SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP By: wfn Richard Tatsch - Lake Conroe, Texas Meet Richard Tatsch of The FishDude's Guide Service on Lake Conroe in Texas. How long have you been a guide? I’ve been a guide for about 17 years. What species of fish do you primarily target? I’m a freshwater guide, and I usually target largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, and crappie. What led to you becoming a guide? I’ve always had a passion for fishing – I used to be a tournament angler, in fact. I fished in team tournaments. And I realized that I loved teaching people how to fish, so getting into guiding seemed like a no-brainer. I’d actually say that most of my expertise comes from tournament fishing – I try to think like a fish, and doing so gets me results. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? Oh, there’s a lot! First and foremost, you absolutely can’t be greedy – in other words, don’t get into guiding for the money. Chances are that you’re not going to make a lot of it, and you need to be willing to spend the money that you do make on high quality equipment and electronics. In addition to this, have patience and listen to what your clients want. Try to find something in common with everyone, and never be too serious. If you’re having a good time, your clients will have a good time, too. If you’re uptight, it’ll have a negative effect on your performance as a guide, and you’ll have trouble finding repeat business. And don’t act like guiding is a job – it is, but you should still love what you do. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. It’s simple as that. What’s your most memorable fishing story from your time as a guide? Well, if I had to choose one, I’d say it was when I took a guy out for catfish, and he landed one that was 50 lbs. That thing was a monster. Do you have a personal ‘bucket list’ of fishing trips or experiences? I’d really like to try fishing for grayling at some point – it seems like a really interesting fish. And I’ve never had the opportunity to go fishing for walleye, so I hope I’ll get the chance to do that. Where does the majority of your business come from? I’d say about 30-40% of my business comes from online – primarily my website. I use my Facebook page mostly as a fishing report, so it doesn’t bring me a lot of business. A lot comes from word of mouth. I do a radio show on 610 AM out of Houston every week, so I get a lot of exposure from that, too.