What do Striped Bass Guides do.
Guiding for Striped Bass and getting paid to do it.
What a Fantastic way to make a living. But wait a minute, lets examine what your Striper Guide
does behind the scene so you can create memories of a life time.
Frequently asked questions about a Striped Bass Guided trip.
- The Fish:
Striper guides keep detailed diaries of where, when and what catch fish from day
to day. This helps the guide to keep track of fishing patterns and where fish prefer to be
at any given time. The possibilities that guides have to deal with is amazing and with
striped bass where they were yesterday and where they are today can be completely
Equipment - Trucks, Boats,
Trailers, Rods, Reels, Electronics, Motors, Batteries, .
- Striper Boats:
after each trip must be cleaned and made ready for the next trip. Gasoline, ice,
batteries, rods must be attended to. Bait and bait tanks inspected and restocked. Checks
of tire pressure on trucks and especially trailers are necessary. Restocking of
complimentary items (Soft drinks, water, coffee, candies etc.) must be done.
The trucks must be maintained for reliability and safety.
Guides have to maintain a lot of rods to use. Rods must be of top quality and some are
custom made. They are used on a daily basis and have to stand up to all kinds of
abuse, from the fishermen to the fish. Rods get stepped on, nicked, and
(some get lost to the lake via the power of the striper.) After every trip the guide has
to check the rods for damage to prevent the loss of a fish in the middle of a fight.
Depending on the time of year guides use different types of reels. When bait fishing, many
guides will have Bait Casters with bait clicker features to allow the fish to run with the
bait before the hook is set. Spinning reels are used and maintained for fisherman who are
not experienced with Bait casting reels. These reels require daily attention and
maintenance to keep them ready for the battles.
Good fishing line
is a must. The line is the only thing that stands between you and the trophy of a life
time. It has to be inspected daily and changed often. Your fishing guide will have special
equipment to strip and re-spool line quickly.
Depth finder and GPS units of top quality. These also require time and effort to maintain.
- Outboard Motors:
These babies require a lot of attention when they are run day in and day out for 300 days
- Trolling Motors:
During certain times of the year these motors are in continuous use on the water and
require quality units to be used as well as good batteries and chargers. The trolling
motor can make or brake a fishing trip.
- Terminal Tackle:
Hooks, weights, line, artificial lures, planer boards.
Guides use a wide selection of tackle that produced Stripers. Having the right lure to use
on a given day can mean a large inventory to have on hand. Losing them due to bad casts,
big fish, misplayed fish, is a hazard guides deal with on a daily basis. Time must be
spent acquiring or making new tackle.
If it is in a boat and makes noises, lights up, beeps, or starts their is a
battery behind it.
Five batteries in a boat are not uncommon. The shad tank, the boat motor,
the trolling motor, the depth
finder and all other electronics. This means taking daily care of the batteries. If
you have batteries you have to have battery chargers. All of which are used on a daily
basis. Using quality batteries and chargers help prevent a heavy expense of frequent
- Live Bait:
Live bait for stripers normally means using
Shad which are high maintenance critters.
If your guide uses Shad, most likely he is catching them which means.
- Another special boat just for catching the bait.
- Casting / throw nets,
- Tanks in the catch boat
- Tanks to store and keep shad alive at the shop.
- Chemicals to treat the water to get them back to the main tanks at the shop where pumps
aerators and circulators are running 24 hours a day with back up generators in case of a
- More Chemicals and daily monitoring to keep the bait healthy and
frisky when being stored in the shop tanks.
Guides are Amateur meteorologists, every guide has his clients best interests in
mind. Guides must keep up with the weather. Not only because of hazardous weather, but
because weather changes can make a serious change in the way fish
are biting and where.
Waterspout on Lake Ouachita
- Licenses, Certifications & Insurance:
Lets see there are boat, truck, trailer and fishing license, guide licenses, tax permits, occupation
licenses, coast guard certifications, CPR training. Comprehensive &
- Safety Equipment:
Fire extinguishers, life jackets, throwing rings. Checked on a daily basis.
Ice machines, dip nets, cameras, electric knives, cast nets, boat bait tanks,
cell phones and marine radios, maps and charts, Gas, advertising, calling clients back,
boat ramp fees..
All in a days work .
This seems out of place, but for your guide, it means a bookkeeping system to keep
out of trouble with Uncle Sam who wants to take his part in the fishing trips.
So the next time you think its a cushy job, remember for every
hour fishing, your guide has spent 3 hours in preparation so you can enjoy your
experience and create memories of a lifetime for you and your families.
They choose this life. The Striper Guides enjoyment is sharing
and caring, they love it, and do all this for their clients.
When they see a smile and hear laughter from their customers their day is complete.
Now Lets Go Fishing
Striper Guides live to fish and fish to live.
"There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but
only a few will catch your heart.....pursue those."