About Get Out Get Bit
Get Out, Get Bit! is a collection of photographs taken during guided fishing trips provided by:
The majority of photographs on this website were taken by Captain Ben Wolfe. He makes creative use of traditional and new photography techniques to capture both the fun and excitement of fishing trips, as well as proud and happy customers displaying their catches. Captain Wolfe shares these photos with customers as mementos of their fishing trips, and shares them with all who love fishing here at GetOutGetBit.com.
Under Armour is the maker of a wide variety of outdoor gear and apparel for a huge array of sports. With season-specific wear as well as sport-specific designs, Under Armour makes a superior product from top to bottom. From hats and gloves to shoes and boots, and long underwear to outerwear and everything in-between, Under Armour has us covered. Literally. Sport Fish Michigan’s Captains are lucky enough to be able to wear this awesome apparel, staying cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter during our ice fishing trips. After two full seasons of wearing Under Armour gear, we can say that-without a doubt-Under Armour is a great company with fantastic products.
Simms Fishing Products makes the best waders. Period. Simms has been the benchmark in wader technology, quality, and innovation for years. Coupled with their varied superior wading boots, these are the go-to waders for Sport Fish Michigan’s Capt. Ben Wolfe and Capt. Chad Dilts. Capt. Ben is also a Simms Fishing Products Ambassador, using many of Simms’ products throughout the year. From tackle bags to waders, and just about everything in-between, Simms is an outstanding company that we are proud to work with.
G.Loomis produces what has long been arguably the best bass fishing rod on the market. Known for its amazing bass rods, G.Loomis also has a stellar lineup of rods suited for many other species. Some of the G.Loomis rods that we at Sport Fish Michigan use are the salmon and steelhead e6x lineup, and the walleye e6x series of rods. Both are workhorses for our guide trips and charters, not to mention the sensitivity, which is unparalleled. From casting rods to walleye trolling rods, G.Loomis has the best and most versatile rods available.
Shimano is the maker of the world’s best fishing reels, and makes the fishing reels that Sport Fish Michigan’s Captains rely on every day for every trip. Shimano produces a large variety of reels to suit a large variety of styles of fishing. For anglers preferring to cast, there are spinning reels and baitcasting reels for every budget. For our Traverse City Bass Guide Service company, customers use the Stradic Ci4 spinning reels, and the Curado baitcasting reels. These are true workhorse reels that have never let us down. For trolling lake trout, salmon, and walleye, Sport Fish Michigan Captains prefer the Shimano Tekota reels. The Tekota is a heavy-duty reel that is suited to the rigors of trolling, and its smooth, yet powerful, drag is second to none.
Sage Fly Rods continues to make the best fly rods in the fly-fishing marketplace. Innovative designs in rod tapers and actions offer rods for every experience level. And with rod designs for a large variety of species ranging from fresh water to salt water, there is a rod for every angler’s desires. Sage fly rods, are the premiere fly rod for a reason, and we are proud to work with Far Bank Pros to bring these awesome rods to our customers’ hands during fly-fishing guide trips.
Hatch Premium Fly Reels makes the most amazing fly-fishing reels. From an aesthetic standpoint, they are second to none. Sleek, eye-catching reel designs stand apart from the rest, while top-notch performance makes them the choice for Capt. Ben Wolfe for all of his fly-fishing customers and personal use. With absolutely butter-smooth drags capable of stopping salmon, bonefish, tarpon, and everything in-between, these reels are American made works of art!
Ranger Boats makes spectacular fishing boats. Captain Ben Wolfe is on the Ranger Boats pro staff, offering his Traverse City Bass customers the best in not only fishability, but in comfort, style and stability. Fishing out on the Grand Traverse Bays can be demanding, and Capt. Ben’s Ranger bass boat is up to the task without hesitation.
Humminbird makes the best fishing electronics on the market, whether it’s on the open water or on the ice. With a wide variety of products to choose from spanning many different price points, Humminbird is a proven leader in easy-to-use electronics that are also the leader in technology. The new Helix series is a game-changer in sonar, both on the ice as well as on our Sport Fish Michigan boats. Sport Fish Michigan will be featuring the all-new Ice Helix 7 on its ice trips for 2017. Other Helix units, like the 9 and 10 series, will be on our Sport Fish Michigan boats.
