April is really a good month for me. This goes for catching fish, not just fishing - or a glorified boat ride around the bay (what you get if you don’t do your homework when you decide to hire a fishing guide). I see it every day. Don’t get me wrong as I write this, I’m not bashing newcomers in the business. I am sending out a warning to those of you who have no experience hiring a guide.
Anybody can hire a company to build a web site, and then pay Google to sponsor it so that it’s at the top of the page when you do a search. So while doing your web search, don’t be fooled by the catchy high powered web sites that are out there. Read between the lines and be careful when making expensive choices. It amazes me that some people profess to be the greatest fisherman out there and then only fish a few times a year. There’s no way that person can compete with a full time fishing guide that fishes 200 days a year.
I got a call last night from a guest and the first thing he asked me was - will I be fishing with you - 1st gold star for him. Next thing he asked was – will we have live bait available if needed - 2nd gold star (the best guides won’t leave the dock without a live well full of good bait) I’m beginning to like this guy. 3rd thing was - what are your expectations for catching fish at the time he was going to be in town – 3rd gold star, then the next was the most important question of all - are you a full time guide – 4th gold star. This guy made straight A’s, simply put these are all good questions that every guest should ask their potential investment; after all I don’t like throwing away $500.00 either!!!
Enough venting, by the way it’s you the guest that suffers, not the fly by night weekend wanna be.
After fishing the last 13 days in a row, even on the 3 rainy days we had, I’m glad to have this Easter weekend off. The weather is at least 3 weeks early. The water temperature yesterday was 75 degrees. Just name your tune and we can catch it. Red Fish slot and Bulls, Speckled Trout, Pompano, Crevalle Jack, big Spanish (as big as I’ve ever seen this early in the year) King Mackerel, Flounder, Sheepshead and if we go out to the near shore reefs the Amberjack will try to eat the prop off the boat. I had a pair of fifty pound Cobia under the boat yesterday. We didn’t get one to take the jig; we were a little slow getting it in front of them. When you hit them in the back it’ll spook’em.
I’ll let the pictures finish this report, be sure and check out my photo album to see more recent picture of guest and the catches.
Happy Easter to all and God be with you and all your loved ones!