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More boat traffic and fewer clients, COVID-19 fallout for fishing charters in WNY

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 05:49:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Due to COVID-19, fishing charters that would usually see consistent business have been dealing with consistent cancellations.

"It's been a tough year, I wrote this off as the summer that wasn't going to happen," said Tim Braun, a charter captain.

Braun has been a fishing charter captain in Western New York for more than 25 years.

He says this season has been unlike any he has seen before.

"There are other captains having the same issues," Braun said.

Due to COVID-19, he encourages people to wear masks and makes sure to be socially distant on the boat.

This boating season, not just seeing changes in charters.

Braun says he also has noticed an increase in boat traffic every single day.

"It's been since the nice weather in March until now," Braun said. "It's been crowded."

According to Braun, the traffic seen on a weekday in 2020 is something that would only be seen on a Saturday or Sunday in a normal year.

Erie Basin Marina told us that the reasoning could be that boaters are not able to travel to Canada.

Many own docks in the Great White North and, due to the border closure, they cannot be used.

For more information on Tim Braun, and how to book a charter with him, visit his website here.