Contant, Swiney and Virgil Tent talked to us about memorable expeditions, but you can meet more captains to buddy up with at eriefishingcharters.com.
Memorable Trip: "I ran with Johnathan Hillstrand of [the Discovery Channel's] Deadliest Catch last year. He was doing a fundraiser where people could win a chance to fish with him, and I got to take him and the winners out."
Boat: Fishfull Thinking, 34-foot-long, 2007, Sea-Swirl Striper
Port: Eastlake's Chagrin River Yacht Club
Catches: walleye, yellow perch and steelhead
Memorable Trips: "I had somebody bring their 90-year-old father for his birthday, and I've had people celebrate anniversaries and one bachelor party. I ended up with a couple hundred dollars worth of singles in tips leftover from the night before."
Boat: FishCrazy Charters: a 24-foot-long, 2001, HydroSport
Ports: Edgewater, East 72nd Street (Cleveland Port Authority), Lorain, Vermillion, Avon, Huron, Geneva
Catches: walleye, perch and steelhead
Costs: $550-$600 for six hours, walk-ons are $90 per person.
Memorable Trip: "Last May I took out a group that had an 8-pound average on a box of fish they caught. That never happened before or since."
Boat: Cross Eyes: a 27-foot-long, 1988, Sportcraft Coastal
Ports: Lorain, Port Clinton, Geneva and/or Ashtabula
Catches: walleye, perch, steelhead and small-mouth bass
Cost: $550/day for walleye, $450/day for perch, $550/day for small-mouth bass