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A guide assn.

May I suggest the guides in the SW Fl.start a guide assn.It has been said
there already exists such as group,then my question is why don't you display
that you belong to such a group?
Some of the issues that bother me are:
1.The guide/s who take customers out fishing and never move the boat other
than out and back.
2.the guide/s who says my boat is so unique that we can go offshore 20 miles
and has such a shallow draft it will go in 6 inches.
3.The offshore boat that spends 1hr.15min out,1hr.15min.back,30 min.to catch
bait and all that in a 5hr.charter.By my count,thats 60% of a waste of time.
4.The guide that runs aground in the backcountry.
5.The guide that has his clients fish jacks and ladies,the entire charter with
excuse there snowbirds.there happy to catch anything.

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  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer
    10kman wrote: »
    May I suggest the guides in the SW Fl.start a guide assn.It has been said
    there already exists such as group,then my question is why don't you display
    that you belong to such a group?
    Some of the issues that bother me are:
    1.The guide/s who take customers out fishing and never move the boat other
    than out and back.
    2.the guide/s who says my boat is so unique that we can go offshore 20 miles
    and has such a shallow draft it will go in 6 inches.
    3.The offshore boat that spends 1hr.15min out,1hr.15min.back,30 min.to catch
    bait and all that in a 5hr.charter.By my count,thats 60% of a waste of time.
    4.The guide that runs aground in the backcountry.
    5.The guide that has his clients fish jacks and ladies,the entire charter with
    excuse there snowbirds.there happy to catch anything.

    In reading the above it sounds to me that you are complaining on how they run their business. In addition to possibly how they promote themselves and their business and their boat and the areas they fish. Regardless of an association or not, there are guides that have a great following. The reason I believe is that at the end of the day regardless if the clients are locals or snowbirds they have caught fish and had a good time.

    If you look at it from a cost of doing business point of view. The captain that stays in one place all day doesn't burn any fuel. But has more time fishing. Opposed to the guide that runs 2.5 hours and spends time catching bait. It's very possible that running far and spending time catching bait produces enough action and/or quality fish. That those clients also had a good time fishing. I'm going to tell you that those guides have likely found their niche.

    Remember that those clients have a choice to choose who they fish with. Good luck...Pete
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