Top Shelf Charters – Black Label

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Lake Michigan is one of those places that are simply blessed with incredible fishing. Combine that fact with the immaculate service that Top Shelf Charters provides to its guests and you have the recipe for an unforgettable fishing adventure!

Join Captain Kirk Heilman on board of his 40’ Sea Ray, the “Black Label.” She was originally built in 1987 and restored in 2013 – like a fine wine she only got better with age. Powered by twin 400 HP Crusaders, you will cruise along comfortably. She’s quite spacious thanks to her large aft, allowing for up to 6 anglers to fish in comfort, without tangling lines or knocking over gear.

Serious fishing requires serious equipment, and she’s chock full of it! A flybridge allows you to spot your topwater prey from far away. Outriggers and downriggers are essential when trolling for Salmon or other species, and your reach will be extended with them, both to the side and below. If you need to take a break from the reel-screaming action the fully air-conditioned cabin with a toilet and bed is ready. No need to worry about holding it in on longer trips, a full-head toilet is available.

Capt. Kirk will take you fishing for the famous King Salmon, as well as Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake and Brown Trout. The Black Label has ample space to fill her coolers with all the keepers you reel in (within local regulation).

Kids are welcome on board, provided they are aged 3 and above. The captain will supply you with PFDs in all sizes. A fishing license is required; you can buy one on the boat on the day.

If you’re ready to see just why Lake Michigan has a reputation for excellent fishing, book a trip with Top Shelf Charters and get ready to cast off on a fishing experience of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    14 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    $1,400
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 14-hour trip will take you fishing first thing in the morning and last all day or until the limit is caught, some trips the extra time can also be used to travel to fish, Straight out of bed and straight on to the absolutely gorgeous Salmon that lives in the waters around Grand Haven.
  • Private trip
    3/4 day (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 10 Sep
    $850
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the entire day fishing the waters around Grand Haven for Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and whatever else takes the bait! All the required equipment will be provided to you by the charter operator.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    $850
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the entire day fishing the waters around Grand Haven for Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and whatever else takes the bait! All the required equipment will be provided to you by the charter operator.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    $595
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    This 6-hour trip will take you fishing first thing in the morning. Straight out of bed and straight on to the absolutely gorgeous Salmon that lives in the waters around Grand Haven.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    $595
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    Sleep in and then go fishing – what can beat this as the perfect way to spend a day off? Go fishing on Lake Michigan for excellent Salmon and Trout on this 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Scenic Tour & Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    2 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    $275
    up to 6 persons
    This is a tour around Grand Haven or for sunset at the pier heads, while we do set fishing a few rods and you have the opportunity to catch fish it is not guaranteed catch we suggest 6-hour trips for dedicated fishing. Departure time may vary, consult with the captain prior to the trip itself.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Sea Ray (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2013. Powered by 2 400HP Crusader engines.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
American Express

About the Captain

Kirk Heilman
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
Member since August 2016
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Captain Kirk Heilman has been fishing for almost 3 decades now, starting as a first mate when he was just 10 years old! He does around 130 trips every year – a testament to his skill and the satisfaction of his customers. Using his vast experience (he spends countless hours researching), advanced electronics, and an ample amount of tackle, he'll work hard to put you on the hottest bite and give you the chance of landing that personal best!
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.87
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Friendly captain
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97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Suzanne W.
Bellaire, MI
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Half Day Trip with Captain Kirk

VERIFIED   NEW  June 25, 2019
Loved our day on the lake with Kirk and his first mate! We had to postpone a day due to bad weather conditions- I appreciated...
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James B.
Grand Rapids, MI
 5.00
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Bad weather, Good trip

VERIFIED   June 14, 2019
First - we had a good time and would definitely recommend Top Shelf Charters.  This was a first time fishing trip for...
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Bob G.
Grand Haven, Michigan
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Capt. Kirk And Crew On Th Fish

VERIFIED   June 9, 2019
This is my second time with Captain Kirk and his crew, both excellent experiences. It was a cool and rainy Sunday afternoon,...
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Lee K.
Grand Rapids, MI
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Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

VERIFIED   NEW  June 22, 2019
From the captain to the deck hands just awesome.  Very proffessional, very knowledgeable catching fish. Best of all very...
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Lansing, MI
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Nice day on Spring Lake

VERIFIED   June 20, 2019
We decided to tour Spring Lake and for the best chance for some fishing action. It was a nice sunny day with the fishing action...
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