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Headhunter Charters

  • Berrien Center, Michigan 49102
  • Vendor Type: Charters / Boats
  • Fishing Type: Freshwater
  • Fishing Style: Fly Fishing, Spin / Bait Casting
  • Amenities: Our trips include all of your tackle, flies, and rods.
  • Targets: Salmon , King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Catfish
  • Phone: (269) 921-6997
  • Website: www.headhuntersportfishing.com
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Specializing in open water charters on Lake Michigan and guided river trips for salmon and steelhead on the renown St. Joseph River.

Fishing Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and St. Joseph River from Berrien Springs, MI.


Your Captain

Captain Tim Shaffer has been fishing the big waters and tributaries of the Great Lakes for over 30 years. As a five-year President of the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Stream Committee, Chairman on the Michigan Steelheaders Board of Directors and former employee of the Michigan DNR, River-fishing-st-joe-river-michiganCaptain Shaffer has a unique understanding of the fishery.

Captain Shaffer’s techniques and fishing savvy have been featured in a wide variety of publications including: Great Lakes Angular, In-Fisherman, Michigan-out-of-Doors, Raghorn News, and Woods and Waters. In addition, a number of newspaper such as The Grand Rapids Press, Oakland Press, South Bend.

Tribune, Elkhart Truth, Herald Palladium, Kalamazoo Gazette, Saginaw News, Jackson Patriot, South Carolina News Observer, Indiana Outdoor News and Columbus Dispatch.

In his spare time, Captain Tim enjoys water fowling, small game hunting, ice fishing, tying flies, building custom fishing rods. Captain Tim is married and resides with his wife, Holly, and her 40 animals including 1 miniature horse, 15 chickens, 5 dogs, a Jersey steer, 3 llamas, 1 sheep, 2 goats, 2 cats, 1 quail, 2 peacocks.

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The Fish

St. Joseph River Fishing

When fishing on the St Joseph River, you will be in the 24′ Headhunter. We typically fish from an anchored position. In the river, we fish for Steelhead, King Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Walleye and Catfish.

When fishing for Steelhead and King Salmon, we typically anchor upstream from the fish and back-bounce, ‘walk’ Salmon/Steelhead roe or drop-back wobbling crankbaits.

When fishing for Walleye, we normally bounce jigheads with twisters or slipsinker rigs with minnows.

With Catfish we will bottom fish with a variety of live and dead baits.

Regardless of species or season, I will ‘guide’ you and offer encouragement in all of these techniques. Think of me as your fishing coach. If you prefer a more laid back approach, I can run all the rods while you socialize with friends or business clients. My number 1 goal is you having a great time!! All retained fish are custom cleaned and packaged at the conclusion of your trip.

Lake Michigan Fishing

When we are Lake Michigan fishing, we primarily troll with downriggers, Dipsey Divers, Lead Core, Copper and Planer Board Lines. On these lines, we use a variety of lures including Dodgers/Flies, Plugs, Flashers/Cutbait and Spoons Target species are King and Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Brown Trout. Captain Tim fishes without a 1st Mate and encourages participation in setting lines for those who so desire. 1st Mates are available upon request. When Perch fishing, we normally drift or anchor and live bait fish on the bottom. Fish are custom cleaned and packaged on all Lake Michigan charters.




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