What kind of rods, reels, or tackle will I need to Bring?
Good News here folks, Kings Charter supplies all the necessary
equipment. As I've said for many years all you'll need
to bring is a good attitude.
What if we don't catch any fish?
That's not going to happen!! I haven't been skunked on
Lk. Michigan since August 1988. If fishing is slow
you'll be advised to save your dough. In the River it's
entirely up to you to hook and land them and that sounds a lot
easier than it is. I
was skunked for the first time in several years on 4/26/03 and
75% of the fleet was too! In that case I gave my guests
a absolutely free return trip.
What about toilet facilities?
On Lake Michigan Charters the 28' Cherokee has an Electric
Marine Head (flushing toilet). On the Big Manistee River
the Forrest Service has public restrooms stationed along the
River at the boat ramp access areas.
What kind of
boat do you use on Lake Michigan?
The 28' Cherokee used on Lake Michigan is a custom built
vessel designed and Manufactured in Michigan for Charter
Fishing. It has a 11'6" beam (how wide) and it's
28' long. The Cabin or Hardtop area can be completely
enclosed and heated for cool weather. This is a fishin'
machine; equipped with Radar, GPS, 2 loran's, 4 sonar units
for finding fish, twin 350 V8 Crusader inboards, outriggers, 5
Electric Downriggers, 35 Rods and Reels and a bunch of other
stuff that will be at hand when we need it.
Also, it can accommodate up to 6 guests
comfortably, but a recommended charter of 4 persons or less
provides additional time on the rods and more personalized
What about weather or water too rough to fish in?
The weather in Michigan changes a lot so be prepared.
The rough water part is pretty simple to answer: "I don't
like fishing in Seas that are to large to be comfortable in.
You as a guest are doing this to have fun, not because you
have too! If it's not going to be a great time for all,
I'll reschedule your date or refund your deposit".
O.K. now we've caught 'em who cleans the fish?
I fillet fish as fast and good as anybody in Manistee County
and there is no charge for skinning, filleting and bagging.
Plus, I supply the ice to keep the fish cold while aboard.
Does the Charter Operator supply food?
No, you know what you like to eat so come with your own chow.
And keep in mind the cooler you bring can serve double duty
and can help transport your cleaned fish back home.
What about the Boat you use on the Big Manistee River? It's
a completely enclosed 17' RiverMaster Jet Boat to skim over
the shallows and has plenty of heat inside for cold weather
outings. It has all the tackle needed to catch fish.
This boat was built for 2 persons but in warmer weather can
take a third at a slight extra charge.
What's the best time to take a charter?
Well that depends on what kind of fish you're interested in
catching. I offer many kinds of specialty charters thru
out the year and the vast majority are highly successful.
As I've always said the best time to go fishing is when you
Safety Concerns? The
Lake Boat is State Inspected and all necessary USCG safety
requirements are meet. The River boat meets same
What about Motion
Sickness? Take Dramamine
or Scopolamine. If your prone to Sea Sickness these
precautions should take care of that problem out on the Lake.
The River is always flat calm and I never had a sickly person
Are Alcoholic Beverages Permitted? After 21 years of allowing guests to drink alcoholic beverages aboard, I came to the conclusion I didn't need this any longer. Safety and legal concerns now means absolutely no beer, wine or hard liquor will be brought onboard. My recommendation is, "if
you want to drink go to the bar and let them be responsible for you." I need sober, heads-up fishermen that can handle the can of action I can produce. Illegal
Drugs of any kind are not allowed under any circumstances.
What should I bring along?
Let's call these the "Don't Forgets"
appropriate clothing for the time of the year (layered works
best), hat, sunglasses, soft soled shoes for the lake, felt
packs for the winter river trips, rain gear, food and drink in
a cooler, Fishing License, sunscreen, cameras, camcorders,
film, plenty of battery power for the big one that didn't get
away. So now that
you're ready, let's go and experience some of the "Worlds
Greatest Freshwater Fishing." Also,
you'll fish with confidence with one of the most experienced
full time year around captains Michigan has to offer.
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