Rapala is much more than a lure maker. Rapala brands together some of the industry’s best names. As a maker of lures, they make some amazing lures that catch boat-loads of fish for us here at Sport Fish Michigan. We use a variety of Rapala lures to target smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and even lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and ciscos. In addition, Rapala makes some of the best jigging lure options for ice fishing, and along with their sister company, VMC, who manufactures some of the best hooks and jigs on the market, there are plentiful options for hard water anglers.
Marcum Technologies is a true industry leader with ice electronics and underwater cameras. Sport Fish Michigan is thrilled to be partnered with Marcum Technologies, using their easy-to-use graphs, flashers and cameras on each guided ice fishing trip. Customers love the ease of being able to decipher what is going on beneath the ice with the expansive line up of sonar and flasher options, as well as being able to see what fish are doing in true living color with the outstanding underwater cameras.
StrikeMaster Augers is the leader in ice fishing augers. With a wide array of augers ranging from hand augers to power augers to electric augers, StrikeMaster has an option for every budget and angling need. Sport Fish Michigan has partnered with StrikeMaster Augers and is proud to showcase these reliable, efficient and outstanding augers on each and every guided ice trip. With dependability that Sport Fish Michigan Captains & Guides rely on for every guided ice fishing trip, StrikeMaster has always been our choice.
Otter Outdoors manufactures the best well-made portable ice shanties-hands-down. Otter has incredibly well thought-out designs for both their flip-over style shanties as well as their hub-style shanties. Sport Fish Michigan uses both styles, and we absolutely love the insulated 1,200-denier fabric that doesn’t drip condensation as so many other shanties do. Our customers are toasty warm, even on the coldest and windiest of days. Built to last, these are truly fantastic shanties, and every customer has been impressed with their roominess, comfort, and quality.
Minn Kota makes the best trolling motors on the market without a doubt. The long-standing gold standard on bass boats has been a cable-driven Minn Kota trolling motor, but with the new Ultrex, the game is about to change. No longer will anglers have to make a choice between the ability to use the Minn Kota iPilot system or use a cable drive foot pedal like that on most bass boats. The Ultrex marries the two technologies together, and anglers can now have their cake and eat it too! With the immediate response of a foot controlled cable-drive coupled with the ability to spot lock with an iPilot system, anglers will have the best of both worlds. This brand new Ultrex will be on Sport Fish Michigan’s Ranger Bass boat for the upcoming 2017 season, and along with the Ulterra that is already on the custom center console, we will now be able to offer an even greater fishability to our customers.
Cannon Downriggers are another product that Sport Fish Michigan Captains Ben Wolfe and Chad Dilts rely on for all their down-rigger trolling needs. With motors built to last year after year, Cannon builds a truly superior downrigger.
Yeti Coolers are what is in many of our Sport Fish Michigan boats, not only because of their amazing ability to keep cold things cold, but also for their superior durability. These coolers are the workhorses that we rely on to keep our catches cold in the larger 125-175 sizes, and our snacks and drinks cold in the smaller Roadie-35 sizes.
Costa Del Mar’s tagline is #SeeWhatsOutThere for good reason. With the absolute clearest lenses available, Costa Del Mar produces the world’s best sunglasses. Available both in prescription and regular lenses, there are numerous lens options to choose from. The 580 lenses are what Sport Fish Michigan Captains use, allowing us to see just about everything. With a huge array of frame styles designed to fit a large variety of face sizes, there is something for everyone.
Customers need products to work, and they need them to work extremely well, without issues. Rio makes premium fly lines, and in our opinion, these products are the best available.
StealthCraft Boats are built right here in Michigan, and we are proud to offer our customers a chance to step into one. Roomy and extremely stable, these drift boats are also incredibly light. These StealthCraft drift boats are super easy to row, which means that we can pay more attention to our customers, giving them the experience that they deserve.
