Becoming A Florida Fishing Guide

Viewer Marcus H. writes:

Hello my name is Marcus. I am sixteen years old and I live in Lagrange Georgia and love fishing. I love your show. I watch it every Sunday morning, but I need some advice, so I came to someone who I thought would be the best on this subject. My best friend and I have a big dream to become fishing guides in the Florida Keys. We love fishing and are fairly good at it. It's something we love greatly... I'm talking about as soon as the bell rings to get out of school we are hooking the boat to the truck and we're gone fishing. We can't imagine what it would be like to do something that we love as much as fishing for a living. It is a BIG BIG dream of mine to do this as well as my friend too. But what I am coming to you about is how we go about doing this. How do we learn more about fishing the Keys? What's the best way to get started doing this? I'd like some tips on how to start off down there.

Thank you. I will be watching your show soon! Thanks for your time and like I said it would be great if you could help me out on this subject.

Marcus H.

Hey Marcus,

That is a difficult question to answer. There are many ways to get into the fishing game, I can tell you that I started by working in a gas station until I could afford a boat and then went fishing every chance I got. I think the best thing anyone could do to start guiding in the Keys would be to learn the area well. There are many different spots that produce different species at different times of the year. The only way to learn them is to read as many books and articles on the area, study your charts, figure out what may be a good place to fish and, most importantly, put your time in. There simply is no substitute for that, you have to put your time in. If there are some local fishermen that are willing to show you how to get around in the area go with them.

After that, it's get your sea time logged, get your Captain's license and then you can start guiding.

It's not an easy job and you have to be careful that you don't turn the thing you love to do into a grind, but for me, being a fishing guide was a pretty cool part of my life.

All the best,

Capt. Jose Wejebe


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