SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP Rod Bailey - Havre De Grace, Maryland Meet Rod Bailey, a fishing guide and professional angler from Havre De Grace, Maryland How long have you been a guide? I’ve been a guide for a three years, and a professional angler for seven. What species of fish do you primarily target? Mainly largemouth bass, but we also go after smallmouth bass and striped bass. I specialize in topwater trips. What led to you becoming a guide? I used to participate in a lot of bass fishing tournaments, and spent a lot of time on the water. It got to a point where various guides that I knew were asking me for advice. I’d always enjoyed teaching the techniques that I’d picked up over the years, so it seemed like a natural fit. Really, I just enjoy teaching people how to bass fish, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of showing anglers how to get the most out of their electronics. I get the chance to spread the word about the area (Potomac River, etc), and in doing so, bring business into my home community. What advice would you offer to someone who wants to get into guiding? Well, the most important thing you can do is spend a lot of time on the water and learn the craft. This seems like a pretty obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised at how many guides jump into it with very little knowledge. In my opinion, if you’re not willing to take the time to learn, you shouldn’t get into guiding. It’s also important to remember that you’ll be dealing with a lot of different people and a lot of different personalities, so patience is definitely a virtue. What kind of boat do you use? I operate a Ranger Z21 with a 250 HP Yamaha motor. Do you have a personal 'bucket list' of fishing trips or experiences? I’d love to spend a week on Lake Falcon, just taking part in some fun, personal fishing. It would also be a dream come true to make the cut at the Bassmaster Classic, or the Forrest Wood Cup. And of course, when I retire from my 9-5 job, I’d love to guide full-time.