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How To Start-Up A Fishing Guide Business

You don’t need any qualifications to set up in business as a fishing guide How To Start-Up A Fishing Guide Business

If you love to fish, know where to go to get the best catch and have lots of tips on how best to land our fishy friends, you could set up in business as a fishing guide. Bear in mind though that you’ll also need to be a people person who’s able to teach and inspire others, as well as organised and responsible.

Start-up costs

The great bit about starting out as a fishing guide is that initial costs are low. Indeed, if you already have a fair amount of tackle, it might be that you don’t even need to invest in anything new to get started. But as business grows, you will need to buy more new equipment, such as nets, rods and hooks. You’ll also need access to a car to get yourself to top fishing spots, as well as pay out for public liability insurance and a DBS check.


As long as you are a proficient fisherman, you don’t need any qualifications to set up in business as a fishing guide. It however won’t do you any harm to take courses runs by the likes of The Angling Trust, not least because doing so will give you tips and information about how to teach, but also because it means you will be awarded a license to practise. This proves to your potential clients that you’re appropriately qualified and provides assurance that you have met the highest safeguarding standards.

Drumming up the work

If you’re already part of a fishing community, you’ll most likely already know the best places to start putting the word out that you’re up for some work. For instance, your local fishing lake most likely has a notice board where you can advertise what you offer. A website explaining who you are and what you do is a must, though it doesn’t have to be anything too fancy. Social media linked to your site will however be a good way to spark interest in what you’re doing. Keeping an online diary of fishing trips, with photos of what you catch, is a great way to keep your media feeds updated. Once you’re up and running, word of mouth is however going to be a crucial tool in the bid to win business.

How to develop your business

Chances are, things will start out slowly. You might begin with four clients a month paying around £10 an hour – which is great if you want to combine this with the day job. You may even want to keep your business this small, so it’s more of a paid hobby. There is however lots of potential to expand. Depending on the types of water you have access to, you can increase what you offer to include coarse, sea or game angling. You might start out only fishing from the shore, but in time, you might invest in a boat from which you can run fishing trips, and charge a lot more money. At sea, this could be inshore, or deep sea. You can run fishing ‘camps’ where you run fishing sessions every day for a week – particularly popular with children over the summer holidays - or even at sites with camping and fishing facilities. You can even expand into organising fishing expeditions around the country and abroad. Read more like this

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