Capt. Caton took over ownership in mid-June and since then he’s been busy, mostly helping recreational fishermen in his territory.
“The good news is that fishermen usually take care of their boats, but we have had some clogged fuel filters and boats running out of gas,” said Capt. Caton, “We also have a lot of skinny and shallow water to the north. There are probably 100 or more creeks up there, all tidal controlled, and if you misjudge a turn, it just takes a second to get stuck on a sandbar.”
Capt. Caton served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1980s. Before taking over the Sea Tow Georgetown location, he was in the gas station and convenience store business, and also was heavily involved in tournament sportfishing.
He and Sea Tow Georgetown’s two other U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captains cover approximately 25 miles of inshore water, and patrol as far offshore as their boats’ fuel range will allow. The two boats in his fleet are a 23-foot Albury Brothers center console powered by twin Yamaha 150-hp four-stroke outboards, and a 28-foot Chesapeake Classic, powered by a Volvo Penta 290-hp inboard engine.
“I keep one of the boats in the Georgetown Landing Marina, and the other one is in the harbor on Front Street right in the heart of town,” Capt. Caton said. “I can get as far offshore as any of our Sea Tow members. I’ve talked to many of the members and asked them where they go fishing offshore, and I always tell them I can get there, get you and get back.” For more information about Sea Tow Georgetown, visit www.seatow.com/georgetown