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Captain Paul Pacholski

I have been a professional full-time licensed captain and fishing guide for the past 25 years. Taking people fishing IS my full-time job!

Fishing has always been a huge part of my life. For me, there is nothing more enjoyable than giving my customers the greatest fishing experience of their lives.

On Deac’s Retreat Charters fishing is only part of the charter experience. I will not only teach you how to catch fish but will also explain the diverse ecosystem that makes Lake Erie such a fantastic fishery. My goal of any charter is to make sure that everyone on aboard catches fish and has FUN!

I’m licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Charterboat Operator and by the State of Ohio as a Lake Erie Fishing Guide.

I’m a board member of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.

I’m an active member of the West Sister Charter Boat Association.

I’m a Pro-Staff member of the Pure Fishing Team.

I’m featured regularly on John Gillespie’s Woods & Waters television program.

I’ve been featured in past articles concerning fishing in The Toledo Blade, the Columbus Dispatch, the Cincinnati Post, and the Bryan Times.

My boat, the Erie Hopper, is not the standard fishing boat seen on Lake Erie. It is a 2004 custom-built 30’ Island Hopper with a roomy 12’ beam. With over twice the back deck space of most charter boats, this boat was built for fishing. During an episode of John Gillespies, Woods & Waters, John stated that, "It is probably the best boat that I've ever fished out of." I use state-of-the-art electronics including the latest in fish-finding, communications and Global Positioning satellite navigation equipment.

You can contact Paul by calling 1-800-798-1218 or visiting his site at www.eriehopper.com