received his BA degree from Pace University in New York City, and has a fish box full of graduate credits in education to boot. After college, Satch spent 10 years as a construction engineer in New Orleans La. spending all his free time fishing the bayou's for crawfish, shrimp, blue crabs, red fish, and speckled trout. After moving back to New England, he returned to fishing spending the summer of "88" as the 2nd mate on the deep sea fishing vessel "Bunny Clark". Satch enjoyed the guests and the party fishing business so much he decided to make a career of it, spending the next 10 years working with and learning from Captain Tim Tower "the best charter captain and recreational fisherman on the Maine coast."

    Satch and his sons,Whitney and Dennis purchased the charter boat "Gath III" from Mrs. Agatha Coombs in 1996. Once "Gath" was rebuilt friends and guests began requesting family fishing trips. Satch's dream to take people fishing has become a reality. The ole' Gath magic has given Satch and his sons the opportunity to work together with their friend Keith McAvoy to build the business to what it is today.
Satch has his 50 ton coast guard masters license, and his master Maine tidewater guides license.



             Captain Whit McMahon shown at the helm of our newest vessel the "India Marie".  


 After graduation from Lander University in South Carolina, Captain Whit decided to fish full time with his good old dad. Whit and I spent his first full year after college working to aquire our 2nd vessel.  The " India Marie" was needed to meet the growing needs of our fishing family and our fishing guests. Whit's BA degree is in Spanish language, he spent a year as an exchange student in Mexico. He speaks spanish fluently and also learned to play a little soccer. Whit was born in New Orleans, and fished the bayou's with me as a young boy. Both Whit and his younger brother Dennis took turns helping me clean the "Bunny Clark" every evening when they were 7 and 8 years old respectively. Captain Whit also mated with Captain Tim on the Bunny Clark, where he learned to gaff fish and a few other little traits. He enjoys lobstering and spent three summers learning the right way to lobster with Captain Mike Remkowitz on the "Uptown Girl". For a young captain ,Whit's skills are very well rounded both in the ground fishery and while inshore sports fishing for large stripers and blues. He's shared the helm crossing the Gulf of Maine from Digby, Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor, Me
and he is one of the most responsible young captains on the coast today.

      Captain Whit has his U.S. Coast Guard OUPV license, his Maine tidewater guides license and his 1st class Maine lobster license.


     Captain Whit and Grampy D, "Paul Dvoretsky " with a beautiful haddock .


                    Captain Dennis McMahon shows off  "Natalie Gilmettes" largest striper of the 2003 season.

            Captain Den is a senior at Fitchberg StateCollege in Massachusetts where he is majoring in construction management. Dennis is a prankster, a lot of fun and a great boat handler and fisherman. Den received almost all of the mechanical ability in the family and whenever we need an engine installed ,a pump replaced or a rod and reel designed we call on Den. He loves the challenge of engineering new systems for the boats. In addition, Captain Den has the innate ability to cast or land you on the fish. I get the feeling he's always striving hard being the youngest in the family. During the 2002 season he ran many of our successful offshore cod trips. Captain Dennis was also born in New Orleans where he learned to fish on the Bayou's and along the Mississippi with Dad and Whit. He also had the good experience of mating for Captain Tim on the Bunny Clark in his formative years. You'll really enjoy a day on the water with Dennis, but keep alert for a trick or two..          
Captain Den has his"25 Ton" Master of inland waters USCG license, his Maine tidewater guides license and his 1st class Maine lobster license.

                                             Capt. Den with Paulie Mier on a cool October day..


           Master Craftsman Keith McAvoy also wears a second hat as 1st mate on the "India Marie."



         Keith looks over a new hatch he designed and built to keep Satchie and his captain's chair from tipping over backwards,
                   F/V  India Maire.

