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

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

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    Roger G.

    Thanks Captain Cam and John for 2 great trips. The boys and I had a great time. It will definitely be Showtime next time we're in TC.

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    Ryan F.

    Had a great time fishing this morning with Cam and Jonny! We all got a catch. Thanks for a wonderful morning.

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    Nichole K.
  • 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.

    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 gentlemen

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    Jimi W.

    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.
  • Great Fishing! It's always a blast fishing on Grand Traverse with the Showtime! Hopefully the Collins family from Atlanta will be up there for Salmon in September!

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    Austin C.

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

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    Ash J.

    Lots of fun and great fishing! Captain Cam and his first mate have us coming back every year.

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    Christi P.
  • 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!!

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    Rob B.

    They are awesome!! So patient and kind!! It made our fishing experience wonderful!! Thank you so much!

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    Kedra B.

    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.
  • 5 star ratingThis 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! …


    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!!!!!

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    Deb B.

    Captain Cam provides a great fishing experience for the whole family!

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    Tracy G.
  • 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.

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    Lee C.

    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!!!

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    Shannon H.

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

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    Kathy R.
  • 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.


    It was a great time made sure we had fun looking forward to go back next year.

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    Timothy S.

    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.

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    John G.
  • 5 star ratingAbsolutely 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.

    Our time on the water was a exceptional experience.

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    Michael D.

    5 star ratingAbsolutely 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!

  • 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. ??

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    Jeff T.

    Cam & Johnny were both knowledgeable, very friendly & fun! we all had a great afternoon on the lake!

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    Kristi A.

    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!

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    Jennifer M.

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

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