Testimonials

Testimonials

Dave Tavel

I’ve fished with a lot of guides and Capt Bruce is top of the list. He made sure we caught fish and he is a gentleman. I highly recommend Bruce. We’ll be back!!!

Steve Hoyser

Speechless! It was a day we’ll never forget! Too many fish to count, lunkers galore…
Captain Bruce was a phenomenal host, full of information and hospitality….really made the experience magical for my son. Will definitely be back next year!

Dave Craig

I had an absolute blast with Capt. Bruce this weekend. I was looking for a great trip to take with 3 of my sons, and I found it. The boat is beautiful and spotlessly clean. Bruce has the latest in electronic equipment for finding fish, and about 35 years of experience to put with those electronics. The weather was rough, but he put us on fish and we got a few nice salmon. I am looking forward to booking another trip, and have been recommending him to all of my friends and business contacts.

Betty Jean Pintabone

We had a great time with Captain Bruce! He knows his business. His boat is neat and organized. We caught a lot of fish and had tons of laughs. He knows the lake extremely well. All of this, and it was his birthday too! Thank you very much. We caught so many big fish, that my arms and shoulders are sore today. We will be coming back!

Mike Adams

If you want to catch fish, look no further. I have been fishing Lake Ontario with charter services since 2008 and like others started with other charters. After finding “Hooked Up” I just book trips. No other charter service or Captain works harder to get you on fish. Captain Bruce is 100% committed to filling the cooler. During this trip we asked if we could target brown trout the first day and kings the second. We filled the cooler with good browns including an 18 pounder on the first day and filled the cooler with good kings the second day. That is proof that Captain Bruce knows his craft and knows it well. Looking forward to next year. Thanks Captain Bruce.

Colin Rogers

As a visitor from England I was not sure what to expect from this trip , but I was not disappointed and very impressed with every aspect of the morning out I have fished extensively in England , as well as on various vacation trips , including Queensland and Tasmania , but nowhere have I experienced such skill and professionalism as with Capt. Bruce …….if the fish are there , he will find them . I went fishing with my son and his American wife , who has never fished before , and she was delighted to catch a couple of 8 pound Lake Trout , not bad for a first trip ! And both my son and I also caught fish of similar size , at our request , Bruce was happy to bring the boat in early so that my grandchildren ( who are aged 4 and 2 and who would not have been happy with a 5 hour trip ) and their grandmother could also come aboard for a pleasant hour long river trip .
I was very impressed with the high level of skill and expertise demonstrated by Capt Bruce , and have observed some very clever and interesting trolling techniques that I will try out when I get back to England , where I have my own small sea fishing boat .
So all in all I cannot recommend Capt Bruce too highly and I hope to return here next year for another trip . Thank you Capt. Bruce !

Jim Harkins

I fished with Cpt. Bruce a few years back after many a try with other charter services on the lake. He made such an awesome 1st outing and impression that i didn’t hesitate to get in touch with him again for this one. I had 3 of my buddies along whom all had never been on a charter before. Once again Cpt Bruce produced a phenomenal fishing experience for myself and my friends. No sooner were we leaving his parking area with our days catch, my buddies were already talking about next year’s trip. Cpt Bruce epitomizes professionalism, knowledge of his industry along with determination and being outgoing and personal.Thanks again Captain, see you next year!

Brett

First time I brought my boys on a charter and Captain Bruce turned a bad fishing condition day in to an awesome experience. What a class act he is! He made it fun for my 7 and 10 year old boys who had no experience and now they can’t stop talking about going back out on Captain Bruce’s boat again and reeling in the huge trout!

I highly recommend his charter’s for any age, it will be something to remember. His boat has has everything you need and was comfortable for the family. Can’t wait to do it again next month. Hooked up charters is the only way to go! Thanks again Captain Bruce!

Rick, Rose and Warren

Bruce’s charter exceeded our expoectations by far. This was best fishing trip we had ever been on. His boat is immacualateand well equipped, Bruce’s knowledge ofthe sport is exceptional and we had a lot of fun with him. The fish we caught was amazing and so far what we have cooked has been gourmet quality. I would and have already recommended him to friends. There is no need to go to Alaska to do great king salmon fishing. It is right here in New York’s backyard.

Costa Frangeskides

This is our second fishing trip with Hookedup Charters and both times have been absolutely amazing! Captain Bruce is such a kind and helpful fishing guide who keeps his boat clean and organized. The fishing itself was spectacular both times and excellent fun for the whole family! Highly recommended!

Dave Pollard

I have been coming over 500 miles to fish in Rochester each year since 1988 – most years for a minimum of three days. While I started fishing Rochester with another captain, I have been with Bruce since the early ’90s. I have fished with a number of boats, captains and guides all across the country (and am a former smallmouth guide myself) and you will not find anyone who works harder than Bruce to put you on fish. If you watch the other boats and listen to the chatter on the radio Hooked Up more often than not puts up better numbers than any other boat on the water. On those days when it doesn’t happen I can assure you that Bruce takes it harder than his fares.

