Women, the call is out! Bring your best girlfriends, your choice tunes, wine and cheese, cameras and smartphones, fish tales, laughter, a great appetite for adventure—now, you’re ready for a “girls” charter fishing excursion.
Most people think of fishing as a man’s sport, but women’s fishing excursions and adventures are picking up steam in Northwestern Michigan’s Benzie County. Women and Fishing are not often discussed in the same sentence; however, this sport is becoming more and more popular among women, especially those who love the water and enjoy getting together with female friends to have fun.
According to Amanda Rommell, co-owner of Tiny Bubbles Charters in Frankfort, the coastal city along the Northern Lake Michigan shore, “charter fishing is super scenic. When you’re out on Lake Michigan it’s gorgeous. We are getting more and more women on our charter fishing trips every year. The women like to make their outings fun. Sometimes they bring their favorite music, wine and cheese and other favorite foods, and even dress in theme attire for their “fishing event”. And when they get to shore they love hauling in the fish, carrying them up to the dock and getting photos of all of their catch which can range from 5 to 25 fish depending on the season, skill, or luck aboard that day.”
Charter trips range in price starting at $525 for a half day charter or $450 for a mid-week twilight charter. Most women’s groups share in the experience and cost so the “event” becomes affordable and accessible as well as fun. Fish often caught on Frankfort based charter fishing excursions on Lake Michigan include Steelhead, Coho Salmon, King Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout and may range in size from 8 to 30 pounds.
The charter captain and crew make the excursion both fun and well as informative by demonstrating fishing skills and sharing valuable knowledge that every angler needs to know. Charter excursion boats include an onboard bathroom and kitchen gallery, stereo system, and all of the equipment for the perfect charter fishing experience.
Women are encouraged to bring a sense of curiosity and adventure as well as the fun elements of a girlfriend get-together – from food to wine, sparklers to kites, stories and favorite music. Frankfort’s Port City Smokehouse will smoke the catch of the day if you enjoy this delicacy. And, if you’re feeling really adventuresome, you’ll want to register for the annual Benzie Fishing Frenzy-- Ladies Classic. Get all the facts, including rules and prize details at Benzie Fishing Frenzy.
For local information, contact the Benzie County Visitors Bureau. For additional charter fishing options available in Michigan, visit our Pure Michigan fishing resources.