59, Day 1
Guiding A Beginner
Note: For 32 years, Jackie Thompson of Eufaula, Alabama, has fished and
guided on Lake Eufaula along the Alabama-Georgia border. He has helped
many tournament anglers win tournaments. He has guided other fishermen
to the biggest bass of their lifetimes and taught others how to catch
fish. Thompson's winning personality, his knowledge of the lake and his
ability to teach fishing have made him one of the most sought-after guides
in the nation.
QUESTION: Jackie, why do fishermen hire bass-fishing
ANSWER: Many people hire guides because they don't know how to
bass fish, and they want a guide to teach them how.
What do you teach that type of client?
ANSWER: I try to find out whether they have had any fishing experience
and what kind of fishing equipment they have used. Once I know their experience
level and the type of equipment they have used in the past, I have a reference
point from which to start teaching them.
QUESTION: Where do you start if your client never
has had any fishing experience?
ANSWER: I start them with either an open-faced spinning reel or
closed-faced spin-cast reel. A beginning angler can easily learn to cast
one of these type reels like that Johnson makes.
With what method of fishing do you start the beginner?
ANSWER: A beginner should start by fishing a Carolina-rigged plastic
worm because of its ease in casting and fishing. You also can easily tell
when you get a bite. For the main line, I suggest you fish 17-pound test
Berkley XT and 12-pound test Berkley XT for the leader. I tie on either
a 4- or a 6-inch worm for a beginner. Bass can easily get smaller worms
into their mouths, and the small worms generally catch more bass. Also,
the beginning angler can usually set the hook easier with a smaller worm.
Beginners have to use tactics that equal success. They need success in
casting and every other aspect of fishing, not just catching fish. With
a 4- or 6-inch plastic worm and a closed-face or an open-face spinning
reel, I can help the beginner achieve success.
contact Jackie Thompson, write to him at 110 Marina Drive, Eufaula, Alabama
36027, or call him at (334) 687-9595.
Tomorrow: Why Tournament Fishermen Hire Guides