I'd Rather Be Fishing Charters

Lake Superior’s name is quite fitting when it comes to fishing, it’s one of the best freshwater fishing grounds in the world, both in size as well as the quality of the fight that the fish provide. The aptly named I’d Rather Be Fishing Charters is keen on showing you exactly why this reputation exists, so join them for an exciting lake adventure!

You will fish from their 32’ flybridge boat, the “Rendezvous II”, manufactured by Trojan. She’s powered by twin Chevy engines, each providing 225 HP of thrust – that allows her to develop a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots, more than respectable for a boat her size on this great lake. She can hold up to 6 anglers fishing at the same time in comfort. The boat was originally built in 1982, but has been restored in 2015; you get the best of both worlds, all the modern amenities you may wish for, combined with the tried-and-tested quality of the boat’s build.

Captain Nathan Fondness will be your guide and assistant on this fishing charter. He’ll take you after a variety of gorgeous local species such as the Pike, Walleye, Musky, Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as the Brown, Lake, and Steelhead Trouts. The fishing techniques are geared toward the best fight you can get, so light tackle is used exclusively.

Capt. Nathan will take you fishing up to 15 miles offshore, so customers should bring adequate clothing. There’s no minimum age for kids on board of I’d Rather Be Fishing Charters. Clients are advised to also bring polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and a waterproof camera. The Rendezvous II is disabled accessible, but the captain asks customers to contact him prior to arriving, to work out the details.


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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you can't get enough fishing done in a couple of hours, why not double down? This trip will take you fishing for the whole day to a variety of fishing spots at Lake Superior. The species you will target are Muskies, various Trouts, Chinook and Coho Salmons, Walleyes, Pikes, and others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you're itching for some excellent lake fishing, Lake Superior is the place for you. This trip will take you on a morning adventure targeting a variety of species such as Chinook and Coho Salmon, various Trouts, Muskies, Pikes, Walleyes, and other species. All required equipment is provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 12:20 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you're in the mood to burn some calories after brunch, this afternoon trip is perfect for you. You'll target a variety of exciting local species like Brown, Rainbow, and Lake Trouts, Muskies, Salmons, Walleyes, Pikes, and others you may run into. The charter will supply you with all necessary equipment.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout
Lake Trout
Muskellunge (Musky)
Pike (Northern)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)
Walleye

Boat Specs

Trojan (Flybridge) originally built in 1982, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 225HP Chrysler engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

About the Captain

Nathan Fodness
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Member since April 2018
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Captain Nathan Fodness didn't start out as most captains did, living on the sea. Instead, he grew up inland and only discovered his extreme passion for fishing in his early 20's. As he continued fishing more and more, he discovered he would do this professionally and decided to follow his dream. Capt. Nathan's clients are mostly families with children and he's very excited about teaching kids the joys of angling every time they come on board his charter.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.89
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
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Half day with Capt Nathan
Half day with Capt Nathan
We had a blast Nate and Mark!! Thank you!!!
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100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Bruno T.
Andrews, TX
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Half day with Capt Nathan

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Nathan delivered a great experience on a cold, foggy day. His enthusiasm for fishing made the trip fun and exciting. I highly...
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Jill S.
Silver Bay, MN
 5.00
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Birthday fun!

VERIFIED   September 2, 2018
We really enjoyed ourselves. Capt Nate took us out to a spot were it was just us, Mark was awesome at getting the lines set...
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Zack W.
Cedar Rapids, IA
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VERIFIED   August 17, 2018
We had a great time on the Rendezvous II with Captain Nathan and Mark!  They showed us how everything worked and got us...
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Lisa N.
Minneapolis, MN
 5.00
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VERIFIED   August 16, 2018
Great day fishing with Captain Nathan, he definitely found the “hot” spot for us! Thanks Nathan and Mark
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Holly B.
Minneapolis, MN
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VERIFIED   July 24, 2018
We spent a beautiful afternoon on the water. Captain Nathan was accommodating, a skilled guide, and was a patient teacher. ...
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