SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP By: wfn Capt. Bob Crosby - Vicksburg, Mississippi Trophy blue catfish on a rod and reel – truly, one of the biggest rushes that an angler can experience. And one of the best places to go after these massive fish is the mighty Mississippi River. Enter Bob Crosby, the owner and operator of Blue Cat Guide Service. Based in historic Vicksburg, Bob has been professionally guiding for two years, but he’s been fishing the Mississippi for well over a decade. In other words, he knows where to catch those big cats. WFN had the chance to ask Bob a few questions about his experience as a guide. What led to you becoming a fishing guide? I’ve always loved fishing, bur one of the things I’ve always enjoyed the most is taking people out on the water. I really don’t care if I catch anything, myself – if I can put people onto fish, I’m happy. At this point, I primarily guide on weekends, and work in construction supplies as a 9-5 job. Eventually, I want to be able to guide full-time. What advice would you offer to someone who wants to get into guiding? I can’t stress this enough – you need to have knowledge of the water. If you don’t know the ins and outs of the body of water that you’re fishing on, you and your clients won’t have much success. Now, if you’re looking to guide on the Mississippi exclusively, you have to make sure that you have the proper equipment. This is a deep river – 40 to 100 feet in some spots – and if you don’t have the gear you need, you’re not going to catch anything. Quick-Hit Questions: Do you have a fishing ‘bucket list?’ I’d love to go fishing for salmon and halibut in Alaska, and tuna fishing in southern Louisiana. Tell us about your boat. I’ve got a 19-foot center console Nautic Star, with a 150 HP Yamaha motor. It’s a bay-style boat, so it’s got deep sides and it’s very spacious. It’s perfect for the type of fishing we’ll be doing on the Mississippi.