Big Anglers, Little Anglers

Big Brothers Big Sisters | Megabite Fishing Charters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwestern Michigan (Bigs) is a program dedicated to aiding, encouraging, and uplifting children in need in our Northwestern Michigan communities. They are currently serving over 300 children across five counties in our region, doing what they can to accomplish their vision; that all youth achieve their full potential. Both Harvard University and The Wall Street Journal agree that Big Brothers Big Sisters is the Gold Standard of mentoring, stating that “an investment in Bigs will have a transformative effect on young lives.”  The Bigs website also states that “by participating in fun activities together…it can potentially… Read More »

Fish to Fertilizer

Fish to Fertilizer

Use the Whole Fish  Not all Traverse City fishing charters are as special as a trip with Mega Bite. Not only will we teach you how to fish but we will also teach you about different ways you can use your fish. A common question we are asked when cleaning fish after a day on the water is “what do you guys do with the fish guts?” While we do throw them in a trash bag, they do not go in the trash. We actually store them in a freezer behind the marina clubhouse and they are picked up at… Read More »

Mega Bite Flasher and Fly Combinations

Flasher and Fly Combinations Why Flasher & Fly Combos Work The “flasher and fly” combination has become one of the most popular set ups on the Great Lakes for salmon and trout fishing. There are some common questions that we get asked daily when it comes to fishing flasher and flies. These questions include: how does the flasher and fly work, what kind of flasher, what color combinations, what leader lengths, and what rod to run them on. We will go over these questions, but first, let’s talk about why the flasher and fly combo is so deadly. Salmon and… Read More »

Meet the Megabite Mates

Meet the Megabite Mates As we get closer to our busy season, we thought the Megabite community might want to learn a little bit about the First Mates that will be guiding customers through reeling in big fish on their next fishing adventure. As great as our Captains are, the experience would not be the same without such amazing first mates. Meet Benny Benny is 21 years old and currently working on pursuing his Captain’s License. Don’t be fooled. Although he may only weigh 100lbs soaking wet, he can still pull the biggest of fish onto the boat. Benny is an excellent fisherman… Read More »

Custom Trolling Flies

Custom Trolling Flies  When early spring rolls around and the ice starts to melt off the lakes, the itch to get the boats prepped and in the water hits hard. Often, this time is spent getting the trolling gear ready for the season ahead of us. This year, we have kept ourselves busy by hand tying our own trolling flies that will be used throughout the Megabite charter season. We have created around 25 unique color combinations. These flies utilize two key components which are glow and UV.   Glow Material The first key component that we used to create… Read More »

Salmon in the Classroom

Megabite Fishing Charters Salmon Fishing

Salmon in the Classroom Most people don’t realize when they are battling a big king salmon on a Traverse City fishing charter, that it could be a fish introduced to the ecosystem through a 6th grade student somewhere in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has developed an awesome hands-on program to get students involved in learning the life cycle of a salmon from the egg stage until they are ready to be released in a river. Captain Jared was fortunate enough to actually participate in this program as a 6th grade student and his teacher mom has been… Read More »

Great Lakes Chowder Recipe

Great Lakes Chowder Recipe _ Stacey Brugeman

GREAT LAKES CHOWDER Serves 6 to 8 Did you know that soup is one of the best ways to use frozen fish? Filets of lake trout, whitefish, perch, walleye, or salmon can go straight from the freezer to the pot and poach while cooking. Once the fish is cooked enough that it just begins to flake apart with a fork, it’s ready to eat. But there’s one critical rule. The most important step to any frozen fish recipe is making sure that your catch goes into the freezer the day it is caught, not days later because you haven’t used… Read More »

Rod and Reel Combinations for all Seasons and Conditions

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Rod and Reel Combinations  Have you ever been on a Traverse City Fishing Charter with Mega Bite and wondered why there are so many rod and reel combinations onboard when only 10-13 get used regularly? Well, these setups all have a specific purpose and each one does actually get used, depending on the time of year and the specific fishing approach that day. Some of the rods get used on a daily basis but others may only get used in the spring vs. later in the summer. We will admit, we do think the boats look better with a plethora… Read More »

Salt and Vinegar Chip Crusted Walleye Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Chip Crusted Walleye! We love Walleye and we love salt & vinegar chips so this recipe is a hands down favorite! Super easy to make with very little prep time. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Adapted from The Loop  RECIPE INGREDIENTS 4 Walleye fillets  1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 cup crushed salt and vinegar chips Cracked pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400F. Pat the walleye fillets dry. Crush potato chips in a bag (or food processor), then lay on shallow plate. Coat fillets in a thin layer of mayo. Lightly lay… Read More »

Detroit River Walleye Run

Detroit River Walleye Run It is almost that time of year again! Every spring, we load up the boats and trailer them downstate for an insane Detroit River Walleye Run! This is usually a 10-14 day adventure and consists of many limit catches. The spring Walleye migration from Lake Erie, into the Detroit River is the one of the largest migrations of Walleye in the world. These fish are coming into the river for spawning purposes making them very aggressive and often times ready to eat anything put in front of their faces. Walleye love a flow of water when… Read More »