Enjoy successful sport fishing in beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.
Absolutely a class act! Captain Cam and First Mate John are awesome. Had a great time, and maxed out on our fish. I would highly recommend going on a trip with these guys!Family f.9/01/2019
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
It was a great time made sure we had fun looking forward to go back next year.Timothy S.8/10/2015
Great trip, good company, wonderful crew! Thank you!! Recommend Showtime for any fishing trips!Klint W.7/21/2016
Took the family fishing with Cam and Johnny and had a really great time. We caught a bunch of fish ? and had a lot of laughs. Really great memories were made this morning. I would recommend Showtime to anyone wanting to go on a charter. Well worth the money!! Until next time Showtime, thank you for a great day fishing!!!Shannon H.8/18/2018
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.Rose M.8/29/2017
We 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.Daisy555NY8/31/2019
Cam and Johnny rock it. Always a blast!!!Scott B.9/23/2019
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.Brent H.8/09/2016
We had a great trip with Cam and Johnny yesterday. Caught fish and enjoyed a day with friends and a wonderful captain and mate.Connie W.7/28/2018
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
Fishing 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.
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
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!!!!!!Craig M.9/17/2019
Just finished my first ever fishing trip and it couldn't have been better! Thank you, Cam and Johnny, for a long great morning!Gina A.8/29/2017
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
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! …LaBechtel11/01/2020
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
Captain Cam and Deckhand Johnny we’re great. Our limit was 8 but we only caught 5. Still it was a good time.Ron M.7/30/2018
The most respected carter captain in Traverse City and the most consistant catch producer.Roger G.6/19/2014
An evening that I will never forget. Cam and Johnny are the best. A family outing with the highlight being my 93 year old Mom caught a 9 lbs lake trout. I will cherish the memory forever. Thanks Showtime. We will be back.John G.6/28/2017
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.8/01/2018
They are awesome!! So patient and kind!! It made our fishing experience wonderful!! Thank you so much!Kedra B.8/29/2017
Had a great time fishing this morning with Cam and Jonny! We all got a catch. Thanks for a wonderful morning.Nichole K.7/02/2018
best fishing charter. Not only for the depth of fishing experience but their willingness to share the where, why and how the fish are caught all why having a great time. Showtime; they do put on a good show.Lee C.9/18/2019
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
This was absolutely the most fun we have had in years. Captain Cam and first mate Brad were so patient with us "old folks" plus getting the limit including a ten pounder didn't hurt. We are going again in two weeks to look for salmon although it will be a little early in the season. You can't miss with Showtime.Jacki C.7/26/2014
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
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!
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?
Leaving the dock.
Do I need to leave a deposit to hold a charter?
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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.