Absolutely! Fishing Education Weekends are a family friendly environment, and we encourage you to bring along young anglers to enjoy the fun. Any angler young enough to not need a fishing license to legally fish can attend the event for $100 if the following conditions are met: 1) youth angler must stay in a room with two (2) adults who paid full price 2) youth angler must fish with a parent or guardian over 18 (no youth non boaters) 3) youth angler must fully complete and submit a trip sign up form and complete the payment process
Can people that are beginner anglers attend a Fishing Education Weekend?
Yes. Our trips are designed to help you learn proper fishing strategies, techniques and locations. We have a wide range of anglers participating from novice to tournament pros. If you are going to participate as a “boater” then you will need a minimum level of equipment to be successful (see Recommended Equipment Section). You can also participate as a “non boater”
Are people without a boat allowed to participate?
Yes. We have a limited number of spots available for “non boaters”. You will be matched up with a “boater” if they have available seating. You are expected to pay for a fair share of all boating expenses ($30-40/day). Please contact us if you need more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
How did the Fishing Education Weekends get started?
Lance Valentine organized the first Fishing Education Weekend (then referred to as Trophy Hunts, because many people catch the fish of a lifetime on them) early in 2003 to take his famous “Walleye 101” seminar series to the water to have anglers try and learn the concepts they learned in the classroom. The goal was to help anglers become better anglers. The basic concept has a group of anglers exchanging information on the water via marine radios during the day and back at the hotel at night. The concept took off and today Fishing Education Weekends take place on numerous lakes throughout the U.S.
Can we reserve a hotel room for additional days?
Yes. Many anglers come in early for the Fishing Education Weekends or extend their stay by a day or two. If you do choose to spend additional days, please be aware that you will probably have to change rooms, when the event starts and when it ends. We appreciate full cooperation with the lodging hosts (the hotel) requests as they do a tremendous job accommodating Teachin’ Fishin’ and giving us prices that allow us to organize these events and keep them affordable.
Your arrangements will need to be made directly with hotels, unless otherwise instructed in the trip specific details. Please pay attention to the instructions.
Who is Lance Valentine?
Great question. Lance is a former tournament walleye fisherman turned fishing educator, full time guide and Instructional Video producer. Lance and his crew of personally trained experts have a tremendous following throughout the U.S. He spends a significant part of each season teaching fishing techniques and learning Lowrance electronics. Lance also guides on numerous bodies of water (you can request to book a trip at: LanceValentine.com ) and has a custom line of educational DVD’s and walleye fishing tackle. Although you may be able to find some of Lance’s Signature Line of custom tackle and equipment, in early 2019 Lance reached an agreement to make LeadWaterOutfitters.com the official distributor for ALL of Lance’s products.
As Lance’s organization has grown over time, he has recently partnered with an upstart multi species organization called TeachinFishin.com that has a unique model for angler education thru both online and in person training. The program is designed specifically to make you a better angler. If you enjoy learning by viewing classroom lessons, DVDs, interactive Q&A sessions, short video clips, on the water classes and trips or by reading articles, you can find it here. We appreciate you checking it out. It helps support our growth.
Do I need a big boat to fish?
That depends. Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay can be extremely dangerous – particularly in the fall. We have many anglers that fish safely every year out of 17-20ft boats. Depending on the time of year, fish may close to shore or they may be miles off shore. We closely monitor weather conditions before heading out but only you can determine if it’s safe to fish for your particular boat and experience level
Does a Fishing Education Weekend day get cancelled in bad weather?
Yes. If the Coast Guard issue a small craft advisory, or conditions dictate we will cancel a fishing day. If that occurs, be ready to learn as we will have a full day of learning opportunities, workshops and seminars available, regardless of the weather.
What happens if we can’t go fishing one day due to weather?
Great question, and believe it or not lots of our guests have commented that they get more from a day of not fishing than they do from a day on the water. The focus of the trip is on EDUCATION, not just fishing. If we are stuck on land, Lance and the F.E.W. staff along with other experts, will be presenting in-depth seminars all at a location to be announced. These seminars have covered many different topics over the years and make a day of not fishing pass quickly and if you are not careful, you just might learn something to help you catch more fish!
Can we dock/park/charge our boats over night?
Yes. Teachin’ Fishin’ will arrange for overnight boat storage in a location that will allow batteries to be charged. On most trips boat slips are available at an additional charge.
Do I need a partner to participate?
Absolutely not! Single anglers are always welcome. If you are coming alone we can either pair you up with a roommate or, if you prefer, a single room is available for a small extra charge.
Does Teachin’ Fishin’ have place to store our fish during the trip?
No, we do not. Some trips have up to 100 anglers or more and it just wouldn’t allow for us to provide that for everyone. We recommend that you bring along your good cooler for packing and storing your fish during the days of the trip. A high quality cooler used properly, should be more than sufficient to keep your fish fresh for the length of the trip.
DO NOT CLEAN OR STORE FISH inside any of the hotel rooms, unless otherwise SPECIFICALLY communicated & detailed in your trip notes.
Is there a place to clean our fish?
Yes. A fishing cleaning station with water, electricity and carcass disposal bags is set up at each trip Thursday-Sunday. Hours and location will be announced at the check in meeting on Thursday night. Please bring your own knives, extension cords and bags for your fillets.
Will I need a fishing License?
Yes, a license is required for fishing for anyone over 17 in both Michigan and Ohio. Licenses are available daily, for a 3 day period or annually. There are stores in the area that sell licenses but the easiest way to get a license is online – use the link on our website to purchase online… http://www.teachinfishin.com/laws.html
Can I purchase the tackle I need when I arrive?
It is best to be prepared before coming to the trip, but there are tackle stores close to most of our locations. We will inform you a few weeks before the trip of what to bring and where the best place to purchase tackle will be for each trip. Although you may be able to find some of Lance’s Signature Line of custom tackle and equipment, in early 2019 Lance reached an agreement to make LeadWaterOutfitters.com the official distributor for ALL of Lance’s products and is the recommended place to purchase it.
What do I do for lunch?
You should be prepared to provide your own “sack” lunch. Many restaurants in town offer a sack lunch for anglers that can be ordered and picked up in the mornings.
What if I catch the fish of a lifetime?
We will have a large fish ruler and an IGFA certified scale at the fish cleaning area. If you catch a personal best, paperwork will be filled out by a staff member and you will receive a special gift a few weeks after the trip. If you catch a State award winner, we will help you fill out the paperwork and take care of getting your certificate and award pin mailed to your home. There are excellent taxidermists a short drive away if you wish to have a fish mounted.
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
While we try to do the best we can to work around life/work issues, we do have to make final reservations for hotels, food and other arrangements up to 30 days before the trip, so a full refund may not be an option. If TeachinFishin cancels the trip you will be issued a full refund within 30 days of the scheduled trip dates. If you need to cancel the following schedule applies:
1) within 10 days of the trip – no refund available
2) 11-20 days before the trip – $150 charge
3) 20 days or more before the trip – $50 charge