| FISHING FAQS
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON A LAKE MICHIGAN FISHING
CHARTER? If you have never had the chance to fish the 'BIG LAKE'
or are considering a charter for this summer, you should really give it
a try! There is no where else you can go in the Midwest and consistently
catch the size and amount of fish that you do on Lake Michigan! What about
cost? You may be surprised! An average fishing charter will probably cost
you less per person than dinner and drinks at most restaurants!
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER BEEN FISHING BEFORE? No problem! Although
the fish we catch can be pretty big, the equipment I use on-board D-BAIT-OR
II is sturdy and easy to use. You'll receive plenty of instructions how
to use the equipment and tips on fighting the fish, but feel free to ask
questions.... I want you to get as much out of your trip as you do!!
WHAT KIND OF FISH WILL WE CATCH? The size, species, and numbers
of fish will depend mainly on what time of the season you take your charter.
The general rule of thumb is in the springtime, we catch large quantities
of fish, but smaller in average size. In the summer, we catch larger size
fish and more variety of species. In the fall, typically we catch the largest
fish of the year, trophy fish! While fishing conditions do change, you
can be assured that we will put you on to the hottest action possible!
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING ON A FISHING CHARTER? Actually surprisingly
very little! All the fishing equipment is provided for you, so you'll only
need to bring: food, drinks, adequate clothing, a cooler to transport your
fish home, and a fishing license. If you don't have a license we sell 1-day
licenses on the boat. (See also 'What to Bring' on the menu bar),
WHAT KIND OF BOAT WILL WE BE ON? D-BAIT-OR II is a sport fishing
machine. The boat is properly outfitted with all of the Coast Guard required
safety and navigational equipment and is always thoroughly inspected, insured,
and maintained. I am a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and your safety
and comfort is my number one priority!
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING? By Illinois permit, we are only
allowed to carry up to six passengers. However, six people are not a required
number! Charter rates are adjusted by the number of people in your group
(See 'RATES' on the main menu). TMA Charters, Inc. can also accommodate
large group (Extra Boats) charters for fund-raisers, office outings,
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD? In the event that your captain determines
the lake is too rough to fish, our staff will do their best to notify you
ahead of time and re-schedule your date. However, there may be days when
this decision is made at the dock. Your deposit will be forwarded to another
date. We do fish in the rain, so be prepared and bring your rain gear!
THAT ALL SOUNDS GREAT.... WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? It's simple! After
you've put together your party, choose a date or two that fits your schedule
and call me at (1-847-736-7150) to
make make your reservations. Our staff will take your date(s) and provide
you with any other information you may need prior to your trip. A deposit
will be required to hold your date. Your deposit can be made either by check or
we now accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. There
is a 5% processing fee for credit card payments. A 14 day cancellation policy is in effect
on all charter trips.