SHOWTIME CHARTERS

Enjoy successful sport fishing in beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.

  • These guys really know what they're doing! Captain Cam was super easy to talk to and very friendly from first contact, scheduling was easy and upfront, price was definitely fair for what we got. Super professional, clean, and very very fun, would recommend these guys to everybody

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    Nikki I.
    9/04/2018

    Sam was a very good guide and VERY intelligent. Would fish with him again 10/10. Nice boat too!

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    Chloe J.
    9/10/2019

    Wow! What a great morning we had with Captain Cam and First mate, Johnny! All 4 of us caught our limit of lake trout within 3 hours. Thanks for making day 3 of our vacation so memorable.

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    Rose M.
    8/29/2017
  • The scenery was breathtaking along with some awesome fishing! Cam and Johnny was the bomb!! Hope to come back again �

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    Shannon M.
    7/30/2018

    5 star ratingFishing with Captain Cam and mate John was perfect. I have fished with Cam over many years and I always look forward to seeing him and having him put us on fish.
    Gorgeous morning and three salmon in the box, 22, 18 and 18 pounds. Can't go wrong if you want to fish West Grand Traverse Bay with an experienced and intelligent captain. Boat is roomy and always very clean. Equipment is always first rate. No boat ramps to deal with as the Showtime is ready to go from its dock location.
    Dr. Tom

    ploughshares
    9/09/2019

    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!!!

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    Roger F.
    9/05/2014
  • 5 star ratingWe 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

    We booked last minute and they were able to accommodate! We had such a great time! We learned to fish and my son got to steer the boat! He said it was the best day of his life! The boat was so nice and clean. We would do it again! Captain Cam and Johnny were so helpful! A great experience and worth the money!

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    Van P.
    7/01/2019

    The most respected carter captain in Traverse City and the most consistant catch producer.

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    Roger G.
    6/19/2014
  • This was our second trip on the Showtime and we would highly recommend them to everyone. We have fished for many years and, even tho we are family, we have to say that Showtime has been the best fishing experiences we have had anywhere. Bill & Dale

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    Dale B.
    8/19/2018

    Expert and great captain

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    Rick N.
    6/12/2019

    Our time on the water was a exceptional experience.

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    Michael D.
    7/20/2017
  • Absolute amazing Charter! Will recommend to everyone! Can't wait to do it again!

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    Pierce G.
    6/20/2014

    Super awesome trip! Captain Cam knew right where the fish were! First mate Johnny was fantastic as well. Book these guys and you won't be disappointed.

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    Brent H.
    8/09/2016

    5 star ratingWe met Captain Cam and First Mate John at 6:00 am for our family's fishing trip. It was a wonderful, clean boat. Cam and John did a wonderful job with the kids in our family. My nephew is now hooked on fishing.

    Daisy
    8/01/2019
  • 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.

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    Eric A.
    8/27/2016

    Great Captain that put us on the fish and great conversation!

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    Ash J.
    9/18/2019

    Captain Cam is the BEST!!!! Definitely go fishing with Showtime Charters!

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    Connie D.
    6/18/2014
  • My husband and son had an incredible morning of fishing. They caught their limit of trout and had a great time with Cam and Johnny who did a fantastic job with our 10 year old son. I highly recommend if you are interested in a good day on the lake. This was the highlight of my husband's vacation!

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    Jan G.
    7/31/2018

    We had a fabulous evening fishing! It was relaxing, exciting and fun. What a great crew and captain!

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    Kathy R.
    8/21/2018

    What a great time we had! Showtime Fishing, Captain and First Mate were professional, patient, and fun. Well worth the fee.

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    Mike K.
    8/22/2018
  • Absolutely fantastic, I enjoyed every minute on the boat. The captain and first mate were awesome 5� s

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    Ariana B.
    7/26/2018

    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!!!

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    Susan B.
    9/03/2017

    Did a six hour fishing trip today it was awesome the crew is knowledgeable helpful and very friendly We all had a great time and caught a lot of big fish today looking forward to my next trip down

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    Mike M.
    6/18/2020
  • We had such a great morning fishing with Cam and Johnny! All 5 of us caught fish and had a blast!!

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    Megan M.
    8/15/2018

    This was my first charter experience and it was awesome! You couldn't ask for more with all of their knowledge and equipment. The boat was super clean. The captain and first mate are top notch! If you get a chance or want to set up a charter.....give Captain Cam a call! You won't be disappointed. COHO!!!!!!

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    Craig M.
    9/17/2019

    This guy is the best in Tc!!!!
    Dang I can't say enough about how good he is!! Very friendly and knowledgeable and a beautiful clean boat!!
    Thanks man for all the fun and salmon!!

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    Sam D.
    8/10/2016

Charter Fishing Cost

Up to 6 Fishermen $600

40 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

For 40 years Cam Garst has captained Great Lakes fishing charters. He has not only developed a unique sense of how to find the trophy fish, he has also honed the ability to make the charter fishing experience memorable no matter what the fishing conditions are like. His experience with the sometimes tricky Lake Michigan waters creates a safe and exciting fishing adventure.

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

Alcohol?
Beer is fine, however liquor is discouraged.
Why should we fish with Showtime?
I get asked this question sometimes, so let me answer it here. I have been fishing West Bay since 1978, professionally since 1982. We have over 80% repeat clients, some for over 20 years. Fishing professionally is all we do, we know where the active schools of fish are because we are out there nearly every day. When you fish with Showtime you will find our boats are clean and meticulously maintained, our equipment is top shelf, and you will always fish with Cam. We do not hire part time captains. You will always fish with the owner.

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!

Do I need a fishing license?

Yes, but they are very inexpensive.  You will need to purchase one for everyone over the age of 17.  You must have at least a 24-hour license prior to fishing with Showtime.  Licenses are available through the Michigan DNR website and cost $10 for one day or $26 for the year.  Click here to purchase a license.

What should we bring?
I always tell my anglers to bring whatever they want to eat, drink, or wear! You will want to dress for the weather, dress in layers. Wear soft soled, clean shoes and don’t forget sun screen and sun glasses. You will need a cooler to transport your fillets. Your captain and mate will clean your catch free of charge.
Leaving the dock.
You need to be on time, especially for morning trips during Salmon season. The very best times for our Salmon are dawn and dusk.
Do I need to leave a deposit to hold a charter?
I routinely take a credit card number to hold a date for a charter. This guarantees your group the boat for that date. The card is NOT charged except for a no show. Charters can be cancelled within 1 week with no charge.
How do I pay for the trip?
Payment for a charter is expected after the fish are cleaned. Although we are able to accept most credit cards, Venmo, checks or cash is the preferred method of payment.

Contact us Online to Book a Charter!

Find Showtime

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.

Centerpoint Building