Captain Mark Morris is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed OUPV operator. He has been fishing since he was old enough to walk to the water. He grew up on a lake shore and spent his childhood with a fishing rod in hand chasing largemouth bass. Mark lived in Virginia Beach from 1982 until 1989 where he fished salt water both inshore and offshore on friend's boats and charter boats for species such as blue fish, stripers, salt water trout, amberjack, tuna and marlin. From 1989 until 1994 Mark lived in the Midwest, purchased his first boat and fished in the states of Minnesota and North Dakota focusing on the elusive walleye. When he returned to New York in 1994 he started fishing the Hudson River and Lake Ontario as well as other lakes and rivers within New York State and is now on boat #4. Mark has decided his favorite fishery is now Lake Ontario followed secondly by the Hudson River where trophy 20 to 30 pound fish are a common occurrence.
If you have never caught a trophy 20-30 pound striped bass or king salmon you don't know what you are missing. Captain Mark really enjoys sharing these exhilarating experiences. Hooking up with fish this size is quite the adrenaline rush and we hope you will try one of these charters. You won't be disappointed!
Current New York State fish records
Striped bass caught on the Hudson River =55 lbs. 6 oz. King (chinook) Salmon caught on Lake Ontario = 47 lbs. 13 oz.
Steelhead (rainbow) trout caught on Lake Ontario = 31 lbs. 3 oz. Brown trout caught on Lake Ontario = 33 lbs. 2 oz.
Lake Ontario is a premier world renowned fishery. It is well known for exceptional fishing and has a multitude of stocking programs around the lake.
Note: There are many fishing derbies both on the Hudson River and Lake Ontario if your group has interest in competing.
See www.LOC.org for some of the Lake Ontario derbies and a chance to win $20,000. Other derbies can be found by searching the internet.
See www.riverbasinsports.com to follow the striper migration pattern each spring.
Hudson River video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ53_QiZsJs
Lake Ontario videos:
The earlier years:
See www.lakeontariounited.com for fishing reports all year long. Focus on the lake wide and south shore reports.
What you need to bring
Jacket, rain gear, non-slip footwear, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, food, beverage, Bonine or Dramamine if fishing Lake Ontario and you have a history of motion sickness and a large cooler for taking your fish home!
You will need a New York State fresh water fishing license if fishing Lake Ontario . You will need to register for a migratory marine fishing license if fishing the Hudson River and it is free of charge. To purchase on line or register go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54950.html