Benzie County plays home to not only Crystal Mountain and to Wolfe Outfitters, but also has the Betsie and Platte Rivers meandering through its beautiful landscape. The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce is a group dedicated to furthering the business and recreation in and around Benzie County, and are some of our biggest fans. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce to chat, introduce yourself and see what other activities are available in the area.
Traverse City Tourism is the driving force behind much of the tourism in the Traverse City area. We have been blessed to have worked with the great people at the Traverse City Tourism for several years now, including a few photo shoots, article mentions, and now in 2017, our Traverse City Bass Guide Service has 5 great photos in its Visitor Guide publication. There is an accompanying article, and we were fortunate enough to have some fantastic centerfold photos taken by local photographer Dan Shepler.
Trout Unlimited was founded in northern Michigan, and plays an important role for several of the Sport Fish Michigan companies. TU, as it’s known, are some of the best advocates and resources we have for helping to protect our fisheries, environment and our favorite sport. Trout Unlimited also keeps us informed about changing laws, upcoming rule changes, and in general, helps us do what we love to do!
Lamiglas rods offer our salmon and steelhead customers that are fishing with traditional gear the opportunity to fish with the best rods in the industry when it comes to salmon and steelhead specific rods. Lamiglas cut their teeth fishing the Western coastal fisheries for huge salmon and steelhead, and these rods’ ability to fight a fish, and turn it away from snags, is second to none. Are we confident in these rods? Oh yeah.
Angling Buzz was created by Lindner Media in 2016, including a new website as well as a new television show. Sport Fish Michigan is a proud sponsor of the news-style Angling Buzz TV show. As a new concept in fishing television, Angling Buzz TV hosts up-to-date information and fishing reports from a wide variety of guides and anglers around the Midwest. Sport Fish Michigan’s role is as Michigan’s only reporting source for the entire state. Sport Fish Michigan’s Capt. Ben Wolfe fished and filmed with Al Lindner during the 2017 season, putting together 2 different Lindner’s Angling Edge television shows which air in 2018.
Lindner Media developed Lindner’s Angling Edge and Lindner’s Fishing Edge television shows to feature fisheries and educate anglers. Created by Al Lindner, Ron Lindner, and James Lindner, the shows have grown to include other family members and personalities such as Jeremy Smith and Ty Sjodin. The Angling Edge series showcases in-depth tips and how-to educational segments covering the full spectrum of topics of interest to anglers: fish locations and seasonal movements, electronics, bait and lure presentations, and more. The Lindners bring their extensive experience and enthusiasm to each show. Sport Fish Michigan is proud to have filmed several shows with Al Lindner, airing in 2018. Capt. Ben Wolfe and the entire Sport Fish Michigan team are excited about our continued working relationship with Lindner Media both on and off the water.
Knox Marine is a central Ohio boat dealer that has customer service nailed. Despite living here in northern Michigan, Knox Marine is our choice of marine dealer for Ranger Boats because their customer service is second to none. Capt. Ben Wolfe knows each employee personally, and each one of them has gone out of their way to be helpful in one way or another. Whether it’s staying late to fix a boat or to drive overnight to bring parts up north, the team at Knox Marine has always been there. There are a lot of marine boat dealers out there, but Knox is the simple choice for Capt. Ben Wolfe and Sport Fish Michigan. From buying a Ranger Boat to marine mechanical service, Knox can do it all.
GoPro has been making sports action cameras for a lot of years now, and is still the leader in this category when it comes to innovation, ease-of-use and durability. Many companies have followed suit, but GoPro has managed to stay ahead of the pack. With the new voice-activated commands, the new GoPro 5 cameras are simply amazing in every way. Sport Fish Michigan captains can now even more easily capture video footage of our customer’s fish as well as video footage from a huge variety of angles. Coupled with the new Karma stabilizer, our videos will now hopefully look even better. These stabilizers do an incredible job of helping to eliminate shakiness often associated with small hand-held cameras and pitching and rolling boats! GoPro has a huge array of mounts and options to capture video and photos from many different angles, and with their versatility, it could be anything from a drone to an underwater shot! Sport Fish Michigan relies on GoPro cameras almost on a daily basis on guide trips and charters because of their amazing quality, simplicity, durability and also because they are what we believe to be the best.