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    Default Question for those of you who guide

    At what point do you cancel a client trip? Too much wind, rain, cold? Water to high? You have the flu? Storms or chance of? Just curious.


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    lightning. But i did cancel a few the year I was hospitalised with cellulitis for six days in Vanderbilt. If I have wheel chair clients the wind and rain is a factor.
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    No thunderstorms or winds forecast 15mph or above. Iíve cancelled 7 trips this spring. I will do without the income before I take a chance of hurting clients.


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    High winds, lightning its not worth a few bucks to get someone hurt.

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    Dangerous conditions but also conditions that experience has proven to lead to a low chance of success.

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    I take a lot of friends fishing but im not a licensed guide. If it's cold, i'll bring extra clothes for them. Rain, and they still want to go, i'll bring extra rain wear. But two things that will either keep me on shore or head for shore if i'm out already, is lightning and highly dangerous winds. I wont jeoporidize my friends safety.
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    15mph winds on KY and Barkley Lakes can produce dangerous waves. I had 2 clients out 3 years ago and the brisk SW wind turned to even harder SE wind and we were on the west side of KY. I told them we were in trouble. By the time we hit the mouth of Jonathan Creek, we had taken on 4 and 5 foot rollers pretty well. It was a 6 footer that was close to the 5 footer in front of it that got us. ( We later called it the "Rogue Wave"). I took the top foot of the 6 footer over the bow and into the floor of my Bay Pro 203. I never let up and we made the turn into Jonathan with water above our ankles in the floor but I never got off the throttle. To do so would have been disastrous. I decided then incidents like that will only let you get away a few times before you don't get out of it.

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    Bad storms with lightening predicted, if I'm so sick I can't do it, or a death in the family. If I have to cancel I'll usually offer them a trip at a highly reduced rate or a freebee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregon slabman View Post
    Dangerous conditions but also conditions that experience has proven to lead to a low chance of success.
    please elaborate on this what conditions = low chance of success

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    i ask because before i got crappie bug i bass fished rough every weekend, and i noticed that if you pulled into ramp area and saw a lot of local license plates you were going to have a great day. my question is do the locals know something i don't? was this coincident? did they have a bat signal lol what was going on

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