Satch and Sons...The Gath III / India Marie!
January 31, 2007
"Left to right" Bruce Fortier (VT), Doug Manning (VT), George Moulton
(VT), Captain Whit (ME), Dennis Cassidy (VT), Gil Ranta (SC), and Ray
from the Captain Satch and
Sons crew…. Captain’s Whit, Den, Satch, our
chief engineer Keith and our entire crew Uncle Bud, little
Derek and the Bobinator sincerely thank you for your generosity
For the 9th year in a row, last year’s fishing season
all previous years both in the number and size of the fish we
in the number of guests that enjoyed a day fishing with us aboard the
III and the India Marie.
I’m truly thankful
that Mrs. Gath Coombs had the faith in
my boys to trust us with her husband’s “Captain Bobby’s” charter
Gath III. And to my dedicated crew
who sticks with me through thick and thin. This is Whit, Keith and Den’s eleven
year. We truly enjoy
taking you fishing, and we
sincerely thank you for
putting your faith in us over all these years. I
special moment one evening trip this June; suddenly I realized that “Joey”
was stepping up from his boat washer position to a capable mate in
own right. I was blessed to be teaching my oldest grandson to
our family’s fishing tradition. Thank you all so much for your
2006 season highlights! My
crew and I began the 2006 work season much earlier than normal. In
the cold and snowy days of early January, Captain Whit and I reviewed
results on India’s yearend oil test. The results showed small
fragments in the engines oil. The new engine’s head was pulled off,
find that the cylinders were scored and completely glazed over, “after
season”. The honest folks at “Cummin’s Northeast” agreed to
behind their product’s warranty. By early March, Whit’s buddy Justin
(left) was lifting another brand new Cummin’s diesel engine over the
rail with his logging
What fun we
had! As the 2nd new engine in two years worked her way
the hole, our chief mechanical engineer Bobby Helinski, Whit and I became
and fast friends.
was a gifted teacher who taught
and the good folks @
Cummins a few advanced lessons of diesel mechanical theory, and quality
marine power installation.
By early May the new
installation was complete. “
India” and her hardy crew were headed
offshore into the roughest spring weather we’ve ever faced. In fact, we
reschedule our first two “Fair
Weather Fisherman offshore trips ”. On
our third attempt we were chased “27
miles” back to the dock, very hard
pressed with ten foot seas
driving into our stern, and lightning and thunder
late May fair weather and excellent fishing arrived simultaneously and
broke loose on the fishing front. Huge schools of herring arrived on
offshore grounds, with close to a thousand finback and humpback whales
pursuit. It was an amazing sight to see. In short order we landed over twenty-
three State of Maine trophy haddock. Anthony Cominoli (MA)
the largest haddock ever caught aboard “Indi” a 9.5 pounder. On
31s t offshore trip, Derek Peters (ME), single
landed twenty- four keeper haddock another boat record.
showed up as well, John Flaherty (NH) landed our 1st
cod of the season, a 32 pounder and a week later “that old veteran of the
sea” Les Paul (ME) landed the largest trophy cod of the
season and the
largest cod ever landed on India,
a 58 pound, 51.5 inch
beauty. It was my
proudest moment as a captain.
Two of Maine's most renowned recreational fishermen. Les Paul & Emile Gallant..enjoying
a little comradery on the ride offshore!
Memorial Day weekend we cracked yet another boat
record, when Ray Washburn (VT) screamed, “I got a big one”.
hours later our experienced crew, Captain Whit, Gil Ranta, Ray,
Moulton, Dennis Cassidy, Doug Manning and Bruce Fortier hauled our
largest fish ever over the rail. A spectacular and
pretty mad, 7
foot 8 inch… . 297-pound Porbeagle shark joined the group on the
It just doesn’t get any more exciting, orders were shouted, gaffs were
and extreme amounts of adrenaline were flowing as we’ all
landed the “first
fish that was truly larger than any of us”.
On June 10th, the queen
of our fleet was launched for “her
62nd season”. My oldest son Captain Whit was again
primary captain of the Gath III.
I’m always amazed to see just how many
of our very first guests return every year for a day aboard “Aggie”. Our 1st
mate for the last five
years, “honest Joe Godin” received his masters degree last
moved on to become a full time Phy. Ed teacher. Joe still helped Whit
the Gath III with the nicest paint job she had in many years. His
prompted my little brother Bud to return to mating after a thirty-five
hiatus. Bud was the first mate I ever had.
