What are the safety procedures on the boat?
Every boat in the Reel Action fleet is fully equipped for your safety. At the most basic level, we have appropriate personal floatation devices for everyone on board as well as throwable devices and fire extinguishers. Each boat is thoroughly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard each season. When you and your party come on board, you’re captain will go through the complete checklist of safety gear and procedures with you.
What does Fox 1 Charters recommend to combat motion sickness on the boat?
The over-the-counter medication meclizine (sold as Bonine, Antivert, Dramamine) can be a very effective preventive measure for short trips or for mild cases of motion sickness. Your doctor also may choose to prescribe medications for longer trips or if you repeatedly develop severe motion sickness. One example of a prescription medication is a patch containing scopolamine (sold as Transderm-Scop) that often is effective in preventing motion sickness. Remember that scopolamine can cause drowsiness and has other side effects, so and its use should be discussed with your physician prior to your trip. It also helps to be well rested prior to your trip. Make sure to stay well-hydrated before and during your trip, as well. The best beverage to bring aboard, if you’re prone to motion sickness, is just plain old water!
How should we dress?
We ask that you wear soft-soled shoes like deck shoes or tennis shoes with clean, light-colored bottoms. No hunting boots or hiking boots, please. Weather is changeable on the water, and it’s always cooler near the Big Lake, especially in the morning. Feel free to bring along whatever will make you comfortable. There’s plenty of room for a gym bag or small backpack with extra clothes and rain gear.
Will we have a cell signal and text messaging while we are out fishing?
You can expect good cell coverage while out of the boats on either Green Bay or Lake Michigan. Cell towers work on “line of sight,” and there are no mountains, trees, or hills to get in the way when we’re out in the boats. If you call us during daylight hours in May through September, chances are pretty high that Captain Fox will be talking to you from the bridge or deck of one of the boats! We would welcome you posting to Facebook, Tweeting, and uploading photos of your adventure to Instagram right from the boat if you’d like to!
Please make sure to read our list of things to bring with you to help make your trip a successful one!
Wisconsin fishing license with Great lakes Trout and Salmon stamp (2 day license does not require a stamp)
Warm clothing, dress in layers and also bring your rain gear
Soft soled shoes
Sun screen, hat, sunglasses, and a camera to capture those memorable moments
Large cooler to transport your catch home
Food and beverages
What To Bring
Does Fox 1 Charters recommend any hotels or restaurants in the area?
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, and Green Bay are all blessed with many fine hotels,
bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds, and restaurants. We will make recommendations
based on your needs, but leave the final decision up to you! Costs and features will vary.
Safety & Details
What fishing license will I need?
If you are a Wisconsin resident and have a Wisconsin resident license you will need to add a Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp to your existing fishing license. (Cost is $10.00) If you don’t have a Wisconsin license or are a non-resident you can get a 2-day license which includes salmon and trout. (Cost is $14.00)
Where can I get a fishing license?
All sporting goods and bait and tackle stores have both resident and non-resident licenses available, as do many convenience stores in the area. You can also acquire your Wisconsin fishing license from the Department of Natural Resources at this link: Wisconsin DNR Fishing Licenses. Click on shopping cart adjacent to the appropriate license. However, be sure you have access to a printer when you purchase online, as you are required to have a printed copy of your license in your possession while you are fishing and transporting your catch. You can also purchase by phone. Call: (877) 945-4236. You will pay an additional $1 convenience fee, but this is fast, easy, and convenient.
Fox 1 Charters does not sell licenses.