Our Rates

Due to our success, we normally stay booked a year in advance.  Because of the advanced bookings, we occasionaly have cancellations.  We do have a call list.  If you would like to be on our call list or would like to check on a specific date contact

Dave at 616-292-4812 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hunter at 616-218-4718 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

For Capt. Dave on the 36' Tiara BEST CHANCE TOO

All - Day Trip:
1-6 passengers 6:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.    $850
Afternoon Trip:
1-6 passengers 3:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.   $650
(We have limited afternoon trips available when our tournament schedule allows.)

For Capt. Hunter on the 30' Sea Ray BEST CHANCE

Half Day Trip:
1-4 passengers 6 am – 12 pm $550
5 or 6 passengers 6 am – 12pm $650
All Day Trip:
1-4 passengers 6 am – 2pm $750
5-6 passengers 6am-2pm $850
Weekends in July and August
1-6 passengers 6 am - 12pm $650
1-6 passengers 6 am - 2pm $850
These are premium weekends and usually are booked out in advance

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A 50% deposit is required to confirm your charter. Fully refunded cancellations require a one week notice. If your charter is cancelled due to rough seas, your deposit will be completely refunded.


What you will need...
A fishing license

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What you would like to eat or drink (don't forget to bring enough for Bill)
A camera
Soft soled shoes
Your catch will be cleaned and packaged, you will need a cooler to transport your catch
Frequently Asked Question's

Q. Where are the boats located?                                                                                                                                   A. Depending on if we are traveling to a tournament. Our home address is 650 Water Street, Saugatuck, Michigan

Q. How many fish can we catch?
A. In Michigan waters the limit is a total of 5 fish per person.  You can catch 5 salmon, but no more than three of any other species.  In Indiana and all other states the limits are 5 of any species except lake trout which is no more than two per person.

Q. How old do you have to be?
A. All ages are welcome.

Q. How old do you have to be to have a fishing license?
A. Any one under the age of 17 doesn't need a license.

Q. What kind of fish will I catch?
A. King Salmon make up 70% of our catch. In the spring Coho Salmon will make up the majority of the catch but the occasional, steelhead, brown trout, and lake trout are caught throughout the year.

Q. How many people can we bring?
A. We are a USCG license captains and a DNR inspected vessel which allows us to take 6 passengers plus crew per trip.

Q. How many fishing lines do you use at one time?
A. The state of Michigan and the state of Indiana allow 3 lines per person which we fish with most of the time, up to 21 lines.

Q. Do you take charters in tournaments?
A. Yes, as a matter of fact we fish all tournaments with charter customers. If you are interested, contact us about the details for availability at (616)-292-4812.

Q. Will I need suntan lotion?
A. It is okay to use suntan lotion on the boat, but it is very important to keep it off the boat and fishing equipment because it is a bit of a repellent for the fish.

Q. What if it is bad weather?
A. If it's only raining we will still fish, fishing is very good in the rain. If lightning or rough seas occur, we normally will not fish and your deposit will be refunded.

Q. What if I get sea sick and we go in early, will I have to pay?
A. Unfortunately with the limited amount of days we can charter in the summer, we must charge you because we occur the same cost if we go in early or not.

Q. How often does someone become sea sick?
A. Not very often, The BEST CHANCE TOO is a larger charter boat than most, which seems to help against motion sickness. The lake is calm for a large portion of the time. If you have low tolerance for motion, we suggest taking a motion sickness drug, like Dramamine II or a generic less drowsy brand the night before your fishing charter.

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.