Big Changes Coming

There are a couple of major changes coming to the MCBA.

The Association will be changing to an online newsletter, and a new format for the annual fall conference. These changes are being made by the board after carefully considering all the issues and options.

Our costs to create, print and mail the quarterly newsletter have increased exponentially in recent years, as well as has the cost of administering the drug program. These two major annual expenses have forced us to look at our options. Furthermore, we have had to expend large sums to support the coalition to protect our fishery. Taken together, the changes became necessary.
The quarterly newsletter will now be going online. Actually, the board believes in many ways this will be better. We will now be able to produce the newsletter in a more timely fashion including last minute items and issues. We will be able to include more color pictures, and the length of the newsletter will be more flexible.
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Sport Shows Wrap Up – Rich Haslett

2023 Sport Shows, by Captain Richard Haslett

Due to Covid we missed nearly three years doing the sport shows. I’m happy to report that we were able to attend the 2023 shows and hearing all the welcome back comments from ShowSpan and vendors made us aware how much we were missed. I’m also happy to report that we had one of the best shows since keeping records. I guess it shows that people were ready to get out of the house and to get back to a normal life.

I want to personally thank the following captains for donating a free charter to our show winners: Capt. John Giszczak (Stray Cat Charters), Capt. Matt Pressnell (Huskie Muskie Charters), Capt. Henry Walters (Sportsmen’s Charters), Capt. Scott Anderson (Far-Fetched Charters), Capt. George Freeman (Free Style Charters), Capt. Jim LaBeske (Hook & Heuver Charters. →Read more

MCBA Scholarships

MCBA President Bill Winowiecki presented three scholarships to students attending the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries. Your member contributions & donations to the Annual Meeting tackle raffle helps greatly with this effort, as well as Cook Book sales and Sport Show sales helps as well. Thanks ALL! The 2023 Recipients are Olivia Triltsch, Brady Yokom, and Laura Lepek – Congrats to all! →Read more

Disagreement with the DNR’s Support of Gill Net Expansion Resolution

At the Lake Michigan Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee (LMCFAC) meeting in April, Chaired by MCBA State Representative Denny Grinold and Co-chair MCBA president Bill Winowiecki  passed a unanimous resolution and entered into the minutes stating concerns over proposed Consent Decree and Gill Net expansion See below:
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A Million Dollars to Market Michigan Charter Boats

Great news! The Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s outreach campaign is set to get underway soon, with an anticipated launch date of March 20. Soon and throughout the summer you (and travelers all over Michigan) will see billboards; advertisements at welcome centers, airports and gas stations; other signage; special events; and more activities that will promote charter fishing on the Great Lakes. Lansing-based Güd Marketing welcomes the chance to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to promote one of Michigan’s most important tourist industries through social, paid and news coverage media. Charter captains will receive a “Tacklebox” of digital assets for use on their own advertising platforms (email, social media, etc.) to encourage clients to contact them and get out on the water! Read the Spring Newsletter here.

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