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Spendthrift Charters

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Waukegan, IL, USA
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About Spendthrift Charters
Welcome to Spendthrift Charters, the Number One Fishing Charter Service, serving the Chicago and Waukegan area!! For over 30 years, Captain Jerry Nied has been chartering the finest of fishing trips. Spendthrift Charters is one of the largest charter fishing vessels available on Lake Michigan today. We currently have three 39-ft Tiara's to satisfy every fishing need!
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Justin K wrote a review Jul 2018
Annapolis, Maryland6 contributions1 helpful vote
My family had a very enjoyable time spending the day on the water with Spendthrift Charters. Had a lot of excitement when hauling in the fish and a lot of fun with the crew while waiting for the bites. We are already looking forward to trying it again next summer.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Wally O wrote a review Aug 2017
Chicago, Illinois36 contributions19 helpful votes
Went out with Spendthrift Charters today and had a great day on the water fishing and talking with my friends . This family run charter service, Spendthrift. Charters, has been matching fish out of Northern IL harbors for over 50 years. They never cease to amaze me how they put was  in the boat , from Grandfather. Father. And now son Kyle ! They have 3 huge 39 ft. Long boats with rear beam of 14 ft. They think and act like a fish, so now I'm waiting for them to grow gills. LOL .We went 14 for 14 today fishing in hot blue bird sky's ! If you want to catch some salmon and trout , be sure to call spendthrift Charters and ask for Jerry!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Bruce C wrote a review Aug 2016
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Excellent captain Kyle is a professional.He knows how to put the fish in the boat..Can't wait to go again
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Date of experience: August 2016
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MetraCop wrote a review Jun 2016
La Grange, Illinois199 contributions88 helpful votes
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I've used Spendthrift 2-3 times before, and have no reason to look anywhere else, I recommend them highly. This was a special trip it was the first time I could arrange to bring my grandson fishing! So I asked my 12 year old Grandson and my son, his dad to join me. Actually it was supposed to be for two grandchildren and two of my sons, but one of my sons is a firefighter who was seriously injured the night before fighting a fire in Lombard, Illinois and they were forced to cancel. We met Captain Jerry promptly at 4:45am at Waukegan Harbor. His boat was clean and fully equipped, the weather was in the 70's and the lake was relatively calm, great for fishing. Within 30 minutes we were all set up and fishing. We signed up for 6 hours and wished it could have been 7 or eight! My grandson got the first bite, his first big fish ever. Captain Jerry was right there to help him land the 'big one', the smile on my grandsons face was awesome. I think I was having as much or more fun just watching him. From then on there was just enough 'action' to keep the excitement up. Captain Jerry helped and directed him on how to handle the fish and get it into the cooler. If anyone has any doubt about taking there young 'fishermen' (or women) in their family, SPENDTHRIFT CHARTERS IN Waukegan is the place to go. Captain Jerry and his son Kyle were well qualified to make my trips with SPENDTHRIFT CHARTERS fun and exciting. Captain Jerry even cleaned filleted all the fish we caught. We had 7 large Salmon. (Do you know what 7 Salmon looks like cleaned, filleted and bagged) it's a lot of fish! My experience with SPENDTHRIFT CHARTERS makes me rate them 5 Stars, if I could give 6 they would get them.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Stephen W wrote a review Jan 2016
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions1 helpful vote
Captain Jerry and Debbie Nied are great hosts! I recommend a July fishing trip. Captain Jerry and his two sons will put You on great salmon, and Debbie will help with housing during Your stay! You can fish for great salmon in the morning, and spend quality family time at Great America in Gurney Illinois. Also there is great shopping and dining all around the area. Contact the Nied family at fishjerry@aol.com, they will respond quickly be happy to send information for the multiple offerings they offer! The more fishermen on the boat the cheaper per person. Friends and Family can have a great experience with Spendthrift Charters!
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Date of experience: July 2015
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