Here's some answers to questions we've received in the past.
Q. What's involved in being a boat captain?
A. We prefer that boat owners provide and drive their
own boats. We do need drivers for the Camp pontoon boats on Sylvan Lake
too. You can either bring your boat to the camp on Saturday morning or
pick up your angler and attendant (if needed) at the Camp. You can take
your designated angler to where your boat is docked and leave from there for the
day. Anglers in need of attendants for their medical conditions must have
the attendant on board the boat as the boat captains are their to drive the boat
safely as their primary responsibility.
Q. Do I need to be a fishing "Pro" to be a fishing partner?
A. Although we had many "Pro" fishermen help us in
previous years, the main thing we need are people who love to fish and are willing to
share that enthusiasm with our anglers.
Q. Do I need to bring rods/reels, tackle, bait, life jackets, etc.?
A. We provide everything you'll need. Fishing
gear and life jackets can be signed out at the Camp and all of the bait is being
donated again this year by S&W Bait.
Q. Where is lunch served on Saturday?
A. Lunch is provided at no charge for all boat occupants at
Ernie's or Zorbaz. Be sure to wear your FHNB T-shirt and/or
hat for identification. Boats on Sylvan Lake will have a "shore
lunch" at the Camp beach. There will be volunteers at the restaurants
to help with loading and unloading. Ernie's is the most accessible with
nearly level ground and Zorbaz should only be used by those able to manage steps without a
Q. What insurance is provided?
A. Liability insurance is provided on the water and at
the Camp by FHNB, Inc. Your personal liability or property damage
insurance is the primary source of insurance coverage while on the road or if
your boat should happen to be damaged. That's why we try not to borrow any
boats. Owners take much better care of their own boats and know them
Q. Can I keep the fish I catch?
A. We strongly encourage "catch and release" but
we will have cleaning services available and your "catch" will be
frozen for you to take home with you.
Q. Do anglers need a fishing license?
A. Our connection with the Minnesota DNR and the MinnAqua
Program exempts participants from license requirements for our event.
Q. What happens if it rains?
A. This is a rain or shine event and we will provide
rain ponchos. We will stay off the lake in the vent of severe weather and
will provide indoor activities to fill the time.