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Hawg-Tide Sportfishing is owned and operated by Captain Andy McQuillan. Captain Andy is a young, energetic, full-time Charter Boat Captain that will go at any length to acquire a full box of fish.  He is a proud Central Michigan University alumnus.  His dream of becoming a charter boat captain became true when he attained his captain license in 2003.

Captain Andy’s Hawg-Tide is a prominent name in the Michigan charter boat fishing world. His reputation is backed by his committed efforts to be up to date with new fishing techniques and equipment. Practice makes perfect illustrates the fishing ethics behind Hawg Tide. Captain Andy is an avid fisherman and is on the waters daily no matter what time of the year. It makes no difference whether he is fishing for salmon on the big waters, walleye on an inland lake or exploring salt waters he uses his expertise and experiences to land the big fish.


He has won numerous tournaments and awards but his greatest thrill is watching one of his clients reel in a salmon for the first time. Captain Andy has been fishing ever since he could walk and he truly reveals in sharing the fishing adventure with others.

Originally from down state, Captain Andy loves being able to live in the northern outdoor paradise of Traverse City. Although his spare time is limited, he likes to spend it with his faithful German Shorthair, Whiskey, fishing, hunting, fishing, seeing friends and family, fishing and did we mention fishing.

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Frankfort Fishing Report:

VERY nice catches of king salmon are starting to come into Frankfort. One group came in with a 23 pounder!  Most catches have been from straight out and to the south to the Herring Hole. 90-150 fow.  Downriggers 70-90 feet down with flashers/flies and leadcores/copper lines with spoons.  10 color to 300 copper range have all been good.

Traverse City Fishing Report:

Fished the GTASFA weekly Fishing League last night in West GT Bay.  We finished 1st place with a 6 pound lake trout.  It was caught trolling a 200 copper rig with a Stinger Modified Blue Dolphin spoon (see picture). Trout fishing in both GT Bays have been awesome this spring. Most all our fish have been caught in 40-70 fow.

Book your charter trip today!  Prime dates are starting to fill up.
-Captain Andy
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Frankfort: still catching a mixed bag of browns, steelhead, lake trout and the occasional salmon trolling anywhere from 4 to 70 fow. Smaller spoons light the Stinger Stingray and body baits like Rapalas and Bombers have all worked.  The best spot has been the darker colored water out front of the pier heads.

Traverse city: lake trout seem to still be in deeper water (100 foot or more).  Water temps still in the 40’s.  Look forward to the shallow water trout program soon to come. Also we are seeing some real nice size lakers this year.  Should have several over the slot size weighed in at the June trout derby!

-Captain Andy

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