About Praying Mantis Sportfishing & Captain Rich Nau

Unmatched Lake Ontario Sportfishing Experience

Captain Rich is USCG licensed and has been fishing in the Lake Ontario region for over 40 years. He provides trips that cater to the experienced angler as well as the complete beginner.


The “Praying Mantis” is a comfortable 26-foot, custom-built Steiger Craft pilothouse originally built in 2004. Powered by two 225 HP engines with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots, it is rumored to be the fastest boat of its kind on Lake Ontario, allowing you to get to the fish quickly and make the most of your time on the water. The boat is equipped with Garmin and JRC electronics and Cannon downriggers to ensure you have the best chance of hooking a catch in the Lake, and the roomy cabin provides shelter from whatever the weather may throw at us.

Praying Mantis Sportfishing targets Salmon, Trout and Smallmouth Bass across the eastern part of Lake Ontario. We use high-quality custom rods and Shimano, Diawa and Okuma reels to bring in your target species, using Pro-Troll and stinger spoons and flashers to get the fish biting.

All tackle and lures are included in our trips, but please don’t forget to purchase a valid NYS fishing license in advance!

Equipment on the Praying Mantis

JRC fish finders
Garmin GPS
Simrad auto pilot
4 Cannon, electric downriggers
Moor speed & temperature probe
Depth finder
Planer boards
Cell phone
Two VHF ship to shore radios
All fishing tackle and equipment:
High-quality custom rods with Shimano, Daiwa and Okuma reels​
Pro-Troll and stinger spoons and flashers

JRC Fish Finder
Garmin GPS
Simrad auto pilot
Cannon Downriggers
Moor speed & temperature probe
Shimano reels
Daiwa reels
Okuma reels
Pro-Troll