Captain Matt Yablonsky
US Coast Guard Certified Master Captain
I have been a charter captain for 11 years and have been fishing the Niagara Region for 17 years. I have been a full time charter captain for the last 4 years. On average I'm on the water 250 days a year. I charter on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River. Lots of people refer to me as "The small boat guy." I have chartered out of 21' Lund boats since I started my charter business. It has allowed me to operate charters on both lakes and the Niagara River comfortably and safely. It also allows me to offer trolling trips on Lake Ontario at a reasonable price. Making my charter service more family friendly. On Lake Erie we fish for smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. On Lake Ontario we troll for all species of trout and salmon. The Lower Niagara River offers trophy trout and salmon fishing from September through May
I fish many tournaments and derbies throughout the year and I also participate in club tournaments, donation tournaments, the lake Ontario pro-am series and the Loc Derby series. In the LOC derby alone, I have 38 top 20 places since 2009, of which 2 are Grand prize
, 6 are First place
and 3 are Second place
. I have won the Niagara Pro-AM
(Pro division) twice, once in 2006 and again in 2012.
There are three tournaments that I donate my services to each year:
Lower Niagara Sport Fishing Challenge
Niagara Basseye and Reeling for a Cure
The first two tournaments are charity tournaments for Cystic Fibrosis.
I have had the Grand Champion
team 3 times. Grand Champion Angler
4 times in the lower Niagara Sport Fishing Challenge
I have also had the Grand Champion team
the last two years and Grand Champion Angler
last year for the Niagara Basseye.
I also have various top place finishes in the club tournaments and other donation tournaments.
I have had multiple articles written about my derby wins and my techniques of fishing the various water bodies of the Erie, Niagara region. You can find these in the great lakes angler, Lake Ontario Outdoors, STS magazine and New York Outdoor News.
I have provided footage for various television shows. One of the shows was filmed on the Lower Niagara River for Illinois outdoors. Other television shows were filmed on Lake Ontario for is CRCS OUTDOORS. So far we have filmed 5 episodes in the last three years and have plans on filming 1-2 shows every year.
We are currently running a 2016 Lund Tyee Magnum as our charter boat. This boat was specifically designed by Lund for the great lakes and big water. With the full windshield and high sides it will keep you dry and safe.
We powered this boat with Mercury Outboards. A 200 HP Verado Pro XS supercharged 4 stroke and 9.9 4 stroke kicker. Power, reliability and the fact that they are made in the USA is why we chose Mercury!
EQUIPMENT AND TACKLE
All of our tackle is new and maintained on a regular basis. We strive to have the best equipment and tackle available to make your fishing experience the best it can be.
- Cannon Mag 10 STX riggers
- Shark weights
- Lowrance HDS gen 3 touch fish finders & GPS
- Fishhawk X4D down speed and temp unit for trolling
- Minn Kota Terova I pilot 112lb thrust 36 volt US/AP
- Shimano Tekota 300,600 & 800
- Diawa heartland downrigger and diver. Okuma leadcore/copper rods for our
Lake Erie and Niagara River rod in hand fishing
- All of the rods we use for rod in hand fishing are Fenwick HMX rods. These rods are equipped with Shimano Sahara 2500 spinning reels, Shimano Cardif or Shimano Curado baitcasting reels depending on the species of fish we are targeting.
Capt. Matt Yablonsky
Cell: (716) 550-0413
Email: e-mail Wet Net Charters
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Our Clients say ..."Thanks had a wonderful time. Was wondering if you could send some of the pictures you took from the Saturday morning trip. I am the little short fat guy. My boss here wants to bring his family - 4 people. So I gave him your brochure. Will be hearing from me and my family for an August trip.Thanks again."
Riley Blakley, Gloversville, NY
A New York State Freshwater Fishing License is required for adults
(16+ years old).
They can be easily obtained at any Walmart Store in New York State or at
Village of Lewiston Offices. 145 N 4th St., Ste 1, Lewiston, NY 14092
Clerk's Office 716-754-8271.
Ask Captain Matt to help you get yours, when you call to book your fishing charter!
You can also get your licenses online.
For New York State.
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