What happens if it rains?
We still go out. Our boat has a hard top and some protection from weather. The rain is of no consequence; we are concerned with wind and sea conditions and they are not necessarily bad during the rain. In fact, some of our best conditions can be on a rainy day, so dress appropriately.
In the case of severe weather, we may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in which case you will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
What is included with my $100 registration fee?
Each registration features a 7 hour fishing camp that includes:
-3 hour "Smart" Fishing Program
(Casting, Fishing Knots and Rigging, Fish Habitat and Handling, and Local Information)
-3 hour Lake Erie Fishing Charter
-PRIVATE (public not allowed) Fishing Charter Head Boat
-SUBWAY-TO-GO BOX LUNCH
-EVERY CAMPER IS ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE AT END OF THE DAY!
How experienced do I have to be?
You don't! We encourage everyone, from novices to experts, to come and join us! We have a very knowledgeable, family oriented captain and crew on every trip to assist anglers of any age and all skill levels.
I don't want to fish, can I still go on the trip?
People who do not want to fish are welcome to attend the trip, but you must also purchase a full priced ticket. If you are not planning to fish, you will not need a license.
How early should I arrive to check in before the trip?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for check in, especially because the tickets are non-refundable. Our trips generally leave right on time!!!
Are parents allowed on the boat?
Parents are certainly allowed to join their child for a fun-filled experience on the Fishing Charter, however, a full priced ticket must be purchased.
Is the trip suitable for pregnant women?
While we don't put a limitation on who may or may not attend, pregnant women should always consult with their doctors before participating in any active activities.
Do you guarantee that fish will be caught?
We can guarantee fishing but not catching. Our crew will do everything in its power to put you where the fish are. We cannot control what does or does not bite the hook.
Do we need to keep the fish we catch?
While you are welcome to keep any legal sized fish, we promote catch and release and responsible conservation of our natural resources. You may also give your legal sized fish to another angler if you so choose.
How many fish can I keep?
The captain and crew are up to date with the most recent Ohio Department of Fish and Game size and possession limits, and will inform you of these at the start of the trip.
What's the limit for a child under 16 with no fishing license?
Even though children UNDER 16 years of age are allowed to fish on our trips without a license, they are allowed the same legal limit as an adult fisherman.
What do I do with the fish I decide to keep?
We will assist you with placing your fish in the fish box. After the trip, fish cleaning is available for a fee.
Can I sell the fish I catch?
NO! It is illegal to sell fish that are caught by way of "Recreational Sport Fishing." If you are caught violating this law, you will be ordered to appear in court, fined, and items can be confiscated.
What happens when everyone catches their limits?
If everyone catches limits of the fish we're targeting for the day, we will simply follow a catch and release policy and keep fishing. In any event, we do not simply end the trip early.
How far does the boat go out?
Usually, between 1-5 miles from the harbor.
I have my own equipment. Should I bring it?
All fishing tackle and equipment (rods, reels, tackle, bait, etc.) will be provided to every angler. PLEASE leave your fishing equipment at home to allow for easier instruction of fishing techniques.
Am I required to have a fishing license?
Everyone 16 years and older is required by law to have a fishing license (unless you will not fish at all during the trip). If you do not already have one, you may purchase a one-day license ($11) OR a one-year license ($19) online at prior to departure.
What Should I Bring?
Suggested items to bring:
-Current, valid Ohio fishing license
-Your food/drink for the day
-Insect repellent/pants (occasionally the black flies are biting)
-Appropriate clothing for the weather
-Cooler/ice to take home catch (no coolers on boat)
-Seasickness medication- if needed, take prior to departure.
What is NOT PERMITTED to bring on boat?
Alcohol of any kind, firearms, weapons, or illegal drugs. Also, no coolers on boat.
Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
When you register, you will have the opportunity to order a Subway boxed lunch. You may choose to pack your own lunch, including soft drinks or water. No coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed on board.
How much extra cash should I bring?
Your ticket includes everything you need, however- you will need some cash if you wish to use the OPTIONAL fish cleaning service.
The crew was awesome! Can I leave a gratuity?
Tipping the crew members is optional but greatly appreciated, as they work very hard to make your trip as good as can be. Typical tips are 15% and can be given to the crew at the end of the day.
Can I bring an ice chest?
Due to space constraints on board, we do not allow ice chests on board. The only exception is in the case of a special medical related dietary need, such as diabetic, etc.
Will there be room on the boat to stow my belongings?
There is limited room to stow your belongings on board. Please only bring what is absolutely necessary for the day's trip.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
Although our boat is not wheelchair accessible, please indicate any special needs when you register.
Is there shade on the boat?
Sometimes. Our boat has a hard top and provides shade most of the time. Please take this into consideration and dress appropriately with hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Are there restrooms on board?
Yes, there is a clean marine head on board our boat.
Is the boat safe?
Absolutely. In addition to modern safety equipment (EPIRB, Life Floats, Life Jackets, etc.) our boat is constantly maintained and inspected once a year by the United States Coast Guard, a Division of Homeland Security.
Are there life jackets on the boat? Do I have to wear one?
All boats are outfitted with safety equipment for both adults and children. The captain will explain and demonstrate all safety equipment before the trip.
Will I get seasick?
While our boat is very safe and stable, we will be on Lake Erie. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, you may consider taking preventative measures beforehand, although we cannot officially advise you to do so.
Are dogs allowed on board?
We do not allow dogs on board, with the exception of service animals.
How Do I Register?
It’s SIMPLE! Just visit www.LakeErieFishingCamp.com
What forms of payment do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover (*NO CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEES)
PayPal is also accepted.
What's the refund policy?
All ticket purchases are non-refundable...EXCEPT WHEN A TRIP IS CANCELLED BY THE CAPTAIN DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS-where a FULL refund will be issued.
Is my registration fee transferable?
No. Registration fees are NON-transferable.
Is it ok if the name on my registration doesn't match the person who attends?
No. Only children/adults that REGISTER will be allowed to board the boat.
Need more information?
Please feel free to email with any questions at all! LakeErieFishingCamp@gmail.com
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