People have different ideas about what a guide should be. I am not a catfish guide, but this is what I have gathered from my many trips and conversations with them. Folks that hire guides seem to fall into a few categories. Meat Hunters Tip Scale: 2 These folks want their guide fee in fillets! They are filling a cooler with everything they catch, and anything less than a 150 quart cooler is a bad day! It is not fishing, it is a trip to the fish market!! This trip was an investment, and they probably saved all year to take it. Hole Hunters Tip Scale: 1 These folks want to know your holes and where you fish. They probably will never hire you again, and that is because they will be out there in their boat next week working the same spots. These are blue collar working folks looking for the place to catch their next "bragging rights!!" Good Timers Tip Scale: 10 The best kind of party to take out. They usually consist of a group of friends that want to to have a good time and let someone else do the dirty work! Most of the time if these guys get drunk fast enough you will be dropping them off at the local dockside bar three hours into the trip!! They are usually higher income folks and the guide fee is "chump change" to them. These guys rank high on the tipping scale, and tip better when they are drunk!! Students of the Game Tip Scale: 8 This is another good client to have. While I call them students, they are not neccesarily young, but they are looking to learn. They have fished enough to know that the fish don't bite everyday and don't complain if the bite is off. To them it is more about learning than catching. They also know that you learn more when you are NOT catching fish, because guides work harder and pull out more "tricks" when the fish are not biting. They are of middle to higher education and income and rank fairly high on the tip scale.