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onemorecast56
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:39 AM 01/31/11 (CST)
Hi Guys,,well here I come. I`m moving to Duluth the end of Feb. Wanting to find some work starting the middle of March. I`ve bought a new 6X14 cargo trailer I`m setting up as my work room. I haven`t found a place to work out of so have trailer will travel to your place if you have a heated garage to work from. I`m going to be staying with a friend in Duluth till I found a place. But I`ve got only 1 chance at making it up there so I got to make this good.

I`d also like to know if anybody might know a resort or a Guide service that might want a hand. I`m use to customer service,,dealing with people. I Guided here in Kentucky for 6 yrs. Would love to help a Guide service or resort.I have a really nice Stratos 201 pro I fish and guided out of. I know alot of the lakes up there,since I`ve been coming since I was 3,,,,and that was awhile ago,,,(getting old) But any help would be really a big help..all I need is a foot in the door and I can take care of the rest.

I also would like to meet some you guys,to make friends,fishing buddys,cause I wont know a soul there.Would like for somebody to show me around,,tell me what lakes are good and which aren`t all that. That would save me a bunch of time and money. So hey hollor at me,,I`d love to hear from you. Need to work on my southern draw,,cause the first word that come out of my mouth gives me away,,and people sure know I`m not from around there,,,well I am now.. smile smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:53 PM 01/31/11 (CST)
Just say "dontchyaknow" "uffdah" and "eh?" once in a while and you'll fit right in smile smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:25 PM 01/31/11 (CST)
Good luck with the move and starting up the new business.

The only suggestions I can offer would be to get out and talk with resort owners, bait shop owners, really any place that sells fishing/boating related stuff. Let them know what you do and hopefully they can steer some business your way. Somehow you are going to have to get the word out that you are available and let them know what your capabilities are. Come spring I can see guys wanting to get some work done on their boats so hopefully you timed your move right to get there as people start pulling out the boats to see what needs to get done.

As for finding a job as a guide at a resort, I would recommend not depend too much on finding something like that. Being a paid guide is about every fisherman's dream. Meaning there are very few jobs and almost everyone wants them. Most qualified guides will be on the lake almost everyday of the year so new comer to the local lakes your lack of experience on the local water is going to be the hardest obstacle to overcome. Not saying its impossible but its an up hill battle for sure.

What lakes are you currently familiar with around Duluth? I may at least be able to give you the names of a few local resorts to start your search. Although most of them that I am aware of do not employ any guides, they are more boat and cabin rental places.




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:51 AM 02/01/11 (CST)
Hey thanks for the input, thats why I`m here,,for you guys up here set me stright..LOL Cause like right now,,it`s 4 AM and i`m wide awake thinking and worrying about this move. I`ve tryed to look at this at every angle,But see,,,y heart and my head are fightin real bad,,,my heart says to go for it,,I`ve always dreamed of this,,and thanks to the ex,,,I got a chance to do it. Then there`s my head. It`s telling me that it`s tough up there,that there is a good chance that I`d be wasteing my money trying and that I should keep my butt in Kentucky where I do have a excellent name for myself,,been passing up work like crazy cause she got my shop..and got to go. See most my customers own fiberglass Bassboats,,and I know if you see one up there,,more then likely there are out of towners. But I`ve done alot of metal ones also.

