Question: When is the best time to come fishing for Walleye? Answer: If you're preference is jig fishing, then April and early May is prime time for fast action. Drift fishing with weapons is mid-May through July is thought to be the most productive time of the season. From August through October we fish structure with very good success. This is the time of year that combination trips are popular.
Question: Is there a place to have my fish cleaned? Answer: Yes, when in the Western Basin at Meinke Marina, Captain Paul is more than happy to take your fish directly from the boat to Al Szych Live Bait located directly across the street. When moving to Channel Grove Marina in Marblehead, there is a local bait shop that picks up the fish at the dock and takes them to be cleaned. Both services will professionally clean your fish while you wait or package and store them overnight.
Question: When is the best time to catch a trophy Walleye? Answer: During the Fall the Central Basin offers your best opportunity to catch a true trophy-sized Walleye. From August through October we fish out of Marblehead, Ohio which has easy access to these fish.
Question: When is the best time for combination trips? Answer: August through October is your best opportunity for combining two species such as bass and perch or walleye and perch for the same price as a single species.
Question: What do I need to bring on my trip? Answer: You will need a valid Ohio Fishing License, soft-soled shoes, food & drink, rain gear, motion sickness medicine (if required), sun block, camera and a cooler to carry home your catch.
Question: Do I need to bring fishing equipment and if so, what type of rod and reel should I bring? Answer: It's not necessary to bring your own equipment as I will supply you with quality fishing gear, but if you would like to use your own rod and reel a 5 1/2' to 7' medium action rod spooled with fresh 8-10 lb. test line. I like to use Fire Line or the super braids.
Question: What type of line do you recommend? Answer: 8-10 lb. mono line is fine but sometimes for the light-biting walleyes, the new super braids in 8-10 lb. are far more sensitive.
Question: I've heard so much about a lure called a "Weapon", what exactly is it? Answer: It is just a short casting version of a crawler harness with only one hook.
Question: How far out do you go to fish? Answer: The average is 4-8 miles, but I go wherever necessary for you to catch fish. I do not let miles stop me from going to where you will get your best catch.
Question: How deep of water will we be fishing in? Answer: During the Spring 8-12' and during the summer months we may fish in depths of 24-32'.
Question: What are the limits and size restrictions? Answer: During March and April, there is a limit of 4 walleye per day. On May 1st the limit goes to 6 walleye per day. There is a 15" minimum for walleye. The perch limit is 30 per day and there is no size restriction.
Question: How many fish can I bring home? Answer: There are no possession limits on Lake Erie. If you're fishing for 3 days then the 3-day bag limit can be taken home.
Question: Should I call before I leave home in case of bad weather?
Answer: YES! Captain Paul always recommends calling him the night before you leave to check on weather conditions. He will be extremely honest and let you know if he feels the weather will not be conducive to the boat leaving the marina.
Question: What happens to my deposit if Captain Paul cancels my trip due to weather?
Answer: Your deposit will be rolled over to another date of your choosing or can be returned to you.
Question: What is the best way to prevent motion sickness? Answer: An over the counter medication such as Dramimine should be taken the night before and one hour prior to the boat leaving the dock. Wrist bands or even doctor prescribed patches have proven effective.
Question: What if I've never fished before? Answer: Captain Paul takes the time to teach you the art of walleye fishing from baiting your hook to making your first cast to catching your first fish. He will also do both for you if required.
Question: What other types of fish might we catch while Walleye fishing? Answer: Yellow Perch, White Perch, White Bass, Drum, Catfish, Smallmouth Bass and Steelhead.
Question: Are there other amenities available? Answer: For an additional charge, an executive trip can be booked which includes lunches, pop and fish cleaning.
Question: What happens if people back out and I need to cancel the fishing trip?
Answer: Captain Paul has a 3 week cancellation policy. You must cancel the trip a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the trip date in order not to forfeit your deposit. In order to discourage people from backing out at the last minute, he suggests asking everyone for some type a deposit in order to secure their spot. People seem to be more inclined to make a sincere commitment when they have to invest money up front.
Question: What if I don’t know 5 other people who like to fish. Does Captain Paul combine groups or is there a discount rate for less than 6?
Answer: I’m afraid that the boat goes for the charter price whether there is 1 person or 6 people on the boat. There are advantages to coming with less than 6 people. Although the boat accommodates 6 people easily, there is more room and Captain Paul is able to provide more individualized service. Also, I do not mix charter groups. It has been his experience during my 30+ years of chartering that this does not work. There may be circumstances where one group wants to come in early and the other group doesn’t or one group may want to party more than the other and conflicts occur. Walk-on head boats are located in the area and I am more than willing to provide contact information for people who are unable to fill a boat or cannot afford the cost of the trip for less than 6 people.
2017 -- Captain Paul Pacholski, Erie Hopper Sportfishing Charters , 6392 Edgewater Dr. Erie, MI 48133; email: firstname.lastname@example.org