How To Choose A Saltwater Fishing Guide (And What To Avoid)


Here’s a question we get often:

How do I find a good fishing guide?

Like nearly everything in life, it depends on what you’re looking for.

Are you on vacation and want the whole family to have a good time on the water?

Are you taking clients out and want them to have an epic trip?

Or do you want a guide to teach you how to become a better fisherman?

One guide might not be a good fit for these different goals, and in this podcast, Luke, Tony, and I are sharing how we personally pick fishing guides.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with Luke and Tony about how to pick a fishing guide:

1:30 – An upcoming feature of the website that we’ve been getting tons of requests for

2:01 – The 2 different types of fishing guides

4:45 – How to pick a guide with a good reputation that fits your needs

5:51 – My controversial tip for picking a good guide

7:46 – A tip for guides on how to get more clients

9:55 – How Luke chooses fishing guides

11:47 – Cheap vs. expensive fishing guides and charters

14:37 – How Luke chooses fishing guides part 2

15:55 – How guides and customers can work together to manage expectations

18:59 – Whether or not you should tip a fishing guide or deckhand

20:45 – How fishing guides can create an awesome experience (even when the fishing is tough)

24:48 – Why you should always ask about cancellation and weather policies before you book a trip

26:06 – How to connect with us if you’re a fishing guide and want more referrals


Choosing the right fishing guide starts with understanding what you want out of a trip.

Once you’ve figured that out, ask around for referrals and look at different guides’ social media channels or websites for videos.

This will help you understand if they’re the kind of person you want to spend all day on a boat with.

Also, be sure you’re clear about expectations, what to bring, and cancellation policies.

Have any other tips for choosing a good guide?

Let us know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who’s looking to book a trip soon, please TAG or SHARE this podcast with them!

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