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!

Captain Mark Beard


Captain Mark Beard has had a love of the outdoors for his entire life. Mark’s love for fishing began as a young child, he spent most of his free time on the water, fishing in nearby rivers and lakes. He developed a love for the sport and made it his life’s goal to find a way to make a living sharing his passion and knowledge with others. Mark has been fishing the Great Lakes for over thirty years. He’s had a working relationship with Captain Tom Straus of Erie Drifter for the past several years and in recent years has come on full time. Captain Mark’s goal for customers is to not only catch “the hogs” but find the perfect fishing environment and have an ultimate fishing experience in the “walleye capital of the world.” Mark takes the time to work with customers and create a camaraderie with them while educating them on the do’s and dont’s of sportfishing and providing them with an enjoyable environment. Captain Mark is USCG Master license Captain and holds the following:

  • Ohio Guide’s License Ohio Guide’s License
  • Member of the Maritime Consortium
  • CPR and First Aid Certified