After lots of persuasion, I started guiding part time in 2006 and then started guiding full-time in 2008. Although guiding can be a very tough and in-consistent way to make a living, I still enjoy it very much. I like to see people catch big fish. Like this...................................
While me and no other guide has the ability to wave a magic wand and make fish start biting....I assure you that I do everything I can to put fish in the boat. I do everything I can to pevent a bad day. One of the main things I do to prevent it, is to be honest with people. If the bite hadnt been good a day or two before the scheduled trip, then I let the customer know so another date with better fishing can be scheduled or just change it to another lake where the bite is better.
I wouldn't be in this business if didn't think I could consistently help customers catch big catfish, but every fishermen and guide also knows that there are tough days when the fish just won't cooperate. To me there are two types of tough days - "bad days" and then "slower than average days". In both cases I try to make sure the customer is happy.
Bad Day Policy
If the day happens to be very bad (No Fish) then you will get a return trip for $100 (to cover my costs, especially gas). No BS, no hidden fees and no surcharges. Period.
Slower than average day Policy
If fishing is slower than average I will spend some extra time, on top of the regular time, trying to turn a slow day into a more productive one. If, however, the trip is still not up to par after an extra couple of hours then I will negotiate with you for a return price that is fair to you and me. My goal is to make everyone come away happy and to build repeat business, and if you leave dissatisfied then I'm failing at both of these.
About me and my Fishing history
Although I've only been guiding since 2006, my catfish obsession and experience dates back to when I was about 4 years old. Both of my grandpa's and parents got me hooked on fishing, mostly by fishing in farm ponds. I loved catching bass, bream and crappie but the ultimate thrill was always a big ol catfish. I've fished for lots of other fresh and saltwater fish but catfishing is, has and always will be my favorite.
As I got a little older, my grandpa, mother and I would take numerous annual trips to Santee. Thats where the obsession with big catfish really began. Wether we where fishing on our own or with guides, I learned alot about targeting big catfish on Santee. Once I turned 16, I bought my own boat and started applying the techniques that I learned from Santee to the other lakes in South Carolina. It didnt take long to find out that both, big fish and big numbers of them can be caught at other lakes besides Marion and Moultrie. The techniques just had to be slightly modified in some situations.
Although, Santee is still the king of catfishing get-aways and I still take my annual trips down there... Theres still lots of lakes through-out the state that big cats can be caught from. I can show you how.