Brainerd fishing guide trips can be scheduled for different lengths of time. Royal offers the option of four, six, and eight hour fishing trips. These fishing trips are for groups of one to three anglers. Royal will provide all fishing equipment, tackle, and transportation. Royal fishes multiple lakes throughout the Brainerd Lakes. He can meet your group at the resort you are staying or arrange pickup at other locations.
Royal will provide all fishing equipement; rods, reels, baits, and tackle on his fishing charter trips. Clients are required to have a Minnesota fishing license if they intend to fish. Any children under sixteen, or non-fishing spectators, are not required to have a Minnesota fishing license with a Brainerd fishing guide. The weather in Minnesota can be unpredictable at times so Royal suggests clients wear seasonal clothing on their fishing trips. There will always be plenty of room in the boat to stow an extra jacket. It is better to be safe than sorry. Snacks and beverages are optional. Don't forget to bring a camera. Royal, like many Brainerd fishing guides, actively supports catch-and-release practices when fishing for bass and northern pike.
Royal Karels is an avid supporter of the Catch and Release program. Big fish are old fish. And most are females. It takes a female musky 14 to 17 years to reach 30 pounds. Northern pike grow even slower. It takes years to replace a true trophy once it is removed from a lake. Many Brainerd fishing guides believe trophy female fish are too valuable to carve up into fillets or hang on walls. These fish represent the best genetic examples of their species. These genetics, in the form of future eggs, are lost when they are removed from the lake. Careful handling is required to make catch-and-release work. The following Brainerd fishing guide tips will help anglers return fish to the water safely.
Hold onto the fish's back firmly, without over squeezing, right behind its gills. Never by the eye sockets! Remove the hooks with pliers, using the other hand, while leaving all but the fish's head in the water. Sometimes hooks can be removed with the pliers without the fish ever being touched.
The hooks can be removed from some fish even as they remain in the net in the water. If that's not possible, lift the fish aboard and remove the hooks while the fish is held behind the head and around the tail. If you must lift a big fish from the water, support as much of its body as possible to avoid injuring its internal organs.