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Charter Boats Questions and Answers for fishing on Lake Michigan Fishing Charters.

Q. Be sure to use a Full Time Captain.
A. I'm a Full Time Charter Boat Captain. I fish 7 days a week...

Q: What is "No Fish - No Pay"
A: I am Not a No Fish No Pay Charter, All That means, is a 1 Fish Guarantee for the entire Boat ... This is a Hook to make           you Think everyone is guaranteed a fish.. I give 110 percent of my Time and Fishing Experience to provide you with a             great fishing Experience.

Q: Is your Boat a Diesel Boat?
A: No I have a Gas Boat, NO DIESEL SMELL!

Q: Do you grab ?
A: I Have a mate to tell you what to look for when a fish is on and you have to grab the fishing rods

Q. If  I Book a Fishing charter am I fishing on the Boat that I Booked.

A. Yes if you book with Diamond Ghost Charters , you are fishing on my boat.  I do not book you and stick you on a                    different boat , You fish with  Capt. Tony...

Q. Why should I use a professional charter?
A. Fishing with a pro is your guarantee of a safe, successful outing. They know the area, fish regularly and work withother       captains. Being in the right places at the right time is a very important part of fishing. Pros have a large investment in         the latest tackle and fish locating equipment coupled with years of experience Even knowledgeable fisherman new to         the area can learn a great deal by taking a charter.

Q. How many people can I bring along.
A. In compliance with the Coast Guard Regulations we may carry a MAXIMUM of six (6) passengers & we are Licensed
     & Insured properly for that amount only.

Q. What if I have never fished before?
A. No problem! Although the fish we catch can be pretty big, the equipment I use on board the Diamond Ghost is sturdy
     and easy to use. You'll receive plenty of instructions on how to use the equipment and tips on fighting the fish, and
     feel free to ask questions.  I want you to get as much out of your trip as you do!!

Q. Do I need to bring along any fishing equipment?

A. No, all fishing equipment including Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle are provided at no extra cost on board the boat.
     We carry only the finest equipment available & are well stocked.

Q. Is there any age limit for bringing along my kids?
A. My best advice is that children under 5 years old may not enjoy the trip & might make it difficult for others also.                     Children under 10yrs should be accompanied by an adult one on one to get the most out of the trip. Life jackets are on         board for adults & children.

Q. Who can enjoy a charter?
A. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and loves to share an adventure with friends or family. A single person, a family with        children or just a bunch of friends out for a good time. Many corporations charter sport fishing boats to take their                clients out and show them a good time away from the "office atmosphere." Large groups can charter several boats and      arrange there own mini tournament. The boats are limited to a maximum of 6 passengers.

Q. Can I bring Beer or alcohol on the boat?
A. Yes Beer & Wine etc. is allowed however I prefer cans to bottles because of the possibility of breakage on the boat.
     This is provided you are old enough to bring them along. Absolutely no illegal substances of any kind are allowed on             the  boat.

Q. How far do we go offshore to fish?
A. The reason for my choice in Marina is the close proximity to the fishing. Whether it's early Spring or late Summer
      in North point Marina, we generally fish within 2-5 mile inshore and 8 to 15 miles off shore. I go right to the Fish. The            result to you is more fishing time.

Q. Is a fishing license required?
A. All persons age 16 or older are required to have a fishing license. A  Resident or Non-Resident one day fishing license
      can be purchased either online at the I.D.N.R website or at the local bait and tackle shop near the boat. If you already
       have a state of Illinois fishing license, bring it. You must also have a electronic Lake Michigan salmon stamp with your
       fishing license. Once again You could even check with your local Wal-Mart stores. Many of these carry fishing licenses
       and Lake Michigan salmon stamps.

Q. Are charter boats licensed?
A. Not all boats offering to take you fishing are licensed charter boats. My boat and boats I use when I have multiple boat       trips are all licensed and state inspected to carry six (6) passengers. Myself and the other captains are all licensed by           the US Coast Guard. All have the proper safety equipment aboard to ensure a safe and enjoyable sport fishing outing.

Q: What should I wear?
A:  Weather can change quickly in the Chicago land Area, so we recommend bringing some warm clothing and rain gear.            Remember, it is always cooler on the water in the spring because of the water temperature.  Please wear soft – solid            shoes (tennis, deck shoes) on board.