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Old December 14th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #1
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What to get my dad who has everything and is slowing down? He has always loved to fish but never been a fan of big fishing charters like for salmon. Since it's not really my thing either, I'm pretty naive. I think I've heard that Lake Erie has good Perch fishing.

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drummond area is supposed to have good perch charters, I would call Walker and pick his brain, unless you were looking for something more local. Drummond might be a good 2 for 1 vacation/fishing

If you are looking for a St Clair/Detroit River, Talk to DJ. We have done muskie charters together and I know he keeps in touch with the charter captain who also does walleye and perch, I just can't think of his name off the top of my head.

If your Dad likes fishing but has never caught a great lakes Muskie, I would put that on the list of "must-dos".

I'll let @trailrail302 post the pic of his hog he caught
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drummond area is supposed to have good perch charters, I would call Walker and pick his brain, unless you were looking for something more local. Drummond might be a good 2 for 1 vacation/fishing

If you are looking for a St Clair/Detroit River, Talk to DJ. We have done muskie charters together and I know he keeps in touch with the charter captain who also does walleye and perch, I just can't think of his name off the top of my head.

If your Dad likes fishing but has never caught a great lakes Muskie, I would put that on the list of "must-dos".

I'll let @trailrail302 post the pic of his hog he caught
Heat wave charters. captain craig
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Muskie sounds interesting. We have done a lot of pike fishing. What's the success rate?
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Muskie sounds interesting. We have done a lot of pike fishing. What's the success rate?
Success rate is a ton better than it used to be!
My friend pulled 2 huge ones last year.
they were both returned live after a pic.
he was in the dumping gounds st clair.
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heat wave is great muskie charter. dj caught his monster on our charter with him. 52" i think it was. i believe we caught 7 or 8 on a full day trip
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Saginaw bay walleye, pretty much a sure thing, great experience, and I may know someone who could help you out with a trip ;)
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lake simcoe (canada) is the best perch fishing bar none in the mid-western area, unless you go to a private lake.
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Not looking for a long distance trip but rather a day trip. Muskie is interesting but back to my original question, are there perch charters local to Detroit?
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Jim, If you want to do a Musky trip let me know. I have become very good friends with Craig from heatwave charters. I have fished a few tournaments with him also. We have always done pretty good. Most we have caught in a full day was 21 during a tournament which is a lot. On average for a 8 hour day Id say you should get 3-6 on the low side, 6-8 average and 8-12 on the higher side. Of course its fishing so who knows...lol

They troll for them so you get time to talk and spend time with your dad. Little different because you don't get to feel them hit the line but it is very exciting when they rip drag. They put up a pretty good fight too, it always makes me laugh when you are musky fishing and get upset that the fish you caught was only 40"....lol any other time that would be a really big fish but not when you are looking for 50"+ fish....

Make sure he is good with being on a boat all day. its a nice drive over to the Canada side also, and a pretty fun trip all the way around.

Here are some pics of a few I have caught with him the biggest was 53 1/4" I had a guy in Wisconsin do a replica mount of it and it turned out great!!!








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Jim, If you want to do a Musky trip let me know. I have become very good friends with Craig from heatwave charters. I have fished a few tournaments with him also. We have always done pretty good. Most we have caught in a full day was 21 during a tournament which is a lot. On average for a 8 hour day Id say you should get 3-6 on the low side, 6-8 average and 8-12 on the higher side. Of course its fishing so who knows...lol

They troll for them so you get time to talk and spend time with your dad. Little different because you don't get to feel them hit the line but it is very exciting when they rip drag. They put up a pretty good fight too, it always makes me laugh when you are musky fishing and get upset that the fish you caught was only 40"....lol any other time that would be a really big fish but not when you are looking for 50"+ fish....

Make sure he is good with being on a boat all day. its a nice drive over to the Canada side also, and a pretty fun trip all the way around.

Here are some pics of a few I have caught with him the biggest was 53 1/4" I had a guy in Wisconsin do a replica mount of it and it turned out great!!!
Nice. Where is he based out of?
Cost for a day?
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between 9-10 mile on lake St. Clair. Ill have to check I think its about $750 for 8 hours
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Per person or boat? At that price I may have to row to the middle of our lake & fish for turtles.
That seems pretty reasonable for a day trip.
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Nice Shawn.

No one has answered my question about perch.
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Jim that price is for the boat. it is pretty reasonable when you consider twins running across the lake and back and trolling all day.

I would imagine Craig would take you out for perch instead of walleye or Musky if you wanted to. He has a smaller boat for walleye. I can ask him.
Or you can rent my boat and take him yourself...lol

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I just googled a bunch of perch charters, that price seems pretty standard, Lake Erie and Lake Michigan both seem to have a ton of options. I don't personally have any experience with any specific charters.

A friend of mine is a charter up in Marquette, but they usually make long trips out to Stannard Rock. He also does near shore fishing, but it's usually for Salmon/Steelhead. He's been on the Michigan out of doors a few times. I've seen a few perch charters on michigan out of doors over the years. Might be a good option to start with as I doubt they do any filming of crappy charters.
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The price I was talking about was for Musky only the walleye stuff is cheaper. Which it looks like I was off by about $50 on the Musky charter.

here is a link to craigs rates on his website. he has much better pics on his facebook page.

http://www.heatwavecharters.com/rates.html
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