Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 01:22:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://saltwaterconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ 32 32 Fishermen continue to be successful https://saltwaterconnections.org/fishermen-continue-to-be-successful/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/fishermen-continue-to-be-successful/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 20:37:01 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/fishermen-continue-to-be-successful/ BIG RAPIDS – The September fishing should be good for fishermen in the area. In Mecosta County, “they catch perch on the Muskegon River, they catch walleye over there, they use caterpillars,” said Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley. “They’re fishing in some inland lakes, but of course this weekend is starting the […]]]>

BIG RAPIDS – The September fishing should be good for fishermen in the area.

In Mecosta County, “they catch perch on the Muskegon River, they catch walleye over there, they use caterpillars,” said Vic Havens of Frank’s Sporting Goods in Morley. “They’re fishing in some inland lakes, but of course this weekend is starting the hunt for young people, so people are starting to go hunting.”

At Frankfort, chinook salmon entered Betsie Bay and moved up the river. Coho have been reported in Platte Bay, the DNR said.


“Things are getting better,” said Rob Eckerson of Pappy’s Bait Shop in Wellston. “The water has risen. The temperature has dropped to 67. We have fish at the dam and a few stop over in the lower reaches of the river. The Betsie to the north contains a few fish. I don’t think it’s fully blossomed yet. Maybe the weather this weekend will help. PM also contains fish up to the fly section.

“There is also perch in Portage and Manistee lakes.

The boat fishermen in Manistee were targeting salmon and fished a mix of chinook and coho. The DNR said the best offshore catches were in 120 to 250 feet of water. Chinook salmon have also been found by boat fishermen in the Big Manistee River and Manistee Lake. Fishermen obtained catches in Lake Manistee using jigs, offshore J-Plugs, spoons and meat platforms.

“People are starting to fish now at the Manistee River,” said Dewey Buchner of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee. “They’re all at Tippy (dam) now. The beings catch sunfish in Lake Manistee.

The offshore fishery at Ludington produced chinook and coho, MNR said, adding that the best fishing was in 150 to 250 feet of water. Boat fishermen caught chinook in the channel and in Père Marquette Lake. Jigging produced the highest catch rates in Lac Pere Marquette, MNR said.

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Charter captains fight new NOAA GPS rule in court https://saltwaterconnections.org/charter-captains-fight-new-noaa-gps-rule-in-court/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/charter-captains-fight-new-noaa-gps-rule-in-court/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 20:26:15 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/charter-captains-fight-new-noaa-gps-rule-in-court/ A group of charter fishermen and boat owners are moving forward with a class action lawsuit that challenges a new federal rule called the “Rental Electronic Reporting Amendment” which requires the installation of GPS tracking systems on their boats as well as the submission of weekly locate reports to the government. John J. Vecchione, senior […]]]>

A group of charter fishermen and boat owners are moving forward with a class action lawsuit that challenges a new federal rule called the “Rental Electronic Reporting Amendment” which requires the installation of GPS tracking systems on their boats as well as the submission of weekly locate reports to the government. John J. Vecchione, senior legal counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), which organized the lawsuit, calls the tracking systems the equivalent of marine ankle bracelets – or “anchor bracelets.”

The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The contested rule was published in January 2021 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Department of Commerce, and the National Marine Fisheries Services. According to the published rule, the “equipment location tracking part must be installed by a certified installer, permanently attached to the vessel and turned on at all times, unless a power-off exemption is granted” . Masters must submit mandatory weekly electronic fishing reports to NOAA.

The prosecution argues that the new reports required go far beyond simple capture reports. Several captains have publicly stated that they are intrusive and demand proprietary business information such as “economic data” which includes travel costs, approximate fuel used, as well as the number of passengers and crew on board. NOAA responds that the economic information will help improve analyzes of actions proposed by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Board. The agency adds that it will use the location and fishing reports to “improve the data available for the management and assessment of stocks … federal waters.”

Captain Allen Walburn, owner of A&B Charters, told the Daily News from Naples that charter captains like to keep their fishing holes a secret. He expressed concern that continued federal government surveillance could potentially expose these points. Walburn recently said in a YouTube video: “I don’t know of anyone else in our country who is required to have a monitoring device attached to their personal equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has to notify the federal government. their use of the equipment and the intention to use the equipment. We are unhappy with this because Big Brother is interfering in our business, essentially putting an ankle bracelet on all rental boat operators in the Gulf of Mexico.

The NCLA lawsuit maintains warrantless access to GPS information of a person’s locations and movements is “patently unconstitutional,” adding that “it amounts to an unreasonable search violating the Fourth Amendment and violating the rights of the Ninth Amendment , including the right to privacy, freedom of movement, free enterprise, freedom from unreasonable government interference and the right to travel. Since the plaintiffs are the sole owners of the data produced by their newly purchased devices, their seizure without any cause also violates the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

In an August 2021 summary judgment motion, plaintiffs also noted that the NOAA rule stated that currently approved vessel monitoring systems cost up to $ 3,000 per unit with monthly service charges ranging from about $ 40 to $ 75. Some captains were hoping prices would drop, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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Local crew wins Spanish Mackerel Derby in Murrells Inlet https://saltwaterconnections.org/local-crew-wins-spanish-mackerel-derby-in-murrells-inlet/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/local-crew-wins-spanish-mackerel-derby-in-murrells-inlet/#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 22:17:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/local-crew-wins-spanish-mackerel-derby-in-murrells-inlet/ Submitted photo Stay in one place and keep paddling live. That was the key to winning the Spanish Mackerel Derby last Saturday over Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, said Englis “Capt. E” Glover. That’s exactly what Glover and his crew did and, at the last minute, won the 5.81-pound-winning Spaniard in the 11th annual […]]]>

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Stay in one place and keep paddling live. That was the key to winning the Spanish Mackerel Derby last Saturday over Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, said Englis “Capt. E” Glover.

