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Michigan fishing charters for walleye and perch at Au Gres (AuGres) and Tawas City (or East Tawas) on Saginaw Bay along with king salmon (Chinook Salmon) at Manistee on Lake Michigan and walleye at Monroe or Detroit on Lake Erie.  Our sportfishing charter boat targets the biggest, trophy sized, Great Lakes walleye and king salmon (Chinook salmon) that Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay have to offer.

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Capt. Michael Veine
15555 Cassidy Rd.
Chelsea, Michigan 48118
Phone 734-475-9146
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Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters does just what the name implies, specializes in sportfishing for the biggest, most prized fish (walleye, perch, king salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, lake trout and Great Lakes brown trout) that Michigan has to offer.  We accomplish this by sport fishing on the hottest waters at their peak trophy producing periods.  Yes, tailoring a charter boat from port to port is expensive and a hassle, but quite frankly, it's the only way captains can consistently deliver peak sportfishing action throughout the season.  By concentrating on the right places at the right times, Trophy Specialists guarantees its customers a successful fishing experience.  If no fish are hooked up, our guarantee states that your next trip is free (only valid on 8-hour trips), so we actually put our money where our mouth is.  You can kick back and let the captain worry about catching walleye, salmon, steelhead and brown trout.

Trophy Specialists is all about professionalism with a total commitment to quality customer service.  We provide leading edge, tournament tested boats, gear, tactics and know how.  You need not be an expert angler to land the big ones with us. Our services include expert coaching skills that gives even novice anglers a real chance to catch huge walleye, salmon, brown trout or steelhead.  We also offer unique fishing trips like early spring trophy walleye charters on Lake Erie and charters at the best walleye fishery in the world - Saginaw Bay.  Fishing with Trophy Specialists may in fact be your best chance at catching that trophy of a lifetime for the wall or the photo album.  With over 30 years of hard-core fishing experience and a U.S. Coast Guard Masters License with commercial towing and other endorsements, Capt. Michael Veine is one of the most highly qualified charter boat captains operating on the Great Lakes including Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay.  In fact, Capt. Mike is licensed to pilot ships; now how many guides or charter captains can claim those kinds of credentials?  Mike Veine is also a widely published outdoor writer and photographer, so your trophy tale and/or photos may even be featured in your favorite magazine (with your permission of course).  Also, be sure to check out our fishing reports to see what's biting.

Gift certificates are available - Giving someone a fishing charter gift certificate makes an awesome present for Christmas, birthday, father's day, mother's day, anniversaries, graduations, bachelor party and other special occasions.  Fishing charter gift certificates are also ideal for fund-raisers, charities, raffles, employee appreciation, business entertainment and many other purposes, and they can be customized just about any way you want.  The recipient can choose the port, species and timeframe.  Because Trophy Specialists fishes from many different ports targeting walleye, salmon, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout and other species, the recipient of the gift will certainly have plenty to choose from.  

Charters for the Film Industry - Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters offers charter boat and marine services (lease and rental) for the film, television (TV), cinema and movie industry.  We have on-the-water video production experience on the Great Lakes and other rivers and inland lakes of Michigan and Ohio. We are fully licensed and insured and can provide professional  on the water support for your cinematography projects.        

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Check out our fishing reports to find out if the walleye, perch, king (Chinook) salmon, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout or Atlantic salmon are biting where Trophy Specialist is running fishing charters.  These fishing reports will cover the ports of Au Gres (AuGres) on Saginaw Bay, Rogers City on Lake Huron, Manistee on Lake Michigan and Monroe and the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  We will try to update the  fishing report regularly during the open water charter fishing season.  For more fishing reports and Great Lakes Fishery News, please check us out on Facebook and/or click on the Like Button below and you get fishing reports sent right to your Facebook page.


4/17/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had an absolutely beautiful day today on the Bay and my customers amassed an impressive catch of dandy walleyes trolling close to port.  We got into an intense bite right away, but after that flurry, we picked away at them all morning until my customers limited out.  Most of our fish were on the big side today with the largest being 28" although we did loose one that was likely much bigger.  In the sunny, calm conditions, we caught all of our fish off the Church Tackle Walleye Boards today and running them way out away from the boat was the ticket as the fish were obviously spooked by the boat in the clear, calm water.  Our best bait was a Sour Grape Rouge, but we did also take fish on a variety of Husky Jerk Baits too in naked glass, blue/silver/orange, glass/purple/perch and Tennessee Shad.  Speeds of 1.3 to 1.5 mph were best.  This fishing is red/hot right now with a lot of big fish cruising in a post spawn, feeding mode.  Dippers are getting smelt in the Au Gres area at night and the walleye are congregating there to feed on those smelt too.  I have a lot of openings over the next couple weeks, so if you want to get in on this fantastic post spawn, smelt feast, fishing action, give me a shout and I'll set you up with some world class walleye fishing.       

