About Our Captains

The captains of Lucky Lyle Fishing Charters are professional, federally licensed captains who have gone through extensive training in seamanship/safety/navigation, first aid/CPR, hundreds of hours of varifiable ‘sea time’ and USCG required testing. Your safety is our first concern.

When chosing a charter, ensure your captain is a USCG Licensed Captain. Operating an unlicensed charter carries fines up to a $5000 State fine and $5000 Federal fine.


Captain Randy of Lucky Lyle Fishing Charters

Captain Randy Lyle

Randy H. Lyle has been fishing Lake Michigan for 26 years. In 1986 Randy and his father, Sam Lyle, began docking their family boat, 23’ IMP “Lucky Lyle” at various ports on Lake Michigan. In the spring, Randy and Sam started the season out of the Waukegan and Winthrop, Illinois harbors, then ventured up the shoreline for the spring coho action. As the season progressed they continued north to various ports along Wisconsin’s shores from Kenosha, Racine, Port Washington, Sheboygon, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers, as well as Ludington and Manistee ports in Michigan. A few years later Randy purchased a 27’ Sea Ray, the “Lucky Lyle II” and moored it at Port Washington, WI. The Lyle family and friends enjoyed many intense and successful weekend fishing trips throughout the season for the many years to follow.

Randy’s construction career has lead him to extensive travel with opportunities to go fishing on various charter boats working out of ports in Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, California, Washington, Hawaii, Mexico and even on a dugout canoe in Ghana, Africa. Through these experiences and research, he developed a respect and appreciation for the craftsmanship and design of Viking yachts. In 2008 Randy purchased his first 40’ Viking and started his charter fishing business in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Since then Randy has bought, restored and maintained 40’, 41’ and 45’ Viking Convertible yachts with his goal being to provide a first class fishing charter service on high quality Viking Yachts. Randy’s attention to detail, dedication to service, and fishing expertise gained through years of experience has enabled him to provide you with a safe and enjoyable fishing adventure on Lake Michigan.


Captain Tom of Lucky Lyle Fishing Charters

Captain Tom Pataska

Captain Tom Pataska grew up in Kenosha, WI and began fishing on Lake Michigan at a very young age. Influenced by local charter captains, family and friends, Tom developed a passion for Lake Michigan sportfishing. Already a licensed captain, in 2000, Tom took his passion to the next level and became owner / operator of a successful fishing charter business.

Tom has remained in the Kenosha, WI area to focus on charter fishing during the spring, summer and fall seasons. If he is not running a charter, he is most likely preparing for, or fishing in one of the many sportfishing tournaments on Lake Michigan. As a devoted husband and father, Tom looks forward to bringing up his sons, Matthew & Samuel, in the sport and business for the years to come.

To ensure a successful fishing trip for his customers, Tom continues to develop his own techniques, stays on top of the latest product releases and maintains communication with a network of charter captains and fishing friends.

He holds a 100T Master Captain’s License, CPR/First Aid Certification, and is a member of Maritime Consortium, Salmon Unlimited-Racine & Kenosha Sportfishing & Conservation Association. Tom looks forward to sharing his expertise with you, covering Lake Michigan and the many products he utilizes to ensure a successful catch.

You will always be provided with a safe, successful and memorable fishing adventure on Lake Michigan.


Captain Andy of Lucky Lyle Fishing Charters

Captain Andy Bushman

Captain Andy Bushman grew up on Lake Michigan in Door County. Influenced by his dad and working for years as a first mate, Andy developed a passion for fishing at a very young age. Andy turned his passion into success, when he started fishing tournaments competitively. He has finished in the money several times at Sturgeon Bay Bass Open and multiple times won money in the Door/Kewaunee County Salmon Derby. Andy came to Kenosha in 1998 to attend Carthage College and play baseball for the Carthage Redmen. After graduating he accepted a teaching position with the Kenosha Unified School District. He then earned his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and established himself as a talented fishing guide. Andy is a devoted husband, father and an inspirational teacher, who enjoys sharing his fishing stories with his students. Likewise, Andy enjoys teaching and sharing his fishing expertise with you.


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