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For available charter dates please contact us at 724-321-6729. 

For more information on our boats, rates and local accommodations please view the appropriate pages above.

Buckets Charters was founded in 1996 by Captain Dan Kelly.  Captain Dan is a mechanic by trade, but is employed as a home inspector, when he's not at the helm of his Viking. In 2005 his daughter Sara Nicole was born and in 2015 Salvatore Natale was born. They combined will be the next generation of Buckets Charters.

Captain Dan Kelly started fishing in Pennsylvania with his Uncle Vic when he was old enough to hold a fishing rod.  He fished various Pennsylvania hotspots like the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers as well as other local lakes and streams throughout the state. Captain Dan started fishing on Lake Erie in 1988 with his 10th grade math teacher as incentive to do better in school. That’s started it all.

Since the days of being a First mate trying to make it big in the charter Business, Capt Kurt & Capt Dan have spent these last years building the business and hopefully we can make it a second generation and beyond operation. I again thank all our repeat clients, some since the very first year of operation and I look forward to showing new ones why Erie Pennsylvinia is the freshwater fishing capital of the world...

Fifth place in 2013 Niagara Pro-Am Tournament
Treasurer of the Erie PA Charter Boat Association
Former President of the Port Erie Captains Association
President and former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Downriggers
Member of the EPSFA
Fourth place in the 2011 Fall Trout Challenge
First place in the 2009 EPSFA Walleye Challenge
Thirteenth place in the 2007 EPSFA Walleye Pro-Am
Fourth place in the 2006 EPSFA Walleye Pro-Am
First place in the 2002 Steelhead LOC Derby

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Erie, PA....The Freshwater fishing capital of the world!