Captain Satch and Sons...Wells Harbor Me.
1.) Can I talk to a real person?
We pride ourselves at being family friendly and understanding of your
needs. Especially if you haven't experienced fishing with us before.
Please call (207) 337 -0800 between 8am and 8pm with any question you
may have and one of our crew will be happy to assist you.You will not
be pressured to make a reservation unless you wish to do so.
2.) How do I make a reservation ?
The only way to insure and verify a reservation is to call our
reservation line.To be fair to all, we began taking reservations for
the 2010 season on Saturday, Feb 27th a 8 am sharp.Most returning
guests book their
reservations early, especially for dates during the busy summer season.
You are encouraged to check for availability
as soon as you know the week you'll be on vacation.It is helpful to
fill out our online reservation request form, we will get back to you
asap, but no
reservation date is valid until you actually verify
it over the phone.
3. Do we need to charter the whole boat?
Absolutely not! On most days both four and six hour inshore trips
aboard the "Gath IV" are made
up of a few different families and individuals. We take a maximum of 10
guests fishing at any one time to enhance your fishing experience. Of
course you can also charter the Gath IV for private charters so that
you can put together your own group for a special day on the water.
Our 10 hour offshore trips aboard the "India
Marie" are very often 6 person private charters. But every
Friday, the "India Marie" has a 10 hour (open boat) offshore deep sea
fishing trip.You do not have to be part of a charter group for this
trip. It is open to all
individual anglers on a first come, first serve
basis.(reservations are required). You
can also request a six person inshore charter trip aboard the "India
Marie"on days that she is not already booked offshore.
4.) How do we pay for the trip?
All trips require a 50%
deposit! We ask
that deposits be made by
(personal check or credit card) and sent to our Post Office box within
ten days of
If you need to cancel a reservation a full
refund will be given provided we are notified at least 10 days from
the scheduled departure date. The balance of the trip is paid to the
captain, when you board "India or
Gath" on the day of your trip. Only cash or personnel checks
are accepted on the boats. The captain has no way to accept
credit card payment on board.
For your convenience, you can also pre-pay the cost of your trip 100%
on Visa ,Master charge or Discover card through our office when
your reservation is made!
5.) Do we need a fishing license?
Absolutely not. We spend days every season doing all the paperwork
required to meet all the federal and state permit and license
requirements. All permits have already been purchased and secured. As
licensed Maine guides and USCG captains we follow all state and federal
fishing regulations to the letter of the law.We ask that you kindly
respect our knowledge in this area, understand that some fish are to
small to keep and in fact some fish are to large to keep!
6.)What about children?
Children of all ages are welcome. It's a real thrill for us to help a
boy or girl catch the largest fish of their lives."Click here" Whit's Kids Video..
It is also important that you plan the length and type of the trip to
meet your child's abilities.Most importantly we want their first
experience to be a good one, so that they will love boats and fishing
for the rest of their lives.While it depends on the individual child
and the parents willingness to help work with them. The following
guidelines are suggested.Our 2 hr family discovery trip is recommended
as a starter for kids 3 to 5 years of age."Gath IV's" four hour inshore
striper trips are well suited for kids 6 and up. Most children should
be at least ten or eleven to put up with the rigors of our 10 hour
offshore trip aboard the "India Marie".
7.) Do we go in the rain? What about rough days ?
Summer showers and periods of rain are common on the Maine coast.We
have an enclosed cabin that serves to keep you warm and dry during rain
showers. On inshore trips you should consider bringing a light slicker
set on overcast days. My philosophy concerning rough weather is that a
or wind won't deter us, but we are going on the water to have fun. If our guests are
going to be miserable, then we should wait for a better day. As your
captain, I reserve the right to cancel any trip when I feel
that sea conditions are to rough to insure your safety. I keep myself
posted and very aware of the weather at all times during the fishing
season.Both inshore and offshore forecasts are posted on my website so
that you can also be aware of sea conditions. If you going on our 10
hour offshore trip and are coming from out of state, it's always wise
to check the offshore forecast and call the day before you're scheduled
departure. If the captain feels that the sea conditions are just to
rough for your safety the trip will be rescheduled at your convenence.
8.) What should we wear on our trip?