As teenagers, we lobstered together and
began taking guests fishing for fun on our very first lobster
Uncle Bud and one of our "most avid young anglers" Eric
Sprage (MA), pose with Eric's largest ever 35.75 inch striper shortly
before it's release!
believe most of you enjoyed or at least indulged Uncle Bud’s “Fishing 101
class” on your ride to the fishing grounds. I know Captain Whit
relieved to have a mate of his stature aboard. Not to mention the
lunches Bud prepared for him every day. By the time the kids got
school, the weather and the inshore fishing was the best it been in at
years. Captain Whit, Bud, and
the Bobinator’s guests landed more slot
size “keeper” stripers than in any previous season. The
striper fishing was very consistent with
most of our returning families landing fish after fish almost every day
throughout the summer. Perhaps, Captain Whit is really becoming
striper fisherman on the coast; I know he spends a lot of time
hidden coves and crags where no one else dares go. His
records show that it’s not uncommon for 25 stripers to be caught by his
on their four- hour inshore trips. Perhaps, it’s Uncle Bud’s “Fishing
class” but only you, our special returning guests know for
Anyway, I know the highlight of their season was winning
the coveted Gath
Combs Cup for the 2nd year in a row. This silver
is awarded to the charter boat that catches the largest striper of the
This year’s honor went to Jon
Spakling (PA). Jon’s Maine State trophy striper our largest of the
season was 42 inches, 32 pounds.
Captain Whit also personally landed the largest
striper of his life
a 39.5-inch, 32-pound beauty. Congratulations to the Gath III and her
the last ten seasons,
we’ve essentially established two very different fishing experiences
guests. Our family inshore fishery for stripers, blues and
loved by so many of you. And as the kids and/or your adventurous nature
we’ve also introduced world-class
offshore fishing aboard the “India
Marie”. For those in the know, Gath has been the inshore boat
fish on for more than a generation. Over the last few years “Indi”
established herself as one of Maine’s most exciting and fishy offshore
boats. Last season, Captain Whit, Keith, Den, Derek and I made over
seventy, 10 hr trips to the offshore grounds. This is a
accomplishment for our little company. It required years of training
crew, a specific knowledge of the marine environment, and a large
investment in both the vessel and her special equipment. We’re proud of
accomplishment and of the people who got us here. I’m very pleased that so
many of our original families were able to enjoy the thrill of reaching
offshore aboard “Indi” with us.
During the busy summer season, it’s
impossible for me to answer all your important calls. With a little
Erin Allen the only person I have ever trusted with my phone
and reservation book agreed to become my personal representative with
a relief! She’s honest, sincere and cares about our
guests as much as I do. She does such an excellent job
under a great
deal of pressure; coordinating your special day with us. I thank her
you for trusting her to get it right!
I would like to reflect
upon a few special
moments of the 2006 season: A happy and proud Bobby
Helinski on the deck with all his knowledge and a full bucket of
Bud putting on his oilskins for the first time in too many years. Jerry,
Scott and Guy Riddick (CT) blowing up their queen size air mattress
overnight trip. Les, Linda, Keith and I trying to figure out
heck Les had caught now, a “Wrymouth” the very first! My surprise 56th
birthday party bash at the campsite complete with a surprise visit by Captain
Kangaroo. The long ride home from Nubble Light in the dark
with “Aggie” securely in tow. Brian, Lillian, Mike and
warming up in India’s heated cabin and Captain Whit
steering as Keith stood on his head to successfully removed Gath’s
worn out starter. A grown up Jay Quarry (PA) climbing aboard
remembering back to his 1st
trip @ Age five.
Shirley Judge (CT) trimming Jack and everyone else with
largest ever 34 pound cod. Ron
and Bev (MI) on their best behavior as the USCG boarding party climbed
aboard “Indi” from their homeland security launch. The
triumphant comeback. Go Juice! Some special laughs with Al
and Al Turner. Sweet
success, as we finally out-fished Whit at least once
with Mara’s largest ever eleven pound striper.
nice “long shower” with Stacy and the Herrick family.
