The Steel Leader

The Steel Leader:    Small Boat Harbor, Buffalo, NY (C) 2016 Steel Leader Guide Services, LLC

The Steel Leader:    Small Boat Harbor, Buffalo, NY (C) 2016 Steel Leader Guide Services, LLC

Friends and family have gravitated to the “Steel Leader” – NYS9816MC,  knowing that Mike and his boat have the abilities to not only catch fish, but to generate a safe and enjoyable time on the water. 

This 24 foot Stryper is outfitted with all recommended US Coast Guard safety equipment.  The “Steel Leader” also carries an AED and Basic Life Support supplies to support the safety of the passengers and crew.  Michael Rauh is not only an accomplished fisherman and guide; however, he is also a medical physician and specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine.  He currently serves as a Medical Director for the Buffalo Bandits – MLL Lacrosse team.  He is truly prepared for ALL emergencies on the water.  In support of this commitment to safety;  the boat carries an ACR Emergency Position Indicator Beacon which is registered with the SARSAT / NOAA (2DCC7 52EDA FFBFF) through April 2015.  Also, the boat carries two VHF radios with DSC and GPS emergency capabilities (FCC Call Sign WDG7745); and is registered until April 2023. 

The Steel Leader is equipped with a 4G Lowrance GPS guidance system with overlay GPS for navigational support during routine and inclement weather.  The boat is equipped with dual matched outboard engines; including 200 HP and 9.9 High Thrust Yamaha 4 stroke engines which are intimately linked to the Raymarine Evolution autopilot.  Needless to say, the vessel passed the 2013,2014,2015,and 2016 US Coast Guard – Vessel Safety Check with “flying colors”.   It has been certified by the USCG for UPV for the 2016 season and expects the same for all future seasons. 

With regards to our fishing equipment, the Steel Leader is equipped with matching Diawa Saltist 50 LCHA reels and 8 foot St. Croix Eyecon rods for a truly special experience.  We have four electric auto-stop Cannon Mag10 downriggers;  Fish Hawk X4D speed, temperature, and depth device for understanding the underwater currents of our lakes; BigJon Otter Boat Planer boards; lead core setups; "secret weapon rigs"; and all the necessary lures and baits.  Partnerships with BayRat lures and Yakima Baits ensure this is the case!

The Steel Leader is now docked at her home port of Dunkirk, NY (Chadwick Bay Marina).  The Steel Leader had spent the past few seasons at the Buffalo Harbor State Park.  Thanks to everyone there for making our stay welcome!!    

The Steel Leader is easily transferred to the friendly shores of Lake Ontario (Olcott or Wilson, NY) for fishing trips in Lake Ontario for King Salmon fishing trips.