To slip or not to slip, that is the question.

January 4th, 2016 by CaptainJim

Most who ask why I don’t use a boat slip are past or present slip holders with pleasure boats that cruise area waters. Being a full time fishing guide on Lake Erie, my needs and areas of operation change as the seasons do.

So in summary, here are my top 10 reasons that I choose to trail my boat daily:

#10  Daily maintenance and tackle changes.  I mi… Read More

Lift for my trolling motor

December 24th, 2015 by CaptainJim

I found an amazing product out of oregon for those of us who use electric trolling motors. It will change the way we drift and troll on the great lakes or any lake for that matter.  Check out these videos and the website

Www.bowmountlift.Com…. Read More

Frozen Lake Erie

March 5th, 2015 by CaptainJim

Its March 5th and Lake Erie is still about 96% frozen. I am hoping and praying that warm spring weather hits Western NY very soon. I am told by ice fishermen that the ice is not nearly as thick as it was last year at this time, 40 plus inches in some areas. I am cautiously optimistic that we will be on the water catching big smallmouth bass but the 2nd week of May. A lot of pra… Read More

Big Smiles and Bigger Fish

July 14th, 2014 by CaptainJim

Here are some photos of some very satisfied customers with their catches on beautiful Lake Erie taken during the first half of the 2014 fishing season.

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Great way to keep worm harnesses in order

April 5th, 2014 by CaptainJim

I found a great way to keep worm harnesses, neat and in order from a youtube video that showed up on my facebook page one day ( ) Tangle tamers as they are called can turn a mass of tangle lines into the neatest, most organized system you have ever seen. Watch the video and you will see for yourself and also check out Scott’s web site… Read More

Working without words…

January 14th, 2014 by CaptainJim

In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5: 16

Working Without Words
Part One of a Two-Part Series: Jim Hanley’s Faith Story
by K.J. Houtman

Immediately the contrast was apparent. It was day one of the 1983 Bassmaster tournament on Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta, Georg… Read More

One more musky on Lake Erie near Buffalo NY

November 24th, 2013 by CaptainJim

This is probably the last musky of the year for my boat. The weather doesn’t look good for the rest of the month so I guess its time to put the boat away. This 34 inch musky hit a depth raider in about 24 feet of water at 2.8 mph. My friend Mark Constantino reeled this baby in.  Lake Erie and the Niagara River are amazing

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Giant Lake Erie musky caught in the Buffalo Harbor

November 19th, 2013 by CaptainJim

A great shot of my customer, Stan Skotnicki (and Derek Bell not in pix) with a huge Lake Erie, Niagara River musky. The big girl was over 40 lbs and 52″. She hit a green “watermelon” Perch bait, trolled over 22 feet at 2.8 mph. This monster bit just as we we ready to leave to watch the Bills beat the Jersey Jets. We lost another a short time before as it bent a hook right at th… Read More

Casey Hines with a 5.8 lb Lake Erie Smallmouth

October 19th, 2013 by CaptainJim

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Some pictures from October fishing on Lake Erie near Buffalo NY

October 12th, 2013 by CaptainJim

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