How Much to Tip For Fishing

Sportfishing is an expensive sport, whether you are the angler, the boat owner/operator or crew. Typically the crew of a fishing charter rely to a large extent on tips from charter anglgers to supplement their incomes. This works because the owner/operator is able to keep the fixed costs of running the operation a little lower, but also because quality of fishing is often correlated to quality of effort put into catching fish – bu the angler and also by the crew.

If the angler is the beneficiary of the effort of the crew therefore, it is often god thing to tip. This process continues in most places, and is particularly true in Guatemala – although comes with certain considerations that are not unique to Guatemala, but are nonetheless specific to your fishing trip to Guatemala.

How much to tip the crews ?

Tipping in Guatemala is not widely practiced – although it has become the norm in certain services, particularly – as you would expect – in any provided directly to tourists and foreigners.

We are frequently asked “What is considered normal tipping practice when fishing”, to which we generally advise that a tip of $125-175 per boat per day is probably average. The wide range should be primarily determined by factors such as –

How hard did the crew work for you? Were they watching the baits ALL the time?

Were they changing out the baits on a regular basis to avoid them becoming “washed out”?

Were the considerate and asking how YOU would like to fish rather than how they normally fish?

How big is the party fishing – the tip referenced above assumes 4, so if more or less there is a case for adjustment –

Were you provided with snacks, food and drink as and when you want it? Were your needs anticipated?

Did the captain work hard to find fish? Was he successful?

While the tip should not necessarily reflect the number of fish caught, there IS a correlation between the number of fish caught and effort/work provided, The number of fish raised to efforts to scout a productive area and find what baits are working

In all cases of course, the tip is discretionary, and should reflect the level of service provided and your satisfaction with the crew… probably the biggest factor in all of the above, or the largest modulator of whether the boat tip should be $100 or $175 is how many anglers there were actually fishing for the day.

These opinions on what is customary are suggestions only and you should use them as guidelines. Consider however that there can be a divergence in custom between local crews – and “Professional” or “International” Captains.

The prime season in Guatemala is relatively short compared to many other destinations, and so there is a “school of thought” that says that Captains and crews have a need to compress earnings into a shorter time – and so the average needs to be higher. We will leave that up to the individual to consider.

Tipping for other services

A general “rule of thumb” that is realistic, is that if you are receiving service from someone who primarily deals with tourists/anglers – then use judgment to tip as appropriate. Of course hardly anyone is going to refuse a tip, but some examples of what is customary maybe :

Maid in a villa : $5/day total for the group unless there is a lot of laundry or extra cleaning to be done

Chef/Waitress in a private villa : $25/day for the group between them. The chef is usually the “leader” ‘so a tip left for him/her would be shared amongst the rest of the team

Drivers – only expect to tip if they help substantially with luggage ($1/bag), or if they go out of their way to help (run an errand for example)

Tour guides – maybe 10% of the total cost, or approximately $2/hour spent with them – this can be different as well depending on anglers fishing, size of group etc.

Salaries in Guatemala are low compared to US or European standards, to give you an idea (and perhaps to help gauge the “value” of a tip :

– Unskilled day labour – you may see people picking fruit or cutting grass with a machete in the central reservation for example : $8-10 per day

– Moderate skilled office or shop worker : $350/month

– Skilled but not professional (may speak English for example) : $500/month

– “Professional” (accountant, bank sub-manager, store manager) : $1000/month

Of course, just like anywhere, there is a small percentage of folks (mainly in the city) that earn a substantial amount of money, but for the most part, compensation is relatively low – and so a tip (or “propina”) can be very meaningful.

Source by Kevin Styles

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Bass Fishing at Night

Many people who are just starting out in the sport of bass fishing sometimes find it difficult to determine when the best time to catch bass really is.  Or – even if these rookies know the best times to fish – it can be tough to decide which method to use to actually catch the bass once they’ve started fishing.  The good news is that bass fishing has become such a prolific sport that there’s no shortage of advice to help get you through those troubling start-up times.

Bass, like most creatures, will usually stop biting during the hottest times of the day.  So during the summer months when the sun’s especially brutal, your best bet is to wait and enjoy the relative calm and cool of night fishing.  Bass fishing at night is best when you’re sure that the water won’t drop below sixty degrees.  Night fishing is a pretty much a sure bet if you’re fishing during the months of July and August.  If you’re fishing in the southern states, you could potentially fish at night for the majority of the year as temperatures may only be below eighty degrees for three or four months during the hardest portion of the winter.

