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We welcome everyone aboard the "SPECIAL-EYES" for a great day of sport fishing, whether you are a novice first timer or veteran who knows how to run the deck, Capt. Dale, Capt. Bob, Capt. CJ and Capt. John will make sure you have a safe, fun, and memorable trip to Lake Erie.
Capt. Dale has been fishing ever since he could hold a cane pole, passed his hunter education class when he was 9 years old and has been in the outdoors ever since.
Capt. Dale and his family has had boats on Lake Eire and has fished it since the 1980's, He has always enjoyed chasing Walleye from Eire to the inland lakes which led him to having a pretty successful tournament career of 14 years, traveling local and national tournaments. After 14 years of tournament fishing Capt. Dale and his Wife Dianne decided to buy there first charter boat, a 1990 27' Sport-craft and Special-Eyes Charters was born.
There have been multiple boats over the last 18 years of running charters, now Special-Eyes Charters is settled in with four really comfortable 30 foot Lake Erie boats
Capt. Bob has been fishing Lake Erie since he was 12 years old, he spent every minute he could with his Uncle and mentor casting the legendary weight forward Erie Dearies (The Lure That Made Lake Erie The Walleye Capitol of The World) and Toms lures all over the West end of Lake Erie including the famous Lake Erie Islands.
Capt. Bob has spent 47 years chasing walleye and smallmouth bass from the far West End all the way to the East of Presque Isle Bay on Lake Erie. He retired 5 years ago to live out his dream of being a charter boat captain, which he successfully does full time now and has been a professional Lake Erie Guide with Special-Eyes Charters since 2016.
If Your looking for a great time on the water, filling the cooler and making some memories with a very experienced Captain, Book a day or two, you won't regret makin that decision.
Born and raised in NE Ohio , Capt. CJ has been fishing Lake Erie and its tributaries for over 35 years. As a kid, captain CJ would look forward to summers at Lake Erie and time on the water spent with his Uncle. Over the years Captain CJ has been offered the opportunity to fish many different places from the Florida Keys, low country of South Carolina and the Oregon Inlet in North Carolina. But Captain CJ has always held Lake Erie walleye fishing closest to his heart. With a nudge from one of his best friends and fellow captain on Lake Erie, Captain CJ pursued his captains license and he has been professionally guiding on Lake Erie for four years.
Captain CJ is a passionate and easy going fishing guide that takes his job very seriously. He will go above and beyond to make sure you have the best time possible on the water and catch lots of fish! Joining the Special-Eyes team in 2022, Captain CJ's goal is to not only catch fish, but also to share his knowledge with customers and create memorable experiences with them for years to come.
Capt. John grew up on Lake Erie fishing with his grandparents as a kid, fishing out of a 25' Sport-craft built in 1988 called Mickey Mouse "Still Miss That Boat". Though, before Capt. John became a charter captain, he ran and owned a successful Taxidermy Studio of 10 years and traveled the country competing in State taxidermy competitions, competing against some of the best Taxidermist in the world. Throughout the years his passion for hunting started to dwindle eventually loosing all interest in the art of taxidermy leading to closing down the Taxidermy shop, now he just spends every waking minute he can on the water fishing Lake Erie
Capt. John has over 20 years of experience fishing Lake Erie, first starting out working as a first mate leading him to hit the books and earning his captains license. Capt. John has now been guiding on Lake Erie professionally since 2015, sharing his passion of walleye fishing and Lake Erie with others, joining the Special-Eyes Team in 2023