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What was your best guiding experience?

Old 03-13-2009, 11:36 AM
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Default What was your best guiding experience?

We usually only share stories of negative experiences that we have with fishing guides so I figured that we could share a few stories about good experiences we have with guides.
Old 03-13-2009, 11:48 AM
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I fished with a guy in Southeast Alaska named Lyle Carling, he has a placed called Wooden Wheel Lodge. Its a small place (fly in) that only accomodates 7 max I think. Anyway, I have to say, from the moment I shook his hand, it was like fishing with a friend you've known forever. Just a good guy. Also a GREAT boat driver (important in that area, tides and current are, well, interesting to say the least.when your trying to keep a jig staright up and down)

He guides, his wife cooks. They are just happy people. The guy loves to fish. ( I think that is important to mention as some guides are just burnt out it seams sometimes) He works hard to put you on the fish. I cant say enough good about the experience. One of the few times I thought "Wow! That was a bargain"
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Myself and 5 of my closest friends chartered the "Best Bet" out of Panama City Beach about 10 years ago. Arrived at the dock at 6am as requested and boarded the vessel with the captain and mate ready to go. Stopped in the bay and caught all the live bait we needed w/in 10 minutes.

Took a nap while we cruised out about 35 miles. Woke up and immediately started reeling in( not electric reels, boys ) Red Snapper, Red Grouper, Black Grouper and AJ's.

Each one of us had to take a break or two due to the constant fight with the fish wearing us down. Gave us all a chance to sip a couple cold ones.

Seas were 3-4, but, no worries in a 50' boat with a 12' beam. We only fished till about 10 AM before the cooler was slammed with over 350 lbs of large, quality fish.

Cruised back to the marina under a warm blue sky (in October). Friends and I talked smack while sipping brew on the way back. I happily handed the captain and mate each $100 bill for the best fishing day of my life(to date).
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One of my favorites was the Captain that put me on my first Pacific Sailfish, who also was the Captain who put me on my first Blue Marlin a year later...

His name is Chana, and he lives in Costa Rica. First time I met him, he was late getting to the boat. Turned out he had fought with his wife the night before, and she pushed him out of their car, while going down the road. He was scraped up, and lost his wallet and cell phone, but he came to the boat anyway. Asked us for a beer as he stepped aboard. I was in love. This guy is a fisherman's fisherman. A true sport model. We caught, and released, eight Sails that day. The next year, he helped me catch the Marlin. I have a picture of him hanging up in my office.

Thanks again, Chana!
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Uncle Lionel on Salt Cay T&C. Known all over for his fishing skills. Best time my wife and I had on vacation. Even if the wife had to take over the helm and I took the rods while we trolled (he fell asleep for an hour).

Bird hunting in Maine with a local Maine Guide, we soon became friends, now he comes fishing with us each year.
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If you ever want to go after redfish or trout in NE Florida, Capt Ron Schnurr is your man. Especially good if you have a guest and you want the guest very well looked after. Took my old man once at 77 years old and he later told me it was the best days fishing he ever had.

Brought 13 redfish to the boat, kept 3 plus a couple of trout. Threw a dozen or so other specie back.

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Old 03-13-2009, 03:11 PM
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Have a place on the eastren shore of maryland went one year hunted deer got two. then went goose hunting limited out in one hour two geese each then hopped on the boat landed 3to4 each 3guys 24-34" rock fish aka stripped bass what a day. ROCKBOTTOM CHATERS Jimmy Price capt just un believable!!
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I duck hunt in AR every year with the same guides and they are great, most of the time we hammer greenheads and sometimes we do not limit out but they work their tails off either way. Lot of fun to hunt with.

As for fishing it has been a while but a couple of years ago the Admiral and I were in Charleston SC and did not take my boat so I booked us with Capt Rich Harris for some inshore fishing.

Weather was great but fish did not bite a whole lot but we had a great time and he even took a lot of time with the Admiral to show her how to cast and use a spinning reel/rod and she ended up catching a nice black drum. Even taught her how to feel the bite of sheepshead.

We only booked for a 4 hour trip but he kept us out most of the day and only charge for the short trip. He told us he was going to be fishing anyway and would just as soon us keep fishing if we liked. I have recommended him many times.

Never really had a bad experience but have had a couple that were not great but not bad
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12-15 years ago my cousin's husband and I went out of OC Md 3 or 4 times only reeling in 1 fish. Kept drawing bottom of order. Two of us went out of OBX @ 10 years ago. Didn't want anyone else so we could hopefully bring in a fish. Left Oregeon Inlet @ 6:00, Brian, Me, Capt & mate. By 9:00 had 8 YFT @ 30-50 lbs in boat. I asked Capt. "Now what?" Was told "Shut up and fish." @ 9:30 we had 15 in boat and had a triple header. Brian, ME and mate brought them in. 18 YFT and back by 11:00 with sore arms.
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Last year went on a non-licensed (are there any) charter when vacationing in Cancun. It was a crappy, open, 24' ?, piece of junk with a manual start 40hp 2 stroke tiller. The motor would not develope any power. We went out and came in at about trolling speed. Luckily it didn't cost much and the company was great, my son, my nephew, bro-in-law-, dad, and my brother brother. We never got more than 4 miles out and we all caught several baracuda's. My nephew (who was the main reason for the fishing trip) caught the biggest one at about 40". He was 13 years and was thrilled.

Years ago, when I was in my 20's, I went with 2 of my cousins who were more like brothers when growing up but as we grew up we grew apart. It was us 3 and 3 of their friends on a 6 pack charter out of Carolina Beach. We didn't sleigh them that day but had plenty of beer and good times. During a slow period the captain let us jump off the upper station. It seemed wierd doing that 40 miles out in 600' of water. The big catch of the day was a 30# amberjack. Caught several dolphin too. It was a great time.

Best fishing I remember was not a charter. When I was 10 or so I went with dad, uncle, grandad, and sister to the Pamlico Sound out of Hobucken. Fished most of the day with nothing. Headed in screaming across the sound on flat water in my dads 19' Marquis, all of the sudden the Lowrance flasher lights up for a split second. I ask my uncle (he was driving) did you see that? no. He turned around and found the flashing again. We anchored and filled up 3 coolers with croakers in about an hour. 2 at a time and good size too. I'm pretty sure that is the trip that got me hooked on fishing, I remember like it was yesterday.

19' V-hull Marquis with straight 6 165hp mercruiser, no gps back then but it was a fast boat and would blow your long hair back, hey it was the 70's, it was in fashion.
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hi -

great idea to help spread the positives about the great guides out there. i have fished a bunch with glen bell out of west yellowstone, mt. glen is knowledgeable, hard working, patient, loves being in the area he is, and is just the definition of a gentleman. anyone thinking about fishing the madison or the henry's fork should look him up. shoot me an email and i will get it to you in a heartbeat.

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I must say I haven't been on too many fishing charters, but the few that I did, they were all good!

The best guide/outfitter trip for me was in Ovando, Mt. WTR Outfitters! Been out there 4 times on Wilderness Elk Hunts. Excellent horses, tents, cooks, guides, wranglers. I went 3 for 4 on Bulls, a couple Mule Deer and saw some nice Bear. When I wasn't hunting, the cutthroat trout fishing was fantastic! The best part was being with my Dad on all 4 trips!

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