Ciao Charters

Captain Dick Torelli, an Erie, PA native, owns and operates Ciao Charters. With over 35 years in business, this is one of the most experienced charter services in the area.

If you want to fish like the locals, you have found the right place. Capt. Dick will gladly put his wealth of local knowledge and talent to work for you.

You will be fishing aboard a 30’ Penn Yan boat. Built back in 1992, the boat was overhauled in 2016 and comes powered by a pair of Mercury engines. It can get you and five fishing buddies to the hottest spots quickly and safely.

The boat is rigged with fishfinding and navigational electronics, as well as professional accessories. There is also a private restroom on board along with a kitchen area.

Ciao Charters specializes in targeting the best species Lake Erie has to offer. Troll with planner boards, downriggers, deep running dips divers, and plugs for Walleye. Head to the deeper water during the summer months to get a healthy dose of Steelhead or troll in shallow waters in fall. Finally, add Smallmouth Bass and Lake Trout to the list of your potential catches!

All trips come with the use of rods, reels, tackle, bait, and lures. All keeper fish will be cleaned at the end of the trip. You will need to bring valid fishing licenses, along with your own food and drinks.

Please note, the First Mate works for tips only.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Sep
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    On this trip, you will be fishing the mighty Lake Erie. There, you will spend your day targeting Walleye, Steelhead, and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - MAX 5
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Sep
    $675
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip will take you to Lake Erie, where you will be targeting Walleye, Steelhead, and/or Lake Trout. A maximum of 5 anglers only.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth)
Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Walleye

Boat Specs

Penn Yan (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1992, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 260HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks

About the Captain

Dick Torrelli
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Member since May 2018
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Born and raised in Erie, Pa, I always fished with my father when I was growing up. It became second nature to me. I was always fishing for something. When I got older I owned my own boat. Actually, I owned many boats, as I always kept buying a bigger one. I’ve been a charter boat captain for 35 years now. I’m the only captain born and raised in Erie,Pa. My 30 foot Penn Yan Hardtop is fully equipped with all the latest and most advanced electronics. I have ten five color lead core poles ready to go. Ten 7 color poles. Twelve poles with line counter reels with Spiderwire line. Four wire dipsy rods and four braided dipsy rods. Four Downrigger rods. Plus a cabin full of tackle boxes. The boat weighs 12,000 lbs, so it takes the water very comfortably. The cabin has a private stand up head. I’ve been fishing this lake all my life and know all the spots the fish go to when the fishing gets tough. I can guarantee you I’ll be on a school of fish when no one else is.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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4.93
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Chad K.
Franklin, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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Early morning trip

VERIFIED   NEW  August 5, 2019
With never doing a trip like this we didn’t know what to expect. Dick and Steve told us everything we needed to do. It...
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Michael R.
Wexford, PA
 5.00
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Great day on Lake Erie

VERIFIED   May 25, 2019
Had a great day fishing on Lake Erie.  Captain Dick Torrelli and first mate Steve were very knowledgeable and put us on...
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Joshua H.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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Walleye

VERIFIED   NEW  July 28, 2019
If you are looking for an excellent walleye fishing experience then book with Ciao Charters. Very experienced Captains with...
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Angela D.
Pittsburgh, PA
 5.00
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Walleye trip with Captain Dick and Captain Steve

VERIFIED   NEW  July 27, 2019
We had a great time this morning on our walleye charter.  Captain Dick quickly found the fish before anyone else and we...
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John I.
The Bronx, NY
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Captain Dick Trip

VERIFIED   May 18, 2019
At first I was a little skeptical about fishing for lake trout instead of walleye, but we had an awesome time fishing for lake...
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Fishing Reports

Rainy day Walleye

August 07, 2019

Big Jim, Ben and crew had a wet morning of fishing today. Didn’t bother the fish. The bite was on and it was steady action. Read Full Report →


Rising Sun walleye

August 06, 2019

Jeff,Bob, Dave and Justin put the fang to the walleye today. Even though the lake was choppy these guys did a great job getting the fish to the net. Read Full Report →


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