If you’re going to fish at night, you shouldn’t have to change your habits too much.  Simply go out to deep water and look for the large rock formations and crevices on the bottom that provide shelter for the bass to hide out in.  This will increase your chances of catching a good-sized bass.  Of course, you’ll need to remember that in the dog days of summer when temperatures are in the 100o+ plus range, it’ll be difficult to catch bass at any depth above twenty feet, even at night. 

Another technique to use when you’re night fishing is to use a heavier type of bait or lure.  There are several reasons to do this.  One is that you’ll probably need to get as deep into the water as possible to attract the best fish and a heavier tackle will allow you to do this.  The other is to use a heavy tackle on the line to help you feel when you’re close to snagging a fish since it will be far more difficult for you to see anything at night.  This sensation of feeling your catch and using that as a means of guiding you through your night-time fishing expedition is a great way to get even more in touch with your overall fishing experience. 

Since you’ll be going out at night, it’s best to take as little equipment as possible so that you don’t clog up your boat with unnecessary clutter that will only get tangled up in the end.  However, don’t skimp out on the safety equipment you’ll need at night.  Some people who fish at night use black lights to help them see the nylon line – which glows under the black light – and to keep their equipment in check.  If you plan to fish at night alone, you’ll also want to have basic first aid equipment and a cell phone in case of emergencies.

Source by Ling Tong

Largemouth Bass – a Fishing Fool Article ™

It all started on June 2, 1932 by a man named George W. Perry on Montgomery Lake, in Georgia. Using a shared rod (because they only had one) it was his turn to cast the $1.35 lure and with some 25lbs test silk line he made his cast from the row boat built from .75 cents of scrap lumber.

The Largemouth Bass weighed in at 22 lbs 4 oz and it took Perry and his family 2 days to eat the giant. The rest is history.

Know for its explosive strikes and amazing aerial displays, largemouth bass are by far the most pursued freshwater game fish in the United States. They are located through out most of the continental United States, all over Mexico, and even in some parts of Canada.

Largemouth Bass Facts

  • Scientific Name – Micropterus salmoides
  • Current World Record – 22.4 lbs
  • Preferred water temp – 77 to 86 degrees
  • Common names – Bass, Florida Bass, Black or Green Bass, Bucket mouth, Largemouth

Where to find Largemouth Bass

Originally found south of the great lakes and east of the Mississippi, they have spread throughout the United States, Hawaii, Southern Canada, and most of Mexico. They have also been introduced into Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Largemouths occupy most freshwater rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, pits & quarries, and even some drainage ditches in neighborhoods. If you know of some freshwater nearby, there is a good chance that there is a Largemouth Bass in it.

One of the hardest things about fishing for Largemouth is finding them. Everything from water temperature, air temperature, weather season, the wind, angle of the sun’s rays, time of day, and even the moon phase play important roles in the location of Largemouth. Then when you think you have located some fish getting them to bite can be another challenge.

Your best bet is to start very early in the day or late in the afternoon. Largemouth Bass tend to avoid direct bright sunlight and most fish are caught when the light is low or when the sky is overcast. Look for man-made or natural structure. Look for a dock, a tree, a branch, a rock, a point of land on a mostly straight bank. Anything that stands out as something different will usually hold fish. If you are fishing a cow pasture look for the place where the cows come down to drink or get in the water. A lot of times that area will hold a few fish. Docks are also a great place to find bass. Just look for anything that will give small baitfish a place to hide or that will provide some shade for the bass to rest in and you will be off to a good start.

If you are fishing from a boat out in the open water look for submerged structure with your fishfinder. Watch for stumps, ledges, submerged rock piles, quick drop off’s, or even schools of baitfish. Watch the surface for bass chasing minnows or shad, watch for birds diving into the water, this could mean that there is some bait around and the bass might be underneath the bait chasing them up to the surface. If you fishfinder has a temperature gauge look for changes in the normal water temp (a thermo cline). This can also produce some fish at certain times. Bridge pilings are usually a good place to check for a few bass also.

How to catch Largemouth Bass

Patterns – When you hear the term pattern used by bass fishermen they are not talking about the design of the lure that they are using. They are referring to the set of conditions that is putting fish in the boat. This is usually 2 things; the location of the bass and the technique used to get them to bite. The pattern will change from day to day and sometimes several times during a single day. If you have good luck on a stretch of bank that has lily pads and tree branches sticking up through them and the fish suddenly stop biting, chances are good that if you find some similar conditions else where you will find active fish again. This is a pattern.

