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Not everyone grew up exposed to the joys of fishing and the outdoors. For many, if your family fished, then you learned to fish. If your family did not fish, then you might get lucky and encounter a friend, roommate, or work colleague somewhere along the way who is willing to teach you to fish. But what if you are interested in learning about fishing, but you never got the chance? There is no need to worry. Meet the fishing guide.

Redfish With Captain Ryan In Folly Beach SC

What is a Fishing Guide?

Fishing guides are experienced, professional fishermen who are accustomed to taking people at all skills levels out for a day of fishing. If you let your guide know that you are new to fishing, then the guide will be able to plan the trip accordingly. Fishing guides typically supply all the equipment you will need, so new anglers do not need to make expensive purchases to gear up for their first trip. Most fishing guides will provide rods, reels, bait, and more. Also, many guides cater to new comers, and they delight in helping someone catch their first fish.

Some styles of fishing are easier for beginners, and your fishing guide should be able to pick a style that is right for your experience level. For example, when fishing for redfish or trout along the Gulf Coast, it is generally easier for beginners to catch fish while using bait. Using certain artificial lures can take more practice to get the fish to bite. Matching the fishing technique to the experience level of the angler is a key skill for a professional guide.

What Will I Learn on a Fishing Trip?

Regardless of whether it is your first trip or your one hundredth trip, a professional fishing guide should be able to help you improve your fishing skills. Depending on the type of fishing you choose, a guide can teach an angler a few new skills such as:

How to cast

How to bait a hook

Where to locate fish

How to tie a fishing knot

What type of fishing gear you need

How to set the hook

How to reel in a fish

How to clean a fish

The best fishing guides can do other things beyond fishing instruction. Some guides may be able to show you points of interest or help you identify some local wildlife that you may encounter during the day. There are all sorts of things that you can learn from someone who has more experience on the water.

Intro to Fishing

Hiring a professional fishing guide is a great way to introduce non-fishermen to the sport. Because they are on the water frequently, the guides know where the fish are biting. But there are no guarantees in fishing, so keep in mind that not everyone will actually catch fish the first time that they get to go fishing. Hopefully, with a skilled guide and some beginner’s luck, new anglers will get the opportunity to catch a few fish.

Captain Experiences offers fully guide trips for anglers at all levels of experience. All you have to do is select the location that you wish to go fishing, and then browse our list of available fishing guides for that location. Each guide will have a profile that specifies the skill level of angler needed for the trip, and most of our guides welcome beginners. Each guide’s profile will also indicate whether fishing gear is provided and what you can expect from a day on the water. Whether it is your first time or you are an experienced fishing pro, Captain Experiences looks forward to helping you book your next fishing adventure.