Taking little Georgie and little Whit to experience
thrilling offshore trips. John, Todd, Seth and crew with Four
Score of 15-20 pound pollock and no boxes left to put them
Terry, Charlie, Ron, Steve and Tim in the same predicament the next
very busy Keith sharpening his fillet knife! A very patient Ron
waiting months for “fair weather”. A very content “Bacardi
just soaking up the sun. A very lucky Matt successfully diving
dock to retrieve Gary’s car keys . A smiling Corky posing
his new choppers and his “feisty little Mako Shark”. Howard
Norm a run for his money, isn’t he getting tired yet!! Watching “81
old ” Dave Zido (NY) strap in to haul our largest ever 500 plus
11 foot Blue shark up to the rail. Alec and Grampy Dick with their
trophy wolfish. Bear’s questionable use of his fly pole to
the fish landed on the evening trip. One of our very best
Mier paying a little more attention to Kendra than to
my unexpected Christmas shopping spree to Tiffany’s with my man
As always there are just too many great people and good memories to
this letter. I cherish them all and can’t thank you enough for being a
them. If you haven’t found the time to fish with the boys in a few
please come this season. We’d be thrilled to see you and show off all
we’ve accomplished on the boats.
for the 2007 season begin on Saturday March 3rd @ 8am sharp!
2007 Season Plans…
Offshore …The "India
Marie" will begin this seasons "spring cod fishing
trips" on Friday May 4th. Our popular 10-hour Charters
are recommended for
most offshore trips aboard the "India Marie”. "India" is a very safe and stable
equipped to travel up to 25 miles offshore. We strive to catch
ground fish; cod, haddock, pollock, wolfish, cusk and hake. We
enjoy and are federally licensed and properly equipped to target
species of shark, and Blue fin tuna upon request. Six
Our "Fair Weather Fishermen’s Club" offers a way individual
anglers can experience offshore fishing without chartering the
boat. These 10 hr Open boat trips
are held every
Last season we offered at least two open boat trips every week.
availability is also
posted on Captain Satch’s log...web page weekly!
We also an offer 12-hour offshore
marathon charters for groups who prefer to leave the dock at
This season there are only two limited “Invitational Fisherman’s
Marathons” they are scheduled for Friday
June 8th and Friday Oct. 5th.
marathons require a full 100% deposit @
booking…Sign up early!
Inshore. ..The classic
will begin her season on Memorial Day weekend, Friday
May 25th. Our popular inshore four and six hour trips
scheduled every day throughout the summer. We target stripers,
and bluefish on light line as they migrate along the Maine coast. Most
the action is within 1 mile of our spectacular scenic shoreline. You
allowed to book fares for these trips on an individual basis. This can add to the fun if you
fishing with another group of two to four individuals.
also continue to offer our 2 hr family
discovery trip for young anglers and new families.
2-hour Family discovery trips are by charter only.
annual "spring overnight
trip" aboard the “India Marie” will depart Friday,
15th at Noon and return Saturday, June 16th
at 3 PM. We will target trophy stripers till 9 PM,
followed by offshore cod fishing at the break of dawn. This is the only
overnight trip of the season and is limited to six persons.
The cost of
the overnight is $175 per person and a
full deposit is required @ the time of booking.
2006....McCarey,Captain Whit, Liz, Scottie,
Glor, Carol and Bob Helinski
I update my " Captain Satch's log
page" at least every week. It's a lot of work and a lot of fun. You
can watch the progress we make on our boat projects and peruse through
pictures from the 2006 season. The site also has specific and official
on * updated rules, season rates
and reservations policies
and a guest log where you can post a note about your trip with us.
bookmark our website " www.wellsharbor.com"
Jeanette DeBlois (NJ) holds up her own bluefish as Whits
1st Mate" the Bobinator" takes evasive action to avoid it's sharp
Each year the Maine
Dept. of Marine resources sponsors
an association of saltwater anglers who have landed the
Our guests landed Sixty-Three of
Trophy fish in 2006, the most we've ever landed in a
This is real special achievement for these accomplished anglers, and
crew. In addition twelve lucky guests landed Northeast
Regional tagged codfish.
Engvold (NY) landed a blue tag special on our overnight
came with a $100 reward. Congratulations and thanks to
of 2006 trophy winners!
Spakling (PA) and his happy family!
Spakling (PA) 42 inches 32 #s, Whit McMahon (ME) 39.5
inches 32 #s.
