Sea Flea Charters LLC

Sea Flea Charters isn’t your typical fishing charter. They started out as a professional tournament team that traveled the great lakes. The team was made up of Capt. Brian Butts’ sister and father, who had been fishing Salmon since 1967. The Sea Flea instantly became a top boat on the tournament trail with several wins and finishing at the top in most of the tournaments.

You’ll be fishing aboard a 39’ Tiara boat. This spacious offshore boat accommodates up to six anglers and there’s enough room for everybody to fish at the same time. The boat has been restored in 2017 and has 2 350 HP Crusader engines. She features an enclosed cabin with AC, a private bathroom, a kitchen, and she’s wheelchair accessible.

Depending on the season, you’ll target Coho and Chinook Salmon, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Brown Trout, and Steelhead. You get to keep the catch and the crew will clean it for you free of charge.

The sponsors keep the Sea Flea stocked with the best possible fishing gear, which is included in the price. You only need to bring your snacks and drinks. You can purchase your fishing license from the captain for $10 per person.

This talented crew is not just about great fishermen but just down to earth great people that enjoy entertaining people. The Sea Flea Charters team always strives to be the best and has taken the same approach to their charter service. Join them on your next fishing trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 HR Angler Inshore Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 30
    US $599
    The Sea Flea will anchor over inshore clay holes that hold the tasty Lake Michigan Perch. The Yellow Perch are caught by fishing the bottom with live bait. All bait and tackle are supplied. Great for those that want to hold a rod and it takes a little skill in detecting light bites. The Captain and mate will help with baiting hooks and teaching how to work the baits to catch this fish. Not uncommon to catch a Perch close to 14 inches. Burbot or a Coho Salmon are caught as bonus fish on occasion.
  • Private trip
    5 HR 2nd Mate Offshore Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US $799
    This trip is run in the afternoon on days when the boat isn't booked for a full day. The targeted species will be Salmon and Trout, which could be over 20 miles offshore. Trolling with multiple types of presentations will be the technique used.
  • Private trip
    7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1
    US $850
    You'll target Salmon and Trout on this trip. Depending on the time of year, the fish can be from pierheads to over 20 miles offshore. Trolling multiple types of presentations will be the technique used. Sit back and watch the Captain and Mate work the rods.
  • Private trip
    8 HR Captains Special
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1
    US $1,000
    This trip includes 8 hours of fishing. Trolling for Salmon and Trout usually gives the crew a chance to get the clients on another mid day bite. Your fishing equipment is fully covered and you can purchase your license from the captain.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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4.9 / 5
Experience
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4.9 / 5
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Great experience for the whole family!
Hardworking to be in the fish.
Hardworking to be in the fish.
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SCOTT C.
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Great crew

VERIFIED   5 HR 2nd Mate Offshore Special on June 3, 2024
When you charter a fishing trip you can’t control the weather or whether the fish are biting. Captain messaged me 2 days...
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Rick S.
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Great experience for the whole family!

VERIFIED   NEW  7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special on June 28, 2024
Our first fishing excursion into the big lake was everything we could’ve hoped for! Before our trip, communication was good...
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Lisa S.
Grand Rapids, MI
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Big Kings, Great Trip!

VERIFIED   7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special on August 20, 2023
Our family had a fantastic day out on the Sea Flea yesterday! Capt Brian Butts has been fishing on Lake Michigan for decades...
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Donald L.
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Absolutely fantastic!

VERIFIED   NEW  7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special on June 19, 2024
Captain Brian and First Mate Michael were very courteous and extremely knowledgeable! We caught 13 large fish: King salmon,...
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Holly D.
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Hardworking to be in the fish.

VERIFIED   NEW  7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special on June 22, 2024
Captain Brian and deck hand Jimmy were excellent and getting us on some big King Salmon. Our boys were super excited bring...
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FAQs about Sea Flea Charters LLC

Sea Flea Charters LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $599 per group, additional US $150 per person after 4 guests - 6 HR Angler Inshore Special (6 hours)
  • US $799 per group - 5 HR 2nd Mate Offshore Special (5 hours)
  • US $850 per group - 7 HR 1st Mate Offshore Special (7 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 8 HR Captains Special (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Sea Flea Charters LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Sea Flea Charters LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Sea Flea Charters LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Sea Flea Charters LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Sea Flea Charters LLC include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Burbot
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Walleye

Meet the Captain

Brian Butts
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
1 Fishing Report
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138 Customer reviews
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Member since November 2018
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I was a very successful tournament fisherman and wanted to share my love of this lake and its resources with others in a high-class professional manner. Having a network of the best fishermen on Lake Michigan also comes with being successful in tournaments which is priceless when trying to find fish in this lake the size of a small ocean.

About this listing

Targeted species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Burbot Burbot
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Boat specs

Tiara (Sportfishing) originally built in 1991, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 350HP Crusaders engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
39 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
All ages are welcome; life vests provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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