But your right,I got to get out and knock on doors,,talk to people,,I`ve got alot of good ideas,if I can just get people to listen to me for a few minutes. Now see, talking about me guideing,,lets revise this,,,not guide,,but like to do lake 101...my idea job would not to guide,,but to take customers out that hasn`t be to,,or know a lake that well. Take them out,show them where to start,where to look,pattern to start with,,,save them some time looking and trying to figure out where the fish are,,,LOL,,,I know,,cause 2 different times,I`ve looked for days and didn`t find them just to find out,,that they are off right off the dock in front of me,,Example,,I guide,,no do River 101 here in Louiisville on the Ohio River. I`ve fished that river for over 30 yrs.I have people hire me to show them where to start,what to look for,,how to find fish,I teach them where to look,,the reason why they are there,,give them tips on how use the current to help find fish...basicly save them yrs of searching and finding places that holds fish cause I`ve already spent yrs of time on the water,,and everybody loves the way i teach and explain the where how and whys,,
So,when I`m not working on boats I`m planning on being on the water learning new lakes,take my time with lake maps and my GPS and put some time in on the water getting to know the lakes,,wont take me long to figure things out. But have some resorts use me to show there guest around and give them a place to start,and I know that that would make guest happy,cause they are`t spending their time looking and trying to figure the lake out,,or I love to take people that aren`t really people that fish alot but wants to learn,,them and LOVE taking kids out and show them,teach them,,let them catch some fish.I mean i wouldn`t charge alot for the service. But the resorts would have some very happy customers..but,,that may be just a dream,cause if I can`t get a foot in the door,,I just need a chance to show what I can do. I mean,,I`d like to take the owners out,,and show them what I know and can do,,just got to get that foot in the door.
Now youi asked what lakes I know,,well don`t know any around duluth,but in Ely,,I know alot like the back of my hand,,could draw you a contour map off the top of my head for most,,I`ve been on Lake Vermillion alot also,,now thats alittle tougher lake to figure,,but have done really well. But planning on learning new lake,people will see that Stratos alot.Just would like for you guys to give me some Ideas what lakes around there are good lakes,,and save me some time from hitting lakes that isn`t that great. But I want to kind look all over northern Minnesota,,cause only staying in Duluth till I figure out the best area with the most to give,,and then move there,,

Ok as you see,,I`m worried,rambling on and on,,But give me some ideas,tell me if I`m crazy for trying,,I`m a big boy,,,I can take it,,and if your ever looking for something to do,,,look up Fishin.com..thats the site I`m very well known on,they have differnt state decussion boards,,trying to get Peter the owner to start a Minnesota board..they are great bunch of guys.. Well anyway,I`ll stop rambleing,,let me hear from you all and tell me if I am nuts,,here i think 30degrees is cold,,and I`m moving to sub zero? And why do I want to move there again,,,hmmm I`ll have to find out..



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:34 AM 02/01/11 (CST)
You certaintly aren't crazy for wanting to make a go of it. The area has a lot to offer and I'd bet that there is a market for what you want to do.

But like any new business venture you have to be able to survive the lean years at the start. No matter what business you are trying to start or what part of the country you live in the first couple of years can be very tough. You need time to build up a name and build a customer base. Most new businesses don't turn a profit for the first several years, or at least not enough to support yourself on.

I think your goal is obtainable you just need to be realistic about time frame and what it will take in the mean time. Making this move work may mean finding a job just to pay the bills for awhile, unless you have the cash to live off savings for awhile.

I actually see your fishing 101 type guiding working better in a self employed type operation. You could set yourself apart from other independant guides by being the guy who will teach you how to fish versus just taking you right to the fish. If you sell that right I can see it working. You'll probably make more money doing this without latching on to a resort it also allows you to do it as you have time. You'll be busy with your boat restoration as well so you only have so much time to go around. Since you've been a guide before I'm sure you know about how to run a guide business with insurance and all of that good stuff. The thing to keep in mind is that there are a ton of guides in that area and most of the locals already know the lakes and know how to fish. You'll need to cater to the vactioners coming to the area for the first time.

If I was in your shoes here is what I would do. I'd come up and the first thing I'd do is find any job I can that will pay the bills for now. After you have some money coming in you can turn your focus to your boat restoration business as that is probably going to be your real money maker. Market yourself any way you can and get your name out there. If all goes well you'll start pulling in some boat work and still working your "pay the bills" job, as you get more boat work you can cut back or quit the other job and then look to starting up your guide business to help bring in extra cash. Not many people make a living off being a guide alone, its usually just something to bring in a little extra cash. Besides like I mentioned earlier you only have so much time in the day to resotre boats, guide, possibly work another job to pay the bills, etc.