Bill

What a great day!
We were excited on the way to the Charter, and before we were done, all four of us had more fun than we could have expected. Captain Bruce puts on a great trip. You can be sure we’ll be back next year, and we are telling everyone we know to put aside some time for a day out on the Hooked Up, too.

Nicole and Brandon M.

We had 4 people and Capt Bruce was leading the pack! What a trip! I learned so much about the fish we caught, the gear we used, and got a ton of Sun! I think we estimated about 40 fish today with the 2 largest being the salmon at 24 and 24.5 lbs! I highly recommend the 8 hour charter and definitely ask Bruce and Shelley about Paul if there is a fish too pretty to eat! Bring snacks and drinks cuz catching all those monsters is a lot of work. It felt more like a vacation than a day tour! Capt Bruce absolutely exceeded all expectations! See u again in April! BTW …. not a single bone in the fillets we ate today! Can’t wait for dinner tomorrow! Haha

Mike O’Brien

Great day of fishing! I strongly recommend Captain Bruce based on his knowledge, professionalism, and execution. Captain Bruce is as down to Earth as you could imagine and was a pleasure to fish with. He keeps the boat spotless and well equipped. “Find the bait and we find the fish” was said more than once. Our party of 3 had their limit about half way through our 8 hour trip and boated > 25 fish for the day. We always thought a double hook up was special but we even had a triple! Lots of good sized fish. Salmon, Steelhead, and even a Laker to round out the day

Thanks for a great day of fishing Captain Bruce!

Bottom line – I will definitely do it again

Steve Howard

We had a great day fishing on Lake Ontario. Captain Bruce is extremely knowledgeable, and will put you on the fish. The boat and equipment are in awesome condition and Capt. Bruce uses his vast experience to teach you the finer points of Great Lakes fishing.

I live in South Florida and fish weekly. This experience rivals any fishing I have done in some of the best fishing spots on the east coast. I can not recommend Capt. Bruce and Hookedup Charters enough!

Scott Mahr

WOW… Words can’t describe how much fun, me and 4 of my buddies had this trip, (But I’ll Try)

Right from the start, Capt. Bruce was there and waiting for us with the boat Warmed up and ready to go. Just as soon as Capt. Bruce felt he had found just the right spot to start, we got 8 or more lines in and he set them all just to the right depths that Capt. Bruce felt would be a good starting point. It was Boring for about 15 minutes, (LOL) then it started happening!!! BAM, FISH ON! 1st it was King Salmon, 1, 2, 3, EVERYONE WAS NICE SIZE!!! Then we hit a few Steel Head, again ALL NICE SIZE FISH.

Next Capt. Bruce took us for some Lake Trout, at one of his HOT SPOTS, and sure enough we ended up FILLING the COOLER!

Most of the Lake Trout were part of the McDonalds Family… SUPER SIZED!!!

The 1st Lake Trout Caught, gave my buddy Dave a Workout and a half. I asked him at least 3 times if he wanted me to give him an break and take over for him, but he kept up the fight till the end and landed a Super Nice 40″ or more Lake Trout. And everyone else in our group caught just as nice a fish. We caught our Limit! Now that’s FISHING!!!

If a “Bad Day of Fishing, is Better than a Good Day at Work” then I don’t know how to describe a Good Day of Fishing.

Hooked Up Charters with Capt. Bruce is a Win Win, no matter how you look at it!
I wouldn’t go with any other charter then HOOKED UP CHARTERS!

Thanks Capt. Bruce, your the BEST!

Mikey

Man I can’t say enough about Capt Bruce. I have been fishing these Salmon and Trout since I was a child. I just never got a chance to troll Ontario or any Great lakes for that matter. Let me tell you. Go fishing with Bruce!!! Get your game face on and get to the dock by 5:30. He is a great captain and is as ready to chase these fish as you are!!!Thanks again Bruce see you in August!

Pat L

I’ve been out with Capt. Bruce with co-workers and family on numerous trips over several years now, and it seems each trip is more successful than the last. Last weekend we caught ~30 steelhead, brows, and lakers – almost non-stop action for the entire day. In addition to the beautiful boat and his obvious fishing knowledge, he’s working constantly to change up the presentation(s) to keep the action going. What makes his charter unique, and why I especially enjoy fishing with him, is that he takes the time to explain WHY he’s making the changes, what knots/rigs he’s using, tackle hints, etc. – very beneficial if you have a small fishing boat yourself and want to improve your own chances for success. All of the folks I’ve brought on the trips with me leave with the same positive comments and an almost universal “what a great time!” Very highly recommended – a real professional.

Jim Thomas. AKA King James.

Captain Bruce was a pleasure to fish with. I’m a total rookie and my first time fishing like this. He was very helpful and professional in helping me. What a delight. He certainly knows the lake. We got our limit with a cooler full of nice catches. Thank you captain Bruce.

Kevin Z

Surpassed all expectations, extremely knowledgeable captain, and the boat was in immaculate condition. I highly recommend Hooked Up Charters and we will definitely be a returning customer.
Thank you Captain Bruce!

Wade Hindes

Hooked up charters is a class A charter service.I was glad to get the chance to be aboard and fish with capt. Bruce.Will do everything I can to use his services in the near future. Thanks again Capt. Bruce.

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