Manatau Charters

Manchester Road
Fairview PA, United States

Manatau Charters invites you on the fishing trip of a lifetime on Lake Erie, one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the whole of the United States. The charter is operated by Captain Jim who was born and raised in Erie, and has fished Lake Erie for over 50 years. He knows the best spots where the fish can be found and has perfected the art of catching them. Captain Tim fishes out of Fairview, Pennsylvania.

Captain Jim will take you out on his 24-foot Trophy walkaround boat powered by a 250 HP Mercruiser engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. This speedy beauty will take you out to the best and most productive spots with Captain Jim using the on board GPS and a fishfinder to locate the spots. The boat also features a marine radio and a CD player if you need a soundtrack to your adventure.

The boat is fully equipped with the necessary fishing gear that includes rods, reels, tackle, lures, live bait, and you’ll have a first mate to help you with reeling in. All the USCG approved safety equipment is available on board, too.

Manatau Charters can take you fishing for Walleye from June to September, Perch from May to September, Smallmouth Bass from May to Early June, and Steelhead in the Fall. Captain Jim’s knowledge will be at your disposal so ask any questions you may have on the best techniques on catching your prefered species and ask for a fishing tail, you’ll be amazed!

If you are in need of accommodation, Captain Jim will be able to arrange a motel for you.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Walleye Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 20 Oct
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    A full day of Walleye fishing will not only produce good amounts of fish but a good amount of workout for you, too. Captain Tim will take you to the best spots where Walleye can be targeted.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Steelhead Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 20 Oct
    US$ 475
    up to 3 persons
    Steelhead fishing is best in the Fall months when the Rainbow beauty can be found in good numbers. Captain Tim will advise on the best techniques to catch this popular species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Walleye Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 20 Oct
    US$ 475
    up to 3 persons
    This 3/4 day trip for Walleye will allow you to change productive spots and in your search for the fish Lake Erie is best known for. Walleye is in season from June to September.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Bass Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Mar - 20 Oct
    US$ 375
    up to 3 persons
    Captain Jim will take you fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Lake Erie from May to early June. You will have all the necessary fishing gear included.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Perch Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 20 Oct
    US$ 375
    up to 3 persons
    Perch is in season on Lake Erie from May through September in very good numbers. Captain Jim will advise you on the techniques best suited to fishing for Perch.
  • Shared trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Walleye Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 20 Oct
    US$ 225
    per person
    This 3/4 day trip for Walleye will allow you to change productive spots and in your search for the fish Lake Erie is best known for. Walleye is in season from June to September.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth)
Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon

Walleye

Boat Specs

Trophy (Walkaround) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2004. Powered by a 250HP Mercruiser engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Checks

About the Captain

Jim Pettys
Fairview, Pennsylvania, United States
Member since March 2017
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Captain Jim has been a resident of Erie his entire life. He has been fishing Lake Erie for over 50 years and possesses all the skills needed to put you on fish.  Whether you’re targeting Walleye, Perch, Bass or Steelhead, Jim’s knowledge will be at your disposal.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.96
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Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Lisa Marcucci
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
 5.00
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3/4 day with Manatau Charters

VERIFIED   August 20, 2018
Excellent experience for myself and 14 year old nephew.  The crew was not only helpful and experienced, but spent a lot...
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Robert Desimone
Marine City, MI
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Walleye fishing? Book with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   June 28, 2018
If you want to catch walleye, book a trip with Captain Jim aboard the Manatau. We went out for an afternoon and got our limit...
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Norman Peterson
Elwood, UT
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Walleye fishing with Jim Pettys

VERIFIED   August 31, 2018
After to weather delays we had a wonderful fishing experience today. Jim is a wonderful congenial captain who knows the lake...
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Leah Laffey
Carnegie, PA
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A beautiful day and we caught lots of Walleye by trolling. Jim and Vince were extremely hospitable and great at locating fish. ...
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Beth Mcgonigal
Yonkers, New York
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Bass trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   May 19, 2018
We could not have asked for nicer folks to take us out on our bass charter. The weather wasn’t great, but Captain Jim took...
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