Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc.

I have been fishing out of the scenic port of Frankfort since 1978.  Frankfort is one of the most scenic ports on the Great Lakes and in 2011, the Good Morning America TV show held a poll that designated the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore, just north of us, as "The Most Beautiful Place In America". Frankfort is a small, friendly town with a variety of shopping and dining options availalable and several 5 star golf courses are within a short driving distance.  The Cabbage Shed (bar and restaurant), one of the most popular destinations in town, is right next door to the marina.

Our boat, The Trophy Cup, was designed for charter fishing and includes all of the tackle, electronics and safety equipment needed for a fun day on the water. We have a private, enclosed toilet area (new elelctric toilet). Our Coast Guard license allows us to carry up to six passengers.
The fishing season in Frankfort starts around mid-May and lasts up until mid-September. During this time, we fish for Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead.

Our fee includes all the necessary rods, reels and terminal tackle you’ll need for a successful trip. We clean and bag your catch and bagged ice is available for purchase at the marina. Bring along a pair of sunglasses as well as some drinks and snacks and the adventure can begin.
Hope to see you this summer!
Best Regards,
Captain Eric



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - AM
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    This trip will take you trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters near the port of Frankfort. The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. This is a good option for new anglers or those looking to get a quick lay of the land. Bring a pair of sunglasses, some drinks, and snacks if you like, and you're all set.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - PM
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    For those who don't have a lot of time to spare in the morning hours, this trip will depart in the late afternoon and come back in at dark. You will be trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters. Included in the price are rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Feel free to bring along drinks and snacks if you are so inclined.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Evening trip with captain Eric and mate Mike
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Danielle H.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Awesome experience!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - PM on August 2, 2023
We are a repeat customer and have enjoyed ourselves both times. Eric and Mike make an awesome team and it was great to get...
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Kent T.
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Evening trip with captain Eric and mate Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - PM on August 4, 2023
We had a good time fishing, had the first 5 fish stayed on the hook it would even been better, but that’s fishing! Thanks...
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Dennis C.
SUGARCRK Township, OH
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Nice morning in Frankfort

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - AM on July 24, 2023
Although fishing was a little slow the Captain and mate worked hard to get some nice lake trout.  The boat has a good deck...
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Fred F.
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Fishing on the Trophy Cup!

Half Day Trip - AM on July 23, 2022
We chose the morning trip. Its early but I’m up anyway.  Captain Eric and his first mate were ready and waiting when we...
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Fishing with Gold Coast Charter Service

August 5, 2022
I have fished with Captain Eric on his boat on multiple occasions, both the AM and PM trips and it is always a great experience....
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FAQs about Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc.

Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $600 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - AM (5 hours)
  • US $600 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip - PM (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc., you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet New Electric Toilet 2022
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box Bring your own beverages and small cooler.
  • Radar

Trips booked with Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Ice is available for purchase at the marina.)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (Purchase at tackle shop in town.)

Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Most trips are less than 15 miles from the dock.)

Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling (We use a variety of trolling presentations.)

Top targeted fish species with Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)

Meet the Charter Operator

Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc.
Frankfort, Michigan, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
23 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2016
Welcome...I have owned and operated Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc. since 1992. I've been fishing out of the Port of Frankfort since 1978. I have fished many Lake Michigan ports and prefer Frankfort because of the scenery, good fishing and the proximity of good fishing destinations. Our family has owned a small house in Frankfort for more than 30 years and both my sons grew up fishing with me. I enjoy helping customers catch fish and also informing them of the local history as well as information about the freighters that we often see out on the lake. I think our area is the most beautiful part of the state. My boat was designed for charter fishing and is equipped with the fishing and safety electronics we need to catch you fish and keep you safe. To summarize, we offer a knowledgeable captain, beautiful scenery, a large safe boat and great fishing!

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

Cherokee (Sportfishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 270HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Most trips are less than 15 miles from the dock.

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
We use a variety of trolling presentations.

Amenities

Toilet
New Electric Toilet 2022
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Bring your own beverages and small cooler.
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Ice is available for purchase at the marina.
First Mate
Fishing License
Purchase at tackle shop in town.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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
Parent judgement.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
Checks

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