Captain
Samuel Downing

Member since June 2019 Lakeside Marblehead, United States
Background
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a rod and a gun. I remember fishing trips with my dad to the Allegheny River to night fish for suckers and cat fish as a little boy. Then moved on to wading the streams fishing for Trout, learning the finesse techniques of fly fishing, and the patience involved with the sport. As I grew older, we ventured to the great lakes in New York and Pennsylvania to fish for Salmon and Steelhead creating great memories. Then I went into the Air Force and ended up stationed in North Dakota where I was exposed to Walleye fishing on Devils Lake. I fell in love with the challenges of catching Walleye. Several years later I ended up living in Michigan surrounded by tremendous Walleye fishing opportunities. I purchased a Lund boat, gained knowledge and experience and decided to upgrade to my North River and get a charter license to share what I have learned.
Techniques
I troll, jig, drift and cast for walleye. We have the boat equipped to do them all with all the gear needed. Some customers like the rod in hand, others like to just reel them in and let the boat do the work so we let the customers decide. My preference changes with the season and the weather. We jig and troll in the spring, we drift, troll and cast in early to late summer and we troll in the fall into winter.

Hey, I'm Captain Samuel Downing

Lakeside Marblehead, United States
Background
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing as soon as I was old enough to hold a rod and a gun. I remember fishing trips with my dad to the Allegheny River to night fish for suckers and cat fish as a little boy. Then moved on to wading the streams fishing for Trout, learning the finesse techniques of fly fishing, and the patience involved with the sport. As I grew older, we ventured to the great lakes in New York and Pennsylvania to fish for Salmon and Steelhead creating great memories. Then I went into the Air Force and ended up stationed in North Dakota where I was exposed to Walleye fishing on Devils Lake. I fell in love with the challenges of catching Walleye. Several years later I ended up living in Michigan surrounded by tremendous Walleye fishing opportunities. I purchased a Lund boat, gained knowledge and experience and decided to upgrade to my North River and get a charter license to share what I have learned.
Techniques
I troll, jig, drift and cast for walleye. We have the boat equipped to do them all with all the gear needed. Some customers like the rod in hand, others like to just reel them in and let the boat do the work so we let the customers decide. My preference changes with the season and the weather. We jig and troll in the spring, we drift, troll and cast in early to late summer and we troll in the fall into winter.

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4.98
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Great Day of Fishing with Pork Chop
Feels so good to Limit.
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Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   November 21, 2020
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Judy S.
Mason, OH
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on September 25, 2020
Booked the trip at the last minute.  Captain Samuel worked with me to meet my schedule.  Customer service, boat and equipment...
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Lisa T.
Toledo, OH
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Walley trip with Captain Sam and his mate!

VERIFIED   Special 2 Person Trip (AM) on July 11, 2020
Captain Sam and his mate were awesome!  The waters were not cooperating on the day we scheduled and Captain Sam called and...
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Brian L.
Houston, TX
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Great bday trip

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Walleye/Perch Combo on September 26, 2020
Thanks Captain Sam. Great trip! We hauled in our limit while other boats were coming back with nothing. What a great day on...
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Stephen P.
Chiriaco Summit, CA
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Feels so good to Limit.

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Walleye (PM) on July 25, 2020
captian Sam knows his fishing. The boat is awesome and has lots of room. We had an epic time reeling in the Limit in less than...
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