Captain Marty Running looks forward to welcoming you aboard the Happy Hooker IV!  

Captain Marty comes from a long tradition of fishing.  In 1976, Marty's grandfather purchased the original Happy Hooker and started the first charter business based in Duluth.  As a kid, Marty was lucky to be the grandkid that lived across the road and got to be grandpa's "first mate" on many afternoons in the summer.

The family tradition was passed on when Captain Marty's uncles, Pete and Jon Dahl, got their Captain's licenses and began taking out charters.

Success breeds success, and soon they each had their own boats, Happy Hooker and Hooker Too.    So the new generation begins.  Captain Marty's cousin, Dave, now owns the Treble Hook and Captain Marty adds the Happy Hooker IV to the family fleet.

Captain Marty is also an active community member.  Each year the Happy Hooker family volunteers their time and equipment to bring War Vets fishing from a local Veterans Home.  Marty truly loves the Duluth community and loves to give back. 

You will enjoy your trip aboard the Happy Hooker IV where "Fishin’ is tradition".

The “Fish Dynasty” of Lake Superior

The "Dahl Boys" are part of four generations of captains going back to 1909.  Over the years the Dahls’ have established a reputation for competent and courteous service to their customers, who keep coming back year after year. We run 4 of the biggest and safest boats in the area, 32 1/2 ft. Marinettes, the boat most often chosen by Duluth charter captains. They are all a bit different like the captains themselves, fitted with the latest electronics and safety gear. Let the lake superior “HOOKERS” be your guides to fun and adventure on your lake Superior fishing charter.

The key to a successful trip on Lake Superior is an great captain.


Happy Hooker IV Charters


Captain: Marty Running

Address:  325 Lake Av S
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Phone: (218) 391-8466


Email: Captain Marty

Charter Dock Location:

Canal Park - Duluth

Waterfront Plaza

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