Hammerhead Charters and Tackle

Lake Ontario is home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, for good reason. It’s vast water reserves offer a bountiful home to many exciting species that attract anglers from the world over – Hammerhead Charters and Tackle capitalize on that fact and bring you to the hottest fishing spots around!

Climb aboard and cast off on their 33’ long Tiara, a respectable performance fishing vessel. She can hold up to 6 anglers fishing in comfort at the same time. A full suite of state-of-the-art electronics manufactured by Furuno are available on board, for navigation and fish-finding. Comforts weren’t skimped on either, you have a full-head toilet available as well as a shower, kitchen, and bed. Downriggers are present to extend your reach when trolling.

You can expect to go after a variety of excellent species that live in this great lake, such as the Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Steelhead, Chinook and Coho Salmons. You’ll be assisted in all of this by Captain James Piano, who’s been fishing for over three decades, born and raised in the area – he knows all the little tips and tricks of the local species and can’t be fooled by them!

The charter will provide you with all necessary fishing equipment, you just need to bring a burning desire to go fishing! Your skill level doesn’t matter as the crew are proficient at both instructing new anglers and assisting experienced sea wolves. There’s no minimum age for kids and Hammerhead Charters and Tackle welcome young anglers on board!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 hour
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $600
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15
    US $700
    This 6-hour trip will take you between 5 and 10 miles offshore. The species you will target are Coho and Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, and others you run into. The charter will provide you with all the necessary equipment.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15
    US $850
    This full day trip will target a variety of species like Lake Trouts, Coho and Chinook Salmon, and others you run into. You will go up to 10 miles offshore. The captain will provide you with the necessary equipment.
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FAQs about Hammerhead Charters and Tackle

Hammerhead Charters and Tackle offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $600 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 5 hour (5 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Hammerhead Charters and Tackle, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Standard
  • Fishfinder Furuma
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Hammerhead Charters and Tackle include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Hammerhead Charters and Tackle offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Hammerhead Charters and Tackle offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Hammerhead Charters and Tackle include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)

Meet the Captain

James Piano
Rochester, New York, United States
1 Fishing Report
37 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since April 2018
Captain James Piano has been fishing for over three decades now, accumulating a vast base of knowledge and skill he's happy to share with his customers. Your enjoyment is his absolute priority and he'll work hard to make sure you have a lot of fun on his trips. His favorite thing about being a charter captain is seeing the huge grin on his customers' faces when they finally reel in a good fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon Salmon

Boat specs

Tiara (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1988. Powered by 2 350HP Crusaders engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Standard
Fishfinder
Furuma
Bed
Kitchen
Refrigerator

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Checks

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 37 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (52)
Great Family trip
Great Family trip
Great Family trip
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Angler rating
29
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
84%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Caught fish
97%
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Patrick B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great Family trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on September 30, 2023
This trip was talked about for years. This is not cable channel fishing. More like fishing with friends. It was tough fishing...
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Daniel K.
Woodstock, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent day on the lake

VERIFIED   5 hour on September 22, 2023
Had an absolutely blast with Hammerhead Charters. Captain James and Blake were friendly, knowledgeable and able to put us on...
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Seth H.
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Sunday Funday

VERIFIED   5 hour on July 16, 2023
We had a great Sunday morning 5 hour trip . We landed some Big Lakers ! A big brown and a Nice King to end the day. Jimmy and...
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James G.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Perfect day

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 18, 2023
each caught 4 fish.  perfect day on the lake
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Kevin H.
Fairfield, WA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with James

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 23, 2023
Great captian and mate
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