Tips for Charter Boat Fishing Trip Fun

Fall is a good time to plan a fishing trip. Fish opportunistically use the remaining warm water to feed themselves heavily and “gain a few pounds”. Even fishermen are opportunists looking for a good time fishing, maybe with friends, and the charter boat is a fun way to do so.

I keep learning from anglers who have returned from charters in the Great Lakes. Zander are usually the target species in Lake Erie, but yellow perch and steelhead can also be targets. Bonus fish like freshwater drum and white bass should also be appreciated.

While many anglers would love to cast at pikeperch, trolling is a great way to efficiently cover a lot of water, and the Great Lakes are a lot of water. Once a speed and depth is determined, a captain of the charter boat will ensure that the presentation is repeated to maximize the number of connections and smiles. It sounds simple, but there is a lot of trial and error, especially when adjusting multiple bars.

Yellow perch is smaller, but just as tasty. Often found in large schools, once equipped with electronics, they can be caught by jigging vertically with minnows rather than trolling.

A few things to consider for a charter boat fishing trip:

1. Do your homework. Read the website or call the captain and make sure you know what is included on the fishing tour and what to and cannot bring.

2. Check the weather. A stiff wind blowing across a lake results in some big waves. Consider some preventive measures against seasickness.

3. Learn from the fishing experts. A captain and crew of a fishing charter boat can contain a wealth of information. Observe what baits and baits are being used and how they are being used. Be careful about where you are on your fishing trip, but perhaps more importantly, try to find out why you are there.

A charter boat fishing trip can be a great way to replace the business meeting golf getaway and still close the deal. Employees and employers can have good time constraints. Every now and then, let someone else worry about finding the fish; All you have to do is have your fishing license and reel it in.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.

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