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Jim and Eric were great with our family of four. We have two kids ages 4 and 6 and they were very patient and good with them. We bagged our limit in fish and had a fantastic time. Thanks guys we will be back.

Visited June 2017

-Erin Jones



Phenomenal experience!! They put us on the fish early and it never stopped.


Visited Aug. 2017

-Justin Downing

We had a blast! Fantastic customer service and experience. We would reccomend this charter to anyone!

Visited July 2017

-Darrin Bechtel

We had a fantastic time with these guys today! We had the early run, and as we took off the sunrise was unbelievable from the water! Was a little chilly to start, but turned into a great day. Both men are patient and very knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend Big Bird Charters

Visited July 2016

-Kelli Davis Bendixen

I took my son in law, nephew, and 3 grandsons. We each cauht one, a couple got off, but it was a great day. We all had fun. Captain Jim and Eric were great, very helpful and fun to be with. I would HIGHLY recommend Big Bird Charters. When we go again, it will be with them.

Visited August 2016

-Rod Boerman

One of the best days (8/4/16) on the water was with Jim & Eric from Big bird Charters...We had a beautiful Sun Rise, wonderful sea's and plenty of fish...Jim & Eric it was a honor to be a guest on you fishing Boat. You two work well together...Thanks for making My Family and I feel welcome...

Visited August 2016

-Steve Hughes


Our entire family was thrilled with our day out on Lake Michigan with the father and son team who run Big Bird Charters. They were extremely kind and helpful and successful in leading us to areas where we were able to land several large lake trout. We especially appreciated their ability to relate to all of us...from a retired set of grandparents, their children, and grandchild. Our grand daughter immediately became Eric's new best friend and he responded with the enthusiasm of one who indeed had found a best friend in her. If you want to have a wonderful experience, then be sure to book Big Bird Charters. You won't be disappointed! Thanks, guys, for helping us to create a wonderful family memory.


Visited July 2015





Our entire family, even our teenaged son, enjoyed the afternoon we spent on the lake fishing. It is a family run business, and it is easy to tell they love what they do. We have little to no experience, and Eric really took care of us. My daughter especially enjoyed watching them clean the fish afterwards. Highly recommend if you are anywhere in the area.

Visited July 2015


- Nicole



Loved our trip. Weren't sure what to expect. The night before Captain Eric called and warned water might be a bit rough the next day and we should take a Dramamine that night and the next morning. Advise taken! Gave us the option the next morning after leaving the channel. We took the challenge of course and braved the waves. All in all, caught 2 steel head and 8 lake trout. Two were double/doubles which added to the excitement. They showed us the ropes and explained the process as we went along. Great time!

Visited August 2015


- Corey V.

Father and son crew were responsive before the charter, and a joy to work with on the afternoon outing. Very good with a couple of younger, very enthusiastic fishermen. Boat was clean. They patiently explained what they were doing, kept changing things up when the fishing was slow, gave great directions the two times we had fish on multiple lines.

Visited May 2015 - Mark



This father and son team are awesome we had a good trip. They worked really hard to do the fishing and we caught some big ones giving me a lasting memory's with my son!!


Visited June 2015

- Joe C.

My brother-in-law, his dad, and his uncle and I went out last week with big bird charters. It's not an understatement to say that this was one of my favorite trips (fishing or otherwise) of my life. They put us on to some huge trout and salmon, did it with professionalism, and there was a real family feel to the whole occasion. Everything from start to finish was done with excellence.

Visited May 2015

Aaron C.

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I chartered a trip in 2011 for my wife's birthday and have been returning each year since. Every trip has been a fantastic experience. Last year we had family visiting from out of town and needed to charter two boats. One phone call to Jim and he handled coordinating another boat for us. He even called us the day before and offered to leave an hour earlier in order to maximize our chances of getting a great catch. And what a catch it was. Our out of town family and guests were highly impressed and we have decided to make get together every couple of years to fish with Jim and Eric. You cant go wrong booking with Jim and Eric.

