Archive for the "walleye" Category

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

Erie Dearie walleye fishing on Lake Erie

August 14th, 2013 by CaptainJim

I had never thought of using a lure called the “Erie Dearie” to fish for walleye, until I began to talk to a former Charter Captain from Ohio. He had used them successfully in the Western Basin of Erie until he retired a few years back. Most of the walleye caught in the Eastern Basin where I do my guiding, are taken in water depths from 25 to 75 feet and most of that is by trol… Read More

Walleye worm harnesses that work

July 9th, 2013 by CaptainJim

The last 2 weeks the walleye bite on the eastern end of Lake Erie near Buffalo New York, can only be phrased as incredible. The massive schools of walleye that roam the western basin in Ohio make their annual journey east to follow schools of bait as they also journey along. This movement provides new york anglers an opportunity to clean house on big schools of big walters. The… Read More

My best boat ever…

July 7th, 2013 by CaptainJim

I have owned and used more boats then many dealers sell in a 5 year span. I have had a dozen Rangers and 10 Bass Cats, a Triumph that rode like a dream along with several other brands that had great features that made each one special but I have never had a boat that was the best of them all. My 2013 Lund 2075 Pro V is that boat. It fishes for bass and walleye like a dream with… Read More

A bonus walleye while fishing for Lake Erie trophy smallmouth bass

May 12th, 2013 by Captain Jim

Happy angler Don Fuller from Pa caught this beautiful 8lb walleye while fishing on Lake Erie for smallmouth bass. The first Saturday in May is the opener for New York’s special trophy season for smallies. You are allowed to fish for small mouth bass with live bait or artificials and if you like you can take home one fish over 20 inches for mounting. Don nailed this big walley… Read More