2009 MCBA Annual Conference Meets in Grand Rapids

by Capt. Terry R. Walsh

The Michigan Charter Boat Association held its annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel on the east side of Grand Rapids and within casting distance from I-96. Accommodations were excellent, the food equally so, and attendance, though not stellar, was much improved over last year’s meeting in Grand Rapids. The hospitality and meeting rooms were spacious and well provisioned with snacks and beverages.

After a brief introduction from President Richard Haslett, Robert Dukesherer , senior weather forecaster from the National weather Service in Grand Rapids, presented an interesting look at forecasting Great Lakes weather. New weather buoys that provide valuable wind speed and wave height information have been placed at strategic locations in all the Great Lakes and more are planned for even more accurate weather updates. Using a computer, captains can access this information to gain an accurate picture of what lake conditions are before ever leaving port.
Dan O’Keefe, Southwest District Extension Educator and program moderator, provided an up-date on a soon-to-be-released study of the economic impact of the charter industry on the state’s economy. “Fishing is the number three industry in Michigan,” O’keefe said, “and the period between 1996-2006 has seen Great Lakes fishing decline 30 percent.” The last time such a study was done was back in 1985 so it will be interesting to see what the new data finally yields. This information will appear in a future issue of THE CANNONBALL.
Kelly Smith, DNR Fisheries Chief, spoke briefly on the impact of the state’s economic crises and declining license sales on the fisheries division. “This is really a challenging time for us,” Kelly said, “but we are doing everything possible to insure the quality of Great Lakes sport fishing.”

Great Lakes Basin Coordinators Jim Dexter (Lakes Michigan and superior) and newly appointed Steve Hewett Lakes Huron, St Clair, and Erie) brought everyone up to speed on these huge bodies of water. ” Lake trout,” Dexter said, “are Superior’s main sportfish and are providing a very stable fishery. Angler effort is down, so some management zones may soon see a five-fish bag limit.”

Thank you to our Sponsors

Michigan Charter Boat Association would like to extend a strong “THANK YOU” to all those who so
willingly support our annual tackle raffle, which is a major source of our scholarship funding. Your generous gifts are more than appreciated.

Bechhold & Son Flashers & Lure Co.


Dreamweaver Lures & Tackle

Jay’s Sporting Goods

Jlyn Sportfishing Charters

Magna Dyne Products

Northern King Lures

Northport Nailer & Horsefly

Off Shore Tackle Company

Pro-Troll Flashers

Silver Horde Fishing Supplies, Inc.

Spin Doctor

Strong Fly

Warrior Lures

West Marine

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Boats for Sale

2003 27ft. Sport Craft Hard Top.

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1996 Tiara 31′ Open

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1994 Hardtop Baha 292 – $22,000.00.


Private head, v bunk,454 inboard, velvet drive gear box, 4 blade prop. enclosed backdrop, hyd steering, 350 sonar compass, ship to shore radio, am/fm radio, MI DNR Inspected, USCG Documented. Fishing equipment, rod holders, (drift, and rocket launcher) trolling gear, 8 boards, diver holders, board reels, lines, anchors, PDFs, life ring, overboard light. INCLUDES TRI-AXLE TRAILER.

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