Holiday Charters

Captain Gene Patena

Enjoy Lake Erie Fishing at It's Finest
Walleye * Perch * Bass

Family Friendly Charters

419-271-4366 cell


Address:   839 Curran Street, Sandusky, OH 44870

Family Charters
The Boat
Map and Directions

Charter Policy
Why Book a Charter
Suggested Items To Bring
Fishing Charter Rates and Licenses


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Hi, my name is Capt. Gene Patena:

Everyone calls me Geno.  Let me be your guide to fun-in-the sun on Lake Erie's shimmering waters and offer you a chance to match wits with Ohio's famous game fish.  I want to hear you yell  "GET THE NET", "GET THE NET" over and over again.  My associates and I will make every effort to make your day enjoyable and successful; whether it's relaxing on Lake Erie or enjoying action packed fishing.  Each trip is tailored to meet your needs and fishing experience.  I make it a point to go the extra mile!  So, give me a call.

Come as Guests & Leave as Friends...

Captain's Credentials

  • U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain (100 gross tons master)

  • Ohio Licensed Fishing Guide

  • Fully Insured

  • Member of the Sandusky Charter Boat Association

  • Member of the Western Basin Sportfishing Association

  • Member National Association of Charter Boat Captains (N.A.C.O.)

  • 35 years living at the waters edge owning and operating vessels on Lake Erie


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About the Boat - Reel Time

The "Reel Time" is built for the rigors of the great lakes charter fishing industry. The boat is built with the serious fisherman in mind that has a family who enjoys a comfortable on-board experience. "Reel Time" is a custom made 30 foot Cherokee hardtop sport fish boat with a 11.5 foot beam, twin fuel injected 300 H.P. engines that can speed quickly and safely to our fishing destinations. Its cockpit is 32 inches deep with the floor located at the waterline because stability and safety are of prime importance. "Reel Time" boasts a 6 foot 5 inch standing height under the huge hardtop which will insure you will be warm, dry and shaded from the sun. There is seating for nine (9) including a dinette table, It is equipped with a bow seat for rod in hand drift fishing action. The hull construction is said to be nine times stronger than a fiberglass counterpart. It is a United States Coast Guard documented vessel and is one of only three others operating on Lake Erie.


Two color fish finders ** Three VHF marine radios ** RayMarine 12" GPS/Nav/Fishfinder/Plotter

** Dinette table with seating for 4 ** Bow seat for drift casting* * Auto pilot ** Cell phone

** Refrigerator ** Marine head ** Swim platform ** 30 Rod holders ** 2 large coolers

** Landing nets and bait containers ** Electric trolling reels and tackle ** Radio direction finder

** Aerated bait system ** Fenwick & Shakespeare rods and reels (furnished on a replacement basis)


Family Friendly Charters
Perfect for the Kids and Adults Alike !

Millions of people go fishing on Ohio's 147 mile long Lake Erie and about one fourth are youngsters under the age of 18. When it comes to youngsters, they say fishing is fun ! I say it's more than mere amusement; it's educational, challenging, promotes health and excercise along with teaching the value of patience. It's my experience that youngsters need fast action to keep their attention, therefore it's usually best to start by keeping it simple by bottom fishing for Erie's delicious yellow perch which have been known to be in abundance. Of course we will have to be prepared just in case a larger fish like a walleye or fresh water drum hits the line. The smile on your youngsters face will tell it all !! I take pride in offering a learning as well as a catching experience.

Map & Directions

The boat "Reel Time" is docked inside a boat house at the waters edge on Curran Street.  The address is 839.

We're just 5 minutes from the famous Cedar Point Amusement Park and 15 minutes from Kalahari Resorts.  Many of our customers enjoy fishing a half day and then visit the resorts in the afternoon or evening. 

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  Charter Policy

  • Charters are a full 8, 6, or 5 hours dock to dock. Trips may be extended.
  • A $ 100.00 deposit is required for reservations.  Payment may be made by cash or check.  Checks payable to Capt. Gene Patena, 839 Curran Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
  • You may also pay by using our secure Pay Pal option
  • Remainder settlement may be made by cash, check or money order.
  • Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a full refund.  Cancellations due to weather conditions or any other reason is at the captains discretion.  In such an event another date will be offered or a full deposit refund may be given.
  • Fishing charters normally leave the dock at 7 a.m., however other prior arrangements can be made to suit your schedule.
  • To drift fish, troll or both is "your choice".
  • Recommend contact with each other on the day before the charter for the purpose of checking weather conditions and any other final details.
  • Illegal drugs are not permitted onboard.




Trolling catch off Huron, OH in Late September



Suggested Items To Bring

We supply most of the things that you will need to make your fishing trip a success, but there are a few items that we recommend you bring. 
We ask all customers to provide the following...

  • Valid Ohio fishing license (not required if under 16)
    Ohio now offers a 1 day fishing license, which is not activated until the "actual day of useage". If you desire, you can
    Purchase your fishing license on-line here
  • Proper clothing for weather
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Suntan lotion, Camera, etc.
  • Soft-Soled Shoes - Please avoid black-soled shoes
  • Food and beverages (CAN BEER IS OK)
  • One cooler for taking fish home
  • Motion sickness medicine (if needed)
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Fishing Charter Rates

( 6 or Fewer Patrons )

Standard Walleye - Full Day   8 hours    $ 570.00

Standard Walleye    6 hours    $ 510.00

Standard Smallmouth- Full Day   8 hours    $ 600.00 + bait

Standard Perch Fishing Trips   5 hrs.    $345.00

All equipment, bait & ice furnished on Standard trips.

Executive Trips: include the Standard trip package plus boxed lunches, beer, soft drinks, water & snacks. Call for pricing.

With today's extremely volatile gasoline prices, we 'may' need to include a nominal surcharge if prices fluctuate dramatically.


Explore Sandusky Bay, see and learn about the most photographed lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Get acquainted with Johnson's Island which was the Confederate Prison Camp, view million dollar homes built on the site of an old quarry,

the mystery of KaFrulu Island, ship wrecks, boathouses, coal docks, Cedar Point from the water....and more ! Rates upon request.

Fish Ohio (over 30") caught off of Kelly's Island

   A $ 100.00 deposit is needed to confirm your reservation. 

Larger group arrangements can be made with sufficient notice.

We can also recommend very nice accommodations within walking distance of the boat.

Please ask when reserving your date.

Gift Certificates for Those Special in Your Life

419-625-4366 (office) or 419-271-4366 (cell)