That’s exactly what Glover and his crew did and, at the last minute, won the 5.81-pound-winning Spaniard in the 11th annual tournament.

Glover, who is part of the team that airs the local Southern Anglers radio show on Gator 107.9 FM every Saturday, chose to fish in the Myrtle Beach Rocks area about 12 miles northeast of Murrells Inlet , on the advice of Captain Jason Burton of Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters. and Captain Jay Baisch of Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle.

At the end of the day, Glover and his crew prepared for the weigh-in and threw overboard the sheer number of red mullet they had in the tank.

Tony “The Bassmaster” Carter, another personality on the Southern Anglers radio show, left a cane deployed while the rest of the mule – estimated by Glover to be 3,000 forts to start the day – was released from the living pits in the ‘ocean.

“We decided we had to leave at 1:45 pm to give ourselves an hour to come back,” Glover recalls. “At 1:45 am we started emptying the tanks and we reeled in all but one of the lines. The rod exploded just as I was about to pick up the trolling motor.

“Tony said ‘Woah, woah, woah, wait, we’ve got a fish on.'”

Glover, along with the other two crew members – Jimmy Feuger, regional manager of I-Heart Media, and Adam Dellinger, of Gator 107.9 FM – went to the back of the boat to watch Carter battle the last fish in the day.

“So we all go to the back and we notice (the line is) all the way to the bottom of the spool,” Glover recalled. “I said ‘Tony is he a king?’ He said ‘No he’s a Spaniard, I’ve seen him before.’

“About 10 minutes later, the fish arrived beside the boat. I could look and see how wide the back was, and I said “he’s a monster”.

Glover said the net on board was broken so they had to use a combination of broken net and a boat hook to get the fish into the boat.

“You really don’t want to goof, it’s an ounce game (at the weigh-in) anyway,” Glover said.

With the support of the net, wielded by Dellinger, Glover managed to gaff the fish into the gill plate and pull it into the boat.

I said, “Boys, there’s a winner, there’s no question about it,” Glover recalls.

Just over an hour later, the crew of the new Key West 230 Bay Reef were indeed the first prize winner of the tournament with the biggest Spanish mackerel, a 5.81 pounds.

Noah McKenzie was second at 5.40 pounds, Jimmy Kidd was third at 5.37 pounds and Michael Hull and Michael Gasper tied for fourth with the Spaniard weighing 5.33 pounds.

Will Sanchelli weighed in the heaviest Tri-Spanish aggregate at 15.17 pounds, followed by McKenzie at 14.83 pounds.

Keepin It Reel weighed in the biggest king mackerel, weighing 39.18 pounds, followed by Double Diamond with a king of 32.26 pounds.

While Glover and his team were tempted to take a step earlier in the day when the bite slowed down a bit, they decided to stay put in Myrtle Beach Rocks, a hard-bottomed area about five miles off the coast. south end of Myrtle Beach. Sticking to the spot caught the winning fish at the last possible minute.

“The old me five years ago would have ridden this Yamaha and taken off, but I saw two bust fish that I knew weren’t kings and I knew they were big,” said Glover. “I said, ‘Boys, we have (room) to ourselves now. Let’s just keep chatting.

Glover doesn’t take the tournament victory lightly after dominating a field of 64 boats, including many professional guides.

“Every time you beat all these guys who fish everyday it means more to me than anything,” Glover said. “Anytime you get the chance to beat them it’s just great and to have people on the boat who have never experienced anything like it is even better.”

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Superyacht crowd heads to Greece to escape pandemic https://saltwaterconnections.org/superyacht-crowd-heads-to-greece-to-escape-pandemic/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/superyacht-crowd-heads-to-greece-to-escape-pandemic/#respond Fri, 27 Aug 2021 19:51:41 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/superyacht-crowd-heads-to-greece-to-escape-pandemic/ Like many superyacht enthusiasts, Johann Wedel-Wedelsborg spends the summer cruising around the Mediterranean Sea. This year he and his family chose Greece. There I enjoyed a few weeks of idyllic island tours on the 56-meter Onatarina. “The fact that you can wake up alone in the bay, go to a small town and dine in […]]]>

Like many superyacht enthusiasts, Johann Wedel-Wedelsborg spends the summer cruising around the Mediterranean Sea. This year he and his family chose Greece. There I enjoyed a few weeks of idyllic island tours on the 56-meter Onatarina.

“The fact that you can wake up alone in the bay, go to a small town and dine in a small taverna by the sea is unique. On the Côte d’Azur, it’s not the same. Just sailing along the coast, yachting And not as far away as Greece, ”said Wedell-Wedellsborg, owner of the Weco Shipping company associated with the Danish Royal Family.

