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Intro


Big Catches, Great Times

Lake Erie and Lake Ontario Sportfishing Charters
Book Your Trip Now: 419-349-1129
 

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Intro


Big Catches, Great Times

Lake Erie and Lake Ontario Sportfishing Charters
Book Your Trip Now: 419-349-1129
 

Captain Tom Straus

Captain Tom Straus

Captain Tom Straus owns and operates Erie Drifter Sportfishing & Lodging in Oak Harbor, OH. His full time profession is running Lake Erie Fishing Charters. His passion for Lake Erie Sportfishing started over 40 years ago. Fishing with his family who also had the same feelings for this Great Lake and “Walleye Capital of the World”. Captain Tom lives on Lake Erie 12 months of the year, he literally operates Lake Erie Charters from Ice out to ice in yearly (March through November). Lake Erie Fishing Charters are offered by a number of charter services in the Oak Harbor area, don’t book yourself the wrong guide service, go with someone that has years of experience and reputable history to back them up! Choosing Erie Drifter you will learn our secret fishing techniques, what bait to use, and how deep to target feeding fish. We will show you some of our most productive hot Spots! Sure we’re Qualified… But what you’ll enjoy is Tom’s passion for fishing and for giving his clients the fishing experience of a lifetime! We will always go the extra mile, take you to the best fishing regardless of how far we have to run, we want you to come back with us year after year. That’s what makes Erie Drifter Sportfishing your absolute best choice when looking for Lake Erie Charter Fishing Trips.

  • US Coast Guard Master License and Insured
  • Member of the Maritime Consortium
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Licensed Ohio Guide

Prior to providing quality charter fishing trips, Tom worked in corporate America for 28 years and retired as a Vice President of Sales from a reputable Truck Lines. Entertaining clients on the Great Lakes and Florida Keys was the solution to his success. Catching many species of fish from walleye, Smallmouth bass to Sailfish and Grouper. He learned a lot, met plenty of great people, but always had a burning desire to “Captain His Own Ship”. After gaining the courage to make his passion a living Captain Tom left his stable corporate job, got his Coast Guard Captain license and the rest is… history!

 
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About


The Walleye Capital of the World

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About


The Walleye Capital of the World

Erie Drifter Sportfishing & Lodging is located a half hour East of Toledo Ohio. Our excellent location provides Quality Fishing Charters for all popular Lake Erie Trophies, including Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Perch. These are the best eating fish in the country. The Top Chef’s of the world choose walleye over all fish in the waters.

Oak Harbor, Ohio is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie’s western basin. Our Marina is literally minutes from the spawning reefs. These glacial formed reef structures attract over 90 percent of all walleyes in our Great Lake for spawning. The gravel­ rock structures also attract Smallmouth Bass and Perch for spawning. Thats why we are here! No long boat rides from this marina. The “Walleye Capital of the World” is right at our back door. The Erie Drifter Captains, Captain Mark and Captain Tom, have spent over 30 years plotting, charting and logging the hottest fishing spots on Lake Erie. Join us this upcoming season for action packed limits of Monster Walleyes, Huge Jumping Smallmouth Bass and my favorite Jumbo Perch like you’ve never seen in your life.

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Lodging


Located on the Shores of Lake Erie

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Lodging


Located on the Shores of Lake Erie

Our Lake Erie vacation lodging is conveniently located yards from boats and boat launch and is located on the shores of Lake Erie in Oak Harbor, OH at Wild Wings Marina and Campgrounds. Captains often boast that our location enables us to get you to the fish faster than other charter companies. Erie Drifter offers two comfortable mobile homes that can sleep up to 6 people! Our homes are within walking distance to Lake Erie beaches, a convenience store, restaurant/bar and charter boats. There are also nearby stocked fishing ponds throughout the campgrounds for trying your luck!

Our lodging includes huge covered patios, 2 full bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, central heat and A/C and satellite TV. Individual twin beds, linens, and utensils are all provided. Fish cleaning facilities are located on site, you can clean yourself or have your fish cleaned by the pro’s. There is no fish cleaning allowed in or near the lodges.

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Testimonials


An Excellent, Fun Fishing Experience

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Testimonials


An Excellent, Fun Fishing Experience

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"I've known and fished with Capt. Tom Straus on his Erie Drifter charter boat for 10 years. Simply put, the man not only knows his stuff, but is also adept at teaching the anglers aboard how to catch fish with his effective methods. Capt. Straus provides an excellent, fun fishing experience on the bountiful waters of Lake Erie, and I wholeheartedly recommend his charter services to anyone looking for a great day of fishing."

Dave Mull
Great Lakes Sportfishing Publications

"My friend got a report from Captain Tom that the fishing was hot and heavy and the marine forecast was ideal for small boats. Friends and I headed out to Erie the next morning at 3am from Racine, WI. We were fishing by noon and had our limit for the day between three of us in an hour. We got our limit every day we were there. The morning of the last day we had enough meat for the trip so we asked Tom where we could get a wall mounter. Tom put us on the spot and not only did my buddy catch one for the wall (30" 11lbs) but I did as well (30" 11.25lbs). I can honestly say this was the best fishing trip I ever had. Tom's accommodations were excellent and nothing could have been better! I will remember this trip forever. Thanks Tom and I hope to see you out there again sooner than later!!!"

Eric Meldgaard
Racine, Wisconsin