Enjoy successful sport fishing in beautiful Grand Traverse Bay
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
They're great!!! Awesome!!! highlight of my vacation!!!Steph R.6/28/2016
Expert and great captainRick N.6/12/2019
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
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!familymemories29/05/2019
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!Jan G.7/31/2018
This was our 12th year fishing with Cam. What a beautiful night out on the water, catching 4 lake trout wasn't bad either! Even caught a 20 pounder!
I would highly recommend them - Showtime is the best!Jennifer M.8/14/2017
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
We had such a great morning fishing with Cam and Johnny! All 5 of us caught fish and had a blast!!Megan M.8/15/2018
Great trip, good company, wonderful crew! Thank you!! Recommend Showtime for any fishing trips!Klint W.7/21/2016
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 downMike M.6/18/2020
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
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!!Sam D.8/10/2016
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 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.Daisy8/01/2019
The most respected carter captain in Traverse City and the most consistant catch producer.Roger G.6/19/2014
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. Dr. Tom …Dr. T.9/01/2019
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
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
Great day fishing! Crew is very knowledgeable. Very comfortable boat and great equipment.Christi P.8/27/2019
Great Captain that put us on the fish and great conversation!Ash J.9/18/2019
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
Cam and Brian are the best! Great crew and a fun time.Dave W.7/26/2015
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
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! …LaBechtel11/01/2020
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
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.