Inshore.....On our half day trips,even on sunny days we suggest you
bring a sweatshirt or light jacket. It's almost always a bit
cooler on the water. Sneakers or non skid soles footwear will
suffice.Sunglasses and a baseball cap are great to have.
Offshore...For our 10 Hour offshore trips you should bring a sweatshirt
with a wind breaker or waterproof jacket. On rougher days the deck can
get a little wet. Many guests bring a pair of rubber boots or a change
of sneakers for the ride home. Sunglasses, and a baseball cap in
summer. A winter hat and gloves for all May and October trips are
9.) What about grub?
You are encouraged to bring your own sandwiches and snacks. Many groups
bring sandwich meat and make up fresh sandwiches aboard. Fresh Fruit
except banana's (bad luck)
and candy are always great to have aboard. Coffee, soft drinks, bottled
water and a few beers if you like.Not unlike the airlines we have been
forced to make cutbacks in our hot lunch service. I'll be glad to share
my prunes and peanuts with you.
What about alcohol and drinking ?
There is absolutely no
or drugs allowed! I
wish to stress that alcohol abuse on the"Gath IV and the India
You may bring and enjoy a few beers.We are not teatottilers, but if you
are planning on some serious drinking
please plan accordingly and go on
another boat. At this point of my career, I simply refuse to
baby sit adults especially with other guests aboard. If anyone becomes
intoxicated the trip will be
canceled by the captain with no refund.. *New this season....If
a person arrives at the dock already intoxicated they will not be allowed to board
our vessels and their deposit will be forfeited with no refund. This policy will be strictly
have fun and always respect your fellow passengers and
11.) What do we do with our fish?
We encourage the release of fish. In fact, we will present you with a
Captain Satch & Son "catch and release" t-shirt if you are kind
enough to release a 25 pound plus Maine State trophy fish. You may also
keep any fish you catch, as long as it meets state and federal
regulations. Most species we catch provide very good table fare, by law
many have a minimum size limit to keep....cod 24", pollock 19, haddock
18". Striped bass currently have a slot limit in Maine, they must be 20
to 26 inches or over 40 inched to keep.The captain and mate both work
diligently to get you out of tangles, measure,sort and process your
catch. I enjoy taking pictures of your largest fish, and will sometimes
request that you take a minute away from fishing so I can get a good
shot. It is highly recommended that your fish be filleted as soon as
they are ready, then bagged with your name and keep in our large
coolers until we reach the dock and departure.
12.) Should we bring our own coolers for our fish ?
No need to...Large and empty coolers should be left dockside in
your vehicles. They will get in your way when you are fishing and the
crew is actively working the deck.You can transfer your fillets to your
coolers once we return to the dock. On the other hand, small and medium
size coolers that fit under our bench seats are ideal for packing your
lunch and personnel belonging's.You should try to limit your cooler
space to one per family. Additional soft bags and extra clothing can be
stored down below in the cabin.
13.) Can I bring my own pole and gear?
Sure it's your day on the water and many anglers have their own special
poles and methods of fishing that they truly enjoy. But you by all
means do not need to have your own gear.We fish these waters every day
and we pride ourselves in providing you with superior quality equipment
that is specifically suited to the type of fishing you will be
experiencing. Most folks, even many accomplished anglers usually end up
using our rods and reels since the action, line tests, leaders, jigs,
are so well balanced to the nature of the fish we catch.
14.) What about smoking on board?
I personally do not mind if guests smoke on board. In fact, been known
to have a cigar once in a while. I do expect that you respect the
rights of other guests, please refrain from smoking in the cabin house
when requested. I've only had one serious conflict about smoking
over twelve years. My ruling was that in that instance folks should
smoke on deck when the boat was moving between spots. Smoking
controlled substances is not allowed on board under any circumstances.
15.) What about cell phones and electronic devices?
You are welcome to bring your cell phone, they work fine on inshore
trips. Please refrain from taking on your cell phone when the Captain
is giving his introductory safety speech to all passengers. Digital
cell phone coverage does not extend pass 8 miles offshore so plan on no
service for a most of the day on our 10 hour trips. Of
course....GPS devices are prohibited.
16.) Can I purchase a birthday or holiday gift certificate?
Sure, we have really nice quality gift certificates that can be sent
on a moments notice. You can purchase a certificate in the dollar amount
you desire. The recipient can call the reservation line to reserve his
of her specific fishing date anytime after the 1st of March.