Fishin' With A Mission! A Non-Profit Organization.

Our Captains

Captain Kathy Granfield, of Fat Bottom Charters, is a licensed US Coast Guard OUPV Captain and the founder of VA Charters. Raised in a family with multiple generations of recreational and commercial fishermen, she spent several years working in research at the Yale School of Medicine and the Regional Water Authority before taking on her current day job in science education. Kathy runs charters for VAC on the Black Mariah, her family’s rare downeast sportsfisherman.  Capt. Kathy fishes out of West Haven, CT.
Captain Mark Petitt, of Fire Escape Charters, has been hooked on fishing and hunting since early childhood. Captain Mark continued his love of the sea as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. After being discharged, he became a firefighter/paramedic. He spends his off duty days owning/operating Fire Escape Charters, located in historic Plymouth MA. Mark holds a U.S.C.G. 100 ton Masters License. Married to his wife Karen of 15 years, they have two sons who share his passion for the outdoors.  Captain Mark is proud to be affiliated with Veteran Angler Charters.
Capain Randell Bagwell of River Rebel Charters, hailing originally from the great state of Texas, joined VAC in early 2013.  Relocating to Rhode Island in 1989 with his wife Sandi, a native Rhode Islander, Capt. Randy served in the Navy for 10 years. His journey has taken him from rodeo to F16’s and B-2 bombers to building custom boats to owning and operating his own charter business. Currently working for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs Benefits Office in Providence, RI., Capt. Randy holds a 100 Ton Masters Captain License.  He hopes that others will share in the joy of giving back to those who serve us and fight for our freedom.