Fishing began as a child, as a young as he can remember. He spent his time on the lakes and rivers of Western New York. Starting with a 16' runabout and gradually working his way up over the years to a 31' fully rigged charter/tournament boat. The fun of fishing as a child started and fueled the obsession as an adult.
Owner of Dream Catcher Sportfishing and operator of the 31' Tiara, "Dream Catcher", Jim is a US Coast Guard Master Captain. Predominately he spends the spring time fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Ontario and summer/fall for walleye on Lake Erie chartering and tournament fishing. To see more about Jim and Dream Catcher Sportfishing, visit the website - https://dreamcatchersportfishing.com/
The tournament team participates in all the major walleye tournaments in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie. A
solid team consisting of Jim Steel, Diane Steel, Rich Fliss and Jeff Whipple have been fishing together for the past several years. They are proud that their teamwork and dedication has consistently put them in the top of the field. The team's recent highlights include finishing with 2nd biggest fish and 3rd place overall in the 2016 Sunset Shootout, 2nd biggest fish and 6th place overall in the 2015 Sunset Shootout and winning the Amara-Can tournament in 2012.
Conducting many seminars at fishing clubs, outdoor shows and stores as well as representing manufacturers at dealer shows and events gives Jim the ability to share his knowledge and experience as well as promote techniques and products to educate others to increase their success.
In 2012, Jim and his wife/fishing partner, Diane, took their passion for the outdoors to a new level creating Innovative Outdoors. Their business focuses on promoting fishing and hunting and products that have been personally tested and proven. Shop the online store at http://www.innovative-outdoors.com/.
Last year, Innovative Outdoors presented the first Walleye Fishing University in Western New York. The event featured 9 speakers and 12 topics on various topics of walleye fishing. Some of the speakers made their presentation in a classroom style setting while others were on 3 various size boats. Attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Look for the event again in early 2018. For more information, check out the website at http://walleyefishinguniversity.com/.
The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge will take place Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Dunkirk, NY. Teams will consist of 2 - 5 anglers and can fish all waters of Lake Erie. This year the field will be limited to 65 boats. Each team will be limited to a maximum of 9 rods/reels and will weigh in up to 6 walleye. The teams that participated inaugural event made it a great success. For more information or to register, visit the website at https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/ or stop by the Innovative Outdoors booth.