Guaranteed Catch Revisited

We recieved an email over the weekend from a fisherman whose party recently had a tough day fishing with a guide on Lake Texoma, catching only a few small stripers.  The inquiry centered around the use of phrases of terms "Guarateed Catch", "Catch fish or your money back.  We had witten an article on this last year and for your information are updating the past article.

We just did a Google Search for Lake Texoma Striper Guide and the top three reults in the Sponsored links section at top of page are listed below.

Lake Texoma Striper Guide      Come fishing with aaaaaaaaa. Catch fish or your money back!
Lake Texoma Fishing Guide      Lake Texoma full time fishing guide guaranties fish. Licensed & insured
Lake Texoma Striper Guide      Lake Texoma Striper Guide. 15 Years Experience. Guaranteed Catch!

Do a search 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 want to have a fun fulled day fishing.  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, but….. fish is used as the singular and plural tenses, ie.. "Yooohooo, I caught a fish.",  "We caught a box full of fish". 

We have heard reports of guides 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 to catch 3-4 fish.  Some guides also will refish you for a reduced price.

Also 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 wisk you immediately back to the marina, others will take you catfishing, etc.  Once you have caught your limit of stripers you can't keep fishing for them, but there are alternatives.  

Another area to ask is if you will be fishing with the advertised guide.  Some guides who are multi guide services publish who their guides are.  Most guide services 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.  Again the part time guide may or may not be an excellent knowlegable guide.  We have however 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.

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