About Us

Who we are

Port Franks Charter is the premium full time fishing charter, owned and operated by Port Franks local Capt. Pete and fishing the southern basin of Lake Huron. Launching out of the Port Franks harbour, we are a quick boat ride to multiple world-class fishing grounds that give us easy access to many species of fish including Chinook, Coho and Atlantic Salmon, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Walleye (Pickerel).

Our Goal

We aim to provide all our guests with a safe, enjoyable and memorable day on the water and to send them home with a bag full of fish, stories to tell, and long-lasting memories.

Why Choose Us

  • Experience: Capt. Pete has over 4 decades of experience fishing the southern basin of Lake Huron
  • Dedication: Running Port Franks Charters is Capt. Pete's full time job. He is 100% focused on running a successful charter
  • Equipment: Our boat is the ultimate fishing platform
  • Location: We launch out of Port Franks where there is virtually no traffic, easy free parking and washrooms
  • Great Value: We are an all-inclusive fishing charter, we provide all the required gear, water and juice, fish cleaning, and even a cooler bag with ice to take your fish home in
  • Customer experience: Easy online booking, accepting credit and debit card payments on board
  • Our track record: Our clients love us! We have over 60 5-star reviews on Google, our clients come back year after year, sometimes multiple times in a season

Meet The Captain

Capt. Pete grew up in Port Franks and lives in the community full time. He learned his love of fishing from his father and has over 40 years experience fishing the southern basin of Lake Huron. As an avid waterman, a fully licensed and insured marine captain, you can be assured of a safe, fun, and productive fishing charter with Capt. Pete as your guide. Pete is also active in the area as a proud member of the Lake Huron Fishing Club, Ontario Sports Fishing Guides Association, Bluewater Anglers. Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Port Franks Charters and Captain Pete are fully insured, and licensed by Transport Canada to operate as a Sport Fishing Passenger Vessel.

Capt Pete holding a large Chinook Salmon

Our Credentials

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency [SVOP]
  • Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety [SDV-BS]
  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Restricted Operators Certificate [ROC-M]
  • SVCP (small vessel compliance program)
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Our Vessel

New for 2023 our 27' KingFisher Escape 2425HT which has a fully enclosed cabin area and indoor seating for 7 guests comfortably, on the nicer days the bow is available for lounging, at the stern where all the excitement happens we have full boat control, and we are rigged for success. Wait till you see a 14 rod spread in action! Powered by 2023 Yamaha 250hp outboard, she is perfect for the big waters of Lake Huron. We have all the current electronics and gear needed to ensure a fun, productive and safe outing.

Our 27' Kingfisher boat trolling on Lake Huron

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What we do

We will be trolling for Salmon (Chinook, Coho and Atlantic), Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Walleye. Trolling requires that we are under power at all times. We will be moving about the lake at roughly 2.5mph - 3mph while we are fishing. We do not use live bait, instead we use a variety of spoons, body baits and flies. The rods (up to 14 of them depending on how many people we have on board) are set up to target different depths and stay in the rod holders until we get a strike. Once I set the hook, I pass the rod to my guests to enjoy the thrill of the fight. Below is a photo example of a 14 rod spread (one side of the boat, 7 rods)

Rod Holders on the gunwale, showing an example of one half of a 14 rod spread
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