The Most Honest Place On The Water
Let’s talk about a place where all fictional tales of abilities come to light, a place where imperfections come out, and a place where advise is taken and given- the bow of a skiff.
As a fishing guide, I've had the privilege of sharing countless memorable moments with anglers of all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner seeking your first catch or an experienced angler chasing trophy fish, there are some important factors to keep in mind that contribute to the success of your trip- honesty, communication, and let us always remember proper skiff etiquette.
Be honest about your fishing skills and experience level. This information helps us know where to take you and how to fish. All eyes are on you while you're on the bow, honesty shines in this moment.
Talk to your guide throughout the trip. If you can't spot a fish or have casting doubts, tell your guide. We're here to help and you to be successful.
Fishing in this area can be very physically demanding. We understand that hours of casting can be exhausting. Be open about your energy level and tell your guide if you need a break.
Bad skiff etiquette can ruin a fishing trip, from spooking fish to giving your guide a headache. Sitting down or being locked in your phone while your guide is poling is a big no-no. Your guide relies on your watchful eyes to spot fish, and your inattention can lead to missed opportunities.
Be mindful of your guide's instructions. Overeager casting or excessive noise can spook fish.
Stow loose gear or equipment prior to fishing so you don't have a water bottle fall over at the most inopportune time.
In closing, fishing with a guide is a team effort and requires honesty, communication, and proper skiff etiquette. Whether you're a rookie or a pro, these factors create an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. No one wants you to have a successful fishing trip more than your guide. So, when you step onto the bow of a skiff, remember the importance of these fundamentals, and let's make every trip on the water unforgettable.
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