walleye hunter wrote:
The limit has not been set yet and will not be till April. The limit for April is 4 per. Is the change you are talking about the possible
4 per all year? If so it is not set in
stone. So booking for April does not
matter. If you mean booking the trip
before May you should know in April. If they
drop the limit you should get some deals because a lot of people feel the same
way. Charter boat may be hurting because
of this along with other people that make their money on the fishing industry
up here on the shores of Lake Eire. I myself
don’t as a boat owner really care I’m going fishing on Lake Eire anyway to have
some fun with my family and friends. Some
of us would take you just for some gas money I would. I told bigdog just to arrange it with me.
Thank you for your input on fishing in your area, however I feel the need to pass on some information & friendly advice. We (charter captains) spend a lot of money & time on Federal and State licenses, insurances, and equipment to make sure we have all legal requirements to insure the safety and comfort of our clientele.
The following is an excerpt of the Coast Guard regulations as listed by the U.S. Power Squadron.
Who needs a six-pack license?
March 05, 2009, 5:40PM
The following was passed along to me by Don Baker of the Raritan Bay
Do You Need a Six Pack License?
The following is reprinted from a bulletin from the National
The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 added the requirement for
having an "uninspected passenger vessel" license (six pac) whenever
some form of tangible consideration is being exchanged as a condition
of carriage on the vessel. Consideration may be cash, checks, money
orders, or in the form of goods.
The issue of sharing of expenses for fuel, providing food and/or
provisions for a trip was a concern to recreational boaters as to
whether or not it fell within the term of "consideration" sufficient to
require a six -passenger license and whether it affected the boat
Congress amended the definition of "consideration" effective 1
October 1999 to allow voluntary sharing. "Consideration" is now defined
as an economic benefit, inducement, right, or profit including
pecuniary payment accruing to an individual, person or entity, but not
including a voluntary sharing of the actual expenses of the voyage, by
monetary contribution or donation of fuel, food, beverage, or other
A "sharing of expense" can create the necessity of a six pac license
for the operator. The key is whether the sharing is required by the
owner/operator (license required) or is voluntary (no license
required). A guest may offer or request to contribute to the cruise,
either in sharing of actual expenses of the voyage, by monetary
contribution, or by donation of fuel, food, beverage or other supplies.
However, if that occurs, the skipper should make it clear, and while
the gesture is very much appreciated, there is no requirement or
obligation to do so, but that voluntary contributions are always
welcomed. If contribution were to be required, the skipper would
clearly fall outside the exception: and a "six pac" license for hire
would be required. A skipper should likewise refrain from initiating
any suggestion about a "contribution" in order to avoid the appearance
that such is required or expected.
I'm not sure what kind of deals you think that the charter capt's are
going to be able to make. If they change the Walleye limits,
our customers are still going to get a full day out on the lake whether
it's working to fill there Walleye limits or doing a combo trip.
Capt. Jerry Taylor
Playin' Hooky Charters est. 1987 www.playinhooky-charter.com
NAFC recommended guide
NAFC Dodge outfitter/guide of the year 2004
NAFC lifer since 1992
NAFC OHIO CHAPTER trustee
Capt. Jerry Taylor
Playin' Hooky Sportfishing Charters