Captain Tom Straus

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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 Drew Bercaw

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Captain Drew Bercaw resides in Oak Harbor OH year round. Spends more than 250 days a year on Lake Erie. He grew up in Southern Michigan fishing the many lakes in the area. Captain Drew has fished for many different species across the country but his passion for world class Lake Erie Walleye has drawn his attention to Lake Erie. As a USCG Licensed Captain Drew's knowledge and experience on lake Erie allows him to put you on FISH! He will educate you to the Lake Erie style of fishing while entertaining you on board. You will find his commitment  to your success is Captain Drew's GOAL! Captain Drew holds the following credentials:

    * Ohio Guide's License

    * Member of the Maritime Consortium

     * CPR and First Aid Certified 

     * US Coast Guard Master Licensed and Insured