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Meeting Place - Unless otherwise arranged, the captain meets all customers at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the H&H Bakery and Restaurant (604 E. Huron Rd. Au Gres, MI 48703, 989-876-7144).  H&H has a full bakery selection along with a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with takeout available including coffee.  The H&H Bakery and Restaurant is easy to find at the corner of US23 and S. Main  in Au Gres.  When the fish are congregated off Tawas Bay, customers are instructed to meet the captain at the DNR boat launch in East Tawas.   The Trophy Specialist boat is a big, red, Lund Barron Magnum with a white top towed by a Bright Blue, Ford, F150 4X4.  H&H participates in the Catch and Cook program where they will take your freshly caught fish from a fishing charter and cook it up and serve it family style with side dishes for a very reasonable price.  

Au Gres Information and Lodging - The fabled waters of outer and inner Saginaw Bay will host Trophy Specialist's June/July/August/September trophy walleye and jumbo perch fishing trips.  The small town of Au Gres (AuGres) is a perfect jumping off point for "the Bay's" bountiful and monsters walleyes and jumbo perch.  Besides some of the best walleye fishing in the world, Au Gres  (AuGres) offers golf courses, swimming beaches, a river walk, fishing piers, shopping, parks, camping, canoeing, hiking State Forest, bowling, motels/hotels, an amusement park, bait/tackle, and a full complement of bars and restaurants.  If you're planning to fly in, it's suggested that you fly into the Tri-City airport near Saginaw. Saginaw is a hassle free, 45-mile drive from Au Gres (AuGres).  It may be possible to obtain a better airfare by flying into Detroit, but the drive from Detroit to Au Gres (AuGres) is about 150 miles.  From both airports, a vehicle can be rented and driven to Au Gres (AuGres).  There are many eateries in the immediate area to satisfy all budgets and tastes.  The Tawas and Au Gres area has dozens of lodging options; there are numerous small to large motels and cabin rentals and also lots of camping and RV parks too.

A Place to Stay in Au Gres - The best deal in the area is a private house rental which can be rented for any duration.  This house is right in Au Gres with a living area and deck overlooking the scenic Au Gres River.  This house is within walking distance from restaurants, stores and bars.  It has full cooking facilities including a big, gas grill.  It will sleep eight adults comfortably and comes with full linens.  It also has a long driveway that can accommodate a large trailer/boat and tow rig.  If you mention that you re fishing with Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters, then you will receive special pricing.  Phone 616-293-1309 for more details on this house rental bargain.    Here is a list of Au Gres area motels and resorts but there are a lot more near Tawas:

The Au Gres Inn is located right on US-23 in the middle of town close to the DNR State Marina. This is the nicest motel in the Au Gres area.  They have ample parking for boat/trailer rigs, so you won't have to unhitch your trailer for parking unless you want too. This motel was completely renovated in 2013 so it is like a new motel.  Au Gres Inn, 324 E. Huron (US-23), Au Ges, MI 48703, 989-876-2000. 

The Cozy Cove Resort is only five miles from Au Gres and has three cottages and seven motel rooms. They have a fish cleaning station, swim beach, boat dock, paddle and row boats, gas grills, volleyball, fire pit and more amenities.  They also offer a charter fishermen discount for Trophy Specialists Fishing Charters customers.

Whitestone Pointe Cabins is a really nice place right on the water about eight miles north of Au Gres. They have five cottages and amenities include Wifi, large decks, swim beach, fire pit, volleyball and more.

There is only one Bed and Breakfast that I'm aware of in the Au Gres area:

Rooster Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a couple miles outside of Au Gres on Tonkey Rd. The Inn opened in 2001. The upper level of the historic, 100+ year old farm house is now the Inn. There is a sitting area at the top of the stairs with a refrigerator, board games, small library and movies in the rooms. They have three rooms and two private baths. The Sawyer  offers a queen size bed, AC, TV, and coffee pot. The Brianna Mae offers two full size beds and a roll-away, AC, TV, and coffee pot. The Madison Kay offers a twin bed, TV, fan and coffee pot. Enjoy the outside in our gazebo, courtyard with fireplace, perennial gardens, and horseshoe pits. The Chicken Coop Gift Shoppe is on the premises and has been opened since 1999.   There is plenty of parking for truck/trailer rigs.  The Inn is set in a scenic farming area in the country.


Licensing - Customers will be responsible for obtaining the proper Michigan fishing license prior to the prescribed meeting time.  Michigan offers a one-day license for a nominal fee.  Youths under 17 do not need a fishing license.  You can either buy your license the day before the charter locally in Au Gres or purchase licenses on the Internet at: Buy Michigan Fishing License Online.

Bring Along - your fishing license, proper attire (warm boots and cloths during the spring), rain gear, brimmed hat, sunscreen, camera, sun-glasses, food and beverages.  Drinking alcoholic beverages is allowed on board the boat, but only in moderation.  Only small coolers that can fit under the seats are allowed on the boat.  Basically, if your cooler is too large to be allowed on an airliner as carry-on baggage, then it shouldn't go on the boat either.  A larger cooler should also be available off the boat for transporting your catch home.  If you're flying into Michigan, be sure to check with your airline for any rules pertaining to transporting fish. To prevent spills and stains, coffee can only be consumed on the boat in a spill resistant container.  Michigan law states that all youths under 16 year old must where a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times on the water.  In addition, Trophy Specialist's encourages everyone to wear a PFD when the boat is underway and above trolling speeds.  Trophy Specialists will make available comfortable life vests in various standard adult sizes (small to XX-large) along with the required type III - PFDs.  It is required that parties with children or adults smaller or larger than standard adult sizes (30" to 60" chest) bring their own Coast Guard approved PFDs.

Seasickness Precautions - If you're prone to motion sickness, standard over-the-counter medications such as Dramamine might be a good idea.  When taken as directed at least one hour prior to the scheduled departure time, those nasty symptoms can usually be controlled.  If you've suffered from sea-sickness in the past or have never been exposed to big water fishing, it's recommended that acidic or alcoholic beverages be avoided and eating only in moderation both before and during the trip is also a good idea.

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