Choosing a Great Catfishing Guide

The simplest guided tours may offer only a very simple boat, or even, no boat at all, if the trip involves shore-based fishing.

Besides different types of boats, varying levels of equipment are provided by different guides. The most upscale guiding tours provide virtually everything, with the exception of adequate clothing for the clients – and yes, that means, always bring rain/wind/sun protection with you, because you can’t go back and get it, later. Outside of a windbreaker, though (and some guides will amazingly find you a windbreaker if you need it, too), a top guiding operator will often provide the boat, coolers, ice, and sometimes the drinks and snacks, too, plus rods, tackle, live and dead bait, chum, landing nets, fishfinders, flashlights, seat cushions, a tissue for your nose and some jokes or a bit of local lore to keep the young un’s engaged, in between strikes at your lines, on top of it all. And, at the end of the trip, they’ll fillet your catch and package it for you, too, and/or, cook you a meal of your catfish, with all the trimmings.

The most rustic of guides tend to lean towards the “do-it-yourself” end of service, often, not because they are service cheapskates, but because their most frequent clients want to do the fishing themsleves, and only need their guide to bring them and the right bait, to the right spot, at the right time.

In a nutshell – ask lots of questions, when you are making your selection, and choose the guide who offers the equipment and type of experience you want to have, and who is a guide with i) extensive and long-term local knowledge and, ii) is a guide you and your group like. The right guide can make for among the most memorable of fishing experiences possible.

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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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