Pro Guide Service
2017 Guide Rates
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 26 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.
can book your trip by calling me directly at
Cell 561-308-2083 or by Email
$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
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
$400.00> Hours: Full Day= 8 hours
Split day $500.00>
Hours: Split Day = 4hours A.M. & 4hours
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!
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 26 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
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
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 26 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.