Enjoy successful sport fishing in beautiful Grand Traverse Bay
Our time on the water was a exceptional experience.Michael D.7/20/2017
We met Captain Cam and his first mate John at 5 pm we promptly went out to our fishing spots and got right to fishing. Captain Cam made us feel like family, and John was so helpful when reeling in the trout we caught. We were out for 4 hours and got some great action on the rods. We are looking forward to going back when the Salmon run in September. The trip only holds 6 people so we had a great group and our hosts were just wonderful. I would highly recommend Cam and John as your go-to Charter while in Traverse City. Can't wait to go back!James M.8/30/2018
Cam & Johnny were both knowledgeable, very friendly & fun! we all had a great afternoon on the lake!Kristi A.8/11/2019
Great trip, good company, wonderful crew! Thank you!! Recommend Showtime for any fishing trips!Klint W.7/21/2016
Got selected to attend a Veterans fishing trip a few years ago. Show time was the charter, using two of their boats. Followed by a feast at Herringtons. Absolutely awesome trip.
Now I live in the area and have a boat to chase these fish...Capt Cam is quick to respond with my questions about fishing the Bay, but as any fisherman, keeps his secrets secret. Thanks again Capt. Trips like that have more impact than you’ll ever know. ??Jeff T.8/28/2019
Absolutely wonderful trip. Cam and Johnny know there business and we’re great in every aspect. They were on the fish and we got a nice cooler full. Will definitely book again. Thanks for wonderful Father’s Day!!Jim N.6/17/2018
The scenery was breathtaking along with some awesome fishing! Cam and Johnny was the bomb!! Hope to come back again �Shannon M.7/30/2018
The most respected carter captain in Traverse City and the most consistant catch producer.Roger G.6/19/2014
Cam and Johnny rock it. Always a blast!!!Scott B.9/23/2019
Captain Cam and 1st mate Johnny are great. We had a wonderful morning fishing with them. I highly recommend Showtime fishing charters. Lots of fun, great boat, did a great job. Will be fishing with these guys again!!Rob B.8/07/2018
Awesome fishing ! Fishing with 3 teens and they're now hooked. Captain Cam and mate Dan made the experience truly memorable. I'll definitely be back.Eric A.8/27/2016
Captain Cam provided a perfect morning of salmon fishing. He is a true master of his craft and those seaking the best chance to catch salmon or trout should book with Showtime Cam!!!Roger F.9/05/2014
Captain Cam is the BEST!!!! Definitely go fishing with Showtime Charters!Connie D.6/18/2014
SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! Captain Cam & First Mate Johnny are the BEST!!! Cam even posted a pic of my sister & I with a big catch!! Great 40th Anniversary/60th Birthday I will never forget!!! We will definitely be back!!!Susan B.9/03/2017
What a great time we had! Showtime Fishing, Captain and First Mate were professional, patient, and fun. Well worth the fee.Mike K.8/22/2018
Absolutely a class act. This was my first experience with a charter trip. I would 100% recommend Cam and Johnny. I will positively be back for a trip again. Thank you gentlemenJimi W.8/18/2018
Absolutely the BEST in all of Northern Michigan! You're sure to have a great time on one of the nicest fishing boats in the area!Leslie I.6/19/2014
They did a wonderful job introducing my niece and nephew to fishing. I think that this was the highlight of my nephew's vacation. Great job Cam and John!Jenell W.8/31/2019
Great day fishing! Crew is very knowledgeable. Very comfortable boat and great equipment.Christi P.8/27/2019
Nice boat, friendly Captain & mate & both had a good sense of humor. The last similar charter I went on put out 6 lines, not just 3 like this one. Therefore only 4 stars.Alan B.8/20/2017
They are awesome!! So patient and kind!! It made our fishing experience wonderful!! Thank you so much!Kedra B.8/29/2017
We had a great day fishing. We hit limit easily. Captain Cam and John are excellent. They even gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant that cooked our catch. Outstanding!Michael F.6/15/2018
This sailing excursion made our trip to the Leelanau Peninsula. Captain Dave was entertaining and essentially gave us a personalized cruise. He is a fun guy and we learned a lot about the bay and about the boat. He is a very experienced captain and I would go out with him again in a heartbeat. Our daughter is in the military and really needed the break from her demanding position and this was the highlight of our week with her. Well done! We will be back!LaBechtel11/22/2020
It was a great time made sure we had fun looking forward to go back next year.Timothy S.8/10/2015
Unforgettable experience! My entire family loved it from 6yrs to 40! Cam's extensive knowledge of the bay area, coupled with his obvious passion for people made it a one of a kind experience you wont find anywhere else. Cam and Johnny make a great father and son team that will be sure to make your day enjoyable!Brian W.7/19/2017
Cam and Brian are the best! Great crew and a fun time.Dave W.7/26/2015
This is the 2nd time fishing with Cam and Johnny and it was spectacular. Can always count on them for great fishing and stories to entertain you. The very best!!!!!Deb B.9/08/2018
Charter Fishing Cost
Up to 6 Fishermen $495
Over 35 Years of Lake Michigan Experience
Morning or Afternoon Trips
Large Boat with Cabin
Twin 454 Inboard Engines
Room to Move About
On Board Restroom Facility
Computer Fish Finding
All Tackle Provided
Experienced First Mate
Catch Cleaned & Bagged
Meet the Captain & Owner
Captain Garst started Showtime Charters in 1982 with a 27′ Chris Craft boat. A year later he quit his job in newspaper management to turn his fishing passion into his full-time occupation. Since then Cam has directed the growth of his company to become Traverse City’s most successful charter boat operation.
