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luvinbluegills
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2011/07/01 20:00:07 (permalink)

Best Erie Charter?

I searched the policies carefully and I think I'm ok posting this, but if there's any issue I understand if the mods must delete. Also, if it is ok and responders would rather PM, that's cool.

I'm looking for opinions on the best Erie charter. I and some friends want to charter a trip for later this summer or early fall for either Walleye or Perch, and none of us has done this before. There will probably be about 5 of us.

Regarding service, price, attitude and ability, can y'all point me to the top choice(s)?

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/01 21:53:07 (permalink)
Adayawayfishingadventures with Donnie or Buckets charters.
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 09:49:41 (permalink)
+1 Buckets charters
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 11:52:12 (permalink)
Buckets all the way
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 14:40:35 (permalink)
I can't disagree with the plus 1's for Buckets, and certainly wouldn't steer anyone away from them. That said, pretty much any charter up there will put you on fish when they're around. They ( most of them ) work well with each other, sharing info, and fishing the same general area ( cause that's where the fish are. But a charter should, for the money be more than just catching fish. You want a crew that's enjoyable to be around as well.

You will definately find that with Buckets. But this late in the season, booking might be a problem. A few others that I have either fished, or accociated with that will give you an enjoyable ( and most likely successful ) trip are.

Wolfman
Visionquest
Caio charters
dreamcatcher ( adayaway )

All very personable Captain/crews. As well as consistent suuccess on the water.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 16:10:04 (permalink)
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 19:53:39 (permalink)
Bomber Charters, with Captain Tim Small, was a great time both times we went with him,Walleyes or Steelies. sam
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/02 23:33:24 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: spoonchucker

I can't disagree with the plus 1's for Buckets, and certainly wouldn't steer anyone away from them. That said, pretty much any charter up there will put you on fish when they're around. They ( most of them ) work well with each other, sharing info, and fishing the same general area ( cause that's where the fish are. But a charter should, for the money be more than just catching fish. You want a crew that's enjoyable to be around as well.




That makes a lot of sense.  I'd imagine the charter business is one of those business that when its best for all of the businesses to be performing well. 
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/04 14:14:10 (permalink)
Thanks everybody! Please, keep the opinions coming. Keeping in mind that again, I've never done this; you tip the 1st mate, right? Also, how do you decide how much to tip?

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/04 22:24:20 (permalink)
Bomber Charters with Tim Small and his son Steve runs the Small Program.  Can't go wrong with either of them. IMHO, Capt T Small is the best there is.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/04 22:38:47 (permalink)
Adayawayfishingadventures with Donnie


I have only been on one charter boat, Thus I can't make comparisons. However I know I had a Great time with Donnie.
Even more so he was more then willing to answer all my questions and show me "how it's done".. I went out yesterday and today and got my limit of walleye both days.. TY Donnie !!!!
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/04 22:43:11 (permalink)
All great choices. Like to throw in Todd Fulmer of Windjammer charters. Can't go wromg with any of them.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/05 09:42:28 (permalink)
Agreed with all of the above. Your toughest thing right now might be booking the date you want with any of these guys. My bachelor party in '05 was on Bomber and we had a good time. I used to first mate in HS/college and was able to help out and run some lines. Everyone had a great time as well. His 36' Sportcraft had plenty of room.

If fish are hitting out West and you want more fishing time though, you may want to go with some of the boats that launch out of the nut.

And yes, tip the mate. 10% is usually a pretty fair tip and that is what I used to get when trips were running $400 per day. Good days with fast fishing and quick limits, I got 20-30% tips. Best was a group of "refuse collectors" that worked in NYC and lived in Jersey and had more gold on them than Tupac. Ran to the Ohio line from Presque Isle, had our limit in about an hr (6 guys and bloody decks with fish laying all over the place and several 9+ lbers) and the fellas slipped me 3 $100 bills as I was bagging their fish at the cleaning station.
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/05 20:52:21 (permalink)
I have only been on a few trips for eyes both with Brian of Something Catchy Charters, had great trips would highly reccomend him or Captain Matt of chasin steel charters Matt is awesome and knows the lake as good as anybody.
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/07 00:19:15 (permalink)
Good picks with Ken and Buckets Charter and Donny with A Day Away, both great guys in my book

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/07 10:53:14 (permalink)
Salty Dog has treated me great...might be on his boat the weekend.



