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Testimonials

We went out with Captain Matt last Friday and had a great day of fishing. He is a very focused and professional individual and worked very hard to get us to the fish, and to teach us how to properly bring them in. I heartily recommend that you try to get up to fish with him- it was a real stand-out trip.
Scott
Thanks for the wonderful day fishing on Sunday. Everyone said that they loved you and Jackpot 2 and that they would definitely book with you on our next trip. I smoked the lake trout on Monday after I brined it over night. It was fabulous.
Ed
I have been doing Jackpot Charters for the past 3 years and this year I will be doing 2 trips! This is a great opportunity for the inexperienced to the expert fisherman. Captain Matt really knows his stuff and you won’t be disappointed. Jackpot fishing all the way!
Carlos
What a great time yesterday. Jim is a very good Captain enjoyable man. And Justin, what an awesome young man and 1st mate. I would like to setup another outing for next year with my dad for Father’s Day. Thank you for a nice memory. My girls had so much fun with Justin.
Brad
We are not even finished with our 10:30 charter today for Father’s Day, and I want to see if we can secure the same day with you next year!!! I think we’d like to do the early morning charter if available!!! Captain Jim and Justin are AWESOME!!!!!! Thanks for helping us give our dad an amazing Father’s Day weekend!!!
Laura
Dear Matt,
Thank you very much for everything, it was really a nice trip.  The guys gave much more than what we expected.  They gave what really makes the difference. Thank you all!
Yusef
I have been fishing with Jackpot Charters for a few years now, and I can honestly say Matt is the best Captain on the lake.  Every time we went out we have caught lots of fish.  Everyone in the group had lots of fun and we all look forward to fishing the next time.  Every time I step on to the Jackpot I know we are in for a great day of fishing.  Matt has the best gear and the best boat for fishing on Lake Michigan.
Thanks Matt!
Randy
Recently went on an early morning charter with Captain Matt and First Mate Cody. On the trip was my father, brother, nephew (8yrs old) and myself who flew in from Omaha . The entire trip was made very fun and comfortable (despite the unseasonably chilly temperatures) by Matt and Cody. You could tell Matt has a lot of knowledge and experience. He answered all of our questions (especially the many ones from the 8 year old) with patience and knowledge. He was great dealing with my nephew and making it especially fun for him. We ended up limiting out on the trip, catching mostly salmon and a few lake trout. On the way back Cody cleaned the fish for us and separated the filets in bags for us to take home. Matt even suggested a local bar that we could take a few filets to and would cook them up at no charge for us. We did that and it turned out great. It’s always a great experience when you can get three adults AND an eight year old to all have a fun and exciting time. The best part of the trip is it didn’t really end once I got off the boat, as I have many delicious salmon filets in my freezer to last me a while! Thanks to Matt and Cody for a wonderful trip, can’t wait to go back and do it again!
Travis
Hey Captain Matt,
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and thank you for a special trip on Monday 6/10/2013.
It was a special trip for my son’s 10th birthday (DJ) and his friend also had a great time. Of course his brother Matthew (7) hasn’t stopped talking about it, and I believe the “Laker” is somewhere in the range of 200 lbs when he tells his friends the story now!! We have plenty of fish until August…about 60bs!!
Anyway, I appreciate your professionalism and patience with my little gang, and we will be back for the ‘Kings’ in August, and hopefully hunting in fall.
Your boat was clean and comfortable for all, and Josh was great too!! Very tight!!
I will highly recommend your charter to anyone, especially with younger children. We’ll be back!!
Warmest regards,
Dan
So far we have had a few fishing trips with captain Matt and every time has been a blast fishing with Jackpot fishing charters, there’s a reason we keep going back. Cpt Matt is very professional and helpful , he puts us on the fish every time and we have never gone home empty handed .The Jackpot is a  very clean and well maintained boat with up to date equipment run by a good captain. I have fished on many charters around South Africa and wish I had Matt as the skipper and his professional knowledge of fishing
Shane
We have been fishing with Jackpot Charters for the past 7 years. Our youngest son was only 6 and Jackpot Charters made sure that he had fun! Over the past 7 years, we have brought many family members and friends to experience the best fishing in the midwest. Jackpot Charters provides captains that are very knowledgeable on fishing and are also fun to be around so we keep coming back every year. Jackpot Charters is the only charter we have ever used and we would not go anywhere else! Jackpot Charters is part of our family and summer memories.
