4 Tips for Choosing a Fishing Guide
Photo credit Capt. Clay Eavenson.
20 some years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing when I hired my first fishing guide on the big island of Hawaii
. I flipped through the yellow pages and called a number from one of the first fishing guide ads that caught my eye. A fellow answered and I asked if he was available for charter fishing in a few days. He said he was bowling and asked if I could “call him back in the morning.”
His response almost made me continue calling other ads, but then I thought, perhaps foolishly, “Wow, he has some nerve. Maybe that means he’s really good.”
When I called him the next day, I explained what I wanted: to have an epic battle with a big fish. I said I wanted to be “sore for days.” His laughing response sealed the deal: “I’ve put people in traction.”
I learned later that maybe I was lucky. There were 40 some charter fishing boats that went out of Kona harbor that day. Only 2 caught fish during this somewhat off period. My boat was one of them. And although I wasn’t sore for days, I certainly enjoyed my first and so far only experience with a striped marlin
Here are some (better) tips for choosing a fishing guide:
Does the guide have a good reputation? Perhaps you have a friend or relative who has fished with this guide? Have you read the reviews online?
2. Catch status.
What is done with the fish you catch? Catch and release? Load a cooler? For example, in Hawaii the fish usually belongs to the captain. Some Hawaiian guides may split the catch with you, depending on the species.
. Many fishing guides these days have their own web sites. This will contain valuable information regarding: what to expect, what to bring, and what NOT to bring.
Is your guide able to work through Plan A to Plan E or beyond to put you on fish?
A guide is a great investment, especially when traveling for a fishing trip. Time is short and you want a lot of screaming reel for the buck. It is also a great way to learn. Where they go, what they cast, and why. Be sure to check here for fishing safety tips
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