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

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Waukegan

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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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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Brian B.
Long Grove, IL
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Morning Trip with Captain Ray and Dave

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM) on July 6, 2020
This was our first Lake Michigan fishing trip.  My kids and I had a great time.  Captain Ray and Dave were knowledgeable,...
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Austin W.
Streamwood, Illinois
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Memorial weekend fishing trip.

5 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM) on May 25, 2019
Couldn’t of asked for a better day out. The weather and water were great. No sooner then we dropped the lines in the water,...
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David B.
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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Half Day Trip With Captain Ray

6 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM) on May 18, 2019
Every year for the past 10 years i have fished on the Xtasea with Capt. Ray and his Crew. Ray’s knowledge of Lake Michigan...
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Craig M.
Omaha, NE
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6hr trip with Capt Ray

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM) on July 15, 2019
Capt Ray is the best! It was great to watch an expert set up all his gear. The fishing was excellent. He had us on fish so...
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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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