Rockland’s Sea Captain Dave Patry

June 23, 2011


Rockland’s Sea Captain Dave Patry


Larry “Elmer” Ryan,  Harbor Master, Rockland. 

I first met Dave at Anita Marie’s in downtown Rockland having breakfast. He was       holding court in his favorite spot at the counter with some of the regular patrons. Finally, when all the talk about death, taxes and politicians ended, fishing came up. It was right away that I realized this man knows quite a bit about my favorite pastime.  I knew that I must meet him and see what he knew.

My wife, Mary, works for the Fire Department and knew some of Dave’s Rockland history. He retired as Lieutenant of the Rockland Fire Department, is an avid hunter/fisherman and a charter boat captain. So then, whenever I would run into him at breakfast, I turned the conversation to fishing.  I had to get on board somehow;  and I finally made it. Computer Bob or Billy Bob, as we call him, our IT guy and one of the founding fathers of, started taking care of Captain Dave’s computers. One day, he got the invite when a spot came open. Billy Bob came home a tuna fisherman that day;  and the friendship between the Captain and the Bite Me Bait Co crew grew.  It wasn’t long before we had a Bite Me Bait Co cod fishing day. And we hit the fish hard. Captain Dave put us on so many fish, we had to go home early. Cod, haddock and pollock made up the catch this day and many others,  too!  Striped bass and bluefish trips followed and Billy Bob became known as the “tuna ho”,  as he was always ready to fill in a blank spot on board the “Cathy Ann”.

“Bob is a great guy and a whiz at fixing computers.” said Dave. “He can haul in the fish, too.”

“I’ve been plying the waters off the Massachusetts coast from Green Harbor Marina in Marshfield for over 40 years.” quipped Dave. “The best part about it is that it never gets old. When you leave that dock,  you never know what you may see or what may happen. Always keep your eyes open; and one day, you may just see a 60-ton whale completely out of the water, or porpoises, giant sharks, tuna, seals -  it just goes on and on. Then you catch fish all day and bring home 20 or more pounds of fillets to boot.”

When asked how the charter business is going in general,  Captain Dave said,  “Weather and the economy have dipped into the amount of trips I have been able to take so far this year.  But the tuna season is just starting and the early catch reports are positive. My tuna schedule has some quality days still open, and I expect to fill them in the coming month as the bite heats up.”