I love adventures, because you usually you are fishing new water, learning new techniques, or simply seeing something amazing from a new perspective. This might lead to an obvious question, “do I see my daily job of guiding as an adventure or as routine?” The answer is simple, as an adventure. If I get onto the water and I think I know exactly how the trip is going to play out, than I am missing something large. The ocean and the fish are always different, the question is whether you want to see them as something different.
There are so many things in life that are check the box type experiences… I need to go here because…, or I need to go to this concert because…Fishing should never be this way. Those that have the best days on the water see that day as a blank canvas. A painting that has yet to be painted with endless opportunities. Even if you fish 20-30 days a year, ski 20-30 days a year, never make it routine, never make it work, always make it special. How you ask… that is all in the approach. When you step foot on a boat or put your waders on don’t be prepared to judge the day on what you catch, but be prepared to judge the day on what your senses took in. What did you see, feel, hear, experience. And this isn’t just a clients job, but more a guide’s. Remind each client why everything that is going on is so cool. This is why I love adventures.
Even as small as coming in and out of Hither Creek should not be seen as routine. If you pay attentions you come in and out of the creek, you will surely see 6-8 different types of birds, gorgeous boats, light you have never seen. When on the water, it is a rare day you don’t see multiple fish, tons of bait, the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, sharks, sunfish is always there… It is amazing how much we miss because we close our eyes. If our eyes were just open more, we would be amazed at how awesome a fishing trip is before we even catch a fish!
Can’t wait to be with you on the water…
The beginning of a Nantucket fishing season is often filled with reading articles about new techniques and new products, looking at videos and photos of years previous and creating goals for the year ahead. At least that is my early Spring ritual. I also try and invest time and energy into fishing for different species in the winter months. Going on “destination fishing adventures.” I don’t usually call these vacations as I rarely come back rested, more I call these adventures because as we say in our family, an adventure is when you take on a new experience where you don’t know the outcome.
This past off-season I fished for sailfish in the keys (multiple times!) Snook and Reds in Florida (multiple times.) All four of my trips were incredibly different. One one trip for sails we boated 7 in a little over an hour while on the other we got skunked. One trip for snook was a by-product of visiting my folks and landed 4 snook in four hours on fly over 30 inches and the other was an epic 3 day voyage to Everglades City. This trip was by far the most memorable of the four, not for the fish that we caught but for the experiences. Everglades City in itself, is just a cool place with cool/real people. It was awesome. But what made this trip so special, was no the place/the fish, but the adventure that the whole thing was. Our guide was excellent and was insistent on not boring us. He showed us new locations, took us to areas he had not fished in weeks and reminded me that the best guides are on adventures with their clients. Too often we think that clients what the shoebox experience. The plug and play where we know what is going to happen and so do they. The best trips though are risks, adventures, pushing envelopes and maybe doing something that nobody else is. these are the trips I look forward to and so that leads to my philosophy as a guide. I try to guide as if I am the client. What experience is going to wow me, because if I am wowed…the client will be. The tough part is sometimes, When you push the edge, you come away with less than desirable results, which comes to my next philosophy as a guide…
Always have a safety valve. Push the envelope. Do something different, but be ready to produce in the end if you need to. For as much as we all love adventures, clients are paying good money for memories and sometimes one fish can make that memory happen.