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Expectations
Expectations
May 24, 2023
The hiring of a fishing guide can be an anxious experience. One is investing their money so whst should you expect from your investment ? Catching fish ? That’s a reasonable expectation but not always controllble by even a guide thst fishes every single day. Theres just too many variables out of the guides control. However that is the goal and it is reasonable but not always within the guides total control. So what is in the guides control and what is not only reasonable but a non negotiable expectation of a guide ? Heres my expectstions of myself ? 1. Be on time with equipment prepared. 2. Provide 100% effort to make clients experience positive. That includes the guide having a positive, friendly and patient attitude. 3. Make time on the water a learning experience. A guide is an instructor and the client should be a better fishernan after getting off the guudes boat. 4. A guide should understand the clients goals, experience and limitations. A client should not be placed in a position to fail or placed in positions that threaten their physical health. There will be bad days. I grew up among the best fishermen and guides in my area. My relatives are in the Fishing Hall of Fame. I know that fishing is managing failure. Most if our casts result in failure. How do you manage little failures vs big failures. That’s the challenge of being a fishing guide. One can only control the controllable. As a fishing guide hall of famer taught me “if you cant handle a bad day - u wont be a fishing guide for very long”. No truer words have ever been spoken. A client should expect that their guide control the controllable.
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Potomac Snakeheads and Bass in May with
Potomac Snakeheads and Bass in May with
April 22, 2023
What can a customer expect when booking a bass or snakehead trip on the Potomac in May ? 1. The customer can expect a trip with the hardest working guide on the river. I fish 7 days a week trying to prepare for customers. Ive fished around and with professional guides my whole life. I know the business of fishing and take great pride in my experience, education, resume and preparation to provide the best climate for new clients on my boat. May Patterns for largemouth bass- Im primarily launching from the Leesylvania Park ramps. In May customers can expect my boat to head into some of the prettiest Potomac tributaries. In May some bass will be completing their spawning ritual. Bass will be in all phases of spawn and post spawn behavior. The primary pattern will be fishing grass beds with topwater in morning and plastics in the afternoon. On the Potomac the tides have a big effect on feeding and spawning behavior so its important to understand how tides influence the bass behavior and adjust to the variables. I do early morning and late afternoon trips in May. Trips start at approx. 0615 hrs in morning and around 1500 hrs in the afternoon. A client can expect to learn advanced techniques for bass including drop shooting and frog fishing. Snakeheads- The warming May water temperatures and aquatic grass growth in May should result in snakeheads looking for their first spawn. Snakeheads will position themselves in areas that make them targetable by fishermen looking for topwater strikes. Marsh edges, hydrilla and milfoil are the prime habitat at this time of year. Snakeheads- like bass- are heavily influenced by tides in their feeding and spawning behavior. I prefer to target snakeheads and not fish for them in general areas- and May is the beginning of that ability to fish for them in areas where they position to feed and spawn in a predictable time. Snakehead fishing requires a lot of casting and persistence but the effort can certainly be worth their explosive strikes.
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