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We’ve been here for nearly 20 years, and we’ll serve you for many more to come.

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How it all got started

The Fishermens Catch is owned and operated by Bill Coppersmith Jr and his wife, Whitney. Bill has been around seafood his whole life. Not many people have the experience and knowledge he has about the industry. At an age he could barely hold his head up, he was out lobstering with his father in Casco Bay, on his fathers second lobster boat “the Triple J.” As he got older he worked full time lobstering during summer vacations, repaired traps and built buoys at home while he was in school. Years later he worked the seafood markets that his parents owned starting from the bottom, picking lobsters for lobstermeat in the back room, eventually purchasing the landmark red-roofed A framed building in Raymond for his own location. After some much needed remodeling – the old building became the Fishermens Catch.

The Fishermen’s Catch prides itself at being the best in the lakes region, from its restaurant, to its fresh seafood market, to catering and wholesale. In the 2014 August issue of Downeast Magazine The Fishermens Catch was recognized for having one of the best lobster rolls in the state, and for 2012, 2013 and 2014 was recognized for being one of the best seafood restaurants by Lakes Region Weekly. More recently the Fishermen’s Catch obtained its liquor licence to serve ice cold local beer along with your favorite seafood dish. If your looking for the best and freshest experience in seafood then stop in to the fastest growing seaood market and restaurant in the lakes region.

We appreciate your patronage –
    Bill, Whitney, Eli, & Haddie Coppersmith

Lincoln The White Lobster

Bill Coppersmith says the traffic in his fish market here has never been so intense, ”what with visits by curious folks and the television and newspapers.”

Mr. Coppersmith, who has fished for lobster off Casco Bay for 20 years, looked over at his holding tanks and peered at the cause of all the attention.

”It’s the white lobster,” he said.    ”There’s none anywhere else and now I’ve caught it and the whole world wants to have a look.”

Mr. Coppersmith, 40, held forth at his Fishermen’s Net store (Now The Fishermen’s Catch) in between interviews with reporters for London television and a Japanese newspaper.
 
He said he caught the white lobster on Monday morning and ”had to look twice before I believed it.”
The lobster weighs just more than a pound, and though it was earlier estimated by Mr. Coppersmith to be 7 years old, is now thought by him and others who fish for lobster to be closer to 20.
 
”When the trap broke the water, it just glowed,” he said. ”It almost looked like a toy. Then, I looked it all over, and I realized this is for real, it’s not painted or anything.”    Barney Hamlin, the store manager, said he and Mr. Coppersmith had telephoned nationwide but could not find another lobster like the white one, which they have named Lincoln.
 

At the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, Robert Bayer, the director, said that albino lobsters were extremely rare. He said he had seen one other specimen, near Kittery on the New Hampshire border, about 15 years ago.

Mr. Bayer, a professor of marine sciences at the University in Orono, said that the albino was the product of two lobsters with the albino trait and possessed a recessive gene trait that amounts to an absence of pigmentation.

Mr. Coppersmith has no plans to eat his lobster. But Mr. Bayer speculated that, if boiled, it would emerge from the pot a ”sort of cooked white gray — not red.”
 
Photo: Bill Coppersmith said the albino lobster he has dubbed ”Lincoln” glowed when he pulled it from the waters off Maine on Monday.
 
Published: Sunday, November 16, 1997

— Jack Milton/The Portland Press Herald

 
*The Fishermen’s Net in Raymond is now known as The Fishermen’s Catch and is owned by Bill Coppersmith’s son, Bill Jr.