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.  Capt. Mike enjoys teaching his clients “how to fish” using the latest and greatest of electronics and eqiupment!! He is prepared to teach YOU how to go out and “do it yourself” the next time!!

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 – NLL 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).  Also, the boat carries two VHF radios with DSC and GPS emergency capabilities (FCC Call Sign WDG7745).  

The Steel Leader is equipped with a 4G Doppler Radar from Raymarine, a 12” Axiom Pro Raymarine MFD with GPS guidance system and radar overlay for navigational support during routine and inclement weather.  The boat is equipped with dual matched outboard engines; including a new (2019) 300 HP Yamaha 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 2013,2014,2015,2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 US Coast Guard – Vessel Safety Check and Charter boat inspections with “flying colors”.   It has been certified by the USCG for UPV for the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons 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 Big Jon Professional electric 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.