Reel Knockoffs Guide Service

Reel Knockoffs Guide Service provides and teaches fishing techniques for anglers of all skill levels. Captain Matt Bowman and his team specialize in family-friendly trips and give their best with smaller groups on board. They depart from Oakville, ON, where you can find them any time of year.

Capt. Matt invites you to join him on his 23’ Wellcraft boat. This offshore vessel accommodates up to four guests, including kids over six years old. The boat features a powerful 150 HP Evinrude engine, which enables the boat to reach the maximum speed of 40 knots. Besides navigational electronics, the boat also has a live bait tank, downriggers, and a cooler.

Trolling for Salmon is what Reel Knockoffs are the masters of! With them, you can go trolling after Chinook, Coho, and Atlantic Salmon. Lake Ontario also holds an impressive number of Steelhead, Lake, and Brown Trout. You can release them back once you catch them, or keep them if you’re aiming for a delicious meal after the trip.

All fishing gear is provided. All you need to bring is a valid Ontario fishing license, proper clothing, and your snacks.

If you’ve never done it before, this is the right time to learn how to catch and clean fish. Come to battle some Lake Ontario monsters and have a great time on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Hardcore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $548
    Fish a full 8 hours while targeting salmon and trout. An earlier departure still means we can have you back on the dock at a decent time to keep those waiting at home, happy. Longer trip means more snacks and sunscreen!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $313
    You'll target different types of Salmon and Trout by trolling, using downriggers, long lines, and dipsey divers. You'll need to purchase your fishing license (usually around $20), bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. You get to keep the catch, so keep an eye on good restaurants in the area.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $313
    Spend this afternoon targeting Trout and Salmon! You'll mostly use trolling and heavy tackle. If you're hoping for a tasty meal after the trip, luckily, you get to keep the catch. The captain will cover your fishing equipment, but you need to purchase your fishing license and bring snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Evening Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $235
    Come for a 4 hour charter after work! Our target species will be Chinook and Coho Salmon.
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About the Captain

Matt Bowman
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
21 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2020
I began fishing when I was 3 and haven’t stopped since. I have always dreamed of fishing for a living because it’s my greatest passion and I love getting other people involved. Seeing my guests smile when they catch their first fish is priceless. But it's not just about catching fish – we're also creating memories together!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Atlantic) Salmon (Atlantic)

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Wellcraft 233 Coastal (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1991. Powered by a 150HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Jason O.
Brampton, ON
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Half day trip with Matt and his Father.

VERIFIED   NEW  Evening Trip on September 10, 2021
Took my son for a 4 hour evening trip.Had an awesome time. Bite was a bit tough but Matt worked hard and put us on fish. We...
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Victoria W.
Guelph, ON
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4 Hour Evening Trip

VERIFIED   Evening Trip on July 9, 2021
Matt was amazing, great communication when I was looking into booking this for my husband as I had no idea what to look for. ...
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Tatiana G.
Hamilton, ON
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Awesome time

VERIFIED   NEW  Evening Trip on September 4, 2021
We had an amazing time with Matt and his dad! It was our first experience and we would definitely recommend it!!
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Bryce A.
Ottawa, ON
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Evening trip with Matt and his dad

VERIFIED   Evening Trip on August 5, 2021
Our trip was so great. Both Matt and his dad were super professional, friendly, and fun. They played great music on the boat...
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 20, 2021
What a great experience! The look on my Father in laws face when he caught his fish. Matt you were awesome very helpful you...
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FAQs about Reel Knockoffs Guide Service

Reel Knockoffs Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $300 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - Evening Trip (4 hours)
  • CA $400 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • CA $400 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • CA $700 per group - Hardcore Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Reel Knockoffs Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Reel Knockoffs Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Rods are various brands and Okuma reels)
  • Live Bait (Bait strips prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Reel Knockoffs Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Reel Knockoffs Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Reel Knockoffs Guide Service include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Atlantic)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)