Visited May 2014


- Jeffery H


We have been using Big Bird Charters for many years. Capt. Jim and first mate Eric are always a so enjoyable to be around. You couldn't ask for a better charter to take you out on Lake Michigan. We enjoy this trip every year and they are always teaching us new things every single time. I highly recommend using them! Great guys!

Visited July 2014


- Stephanie

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My family decided to book a charter fishing trip for a Father's Day gift. We starting looking online and came across Big Bird Charters. I called and Jim answered the phone. I had a ton of questions as I had never gone on a charter fishing trip before. Jim was very kind and patient, I told him I would call back to book the trip and he told me he would answer up until 11pm-I smiled and thought about how dedicated he must be to his business and his customers.

When we arrived on the day of our trip Jim and Eric were there setting up the boat. They were extremely welcoming and we instantly felt like we were part of their family; which was one of the reasons we were eager to book with them, their commit to and focus on family!

The whole day was perfect. We had great weather, and we're pleased with how many Salmon we would be taking home with us! It was also very entertaining watch them clean the fish when we docked. Jim's wife was even there to greet us!

It was a very memorable and exciting experience. We brought coolers with all of our snacks and beverages and it was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I have many pictures to remind us of the great time we had and we cannot wait to book our next trip with these guys this summer!

I would highly recommend them, you will not be disappointed!

Visited June 2014


- Erin

My brother invited us to go fishing on Lake Michigan with him and his wife and some of his friends. He chose Big Bird Charters, what a great choice. Captain Jim and First Mate Eric work very well together, know how to put you on the fish, and are just great to be around. What an awesome experience, catching quality fish, enjoying their company. My wife's first time out she hooked into a large salmon, the largest fish caught on the boat that day, Eric was right there instructing her until she landed her salmon. We look forward to our fishing trip every other year, being from California. I would love to go fishing with Big Bird Charters every year if we lived closer,

Visited May 2014

- Shardenbears

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Have been on many fishing charters and Capt. Jim and Capt. Eric are the best. We went out with them twice last year and had a great time. They are very friendly and know what they are doing. Whether you are going out with the guys, taking a customer (as we plan to do this year) or the family, these are the guys to go with. They make sure you have a great time and catch fish. Can not wait to get back out on the lake this spring. Have already booked a date for May and hope to do several this year!!!

Visited 2014/2015

- Bob

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Our family went on this trip with Big Bird charters the fishing was phenomenal the people were excellent. It was the best charter I've ever been on.the whole family made you feel like you are part of their familyI can't say enough about them I am looking forward to taking several more charters in 2015 with them.

Visited June 2014

Timothy S

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My wife and kids booked this charter for me for Father's day. I have been on several other charters in the Florida area and this was my first in Michigan. This is by far the best charter ever. Jim and Eric were great with the kids and allowed us to enjoy the charter, not to mention we caught a ton of fish. They cleaned and packed the fish for us and we can not wait to get back out on the water with them. If you looking for a great charter this is one to book. Thanks guys for a great time that the kids still talk about!

Visited May 2014

Gary V.

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Fishing with Capt. Jim and First Mate Eric on board "Big Bird" is a real treat! My brother (Terry) and I have made it a yearly tradition in the early Spring to spend an afternoon on the lake with Jim and Eric. We have always caught plenty of fish and always go away having learned something new about the fishing on Lake Michigan. You won't find a better Capt. or First Mate to "put you on the fish" like these two! Already looking forward to 2015!!! All the Best to you Jim and Eric!

Visited May 2014/2015/2016

Dave P.

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Out with Big Bird and Eric, twice last year, They stayed on top off everything and made certain we not only caught fish but we enjoyed our time, Top Notch folks! Look forward to going out again a time or two this year.

Visited 2014/2015

- Kevin J.

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Had a blast with Big Bird Charters last spring. I would highly recommend them for your Lake Michigan charter fishing excursion! The captain and crew can make a beginner fisherman look like a pro to help you land some monster fish. I am looking forward to booking another outing in the coming year!


Where to Find Us:

Big Bird Charters
143 Anchors Way Slip 94
Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Phone:  Capt. Eric 269-243-0633

                   Capt. Jim 269-470-4149

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