MEET THE CAPTAINS

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Capt. Mark Defoy

     Captain Mark has been fishing for more than 35 years… from the early days with family and friends on the Lower Niagara River to days spent on the open lake, Mark has always been in the fish.  Mark learned his skills from one of the best steelheaders many of us had the pleasure to fish beside… Mark’s dad, so his skills are very well founded. Steelhead, trout, and salmon from Queenston to the Whirlpool were Mark’s passion and he continues to be a river and lake fisherman like no other.  

     Dockside, Captain Mark provides space to relax and enjoy time before and after time on the water.  A barbecue and gazebo make it comfortable to share stories and plan for the day chasing salmon and trout on the big lake. Captain Mark’s friendly hospitality will have you booking Salmon and Trout trips for years to come. Mark is also bilingual and is fluent in both English and French adding to his ability to provide comfort and confidence to all who fish with his team from all over Canada.

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Capt. Devin Winstanley

     At the age of 22, and in his second season as Captain. He had a blast filling the boat for his customers.   Devin has been an avid angler in Niagara Region and beyond much of his life. From chasing winter walleye on the hard water to mid-summer salmon and trout, Captain Devin believes he has nearly done it all in the world of sport angling!  Captain Devin says, “My favourite quarry are trout and salmon, and in particular, the King of the Lake… the mighty Chinook.” With 10 years plus of shore-angling experience on local tributaries to Lake Ontario, Devin is addicted to the bite, and the fight of these awesome fish. Whether you are a trolling or drifting enthusiast or a first-time angler, Captain Devin’s hospitality and dockside manner is as genuine and friendly as all the Assassin’s team members.  Come join him to experience and see for yourself the amazing place we call Niagara!

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Capt. Bob Warner

     Captain Bob is relatively new to the Niagara Fish Assassins team, but he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for the hunt of King salmon. It all started in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Bob began salmon fishing when the Thunder Bay Salmon Association developed a hatchery in 1987 to stock and provide a sport fishery.  Captain Bob assisted with the growth and development of eggs, fry, alevins, and smolts through shifts of cleaning and feeding the hatchery salmon tanks and raceways.
     After Thunder Bay, Bob continued to fish for Pacific salmon in the famed waters off the British Columbia coastline while he lived and worked out of the city of Kelowna. His family then moved to Owen Sound where he thoroughly enjoyed participating in The Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular. Adding to this experience, Bob moved to the east coast of Canada where he chased Atlantic Salmon on rivers like the famous Miramichi while living in Moncton, NB.  Bob and his friends travelled from Moncton to participate in the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular annually.
     Now Bob calls Lake Ontario’s waters his salmon fishing home and since 2008, Bob has shared his enthusiasm and excitement for King salmon fishing with family and friends.  As a Niagara Fish Assassin, Captain Bob will put you on fish of a lifetime.  Come join him and the Assassins Team for a day on the big water for big fish.

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Capt. Connor Ivanchuk

     Captain Connor is a young, passionate, and hard-working guide… new to the Lake Ontario salmon fishing scene.  He is an experienced first mate who has spent the last ten years chasing sport fish obsessively throughout the Niagara Region.  As First Mate experience relates it is the best way to become the kind of Captain a contemporary guide service vessel needs. Namely, the kind of Captain who can locate fish with technology, apply knowledge to best approaches in fishing, and the hospitality to make guests feel welcome and successful.   Captain Connor cannot wait to showcase the world class salmon fishery that Lake Ontario has to offer! Come join Captain Connor and the Assassins team to find the fish of a lifetime!

Our team will be running three 40’ SeaRay Express Cruisers that run on twin 454 HP Mercruiser engines. They are spacious vessels, with enough room for 8 anglers to fish in comfort. Apart from all the necessary safety and navigation gear, there’s also washroom facilities on each boat– convenient for longer trips.

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Gina Palmer

"Captain Mark was nothing short of awesome! We hauled in 6 salmon with his expertise! Best day ever!!!"

Kay Bramstoke Reil

"Always a fun day in the water. Mark knows where the fish are."

Nicole St. Louis

"Had a fantastic day out on the water. Niagara Fish Assassin's is well worth your money. You will not be diissappointed. Enjoyed the company and loved the fishing. Was a very relaxing and Beautiful day. Couldn't have asked for a better day! I recommend it to all."