Paul (ME) 58 #s, Jesse
Llyod (NY) 42 #s, Nick Wilson (VT) 41#s, Dan
Mahoney (VT) 40#s, Shirley Judge (CT) 34#s, John
(MA) 33.5 #s, John Flaherty Sr. (NH) 32 #s, Tex Turner
Charlie Ondrick (NC) 26.5#s, Scott Riddick (CT) 25.25
#s, and Rich
Bregenzer (NJ) 25 #s
Porter (ME) 32 pounds. Tex Turner (NY) 27 pounds. and Flyod
Raymond (NH) 25.25 pounds
Lavigne (NY) “Age 11” 20 pounds, Flyod Raymond (NH) 20
Gary Lingley (NH) 16.5 pounds, and Satch McMahon (ME) 15
Keith McAvoy (ME) 16 #s, Chuck Porter
(ME) 15 #s, Brian Fogarty (NH) 13.5 #s, George Moulton
13 #’s, Terry Lamb (NY) 13.5 and 12.5 #s, Kevin
12.5 #’s, and Larry Vladyke (VT) 12.25 #’s.
Cominoli 9.5 #s, * Tom Antonioli 9.5
# s, Karl Kushi 9 #’s, Larry Vladyke 8.25 #s, Linda
and 7.5 #’s, Tim Welsh 8#’s, Chris Latromboise 8 #’s, Satch
McMahon 7.75 and 7.25 #’s, Emile Gallant 7.5 #’s, Rusty
7.5 #’s, Jon Lutzen 7.5 #’s, Russ Amoit 7.25 #’s, Bruce
7.25 #’s, Keith McAvoy 7.25 #’s, Andy Raisanen 7.25
Lamb 7.25 #’s, Terry Murray 7.25 #’s, Dick Basil
Paul 7.25 and 7 #’s, Ray Wiggins 7 #’s, and Corky Lamb 7
Pollock Trophies…. Craig
“Juice” Martin (MA) 26 pounds, and Gwen
Carpenter (NY) 25 pounds.
Monkfish Trophies.. Jesse Clark
(VT) 25 pounds Wrymouth
First and only!. *
Les Paul (ME) 8#, 32 inch.
Redfish Trophies.. Chuck Porter (ME) 2.5 #s, Bernie
Gage (VT) 2.25 #s, Dennis Cassidy (VT) 2.25 #s ,Les Paul
2#’s and Mike
O’Conner ( MA)
*Ray Washburn (VT) 297 pounds.
the largest fish of that species, ever landed aboard the Gath III
I’m sad to report that two of the kindest and most
intelligent friends I’ve ever had, passed on this fall. My cousin the Honorable
Craig McMahon, an avid outdoorsman who was loved by the
native people in Alaska
where he served as a Judge for over 30 years, and my family’s close
Helinski, who many of
you know as our chief mechanical engineer. They will
be highly spoken of on our trips next year, to bring them the honor and
they deserve. Again this season we have so many people to
J. Davis is always there to keep me motivated all winter. The
experienced crew at Cummins Northeast. Les Paul who
did the best
job ever rebuilding our Penn reels. Trudy Dixon has been there
first year, making our newsletters and brochures with a little extra
Joe Bean, Cousin John, Linda, Paul and Mary Ann, Chuck, Jeannette,
Todd, Seth, and Mom. And thank God for my lovely and caring wife Gloria.
She’s always there to meet the boats, answer your questions, and
something of our three grandkids. And finally, I
want to sincerely thank the
fine gentlemen and ladies that think enough of us to come back year
We genuinely enjoy welcoming you aboard the boats each day and were
honored you return to fish with us.
your dreams alive!
A familiar sight, Linda Paul skinning fillets on the ride in "India Marie 2005"
I managed to get a
our " 2005 Annual
Gath Coombs Striper cup" winner Ron Carara (ME).This
Maine's striper fishing version of hockey's Stanley Cup. It's named in
honor of Mrs. Agatha Coombs,Capt Bobby
the 1st Captain and 1st owner of the Gath III. It is presented
annually to the captain
whose guest lands the largest
striper of the season.That
captain gets to hold and display the cup
until the next seasons winner is announced at next years Christmas
(Pictured below is Capt Whit presenting the cup to Ron just after a
fresh snowfall. Ron's trophy striper
"long and its live weigh was
Gath Coombs Cup winners!
"2000" Peter Hollis
(CT) 40.25 inch, 30 pounds with / Captain
"2001" Chuck Hlib (PA)
43 inch, 33 pounds with /Captain Satch
"2002" Isabelle Girard
(QUE) 43.75inch, 32 pounds w/Captain
"2003" Ray Washburn (VT)
44.75 inch, 33.5 pounds w/ Captain
"2004" Adam Littell (ME) 44 inch, 33 pounds FV/Lady J w/Captian Adam
"2005" Ron Catara (ME) 44.5 inch, 34.5 pounds w/ Captain Whit
Jon Spakling (PA) 42 inch, 32 pounder w/Captain Whit
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