How to Become a Fishing Guide?
Do You LOVE Fishing, want to do Something You Love, maybe Become a Fishing Guide!
A HARD look at becoming a fishing guide...
Can this work for you?
Let’s start out with a positive, like being one of our bass fishing guides.
As a professional BASS Online fishing guide/boat captain, you get to join a TEAM of like minded anglers enjoying a career in a real business. Surrounded with and unbelievable daily working environment in the fishing industry. Helping others appreciate the value of fishing and participating in conversations regarding the outdoors on a daily bases.
So how does that sound so far? Great…right!
Read on…learn more about the life of a fishing guide.
Huddles all fishing guides must overcome to be successful.
Do you need the security of a 9 to 5 job?
As you might imagine, showing customers where “the big one lives” may not be the ideal job for the security-minded person. Consequently may not be the reason you went to college and I am sure your degree wasn’t bass fishing related. This is why a lot of fishing guides are involved in a business outside of the fishing guide industry for additional income and security, usually in the form of retirement pensions or some kind of off-season employment.
Due to some of the above reasons, maybe you should reconsider doing this by yourself like like many before you have tried. This is also why BASS Online is the leading and largest guide service to work for, we offer consistency, dependability, cell-phones, industry discounts, retirement and so much more.
Most seasoned fishing guides or industry leaders feel that you must fish your area body of water for years on a regular basis-before you’ll know the waters well enough to consistently produce fish for your clients. It takes time to learn the environment around you . . . to “read the water” . . . to know the various depths and hot spots. . . and to “search out” just where and when the lunker bass will show up. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
The power of a TEAM
BASS Online cuts the learning curve for new guides, with years of experience, knowledge and data. First of all, no other guide service in this industry has these stats. The shear fact that we have more fishing guides on the water daily, in more locations than anyone else…allows us to produce more and bigger fish…we guarantee it. What does this mean to you wanting to become a fishing guide? We are able to shorten your learning curve with our TEAM approach and get you profitable quicker. “And since the rivers, lakes and canals change constantly,” as a fine tuned guide, “you will never stop learning or wanting to learn” because the team needs you!
Maybe fishing is the only activity that you feel you want to do, all the time and that doesn’t get you bored. We warn you, it could potentially be the hardest job that you ever had…guiding often requires 12 to 16-hour days.
“Another reason the BASS Online system will work for you, we cut the labor intensive hours out of being a guide with our technology systems. Spend more time fishing and focused on the customers, go home relax with the family while others return home to phone calls, emails and countless other task.”
The life of a Fishing Guide, can you find HAPPINESS in doing this?
What does it take?
Getting established as a fishing guide requires some cash outlay for most people. Although it’s possible to save on your expenses by purchasing used equipment, boat, etc., guiding isn’t exactly the kind of business that can be started on a frayed shoestring budget.
“You’ll need a new or used vehicle (truck or SUV) that seats three to four people. Preferably four-wheel-drive (but now necessary). Many to transport your customers from location to location when necessary. As well as about 15 rods and reels of various sizes and styles, an assortment of terminal gear, tackle boxes, line, hooks, etc… perhaps as much as $1,000 worth of fishing supplies, above and beyond the cost of your automobile and boat.
Your first thought could be to have the tendency to buy cheaper equipment, some do. Most of them are not guiding any longer, but I will advise you as the expert…avoid “buying stuff you wouldn’t use yourself” . . . and for good reasons: “Probably 85% of your customers will be inexperienced anglers, and such folks tend to wear-out equipment faster. So, good rods and reels last longer, besides it’s repairable and under warranty. Also with the boom in the bass fishing industry, anglers want to use the latest technology in equipment. The customer is much more informed these days, so don’t insult them with cheap stuff.
“To help with these start up cost, BASS Online has also set up partnerships with many of the industry companies for deep discounts on many of the great products you will need.” Everything from rain-suits, rods and reels and array of lures companies. So again, why buy the cheap stuff?
Related Questions to ask yourself…
Having a “”HOME BUSINESS””, have you ever owned a BUSINESS?
The Business of fishing is Green…can you afford to make your business green? You can’t afford not to in this industry?
Making a living in the fishing industry does nothing more than give you a greater responsibility for the environment around you…if you’re fisheries go away, so does your job.”
Can you build a successful fishing guide service as a business?
First you should ask yourself…Do I, know how to start a fishing guide service? Which should include start-up ideas and start-up cost? How to get and keep clients? Can I or do I know how to market myself? Where should you start?
If you can’t distinctly answer each one of those questions in detail, you may want to pause and get the answers first. Your failure to answer these questions, will lead to your failure later!
How to become economically independent?
Skilled anglers seldom have or even need the services of a fishing guide. Consequently in your day to day operations, you will be servicing marjory beginners, family, groups, and the elderly folks. All of whom will require patience, kindness, and a good deal of encouragement throughout the trip.
You will have older clients who would like to do most of their fishing from a chair, children who drop or even break rods and reels which happens with eager anglers. And even with experienced anglers in some form of memorable moment you will have a customer go into the water. Needless to say, patience’s and the ability to laugh in the face of adversity are important attributes for all GREAT fishing guides to have.”
The ability to adapt and work with all these customers under the best and worst conditions will surely help your goal of being economically independent as a fishing guide.
Diversity is the key?
In the old days you could write articles and do other industry activities to produce additional income. Because of technology and competition these options are no longer available as most guides will do them for FREE. Life as a full-time guide doesn’t always produce enough income for year-round living expenses. Most guides will give up the additional $$$$ for the additional exposure by published stories and reports that give their guide service exposure. Why this surely doesn’t hurt your business, in most cases it provides a lot more benefit to publisher. The time it takes to write the articles, generally does not provide the ROI that it would if your were working on other parts of your business.
Your decision to learn all aspects of fishing your local area will have the largest impact. Like where and how to live-bait? What artificial lures to use? As well as becoming a fly fishing expert will help offset some of the downturn of the simple economics alone. For a while, most guides managed to be specialized in one area for one species, the industry no longer allows for such singular fishing abilities. Those guides are no longer with us!
Learn the most you can, find a profitable supplement.” Again these are things that BASS Online does for you, the consistency of working all year a round where available. The ability to learn different skill sets to help you master the “art of fishing in your area.”
Related Industry Content…
“Since we began the guide service in 1992, several other aspiring hopefuls quietly entered the profession. You could even say it was a boom of such and just as quietly many have fallen out of the industry once again. There are still some tackle shops that offer guides as an additional service. But many guides, marinas, tackle shops, groups and fishing organization have now joined forces with Bass Online-knowing Florida’s largest and most successful guide service network is around to stay and it’s better to join them then compete with them.
The guide industry itself has also grown over the past 10 years. During the peak fishing seasons (January/June), people looking for guides will hire any part-time boating assistant to take them on a fishing trip. While this is not a bad thing for for Florida or the part-time guide. It is not always a go