When fishing in Saugatuck our boats are located behind the River Side Market.
Our Address is 650 Water Street Saugatuck
BCT on Michigan Out-of-Doors
Michigan Out-of-Doors TV host, Jimmy Gretsinger, has a big day of fishing with Capt. Dave and Capt. Bill on the Best Chance Too and filmed a great TV show for the viewers.  The show should air in early September, so stay tuned!
9 Rod Super Spread - Great Lakes Angler Magazine
After a 20-minute run through the pre-dawn darkness out of Saugatuck, Michigan, Capt. Dave Engel switches on the Raymarine autopilot and starts setting rods with Capt. Bill Bale. It doesn’t take long to get six Shimano Talora/Tekota rod and reel combos out with wire divers and copper on boards; classic Charter Special reels with Talora rigger rods are on three Vector downriggers. Within two minutes, Bale is handing a bent diver rod to a charter client; less than four hours later, they’ve landed a seven-man limit of 21 kings, plus two lakers and a fat coho and the 36-foot Tiara Best Chance Too heads back to port.
Great Lakes Angler magazine - Best Chance Too - Captain Dave Engel uses copper to catch Lake Michigan Salmon, Steelhead and Trout Fishing - 550x365

BCT on WZZM13 "Try It Before You Buy It"

SAUGATUCK (WZZM)-- I headed out to Saugatuck Charters and hopped aboard the Best Chance Too, where Capt. Dave Engel and Capt. Bill Bale were very interested in my latest "Try It" product, the Easy2Hook no-knot fish hooks. I don't have much experience with fishing gear, so I was relying on these guys to help me put it to the test.

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Best Chance Boot Camp
Second Annual Best Chance Boot Camp!!

  • Saugatuck, Michigan, June 8

Due to popular demand, Capt. Dave Engel and Capt. Bill Bale have brought back the popular Best Chance Boot Camp. The first one will be on April 19, in Michigan City. The second will be June 8, in Saugatuck.  For each class, half the day is spent on the water and half in a classroom, with Powerpoint presentations on summer techniques to include super deep fishing, copper and lead, maximizing diving disks and the kind of focus and decision making that sets the great fishermen apart from the rest. The guys have gotten together a really nice tackle bag and a lunch of fresh fish is included at a local restaurant.

Cost is $300.

For more info and to reserve a spot (class size is limited to 12) call Bill Bale at 616-292-6098.

Best Chance Too takes 2nd in Huntington Waypoint Big Lake Classic!
Best Chance Too wins 2nd in the 2009 Huntington Waypoint Big Lake Classic out of Saugatuck. In a one day, four hour shoot-out, (due to bad weather both Saturday and Sunday), Best Chance Too boated 8 fish to finish a strong second.  BCT also won 2nd in the 333 which moves them into 1st place in the 333 points championship for the season. With three tournaments remaining in the 333 (which the Best Chance Too team will not be competing in), it's anyone's guess how this will play out...keep your fingers crossed until September 4th!
Best Chance Too Wins 2009 South Haven Pro/Am!
Best Chance Too takes first place in the South Haven Pro/Am with a whopping 297 lbs. in two days of fishing.  After experiencing the largest catches since the 12 fish limit was implemented from the traditional fifteen fish limit, Best Chance Too rises to the top once again.  Untypical spring fishing has made it very difficult to win, when literally all the boats are limiting out in all of the tournaments. "It's like playing Russian Roulette to stay away from the small fish", Capt. Dave Engel has quoted to local sports writers.  But the good news is there is lots of bait, and the fish are much larger and much healthier than they have been in many years.
Best Chance Too also wins first place in the Offshore Tackle Challenge. "Maybe it's the new uniforms?"
Best Chance Too wins 2009 Offshore Tackle Challenge!
Best Chance Too won the inaugural Offshore Tackle Challenge, a season-long points championship spanning 6 tournaments.  Requiring consistency as well as top finishes, Best Chance Too was competing against some of the best teams on Lake Michigan.  
Second Place in Manistee for Best Chance Too!
Best Chance Too continues it's streak of finishing in the top five, with a very close Second Place finish in the 2009 Manistee Salmon Splash. Fishing was very tough, and out of 77 boats, Best Chance Too was once again one of only two boats to catch their limit both days.  To finish out their week of fishing in Manistee, Best Chance Too also took their third consecutive Second Place finish in the Big Boys Only tournament, getting narrowly edged out of first by only three points...by one of the last boats to weigh in.
Best Chance Too Wins Muskegon Salmon Shootout!

Best Chance Too wins First Place in the Muskegon Salmon Shootout on July 7th and 8th in 2009.  With a 71 boat turnout, Best Chance Too was the only team to limit out on both days, even though this year the catch limit had been dropped to 10 fish from the previous year's 12 fish limit.  And on top of that, they were finished by 9:30 AM each day.

Fishing was very tough for the entire week before the Muskegon tournament, with most teams struggling to find the fish.  Being the only boat to catch their 10 fish each day gave Best Chance Too a 90 point lead over the 2nd place boat, as well as a huge advantage over the rest of the field.

Nice job, fellas!

Best Chance Too takes 2nd in Ludington!
For the second year in a row, Best Chance Too took Second Place in the Ludington Offshore Classic. With 133 boats competing, Best Chance Too was one of only two Pro Division boats to catch their limit both days. The Ludington Offshore Classic is the biggest tournament on Lake Michigan, drawing competitors from as far away as Michigan City, IN and Door County, WI.  Best Chance Too was pleased to place Second for the third time in this very competitive tournament.
Best Chance Too takes 3rd at the Uecker!
Best Chance Too wins Third Place in the 14th annual Bob Uecker Tournament in Racine Wisconsin. Here's Bob Uecker presenting a check to the Best Chance Team, and commenting that we have taken a check home 12 out of the 14 years. Best Chance Too also wins 1st place in the Make-a-Wish daily Largest Catch contest.
Learn all about Lake Michigan charter boat fishing for King and Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout and Brown Trout on board the Best Chance Too.  If you are looking for the absolute best Lake Michigan charter fishing experience, a trip on Best Chance Too is for you.  Captain Dave Engel and Captain Bill Bale of Best Chance Too are the winningest Salmon and Trout tournament fishing team on Lake Michigan.  Best Chance Too is the only team to win tournaments in all four states surrounding Lake Michigan. They travel the entire Lake Michigan tournament circuit and fish from Michigan City, Indiana at the south end of the lake to Manistee, Michigan in the northern part of the lake.  Charter with them out of their home port of Saugatuck, as well as Michigan City, St. Joseph, South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven, Waukegan, Muskegon, Ludington and Manistee.  Purchase the Best Chance Too instructional fishing DVDs and read all about their fishing exploits.