2014 – 2015 Annual Meeting October 24, 25 and 26th

annualHolland, MI – The 2014 Annual Michigan Charter Boat Association Business Conference will be held over the weekend of October 24, 25 and 26, 2014 at The Double Tree Hotel by Hilton.

The Double Tree Inn has no rooms left, however we have secured rooms at another hotel close by.

We have secured 20 rooms (a mix of king and 2 queen rooms) for the dates of 10/24 and 10/25 at the Country Inn by Carlson. The rate is $94.00 including a full hot breakfast. The hotel is located off of Hwy #31 just 2.5 miles from the DoubleTree using Hwy 31 or 120th Avenue. The property was fully renovated earlier this year. I have included a link to the property below. http://www.countryinns.com/holland-hotel-mi-49424/holland

Call the hotel directly and use the booking code #1410MCBASS

Country Inn by Carlson
12260 James St.,
Holland, MI 49424
The fall conference is a great way to catch up on what’s going on and to enjoy a day or two away from the regular home routine. Bring your spouse or significant other, too. There are lots of things (shopping for the upcoming holidays) to do in the area.

The Annual Conference will begin on Friday evening with a social gathering in the hospitality room (6: PM – till?). This informal gathering will provide an evening long opportunity to mix with MCBA officers and board members; maybe some DNR personnel or Sea Grant staff, and of course, other captains from all over the state. There will be FREE snacks, pizza, pop and adult drinks.

Of course, attendance at this event is strictly optional, but it is a great way to start your weekend at the MCBA conference. And you might get a chance to talk to someone in the DNR who needs to hear your issue. However, you don’t need to attend the Friday evening session to enjoy the conference main event.

The main event will begin early Saturday morning, with coffee and Complete Deluxe Buffet Breakfast during registration. The program begins at 9:00 AM. Various Speakers and panels will present information about issues of interest to our captains. There are question and answer sessions at the end of each presentation. The program for this fall’s conference agenda will be announced in the next Cannonball Gazette.

On Saturday evening we will have a dinner at the hotel, followed by a short program including the Annual MCBA Awards and our honored dinner speaker (to be announced). After the short program, there is a spirited tackle raffle, usually raffling off some of the best current tackle from the best companies.

For those who stay over and we encourage you to do so, Sunday morning brings the official annual business meeting after coffee, juice, and BREAKFAST BUFFET (Free to all members & spouse). The meeting will cover all the current business of the Association and will end following the election of officers. Normally, the meeting is over by 10:30 AM or so, and folks begin to check out to travel home or take in local events.

We offer our annual business meeting as a benefit to our members for the sake of working together. We hope you will attend to learn more from your Association and what we have to offer your charter business. Why not take a little time off from your normal schedule and take in an interesting, informative and relaxing weekend for fun and camaraderie with fellow captains.

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2015 Membership Application

Captains, the 2015 membership renewal application has been posted to the web. You can check out securely via Paypal.

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New Website Coming soon

We’re under going a website revision and are set to launch soon. When completed the new website will be smartphone ready.

As a result there is a moratorium on all web updates for 10 days.




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Lake Michigan lake trout regulations

At public meetings in March and April, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Fisheries Division staff will present information and take comments on possible changes to lake trout size and daily catch limits for northern Lake Michigan lake trout management zones MM-3, 4 and 5. Comments received will inform potential lake trout regulation changes in 2015.

Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. at the East Bay Township Hall – MOVED TO NEW DATE BELOW:
1965 N. Three Mile Road, Traverse City

Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at the Frankfort City Hall
412 Main St., Frankfort Continue reading

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Spring Lake Huron fishery workshops

Spring Lake Huron fishery workshops offer current research and information about the fishery

The status of the Lake Huron fishery for the coming season is the topic of three upcoming fisheries workshops in the region.

The status of the Lake Huron fishery for the coming season is the topic of three upcoming fisheries workshops in the region.

In recent years, the Lake Huron fishery has undergone dramatic ecological changes, resulting from introductions and impacts of aquatic invasive species. Yet, much has been done by research and management agencies to understand and respond to these food web changes, such as identifying which fish thrive in Lake Huron’s altered ecosystem and adjusting stocking strategies and even species of fish stocked. Anglers, businesses, and communities depending on this fishery have adapted, too, targeting different—and even a wider variety of species—along with sometimes new fishing strategies to catch these fish. These collective efforts have aimed at reclaiming social and economic values from a Lake Huron fishery that has been changed environmentally, and are resulting in improving attitudes and value in what Lake Huron fishing has to offer us still today.

Because of this, Lake Huron anglers gearing up for spring fishing opportunities may be wondering about last year’s fishing trends, or where are the prospects when fishing Lake Huron this year? When Chinook salmon struggled, why do steelhead and Atlantic salmon seem to fare better in this altered Lake Huron ecosystem? Given food web changes, what is the outlook for forage fish populations (or the ‘food supply’) necessary for these prized predator fish? What’s happening with native fish populations, such as recovering lake trout populations and amazing walleye fishing in Lake Huron?  For answers to these questions and more, several opportunities exist this spring to hear directly from the fisheries experts who gather this information.


Workshop dates and locations include:

Port Huron  Apr 9, 2014 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.)  Charles A. Hammond American Legion Hall, 1026 6th Street, Port Huron, MI  48060

Alpena   Apr 22, 2014 (Tuesday, 6–9 p.m.)  NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI  49707

Cedarville   Apr 23, 2014 (Wednesday, 6–9 p.m.)  Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club, M-134, Cedarville, MI 49719

These workshops serve as a valuable networking and educational opportunity for all involved:

  • Recreational anglers have the opportunity to become better-educated anglers – learning about feeding trends of predator fish species may prove valuable in deciding where to fish or what lures to put into play while fishing this year.
  • Fishery businesses— sportfishing charters, commercial fishing, and bait shops— gain insights relating to Lake Huron fisheries resources around which their business depends. This information may prove useful in adapting business strategies, ranging from fishing practices to business marketing, and information that might be passed along in educating customers about the resource.
  • In trade for the informational updates they share, governmental research and management agencies value insights and input from this dialogue with anglers and citizen stakeholders on various fisheries management topics. The effectiveness of fisheries research and management, as well as community values gained from the Lake Huron fishery are enhanced through these Continue reading
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2014 Directory Web Updates complete

Captains – the MCBA web listings are run from a database. It has been updated, refreshed and posted to the web. We make mistakes so if you don’t see your name and you have paid and have your 2014 drug card let us know. If your email, port or anything else on your listing is incorrect we apologize. To contact us please use the “web updates” link above.

Thank you

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Moratorium on Web Updates

Captains, the MCBA site is run from a database. Presently the database is going through a review and scrub to make certain all the new information entered from your applications is reflected properly. As a result, no corrections to current listings can be made at this time. Once the database is uploaded, around January 10-13th all captains who have not paid will be removed and all others will see corrected listings.

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