Fall 2018

As the end of August is now here, most of our captains have had a great summer with the same or more charters this year. I can say from my situation that this season started out like a lamb and is going out like a lion. Several times back in early August I have had as many as six or seven calls in one day for August and September charters. Other captains have reported the same responses for charters this year. Red hot walleye fishing, huge King salmon and good lake trout fishing has the public much more interested in big lake fishing. Letís hope that trend continues for our industry.
Our annual fall conference is coming up in October at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan. Dates are the 19th, 20th and 21st of October. This year we have Professor Rodger Greil from Lake Superior State University speaking at our banquet dinner about the Atlantic salmon program. This is now a growing fishery in Lake Huron. I myself hope this fishery keeps on growing and adds to our charter catches each season; eventually some of these fish will naturally make their way into Lake Michigan as well. Another important issue that will be brought up at the Saturday workshop meetings is the 2020 Consent Decree. For us as charter captains the possible changes for more gill nets and lake trout catches in Northern Lake Michigan by the tribes are a real concern. Inland fishing changes for the tribes is also on the table for negotiations in the new consent decree. MCBA members really need to attend our fall conference this year. The 2020 consent decree and lake trout catch limits on Lake Huron are just two topics among others that you as a captain need to stay informed about.
In closing, I hope to see you this fall at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. We have a great lineup of speakers and guests to answer questions and your concerns. I think you will really enjoy it if you attend.

Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA


Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971

Due to an issue with AV equipment, the passenger vessel workshop will be held at Wayne County Community College - Downtown Campus. The address is listed below. All of the emails I received from RSVP have been notified. Please spread the word widely. We will have a member from CG Sector Detroit at the previous location for those that don't get the word, but don't want anyone to miss out on any of the info being passed. Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is hosting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Workshop at the Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus to provide information to charter vessel owners/operators. Attendees will become familiar with federal and state charter vessel regulations, federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, what to expect when boarded by law enforcement on the water, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentialing processes, legal liability considerations when operating a vessel commercially, how to schedule a Coast Guard Auxiliary voluntary safety exam and how and who to report illegal charter vessel operations. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with federal and state maritime law enforcement, as well as other operators. Our hope is this workshop will reduce the number of illegal charter vessel operations, which place the public at risk, especially when these vessels are operated by untrained/inexperienced mariners or without proper safety equipment.

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Location: Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus, 801 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Frank Hayden Community Room, Room 236
Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM
Parking: Free in Lot #3