He is one of the growing number of affluent families who have chosen to charter a superyacht in Greek waters this summer. It has given a coveted boost to the devastated holiday industry in the Aegean country, which has endured the summer devastated by natural disasters as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

“Yacht activity is skyrocketing in Greece,” said Stewart Campbell, editor-in-chief of Boat International, a superyacht magazine that tracked 834 superyachts in Greek waters in July. Registered 1,353 ships. “It’s much more advanced than the previous year,” he added.

A chartered vessel is like a floating hotel with the ability to control the environment and screen guests and staff against viruses, providing additional security © Anthony Venitis

One of the reasons for this increase is that Greece opened up to tourists earlier than the rest of the Mediterranean. Foreign visitors, including Americans who were unable to enter Europe due to pandemic restrictions, will be in Greece from mid-May as long as they are fully vaccinated or have a negative coronavirus test. I was welcomed.

The owner of the superyacht responded by dispatching the vessel to Greece. In Greece, I was convinced that I could get on the ship and get the attention of the charter.

Many of the world’s superyacht fleets spend six months in the Caribbean before moving to the Mediterranean in the European summer. Unlike sailboats, the majority are electric boats with professional crew.

“There have been a lot of demands in Greece this year… Our main problem is that we don’t have enough supplies. [to meet] Superyacht specialist Camper & Nicholsons Senior Charter Broker Barbara Dawson said.

Another reason for Greece’s popularity is that wealthy superyacht owners have decided it to be safer than other destinations due to its extensive coastline and over 220 inhabited islands. The chartered vessels are essentially floating luxury hotels, with the ability to monitor the environment and screen clients and staff for viruses to increase the level of security.

Superyachts boost the local economy as people dock frequently and visit this tavern-like bar and restaurant in Mykonos © Getty Images

Greece has been hit by a pandemic, but has not seen the same peaks as Italy, France and Spain. However, the number of new cases has increased rapidly over the past two months. “Greece was considered a prosperous and safe country during Covid-19, especially for American customers,” Dawson said.

The Golden Yacht, which builds and leases superyachts, is another beneficiary. “Last year the market was a real nightmare. This year, it is exactly the opposite. CEO John Dragnis said:

He goes on to say, “There are well-known clients, entrepreneurs, athletes and celebrities who charter yachts who think they are the safest choice for a pandemic vacation. “

Greece has been hit by forest fires this summer, especially around Evia and the capital Athens. The rise in infections has also resulted in restrictions at some popular destinations and blockages in the region.

However, this does not deter foreign tourists, with more than 6 million arrivals already this year. “The last time I saw these numbers was in 2019, before the pandemic,” Tourism Minister Harry Theo Harris said in a television interview this week.

Superyachts are technically over 24 meters in length and can cost tens of thousands to millions of dollars per week, depending on size and style. The more expensive ones, like the 136 million from Flying Fox, can cost 3 million euros per week.

The charter market is not the only place where virus-related impulses have been given. According to Boat Pro, Boat International’s market information system, superyacht brokerage sales also saw a record increase.

When the first wave of the pandemic struck in early 2020, business was essentially shut down – ships stopped selling and boat production at shipyards halted.

However, due to the large number of buyers who returned last summer, the second half of 2020 saw more sales than any other half. This trend accelerated in 2021 and all previous years were blown out of the water. In the first half of the year, 344 superyachts entered the brokerage market, well above the level of the previous year.

“People who were previously hesitant to enter this industry have found that yachts offer them and their families a perfect means of seclusion,” said Campbell.

Superyachts carry huge private stores for food and other essentials, but their presence can be a big boost to the local economy. Visitors to superyachts spend up to five times as much as the average guest at a Greek hotel, according to a pre-pandemic Greek Marina Association study.

“Unlike cruise ships, where people tend to eat and hang out on board, part of the joy of yachting is discovering new bars and restaurants. Mooring costs and amenities that directly benefit the local economy. There are also sales of services and services, ”explains Campbell.

Olga Millioni, a yacht agent based in Mykonos, a Greek island popular with the superyacht crowd, also highlighted the economic benefits they bring.

“For red shrimp, premium fish, flowers, limousine service and VIP reservations on the island, you can spend 10,000 euros just on drinks,” she said.

“Others wanted a very expensive bag… or a bottle of champagne and personalized luggage,” someone else said, “Listen to a DJ playing in a club and do a private show on a yacht. Pleaded.”

Video: How the tourism industry is recovering from a pandemic

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An AZ of Croatian Islands – and how to plan the perfect vacation https://saltwaterconnections.org/an-az-of-croatian-islands-and-how-to-plan-the-perfect-vacation/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/an-az-of-croatian-islands-and-how-to-plan-the-perfect-vacation/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 11:46:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/an-az-of-croatian-islands-and-how-to-plan-the-perfect-vacation/

The islands conjure up dreamlike images of romance and escape – otherworldly retreats where everyday problems dissolve into a heady blue haze of sea and sky. Croatia claims to have over 1,000 islands, islets and reefs. Of these, 79 can be defined as islands and 47 are inhabited.

Indeed, life is slower and sunnier here. The ancient Greeks, renowned for their love of beauty and pleasure, founded several settlements on the Croatian islands and the wealthy Romans would later build rustic villas there, where they grew grapes and olives and enjoyed the gentle breeze from the mistral sea during balmy summer afternoons.

