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: How about least expensive?

01-24-2010, 05:15 PM
How about telling us of the places that don't put a huge dent in the pocket book? In particular with guided flats fishing. In the Carribean I have seen guide rates from $800 per day in the Turks&Caicos to $250 in Mexico to $175 in Belize.

Now $250 to $175 is more in my range. Anyone else out there know of any reasonably priced guiding?

01-25-2010, 03:58 PM
Most of the guides around Deadman's Caye in long island were reasonable...something around $200 per day.

01-26-2010, 12:05 AM
I was thinking of starting a similar thread. Useful information.

The last place I stayed at came in at about $370/day all inclusive (lodging, food, guides). I thought the fishing mediocre, but we were on the cusp of a hurricane and the tides were wrong. Nevertheless, it was certainly worth what I paid, and I can afford only one exotic trip per year (and, in this economic climate, I count myself fortunate to do even that).

The most cost effective fishing is DIY with someone who has years of experience in the area and for the species you want to fish for.

No brainer, huh?



01-26-2010, 09:14 AM
The cheapest is when you stay at a friends house who is a guide.
You catch your dinner every night and your host has a great wine cellar.

Maybe even a nice daughter.

Dream on.

01-26-2010, 10:17 AM
And Cuban cigars. I would imagine you'd want a good smoke after all that dining, drink and debauchery :lildevl:

02-02-2010, 01:46 PM
The cheapest guide you can hire is yourself. Read up on where you're going and how to catch the species you're after. Watch TV shows on the subject. If you've got a DVR, set it up to automatically record anything with the name of the species like "bonefish" in it. Search the internet. There's lots of information available on just about anywhere and any species in the world.

There's no substitute for experience, and when you don't have a guide to rely on, you'll learn much faster. It's also more rewarding to catch the fish by yourself with no help. Ask around on sites like this for locations to go and keep them to yourself if somebody is willing to share.

For reference, my trip to Acklins in a couple of weeks is running me $1500 for 7 days including lodging, 3 meals a day, use of kayaks and bikes, and a ride to and from the airport. I'm not getting a guide because the only thing that would get me over my own knowledge is a boat to see a little better from. But boats will spook fish sooner than careful wading, so you can get closer and catch more fish wading anyway.

The cheapest is when you stay at a friends house who is a guide.
You catch your dinner every night and your host has a great wine cellar.

Maybe even a nice daughter.

Dream on.
I'm dreaming..... :cool:

02-03-2010, 02:13 PM
The fishing I do on Acklins works out to about $400 per day including guide, meals, etc. If I go DIY the price is right there at 1,500 as well. The two benefits to a guide that I see are their eyes and access to areas you can't reach without a boat. Having said that, by far the most rewarding fish I've ever caught were on my own.

I did a few days on Exuma years ago and I see the daily guide rate is up to $380 and that doesn't include any meals, lodging, etc.

Eleuthera as a DIY spot was basically $80 a day for a car and everything after that depended on how nice and how fancy you wanted to make the trip. You have a lot of flexibility to make that as expensive or inexpensive as you like. It's an excellent option if you're combining family and fishing. Vince has got something going on Eleuthera as well-that would be a good resource.