4/16/15, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I moved my boat to Au Gres yesterday and with a iffy weather report for today, we headed onto the Bay for my fist trip there of the season.  We got into the fish right away with constant action until we had maxed out with 15 walleyes in less than two hours of fishing effort.  We caught all our fish on body baits trolled at 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  I had a bunch of different baits on my lines to start off and it didn't mater much for walleye preference today as every lure I put in the water took some fish and I fished about 10 different lures today too.  Deep Husky Jerk Baits were good,  but so were Rouges and colors varied a lot including mixtures of blue, gold, clear, silver, purple, orange, red, pink and black.  In other words, the fish were not picky today.  The fish ran big today too, with only a couple fish under 20".  We fished a wide area too covering deeper and shallow water and ran the lures about 8-10 feet down all morning with constant hits with fish coming at all depths we fished.  Most of the big fish were marked on or near the bottom, but the baitfish (smelt) were up higher, so that is where I ran my lures and the walleyes came up to gobble up what we pull through that portion of the water column  This fishing in Au Gres will only get better as the spring continues as more and more fish move in to the area with their normal migrations.  April and May typically yield larger average sized fish and today certainly proved that true.  I videoed some awesome fishing action today and will eventually put together a Youtube video of today's trip.           

4/6/15, Lake Erie, Bolles Harbor, Fishing Report

After a blustery, tough fishing day yesterday, we hit the water this morning with frosty, overcast conditions and thankfully light winds.  The first area we fished this morning was slow, so we picked and moved deep into Ohio waters where we located a big school of humongous walleyes on the feed.  I quickly fine tuned the spread to a hot setup pulling all Thundersticks about 12' down and those suspended fish gobbled down those lures big time.  My customers ended up limiting out on walleyes that averaged about 9 pounds with all but two exceeding 28 inches.  Our biggest walleye today was an eye-popping, 12.75 pound giant.  The total catch overflowed a 120 quart cooler with solid fish.  The area we fished is one my most consistent trophy walleye spots and the area  gets extremely light fishing pressure this time of the year with no boats in sight of us all day there.   The water temp was about 39 degrees when we started and it warmed to 40 by the time we departed the fishing area at about 3:00 p.m..  We had to keep the speed slow today with 1.1 to 1.2 mph being best.  Both gold/black and gray/scale patterns were on fire about equally.  I tried some Rouges and Husky Jerks but they failed to produce any bites.  I still have some Lake Erie openings for next week, incase someone wants to get in on this awesome fishing which is the best I've seen in years there.                       

4/4/15, Lake Erie, Bolles Harbor, Fishing Report

The awesome fishing continues on Lake Erie as we took another bountiful catch of mostly trophy class walleyes today.  Last year I had a unreal streak consisting of limit catches on every completed charter that went on well in to August before we came a couple fish short of a limit.  This year though, I have a different streak going: Every person, on every charter, has caught at least one walleye weighing over 10 pounds.  Today my customers boated five walleyes with double digit weights and a bunch more that were not to far below 10 pounds too.  We got checked by the DNR today when we returned to the docks.  After checking my customers fishing licenses, they opened the live well hatch and you could see the shock in their eyes when they took in the sight of a 30 gallon live well, drained of water, nearly filled to the top solid with jumbo walleyes.  There was no way to count the deep pile of fish, so they made us pull them all out so they could tally them all up, which drew quite the crowd.  They said that it was the most impressive walleye catch that they had ever seen.  After inspecting the safety equipment on my boat and finding no violations, the very polite, professional acting, conservation officer asked me for a brochure and wished us a good day.  The water changed dramatically today with the stiff west wind blowing during the night and all day too.  It blew most of the stained water out into the lake and pulled in lots of clear, cool water in its' place.  The water temp was still in the high 30s.  We fished today long, down-wind trolling passes.  I had to deploy and pull the drift socks constantly to keep the speed at 1.1to 1.3 mph, which seemed to work best for us.  The walleye bite was scattered over a wide area as we really never did find a "hot spot" but had constant action all day none-the-less.  Our best lure today was a Sour Grape Rouge, pulled 55' behind the boards, with a 3/8 ounce weight 6' ahead of the lure.  We also did a lot of damage with gold/black/orange/green Thundersticks too 50' back.  This is some of the best walleye fishing I've seen in years on Erie.  The eggs were all very tight in the females today, so the spawn is still likely still weeks away, leading me to believe that this red-hot fishing is likely to continue for possibly weeks to come.                    

