We have revisited this topic once every couple of years as we continue to receive email fisherman who don’t think they were treated fairly by the guide they booked for a Striper fishing trip on Lake Texoma. The biggest issue is centered around the use of phrases of terms “Guaranteed Catch”, “Catch fish or your money back.
Do a Web Search for Lake Texoma Striper Guide and you will find results in the Sponsored links section.
Doing a search on on the web on either Google or Yahoo using differently phrased inquiries looking for a Lake Texoma striper fishing guide and then look at the Sponsored Links you will find more phrases such as:
* “Guaranties fish or your next trip is free”
* “Guaranteed Catch”
* “Catch fish or your money back”
* “We catch fish. Guaranteed”
Before you book a trip ensure you are getting what you understand exactly what the terms of your booking and you will receive to make sure you have a fun fulled day fishing. Be sure to ask questions such as “What does Guarantee to catch Fish” mean.
Not to say that the guides using these sales pitches aren’t very good guides and that you won’t catch fish, most are excellent guides, but…. understand that fish is used as the singular and plural tenses, ie.. “Wooohooo, I caught a fish.”, “We had fun and caught a box full of fish”.
We have been told of of guides who on bad fishing days, holding customers to the guarantee once they caught “ONE” fish.
We also know of some guides that are true to their word and will take you out another time if fishing is so bad you spend 5-6 hours and only catch a one or a couple fish. Some guides also will re-fish you at a reduced price.
Also be sure to ask about the time you are allotted to fish. Most guides specify this on their web sites and will tell you if asked. Ask what happens should you catch your limit in an hour and you would like to fish some more. Some will whisk you immediately back to the marina, others will take you catfishing, etc. Once you have caught your limit of stripers most won’t let you keep fishing for them, but there can be alternatives.
Another area to ask is if you will be fishing with the advertised guide. Some guides are multi-guide operations and will publish who their guides are. Others are one man operations and the guide on the site is the one you will be fishing with, however there are some who use part time guides as fill ins. The part time guides may or may not have an excellent knowledge of the lake. We have heard many stories of part time guides who don’t really care how the trip goes as they are not the one you are paying and they figure they will never see you again anyways, The point we are trying to stress is that you should know who you are paying to fish with and not be blind sided at the dock.
Take your time and look at several of the guide’s web sites , don’t be afraid to go 2-3 pages deep in the search (the above term resulted in “about 25,000 results”). There are numerous guides that don’t do the Sponsored Link program that are excellent guides but for one reason or another choose not to advertise as a Sponsored Link. Make calls or email the guides. They will be happy to talk to you about their services.
Remember you are the customer and as any other purchase you make, know what you are getting before you get in the boat.
If you would like a referral to a guide we would pay to go fishing with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get your trip booked.