If you’re looking for a truly first-class angling experience on the beautiful, bountiful waters of Lake Erie, then come aboard Champion Charters and let Captain James Cramer guide you to the hottest fishing spots around. His motto is simple, and perfectly sums up what his charter is all about: “Have fun. Catch fish!”

Capt. James believes that angling should be an experience that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their age or skill level, so he’s catered his charter to fit all guests. Whether you’re looking to take the kids on a family trip, or want to explore this world-famous fishery with fellow hardcore anglers, there’s something on offer for you. Capt. James prides himself on running a first-class charter on a seriously luxurious vessel. It’s perfect for a truly unique company day out, too!

You’ll be cruising Lake Erie on a top-of-the-line 30’ Island Hopper sport fishing boat. She can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers, and you can all fish at the same time. As well as top-notch navigational and safety gear, there’s also a first mate on board to lend a hand. Your vessel is equipped with outriggers for maximum trolling, and a covered top that offers plenty of shade. You’ll be traveling in comfort and serious style!

Lake Erie is known for its abundance of Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch. Capt. James loves helping his guests reach ‘limit catches’ of these fish, so choose your target and get ready to reel ‘em in! Want to go after a combination of species? Just let him know in advance. You can expect to troll, jig, spin, and drift-fish, so no matter your level of experience, your captain will help you find the technique that works best for you!

Your trip includes top-notch Saint Croix rods and Shimano, Daiwa, and Fluger reels. Tempting live bait is caught and prepared in advance. For Smallmouth Bass, there’s a small charge for artificial bait. All that’s left is to grab a fishing license and join Champion Charters for an unforgettable angling experience!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Executive
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $940
    If you're looking for a top-notch fishing experience, then look no further than Capt. James' executive trip. No luxury is ignored -- you'll be provided with fishing equipment, bait, food, drinks, and your catch will be cleaned for you. Expect to target Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, or Perch. What makes this trip truly luxurious is that you'll head out on a spacious, top-of-the-line vessel, which has a covered top offering shade from the sun and room to stretch out and fish. Just bring your fishing license!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $690
    Take a trip out onto beautiful Lake Erie and get ready to target Perch, Walleye, or Smallmouth Bass. Capt. James loves helping his guests reel in the limits of these species! Your captain will provide everything that you need for your angling adventure, including rods, reels, and tempting live bait. If you're targeting Smallmouth Bass, there'll be a small charge for live bait. This trip is suitable for anglers of all ages and abilities. Just bring your favorite snacks and a valid fishing license!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $690
    Come and join Capt. James for a long afternoon cruising stunning Lake Erie! As for the species on offer? You'll get to choose between Walleye, Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. Top-notch rods, reels, and live bait are included -- if you're targeting Smallmouth Bass, there will be a small charge for the live bait you'll use. This trip is suited to every guest, whether you're a hardcore angler or want to take the kids on an unforgettable adventure! Just bring a fishing license and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Twilight Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $500
    Go fishing and enjoy a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie. This twilight trip is ideal if you cannot spend a lot of time on the water. It'll give you plenty of opportunities to relax, have fun, and reel in some tasty fish.
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About the Captain

James Cramer
Port Clinton, Ohio, United States
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Member since August 2018
Captain James Cramer has been fishing in this area since 1993. He's been working as a captain for the past 6 years and loves introducing new and experienced anglers alike to these waters. His best achievement? Routinely helping his guests reel in limit catches of Walleye and Perch! Come aboard and let him use his wealth of knowledge and experience to get you on fish and land your dream catch.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Island Hopper (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1997, and restored in 2010. Powered by a 420HP Caterpillar Diesel engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Walleye trip with Capt Luke

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (AM) on May 5, 2021
Capt Luke, (Capt Jim’s son) took us out 6 miles from the boat slip. Within a couple of minutes we were reeling in our first...
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Gary C.
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Kids first fishing trip in Lake Erie

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (PM) on June 24, 2021
Thank You Captain Cramer! We had a wonderful time with 2 adults and 4 kids on board your immaculate fishing boat. You got us...
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Harrisburg, PA
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A Great Day Walleye Fishing

VERIFIED   Twilight Trip on June 4, 2021
Capt. Cramer put us on the Walleye. We had a lot of action the entire time fishing. This was my ten year old’s first time...
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3 Day Executive Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Executive on May 17, 2021
Could not have asked for a better trip. Capt. Luke put us on fish the entire time. If the fish were not biting in one spot...
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Executive on July 27, 2021
Had a wonderful trip with Captain James, we caught several fish, the food and snacks was great. He had us catching fish almost...
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FAQs about Champion Charters

Champion Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Twilight Trip (4 hours)
  • $690 per group - Full Day Trip (PM) (7 hours)
  • $690 per group - Full Day Trip (AM) (7 hours)
  • $940 per group - Full Day Trip - Executive (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Champion Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Champion Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Only included on executive charter)
  • Drinks (Only on executive charter)
  • First Mate
  • Lunch (Only on executive charter)

Champion Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Erie. A top spot for Perch, Walleye, and Bass)

Champion Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Champion Charters include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Walleye