Mark Szekely

Meet Captain Mark Szekely

Meet Captain Mark Szekely and Gizzmo Charters

Are you ready to set sail on an unforgettable adventure? Look no further than Captain Mark Szekely and his charter company, Gizzmo Charters, located on the beautiful Lake Erie.

From the Captain:

Having grown up in the vicinity of Lake Erie, I have always cherished the pleasure of fishing in its waters. As one of the trailblazers in establishing the charter business in this region, I played a pivotal role in introducing innovative techniques like planer boards and dipsey divers to the Ashtabula and Conneaut area. My expertise extends beyond the Conneaut/Ashtabula region to encompass the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie, where I have honed my skills in both jig and drift fishing methods. Additionally, I have served as an ice fishing guide for numerous years, garnering recognition with featured articles in notable publications such as "The Cleveland Plain Dealer," "Walleye Magazine," and even "The Washington Post!"

Our fishing techniques at Gizzmo Charters adapt to the changing seasons, ensuring an optimal experience on Lake Erie. In the early months of March, April, and May, we focus on jigging, while as we progress into late May and June, we transition to casting weight forward spinners. As the fish migrate to their summer habitats, we employ trolling methods using a variety of spoons and body baits like the renowned "Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows." For trolling, we utilize both braided "super lines" and stainless steel wire, selecting the appropriate option based on the target fish's depth.

Boat details

The 38' Bertram Cruiser, originally constructed in 1981 and restored in 2006, boasts a remarkable blend of timeless design and modern updates. Equipped with 2 320HP Caterpillar Diesel engines, this vessel achieves a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots, ensuring a smooth and efficient journey. With a spacious interior and ample deck space, it can comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests, providing an enjoyable and memorable boating experience.

Gizzmo Charters ensures an unforgettable day on the water that will leave everyone yearning for more, possibly even making it difficult to depart from the experience.

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Expertise & Attributes

30 Years of Experience

Fishing Attributes

Master Guide
Good with Large Groups
Good with Kids
Nature / Wildlife Views
Live Bait

Gear & Equipment

Available Fishing Gear

Live Bait

Good to Knows

Trip Includes:

Rods, reels & tackle

Live Bait


First Mate

What to bring:

Snacks and drinks

Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, and sun glasses)

Wear weather-appropriate clothing

DEPOSIT: A deposit is required for all bookings and will be applied at checkout 


BALANCE: The remaining balance is due on the trip date as either Credit or Cash.  


GUEST CANCELLATION: In the event that you must cancel your booking, you must do so 7 days prior to your trip date to receive a refund on your deposit. Rescheduling is encouraged and dependent on guide availability. 


GUIDE CANCELLATION: In the rare event that your guide must cancel due to inclement weather, health, or equipment issues, you will have the option to reschedule your charter for a later date or receive a refund on your deposit. 


TIPPING: Tips to your guide are greatly appreciated for your quality trip. 

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