Get to know your Captain

CAPTAIN NICK “K” KANDES

My love of fishing is genetic.  Passed down through the generations.  I come from a long line of fishermen.

I have been blessed to have grown up spending my summers fishing at my grandparent’s house in southwest Michigan as well as on the piers, in the lakes and rivers around Michigan.  While in high school I decided to turn my passion into a career and began my fishing journey. I fished with some wonderful mentors both on Lake Erie and Lake Michigan.  It was through their guidance and encouragement I obtained my license as a charter boat captain.

When you charter with me you will appreciate my honest appraisal of the current fishing conditions and my tenacious efforts to get you hooked up on a big one. Fishing is a wonderful way to unplug and enjoy the great outdoors.  Our great lakes are our greatest treasures and helping friends and family to be able to experience this up close and personal is a great privilege.

I am an active member of the Michigan Charter Boat Association and have been working on Lake Erie as a charter boat captain. I assure you that no matter the age or the level of experience you will enjoy your time on the lake. So, do not put it off, let’s get you and your guests on the water, enjoying all that the great lakes have to offer and of course finding and hooking into those sought-after trophy fish.

Contact me with your request, together we will put together a trip to remember.

 

CONTACT FAST TIMES FISHING CHARTERS

Captain Nick

{734} 731-3172

The Free Spirit

The Free Spirit is a super clean 31’ Tiara open with a 12’ beam that is built to provide a comfortable big water sportfishing experience.  This beautiful boat has plenty of room for your fishing party and has a complete galley and head. You are welcome to bring drinks and snacks with 2 exceptions NO BANANAS and please no glass bottles without captains’ prior approval. You can be assured of a safe fishing experience on this USCG (United States Coast Guard) documented & DNR inspected vessel. The Free Spirit is equipped with state-of-the-art marine electronics including radar, autopilot, color graph, electric downriggers and extensive selection of tackle guaranteed to drive those fish crazy. What to bring for a perfect day on the lake DON’T FORGET YOUR FISHING LICENSE - A Michigan &/ Ohio all species license ***Available at your local outfitter, bait shop or online at Michigan DNR  https://www.mdnr-elicense.com/ Ohio DNR  https://oh-web.s3licensing.com/Home ***Check with Captain Nick if unsure of what license to purchase  

What We Fish For

Hop on board and join Captain Nick for an exciting day of charter fishing. Bring the entire family for a fun filled day on the lake.  Captain Nick will handle everything including filleting and bagging your catch to take home for that fresh fish dinner. I assure you that no matter the age or the level of experience you will enjoy your time on the lake. So don’t hesitate! Lets get you and your friends and family on the water, enjoying all that the great lakes have to offer, and bringing home that fish of a lifetime.

From early May through the end of June you can find Captain Nick fishing for Walleye in Monroe, MI at the Toledo Beach Safe Harbor Marina on Lake Erie.

Starting in early July through September, he will be on the east coast of Lake Michigan in Manistee, MI where he will be trolling for Chinook & Coho salmon, Lake trout, Brown trout, and Steelhead.

Contact Captain Nick to schedule your trip as weekend trips fill up quickly. (Contact Form)

Walleye

Walleye can be found in the fresh waters of North America and are the most sought-after fish in many northern states. They are the largest member of the perch family and are known to be aggressive making them fun to catch. The largest Walleye was caught in Lake Erie weighing 16 lbs, 2 oz.  and is 33 in in length.

Lake Erie is known as the “Walleye capital of the world.” It has the most biologically productive waters and the fishing opportunities abound in the world’s largest freshwater fishery. Anglers come from all over the world to fish these waters.

Coho

Typically weigh about 8 lbs. with the Michigan record 30.56 lbs

 

 

Steelhead

Steelhead is the name given to migratory Rainbow Trout that spend most of their lives in the lake.

Adult steelhead can weigh up to 20lbs and 36 in. Average size steelhead is around 7 lbs.

The record for the largest steelhead caught in Lake Michigan is 26-pounds, 8-ounces caught in 1975.