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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Fishing Reports

Sweet first time trip with my new friend

February 18, 2020

We had a great first time trip on lake Erie for walleye with my new Texas friend. We caught him his first walleye and 5 more with it for a full limit. I filleted them up for him and… Read Full Report →


Super February day fishing on Lake Erie

February 16, 2020

Had a great trip with this crew from Michigan today they took home limits of walleye on a beautiful sunny February day, this weather is awesome. some great dates still available for March and April get on the site… Read Full Report →


The Spring bite is almost upon us.

February 10, 2020

The fantastic spring walleye bite is almost here. Now is the time to get your trip booked for this great opportunity to get a trophy wall hanger walleye. Select and click to reserve your date now. Read Full Report →


Great day on the lake with some kiddo's

December 23, 2019

Had a nice trip on lake erie today with a crew of kids for Christmas. The bite was tough but everyone caught some walleye. Great weather for December. Read Full Report →


Great December trip on lake Erie

December 22, 2019

Had a great trip on Erie today we boated 4 - 9 lb fish and a 3 man limit some really great fishing for December with these repeat customers. Read Full Report →


One of the best days on Erie this year

October 20, 2019

Picked up this crew from southern Indiana on Sunday morning and headed out and got right on the walleye. Vance set this trip up to learn more about trolling for walleye and we took him to school today. We… Read Full Report →


Great first fall brawl trip for Scott wi

October 19, 2019

I took Scott and his son out on Saturday morning and we brought in a 3 man limit of very nice walleye with a 30" that hit the leader board for week 1. It was a great day on… Read Full Report →


Filling up the live wells out of Lorain

October 05, 2019

Nice couple trips saturday out of Lorain in the big waves. We boated some nice fish preparing for the Fall Brawl. The fall fishing is going to be great call to book your trip. Read Full Report →


Nice afternoon trip with some repeat cus

September 28, 2019

We launched at Mazurik at 1PM and headed to the weather buoy and we got on the fish. we had to deal with some rain and some wind coming back in but the cabin of the north river kept… Read Full Report →


Awsome fishing date with this young coup

September 28, 2019

We launched at Mazuriks at 7 am and headed north east to the weather buoy. We set up the TR1 auto pilot and started sending the bandits down to 50 feet deep. We caught this crew some nice limits… Read Full Report →


Great trip with some first time customer

September 21, 2019

We launched at Mazurik at 7AM and headed north east towards the weather buoy. We set down and immediately where marking fish. we sent the bandits down with 2oz weights and it was fish on. we had doubles and… Read Full Report →


Awsome day on lake erie catching walleye

September 16, 2019

Big fish day, nice grade of fish today. A 10 lb walleye is getting mounted and 2 young guys caught first walleye ever. Really fun trip. Read Full Report →


Great fishing with my indiana crew.

September 14, 2019

Had great couple days fishing with a cool crew from Indiana. Some nice fish and a five man imit. Caught out by canada line on bandits. Read Full Report →


Cool morning with father / son

August 11, 2019

Had a great trip today with a father son crew from Ohio. We trolled phantom daggers and bandits. Got them their limits of walleye. great morning on the lake. Read Full Report →


Great birthday trip with a crew from Mic

August 04, 2019

We launched at 7:30 and where setting lines east of Kelly's island along the border around 8 AM. We ran bandits back 85 to 100 blue chrome, we ran flicker minnows back 50/100 with 2 oz perch colors, we… Read Full Report →


afternoon Father / Son-in-law trip

July 15, 2019

We had a very Productive trip running out of Lorain this afternoon with a father and son-in-law from Iowa. We fished in deeper water north of the dumping grounds out of Lorain, Ohio towards the Canada boarder and found… Read Full Report →


Beautiful morning trip with a couple fro

July 15, 2019

Wow Wow and Wow did we have a great trip Monday morning with a really nice couple from West Virginia. When the husband called he said they had a bad trip in the outerbanks not catching any fish. He… Read Full Report →


Fishing with a crew from Cincinnati

July 14, 2019

It was as fast as you could reel them in this morning out of Lorain Ohio. We fished out towards the weather buoy in 60 foot of water and found a nice grade of fish. had a lot of… Read Full Report →


some cool cats from Cleveland walleye fi

July 13, 2019

Had a really fun second trip with a couple cool cats and their boys from Cleveland Saturday afternoon. We had a blast laughing and singing fishing songs while we boated 30 walleye. We filleted them up and sent them… Read Full Report →


Walleye fishing with first timer family

July 13, 2019

Great Saturday morning trip with a family from Virginia. First time walleye fishing for them all and we boated over 30 walleye we sent them all back but three to live another day, kept just enough for supper since… Read Full Report →


Great 4th fishing out of Huron Ohio

July 04, 2019

Had a nice trip out of Huron yesterday morning before the rain. We went straight out just east of the dump in 42 foot of water. There where very large globs of hatching mayfly in the water about 10… Read Full Report →


Father Daughter trip in Lorain.

