Captain Gene Patena

Enjoy Lake Erie Fishing at It's Finest
Walleye *

Come as Guests & Leave as Friends...

Family Friendly Charters
419-271-4366 cell


Address:   839 Curran Street, Sandusky, OH 44870

About the Boat
Map and Directions

Charter Policy
Why Book a Charter
Suggested Items To Bring




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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.

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

Family Friendly Charters

{ Perfect for kids and adults alike }

Millions of people go fishing on Ohio's 210 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 amusement. It's educational , challenging, and promotes healthy,exercise, 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 Lake 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, gets on the line. The smile on your youngsters face will tell it all!


So, If you interested,give me a call, I offer a learning as well as a catching expperience.




About the Boat - Reel Time The "Reel Time" is built for the rigors of 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.The "Reel Time" is a Custom made 30' Cherokee Hardtop, Great Lakes Charter Edition with a 11 1/2' beam.  Twin fuel injected 300 HP engines with speeds to quickly and safely crruise to your fishing location. It's cockpit is 32 inches deep with the floor located at thewaterline 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). It 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 component.It is a U.S.C.G. documented vessel and is only one of three others operating on Lake Erie.

  • Two color Fish Finders
  • Three VHF marine radios
  • Raymarine 12 in.GPS/Nav./Fish Finder/Plotter
  • Bow Seat for drift casting
  • Auto pilot
  • cell phone
  • AM/FM CD stereo system w/ MP3 player
  • Radio direction finder
  • 30 rod holders
  • Refrigerator
  • Marine Head
  • Swim platform
  • Dinette table w/setting for 4
  • Aerated Bait System
  • Coolers 2/large
  • Landing Nets / Bait Containers
  • Drift & trolling gear
  • Electric Trolling Reels And Tackle
  • All Saftey Gear

30' Cherokee "Reel Time"





Map & Directions

Reel Time is docked in a boat house at the end of Curran Street.  The number on the door is 839.

We're just 5 minutes from the famous Cedar Point Amusement Park.  Many of our customers fish a half day, then enjoy Cedar Point in the afternoon/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 to reserve your date.  Payment may be made by check or Money Order. 
  • Checks payable to Capt. Gene Patena. 839 Curran St. Sandusky, Ohio 44870
  • You may also chose to make a deposit using our secure credit card Pay Pal option
  • Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a 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 arangements for refunds will be made.
  • Charter confirmation will be forwarded to the person scheduling the charter.
  • Illegal drugs of any quantity are not permitted inboard.
  • Start time is normally 7 a.m.
  • Flexible departure times to fit your schedule
  • The remainder of the charter fee can be made upon completion of your trip, using check, money order, or cash.
  • Rods, reels, ect. furnished on replacement basis.




Trolling catch off Huron, OH in Late September



Why book a charter?

A person can charter several times a year for a fraction of the cost of maintaining and outfitting a big water boat!  Fishing with an experienced captain puts you where the fish are with the most sophisticated equipment and the maximum of safety.  No worries, just sit back relax and catch fish.



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) <purchase a 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    

Standard Walleye    6 hours    

Standard Perch Fishing Trips   5 hrs.   

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.

Corporate Charters

Business Employers: Treat and reward your staff. We can customize a package to fit your needs and also gear it to a team building.

Give us a call.

Get acquainted and visit the area of Johnson's Island witch at one time was a Confederate Prison

Camp and view the interior of the old quary and the million dollar homes within.

Tour, Photograph, and learn the history of Ceder Point from the water

Check out the most photographed light house on the Great Lakes (Marblehead Light House)

Explore Sandusky Bay, ship wreck areas, boathouses, the coal docks and more.

Rates upon request.

With todays volatile fuel costs we may have to include a nominal surcharge upon prices fluctuating dramatically.

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.

Gift Certificates for Those Special in Your Life

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