Secrets for picking a bass fishing guide

When you’re new to bass fishing or if it’s been awhile since you had a chance to be out on the water, you can greatly benefit from hiring a bass fishing guide. A guide can show you around the area and point out where all the hotspots are located. It’s always a good idea to use a fishing guide when you move to a new area. This way, you can get to know the water in a safe, fast way and it’s much easier than trying to learn it on your own.

It’s their job to know where to fish based on the type of bass you want to catch. There are a number of different bass fishing guides available in most locations and knowing how to choose the one that best suits your needs will ensure you get your money’s worth. It will also ensure that you have a great trip that you’ll be talking about for a very long time.

Picking a guide is not too difficult when you follow a few simple steps such as the ones listed below:
* Get a list of the fishing guides in your area and do some research on them. Run a background check to find out what type of reputation they have and how long they’ve been in business.
* Decide which type of bass you want to seek out and look for the guides that specialize in that particular species.
* Compare the different fishing guides and pick out the top five based on reputation, experience, services offered and price.
* They should be able to provide you with references and show proof they have the qualifications and licenses needed to conduct this type of business in your state.
* They should know the area very well and be updated on all of the latest information surrounding bass fishing and new products. Find out if they offer any guarantees to ensure you have a great time and what would happen if the weather is bad the day you plan to go fishing.
* You’ll need to know which techniques they use to bass fish and make sure it’s something that you want to do.
* Find out what level of fishing experience they provide. In other words, if you’re a beginner who needs extra help are they prepared to teach you about bass fishing? On the other hand, if you have lots of experience and you’re simply looking for a guide who can get you out to some of the best fishing areas, can they accommodate your needs?
* They should be passionate about their job and excited about showing you a good time and making sure you have a great productive day reeling in the bass.
* The bass fishing guide should always have your best interest in mind. Talk to them and ask a lot of questions to find out if they meet this requirement. You should feel comfortable talking to them and they should be able to provide you with answers to all of your questions.

Using these secrets for picking a bass fishing guide can help you find the one that suits your needs the best. When you make a good choice, you’ll surely have a great time and come home with some exciting stories to tell.

If at any time the guide that you’re considering seems annoyed or doesn’t seem to care whether or not they answer your questions, then you would be better off continuing your search. You don’t want to pay someone to take you out for a fun-filled day of bass fishing when they don’t seem to have an interest in whether or not they’re meeting your needs.

There are many advantages to using a bass fishing guide but one of the main ones is having the chance to learn from professionals. You can pick up ways to enhance the techniques you use and improve the fishing skills you already have. They should know all about the new products being sold on the market so you can learn about them before you buy. This information can help you decide whether or not it’s something you want to use.

Hiring a guide gives you the opportunity to learn new ways of doing things and you can get pointers on how to use some of the new baits efficiently. Fishing guides will also know which baits will attract the bass the best based on when you go fishing and where you go. This will save you a lot of time that can be spent actually reeling in the fish.

Guides are trained to know when it’s unsafe to be on the water and they’ll head in when the conditions become dangerous. They’re fishing licenses normally cover all passengers and they should be completely up-to-date on all the rules and regulations that govern the body of water in which you’re fishing.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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