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#8492992 - 01/23/13 09:01 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Ketchn]
Bobcat1 Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 17038
Loc: Sanger,Texas
I know I'm not cut out for it. I know on occasion the guides have to run into a jerk. If a jerk is in my boat, either them are me are most likely gonna get wet. Nope, I'm not cut out for it. flehanto those that are.

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#8493037 - 01/23/13 09:10 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
jseago Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/07/09
Posts: 1702
Loc: Diboll
Jacob, how bout JJs cast and blast. Duck and crappie guides. Just don't reverse the two for the pitch "crappie duck guides"!

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#8493079 - 01/23/13 09:16 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: jseago]
Jacob645 Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 11012
Loc: Listen for the music...
Originally Posted By: jseago
Jacob, how bout JJs cast and blast. Duck and crappie guides. Just don't reverse the two for the pitch "crappie duck guides"!


cheers

Sound like a plan! You could guide bass and ducks and I could do deer and real fish! bolt


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#8493093 - 01/23/13 09:19 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
jseago Offline
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Registered: 02/07/09
Posts: 1702
Loc: Diboll
Shoot we'd waste our days hauling each other around to our best spots. Not much money changing hands!

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#8493123 - 01/23/13 09:25 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: jseago]
Jacob645 Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 11012
Loc: Listen for the music...
Originally Posted By: jseago
Shoot we'd waste our days hauling each other around to our best spots. Not much money changing hands!


Ain't that the truth! I'd feel bad charging someone for what we'd put them through, but I know a guy that will give you a piggy back ride through the water if you don't have waders! That's a real guide!!! rolfmao
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#8493124 - 01/23/13 09:25 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
tundra rich Offline
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Registered: 02/01/10
Posts: 307
Loc: corsicana, tx
a man told me once..."son, if you find something you love doing you'll never work a day in your life!" same fella told me "donkeys are born everyday" with that said +2 on what bobcat said, lol.
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#8493251 - 01/23/13 09:49 PM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: leanin post]
Huntin & Fishin Offline
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Registered: 10/06/11
Posts: 766
Loc: North TX
Originally Posted By: leanin post
The only reason for the license is so they can get thier hand in your pocket .it has nothing to do with safety, ethics, legality ect. its the state of texas , taking money from you, like the mafia, before you can do business in this "free country" .


Our guns 1st, then they will take our rods.

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#8493697 - 01/24/13 12:04 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Huntin & Fishin]
tundra rich Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/01/10
Posts: 307
Loc: corsicana, tx
^^^yea thats where i draw the line! At that point i hope crappie fishing is good in Canada!


Edited by tundra rich (01/24/13 12:06 AM)
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#8493839 - 01/24/13 03:54 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
OkieBob Offline
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Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 3684
Loc: Dickson, OK
I used to think being a guide would be the best job in the world! But, then I saw what all they do and how hard they have to work and the people they have to satisfy on a daily basis. Then I saw what their cost of operation must be and it made me change my mind to 'this has to be the toughest jobs' catagory!
Can you imagine having to take a couple of novice fishermen out every single day AND putting them on enough fish to make them happy campers? Man, I love crappie fishing but, no way do I want that kind of daily stress
Really think about all that is involved and I'm pretty sure you'll quickly decide that being a greeter at Wally World has it's advantages!!!! (or anything else for that matter)

And, if it's so easy, how come Ernest and Guy have retired?
And, Chuck is on here answering questions about someone wanting to be a competitor!!! Now, that is above and beyond! He just makes it look easy!
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#8493947 - 01/24/13 06:26 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: OkieBob]
The Crappie Guy Offline
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Registered: 03/17/03
Posts: 4440
Loc: TX, USA
I guided for 11 years...and yes, all you need to be a freshwater guide is $126 for the license, ~$40,000 to $75,000 for a good boat properly equipped, give or take $1000 for your 'customer' rods and reels (cause you're sure a h*** not gonna let them use your personal stuff), about $500 worth of various tackle, and don't forget about all the extra safety equipment and so forth, so that'll run you an extra $500 or so. Then after you get all that, you get to get up real early each morning, regardless of what you did the previous night or how late you stayed up. You get to launch your boat all by yourself (and you get pretty good at doing it in pitch black conditions). Oh, and don't forget your foul weather gear (and foul weather gear for your customers cause you really didn't expect them to have thier own now did you?) because you've gotta go fishing regardless of the weather, barring dangerous conditions.