Thanks,
Kristina
Hi Captain Matt,
We had a blast fishing on the Jackpot with you! I was surprised how fast the action was, could not believe we had hooked into four fish at one time! I didn’t think an afternoon trip would be as good as the morning trips but we still put twenty five fish in the boat! Never had an experience like that before fishing. We already booked another trip for the summer king salmon run, and look forward to it everyday. I’m sure it will be as successful as our first trip. It will be nice to have a freezer full of salmon!
Thanks again,
Mike
Good morning Matt,
I wanted to take the time to write and express our thanks and appreciation for the wonderful experience on Jackpot Charters we had a few weeks ago. My team and I had a great time and, as hoped, we got a chance to see one another as real people instead of just co-workers. I now recommend to EVERYONE your charter as a way to build team recognition, camaraderie, and friendship amongst coworkers. As Captain of JACKPOT Charters you should be proud of your professionalism, knowledge, and kindness which you abundantly shared with my team and I. VERY WELL DONE!
Have a great day Matt and you can certainly count on us being back to help clean the lake of some more very tasty fish!
Michael
Captain Matt,
Our trip was August 25. WHAT A GREAT DAY!!!! Captain Scott was great. His boat was clean, we caught some nice fish and most important we had tons of fun. We are definitely
going to come back, with the hopes of retaining Captain Scott, and the Wanda Fish. Of course I have a great fish story now, its called the one that got a way. It was big!!! We caught 4 out of 5 of the types of fish in Lake Michigan. Thank you so much.
Jason and Sandy
I JUST had my first trip with Jackpot and Scott was our captain. Al was at the helm. It was perfect. I can’t say enough good things about Scott and his knowledge of the lake. I’m an East Coast fisherman and know how to fish. Lake Michigan is a completely different experience though I know a lot about fishing. Honestly. I am a physician working in downtown Chicago and needed a break. Took two of my buddies out on the lake. Woke up at 3:15 to get up to Zion by 5am. 10 minutes after arrival, we were off. By 7:00am, we had 6 large Fish in the boat. Scott and Al continuously communicated about where the fish were, how they could find more and by 11am (6 hour charter), we had 13 fish in the boat.  Let me just say that we got lucky. There are no guarantees (and all reviewers should keep that in mind) but Scott was honest, sincere and make a true effort to find the right spot. We were comfortable, felt that all of our questions were answered and felt in great hands.  As someone who has been reviewed for my professional services on YELP, I think people can be mean and aggressive. If there were no fish today (which very well could have happened), I would have been bummed out but I felt 100% confident that Scott did all he could to catch fish. It was a beautiful day, sunrise was amazing. It’s about the day and the experience. Relax people! The day was an A+ and there was absolutely nothing I would have done to change it. I read the previous reviews and took a chance with these guys. Just be realistic with your expectations and you will have a great trip, that is a guarantee! ?Matt and Scott, we will see you again next year. You set the bar very high and I thank you. Anyone wanting more details (real, honest details, feel free to message me). ?I also suggest them without reservation, especially to those in Chicago looking to get out for a day of sunshine and fresh air!
Dr. Andrew
Good Morning Captain, everybody made it back to there final destination safe and sound and had nothing but good things to say about your attention to detail, professionalism and expertise in the charter fishing industry. You are respectfully remembered and highly recommended for a awesome fishing experience and truly look forward to the next time we meet again. Please send brochures, calling cards and whatever else you may have readily available for me to disperse to coworkers, friends and family and I will do so at your request. Take Care, Mr. Porter.
Darren