Are catfish fishing guides necessary?

If fishing for Catfish is as simple as everyone says it is, what is the benefit of hiring a fishing guide?

Well, to be honest, the whole concept behind hiring a guide is to increase the possibility of actually finding and catching fish. Whether or not you need one really depends on your fishing goal. For example, if I was planning a trip that required traveling a great distance and I was going to be fishing on a lake or river that I wasn’t familiar with, I’d probably spend the money and hire a guide at least for the first day. That way, I’d know that I hadn’t invested a lot of time and money only to find myself struggling to bring in a catch. If I was heading down to a local lake, I wouldn’t even consider it. As a fairly seasoned fisherman, I have used guides before and have actually learned an amazing amount of information on a guided trip. In some cases, the tips that you can get from a guide will prove invaluable for years to come. If you don’t have your own boat and fishing equipment, you can hire a guide who will provide everything you need. For beginners who are just trying the sport of game fishing, it can be an inexpensive way to decide if fishing is really something you enjoy before you spend a lot of money.

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

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