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Please feel free to contact me or give me a call at (602) 363-5456 if you have questions that are not covered here. Thank you.

What happens in the event that something comes up and I am unable to make it to our scheduled guide trip?

I can take up to 2 people comfortably in my 2008 Bass Cat Puma boat powered by
a Mercury 250 Pro XS. In some cases 3 depending on the size of the group (children, etc). 

Do you guaranty we will catch fish?

I wish on every trip my clients would catch at least 100 fish. The reality is fish
have minds of their own and no matter what you do, sometimes they just don’t bite or read the same magazines that I do. That said, you can greatly increase your odds by using live bait and calling ahead for an honest fishing report from me. Remember, it is not always about fishing. It’s about spending time outdoors with family and friends and enjoying nature and the like.

If I book a fishing guide trip with you, how many people can go?

Hiring a bass fishing guide is expensive, what gives?

Think about it like this. If you were go to and rent a boat for 4 or 8 hours,
you would pay about the same or *more* and not have any knowledge of
the lake, equipment or techniques or where to fish. The
guide trip rate helps
to offset the cost of maintaining and operating a boat and fishing equipment.

I am not a strong swimmer, do you provide life jackets?

Without question, as a matter of fact my policy is to wear your life jacket at all
times if you cannot swim. Additionally, I ask that everyone wear life jackets when
the boat is underway. Children under 13 years of age must wear a life jacket at
all times per Arizona state law.

Can we keep the fish?  Will you clean them for us to eat?

Typically the answer is no since we are fishing for largemouth bass. I support catch and release of *all* largemouth and smallmouth bass; however, it is acceptable to keep bass under 2lbs to improve certain fisheries. I do not offer to clean and fillet you fish, however, so that would be up to you if you'd like to keep your catch.

What is the best lake for us to go to?

My answer for this would be the lake where you will catch the most fish. All Arizona lakes offer a variety of fishing opportunities. We can discuss and choose a lake when planning your trip.

Do we meet you at the boat ramp or will you pick us up in your vehicle?

In some cases I can arrange for transportation to pick you up for your guided fishing trip. This will be discussed when planning your trip, so please let me know where I can help.

Do you accept gratuity?

Guides work very hard, we are in a service industry. That said if you think I did a great job
at teaching you new techniques and locating fish, absolutely! One other thing you can
do is to patronize my sponsors. If it weren’t for my sponsors, I would not be where I am
and not be able to offer guide trip rates as low as I do.

Do I need to purchase fishing license?  Where do I purchase a fishing license?

Yes, you have the option of purchasing a day, week or annual fishing license depending on
your needs. Please visit any local Sportsman or Wal-Mart or this link online to purchase
your fishing license:
Arizona Game and Fish Department

What if it’s bad weather on the day that our trip is scheduled?

If the weather is incliment to the point where your safety is involved, we can reschedule the
trip. As I always say, “there is no fish worth dying for.” Wait, let me rethink that statement,
maybe a world record largemouth.
 

In some cases I can reschedule and you will not lose your deposit. I will address this on a case-by-case basis so please let me know as soon as possible.

How can I obtain a discounted fishing trip?

I offer Active Duty Military and Police/Fire Department personell a 10% discount-
Thank you for your service!

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