4/3/15, Lake Erie, Bolles Harbor, Fishing Report

The bite was a little slower today compared to the past two days, but none-the-less, the catch was still good.  It's certainly a great when an 8 year old boy catches a walleye that is just shy of 12 pounds.  We had fog this morning that slowed our run out and limited our spread for the first half of the trip, but when the fog cleared, we started taking fish.  We caught our fish today mainly on the same Thundersticks as yesterday, but we did get some action on Rouges later too, which is typical as the water warms up to near 40 degrees.  My customers today from Illinois ended up with 28 pounds of skinless, boneless filets after they were cleaned at the Lake Erie Party Shoppe, which is a pretty good haul.       


4/2/15, Lake Erie, Bolles Harbor, Fishing Report

We had unstable weather today from the get-go with two fronts coming through as we fished.  The fishing was good through the first front, but when the second front blasted us, the walleye bite slowed.  It didn't matter though as my customers had limited out by about noon with a impressive catch of walleyes including two that were 10+ pounds.  We did take a few smaller males today for the first time this year, but even those were all over 24".  Our average weight today was still about 8 pounds.  I set up this morning with four Gray Scale Thundersticks on the starboard side and four gold/black/orange/green Thundersticks to port and did not change any lures all morning taking about equal hits on each.  The fish were biting lighter today compared to yesterday as we lost more for sure, including some hogs.  This is when very sharp hooks will add fish to the catch.  There was also a lot more woody debris floating out there today, so we had to keep a sharp watch out for hazards.  The best trolling speed today was 1.0 to 1.2 mph.  When the wind kicked up, I had to drop in drift socks to slow things down and keep the fishing productive.  I have a fair amount of openings over the next two weeks for Lake Erie trips and this fishing should continue to be very good for trophy fish with the unseasonably cold water temperatures delaying the spawn a bit keeping those hogs out in the Lake longer than normal.  The water temperature where we fished is still in the 30s. 

4/1/15, Lake Erie, Bolles Harbor, Fishing Report

After a successful shakedown cruise yesterday evening, I ran my first charter of the season today, and it was a very good one indeed taking 6 walleyes over 10 pounds, many in the 7-10 pound range and a bunch of lesser walleyes to fill the box too.  Our two biggest fish were 11 pounds on this gorgeous, sunny day on the water.  Some taxidermist near Kalamazoo will be happy when he gets a batch of those dandies to mount up from my customers today.  We trolled with minnow imitating body baits at 1.1 - 1.2 mph today with 3/8 oz, rubber core sinkers and setbacks targeting trolling depths of 8-12 feet down over varying depths of water.  The fish were scattered all over today and I marked fish over a huge area and really never found a concentration of fish with no double headers all day.  It was just a steady pick from 8:00 until we pulled lines at about 2:00.  The best lures today were Gray/Scale Thundersticks early and later in the trip gold/black/orange/green Thundersticks turned red hot.  We trolled with six lures off Church Tackle Walleye Boards, one flat line and the eighth line off a TX-7 Stern Planer 200 feet behind the boat.  That Stern Planer was the hottest setup taking a lot of the biggest fish today.  I ran a Thunderstick 50' behind that TX-7.  The water conditions are excellent on Erie right now and I expect great fishing for days to follow.




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News on the 2015 Charter Season

Michigan's fisheries continue to evolve in a seemingly never ending state of change: Some for the better and others for the worse.  A combination of invasive species, much cleaner waters in the Great Lakes and fisheries management decisions made by he DNR are causing some significant changes to our sport fish populations.  Select Great Lakes fisheries will provide world class fishing during 2015 and Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters will again offer fishing trips taking our boat to the right places at the right times to put customers on those hot bites.  Our charter fishing rates for eight hour charters are unchanged from last year and are among the most competitive in the industry.  When you consider that Michigan has some of the lowest lodging and eatery rates in the country, a fishing trip to Michigan on our boat is one of the best vacation bargains out there. When you factor in the quality of the fisheries, the value on our boat and all the other fun things to see and do in Michigan, you just can't go wrong. Here is a rundown of the fisheries Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters will focus on during 2015:

