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Erie Drifter Sportfishing

Oak Harbor, OH, USA
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jwawlwawcw wrote a review Aug 2018
Pandora, Ohio4 contributions
After our scheduled “boat driver” canceled on our group of 3 adults and 3 kids due to “rough conditions” we searched the web and came across Erie Drifter and gave them a call. The phone did not answer( because Captin Tom was nailing Salmon on Lake Ontario) but 5 minutes later the phone rang and it was Captin Tom. Fortunately for us his partner Captain Drew was willing and ready to go at a moments notice. Within a half hr Captain Drew was at the dock and we were on our way. Captain Drew is a very knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsman. By the time the charter was over it was like we were just a group of guys out fishing on our own boat instead of a charter. Thanks “CAPTAIN” Drew and Erie Drifter.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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katieg272016 wrote a review Aug 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio5 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a great day fishing perch with Drew. Even though the conditions were not ideal (lots of wind), Drew was able to find a spot for us where we weren't in the high wind and almost caught our limit in perch. We had several first timers on board and Drew did a great job helping everyone. I would definitely recommend Erie Drifter to friends and family.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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BStarz wrote a review Jun 2016
Northwest Indiana64 contributions12 helpful votes
We chartered the Erie Drifter over Memorial Day weekend for two days. The weather was hot and sunny with light breezes which will make walleye fishing tough. With that being said, Capt Straus continued to fish the same water with the same lures for two days. He made no attempt to try different areas to fish or to change lures or depths after the initial setups. There were times where we went 2 hours without a hit. He toots his own horn as one of the best captains on the lake with 30+ years of experience. Well with that kind of experience you would think that he would have some Go To spots when fishing gets tough. I think he was unwilling to burn the fuel to check out different areas. He pretty much said as much when he heard that fish were being caught off of Kelly's Island and said "I'm not going to run all the way over there." We used to charter with other captains that did not hesitate to seek out more productive water rather than fish dead water. He continually trashed his other two captains and a new 1st mate. He had very little radio traffic from other charters which tells me that he is not networked very well with other captains. I will say that he has very good equipment and a very good boat. We caught 21 walleye the first day and 11 the send day. On the second day the fish were hitting very lightly and he was getting perturbed that fish were getting off. At one point he grabbed the rod out of my brother-in-laws hands a couple of times and then proceeded to lose the fish himself. We won't be chartering the Erie Drifter again.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Brian J wrote a review Jul 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana3 contributions6 helpful votes
We fished with Capt Tom and Capt Mark for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario. They were wonderful, with top notch hospitality, excellent knowledge, and a great boat. Seeing my 14 year old son haul in some big salmon was priceless! We will definitely visit them again and try Lake Erie as well.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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Tammi H wrote a review Apr 2015
Fairfield, Ohio385 contributions98 helpful votes
Lake Erie has a lot of fishing operators, but we were happy with our choice. The captain was very helpful and friendly. He postponed our departure time due to the waves - so he didn't take us out until he felt we had the best chance to catch fish. We also stayed in his trailer which was really nice.
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