Captain Todd Brill, owner of Gold Coast Fishing Co. in St. Joseph, Mich., is among the lucky few who have made fishing their professional occupation. Headquartered at Eagle Pointe Harbor, the location gives him access to a nearly 30-mile stretch of the St. Joseph River as well as quick access to Lake Michigan.
Captain Brill makes his living by guiding clients out onto the water in every season nearly year-round to fish everything from salmon to catfish. As such, the boats that he runs out on the lake and the river are more than just a hobby. They are the literal tools of his trade, and for the versatile angler, his most recent acquisition, a Lund pontoon boat, might just be the most versatile in his toolkit.
“I purchased it in April of this year,” says Todd. “And I’ve been able to run a number of trips on it for a few different species of fish. I do walleye trips, and catfish trips, and smallmouth bass trips, as well as family fun trips where we go out to catch anything and everything. It’s been really nice, above and beyond what I expected.”