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Plumber's Helper Charter Service

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Bay Harbor, MI, USA
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About Plumber's Helper Charter Service
Join Captains Jim and Kim Musselman aboard their comfortable and roomy 43-foot Tiara sport-fishing yacht for a fun and memorable fishing trip on Northern Lake Michigan. This is charter fishing at its best, with over 30 years' experience. "If you don't catch fish, you don't pay!"
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Kathleen K wrote a review Jul 2021
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I had booked Plumber's Helper Charter for July 1, 2021. My husband loves fishing and thought it would be a great birthday present while our family was visiting Harbor Springs. The night before our booking, the rainy weather moved in and 2+ foot whitecaps rocked the waters. I contacted Jim and expressed concern. My sons nor I have sea-legs and have been sea-sick on other charters. Jim was very understanding. I shared that the waves would not pose an issue for his boat and offered comforting words. However, my family's nerves were unsettled by the thought of nausea ruining our vacation. We ended up backing out and felt terrible for the last minute cancellation and inconveniencing Jim. I expressed that I wanted Jim to keep the deposit. A week later, I opened my email to see that Jim (being the outstanding, honest guy that he is)-- had refunded my money. Such a wonderful way to show that he values his customers' wellness and puts them first. Truly, I did not expect a refund in anyway due to the fact that if Jim would have booked another party--he would have made his quota for the day. But instead, Jim empathetic to our concerns and made the extra effort to run a respectable "ship" and great first impression. Thank you, Jim! Your integrity is heart-warming when it comes to accommodating your clients. We will definitely try it again another time.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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terrydeweerd810 wrote a review Sep 2020
Albion, Michigan40 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a great time with three generations on the boat. We had 8 to 78, caught a lot of lake trout and Captain Jim warmed up quickly and was busy. We had neighbors use them last year and all reviews are excellent. Captain Kim was great on the phone, did exactly what she said she would, but she must have slept in. Captain Jim was on his own. We skipped salmon as it was to late for them and went straight for the lake trout. We all got a workout and everyone caught fish. It now is a family memory. Thank you Captain Jim and Captain Kim! I will download a picture as soon as I can figure it out.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from kmMich, Owner at Plumber's Helper Charter Service
Responded Sep 30, 2020
Thank you for the nice review. We're so glad you had a good time, that's what it's all about! I haven't been on the boat this summer, so I probably did sleep in that day, lol. I would have liked to have been there to see all three generations reeling in fish. Looking forward to your pictures (if you get it figured out). :-D Capt. Kim (and Capt. Jim)
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JimmyD wrote a review Sep 2019
Mount Carroll, Illinois46 contributions4 helpful votes
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We selected Plumber's Helper based on other reviews and how responsive Kim was to our requests for information. None of us had ever fished a charter for salmon or trout. We met Captain Jim and First-mate Charlie about 6AM and by 6:15 we were leaving the marina looking for salmon. Both of the ladies in our fishing group caught very large salmon; what a fight they put up! Caught 4 nice salmon and after that bite stopped we moved onto finish up with some Lake Trout for the last 1 1/2 hours of our trip. We ended up with 5 trout. Captain Jim knew where to fish; the boat & tackle are all top notch; and first-mate Charlie was very friendly and helpful. We could not have been more pleased with the morning. The crew at Plumber's Helper great to work with!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from kmMich, Owner at Plumber's Helper Charter Service
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Thank you for the great review! Though it was my day off and I missed fishing with you, I saw the photos and, wow, what a catch! I'm so glad you had a good morning of fishing, and thank you again for choosing us for your fishing charter. -Capt. Kim
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Stacey P wrote a review Sep 2018
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We booked our fishing charter with Plumber's Helper Charters as part of a two week Michigan adventure and it was a highlight of our vacation. Jim and Kim have the largest charter vessel on Lake Michigan with over 30 years of experience fishing the waters of Little Traverse Bay. The vessel and gear are all top notch and everything was prepped and ready to go upon our arrival at the dock. The Bay Harbor development with it's marinas, multi million dollar homes and large yachts are gorgeous and the ride out of the harbour is worth the price of admission alone. Once out on the waters of Traverse Bay we headed east and dropped our lines and began trolling along the south shore of the bay. The salmon had just arrived in the bay and the plan was to focus on landing a couple of these big boys for our dinner later in the day. It wasn't long before we had a fish on and shortly after the fight began it was over after he spit the hook. While it was heartbreaking for my son, the fact that we had hooked a salmon created a level of excitement on the boat. Fast forward 10 minutes and the rods were going off again. This time we landed our first fish and my son Colby was stoked to be holding the biggest fish he had ever caught, a 22lb salmon! Next up was my 82lb daughter Taylor as she fought to land a fish that weighed a quarter of her body weight. After a serious fight she was all smiles and struggling to hold up a 20lb salmon on the rear deck for a plethora of pics. My wife Stacey and I each landed a salmon in the 20lb range and the fights were fantastic! The quality and size of fish we were catching were as good, if not better than most charters we have been on in the Caribbean. If our day had ended here it would have been considered a great day on the water but Jim and Kim had other plans and we headed west to target some Lakers. It wasn't long before everyone was back in the fight and over the next hour we all landed our own Lake Trout between 9-14lbs filling up the cooler. The ride back through the marina was like a new experience as it was a lot brighter than when we had headed out at 6 am and we all admired the landscaped homes and beautiful vessels tied up at the docks. Once Plumbers Helper was back in its berth we took our time getting pictures of our trophy's before Jim began to clean up our catch. He had over 100 lbs of fish cleaned and bagged in no time at all and we were presented with our bag of salmon. The State of Michigan has a wonderful Catch and Cook program which allows Captains to clean, package and label the days catch that can then be taken to any number of local participating restaurants. Since we were staying in a hotel we took advantage of this program and had our catch cooked up in one of Harbor Springs finest restaurants completing a perfect day on the water epitomizing the term farm to table or in this case fish to table. It simply doesn't get any fresher than this! We would like to thank our gracious hosts who welcomed us onto their vessel and provided us with one of the best days we have ever had on the water and a highlight of our Michigan vacation. They say that memories last a lifetime and this is surely one that we will share for years to come, Plumber's Helper Charters receives our highest recommendation! The Bennett's
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Kim M, Owner at Plumber's Helper Charter Service
Responded Sep 20, 2018
Thank you, Mike and Stacey, for that fantastic review! We're so happy you chose us for your fishing charter excursion and that we were able to help you and your family catch some great Lake Michigan fish in Little Traverse Bay!
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OU84 wrote a review Jun 2018
Rockbridge, Ohio2 contributions3 helpful votes
The charter trip fishing on Lake Michigan was a blast. The captain and his wife were very nice people. The boat and all bait and tackle were provided so all we had to do was show up with coolers to take our catch home! It was a very fun experience and we came home with lots of fish to eat and freeze for later. Highly recommend the experience and Plumber's Helper charter.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Kim M, Owner at Plumber's Helper Charter Service
Responded Jun 18, 2018
Thank you for your kind review, so glad you had a good time. Thank you for fishing with us!
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