Gold Coast Charter Service, Inc.

Frankfort Avenue
Elberta MI, United States

Gold Coast Charter Service was born out of a longstanding fishing tradition. Captain Eric Walline has been fishing out of the scenic port of Frankfort since 1978. Frankfort lies on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City.

You will be fishing aboard Captain Eric’s 30’ offshore sport fishing boat, the Trophy Cup. Apart from all the necessary safety and navigation gear, it has a private head, downriggers, and plenty of room for up to six anglers. The boat was designed with charter fishing in mind, meaning it’s got good seating as well as enough room to make moving around less of a hassle when fishing.

The fishing season in Frankfort starts around mid-May and lasts up until mid-September. During this time, you will be fishing for Salmon, Lake Trout, and Steelhead, which can all be found in great numbers. Trolling is the name of the game here, and has proven time and again to be probably the best way of hooking lots of fish in the waters of Lake Michigan. You will be exclusively using artificial lures during the trip.

The price includes all the necessary rods, reels and terminal tackle you’ll need for a successful trip. A Michigan fishing license is not included, but can easily be found online. After the trip, the crew will clean and fillet anything you catch for your convenience. Bring along a pair of sunglasses as well as some drinks and snacks if you’re so inclined and the adventure can begin.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 10 May - 20 Sep (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    A full day option is great for family trips, or just those who would like to see everything these waters have to offer. You will be trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout in the inshore waters. Depending on the bite and weather conditions, you can also go some miles nearshore in search of bigger biters. Included in the price are rods, reels, and terminal tackle, and your catch will be cleaned and filleted after the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - AM
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 10 May - 20 Sep
    US$ 525
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    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
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 10 May - 20 Sep
    US$ 525
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Lake Trout
Salmon

Boat Specs

Cherokee (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 350HP Crusader engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 26 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks

About the Captain

Eric Walline
Elberta, Michigan, United States
Member since November 2016
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Captain Eric Walline is the owner of Gold Coast Charter Service and has been running the whole operation since 1992. He enjoys showing all those interested exactly what the Salmon fishery in Lake Michigan has to offer. A day out on the water with Eric will show you what Lake Michigan is all about.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
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Jim Sinclair
Lisle, IL
 5.00
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Early Morning half day trip

VERIFIED   July 15, 2018
My group had a great time. Captains Eric and Wayne worked really hard all day making sure we caught fish. They were very easy...
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Eric Woodley
Mattoon, IL
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VERIFIED   July 24, 2018
Had a great morning of fishing with Captain Eric, the family really enjoyed fishing on Lake Michigan, caught only lake trout,...
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