Eight out of ten Google searches are done on a tablet or smartphone. If the website does not adjust to your smartphone and the text and pictures are small, move on to the next guide. Does the website have a fishing report? Are the fishing reports up to date? If you find a fishing report that is two years old and the site has only two reports, move on to the next guide! Does the Texoma Fishing Guide website have links to social media? If the answer is no, find another candidate. If there are links to social media take a look at them. If you don’t find many posts on Facebook, find another guide. Take time to read the home page of the guide’s website! Is the content readable or does it sound mixed up and confusing? Spinning content is very common on a guide’s website, and ranking on Google is easier with mass-produced spun content.
Texoma is a very large lake and can get difficult to navigate when the weather turns bad. Make sure your Texoma Fishing Guides boat is big and safe. A 21-foot boat is standard, anything less is not safe on Lake Texoma. You are going to spend 4-6 hours on Texoma with a guide, make sure the boat is nice! If you are a master angler and familiar with fishing rods and reels, ask the guide what he uses! Most good Texoma Fishing Guides will have this information on their website, so look for it!
You can find customer reviews on websites and social media, but the very best way to find a good review is on Facebook. Not a Facebook review, because those are cherry picked! Find a fishing guides post, then look at the comments. Most customers reply to Facebook posts. Message the customer and let them know you need a review and are thinking about booking a trip. 9 out of 10 customers will respond and let you know how good or bad the guide was on their trip.
Once you get a list of 10 possible Texoma Fishing Guides, get your smartphone out and start texting. Make sure your potential guide knows the following:
1) Dates you wish to fish
2) How many anglers in your group
3) Your groups angling skills
4) Any special needs ( kids, disabilities)
If you email this information it will take 2-3 days for a response, a text message will get a fast response. Some guides will be booked, so make sure you book 60 days in advance. If you have a group of artificial lure anglers, don’t book a live bait trip. If you have neophyte anglers that simply want to experience Texoma, a live bait trip could be best. If you have kids, make sure your guide will fish them. Most Texoma Guides fish kids, but it’s better to find out in a text message and not at the marina boat dock.