Guide To Booking A Charter!
If you like the idea of trolling, casting or jigging for your favorite
Great Lakes Fish you have come to the right place! There are many
qualified charter boats around the Great Lakes that can allow you many
experiences from the deep-water angling to the shallower near shore
Remember, it's your choice! Trips can be planned around a variety of
variables, a specific time of year, using a specific fishing method, and
for a particular fish species. Each of these methods have their time and
place, just as different seasons of the year result in different sizes
and numbers of fish caught and different kinds of satisfaction gained by
the angler. The choices are many, and trips need to be thought out
Choose your captain wisely - it's your choice! Many charter anglers have
found it takes years of trial and error to find a Charter Captain who
best meets their needs, desires, and budget. Since the 1970's the
charter boat industry has grown dramatically, most captains are superior
boat operators and are required to pass boat inspections. They are
excellent anglers, and have a good knowledge of the water, weather, and
where to find fish. Most will also go the extra nautical mile to make
your experience memorable. Avoid the occasional bad charter by asking a
the proper questions before your charter trip is booked.
The cost of a charter varies by the operation and the services they
offer. The most common way that charter captains charge is by a time
limit, for example a six-hour (Half Day) could be $450 based on 4
anglers and an eight-hour (Full Day) could be $550 based on 4 anglers.
If the charter boat has a First Mate it is proper to tip the mate as the
mates pay is based on tips. Most Charters in the Great Lakes are
licensed for six-passengers, plus two crew for a total of 8 fishermen.
Nearly all the Great Lakes Charters include bait, tackle, and ice in the
base cost of the trip. Some offer an executive charter, which may
include breakfast, lunch, and beverages. Most of the time fish cleaning
can add to the cost of the trip. Party or head-boat charters, where more
than six people can fish using their own bait and tackle or that
supplied by the boat is a lot less than a private charter. The bottom
line is that you get what you pay for. Be sure to ask
questions to assure the charter is what you want.