  Keith claims he graduated from the school of hard knocks, but if the truth be known Rensselaer PolyTech is the more likely prospect. Captain Whit purchased the Gath III on Kieth's wedding day 7 years ago, and he's been married tho her ever since, just ask his wife Mary Ann. Keith's a superb craftsman who was most instrumental in refitting and rebuilding the Gath III. Keith spent over six years working with my sons and I to install the new oak ribs, cedar deck, cedar windows, Volvo diesel engine, housetop, rails, new head, ect so that you can enjoy the thrill of fishing on "Maines classic Gath III". Keith is currently doing all the retrofit projects on our newest vessel "India Marie". In 2002, I was honored to have him join me on the" India Marie" as her 1st mate. Many of you finally got to meet the man behind the scenes. He really adds to the professionalism of our organization and he is a stable influence and guide that my sons respect and look up to.
       Keith spent all his summer days fishing as a boy on "Drakes Island, Me."  where he learned the ins and outs of inshore sports fishing. You can be assured of the best care and guidance a mate can give, if your lucky enough to have Keith on your charter.

   "1st mate Keith McAvoy" celebrating Fred Burket's 89th birthday catch aboard the India Marie, with Captain Den at the helm.


   Joe Godin, the Gath's 1st mate helps Isabel Girards hold up her 32 pound Maine state trophy striper !


                       A diamond in the rough!. We always kidded Joe that he was found in a cardboard box in Brooklyn. Were still trying to ascertain his origins, but you will not find a more caring, honest, responsible young mate if you fish the entire east coast. Our 1st mate on the Gath III, Joe Godin is a junior at the University of New Hampshire majoring in physical education with his concentration on teaching. He loves the people (our guests) as much as I do, and that makes for an enjoyable day on the water. You'll be pleasantly surprised at his honesty. Joe didn't have allot of experience fishing when he started with us, but he's a very intelligent and was very willing to listen carefully and do all that Captain Whit asked of him. A darn good mate!  Joe was Captain Whit and Dennis's right hand man during the 2002 season and were very lucky to have him back for his second season. He's the biggest ,strongest guy in our crew, but claims he's a pacifist. Thank goodness!

  1st Mate, Joe Godin enjoys helping the Foley family catch a few stripers....

               A little history !

          Mrs. Gath Coombs with the boys on launch day in "July 96". Gath bought the champagne to rechristian her namesake that morning. Dennis and Whit were still in high school at the time. She was a great inspiration to them, as most of you know both boys have earned their USCG Captains licenses and are successful four year college students.      

       That summer the boys, DJ, Keith and I installed 42 new oak ribs, completely refastened her cedar planking and finished the new cedar deck. Once she was launched the Gath III then spent the next 8 weeks resoaking in the harbor. We still didn't have the engine rebuilt and never left Wells Harbor or made it to the fireworks in the summer of 96, but we all realized we were well on our way......... Mrs. Coombs joined us on Gath for their triumphant return to Ogunqiut and the July 4th celebration the following summer of 97.                                                                 





 Pictured below is Captain Whits and Captain Dens great,great,great grandfather Ephrom Chase and his daughter, their great, great grandmother Iva, grammy Opal's mom. Our 87 year old great gramma Opal lives with us and is the nice lady who answers your calls on a daily basis. Ephron was the first Maine guide in the family. The Picture was taken at Oxbow Plantation in 1949. Grampy Eph's camp was up the Oxbow river near the flats at the Patawomqueg Branch. All camp equipment was hauled by oxen who apparently walked along the river bank pulling barges.


 Anyway the boys don't take after a stone. Grampy Eph was a well known Maine fishing and hunting guide who enjoyed taking many famous folks fishing. Among them President Teddy Roosevelt, boxing champion Jack Dempsey, business tycoon Walter Heinz of " ketchup and soup fame". When "Gath" Mrs. Coombs first met Opal both were excited to learn that Captain Coombs and their son had also traveled to Oxbow to fish with her grandpa Eph when Bob Jr. was a little fella. Maine's a funny place in order to be eligible for a state guide's license you have to be able to follow your blood line back at least 17 generations and have at least one mountain named after your family. Well anyway the boys qualify and invite you up for a visit.


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