Now you're ready to go. And by the way, don't forget the 90/10 rule. 90% of your customers won't know a thing about fishing in general, much less crappie fishing, and the 10% that do will still count on you to do everything. And of course, barring diper changing, you will certainly have to know adult baby sitting, cause not everyone will show up with a "cheery" attitude. And did I mention, you have to find and catch fish....every time, all the time.

Yes sir, I think everyone ought to become a fishing guide, because as Chcuk said, you'll make six figures...and then that damn 90/10 rule will kick in again, and you'll make your 10.
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#8494105 - 01/24/13 07:23 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
Guide Lane Palmer Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 1677
Loc: Gun Barrel City, TX
Full time: You get paid IF you catch fish. If you can pull good numbers for two parties a day, six days a week, for most of the year, you can make a living at it. The better you fish, the happier your customers, the more potential for tips. Six figures? Not hardly. Basically what your job boils down to is conquering Mother Nature on a day to day basis, and not making excuses when it's tough.

A part time guide is a good place to start. You can still make a living despite how the fishing goes, and it lets you see if you want to take the next step. I can say without hesitation that if Chuck hadn't shown himself to have put together arguably the best freshwater guide service in the state, I wouldn't have become a guide.

The fishing is by far the easiest part. By far. This is the most high pressure job I've ever worked, and I love ever second of it.
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#8494143 - 01/24/13 07:38 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Huntin & Fishin]
RowdyRankin Offline
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Registered: 02/14/11
Posts: 2441
Loc: Azle, texas
Originally Posted By: Huntin & Fishin
Originally Posted By: Jig Man
At least six figures a year, unless your up north.


You hiring?

NO JOKE! I just drug up over here!

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#8494190 - 01/24/13 07:54 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: OkieBob]
SheldonS Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/19/04
Posts: 12280
Loc: Bedford, TX
Originally Posted By: OkieBob
I used to think being a guide would be the best job in the world! But, then I saw what all they do and how hard they have to work and the people they have to satisfy on a daily basis. Then I saw what their cost of operation must be and it made me change my mind to 'this has to be the toughest jobs' catagory!
Can you imagine having to take a couple of novice fishermen out every single day AND putting them on enough fish to make them happy campers? Man, I love crappie fishing but, no way do I want that kind of daily stress
Really think about all that is involved and I'm pretty sure you'll quickly decide that being a greeter at Wally World has it's advantages!!!! (or anything else for that matter)

And, if it's so easy, how come Ernest and Guy have retired?
And, Chuck is on here answering questions about someone wanting to be a competitor!!! Now, that is above and beyond! He just makes it look easy!


Right on!

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#8494272 - 01/24/13 08:15 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
OkieBob Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 3684
Loc: Dickson, OK
I think Guy and Lane hit it right on the head! It really sounds like the best job in the world, you know, getting to go fishing every single day of the year?? Who wouldn't want that kind of a job?
But, when you understand, just a little of what they go through on a daily basis, you have to be a special person to put up with, let alone enjoy, the life of a guide!!!
My hats off to Guy, Ernest and all of Chucks crews! I wouldn't do it for twice what they make...let's see, twice nothing is still nothing!
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#8494322 - 01/24/13 08:31 AM Re: How much do crappie guides make per year? [Re: Jacob645]
Skip_48 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 4605
Loc: Toledo Bend in Texas
It's been many years since I was a guide, but you have to work your tail off and it takes several years to be able to have enough people coming back to stay busy all year around. When I did it the days were long and hard work, but I did also enjoy it a good bit. You better have enough money to help support you for a good while waiting to build up a clientele.
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