SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP Capt. Michael Short - Galveston, Texas The next time you’re looking for a fishing adventure down on the coastal city of Galveston, Texas, why not give Captain Michael Short a call? As the owner of Get Hooked Charters, and with six years of professional guiding experience, Capt. Michael knows his way around the water. He offers inshore and offshore fishing trips and targets multiple species, depending on the type of trip that you choose – these include mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, and more. WFN had the opportunity to ask Capt. Michael some questions about his guiding experiences. What led to you becoming a fishing guide? I’ve always had a love for fishing, and over the years, the desire to make a living out of doing what I love continued to grow. Now, I’ve achieved that goal, and I’m able to guide year-round. The most rewarding thing for me is putting people on fish, especially if they’ve never really been fishing before. Seeing the smiles on their faces is truly a great feeling. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? First of all, you need to make sure that you know what you’re getting into, and that you have everything organized ahead of time. Before you leave your 9-5 job, make peace with the fact that you could be going hungry for a couple of years. It’s also important to build up your local advertising and online presence. If you do this, you’ll get more business and, over time, more repeat clients. Quick-Hit Questions: Do you have a fishing ‘bucket list?’ I’ve been trying for the last few years to catch a black marlin, and I came close one – I hooked into it, but it jumped out of the water and got off the line. It was disappointing, but still felt rewarding, and catching one would be my ultimate dream. Tell us about your boat(s). We have a few different boats for inshore and offshore trips. All are very smooth riding, high-quality machines with center consoles and are fitted with Lowrance electronics.