Salmon Slayer Sportfishing Charters

801 South Washington Avenue
Ludington MI, United States

Capt. David Ellis runs professional sportfishing charters on Lake Michigan, the only one of the Great Lakes to be located entirely in the United States. Fishing aboard a 28 foot Tiara aptly named ‘Salmon Slayer’, they offer exciting trips around the lake throughout the season.

Salmon Slayer is equipped with top of the line electronics and safety gear and offers ample room for up to 6 anglers. With an enclosed head below deck in the cabin, all your needs can be catered for on a fishing trip.

Capt. Dave specializes in catching King and Coho Salmon, Lake and Brown Trout and Steelhead. Catching these delicious species always makes for a rewarding trip! All tackle and bait is included, and you catch will even be cleaned and filleted at the end of the charter.

Dave is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Operator and has nearly 30 years experience fishing the area between Pentwater and Ludington to Manistee. He offers family friendly charters, actively encouraging children to come on board and enjoy fishing with him. The company’s main goal is that everyone has an enjoyable and memorable day on the lake!


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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip AM
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 150
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Fish for King and Coho Salmon, Lake and Brown Trout and Steelhead on Lake Michigan.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip PM
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    US$ 150
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Fish for King and Coho Salmon, Lake and Brown Trout and Steelhead on Lake Michigan.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Brown Trout
  Lake Trout
  Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  Salmon

Boat Specs

Tiara (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1983. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

David Ellis
Ludington, Michigan, United States
Member since December 2015
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Captain Dave is a US Coast Guard licensed operator with nearly 30 years experience. With extensive knowledge of the waters from Pentwater and Ludington to Manistee, he offers informative and enjoyable fishing trips.
Response time: 6 hours
Response rate: 94%

Ludington Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

3.92 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Fished August 9, 2017
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Overall the fishing trip was nice. The captain was able to avoid the rain by swing south away from the storm. Although he has some issues with the fish finder we were expecting King Salmon but only caught Lake Trout. When we arrived back on the shore the captain didn’t have a method to receive the balance due for the trip. So he called the boat owner and somewhere between them they decided to take a picture of my credit card to process later. I wasn’t please with this action. Once I arrived home I had the card canceled and new reissued.

Fished May 16, 2017
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I have never caught less than 7 fish when chartering out of Ludington, MI. Maybe the day was not good and water to warm but to have no mate and take people out just by yourself does not give the captain time to locate the fish while he is putting all the lines in. One steelhead for the whole group of five was very disappointing. Will make sure next charter I take has captain and mate aboard.

Fished August 31, 2016
David Ellis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 2, 2016

Wish I could see the whole review instead of the first few lines, but I get the fist of it. I’m sorry we didn’t get more fish but I was trying. That’s why I pulled lines from the first spot and ran 8 miles north to another spot and set up again. I could have saved 20 gallons of fuel and stayed where we were. I could have run out deep in the rough water and caught more fish but I was trying to keep your group in calmer more comfortable conditions.  As far as not having a mate, I haven’t had one in 30 years just as many other Charters don’t use a mate. That helps keep my overhead down so I can run cheaper than a lot of other boats. Again I am sorry you had a bad trip and found it necessary to leave a bad review, in 30 years that’s the first bad one. I have had trips where we only caught 1 or 2 fish as every other Charter has. I can’t control mother nature or the fish, wish I could.

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