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#10911720 - 06/11/15 05:58 PM How to become a guide in texas?
EPIC FISHIN Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
Can any of you guides on here give me some info about becoming a guide in Texas? Where and how is the best way to get you Captain license? Ive been doing some research but wanted to ask here. what all do i need to get started? License, Insurance ext? Any info whould be much appreciated!!!

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#10911758 - 06/11/15 06:14 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
RL206 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 761
Loc: Fate Texas
Yes, a license, insurance and a reputation for putting people on fish, and lots of fish stories for the days you can't buy a bite. Where and what are you wanting to guide for?

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#10911776 - 06/11/15 06:19 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
EPIC FISHIN Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
Striper, Hybrid, Sandies mostly but i would do Crappie and bass as well depending on what the customer wanted to catch maybe even some catfish trips. Hubbard,Tawakoni,Cedar Creek.

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#10911789 - 06/11/15 06:27 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
RL206 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 761
Loc: Fate Texas
Good luck, if you decide to try it. Its hard work and long hours, I'm sure you already know that. Hope it works out for you.

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#10911794 - 06/11/15 06:28 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
formula462 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/08/13
Posts: 1470
Loc: arlington, tx
First you must take some out free of charge and put them on fish thereby building a good word of mouth campaign. I suppose I would help you out so let me know when you want to go. fish

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#10911819 - 06/11/15 06:40 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: formula462]
EPIC FISHIN Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
HAHA SURE THING!!

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#10911828 - 06/11/15 06:45 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: formula462]
Gone Fishin' Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/16/01
Posts: 2588
Loc: Whitehouse, Texas
Make your way to Walmart and buy a Freshwater Fishing Guide License for $132 and you are a Licensed Professional Guide! banana

Then....have about 3 years of savings in the bank in order to live on while you build your business. Takes about that long if you do it right with the Internet, Business Building such as Trade Shows, Word of Mouth, etc.

I highly recommend a Million $ "Guide Insurance Policy" to cover yourself and your family in case of a real problem. (Many Guides don't carry any insurance and they are open to suits and more)

Have a reliable boat/motor, electronics, and fishing equipment that is good enough to withstand day to day fishing and abuse.

Know how to find fish in the toughest conditions and the easy days too.

Do the little things that folks remember...Note in their cabin welcoming and thanking them, have a fishing report email list, take pics and text to them of their trip, give away a cap or logo'd shirt to the Big Fish winner on Group Trips, etc.

Most importantly of all....be a people person and treat customers like they have never been treated before. welcome

I retired after 30 years in the Business World (Marketing) and have Guided with my Son as my Partner for 15 years. I tell folks that I haven't worked a day in the past 15 years! smile I normally fish six days a week from March thru July and about three days on average the rest of the year. (September and February you can take your vacation) We fish everyday except Sunday. I'm a very blessed and fortunate person.

Good Luck and hope you're successful!
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Royce & Adam Simmons
Gone Fishin' Guide Service
www.gonefishin.biz


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#10911853 - 06/11/15 07:04 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
texashelms Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 170
Originally Posted By: SJCSTRATOS
HAHA SURE THING!!


Well he's telling the truth and i'll also take my free trip. You'll be famous in no time flat.


Edited by texashelms (06/11/15 07:05 PM)

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#10911868 - 06/11/15 07:17 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
zulo Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 132
Add me to the list please

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#10911873 - 06/11/15 07:21 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: zulo]
TheGizzard Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/25/10
Posts: 516
Hell I just make my rounds and get a bunch of free-bees.I know no morals.Oh well.

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#10911900 - 06/11/15 07:47 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
benp Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/28/12
Posts: 929
Loc: Addison
I can help with the insurance. I am in DFW and have been doing insurance for 10 years. I just did a policy for a guide and am wanting to have more Fishing guides as clients. Send me a PM and we can talk.
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#10911954 - 06/11/15 08:25 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
EPIC FISHIN Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
HEY GONE FISHIN THANKS THATS ALOT OF GREAT ADVICE!!

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#10911955 - 06/11/15 08:26 PM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: EPIC FISHIN]
Kerry Dugan Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 05/14/06
Posts: 6208
Loc: aledo, tx
Get you a 2 gallon bucket.... Fill it with marbles. For every trip you run, throw one marble out. When the bucket is empty, you will be a guide. LOL


Edited by Kerry Dugan (06/11/15 08:26 PM)

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#10912611 - 06/12/15 08:59 AM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: Kerry Dugan]
BlueNitro Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 4136
Loc: Lewisville
Originally Posted By: Kerry Dugan
Get you a 2 gallon bucket.... Fill it with marbles. For every trip you run, throw one marble out. When the bucket is empty, you will be a guide. LOL


You must be a great guide, Philip told me you lost all your marbles a long time ago. peep

Really, Kerry is a GREAT Guide!!!!
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#10912792 - 06/12/15 10:20 AM Re: How to become a guide in texas? [Re: Gone Fishin']
Rudy Lackey Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 8100
Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Originally Posted By: Gone Fishin'
Make your way to Walmart and buy a Freshwater Fishing Guide License for $132 and you are a Licensed Professional Guide! banana

Then....have about 3 years of savings in the bank in order to live on while you build your business. Takes about that long if you do it right with the Internet, Business Building such as Trade Shows, Word of Mouth, etc.

I highly recommend a Million $ "Guide Insurance Policy" to cover yourself and your family in case of a real problem. (Many Guides don't carry any insurance and they are open to suits and more)

Have a reliable boat/motor, electronics, and fishing equipment that is good enough to withstand day to day fishing and abuse.

Know how to find fish in the toughest conditions and the easy days too.

Do the little things that folks remember...Note in their cabin welcoming and thanking them, have a fishing report email list, take pics and text to them of their trip, give away a cap or logo'd shirt to the Big Fish winner on Group Trips, etc.

Most importantly of all....be a people person and treat customers like they have never been treated before. welcome

I retired after 30 years in the Business World (Marketing) and have Guided with my Son as my Partner for 15 years. I tell folks that I haven't worked a day in the past 15 years! smile I normally fish six days a week from March thru July and about three days on average the rest of the year. (September and February you can take your vacation) We fish everyday except Sunday. I'm a very blessed and fortunate person.

Good Luck and hope you're successful!
_________________________
Rudy

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