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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

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"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

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Thanks so much for making my first trip to Lake Erie a memory of a lifetime. It was beyond our wildest dreams getting the limit of walleye for all three days we fished with you! And the Smallmouth Bass fishing was great! We are already talking about plans on when we can get a group to come back to Lake Erie. YOU THE MAN Captain Mark for a fishing guide. Also, thank Tom for great accommodations."

Greg Doll

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"Hey Tom, just wanted to say thanks again. This was my third time out with you and Willy. I gotta say that you guys really know how to find the fish. We had a blast! I'm also really impressed with how clean you keep your boat. It shows how much pride you take in what you do. Look forward to seeing you again. Oh, that parmesan walleye recipe is unbelievable. Thanks again."

Marty Teifke

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"I have been fishing for forty years but have never experienced the quality fishing that we had with Erie Drifter! Captains Tom Straus and Mark Beard have a system that really works. Ten of us plus the Captains caught 135 walleyes averaging about 3.5 pounds, with one 11 pound giant. That's 460 pounds of walleye in two days. The accommodations are great, we could not have had a better time.

Thanks Again Tom and Mark!"

Jim Buelter, Hamilton OH

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"Take our word for it. There certainly is no better guide service on Lake Erie than ERIE DRIFTER. In 2012 my wife and I booked a one day trip with them. On this trip we limited out with our walleyes from 25 inches to 31 inches long. These fish averaged over 8 lbs. each! Capt. Tom and Capt. Mark were our leaders. This year brother Bob, brother-in-law Wayne, nephew Scott, and I booked 2 days with them. Capt. Mark and Capt. Bob were our leaders. The first day was very windy so we jigged that day and limited out about 3 PM. For the most part they were 20in. to the 28in. Bob caught. Day 2 was relatively calm so we trolled and were limited out by 11:30 AM!! These were 25in. to 30in. walleyes!! They averaged well over 8lbs.!! Wayne caught the 30 in. and also had one on for at least 20 minutes that was well over 30 as he never got that one to come up even though he had it on all the way to straight down from the back of the boat. This trip was delayed 3 times as the weather was not cooperating and we gladly took Capt. Toms advice to delay. These people are all very honest and know how to work for the customer!! WE, AND MOST LIKELY FOUR OTHERS, WILL MAKE THIS TRIP AGAIN NEXT YEAR WITH ERIE DRIFTER!!"

Ron Brunner, Bob Brunner, Wayne Krawelski-Mondovi, Scott Fedie


"Tom, Thanks for a great time last Saturday. We really appreciated both you and Sam. Thanks for the extra effort in keeping us fishing for extra time. I have already spread the word. Thanks for all, Kids had a ball."



"Thank you so much for the great time on your boat. Not quite what I expected, but more. We had a fish fry cookout with the Gedert's Sunday night. We even deep fried some for the kids. Frank was very impressed with your personality and sales skills. Thanks again and I look forward to many years of working together.

Kristin L. Gedert"

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