How to Find the Right Fishing Guide
Or The Importance of Not Being Lured By Amateurs with Fish Stories
Just as every big time Hollywood film producer will tell you, casting is very important. So think of your life as an adventure movie and make sure you have the right people to help you tell the story. This is especially true with fish stories, where bigger isn’t just better, it’s titanic! Moreover, everyone who has ever dropped a line will tell you that a great guide can make all the difference between cutting bait and reeling in your own personal Moby Dick. Fishing has changed in recent years from a hobbyist sport to serious business for all involved, from tackle suppliers, to boat manufacturers and fishing guides. Because costs for boats and tackle have risen dramatically, we here at Campers & Gear believe that hiring a great guide is the best way to get the most out of fishing. A great fishing guide knows just where to go. They’re almost always locals with lots of experience on the waters that you are fishing and have the inside scoop.
This invaluable insider information will increase your chances of success no matter what kind of fishing that you plan on doing. Just like a skilled animal tracker on land, they will teach you how to read the water, spot the right signs, tell you what bait to use depending on the season, and make sure that your technique is just like a professional. There are many who claim to be great fishing guides, but some are just Red Herrings.
To make sure that you find the reel deal, follow these helpful tips:
Make sure that they are fully insured. This is very important because it lowers any risks to you or your family and friends.
- Look for guides with a good reputation. Check for testimonials from happy clients.
- Make sure that they are properly licensed. If you are going out on their vessel Coast Guard licensing ensures that they have been tested and have undergone background checks. The USCG has requirements for guides working on navigable waters (both inland and international)
- Look for guides that have good relationships with sponsors. No reputable sponsor will put their name behind unqualified guides.
So whether it’s the Walleye run on the Maumee River, Salmon in Alaska, Fly Fishing in Montana, or taking on Blue Marlin while strapped into the chair on a deep sea voyage in the Florida Keys take our advice and make the most of your time with the help of a great fishing guide. We promise that you’ll be saying “fish on” in no time and telling tall tales of high adventure for many days to come.