Today, most people still come to the islands specifically for the mild climate and the healthy Mediterranean diet. Often, they receive little extra unexpected extras: ferry trips where new friendships are formed; jewelry stores where engagement rings are purchased; glorious memories of the full moon reflecting in the ink blue Adriatic after dark. Each island has its own identity: some offer hedonistic nightlife, others are better for water sports, and some stand out for their wines. Some are just relaxing and unpretentious.

Beaches are on many people’s priority list for a vacation, but if you’ve never visited Croatia before (currently on the green watch list), it should be noted that sandy beaches are rare here. Most are of the rock and boulder variety and although they may take some getting used to, they do have their advantages: Underwater visibility is excellent – so you will clearly see a seabed adorned with starfish and tiny hermit crabs – and you won’t see it. find itchy sand in your clothes, hair, or shoes after a day at the water’s edge.

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Illegal rental boats on Coast Guard grounds on Lake Tahoe – NBC Bay Area https://saltwaterconnections.org/illegal-rental-boats-on-coast-guard-grounds-on-lake-tahoe-nbc-bay-area/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/illegal-rental-boats-on-coast-guard-grounds-on-lake-tahoe-nbc-bay-area/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 03:08:03 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/illegal-rental-boats-on-coast-guard-grounds-on-lake-tahoe-nbc-bay-area/ The US Coast Guard immobilized eight illegal charter boats operating on Lake Tahoe during the first week of August. During a four-day operation, Coast Guard investigators performed more than 40 boat inspections and boarded more than 60 boats to verify passenger safety, captain’s licenses and test programs blood alcohol level. As a result, six trips […]]]>

The US Coast Guard immobilized eight illegal charter boats operating on Lake Tahoe during the first week of August.

During a four-day operation, Coast Guard investigators performed more than 40 boat inspections and boarded more than 60 boats to verify passenger safety, captain’s licenses and test programs blood alcohol level.

As a result, six trips were interrupted and eight boats were ordered to cease operations for at least one of the following offenses: not having a valid inspection certificate, not having a person with an appropriate license, does not have a drug and alcohol program, and does not function as a valid bareboat charter.

“Illegal charters pose a serious risk to their passengers and to other boat operators on the water,” said Captain Jordan Baldueza, deputy commander of the coast guard sector in San Francisco. “Often, ships are overloaded with passengers, lack the appropriate safety equipment or may be operated by people unaware of the dangers inherent in the maritime environment. We urge anyone who suspects a vessel of having broken the law to report the alleged violation to the Coast Guard. San Francisco sector. ”

Owners and operators of illegal charter boats can face civil penalties of up to $ 80,000 for illegal passenger charter operations, according to the Coast Guard.

To report a suspected illegal charter operation, contact the San Francisco Coast Guard Area Command Center at (415) 399-7300 or SFOSCC@uscg.mil.

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Gym owner refuses to follow new SafeKey rules, bar owners claim they are “soft targets” – The Royal Gazette https://saltwaterconnections.org/gym-owner-refuses-to-follow-new-safekey-rules-bar-owners-claim-they-are-soft-targets-the-royal-gazette/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/gym-owner-refuses-to-follow-new-safekey-rules-bar-owners-claim-they-are-soft-targets-the-royal-gazette/#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/gym-owner-refuses-to-follow-new-safekey-rules-bar-owners-claim-they-are-soft-targets-the-royal-gazette/ Karen Hodgkins at Magnum Power Force Gym (file photo) Reed Young, second from right, with staff and managers of the Docksider Pub & Restaurant (file photo) Nigel Prescott, owner of Tam-Marina, lost around $ 300,000 throughout the Covid-19 pandemic (File photo) Yesterday, a gym owner said she would refuse to follow government regulations requiring members […]]]>

Karen Hodgkins at Magnum Power Force Gym (file photo)

Reed Young, second from right, with staff and managers of the Docksider Pub & Restaurant (file photo)

Nigel Prescott, owner of Tam-Marina, lost around $ 300,000 throughout the Covid-19 pandemic (File photo)

Yesterday, a gym owner said she would refuse to follow government regulations requiring members to have a SafeKey.

Karen Hodgkins, owner of Magnum Power Force Gym on Church Street in Pembroke, said for the gym to survive it would be “normal business”.

She said The Royal Gazette: “I’m not doing it – I’m not going to do the SafeKey. I will face the consequences. I think the practice is discriminatory, it does not make the gym safer because the vaccinated can still carry the virus.

“I don’t think SafeKey is reasonable for a gym with regular members, it’s unrealistic.”

The Department of Health and the police have the power to shut down businesses that violate public health regulations.

Ms Hodgkins joined a chorus of voices opposing new measures that require patrons of indoor food establishments, bars, clubs and sports clubs as well as gyms and fitness facilities to prove they are immune or do not have the Covid-19 virus.

Under new public safety regulations due to take effect today, a SafeKey QR code will be required for anyone frequenting indoor public spaces where masks can be removed.

SafeKey will also be required to board all island vessels over 20 passengers and all new exemptions for large groups.

Travelers who are not required to self-quarantine will receive their SafeKey with negative test results.

Ms Hodgkins, a former One Bermuda Alliance candidate, said her gym had followed all other safety measures.

She added: “We followed all the rules – we clean and wipe down the machines. We are one of the cleanest places, to quote an incident that originated in the gyms. Our members come in with a mask, stay six feet away. I think we are penalized. I think no business should be penalized.