When looking for feeding bass most anglers use some type of fast moving lure like a crankbait or a spinnerbait. Work the bait thoroughly but keep moving till you find some feeding fish. When you get a bass to hit slow down and keep as quiet as possible. Bass are pretty sensitive to noise and you don’t want to spook them before you have some fun catching a few.

If the bite stops after you get a few fish to the boat change lures according to the situation and give them something else to look at. If the bite is over, note the exact location and the structure conditions in that area. Then try to find another area with similar conditions and chances are good that the fish will be there also. It is not a foolproof way of finding bass, but it does work quite often. Also remember that the pattern will probably work the following day around the same time if the weather has not changed too much.

Some last minute tips

If you have more that one rod – rig up a few different baits on extra rods. That way you don’t have to keep retying when the action is on.

Keep a logbook of your fishing. Note the season, times, weather, location, bait used, water temp and height. Then repeat your successful pattern next year and see if you get the same good results…I bet you will.

Be courteous to other fishermen. If you see someone in a boat working a bank, don’t pull your boat in front of them and start fishing. Pull in where they have already been and start your fishing there and follow them at a polite distance. You would want the same done to you.


Please practice catch and release whenever possible and remember the large fish don’t taste any better than an average medium or small one. Take a picture and let the trophies live to catch and enjoy again later. Be safe and have fun!

Thanks for reading!


The Fishing Fool

Source by Scott Perry

Bass Fishing Tricks – You Can't Go Wrong With A Worm!

Bass fishing, or should I say catching, can often times be a humbling experience.  There are really no magic bass fishing tricks that you can use that are guaranteed to put bass in the boat or on the stringer every single time you go fishing.  Bass just simply are not active and willing to bite any lure or bait that is put in front of them all the time.  When the fishing is slow, as it is much of the time, you can’t go wrong with a worm.  

When the fishing is slow and the bass don’t seem to be biting,  people tend to make two crucial mistakes.  They tend to fish too fast, or they move around from spot to spot in hopes to find some active fish.  We all know that bass love plastic worms.  The plastic worm is probably one of, if not the best, all around lures to use in any situation.  However, it is definitely one of the best lures to use when bass are in an inactive mood.

Something to keep in mind, especially if you were catching fish in an area, is you don’t necessarily need to move to a different spot.  Say for example, you were catching fish in an area on a fast moving lure such as a spinnerbait or a crankbait and then all of a sudden the fish seem to quit biting.  This doesn’t mean that the fish have left this area it just means that they have become inactive.  This is a perfect time to stay in this area and slow down your presentation.  When bass become inactive they head for cover, and it’s time to tie on a plastic worm.  

In order to be successful in these slow periods you must understand that the very existence of a bass revolves around cover.  This is the time to tie on a plastic worm and look for cover such as weeds, logs, stumps, docks, or brushpiles, and fish close to or right in the cover.  Use your worm to dissect the cover by making several casts from different angles.  You will need to get your lure right in the strike zone in order to get an inactive bass to strike.  Patience is the key.  Work the worm slowly and methodically by hopping, dragging, and bouncing it over, through, and around the cover.   

As mentioned above, there are no magic bass fishing tricks that are guaranteed to work.  Worms come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Select a variety of plastics worms and add them to your tackle box.  Practice and patience are the keys to catching bass on them.  I will guarantee that you will catch your share of bass on plastic worms if you stick with them, especially when the bass are inactive.  You can’t go wrong with a worm.


Late Fall, Early Winter Bass Fishing Tips

Well my friends, sadly we are ending another year of Bass Fishing here in the Northwest.  However, you can still land yourself a lunker this fall with these tips below:

1)  Fish Slow, Fish Deep:  As the water temps drop, it is important to chase the bass into the deeper waters, and along boulders which will help to retain heat.  Often, you will see schools of bass laying up against the boulders, trying to stay warm.  Also, as the ice begins to hit the lake, the bass will head towards more oxygen…hence, the deeper waters.  As always, with cooler water, means slower presentations.  Metabolism really slows down this time of year, so it is important to leave the bait in front of their nose as long as possible.  Often times, you will get strikes only on reactions, so keep it slow and simple.

2)  Flat head Jerk Baits:  If you can find a flat head jerk bait at your local tackle shop, grab it.  These baits suspend in the water, and have a much tighter wiggle to them then the average jerk bait for plug.  This is extremely important during cold water temps.  Often times, anglers make the mistake of using an extremely flashy, wobbly lure at this time, and won’t get bit.  These fish want that lure slow….The flat head is perfect for this.