Saginaw Bay is the official, undisputed, reining "Walleye Capital of the World" and Au Gres is the top port for years running on Saginaw Bay.  2014 proved to be a record setting year with walleye catch rates higher than they have ever been before.  In fact the Bay's walleye catch rates were the highest in Michigan.  We will be expanding our charter offerings once again on Saginaw Bay moving my boat their earlier and staying longer compared to last year.  For years we have been able to take limit catches consisting of a mixture of eaters and lunkers on most of our charters for the best possible mix of fishing fun. Saginaw Bay has been blessed with 12 straight, huge year classes, of naturally reproduced walleyes. When those massive numbers are added to an already strong older, adult walleye population from past years, the shear numbers and quality of walleyes in the system now simply boggles the mind. There are now so many walleyes in Saginaw Bay that easy limit catches are the rule and anglers can even catch and release fish too (8 hr. charters only) until their arms hurt, if they want. The fishing on Saginaw Bay is pure, unadulterated fun and you can expect non-stop action on most of our charter trips there. The only down side to the fishery is that the word has definitely gotten out and the demand for fishing charters there has escalated sharply in recent years. So, as a result I'm increasing my charter schedule once again out of Au Gres (AuGres) and Tawas to take advantage of the demand. Au Gres (AuGres) is the best of the best among Saginaw Bay's ports with the highest walleye catch rate anywhere in Michigan.  With a state of the art DNR launching facility, it is also the best port for accessing the Bay during periods of low or high water levels like we experienced last year.  We'll be fishing there from mid-April through early-September. We also may run walleye charters at the north end of Saginaw Bay out of Tawas City or East Tawas during August and September. Tawas is only 20 miles north of Au Gres. During late summer the walleyes often migrate to the deeper, cooler waters of the northern fringe of Saginaw Bay off Tawas. We take full advantage by running our charters then out from Tawas, which is very close to that hot fishing area. We will also be offering some perch fishing charters out of Au Gres during late summer.  Jumbo perch have made a strong come-back on Saginaw Bay and the fishing at times can be phenomenal.  If perch are not biting, then we can always target the super abundant walleyes.  Please keep in mind though that I filled most of my available charter openings on Saginaw Bay last season and with the lower gas prices and a stronger economy, we will likely be even busier this year, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Lake Erie serves up awesome early spring walleye fishing and we will be offering late March and early April charters there to cash in on that short lived trophy walleye bite.  The record breaking 2003 year class will be contributing millions of trophy class lunkers to the spring bite, which typically starts during mid to late March and ramps up through early April, depending on the weather conditions. When those 2003 fish are added to the abundant year classes from big hatches during the 1990s (walleyes can live beyond 20 years on Lake Erie), Lake Erie will produce a spring trophy walleye fishery of world class proportions this year.  Given decent weather conditions I expect phenomenal there this year.  Given lots of good weather, we may even break my boat record of over 100 Master Angler class walleyes in one season. If you want to try something different, and quite fun, we will be offering jigging charters on Lake Erie's reefs during the peak spawning period. Those jigging charters often yield non-stop action where anglers can do hand to hand combat with feisty walleyes in shallow water. At that time, you can even combine trolling with jigging on 8-hour trips. I'll be offering Lake Erie walleye charters from ice-out (usually mid-to-late-March) through mid-April providing limited open dates to service the high demand at that location. Fishing charters before April 1 are restricted to an "on call list" booking structure. Customers will have to sign up ahead of time on the "on call list" and will be contacted a couple days in advance to fish when the weather and water conditions are favorable for a successful trip. Because of the highly volatile weather and fishing conditions during March, this is the only way to run a charter boat business at that time of year on Lake Erie.  From April 1 on, I will be scheduling fishing charters in advance as normal.  The Detroit River will also have good runs of walleyes this spring, so I'll be offering Detroit River charters as a backup when Erie is too rough to fish (Monroe is very close to the mouth of the Detroit River).

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron Salmon fishing was extremely disappointing last year.  I thought 2013 was bad, but 2014 was even worse.  The average size of king salmon was down, and the number of fish available in the lake was the lowest in over 20 years.  The decline in salmon numbers in Lake Michigan (and Lake Huron) is actually part of the DNR's plan to increase baitfish numbers in those lakes.  Lake Michigan's and Lake Huron's water clarity has improved so much in recent years that certain baitfish species that salmon depend on have declined drastically in numbers.  As a result, the DNR decided to reduce salmon numbers mainly through stocking cutbacks.  A massive stocking reduction a six years ago combined with another huge stocking reduction two years ago has reduced salmon numbers to an alarmingly low level.  In fact, many believe that the DNR went way too far with their cutbacks.  The DNR has no interest in increasing salmon stocking any time soon, so the currently depressed salmon numbers will likely get worse in the future as the full impact of the stocking cutbacks are felt in the next three years to come.  I've been fishing salmon at Manistee since the first year they were stocked there in the 1960s, but because of the pitifully bad state of the Lake Michigan salmon fishery, I decided to not offer any salmon charters in 2014, which turned out to be a smart move on my part with things getting worse there.  Instead of late summer salmon charters, I just focused more on Saginaw Bay's abundant walleyes and we had phenomenal success there all through the spring and summer and I kept busier too fishing the Bay as I picked up a lot of new charter customers that having also given up on the poor salmon fishing.  I will not be offering any salmon charters on either Lake Michigan or Lake Huron this year.  If the DNR rebuilds the salmon fishery on Lake Michigan (or Lake Huron) then I will once again offer salmon fishing charters.  At this point, I'm going to focus my fishing efforts on the world class walleye fishing Michigan has to offer, primarily on Saginaw Bay. 



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