“People who are vaccinated can carry the virus, the SafeKey will not do what it is supposed to do. “

Reed Young, the owner of the Docksider Pub & Restaurant on Front Street, said the measures were unfair because the spikes in the Covid cases were not coming from restaurants or bars.

He said: “I think we are an easy target for increased restrictions, we are places of people, but I think none of the spikes are from restaurants and bars. The government is trying to get people vaccinated by making life difficult for those who are not.

“I’m pro-vaccination but I think it’s unfair targeting. Every time they tighten it, it comes back to us.

Mr Reed said he expected business to decline due to the new regulations and said it could put jobs at risk as less money flows in.

Nigel Prescott, owner of a boat rental company, called the new measures “devastating”.

He said he was forced to cancel a charter he booked on one of his ships tonight because the government failed to give enough notice to all guests to get a SafeKey.

“Everyone has to have SafeKey, it can’t happen that fast. It was thrown at us and now we have to cancel everyone – there were about 65 people on board. If it had started on Monday it would have made a huge difference, but they launched it late last night. [Wednesday] for Friday night. It is not fair.”

Mr Prescott said his business was dead in the water for most of the pandemic, but faced the same costs.

He added, “We paid all the boat license fees, the liquor license fees for a year and a half and we never carried a passenger or sold any drink. We never got a dime back. I contacted all the ministries, and even the Prime Minister, but received no response. Then they increase the license fees for pleasure craft.

The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation announced last year that a refund “due to unanticipated impact” was available to businesses that had already paid for their liquor license.

Mr Prescott said his company, Ta-Marina, which charters two large vessels, Lady Tamara and Lady Charlotte, and a smaller vessel, the boss lady, lost approximately $ 300,000 due to the pandemic.

Karl Massam, head of the catering division of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, met with several restaurateurs yesterday and said the consensus was that they were frustrated that the hotel industry and restaurants were at the forefront of more measures. restrictive.

He said: “Restaurants are already reporting cancellations of group reservations and family reservations, which we can hardly afford.

“While we all understand the need to protect our community and vulnerable people, the burden cannot be placed solely on restaurants and hospitality. “

Mr Massam, speaking only in his capacity as Managing Director of the Yellowfin catering group, added: “Personally, I think most establishments follow current guidelines and that the safety of our customers and staff is paramount. . If there are establishments that do not follow the guidelines, it is the companies that should be penalized.

“The last two epidemics have come from individuals who acted irresponsibly and / or stepped out into the community.

“My hope is that the SafeKey initiative will be short lived for restaurants, as it is not the answer to preventing the spread of Covid in the community. “

Mr Massam said there was some relief among restaurant owners that there were no lockdowns, take-out or other “crippling” measures in place.

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The boom in LG chartered boats for small vessels https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-boom-in-lg-chartered-boats-for-small-vessels/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-boom-in-lg-chartered-boats-for-small-vessels/#respond Thu, 19 Aug 2021 20:03:45 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/the-boom-in-lg-chartered-boats-for-small-vessels/ By Zander Frost, Column Editor Charter boat trips on Lake George aboard small vessels are on the rise. There are now 56 approved tour boat operators on Lake George and their numbers are only growing, said Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, in response to a Chronicle investigation. Mr Wick said […]]]>

By Zander Frost, Column Editor

Charter boat trips on Lake George aboard small vessels are on the rise.

There are now 56 approved tour boat operators on Lake George and their numbers are only growing, said Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, in response to a Chronicle investigation.

Mr Wick said three had been added in recent months. “We only started tracking chartered boats in recent years,” he notes. “Traditionally, we only oversaw the marina operations that would operate full-size tour boats”, rather than the “trendy tour boat operations that are in your standard 26ft Cobalt”.

ADK Boat Tours is one of 56 licensed operators on Lake George. Photo Chronicle / Mark Frost

“From a public safety perspective,” says Wick, “we think this is definitely an improvement over the increase in rental fleets from the marinas we have around Lake George. So we see this as a positive point. We haven’t really seen a lot of negative points yet.

Mr Wick says, “We strongly prefer tour boat operators over rental boats because you have a licensed captain. We know where they work from. And we have a trace of it….

“Anyone who is new, or relatively new, has to go through the commission process to operate essentially as a tour boat on Lake George. It also makes sure that they have insurance, that they have the regular public vessel operator license, that sort of thing.

Don Daley, owner of Lake George Island Boat Tours, said: “The biggest problem we promote is that when you go out on a vessel with a captain, you are dating someone safe. When you go to rent yours, it’s the people who run into the rocks because they don’t know Lake George.

Mr. Wick cites a source of tension. “With the proliferation of large numbers of charter boats… tour boat operations… they started picking up a lot of people from the town docks in Bolton, here in the village. And so we get calls from the supervisors, the mayor, saying, “Hey, that’s not good. These people occupy space on the docks while waiting to pick up customers.

Mr Wick said: ‘We met all the tour boat operators on Lake George, I guess maybe three years ago, and we told them that any existing charters that can show they had been in business for a few years, we licensed them to operate.

Hearing from some of the LG tour operators

The Chronicle spoke to several charter tour boat operators.

“All of our cruises are private and personalized, so there is no predefined itinerary. There’s no prescribed narration or anything. It’s more of a cruise and a boat ride, a historic tour by all means, ”said Ron Miller, who is in his ninth season as owner / operator of Love is on Lake George Cruises.

“I am a small niche market. Classic lake cruise with no water sports.