3)  Retrieves:  Make sure you work the retrieve as slow as possible.  I like to jerk, then wait 8-10 seconds, and then jerk again.  The bass really need to see the presentation for a while before they get the energy up to hit it.  Manually count the seconds in your head to ensure you are going slow enough.  If you think you are going slow enough…You are going too fast!

4)  Your Lake:  Make sure you fish a lake that maintains its vegetation as late into the year as possible.  Vegetation means oxygen, and oxygen means more fish.  Look for boulders and rocks on the lake floor.  These areas will retain more heat, and retain more fish.

In conclusion…The bass year is running low on time, but the real fishing begins.  Make sure you watch for our articles at for more information on monster winter fishing in the near future.

Happy Fishing, and Respect the Lake.

Source by Charles

Information About Braid Fishing Line

Braid fishing line has become more popular to use in most aspects of fishing than ever before. Carp anglers especially have used it for some time but now more and more sea anglers are coming to realise the benefits of using a line that has a far greater strength to diameter ratio than any monofilament line.

The advantages of using braid against monofilament line far out way the drawbacks.

Braids used to be very visible in the water but now with braids such as Dark Moss Green ‘Tuff’ Braid this has been eradicated almost entirely. The Dark Moss Green Braid is very popular with Carp anglers.

Braids are very abrasive resistant and of course having a far greater strength to diameter ratio they are less prone to snap under most pressures. Some braids are available with just a 0.28 mm diameter to 100lb breaking strain! Our braids are made from the same material that is used to make bullet proof vests! They are made from the highest quality 100% Dyneema braid fibre currently on sale today.

With less diameter than monofilament, braid has less water resistance and therefore is better in a tidal pull as found at different stages of the tide and in deep water. This is the reason why braid is often used in boat fishing by a lot of anglers. With less diameter it is less sensitive to wind, having a better resistance to cross winds etc than monofilament. You don’t get as much drift or drag on the line.

Braid has very little or no water absorption so keeps you more in touch with a fish. When you use braid for the first time you will feel a very significant increase in ‘feel’ with a fish on the hook.

Braid fishing line has no stretch or memory so every little tug or pull by even the smallest of fish is felt on your rod tip.

The one thing you have to allow for is that having no stretch you have to be careful when setting a hook after a ‘bite’, a little restraint is necessary so you don’t pull the hook out of the fish’s mouth.

Using braid fishing line spinning for Bass or Mackerel in the summer can be great sport. It’s great for casting plugs and spinners, I find braid fishing line outcasts monofilament because of less wind resistance and being lighter and is thinner pound for pound. It’s also a fantastic sensation feeling every pull and tug of a sporting fish such as these once hooked.

A lot of anglers shy away from using braid on their multiplyer reels because of over-runs or wind knots. Having experimented with braid on all my muliplyers, I have four I use quite regularly, I am now quite confident in using it all the time. My favourite multiplyer is an Abu mag 6500 CT by playing around with different rigs and set-ups I have come to the following conclusions:

  1. Using a one hook clipped down rig, with the reel set at it’s maximum distance for me, then I can hit it as hard as I like without any fear of an overrun.
  2. Using a 3 or 2 hook set-up then if the reel is not restrained a little using the mag then it does tend to want to overrun mid cast.
  3. If a gentle ‘lob’ is required now and again to try your luck closer in to the shore then the mag or the brakes definitely need adjusting to slow the reel down otherwise an over-run is on the cards!

The advantage for me is that I normally fish steep shingle beaches either in Suffolk or down in Kent. A lot of the areas are becoming tackle grave yards so using 0.28mm 100lb braid, I can normally get any snagged tackle back, plus a few bonus rigs besides my own. I also don’t lose any distance in my casting. The best I have done so far is 8 other rigs along with my own.

It’s not surprising a lot of rigs are building up as snags in the 50 to 100 yard band, a lot I retrieve are a loose piece of about 15lb main line with a 50 or 60lb shock leader attached, now if you get snagged using that sort of set-up then you are going to lose it every time it gets snagged! You can read on a lot of forums how anglers are now getting fed-up with losing gear all the time. The rigs mentioned are great on a clean beach but not in an area that is known for snags.

One guy who I sometimes fish with said that in reality I am making matters worse by using 100lb braid because if I break off then I am adding 100lb breaking strain line to the equation that nobody is going to break off from if they get snagged on it. I disagree.

