Thursday, May 7, 2009

New kid in town (just in time for perch fishing season)

Long-time area charter captain Dennis Zukowski - inventor of a unique perch-jerking rig - is back in business as the pilot of a head boat.

Zukowski has teamed with Wayne Bratton to run the latter's 65-foot MV Holiday party head boat.

It will operate out of Cleveland Lakefront State Park's East 55th Street Marina.

The MV Holiday can handle up to 77 anglers (though it will hold the line at 50 fishermen) and will head out for twice-daily perch fishing trips. These trips will begin at 8 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

The boat has a full galley including a liquor permit and will sell hot food as well as beer.

Of course, the area off Cleveland has long held a reputation for excellent perch fishing, and the MV Holiday joins the Linda Mae out of the Wildwood unit of Cleveland Lakefront State Park as go-to vessels for those perch anglers without access to a personal small boat.

The businesses' 24-hour information telephone number is 216-991-FISH. Zukowski can be reached at 440-477-5889.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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