When you are getting ready to book a fishing guide for your first or next guided fishing trip, there are so many important things you need to consider. Depending on what type of trip you are planning to take, your captain’s experience and knowledge of the waters that you will be fishing should be at the top of your list. An experienced fishing guide will give you a better chance of having a safe, memorable and successful trip. An experienced and knowledgeable fishing guide will know where to fish according to the water and weather conditions and is usually on good schools of fish. Nothing can replace the countless hours and many days spent on the water that the best guides will have. Adjusting to the feeding patterns, knowing what the fish are feeding on, knowledge of the entire area, knowing the bays and lakes that you will be fishing are all very important factors to consistently catching fish. An experienced fishing guide has spent many days on the water in different weather conditions and will have all these very important qualities.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to a few experienced fishing guides, you then must consider a few other things. A fishing guide’s reputation is also very important. Just like in every profession you have some great, good and also bad guides. Most good fishing guides will work extremely hard to put you and your guest on fish, but there are some fishing guides out there that are just looking forward to the next booking. Do a little research on them, check their reviews on the Internet, look at their supporters and sponsors, and check out their website. Find out if he give back to the community, does he belong to organizations that help with fishing issues, does he give seminars, offer classes on fishing and does he work with the youth. Having a good long conversation with your fishing guide before you decide to book with him is something I highly suggest. You can tell a lot about someone from their personality. Ask a lot of questions. A fishing guide that is considered as one of the best in his region has surely earned his good reputation through a lot of hard work and doing things right over the years.
Of course we all want the best deal out there. The old saying "you get what you pay for" couldn't be truer with this industry. Most all the captains in their region usually charge around the same price for a fishing trip. You should be aware of the guides and fishing services that are charging a lot less for their service. There is probably a reason why they are charging less and undercutting other fishing guide’s prices. Don't make the mistake that many other anglers do by sacrificing your fishing experience to save a little extra money. Also pay attention to how many hours you are receiving for your fishing trip. Sometimes the cheaper trip is also less hours on the water. All in all most fishing guides out there are professional and courteous and will treat you right. Just take a little time to research your guide before you book your fishing trip and choose the right guide for your fishing needs. Try to hire a fishing guide that really cares about fishing and one that gives that little extra something to his clients, usually your gut feeling is right !