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Old 01-28-2017, 06:23 AM
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Do guides that appear on a TV get paid? I'm not talking about the host. A lot of shows go to different destination and use a local guide. I'm referring to the local guide. Perhaps their payment is in the form of the "press" they receive from being on TV.
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Worse is they have to pay the TV show.
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Ironworker..so the guides actually pay the TV, WOW
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Not true Ironworker. Im on about 5 to 6 shows a year. Some pay the capts. others do not. Its free advertisement for the capt.
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I've been featured on tv shows since 2002. Never once have i ever been asked or heard of a guide paying a show.
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I've done several of these shoots and there is usually little to no monetary compensation. Some shows will pay for fuel, etc. but they normally don't shell out a charter fee. The guide usually benefits from the added exposure for his own business as well as other sponsors that he/she works with.
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Free advertising Worked for me- I still fish with Capt Greg Poland after seeing him with Flip Pallot many years ago on Walkers Cay Chronicles!
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I was going to say, I'm sure there are a lot of guides who would jump at the chance to advertise their business well outside of their normal advertising scope, and for free. Easy money.
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Originally Posted by ofischer View Post
I've been featured on tv shows since 2002. Never once have i ever been asked or heard of a guide paying a show.
This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I have done quite a few and have been involved with production of several more.

The Guide primarily is doing it for advertising and to promote in many cases his sponsors depending on the show Format. Just another form of advertising yourself and networking with the big players in the industry. At best you the guide may get some fuel costs, or tackle covered and maybe a dinner at the host's sponsor for the area they are fishing.

In terms of business most all the shows mention the guides name once and then say contact BLAH BLAH BLAH to book a trip and want the booking to be originated through their show or agency.

For the most part it is not free advertising. You may have to jump through all sorts of hoops and do multiple days to get the footage they want. That 30 minute show is rarely done in the course of 1 day. I did one 30 minute segment in 2 hours of fishing once. I have also gotten 15 minutes of film in a 12 hour day offshore. It's fishing with the other twist of making TV quality stuff in less than studio quality conditions.

I did a show catching Tarpon in Boca Grande 20 or so years ago. The host had never caught one. We hooked and landed a fish right at day light. The production crew said the lighting was too poor to process the catch for TV. Took us the rest of the day to get one.

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