June 22, 2019

Had a great morning fishing in Lorain with a father daughter crew from Columbus. We drifted and cast weapons rigs until the wind died then we trolled. Caught at least 50 walleye. They took home a three man limit.… Read Full Report →


Fathers day weekend in Lorain

June 16, 2019

Spent the weekend fishing in Lorain. Saturday aftenoon was a solo run havn't done that in a while. I caught and released 30 walleye in just a few hours. All on the Phantom Dagger 7 pulled behind a jet… Read Full Report →


LEWT championship tournament 6/7-9

June 07, 2019

We finished our LEWT tournament series last weekend fishing between vermilion and Loraine Ohio. We pulled some nice fish on bandits and phantom dagger 7 body baits. we finished 18th out of 60 and had a great season. We… Read Full Report →


7 man limit in 4 hours amazing fishing

May 26, 2019

we had a trip with a 7 man crew this past sunday and wow was the fishing amazing we caught a 7 man limit north of kelly's island in 4 hours several doubles and triples came on the boat.… Read Full Report →


Great fishing with my dad and son

May 24, 2019

We had a blast fishing over the memorial weekend. We caught 4 man limits both days in just a few hours on bandits south of kelly's island. Great times to remember with family can't wait to do it again… Read Full Report →


Sandusky LEWT tournament

May 18, 2019

We had a lot of fun pre-fishing and fishing in the LEWT tournament this weekend out of sandusky. We got on some real nice fish while pre-fishing but just couldn't get the bit we where looking for during the… Read Full Report →


3 man limit 5 days straight

May 16, 2019

I was lucky enough to fish with these two guys from wisconsin 5 days straight and we limited out on walleye each day in just a few hours. Amazing fishing all on bandits 70 to 90 back at 1.7… Read Full Report →


Great trip with a father and sons from g

May 10, 2019

Had a great trip with these three fellas today, we got on the fish and they took home what they came for. Good group of guys and we had a lot of fun. all on Bandits today 65 to… Read Full Report →


Crew from Wisconsin

May 07, 2019

We had a nice trip with this crew of 3 from Wisconsin. The big fish in the middle is getting mounted it was a 9 pounder. They took home a nice limit of fish all on bandits out by… Read Full Report →


Anniversary trip

May 05, 2019

I had a great trip with a couple from Grand Rapids celebrating their anniversary. They went home with a limit of nice walleye that we caught in just a few hours. the fishing was amazing today very fast and… Read Full Report →


Howell, MI crew

May 04, 2019

We reeled up a 4 man limit today on the Pork Chop Express. These fellas where happy taking home the cooler full of fillets we got them today. All on bandits 70 to 85 back great fishing continues. Read Full Report →


2 day trip with a crew from Indiana

April 26, 2019

We had to dodge the wind and waves but we made it happen for this crew of fun guys from Indiana. We got them their 6 man limit of very nice walleye both trips. all on bandits 60 to… Read Full Report →


Training trip Day

April 21, 2019

I had a nice one on one training trip today with a nice fella that has inherited a boat but hasn't ever fished lake Erie for walleye. Our main goal was to train and deploy many different styles of… Read Full Report →


Crew from Cincinnati

April 13, 2019

We had a rough day on the lake today with wind and waves but we made the best of it and got this crew out on some really nice fish. They where happy to get out and be able… Read Full Report →


Crew from Cleveland

April 07, 2019

We had a great trip today with a crew from cleveland ohio They wanted to catch some big fish and they did. 5 over 10 lbs today. The fishing was great all on bandits 45 to 70 back great… Read Full Report →

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4.96
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Jack O.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
 5.00
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Half day

May 6, 2019
Very pleasant trip. Captain allowed us to get as involved with setting lines (and whatever else) as he was comfortable...
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Chris S.
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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We hammered the walleyes!

May 25, 2019
Fished out of Sandusky, Ohio on the Pork Chop Express over Memorial Day weekend. We met Sam bright and early at the boat launch...
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Sara J.
Brighton, Michigan
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Walleye fish with captain Pork Chop

June 6, 2019
My son and a friend went fishing with Captain Pork Chop and caught some really big walleye. They had a blast and all the fish...
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Tommy D.
Brooklyn, OH
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 13, 2019
Best time captain is funny and make you feel like is your boat and we Caught a lot of fish
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Daniel B.
Greenville, SC
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Morning Fish

VERIFIED   July 10, 2019
Pork Chop knee too well where the fish were. My son got tired of reeling them in
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