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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/07 19:57:47 (permalink)

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/10 22:13:39 (permalink)
My vote for the best ever would have to go to Wallhanger Fishing Charters and Captain BOB ROMANISHIN.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/14 21:02:11 (permalink)
went out with something catchy a few times. he is awesome and will keep you happy
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/17 11:33:01 (permalink)
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My vote for the best ever would have to go to Wallhanger Fishing Charters and Captain BOB ROMANISHIN.

My he rest in peace!



One of the best...RIP Cap. Bob...
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/18 10:15:48 (permalink)
we always had a good time and caught fish on Lucky Penny with capt kevin

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/18 10:58:08 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: luvinbluegills

Thanks everybody! Please, keep the opinions coming. Keeping in mind that again, I've never done this; you tip the 1st mate, right? Also, how do you decide how much to tip?

 I didn't notice anybody responding to your question  re: tipping . If you believe the 1st mate did a good job overall in assisting you , absolutely yes , tip . Amount of the tip is based on service . Just like a waiter/waitress , it's part of their wages .  An extra $10 / person is nothing [ to the fishermen ] considering total cost of the trip , gas , food , the charter itself ... . We generally tip between $10-$20 / person and any mate was appreciative . With 6 guys on a charter , it makes a decent tip . In most cases , every mate [ or food service person ] deserves a tip . It's been a rare occurence in my experiences that someone didn't deserve a tip . Personally , I would rather tip in excess instead of not enough . In cases where the Captain didn't have a mate , we tipped the Captain if he was performing the mates' job . Most fishermen wouldn't do that  , believing the Captain was making enough of a profit . From the reaction of the Captain , him receiving a tip doesn't occur often and once again , it's most appreciated .  I realize that I didn't answer your question directly on an amount to tip , but instead gave you generalities . You can treat it like being in a restaraunt . Tip between 10-15% , but we usually tip mates a higher amount as they don't work year 'round . Hope this helps .
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/18 16:19:16 (permalink)
I agree fish5000 and some of the Captains, are running someone else's boat. So they are not making all the money.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/18 21:40:36 (permalink)
I've always had good luck and a good time with Northern Sky Charters.
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/18 22:49:30 (permalink)
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I've always had good luck and a good time with Northern Sky Charters.


He [Corky] shouldnt even have a captains license after getting arrested for selling perch
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/19 07:24:06 (permalink)
With the upcoming Pajama Cruise 2011 getting closer, it is refreshing to see Buckets on this list.

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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/19 09:21:42 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Split Shot

I agree fish5000 and some of the Captains, are running someone else's boat. So they are not making all the money.

 
Excellent point Splitshot . I forgot about that . 
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/19 09:59:42 (permalink)
I always did well and had a great time with Capt. Terry on Leisure Time Charters many years ago. He doesn't really advertise much...I think he works mainly off of word of mouth, but he always got us on the fish.
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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/19 12:26:07 (permalink)

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seawolf is busiest it seems, always out, sometimes twice a day...
and
you can actually catch fish with the rod in your hand.. instead of trolling and the boat catching the fish...http://www.fishfry.com/

he launches at walnut, which is easy to find if coming from out-a-town..
hope this helps





Ya he drifts right through the middle of 200 boats trying to troll an area...



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RE: Best Erie Charter? 2011/07/19 12:34:19 (permalink)
And he has not cleaned his boat since 1988, what a garbage scowl
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