Brothers find success with Lake Erie fishing charter

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Three members of a charter stand with their catch after a day of fishing with Hoopes Line & Sinker on Lake Erie.

Chris, Matt Hoopes provide hands-on fishing experience on 30-foot catamaran

By Carol McIntire
The skies are blue, water temperature warm and fish are plentiful in Lake Erie.
Chris and Matt Hoopes, owners of Hoopes Line & Sinker Lake Erie Sport Fishing, say that is a perfect combination fora day of fishing on one of the Great Lakes.
The two men, who grew up in Minerva, are partners in the business that provides fishing opportunities on a 30-foot catamaran.
“We were both outdoorsmen growing up in the Minerva area,” said Matt. “We grew up fishing with our dad on Atwood and Leesville lakes. Dad fished seven days a week.”
With that kind of background, it was only natural that, at some point in their lives they would return to their roots. Five years ago, they left the family business, decided to become their own bosses, bought a boat, built it from the ground up and headed to Lake Erie.
“Lake Erie is the fishing capital of the world,” explained Chris. “The weather is perfect this year, the water temperature warm and the fish are very chunky and healthy!” he added.
Both men are master level U.S. Coast Guard guides and offer clients eight hours of fishing from dock-to-dock, or less if the fish limit is met before eight hours.
“The pandemic has brought families together and fishing is a perfect family sport,” Chris noted. “Families may not be able to take their typical family vacation this year, so we are offering an alternative the whole family can enjoy. We can assist with lodging suggestions, whether it be hotels, camping or bed and breakfasts for families or groups who are looking for a get-away weekend.”
The Hoopes brothers provide all the supplies for a day of fishing, served with some guidance and assistance. Clients should bring a cooler filled with snacks and drinks of their choice.
“Our goal is to be hands-on. We want to help people catch fish so we share how we fish and catch them,” explained Matt, adding that the first charter this season was a group from Ashtabula which caught 30 fish and took home 38 pounds of filets. “That was a good day!”
The business is based out of Ashtabula. Tours can be booked by calling 330-205-8645. Call for additional information or check out their Facebook page, The Lake Erie Fishing Charter, or website,
Videos are on YouTube as well.

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