Fishing Trip Preparation

What to bring on your Charter:

  • Warm Clothes (Even in the middle of the Summer!  Lake Superior is called a LAKE, but acts more like a deep, cold, inland SEA. She is full of fish AND surprises.  It can get cold, windy and wet, so come prepared.  You can always shed a layer or two if it gets too warm!)
  • Comfortable shoes (Preferrably not black soled shoes) Don’t wear your muddy work boots please 😉
  • Food and Beverages of your choice.  Alcohol is allowed, but please use in moderation.  No drinking like fish!  The Charter supplies bottled water for the trip.
  • SUNSCREEN.  I cannot stress this enough.  Especially for all day trips.  The sun can and will bake you on your trip.  Protect yourself so you do not return from your charter looking like a lobster. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE SPRAY TYPE…it gets all over the lures and equipment which can detract fish.  Fish don’t like sunscreen!
  • A camera is essential.  In addition to the fish you catch, there are gorgeous sunrise and sunsets, and a variety of birds that will fly or wade by that can make for great nature shots. You can also strike a pose with the Captain! 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • USCG Approved Life Jackets are on board as required, but they are not the most comfortable to wear.  Feel free to bring your own PFD especially for children under 10.  Kids under 10 are required to wear a PFD while on the fishing deck.
  • A current MN Fishing License is required.  In MN, a Trout Stamp is required to fish on Lake Superior.  However, youth under 16 may fish WITHOUT a license.  Elders 65 and older do not need a trout stamp, but anyone between 65 and 89 will still need a MN fishing license to participate. 24 hour licenses are available to residents and non-residents alike.  The trout stamp is INCLUDED with the 24 hour license.  It is acceptable to have your license electronically; however, it is handy to have the paper copy in case of DNR inspection.
  • CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE MN DNR FISHING LICENSE PAGE 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀
  • The Captain will filet and ziploc your catch (GRATUITY NOT REQUIRED, BUT APPRECIATED!), and so you should bring a small cooler with ice to transport your catch after the trip.  It is critical to keep fish on ice until ready for consumption.  Your food and beverage cooler will work fine for this, but some like to separate the fish from the food.
  • GOOD VIBES ONLY.  Believe it or not, the fish can sense this and they will hook up better if you put out GOOD VIBES ONLY!
  • NO BANANNAS!!! It’s bad luck…trust me.  No banana boat sunscreen nor any other banana product either please!  There are many reasons, but here is a link explaining some of them: http://miamifishing.com/bananas-and-fishing-boats
  • Other things that are bad luck include asking what the limit is and if the Captain has ever been skunked….at least wait until the first fish hits the net!  The limit is 3 lake trout per person FYI…
  • Departure times: 0545 for AM and 1215 for PM trips. (Late season trips may start later due to darkness)
  • All charter trips require a credit card to secure the date.  Although no deposit is required to book, a $200 cancellation charge will be issued for any reason other than a weather cancellation, no exceptions. The trip cost is due upon completion of the charter.
  • Rates are for the boat, NOT per person!
  • Cash is preferred, but credit card or debit is accepted as well. A 3% credit card fee will be applied to any card transaction.
  • Gratuity is not required, but is greatly appreciated!!  Tips on giving tips can be found here: https://fishanywhere.com/blog/tipping-your-fishing-charter-captain
  • Do you have more than 6 people?  NO PROBLEM!  Captain James works with an elite group of other Charter Captains in the area and altogether we can accommodate up to 36 people!  Call or EMAIL to inquire about group trips.
  • Don’t see a time available that works for you?? Email to inquire about mid-week availablity that may not be posted on the calendar!
  • jamesaddictioncharters@gmail.com

  • 218-213-8816 Call or Text