Captain
Ray Stare

Member since May 2019 Waukegan, United States
Background
I and the other two captains that work aboard Xtasea IV Charters grew up together fishing on Lake Michigan. All three of us each have 50 years of experience fishing on Lake Michigan. We decided to all get our credentials so we can share our passion for Lake Michigan with others. We have seen the place evolve over the last 50 years, and we are always keeping up with the very latest techniques and equipment.
Techniques
We troll at a speed of 2 to 3 miles pr hour. We will be using from 10 to 18 rods. We will normally be fishing for Coho Salmon, King Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Rainbow Trout. Sometimes we will drift fish for Yellow Perch.

Hey, I'm Captain Ray Stare

Waukegan, United States
Background
I and the other two captains that work aboard Xtasea IV Charters grew up together fishing on Lake Michigan. All three of us each have 50 years of experience fishing on Lake Michigan. We decided to all get our credentials so we can share our passion for Lake Michigan with others. We have seen the place evolve over the last 50 years, and we are always keeping up with the very latest techniques and equipment.
Techniques
We troll at a speed of 2 to 3 miles pr hour. We will be using from 10 to 18 rods. We will normally be fishing for Coho Salmon, King Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Rainbow Trout. Sometimes we will drift fish for Yellow Perch.

My Charter Listing

Xtasea IV Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (29)
Waukegan

Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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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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Xiaochun H.
Naperville, IL
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Half Day trip with Captain Ray

VERIFIED   Special 5 hours trip for Xiaochun Hu on August 9, 2020
We had a great time fishing on Xtasea with Captain Ray and first mate Joe. The boat is in excellent condition, very comfortable...
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Robert V.
Chicago, IL
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Morning Trip with Captain Ray and First Mate Dave

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM) on August 14, 2020
They had us on the fish from the jump.  My 12 year old son got to reel in three ~25 pound salmon plus some, my 10 year old...
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Joshua N.
Chicago, Illinois
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Half day trip - good fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Weekday (PM) on August 11, 2020
Great trip.  We were fortunate enough to catch all 4 species, Lake trout, Steelhead, Coho, and King.  Highlight was 37.5...
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Stanton A.
Winnetka, IL
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Highly recommend

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Weekday (PM) on August 19, 2020
My family and I had a great time with Captain Ray.  He was knowledgeable and friendly.  The boat and equipment were clean...
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Paul G.
Lombard, IL
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM) on June 8, 2021
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