You’ll see him at the helm of his 31′ Tiara fishing craft. His long list of repeat clients is a testament to the adventures experienced at the hands of Captain Garst.
“Every trip is fun and exciting,” says Garst. “The clients are different, the weather changes and the catch varies. I get to watch an eight-year old land his first ever fish, then get excited as older couples just enjoy the pleasure of fishing this magnificent Great Lake. It’s a thrill I’ll never take for granted,” Garst adds.
First Mate Johnny & Junior Captain Greyson
Johnny Barlow comes to us from the South. You’ll hear it in his twang! He spent his youth fishing the lakes in Northern GA, and the Gulf Coast in Panama City Florida. As a young man, Johnny started working for a large printing company, International Paper. With tenacity and grit, Johnny put in 23+ years at International Paper, leaving as a successful Project Manager. Northern Michigan was calling Johnny’s wife Megan, home. It just so happens that Megan, is Captain Cam’s daughter! They made the move, in tow with their son Greyson, the Junior Captain. Johnny quickly became the missing link on the Showtime, and joined the team as the First Mate. Family is always first. One day, Johnny will pilot the Showtime, keeping her in the family. Who knows, maybe even Greyson will be promoted to THE Captain!
From Captain Cam: It’s exciting for me to have my son-in-law, Johnny, aboard the Showtime, as her First Mate. Having a knowledgeable angler as the First Mate always make the charter fishing experience better for all. It’s special to me, when my guest anglers can see and feel the great duo Johnny and I have become. And even sweeter knowing he will one day navigate these waters as the Captain. I know these waters like the back of my hand. It gives me great pride to pass this on to Johnny. My best trout spots, the different banks, and deep drop offs. Johnny is thirsty to learn, and very teachable.
Johnny is also a great teacher. He is wonderful with my young anglers. Putting a young boy on his first trout or salmon is his specialty! I know everyone who boards the Showtime will enjoy having Johnny as part of this team, as much as I do. Maybe even Greyson one day!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we fish with Showtime?
When we have completed our fishing for the day and returned to the marina, we will take your catch to our private cleaning station. After some pictures, your catch is cleaned, rinsed with fresh water and put in freezer bags. Your filets are never rinsed with nasty marina water. We all know what the ducks and geese do in the marina water!
West Grand Traverse Bay is not only beautiful, but very protected. It is extremely rare for these waters to be rough. Big waves can ruin a fishing trip!
What should we bring?
Leaving the dock.
Do I need to leave a deposit to hold a charter?
How do I pay for the trip?
Contact us Online to Book a Charter!
Showtime Charters is easy to find as we are located on the West side of West Grand Traverse Bay, only 2 miles from downtown Traverse city.
GPS : N 44°47.419′ W 85°38.119′
12935 S. West Bay Shore Dr. 49684
From the intersection of M72 West & M22 North, drive North on M22 for 1 mile. On the right you will see the Centerpointe office building. This is a 4 story brown building right at the marina. You can park in the main parking lot on the upper level of the office building. Stairway to the marina level is in the SE corner of the parking lot.
Please do not park in the lower level.
As you look toward the water you will notice a large flag pole (taller than the building), the Showtime is 100 yards straight east in slip 17.