Mr. Miller said, “When I started there were fishing charters. And a few resorts had a boat. So they would have a PV [public vessel] as a seaside resort. There weren’t that many, just a handful of people doing what we’re doing now. Which only gives you boat rides and lake tours. It’s really exploded.

Don Daley is the owner of Lake George Island Boat Tours. “Well, last year was a banner year. And this year we’re actually a little bit above last year, ”he says. “I would like to have 10 boats.” He has two, plus a backup.

From Mechanicville, Mr Daley said he started his travel business three years after retiring. “I have a house by the lake. And I started this in 2016 when I said: You know, I love the story. I love being on the water… let me make it a little business. So my kids kind of set up the website for me, and one thing spawned another and it’s now booming.

“We personalize our trip. Yes, they can bring anything they want to eat or drink on the boat, as long as they are of legal age. They can drink alcohol, but we don’t provide it for them. We have coolers on the boat.

arol Mcintosh is vice-president of ADK Boat Tours. He is in his third year and operates three boats. “We have a 28-foot Sea Ray 2021. We have a 22ft Mastercraft 2020. And we have a 25-foot 2012 Mastercraft, ”Ms. Mcintosh said.

“My son is a captain and he tours. And then we have a few other captains that we hire… ”

“A lot of people like it,” she says. “They like to go out and have fun and not have the stress of driving a boat, or being able to have a drink without worrying.”

Concerns: unlicensed operators, overcrowding; declining dock space

The three charter operators The Chronicle spoke to anyone who raised concerns about unlicensed tours.

Ms Mcintosh from ADK Boat Tours said: “The Park Commission has been amazing in trying to reduce the number of people we still call ‘poachers’. In August, I probably take 60 calls a day. And you can’t fill all the places you know, we’re booked. And so, people are trying every way they can to get on a boat.

“So they don’t know that the person picking them up hasn’t been inspected by the Park Commission or doesn’t have a PV license or insurance.”

Mr. Daley of Lake George Island Boat Tours makes the same point.

“There’s a lot of – I don’t know what the term would be – illegal. What is happening is that there are people who are not public ships who have boats. And they are over there. And they get it either by referrals or by people who hire boats that say, “Well, here’s the captain, go ahead and call.” But you can’t do this.

“It’s a big problem this year because their boats are not certified public vessels like ours. And so they might not have the right life jackets, the right gear, the fire extinguishers, you know, they might not be prepared, or their captains might not be certified. And so we find out that we meet them, we see them there. “

A growing concern? Lower dock space.

Ms Mcintosh said: “It’s really hard because you have to get a license, so you need a Class A marina, and then you have to have a PV license in that marina, and there are very few of them and so with some of the small places closing, some of the other companies had to do it – they don’t have a business because there is no PV license. Its pretty hard.

She said: “I hope Lake George realizes this and thinks of other ways around it as more motels and things close, and we are losing more and more berths. “

Mr Miller said, “For Lake George, more people can come here and visit and get out on the water and enjoy the water, that’s good.”

“If the rental boats put them on the water, okay. If the photovoltaic operations bring them to the lake. OK. So it’s all good. I just think one or the other can get saturated or overwhelming on some of the popular sites.

“I’ve been to Paradise Bay and counted seven PV boats. And they all have swimmers in the water. And this is just saturation. And West Dollar Island can be worse.

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Waterway borders between the United States and Canada are now open to American fishermen and boaters for “leisure cruising” https://saltwaterconnections.org/waterway-borders-between-the-united-states-and-canada-are-now-open-to-american-fishermen-and-boaters-for-leisure-cruising/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/waterway-borders-between-the-united-states-and-canada-are-now-open-to-american-fishermen-and-boaters-for-leisure-cruising/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 15:26:03 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/waterway-borders-between-the-united-states-and-canada-are-now-open-to-american-fishermen-and-boaters-for-leisure-cruising/ Things opened on Monday for U.S. boaters and anglers crossing the Canada-U.S. Border on upstate New York waterways such as the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River – in particular, those who have not stopped on Canadian soil, drop anchor or make contact with another boat. The Canadian government recently announced that […]]]>

Things opened on Monday for U.S. boaters and anglers crossing the Canada-U.S. Border on upstate New York waterways such as the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River – in particular, those who have not stopped on Canadian soil, drop anchor or make contact with another boat.

The Canadian government recently announced that effective August 9, fully vaccinated people will once again be able to cross the Canada-U.S. Border into Canada. However, the United States did not reciprocate with the same date, saying it would maintain its travel restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican borders until August 21.

Under the new Canadian border policy, under the “Entering Canadian Waters for a Recreational Cruise” category, individuals can now enter Canada for recreation and excursions, including recreational fishing, sightseeing. and other discretionary purposes (called loop movements), ”according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website.

However, you must:

* Remain on your boat continuously while in Canadian waters;

* Do not land in Canada;

* Do not come into contact with another boat, and

* Do not moor or anchor in Canadian waters.

If at any time “you land on Canadian soil, come into contact with another vessel, or drop anchor, you will need to report to the CBSA and if you are eligible to enter Canada you will be subject to all of the requirements for entry. entry, including -testing on arrival and submission of your mandatory information in ArriveCAN. “

The bottom line, however, is that “travelers engaged in transit or loop movements are not required to report to the CBSA,” according to the new regulations which came into effect on Monday. And if you are fishing on the Canadian side, you will need a Canadian fishing license.

