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.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 17 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 30
    US $725
    On this trip, you will be fishing the mighty Lake Erie. There, you will spend your day targeting Walleye, Steelhead, and Lake Trout.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Reise C.
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Awesome charter

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on May 11, 2024
Awesome charter!!! Mate Steve and Captain Dick were great guys, a lot of fun to be around and got us some nice fish. Will definitely...
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Chad K.
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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Early morning trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - MAX 5 on 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 was...
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Michael R.
Wexford, PA
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Great day on Lake Erie

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - MAX 5 on 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 fish...
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John I.
The Bronx, NY
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Captain Dick Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - MAX 5 on 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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Kyle T.
Milton, Pennsylvania
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Walleye fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - MAX 5 on June 18, 2019
I got this trip as a gift for my dad for Father’s Day and it was an awesome experience. It was our first time on a charter...
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FAQs about Ciao Charters

Ciao Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $725 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Ciao Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Ciao Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (On some trips, prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (15-20% tips are mandatory)

Ciao Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie, Eastern Basin)

Ciao Charters offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Ciao Charters include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Dick Torrelli
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
79 Fishing Reports
22 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2018
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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat specs

Penn Yan (Sportfishing) originally built in 1992, and restored in 2023. 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
Lake Erie, Eastern Basin

Fishing techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Private
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
On some trips, prepared before the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
15-20% tips are mandatory

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No minimum age, life jackets provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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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Recent fishing reports

Lake Erie Mammoths
Lake Erie Mammoths
May 18, 2024
The crew today had a slow ride out, as there was heavy fog on the lake. They had a good rest, before these beasts wore them out. The bite was steady at first, then slowed down. I moved to a different area and it was on again. Biggest fish was over 22 pounds.
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The Lakers are huge!
The Lakers are huge!
May 11, 2024
Reise Cook and crew endured a rough day of fishing. They had to put up with the cold and the wind, but they did great. The fishing was slow due to the weather, but we managed to catch a few nice fish.
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