Guides

Captain Max Werkman:

16298920_1683599791931698_2891169900231686463_nMax is an owner and guide at Werkman Outfitters and specializes in the coldwater species of Michigan; salmon, trout and steelhead.  He grew up in West Michigan and has spent a lifetime pursuing fish not only around the Great Lakes but also in Alaska and Southwest Florida.

His home waters are the rivers of West Michigan; the White River, Muskegon River and the Grand River. He uses multiple techniques including fly fishing, center pin, and spinning gear. He currently attends Ferris State University pursing a business management certificate.

Tom Werkman:

Tom is also an owner and guide at Werkman Outfitters and has spent his life chasing after the warmwater natives of Michigan.

Tom uses fly and traditional tackle techniques for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike. His home waters are primarily the Grand River and Muskegon River. Tom lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Phil Cusey:

Phil PikePhil is a veteran guide of 25 years. He spends his time guiding on the Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Grand rivers in western Michigan. Depending on the season, Phil chases trout, salmon, steelhead, smallmouth bass and northern pike.

He is the past president of the West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Michigan River Guides Association and enjoys introducing first timers to the sport of fly fishing.  Phil lives in East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Captain Jim Swanezy:

Jim Big Red Classic PhotoJim has been a charter boat captain since 1995 and has been fishing Lake Michigan for 35 years.  He is member of the Michigan Charter Boat Association and has placed in multiple Big Lake fishing tournaments over this time.

His home port is Yacht Basin in Holland, Michigan where he owns and operates JJ, a 34 foot Pursuit that is fully equipped for the ultimate fishing experience.  He pursues salmon, steelhead and lake trout from April to September.