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Learn From My Experience: Tips on Choosing a Fishing Guide

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June 16, 2014
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Peter Larmand guide bass catch
By choosing the right fishing guide, you'll be more likely to land a big catch like this.

by Peter Larmand

With today's technology, consumers are wiser and making more educated decisions before making purchases. This can also be true for a fishing guide. Use the resources we have today (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to find a guide that is right for you. There is more to guiding than just catching fish.

Being a guide myself and having taken guided trips, I can say to you with the utmost certainty I know which one I would have picked. My guided trip was during a family vacation in Florida. The guide we chose came recommended by a local tackle shop. So I booked the trip for six of us.

Well, the boat was good, and there was plenty of room. However, that is where it all ended for me. My brother-in-law made a cast, and once he started reeling in, his reel literally came apart in his hands. So they hand bomb the line back to the boat and give him another rod to use, which, by the way, was pretty much in the same condition as the one he just gave back. We were not catching anything big, but lines were old and breaking on hooksets.

All in all, it was $350 wasted.

When choosing a guide, make sure that the guide is knowledgeable of the area you want to be fishing. Make sure that the equipment that you will be using is not something that is going to fall apart in your hands. Also, inquire as to what the guide offers. By this, I mean: Do they offer shore lunch or allow you to take fish home with you? Will they clean the fish for you? Will they teach you anything while out on the water, as in the latest technique in catching fish, or would they be willing to show you a technique that you want to learn? Do they have any pictures or references? These are some of the questions that you should ask. If you ask these questions and do your research beforehand, your day on the water will be much more enjoyable.

For your next guiding adventure, be sure to check out for your adventures on Big Rideau Lake in Eastern Ontario, and you, too, can catch bass like the one pictured above.

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Peter Larmand

Home: Smiths Falls, Ontario Canada
(girlfriend) Robin, (daughter) Jessica Savanah
Fishing, hockey, golf, MMA, coaching kids soccer
: Nitro Z-9 / Mercury 250 Pro XS motor

Angling Stuff

Favorite Technique: Spinnerbait, jigs, drop-shotting
Fishing Strength:
Power fishing
Favorite Lake:
Big Rideau lake, Lake Erie
Favorite Species
Small/large mouth bass
Likes to Fish:
Santee Cooper reservoirs, Ottawa River, Potomac River

Career Highlights

Fishing all of my life. Started fishing with my dad but, serious fishing 27 years
11 Tournament wins
23 Top-10 finishes
Fishing guide for 9 years
2010 2nd place Bass Angler Association Muskrat Lake with 15.44 lbs.
2010 1st place Bass Angler Association Rideau Lake with 14.22 lbs.
2010 Big Fish Bass Angler Association Rideau Lake with 4.8 lbs.
2010 2nd place Bass Angler Association "Team of the Year Standings"
22009 18th place Bass Northern Open, Lake Erie Sandusky, OH
2009 45th place Berkley B1 Canadian Open, Lac St. Louis Lachine, QC
2007 2nd place Renegade Bass Big Rideau Lake with 18.88 lbs
2007 3rd place Big Fish, Renegade Bass Big Rideau Lake with 5.04 lbs
2007 Big Fish Winner, Renegade Bass Ottawa River with 6.50 lbs
2006 Big Fish Winner, Bass Anglers Association with 5.03 lbs
2006 Big Fish Winner, Renegade Bass Cranberry / Dog Lake with 5.26 lbs
2006 1st place Bass Anglers Association, White Late
2005 Classic Champion, Bass Anglers Association
2004 Team of the Year, Bass Anglers Association

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