Its a big jump to move up here and start from scratch. Just don't put too much pressure on yourself to have a full time business up and running right away, it just isn't going to happen. Give yourself time to build the business, that probably means working some crappy job for awhile but at least you're here and it gives you time to figure things out. In the mean time you can be out fishing and learning the waters and talking to anyone and everyone about your boat restoration business.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:13 AM 02/01/11 (CST)
Well first thing i want to say is THANKS. Your right and have thought about all that. First I got to say is I`m not here to take away anybodys food off their table trying to compete with the local guides,,plus don`t want to make anybody mad...Before I even really started looking up there,,there is a very well know guide here name Dave stewert,,oh Ky Lake,,we`re pretty good friends ,,and he does alot of showing the big BASS guys around the lake,,got to meet rick clum and KVD one day while i wasout with him,,and he said the same thing as you did,,that guides don`t make alot of money,,,and he`s on the lake 200 days a yr. I`ve done his Ranger 2 times for him,,and had his customers see my carpet work and got alot of jobs that way,,I don`t advertize at all,,,all my work comes from word of mouth,,and buddies of people who i have done there boats.So all i need is a couple of people to let me do there boats,,and it goes from there,,but as far as the guide thing goes,,I`d rather take new guest thats never been up there and haven` ta clue where to start,,thats the ones i want,,and it would really help the resorts too..you make a guest real happy and they will be back for more. I love to take people fishing and teach..plus be a good way to meet people and still do wha ti love.
But yes i do have enought money to last awhile,lest the summer and fall with no trouble..not and never have planned on getting rich..cause like you said,,you don`t. Just want to pay the bills,,stay warm,fish and be happy.Thats why I posted on here too,,trying to get the word out,,everybody knows me on Fishin.com..met most of them at one time or another,,but I`ll be doing alot of work trying to get mine out there,, Plus I`d love to see how you all Ice fish,,,cause sure can`t go the winter with out a fishin fix...lol


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:01 AM 02/01/11 (CST)
I wouldn't worry about taking the food off anyones table. The fact is you'll be competing with the local guides and local boat repair shops. But thats ok, you have the right to the business as well. If you take a customer away from a competitor its either because you earned it or becuase the other guy wasn't making the customer happy. Either way its a fairly won customer.

It sounds like you've got a plan in place, all thats left is to put it into action.

Don't forget the long underwear, it gets pretty cold up here this time of year.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 06:23 PM 02/01/11 (CST)
Make sure you think about what to do in the winter months, too. There are a lot of ice fishermen that put the boats away and concentrate on the ice. I got a buddy who does pretty well putting together and reparing ice houses. Sounds like your the handy type, you might want to look into that. He builds portables that can be pulled by snowmobile and they just pop up and are ready to go. He also does repairs on canvas, whether its boat covers or portables. Lots of opportunities for handy people up here.

Look... it is the Land of 10,000 lakes and there are actually around 14,000 lakes up here. There are a lot of people that are into the great outdoors. There are literally millions of fishermen and billions of dollars that are spent up here each year on nothing but fishing. I would think that anybody who had any drive at all would be able to do something in the industry... all you gotta do is put your mind to it and be good at what you do.

As for fiberglass boats, don't think that there are no bass boats up here. Minnetonka, around the Metro area is considered one of the best bucketmouth lakes in the country. They have an annual national bassmasters something or other every year. There are tons of bass boats. Also, most of the fish and skis made are fiberglass. Crestliner comes to mind. In fact, my brother has a Stratos and we fish out of it all the time.

Anyway... I think the fishing industry up here is probably a bit better then where you are from. If you were able to make a go of it there, you probably will have no problems here.

Just my 2 cents...



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 06:24 PM 02/01/11 (CST)
Do you do small jobs? I've got a livewell with a small leak, of course that was no big deal until my bilge went out, and I also would like an aerator installed in it as well, plus some other small stuff. No major overhaul here. She's a 94, Alumacraft, Lunker v-16 ltd that needs some TLC, and I don't have the time to do it myself.

If I could bring her in, around March 1st, so she can be ready to go by open water, which usually runs April 6-10 around here.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:54 PM 02/01/11 (CST)
Hmmm. I have 2 live-wells and neither has a elec. or a pump. Also got some lower unit problems - milky gear grease came out when winterizing. crazy smiley

And that reminds me... I've seen guys on Craigslist offering to do engine winterization at your own home. There's another angle for when things wind down at the beginning of winter.




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