The past year and a half has been frustrating for anglers and boaters on waterways such as the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River which are crossed by the Canada-US border. The border on the waterways has been closed. Those arrested on the Canadian side ran the risk, in the worst case, of having their boat confiscated and fined by Canadian law enforcement.

Anglers from the recent Bassmaster Elite Series competition on the St. Lawrence River were not allowed to fish on the Canadian side.

The fact that Canadian pleasure boaters, tour boats and fishermen who crossed the American side without touching land or anchoring were not harassed by law enforcement added to the frustration of those on the American side.

“Last year we lost a full fishing season on the Canadian side. Right now we’ve lost half of this season, ”said Phil Flora of Flora Fishing Charters in Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River last week. “August is my favorite time to be there (on the Canadian side) to fish for bass. And it’s also the best place for walleye and muskellunge, especially the 40 acre shoal area.

“Canadians play by their own rules. You always look over your shoulder when you’re there.

A call and email Monday from this reporter to the Canada Border Services press office was answered with an email directing any questions regarding recent changes in Canadian policy to the CBSA website.

Frank Campbell, longtime charter boat captain and outdoor promotions manager for Destination Niagara USA in Niagara Falls, said he had received phone calls from fishing guides and anglers to find out if it was now acceptable for American fishermen to fish on the Canadian side of Niagara. River.

“I tell them, ‘It looks like it does,’ but I also advise them to call (the Canadian side) and find out for themselves before they go out,” he said. “I saw things change the day you were here. It’s crazy.”

Corey Fram, director of tourism for the Thousands Islands Tourism Council, said he has also responded to calls from anglers and boaters about being on the Canadian side with their boats.

He said anecdotally that he had heard things were open, noting this past of weekend boaters who crossed the Canada-U.S. Border and were confronted with Canadian law enforcement officials, but that another American who traveled to the Canadian side on Monday was not.

Like Campbell, Fram suggested that any boater or fisherman with doubts should call the Canada Border Services Agency or the OPP office before going as an added precaution.

Meanwhile, a central New York resident who drove across the Canadian border on Monday said she had encountered no problems.

Terri Parrow Botsford, from Chittenango, and her husband, Todd, traveled to Canada to celebrate Botsford’s birthday. She said she had to log in first and answer questions on the ArriveCan app, provide information that she and her husband were both vaccinated and provide proof that both had tested negative for Covid in the past. last three days. At the border, the two had to present their passports and were asked what type of Covid test they had received.

She said it took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to pass.

From there they drove to Gananoque, Ontario where they had lunch, and took a boat trip to Canada that stopped at 7-8 wreck sites along the river, including one that “My father and two of his friends were the first to visit. found while scuba diving in 1960. The boat sailed both sides of the border, including around Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, she said.

Back in Gananoque, they then had dinner and returned home.

Botsford noted that she had vaccinated Canadian friends who are “frustrated” that they will not yet be allowed to cross the border into New York “until at least August 21”.

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Ortonville teenager catches Great Lakes Chinook record | New https://saltwaterconnections.org/ortonville-teenager-catches-great-lakes-chinook-record-new/ https://saltwaterconnections.org/ortonville-teenager-catches-great-lakes-chinook-record-new/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 11:13:39 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/ortonville-teenager-catches-great-lakes-chinook-record-new/ Louis Martinez d’Ortonville was not quite sure. Icebreaker Charters Captain Bobby Sullivan was also beginning to have doubts. Once Sullivan brought Martinez and his family back to Ray’s Auto Marine weighed the chinook that Martinez caught on Saturday morning, the race was on to see how well a fish had been caught off Big Sable […]]]>

Louis Martinez d’Ortonville was not quite sure.

Icebreaker Charters Captain Bobby Sullivan was also beginning to have doubts.

Once Sullivan brought Martinez and his family back to Ray’s Auto Marine weighed the chinook that Martinez caught on Saturday morning, the race was on to see how well a fish had been caught off Big Sable Point in Lake Michigan. .

Shortly after this was confirmed – Martinez pulled out a 47.86 pound, 47 1/2 inch Chinook Salmon that set a new Michigan State Record. The previous state record was 46.06 pounds and 43 1/2 inches captured in 1978 following a collision on the Grand River in Kent County.

“The first 10 minutes were quite a struggle,” Martinez said. “Around the 20’s, 30’s (about a few minutes) he started jumping out of the water. That’s when we took it out and put it in the boat.

“The captain was so happy. (Sullivan) was screaming, ”he said.

Saturday was Martinez’s first time going salmon fishing, and he was with his mother Maria Lemaster, sister Ale Martinez and stepfather David Lemaster.

“We come every year, my husband and I love to go fishing,” said Maria Lemaster. “Every time I’ve invited them over, and this year, for some reason, they’ve decided to go.”

“Try something new,” Martinez said. “It’s (my) first time to catch a salmon.”

At around 7 a.m., the fish struck the line for the first time.

Lemaster said they knew they had a big fish on the line right away.

“The coil started screaming,” she said. “It happened a lot faster than I thought. “

Sullivan said it took about 350 feet of line, and he said he was starting to think he didn’t have enough line. He did, however.

“It took me a big run and then it backfired, and I don’t know if it took a run once (Martinez) started gaining the line,” Sullivan said. “The fish got into a few planks on one side, but once we untangled it and got it on board I just said, oh, man, this thing is a giant.”

