Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti"

Happy Hooker Charters runs angling trips out of Duluth and offers to show you what the local fishery is all about.

Captain James Cotner (previously Captain of Happy Hooker’s "Hooker Too") will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. He specializes in Great Lakes trolling, all to get you on that bite. This involves 5 to 8-hour trips, mainly fishing for Walleye, Lake Trout, Salmon, and Rainbow Trout, depending on the season and conditions on the day. Captain James is a school teacher in the "off season" and loves teaching adults and kids about fishing Lake Superior!

You’ll be fishing from the "Aluminauti," a fully restored 32’ Marinette Express with enough room for up to 6 anglers at any single time. It also includes a toilet and ice box. All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. You’ll be able to keep any legal species caught during the trip. Don’t forget to buy a fishing license before the trip!

Here to help you with anything you need, the first mate will be on hand during the trip. Leaving a tip for a job well done is much appreciated.

This is a children-friendly charter, so you’re welcome to bring your kids on for a fun fishing adventure.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Happy Hooker Charters.

Captain James is a USCG-licensed Charter Captain. "Aluminauti" meets and exceeds all USCG safety regulations to insure a fun and safe trip for everyone.



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  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:50 AM
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    A 5-hour trip starting at 5:45 a.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 14 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    Half-day afternoon trip, targeting Salmon and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $900
    We target Salmon, Trout, and Walleye.
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Customer reviews

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4.8 / 5
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Paul O.
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Fish were biting!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on July 4, 2024
Perfect outing.  Weather was good and lake conditions ideal.  Captain knew where the fish were really biting in the afternoon,...
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Half Day Morning Trip With Captain Matt Massie

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 26, 2023
Our family embarked on our first-ever charter experience with two boys, aged 11 and 8. And what a thrilling adventure it turned...
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Brian A.
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An Unforgettable adventure

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 4, 2024
The entire trip was well-organized, safe, and incredibly fun. I highly recommend this chartered fishing experience with Happy...
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Wonderful Experience

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 19, 2024
Fishing with Captain Jamie was a great experience. Very knowledgeable of the lake, put us on fish and provided great customer...
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Good Experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on July 10, 2024
Captain Jamie and the First Mate were great! The weather was good and the whole experience was enjoyable! We caught a King...
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FAQs about Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti"

Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti" offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $600 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $900 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti", you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box Cooler for fish
  • Radar

Trips booked with Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti" include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Frozen Smelt)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (A must for safety)
  • Lunch (Available with advance notice at extra charge)

Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti" offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Superior)
  • Inshore Fishing (St. Louis Bay, Walleye (alternative on windy days))
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti" offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Happy Hooker Charters – "Aluminauti" include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye

Meet the Charter Operator

Happy Hooker Charters
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
205 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2018
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
Four generations of captains. Our services are in great demand as we have grown over the years. Providing exceptional service to our customers keep them coming back year after year. We are now operating Seven Fishing Boats – “Hooker Too”, “Treble Hook”, “Happy Hooker”, “Hooker IV”, “Hooker V” , "Nauti Hooker" and "ALUMINAUTI" The “Fish Dynasty” of Lake Superior
Our Team
Jamie C.
Captain

About this listing

Targeted species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat specs

Marinette (Cruiser) originally built in 1989, and restored in 2021. Powered by 2 250HP Chrysler engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Superior
Inshore Fishing
St. Louis Bay, Walleye (alternative on windy days)
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Frozen Smelt
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
A must for safety
Lunch
Available with advance notice at extra charge

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
You Keep Catch
Crew will happily fillet and package your catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
Call and ask

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

July Summer Bite!
July Summer Bite!
July 19, 2024
July’s mid summer bite is in full swing! Full blowm copper and leadcore with spoons as well as deep dipsy dovers and mag spoons have been producing quality lake trout, a few coho salmon and even some Lake Superior king salmon. Fish have been hitting in water temps between 46-52 degree water roughly 40-70ft down in the water column. Tight lines! -Capt Jamie
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King Salmon are starting to show up in D
King Salmon are starting to show up in D
July 1, 2024
Great morning on Lake Superior! Guests were able to fight and land this Superior king salmon! As surface temps are rising, we continue to push deeper in the water column with deeper leadcores, downriggers and dipsys with the leadcore being most effective at the moment. Tight Lines!
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Coho on the menu!
Coho on the menu!
July 1, 2024
Great PM trip today aboard Aluminauti! This has been a great year for coho! Never have we seen coho sticking around the Twin Ports this late in the season. Offshore winds have kept the water cold amd the fish hungry! Light leadcores are working as well as shallow dipsys and shallow downriggers, all in the top 35 ft of the water column. Spoons and flasher flies have been producing! Tight lines! -Capt Jamie
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