Folks often reach out to book a trip, and are confused when I politely decline. Let me explain why I’m not a fishing guide.
On the surface, it makes sense that guiding fishing trips would be part of what happens at LAFB.
That couldn’t be further from the truth! I have done the guiding thing, for a short while, and it was a great experience.
But I don’t anymore, because my charter license is expired (and will not be renewed), nor do I have the boat for it.
I need my boat to fit in my garage, all eighteen feet of it, not the recommended length of 24 feet for guiding.
It all boils down to a vision I have for Louisiana’s inshore fishing.
Think of all the fun you’ve had on your fishing trips, the awesome memories you’ve made.
The time you caught a limit, fought a big bull red or got caught in a storm.
Those are all powerful experiences that keep you coming back for more!
They’ve ignited a passion in your heart that makes you an ally in conservation and fishing freedom, because you’d like to keep going on those trips, right?
People will quit fishing if they don’t catch, and I really want them to catch, so that is why I have this website loaded with all this information to light the way to a successful fishing trip
When you catch fish, you win. The marina also wins. The tackle store wins. The gas station wins. LAFB wins. Louisiana wins.
My vision is a place where more people have fun catching fish, which ultimately contributes to small businesses, jobs and conservation.
See, if I am guiding, at best I can only reach 1-6 people a day.
But with this blog, my university, membership, etc. I can (and do) reach thousands of people each day.
The comparison isn’t even close, and never will be.
We all know how precious our time is!
If people were to book a trip they’d only get me for 8 hours, at best.
Then the trip is over and so is the learning experience, provided they were paying attention in the first place and not drinking or chit-chatting.
Could you do it while they’re drinking or sharing fishing stories? Probably not.
Unless they’re a cyborg with a Firewire port in the back of their head, it’s simply not going to happen.
There is no time-restraint.
Let’s say the customer has a great day on the water, then wakes up the next morning and has a question about something he or she saw during the trip.
Well, I couldn’t take those questions because I’d be on the water with the next customer.
When the trip is over, the trip is over.
But with LAFB, I can (and do) support anglers more effectively and easily.
Don’t believe me?
I also engage anglers in my articles. Go comment at the bottom of this article and see if I don’t respond in a meaningful way.
I applaud those who have done well enough to afford the cost of a guide, as it’s not cheap.
But let’s be real with these numbers: a guided trip for 2-3 anglers runs roughly $600.
The really advanced stuff runs the same as a rod/reel combo: Join LAFB Elite.
Why You Should Hire a Guide
I’m not putting down guides, or saying they can’t teach what they know or recommending that you don’t book with them.
That’s a buncha baloney!
I’m just explaining why I don’t guide. Otherwise, if you want to learn the nuances of a specific area, then I really think you should hire a guide.
Or if you just want to have fun, going straight to the fish while enjoying some cold ones, then you really ought to hire a guide.
Otherwise, I support Louisiana’s inshore fishing guides, as their success is part of the vision I described earlier; we’re all on the same team.
Tight lines, y’all!
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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