A charter fishing trip with Captain John begins with an early morning rendezvous at Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk (for Lake Erie trips) or Bootleggers Marina in Wilson (for Lake Ontario trips in May). By the time you meet up with us at the boat slip we have already checked the weather and wave conditions, and talked with our fellow captains about where the best place is to start your day and get on the fish! The boat is rigged and ready to roll!
Depending on the time of year, and the weather/wind conditions, we'll be fishing anywhere from right out in front of the harbor, to 10-12 miles down the lake. Typically, though, our first run will be 10-15 minutes, or a couple of miles out.
Our fishing method is trolling, using a wide variety of techniques and tackle including downriggers, planner boards, slide divers and/or dipsey divers, jet divers , braided line, wire line, copper line and lead core line. Needless to say, all of our tackle is all top notch and up to date! Our typical spread will be as many as eleven (11) lines and as few as four (4) lines. Typically, the Captain or mate will be the first to spot a strike, but it is not unusual for one of our anglers to hop up and grab a rod when the next big one hits!
We view your day on the lake as fishing WITH US, not us fishing for you. Seeing the smiles on the faces of our clients makes our day as enjoyable for us as it is for you. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy a great fishery (on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie), and are glad that YOU have chosen to spend time aboard with US!