Manatau Charters

“Manatau Charters” invites you on the fishing trip of a lifetime on the Pennsylvania side of Lake Erie, one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the US! The charter is operated by Captain Jim Pettys, who was born and raised in Erie and has fished the lake for over 5 decades. He knows the best spots to find your targets and has perfected the art of catching them!

Hop aboard his 24’ Trophy walkaround boat, powered by a 250 HP Mercruiser engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. This speedy beauty will take you to the best spots with the help of top-notch GPS and Fishfinder. She also features a toilet, bed, and kitchen for maximum comfort on board.

You’ll target some of the most sought-after freshwater fish in Lake Erie’s blue waters. From June to September, its all way about hooking into the ever-elusive Walleye. May through September will see you going after Perch, as well as Smallmouth Bass. And the fall? It’s reserved for Steelhead, of course!


All of the fishing gear you need for a productive day is already on board and at the end of the trip, Capt. Jim is happy to clean and fillet your catch. Bring along any drinks and snacks you’d like to enjoy and, most importantly, don’t forget to pick up a fishing license beforehand!

Experience the best of what Lake Erie has to offer with Manatau Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Walleye Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 20
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Use this great opportunity to join Manatau Charters on a Full day trip and catch Walleye. Don't worry about the gear, Captain Jim will take care of that and take you to all the good places. Pack drinks, snacks, and your fishing license and you're ready!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Walleye Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 20
    $475
    price breakdown
    $475
    You'll break a sweat and hook into plenty of delicious Walleye on this 6-hour fishing adventure! Captain Jim takes you to his best spots to target the elusive fish and brings along all the gear you need to get it done. Pack drinks, snacks, and your fishing license and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bass Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 7
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Head out in search of Smallmouth Bass in beautiful Lake Erie! This seasonal trip will see you out on the water for 4-hours using gear provided by Capt. Jim. Snacks, drinks, and a fishing license are all you need to bring!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Perch Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 20
    $375
    price breakdown
    $375
    Spend 4-hours searching for delicious Perch in productive Lake Erie! Capt. Jim brings along all the gear you need and advises you on best techniques for hooking Perch. Snacks, drinks, and a fishing license are all you need to bring!
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About the Captain

Jim Pettys
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
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1 Fishing Reports
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31 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2017
Captain Jim has lived in Erie, Pennsylvania for all of his life. He's been fishing Lake Erie for over 50 years and possesses all the skills needed to put you on the most famous fish in these waters.  Whether you’re targeting Walleye, Perch, Bass, or Steelhead, Capt. Jim’s knowledge is your greatest treasure!

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Walleye 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
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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
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

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Customer Reviews

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4.97
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
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Fishing with Jim
Best trip ever we got 12 fish in 2 hrs
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  August 7, 2020
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Scott U.
Paxtonville, PA
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Fantastic experience!!

VERIFIED   July 9, 2020
I am so glad I came across this charter.  My two sons and I had a blast.  The captain and mate are great guys as...
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Brett B.
Selinsgrove, PA
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Full day trip with captain Jim.

VERIFIED   NEW  August 6, 2020
Even though it was a “slow pick day” for all charters on the water, we had an excellent experience and caught nice...
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John M.
Maple Heights, OH
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8 trip with the best Captain and mate Shawn of Manatau

VERIFIED   NEW  July 24, 2020
Captain Jim provided us with an outstanding trip, his knowledge of his boat, the Weather, and the lake put us on fish early...
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David B.
Beaver, PA
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Fantastic day with Captain Jim and Mate Sean

VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
Spent an awesome day with Manatau Charters. Captain Jim worked to get us on a school of big fish and kept us there until we...
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