Striped Bass Fishing Guides hear that question a lot.
Anglers benefit differently from a guided fishing trip. Many Professional Fishermen on the pro circuits hire guides when they fish new water. TV fishing shows hire guides as they travel to different sites, sometimes several different guides at the same time.
So the right question is not "'Who needs a guide?", but "What can I gain by hiring a Striper Guide?"
Lake Ouachita Striper Guide Ben Sanders
guides are a special breed. Men and women that cannot seem to place any importance on
anything not directly related to fishing.
These are the folks who fish to live and live to fish and want to share their
experiences with their clients, friends and family. Many guides I know spend 300+ days per
year on the water. The real pleasure of guiding comes in watching a child, grown man or
woman giggle like a school kid because they just caught a big Striped Bass in your
favorite spot. No money can replace watching that type of exhilaration from children or
Pamper yourself. Let someone else furnish boat, tackle and bait. Tie your knots, undo your
backlashes, take you to the best spots on the lake, tell you jokes, take your photos and
clean your fish.
Communication is the key to a successful fishing trip. Let your guide know what you expect, what you like and don't like. Ask what type of technique you will be using, what type of baits you will be fishing with. Not all guides are alike, some will bark at you like a drill sergeant all day long, some are very mellow and relaxed. The one thing guides all have in common is the love of Striper Fishing. Find one that suits your style and you will become lifelong friends. The trips I enjoy the most are the ones with my return clients, we know each other, and we have developed an understanding of each other. I cherish these relationships. If you do your homework, you will find a guide you enjoy, that I can promise you.
When I started Striper Fishing I fit into the mold of an experienced black bass fisherman. After many Striper Fishing trips with little success, and at the urging of a friend I hired a Striper Guide. I decided before I went that I would ask questions and learn. The knowledge I learned from that one 4 hour trip jump started my Striper Fishing success quantum's. I still go out with guides even on my home lake. Each guide has their own unique style, I learn something new every time, not to mention the pleasure getting to enjoy what I love to do with people who love to do it.
Striper guides work is never done.