Captain Rick is a second generation captain with
21 years as a full time Licensed Guide on Lake Erie with a US Coast
Guard 100 Ton Masters License that is unlimited, anywhere in the US
inland waters or oceans. On Lake Erie, Captain Rick has run over 3,000
charters and knows the lake from Toledo to Avon Lake area, and to
Pelee Island and north. Rick knows the lake, and the movement of the
fish on a seasonal basis.
"And you don’t have to twist his arm to go
Smallmouth bass fishing – his favorite trip, next to the area’s world
Other captains quote 30 years experience. Rick has 40 years
experience. But the difference between experience and being a U.S.
Coast Guard Licensed Captain is the performance level is greater.
Rick’s father started the charter service back in 1957. He also built
Rickard’s Bait & Tackle on Route 53 – formerly Dunlap’s Bait and
Tackle in the early 60’s. As a young teenager, Rick and his dad caught
minnows at night and sold them through the bait store and wholesale to
other bait stores. Rick’s mother ran the bait store during the day
while his dad ran charters.
During the winter months, Rick’s father captained boats for:
Mr. Molson of Molson Beer, Grand Bahamas Island
Mr. Stranahan of Champion Spark Plug, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
John Goerlich of Questor Corporation
Captain Rick also fished Key West, Florida from 1979 to 1992, at which
time he was running over 300 charters per year between Lake Erie and
Captain Rick worked as a mate aboard the Kay Venture, owned by Tex
Schram, former manager of the Dallas Cowboys, out of Key West’s
Oceanside Marina. He also delivered many yachts from Lake Erie to
Florida. He captained the BillFisher and Fish Buster at Garrison Bight
Marina, Key West for owner Captain Bill Kieldsen. Rick ran both these
boats for Captain Bill and learned a tremendous amount from him. Bill
also fished in Australia for black marlin as a mate for Captain Peter
Wright, a world famous marlin guide, and brought new techniques to Key
Rick leased the charter boat Irishmen for two years at Key West. He
fished the Gulf, Flats, Atlantic, using both light medium and heavy
He has also delivered many yachts from Lake Erie to Florida.
Catch Lake Erie's Finest Fishing
Captain “Turbo” Gary Mol
Captain “Turbo” Gary Mol has been
fishing Lake Erie since 1980. He started as a client and then moved
to first mate and has now been a captain on Lake Erie for over 10
His favorite saying is “I’ll love
Walleye fishing even better tomorrow!” He really does love what he
does. He is just as at home with the beginner fishermen as he is with
the weathered journeymen. When fishing with Turbo you can count on 3
things: a clean boat, proper tackle and 100% effort every day!
You’ll probably have a few laughs during the day too. He loves this
Catch Lake Erie's Finest Fishing!
Dunlap's Fishing Charter Service
East Harbor State
2186 N. Buck Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Toll Free: 877-797-4361
We know the Lake,
We know the fish and
We catch 'em!