Louisiana Sportsman
JohnWayneProfile Photo
Fishing in South Central Louisiana
Just a couple pics of him with some of his catches.

Just a couple pics of him with some of his catches.

Need a little advice

Hello to all my fellow sportsman,
i have a 10 yr old son who has a dream to become a fishing guide. i know he will probably go through alot of different thoughts of what he wants to do when he gets older like all of us have but as his father i want to help him fullfill his dreams to the best of my ability. he has loved to fish since he was in diapers this is no lie,i had him fishing when he was still in a stroller if i can find the pic i will put it on here,but anyway he loves to fish and asks every question his little mind can come up with and he saves every penny he can and buys all kinds of tackel and reads fishing posts on here daily. i myself love to fish and taking my son just makes it a dream come true for me. we just recently got us a small jon boat and have been doing alot of speck and red fishing and he really can put them in the boat. all smiles for him and more for me. i was just wandering if any of you guides could give him some pointers on what types of things he could work on or we could read together to better his knowledge. he playes baseball and football and does good in school and we my wife and i help him with all these things and i look at his dream of being a guide just like i do with helping him with his sports and school. i know he is young but he is really determend when he wants something and goes all out and goes the extra mile in all he tries , so i thought no better way to learn then from one of you guys that do this for a living. any thought or ideas will be helpful. i love my son and want to help him on his way to his dreams and would appreciate any help that can be given. Thanks for reading.
December 09, 2012 at 5:53am
fish taxiProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 6:44am
Not a guide

College first. Learn how to run a business. Maybe marine biology too. Then be a guide.

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JohnWayneProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 8:58am

Yes,school comes first ,always has.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 6:13pm
being a guide???

yes of course school first!! defintly high school, 7 years from now, college it would be up to him i guess?? some kids just dont want to go to college even though they have the smarts??? my philosophy, the most important things in life is family, health and happiness, money is 4th!!! its good to have, but if u aint happy making it what good is it?? in 7 years, if being a guide is whats going to make him happy all his life, they aint nothing wrong with that at all!!! i think seeing your son happy, is the most important thing to u??? good luck!!! he sure looks some happy in them pictures!!

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Capt. Travis Miller, Millertime Fishing ChartersProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 7:12pm
Becoming a guide

Sounds you have a good boy there. I'm not sure where you live at but my recommendation is to keep him on the water as much as possible and have him learn the area as well as he can. Have him keep a log book of the conditions (weather, water temp, tide), his catches, bait of choice, and spots in which he caught. Teach him all about safety and proper etiquette. As far as learning on the water, make sure he is constently paying attention to his surroundings and use common sense. Lastly, as he gets older see if he can work with other captains in the area. What area are you guys from and has he ever taken a charter?

SamaraiProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 7:16pm

Catching fish is probably the easiest part of guiding. Your son may enjoy fishing but may regret the business And social contracts associated with guiding. I know I couldn't babysit a bunch of newbies on a daily basis and deal with all of the uncertaintties such as weather, income, health issues ( think skin cancer) associated with guiding.

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CaptJSProfile Photo
Posted December 09, 2012 at 7:20pm
He is already a small guide


He is already a small guide

Getting started is your biggest problem

You must meet your customers at day light. Now think of this if you live anywhere out you will have to get up 2hours before daylight. So living near your fishing area is a most. It is a most that you have a garage for your boat as you can't trailer it on every trip. Most of your trips will be on week ends and holidays so you must be in the water long before the crowd gets there. After the trip is over you must have a place to clean fish and clean your boat again away from the crowds. Think about this standing in line for a cleaning station or hose to wash your boat in heat is a game killer. Most people that hire a guide never see these problems as a good guide has these problems all worked out. I know many friends and clients that purchased a boat as they got near retirement and sold them within 2 year.

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Posted December 09, 2012 at 8:07pm

capt js and samurai, for sure, being a guide is no easy job at all!! like u say all the people see is u fishing and having fun, no clue what yall have to do before and after the trip!!!! early hours and the late hours, weather, got to go no matter what at least most of the time!!! freezing or 100 degrees dont matter every charter!!! cant cancell just because u dont feel to good, got to get up and go!! its got 2 be tuff and not always fun especially when u are dealing with people, probably a lot of complaints and problems when u dont actually catch to much sometimes, especially when they are drinking a lil too much???!!!

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JohnWayneProfile Photo
Posted December 10, 2012 at 6:38pm

I want to thank all of you for all your comments.
Thanks for your help.

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