BoatUS ANGLER: Fishing Basics
20 Question Checklist For Choosing a Guide
BoatUS ANGLER has developed a "Fishing Guide Checklist" to offer our members assistance in selecting the right guide or charter for a more enjoyable day on the water.
Use this checklist when researching or contacting a potential Fishing Guide or Charter. For more detailed information please read Choosing A Fishing Guide
- 1. What is provided?
- 2. What type of equipment do you use?
- 3. Can I bring my own equipment?
- 4. What do I need to bring?
- 5. Does your insurance cover liability? Liability limits?
- 6. Are you US Coast Guard licensed?
- 7. How many people can you accommodate? Are children allowed?
- 8. Do you provide life jackets/PFD's?
- 9. What are your rates? Do you require a deposit?
- 10. Do you charge extra for live bait?
- 11. How long are we out on the water? Half day? Full day?
- 12. Is lunch or drinks and snacks provided?
- 13. Departure time? Meeting place?
- 14. What type of fish will we fish for?
- 15. What is your cancellation policy? Inclement weather policy?
- 16. Do you practice Catch & Release?
- 17. Do I need a state license? And do you sell it?
- 18. Will you wrap and/or ship my catch?
- 19. Do you offer discounts to BoatUS Members?
- 20. Do you have suggestions for lodging in the area? Do you offer a discount on any lodging?
- Research your guide: qualifications, experience, background, Member of a professional guides association?
NOTE: The local Chamber of Commerce and Guide Associations can be an excellent source of information regarding guides and charters.
- Ask friends or fellow anglers for recommendations
- Book early
- Speak with your guide directly for information/questions
- Going on a walk-in trip can allow you to learn about waters that you can come back to and fish the next day
- Let your guide know if you are bringing your own equipment
- Mention your fishing skills, or if anyone else in your party is inexperienced
- Get your fishing license in advance if possible
- Bring your camera
- Bring rain gear that can be bundled easily
- In summer, wear light colored clothing; in fall bring a jacket or sweatshirt
- Bring sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and/or a hat
- Tip your guide
- Most guides do not allow alcoholic beverages, plus many insurance policies would not provide coverage if alcohol is consumed.