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Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Bassackwards » Dec Sat 15, 2012 10:28 pm

I convinced my wife to go deap sea fishing on vacation last week and we landed some nice barracuda. Needless to say she's "hooked" (sorry!). She wants to try a salmon fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Can anyone recommend a Charter and let know the best time to schedule it? I think if she stays interested in fishing it might help my cause. Thanks
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby TheWoz » Dec Sat 15, 2012 10:36 pm

Craig with ITO CHARTERS in Michigan city is awesome! Big boat too!
If you check out my YouTube channel I made a video from his boat.

Also captain Ralph runs a great charter too. I think he docks in Burns harbor.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby mplant1 » Dec Sat 15, 2012 11:36 pm

brush and roll charters !

http://www.bnrcharters.com/
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby TheWoz » Dec Sat 15, 2012 11:50 pm

That's the name I was looking for. Brush n Roll- capt Ralph
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby mplant1 » Dec Sun 16, 2012 12:10 am

no no Ralph is different operation. If you fish outta Indiana Ralph Steiger is the way to go.

http://www.captainsteiger.com/
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Steeldrifter » Dec Sun 16, 2012 2:06 am

Listen to woz and mplant.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Rich » Dec Sun 16, 2012 3:31 pm

^Yes.
With all the captains wanting (hoping, praying) work all up and down the coast there's no reason at all to make an hour or two drive.
It's not what you catch, it's how you catch it.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Bassackwards » Dec Mon 17, 2012 7:23 pm

I agree. I live on the Northwest side of Chicago near O'Hare. I'd like to go to a harbor nearby. What are your thoughts?
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Rich » Dec Tue 18, 2012 7:59 pm

Assuming that we are talking next year , as the harbors are closed now...I was planning on digging out captains after the holidays.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Winnebasschamp » Dec Fri 21, 2012 10:32 pm

"You can watch $hit happen, you can make $hit happen, or you can wonder WTF happend!" ~Capn' Phil Harris
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby bubblefish » Dec Sat 22, 2012 1:52 pm

This guy Captain Kelly operates out of Waukegan, i have been using his service for almost 15 years now. He and a few other captains are one of the few charters that have GPS plot marks of where the honey holes are. They get their information from operating over and over with the best results ever. I can honestly say this is the only charter I have been on, that consistently gets parties of 5 or more every time to limit out. Usually we just start with Browns early spring, then Coho then Kings. Almost always I end up having my largest Steelhead and Rainbows I have ever caught off this boat. Here is his information. His website is currently being redone. And yes he operates out of Chicago or Waukegan.

http://captainsandguides.com/charters/illinois/caliente-charters/
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Bassackwards » Dec Wed 26, 2012 5:11 pm

Thanks to all who replied. I've heard good things about Brush and Roll Charter so I think I'll try them. I'll send an update in April/May aftermwe go. Thanks
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby brushnroll » Apr Mon 08, 2013 9:50 pm

Spring is here and we have a new port and a new boat.

We can safely say we have one of the fastest charter boats on Lake Michigan. Why waste time traveling to the fishing grounds. Be he first one there.

Check out our website a www.bnrcharters.com for details.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby brushnroll » Apr Mon 08, 2013 10:05 pm

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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Boarder Collie » Apr Tue 09, 2013 8:33 am

I think it's worth making the trip up to North Point or Waukegan for a charter because the water gets deeper faster and you'll spend a little less time getting out to the fish.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby brushnroll » Apr Tue 09, 2013 8:46 am

Well there are multiple ways to skin a fish. Many charters moved out of Chicago because the distance you need to cover. But most of these charters run boats that are only capable of reaching 16-18 knots. Now take a boat designed for the ocean that travels over 40 knots, better fuel economy, and less fishing pressure.

Now if you lived in Chicago, why would you waste gas, drive over an hour each way, just because it gets deeper quicker on a slower boat.

I'm sure if I lived by Northpoint, I would charter a boat out if Racine. ;)
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby brushnroll » Apr Tue 09, 2013 3:45 pm

...and some charters will start trolling in shallow so they save gas before they actually get deep where the fish are at.

There is a charter for everyone. We are establishing ourselves as a true offshore experience. If you live near or in Chicago, look us up, we would love to have you and welcome you aboard.
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Re: Best Salmon Charter?

Postby Kudzu » May Sat 18, 2013 7:40 pm

I've used both Jackpot (http://jackpotfishing.com/) and Lucky Dog (http://www.luckydogcharters.com/) both out of Winthrop Harbor. Very different experiences, all good, and the captains are committed to making sure you catch and have a great time.
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