This is not a part time job or a hobby for our team. We take great pride in our boats and our work, and will strive to exceed your expectations. Safety is always our first concern — and a main reason for investing in the high-end Sport-fishing boats that we use — but if the forecast calls for wind or rain, we don’t mind the extra work to get you fishing. We know you are investing time and money in your trip, and the best time to go fishing is when you’re here. We will always attempt to make it your best day here. Whether it is a couple, family group, fishing buddies, or a corporate outing you will be fishing on a boat that is made for fishing, equipped to fish and not some cruiser imposter, we have real charter boats., and our boats are large enough to accommodate the clients, we are not sacrificing safety and comfort to operate a boat not suited for charter fishing. Lake Superior Fishing with Optimum Charters has been the leader in Duluth Charter fishing since 1982, there is a reason!

Our Lake Superior charter captains are in high demand as fishing guides in the Duluth and Superior area. We fish both Minnesota and Wisconsin waters. “Fish the Gitch” with us and see why we are the leaders in Duluth Fishing Charters and Lake Superior Fishing Charter Fishing.

Since 1982, we have cheerfully guided our guests in all aspects of Lake Superior fishing. Interested in personally rigging the tackle and landing the fish? Unlike some other charters, we will get you into the action, even if you have no experience. Or, if you prefer to sit back and relax with your family, friends or co-workers while we run the lines, we are glad to accommodate that, too. Either way, we’ll create great memories together.

Meet Our Captains

With 50+ years of combined experience and the finest equipment available, our captains deliver the greatest opportunity for a safe, enjoyable and successful day on the water.
Rob Hering

Rob Hering

Captain

Rob brings 10-plus years of experience on Duluth fishing charter boats. Captain Rob came to Optimum Charters in 2013 and quickly became a key player as a Duluth charter fishing guide. Captain Rob guides on Lake Superior for trout and salmon, but also within the St Louis River estuary in pursuit of walleyes, northern pike, and muskie. A father of three, Captain Rob brings patience and a priority for safety to each outing. Captain Rob is a U.S.Coast Guard Licensed Captain and is licensed as a guide in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Paul Mazzuco

Paul Mazzuco

Captain

A highly touted Duluth Charter Captain for Optimum Charters. Prior to coming aboard as one of our primary captains in 2011 Captains Paul fished many tournaments throughout the Midwest and in Canada and spent countless hours fishing lake trout and salmon on the Great Lakes. Since 2011, Captain Paul has compiled record numbers of trips and earned the respect of many repeat clients. Captain Paul has dedicated most of his life to learning the art of fishing and is excited to share his knowledge with you. Captain Paul Mazzuco is a U.S.Coast Guard Licensed Captain and is licensed as a guide in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

John Stieben

John Stieben

Captain

John has spent over 25 years fishing salmon and trout on the Great Lakes, while also fishing salmon from Washington to British Columbia and Alaska. Captain John has been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, The Outdoor Channel, and local TV outlets on such shows as Minnesota Bound, Backroads with Ron and Raven, and Backland Outdoors. He also delivers seminars all over the Midwest on trolling for trout and salmon in the Great Lakes, and owns a fishing tackle business that makes downrigger trolling equipment (roemerrelease.com). Captain John is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain and licensed as a guide in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

*All Captains and first mates utilized by Elite Fishing Charters, llc, d/b/a Lake Superior Fishing, Action Sportifishing Charters, Optimum Charters are independent contractors and no representation within this website or any form of advertisement should be construed that these contractors are employees of the previous listed business’.

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Our Boats

Opti I

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Opti I has been with us since 2004, it’s nearly 35’ L.O.A. and 12’ foot plus beam make this real fishing machine. In 2019 after years of service we rehabilitated the mechanicals of the boat so it is ready for many more years of service. Safety and comfort are one of the main reason we solely operate Tiara boats, Opti I , these are real charter boats made for the purpose, these are not ancient tin cruisers or small cruisers  impersonating fishing boats. Tiaras can take what Superior dishes out and get our clients and crews home safely. Opti I a large deck/cockpit area and seating for six passengers, your not shoved down in the cabin on Opti I. Equipped with a full marine head/toilet and generous cabin space if the client desires to use it,  OPT I i is a comfortable fishing machine. Opti 1 as with all our boat is equipped with commercial electronics, including fish finders, gps’ and radar,  5 Canon downriggers, 20’ Rupp outriggers, etc. we don’t sacrifice on equipment in providing safety and fish catching experience with.. Unlike others Optimum Charters is officially on pro staff of the leading fishing tackle Okuma, Bubba Blade, Phantom Lures,  Sitex Electronics, Roemer Release, and others, Opti I is equipped to be a top of the industry charter boat.

Opti II

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Opti II is the most customized Lake Superior charter boat, Opti II with Capt. Paul at the helm is the most utilized charter boat on Lake Superior since 2011. Capt. Paul took on a complete customization process in the fall of 2017.winter of 2018, born a  Tiara flybridge boat in Holland, Michigan, Capt. Paul removed the bridge, redesigned the cockpit and made this boat into a fishing machine. Opti II being a sister boat of Opti I has that great length and width for safety and stability. Now with the enlarged cockpit area, and the same cabin and Marine head/toilet there is not much one would change when designing a charter boat for Lake Superior Fishing. As with all our boats full complement fishing tackle with Rod and reels from Okuma, electronics for fishing finding and safety for Furuno and Sitex, Canon Downriggers, and lures and baits form such names as Rapala, Bomber, Phantom, and many great other partners. Capt. Paul takes great pride and you as the customer will see and fell why this customized Tiara is the predominate fish catcher on Lake Superior and the Duluth charter fishing industry.

Opti V

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Opti V is a 36 Tiara Open, regarded as many as the ultimate in 6 pack charter boats, and has been a staple of the charter fishing fleets on the great lakes especially for larger groups. Opti V at nearly 40’ in length, pushing 14’ wide and the largest cockpit of any charter boat in Duluth/Superior area, it is made for just that, fishing!  Powered with excess of 750 horsepower it gets it’s 16,000 pound plus pushing thru whatever Lake Superior wants to dish out. It great breadth provides unquestionable stability and room to fish,  Opti V is the embodiment of a charter boat. Large comfortable cabin, full marine head/toilet make this boat a large group (max. 6) ultimate fishing platform. Like all the Lake Superior Fishing boats used by Optimum Charters, Opti V, is equipped with Sitex Marine electronics, Canon Downriggers, Rupp outriggers, and fishing tackle provided by such iconic name as Rapala, Storm, Okuma, Phantom, and many others.

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