If you’re looking for enjoyment, excitement, and safety all wrapped up into one package, you’re looking for Gizzmo Charters. Captain Mark Szekely will take you out of Conneaut Harbor and into a world of great fishing!

Capt. Mark invites you to join him for an angling adventure on board his 38’ Bertram. She’s a comfortable vessel, with a spacious cabin – you can take a break from the sun or rain inside. With a 14’ beam and 110 sq. feet of floor space, you’ll have plenty of room to battle your trophy across the deck. She weighs in at over 15 tons which creates a very smooth and dry ride, even in the choppy waters of Lake Erie.

A full head toilet is available on board so you don’t have to worry about comfort and can focus on making the perfect cast.

You’ll go after Walleye and Perch as your primary targets but a stray Steelhead is a possibility too. During the summer, you can troll the lake for Walleye and experience the fierce fight these fish offer first-hand. If you’re a fan of Perch, Capt. Mark offers a fall trip from September through October – don’t underestimate these panfish, or you’ll lose them!

The captain will provide you with all the necessary rods, reels, and tackle for whatever fishing technique you decide to do. You can even play some tunes on the onboard multimedia system – all the modern comforts combined with proper freshwater action.

You’ll be fishing with a true angling pro – Capt. Mark has over 3 decades of experience guiding customers and is one of the more influential captains in the area. He even introduced planer boards and dipsy divers to the Ashtabula and Conneaut region!

Kids are welcome on board if they’re 3 years or older but parents should provide comfortable vests for them, if they’re small. Lunch can be provided for an extra fee and you’re free to bring your own food and drinks on board.

Stop dreaming of treating yourself to that fishing trip and book today with Gizzmo Charters. You deserve it.



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  • Private trip
    Summer Trolling – Walleye (6 max)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    US $900
    The captain's preferred trip! Depending upon the conditions and feeding patterns of Walleye, you will travel as far as 22 miles offshore to target the species. During this trip, you will experience the true fighting capabilities of Walleye as you battle it to the net from a distance of up to 550' away! The captain has seen grown men cry! And who knows, occasionally Steelhead will show itself and then the excitement really begins. 6 person $900, 5 person $800, people 1-4 $700.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Samuel H.
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VERIFIED   NEW  Summer Trolling – Walleye (6 max) on July 12, 2024
Had a great time. Caught our limit within 3 hours. Captain knew where to go and very helpful with all our questions.
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VERIFIED   Summer Trolling on July 10, 2022
Mark and Jordan were great and we had a great time “catching, not fishing.” Nice size in our cooler at end of the trip...
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Renee D.
Newell, WV
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Half a day trip with captain Mark

VERIFIED   Summer Trolling on June 11, 2022
Was a great time got our limit in 4 hours. Best experience ever. We will definitely be going again.
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Dianna W.
Munroe Falls, OH
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David L.
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VERIFIED   Summer Trolling on September 12, 2021
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FAQs about Gizzmo Charters

Gizzmo Charters offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $900 per group - Summer Trolling – Walleye (6 max) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Gizzmo Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Full head, well maintained
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS 2 Ray Marine E120 and E80
  • Fishfinder Ray Marine
  • Bed
  • Flybridge Seating for six
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System Sirus XM Radio and you can plug your phone in
  • Ice Box
  • Radar Ray Marine

Trips booked with Gizzmo Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate

Gizzmo Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie, Western and Central Basins)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing (Western Basin Reef complex)

Gizzmo Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Light spinning rods available upon request)
  • Bottom Fishing (Mainly for Perch and vertical jigging for Walleye)
  • Trolling (All tackle provided)
  • Spinning (Rods and tackle provided )
  • Jigging (Rods and tackle provided)

Top targeted fish species with Gizzmo Charters include:
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Mark Szekely
Conneaut, Ohio, United States
ID & license verified
13 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2018
I was born and raised near Lake Erie and have always enjoyed fishing on it. I was one of the pioneers in bringing the charter business to this area. I was instrumental in the introduction of planer boards and dipsey divers to the Ashtabula and Conneaut region. I not only have experience in the Conneaut/Ashtabula area but also in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie using both jig and drift fishing techniques. I was also an ice fishing guide for many years! I have had articles written about me in such publications as,"The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Walleye Magazine," and believe it or not, "The Washington Post!"

About this listing

Targeted species

Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Walleye Walleye

Boat specs

Bertram (Cruiser) originally built in 1981, and restored in 2006. Powered by 2 320HP Caterpillar Diesels engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Erie, Western and Central Basins
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Western Basin Reef complex

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Light spinning rods available upon request
Bottom Fishing
Mainly for Perch and vertical jigging for Walleye
Trolling
All tackle provided
Spinning
Rods and tackle provided
Jigging
Rods and tackle provided

Amenities

Toilet
Full head, well maintained
Air Conditioning
GPS
2 Ray Marine E120 and E80
Fishfinder
Ray Marine
Bed
Flybridge
Seating for six

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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
3 years and above, bring small, comfortable vests
You Keep Catch
Up to the legal limit
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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