A1 Big Fish Charters

No One Does Trophy Class Trout and Salmon Charters on Lake Michigan Like A1 Big Fish Charters

And this page is all about us…

Captain Mike “Big Fish” Hanke, a Navy veteran and U.S. Coastguard licensed –  full time – 7 days a week – Captain.  He has been fishing almost his entire life.   After serving his Country on a submarine in the Navy for 4 years he returned to Racine where he resumed enjoying nature, and fishing.  In his younger days it was mostly the smaller, inland lakes that he fished for walleye.  But about 15 years ago he began fishing Lake Erie and Lake Michigan.  He enjoyed the “big” lakes so much that over the past several years he has fished Lake Michigan almost exclusively.  It was around this time that that several of his friends dubbed him “Big Fish” because he was always fishing, and catching, big fish.

With Captain Mike safety is always the number one priority, however, having a good time with lots of laughs and lots of fishing action ranks right up there along side of safety.  Make has always enjoyed fishing and he especially likes taking other people fishing and helping them catch the biggest fish they have ever caught!

Come fish with Mike.  Enjoy beautiful Lake Michigan, and catch your “fish of a lifetime!”

About My Big  Beautiful Fish Catching Boat…


“She’s a keeper. She’s a beauty. But most important… She Catches me Big Fish!” The Predator is a sleek 30′ sea Ray weekender with:

  • Twin 260 HP gas engines
  • New Color Graph/GPS
  • Electric Downriggers
  • Depth Raider
  • USCG Safety Equipment such as marine Radio/GPS Cell Phone
  • Private washroom

Predator is located at 931 Erie Street, Racine, Wi. 53403.

Things to Bring When Charter Fishing On Lake Michigan

You’ll find that A1 Big Fish Charters is geared up for an Awesome fishing experience. However, there are a few items you’ll want to bring along to protect yourself from Mother Nature AND make your charter a Journey To Remember Always…

  • Valid Wisconsin Fishing License With a Great lake Salmon stamp ( or may be purchased on the boat)
  • Soft soled shoes
  • Jacket or Rain gear ( at times it can be cold on the lake)
  • Sunglasses, hat, ect.
  • Cooler….to take home your catch home 🙂
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Camera for pictures


At A1 Big Fish Charters our goul is safety first.

For your convenience, If you would like a copy of the Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities Click HERE (to Download: Right click on the link and Click “Save As” to save to your computer)

More About Charter Fishing In Racine Wisconsin, A1 Big Fish Charters AND our “No Fish – No Pay” Policy…
First, let me say this…

No Fish – No Pay.  Things do happen. If you pay for a charter and don’t catch a fish I  will refund your money or put it towards a future trip.

Trips shortened due to weather or sea sickness do not qualify because these are beyond my control.