Showtime Charters runs angling trips out of Traverse City and offers to show you what fishing the Great Lakes is all about.

Captain Cam Garst is here to get you on some fish, and to make sure you have fun doing it. You’ll be using techniques like bottom fishing and trolling, depending on what you’re going after. As part of their 4-hour trips, you can target species like Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, and Brown Trout, depending on the season and weather conditions.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 31’ Tiara offshore sportfishing boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. She features a toilet, ice box, and fighting chair to give you everything you need for a productive and comfortable day. When it comes to rods, reels, and terminal tackle, everything you need is also included in the price.

Want to bring the rest of the family along for the ride? Kids are welcome aboard, so you’re free to make it a family adventure. Capt. Cam and his first mate promise to teach them all about fishing, and they’ll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. Tips are always appreciated for a job well done. All you need to do is buy a fishing license before the trip.

Book your trip now and hit these world-class waterways with Showtime Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 26 - Sep 30
    $650
    All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 PM
    Seasonal trip May 24 - Sep 15
    $650
    Going after Lake Trout and switching to Salmon if possible about half way through. All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 24 - Sep 30
    $650
    All you need to bring is your drinks, food, and a one-day fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased online for $11 or at Meijer grocery store in town.

About the Captain

Cam Garst
Traverse City, Michigan, United States
ID & License verified
24 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2022
I have been fishing in and around Traverse city since the late 70s and running charters since the mid-80s. I enjoy getting out on the water and helping others enjoy what West Bay has to offer, and am privileged to do it with my son-in-law.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Tiara (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1984. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Teaches and will coach you through how to catch

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (29)
Morning with captain Cam
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Brian G.
Williamsburg, MI
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Morning trout fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 18, 2022
Wanted to do something fun with my brother-in-law for his birthday, it was definitely a memorable experience.  I choose Showtime...
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David K.
Canton, MI
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Half day trip with Captain Cam

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 11, 2022
Captain Cam and Captain Johny were awesome throughout the entire experience!  They responded promptly prior to our trip with...
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Lindee V.
Lewiston, Michigan
Excellent
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Afternoon trip was great!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 27, 2022
Wow what an amazing experience for kids and adults alike. This crew went above and beyond to make sure we came back with great...
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Jeff T.
Chicago, IL
Excellent
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Half day trip with Cam and Andy

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 24, 2022
We had a great experience! It was a beautiful day on the water. The crew went out of their way to make sure we had a successful...
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Eugene B.
Traverse City, MI
Excellent
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Fishing the bay with Captain Cam and crew

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 11, 2022
Was a very windy day but Captain Cam and his first mate John did a great job of changing baits and different depths. Really...
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FAQs about Showtime Charters

Showtime Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (Evening) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Showtime Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box Cooler to keep your catch in
  • Radar

Trips booked with Showtime Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Teaches and will coach you through how to catch )

Showtime Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Showtime Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Showtime Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)