As Martinez turned the fish, Sullivan said he slowed down his boat a bit. Martinez said he felt a little sore as he rewound it.

“They were all screaming, and I was like, what did I do?” Martinez said. “(Sullivan) said he weighed over 35 pounds for sure. ‘I know that. I know that.'”

There was a lot of screaming, videos and a few pictures too.

But then the doubts started to set in a bit.

“When it hit the ground, I said, ‘This thing is big.’ And then I started questioning myself, “Sullivan said.” I thought it was pushing 40. I said to (Martinez) ‘You don’t realize what you just caught.’

“I didn’t know, when I weighed it at Ray’s, and I put it on the scale, and I was like…”

Sullivan said because the record fish was brought back around 7:30 a.m., they stayed outside and caught another fish before returning to Ray’s Auto Marine.

“All the time I think I wish I had a ladder, I wish I had a ladder,” Sullivan said.

There, on an uncertified scale, he tipped the scales at over 47 pounds.

They put the fish on a lot of ice, and Sullivan’s other charter boat captains began to praise him.

“He was at the cleaning station and he had it on the scale, and he said that scale can’t be correct,” said Doug Strzynski, Pole Cat captain. “I said, ‘Bobby, that’s a 47. I caught a 37. I know. He hung up the scale again. I told him the scale is good. Bobby’s girth is amazing.

Strzynski said the camaraderie between all the captains they are in is really good.

“Our wharf is beautiful. Everyone shares the way each of us is doing. We don’t care who catches the most.

Sullivan operates a 350-foot weighted steel line with a 30-pound single-filament leader. The rod also had a few hundred feet of 60-pound braided superline support. It was on an Okuma brand rod and reel.

He’s fishing in a 28 1/2 foot Baja Cruiser, and Sullivan estimated the line to be about 60 to 65 feet deep in 200 feet of water near Big Sable Point.

When I was running up there I stayed outside (dozens of boats fishing there on Saturday morning), ”Sullivan said. “And I’m glad I did.”

The record was taken with a Magnum Moonshine Raspberry carbon spoon. The lure is now Martinez’s.

Sullivan is in his fifth season as a charter boat captain and splits his year between Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay and Lake Michigan. He said he typically spent July and August fishing for salmon along Lake Michigan.

After heading to Ray’s Marina and measuring him, the family and charter headed over to Captain Chuck’s II to have him weighed in and see how to get him certified.

“They called and said they had a 47-pound king salmon they wanted to weigh,” said Scott Keegstra, co-owner of Captain Chuck’s II. “We have a derby going on. This is our first derby, and Bobby from Icebreaker is in that derby. When they said 47 pounds you didn’t know what to think.

Keegstra was then able to take a look at the take.

“The minute I saw it I was like, fuck shit, this is huge,” he said. “We put him on the scale, and he was over 47 (pounds), and I immediately knew that was uncharted territory. It’s a state record.

Keegstra made arrangements with Mike Krueger at the Northside Market after speaking with Jay Wesley, the Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, to weigh the fish on a certified scale, which is needed to set a new record. of state.

“The scale (of Kruger), being certified, the official weight was 47.86 (pounds),” Keegstra said. “It was just amazing.”

Wesley left his home in Kalamazoo on Saturday, reviewed the documents and then certified the new state record fish. He announced it as a crowd of dozens watched and flocked to catch a glimpse of the new record.

“I wasn’t sure if we would ever see a new record, but we’ve hit 40 pounds or so over the last few years,” Wesley said. “I was working in my garage and I said to my wife, ‘I’m heading over to Ludington. I have to see this thing.

Wesley said the Muskegon area has seen Chinook salmon weighing over 40 pounds. Wisconsin also registers big fish.

“Amazing to have 47 pounds,” Wesley said. “In fact, the last state record was in 1978, and it was hung in the Grand River. Having this one to officially bite a lure, fished in Lake Michigan and fished in Michigan’s salmon capital, Ludington, is pretty amazing.

The fish is probably a new record for Lake Michigan. Online records show fish under 40 pounds caught in Indiana and Illinois, while a 44-pound, 15-ounce chinook was caught near Door County off Wisconsin on July 19, 1994. .

This could very well be a new record for the species in all of the Great Lakes. Minnesota records show a 33-pound, 4-ounce chinook captured in Lake Superior off St. Louis County. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters lists a chinook salmon record of 46.38 pounds and 47 inches caught near Oakville, Ontario in Lake Ontario.

While securing everything to certify a new state record, the word quickly spread in the fishing community as well. Around 2 p.m. Captain Chuck’s II was packed with those looking to take a peek at the record fish. The lot filled with cars, trucks and trailers lined the aisles and dozens eventually piled up as Martinez, Sullivan and Keegstra pulled the fish out of its box and onto a ladder.

Dozens produced dozens of phones, trying to capture photos and videos of the new record.

“The fishing community is a relatively small community. I thought we would have our normal fishermen and some of the other clients maybe, ”Keegstra said. “The way this word spread and the draw of people blew me away.” When you think about it, it was a record that was set in the 70s that was broken today by a 19 year old child. Incredible. Incredible.”

The original weekend plan for the Lemaster family was to come on Friday, fish on Saturday, and come home on Sunday. The whirlwind to catch what is a new state record?

“It wasn’t part of the original plan,” Lemaster said.

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