Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee

Join Reel To Real Fishing Charters and get ready for an incredible adventure on Lake Michigan! Captain Gabe Villarreal has been fishing these waters for over 20 years and knows all the best spots to get you hooked. He caters his business to all types of anglers and invites families, kids, military veterans, and beginners for a productive day of fishing.

Your trip will take place on a 27’ Sea Ray Amberjack Express Cruiser. She’s equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, navigational equipment, fishing tackle, downriggers, and safety gear. Her cabin is spacious and has a flushable toilet, shower, and a kitchen with a fridge.

To top it off, you’ll have a Bluetooth sound system, so you can listen to your favorite tunes while you fish. The boat accommodates up to 6 guests and everyone on board will be given top-quality rods and reels, made by Shimano, Okuma, and Daiwa.

When it comes to freshwater game fish, Lake Michigan is full of incredible opportunities. You’ll target Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as Steelhead, Brown, and Lake Trout. These species are fun and challenging for all levels of anglers, so no matter what, you’ll have your work cut out for you.

At the end of your trip, the crew will offer to clean your fish so you can enjoy the fresh catch-of-the-day. What better way to appreciate a long day of fishing than by savoring a delicious Trout or Salmon fillet?

Just remember to purchase a fishing license before you arrive. You can do so at any local retailer, such as Walmart, or at a bait and tackle store. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks, grab some sun protection, and dress according to the weather.

Capt. Gabe is excited to have you on board and show you some of Lake Michigan’s top-notch fishing grounds. Choose Reel To Real Fishing Charters for your next adventure, invite the family, and get ready to catch Salmon and Trout on Lake Michigan!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 22 - Oct 8
    $800
    Get ready for an exciting fishing trip on Lake Michigan! You'll be targeting Steelhead, Lake, and Brown Trout, as well as Chinook and Coho Salmon. Gear, tackle, and fish cleaning services are included in every trip. Just be sure to pick up a fishing license, grab sun protection, and bring some snacks and drinks, and the rest will be taken care of. The full day trip can start either in the morning or in the afternoon (1 p.m.). If you'd like to start your trip in the afternoon, just let the captain know.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 22 - Oct 8
    $600
    You think you got what it takes to fight a King Salmon or subdue a stealthy Steelhead? Lake Michigan's got great opportunities for both! You'll be trolling with up to 14 lines, targeting Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as various types of Trout, including, Brown, Lake, and Rainbow Trout. Fill the cooler up, have your catch cleaned and filleted, and head home to feed the family!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 22 - Oct 8
    $600
    If you'd rather sleep in, Reel To Real Fishing Charters offers afternoon fishing trips as well. You'll be trolling for various Salmon and Trout species along Lake Michigan. Be ready to put up a hard fight and work up an appetite. After the trip, you can have your catch cleaned so it's ready to throw on the grill once you get home!

About the Captain

Gabe Villarreal
Manistee, Michigan, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
49 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2019
Captain Gabe Villarreal has been fishing the Great Lakes for over 20 years and knows all the best spots to get you hooked up! He started his fishing career as a deckhand on his friend’s boat where he became an expert at targeting Salmon, Trout, and Walleye. He loved taking people out on the water so much that he decided to start his own guide service. Captain Gabe has placed in numerous Walleye and Musky tournaments, adding to his skill and knowledge about targeting these species. He's also an Army veteran and enjoys taking other veterans, as well as current members of the military, out on the water to relax and enjoy some quality fishing. Book your next trip with Reel to Real Fishing Charters and get ready for an exciting adventure!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Sea Ray Amberjack 270 (Express cruiser) originally built in 1987. Powered by 2 215HP Mercruiser engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
90%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
77%
Satisfied with the boat
90%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Father's Day Morning Charter

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on June 20, 2021
Phenomenal is what comes to mind when reviewing our Father’s Day Charter with Captain Gabe. It started right after...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on August 17, 2021
My and last charter was a bust not even a bite. Booked with Captain Gabe giving it another shot. It was just me and my wife...
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1/2 day trip with Captain Gabe

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 8, 2021
Captain Gabe was very nice and professional. He even called the day before and allowed us to delay the trip due to cold rain....
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Half day trip with Gabe and Lou

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 13, 2021
Gabe’s boat is equipped with everything you will need to get the big catch of your dreams.  We had are limit by the end...
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Half day trip with Captain Gabe

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on August 14, 2021
The trip started promptly and on time. Captain Gabe and Dave were eager to put us on fish. The weather was excellent and the...
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FAQs about Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee

Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $75 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Flushable )
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System (Bluetooth )
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Okuma, Daiwa, & Shimano )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Tip are greatly appreciated! )
  • First Mate (Works for 15–20% tips )

Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan )
  • Offshore Fishing

Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Reel To Real Fishing Charters – Manistee include:
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)