In a snaggy area I can normally pull in 3, 4 or 5 other rigs when I get snagged. I have only lost 2 rigs myself in the last 2 years but I have cleared probably about 30 or 40, so in my reckoning, I am making the area a cleaner place for others to fish. Plus gaining a lot of FREE leads and end tackle into the bargain!

The one thing I really like and appreciate is that I now don’t have any leader knots getting full of weed and jamming in my top ring when reeling in. You could use 60lb braid line straight through and it would only be the same diameter or less than standard 15lb monofilament!

Rock anglers in general seem to shy away from using braid because a lot of rock marks and gullies contain heavy deep kelp. Trying to bully a fish out of deep kelp using braid can cause the hook to pull out of the fish because it has no stretch so is not so forgiving as there is no buffer between you and the fish. You will lose less fish using monofilament, horses for courses as they say.

I use braid fishing line on a big sea fixed spool reel I fish with on a Shakespeare Blue Metal rod (16ft 4inches long). A lot of guys are now going over to using ‘continental’ rod and reel set-ups. I have fished for around 50 years on and off and only recently given any thought to fixed spool reels, always happy with multiplyers all my life apart from when I am spinning for Bass or Mackerel. I have to admit these longer, softer rods can certainly throw a lead a long way without too much of an effort. The one essential bit of equipment I would recommend with these reels is, get yourself a ‘thumb-button’! I use one and it takes all the pain and cut fingers away when casting. Remember braid fishing line is a far thinner diameter than monofilament pound for pound!

Braid fishing line isn’t the answer to a maiden’s prayer BUT it can in a lot of situations be a better alternative than monofilament.

Tight Lines

Source by John Staten

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Canadian Fishing Experience – Interesting Facts Spotlighting Smallmouth Bass Fishing

This is even more apparent in some of our slack water reservoirs. Smallmouth relates much more to a sudden or rapid depth change than they do cover. When we fish for largemouth, we are all taught to fish brush piles and thick weed beds, but small mouth bass are more likely to be caught on a rock ledge that drops off quickly from about six to twelve feet.

When fishing in the reservoirs here such as Conowingo, or in the rivers like the Susquehanna, small mouths are sometimes caught shallow, but they are seldom more than 10-20 yards away from deep water.

Everywhere we go, we see the majority of bass anglers beating the shoreline, and as this may work for largemouth bass most of the time, if you are after big smallmouth bass, turn around and cast to the open water rather than beat the shore.
Unlike largemouth, smallmouth often group together by size. We found that if we were catching smaller fish, in the eleven to fourteen inch range, we rarely caught a big one in the same area.

On the other hand, when we caught a small mouth that was
About four or five pounds, many times there were several that size and even larger swimming right along with them. Big largemouth bass are loners, usually found by them on the best piece of structure, while larger smallmouth bass will often school together. There are several things that tell you that smallmouth bass are much better suited for strong current than largemouth. For one, their pointed noses and the sharp angle of their fins are indicators that they are more suited to current. They often get behind a rock or stump and rush out to feed.

Locating and then catching big smallmouth is a real challenge. That is why it is so much fun. Hopefully by reading some of these methods you have gained a better understanding of where these trophy fish go and what they are looking for, and of course, this will hopefully get you the fish of a lifetime.
The best method is to cast shallow and retrieve the lure slowly back towards the deeper water. Slowly is the key word here. In cold water, a slow, steady retrieve is deadly for big smallmouth.

When the water starts to get above 50 degrees, the smallmouth will start to move around the flats more. Some of the best spots for smallmouth don’t really look very good to the average angler that is used to fishing for largemouth. The better areas are just some pea gravel or some clay with maybe a stump or two, but fish these areas slowly now, and you will connect with a big smallmouth. Swimming a Yamamoto grub in these types of areas is absolutely deadly at these water temperatures. Keep working these areas slowly and don’t move too quickly, and you will hook one of the better smallmouth in the area.

Many times here in the northeast, we get a lot of heavy rains, which really muddies up the water such as the Susquehanna River and flats. This can really ruin a lot of the small mouth fishing, but finding clearer water can produce good fish even under these adverse conditions, as we proved earlier this year out on the flats. By searching out some clear water in the same type of areas, we connected with several big fish while we were hearing nothing but complaints from other anglers. In lakes or reservoirs, as well as the rivers, if you move to the back of creek arms and crank the advancing mud line, you can still connect with good fish.

Source by Abhishek Agarwal