Balon's Pro Guide Service
2018 Guide Rates

U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured

Thank You for choosing my guide service.  I will do my very best to assure you of a quality, fun and relaxing day. Your business and repeat business and good word are what makes this possible for me to make a dream into a living for the last 27 years!
Below you will find the Rates for a day of fishing and what is included. I have also answered some frequently asked questions. This should make planning your trip a worry free and memorable experience. I look forward to seeing you.

Capt. Mike Balon

Reservations: You can book your trip by calling me directly at Cell 561-308-2083 or by Email 
You can also call Roland Martins Marina at
1-800-473-6766  Please be sure to request...." Capt. Mike Balon" when speaking to reservations.
If you are booking more than one guide for your trip and would like me to arrange the other guides. Please let the marina know you would like me to choose the other guides.

Deposits: A $100.00 deposit is required to reserve a date. Your deposit is non-refundable unless you give myself or the marina a 7 day cancellation notice. Deposits are accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Money Order, or by a Personal Check. Notice: If foul weather prohibits us from going on the day of your trip. Your deposit will be refunded.
Yearly Guide Fees for up to 2 people. A third person can go for an extra $100.00
1/2 day                           $300.00>     Hours:  1/2 Day=     4 hours
Super 1/2 day              $350.00>    Hours: Super 1/2 Day= 6 hours
Full day                           $400.00>    Hours:  Full Day=     8 hours
Split day                         $500.00>    Hours:  Split Day =     4hours A.M.  & 4hours P.M.

Included at NO Additional Cost : All tackle is provided  rods, reels, lures, shiner floats, hooks.
 I have both left hand and right hand bait casters for you to use. If you prefer spinning rods I have those for you. If you plan to artificial fish I always recommend you bring your own rod & reels for comfort. I also have customers that only bring their favorite reels, I will provide the rods. This makes flying easier, no rods to be broken.
Also Included at NO Additional Cost :
Transportation to and from the lake!
Boat Gas!
Cooler, ice, water!
Digital photo of your catch on my fishing report that you can download!
A Good laugh at stories of my trips over the last 27 years.
What is NOT Included:
Live Bait:  Wild shiners run 20.00 a dozen. On an average super day(6 hours) trip with 2 people we will use 5-6 dozen.
Fishing License: I highly suggest you get your license online as the marina no longer carries the machines to print them.
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, sodas of your choice, beer (which is allowed). The galley at the marina can make to go lunches for you. Also, if we are anywhere near a store on the water I will be happy to take you there for lunch.
Items you will want to Bring:
Sunscreen, if you have special skin conditions.
Jacket, for the morning boat ride. In the winter it can turn cool out on the lake.
Will you be fishing with Capt. Mike Balon or another guide:
Yes, you will be fishing with me and that is my first priority.   If I am already booked I will inform when you call to make your reservation. If I am booked on the days you want, I would be happy to set you up with one of the guides that I work with at Roland Martin's. You have my personal guarantee that I will not book you with someone who lives 1-2 hours away or someone I would not fish with myself. I would rather tell you I can not book your trip at that time.
Where do we meet and what time?
To confirm the correct time to meet. It is best to call a couple of days before your trip . We will meet at Roland Martin's Marina. The Marina is located behind Roland Martins Motel. Come inside the marina and at the counter ask one of the girls to let me know that you are here and fishing with Capt. Mike Balon. I am usually parked out in front of the Marina along with all the other guides going out that day.
Does Roland Martin's serve breakfast?
Roland's is only open for Breakfast on the weekends until January 1st

Can you keep bass to eat?
Sorry,  Roland Martin's Marina is a Catch and Release Marina. Roland's does not allow any of its guides to clean Bass.  You can keep Bream (bluegill) and Specks (crappie) to eat. Fish cleaning is your responsibility.
Does the guide fish?
Yes & No, While you are shiner fishing your guide will not fish. If artificial fishing your guide will fish with you. This mainly is to establish the pattern for that day or to boost your confidence that fish are in the area. I do assure you though that your guide will not front end you or catch all the fish once patterned. This is your fishing trip!
What Size & style of boat do I run?
I run a 2008 Ranger Z520 bass boat!
Why are some guides cheaper?
 Most reputable guides are all priced the same but there are ones that have another job and decide they will under cut the guys who actually make this their living. Over the last 27 years I have seen many of these come and go. Finding a quality place and service to spend your hard earned money is like anything else. Read the fine print and if its to good to be true it usually is. I believe reputation and quality do count. That is why I am based at Roland Martin's Marina.


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