How To Make Money Fishing | Be A Guide, Tutor, YouTube, Fisherman


Fishing is one of the best and most peaceful ways to kill time. It relaxes your mind and lets you enjoy the calmness and serenity of nature.

But can this activity put food on your table? And talking of food, is there a special way to ensure a continuous flow of income from fishing?

The answer to these questions is YES. You can make money from fishing, and a lot of it. All you need is the right strategy, a positive spirit, and proper planning.

In this article, we are going to show you how you can earn a living from baiting a hook instead of always having to deal with moody bosses. You will be doing something you like and won’t have to answer questions such as why you reported working late or why something is not done right or on time. Here are 5 proven ways through which you can transform your angling hobby into a full-time job.

1. Be A Guide

Do you have a fishing kayak, boat, kayak boat, or anything that can float people on the water while catching fish? If yes, you can use it to add extra bucks to your account!

Provide fishing tours to anglers in your location and charge them a small fee. You can do groups or individuals but the former will be a better option if you really want to maximize your profits.

The only expense you will undergo for this is your boat and the gear needed by each individual on your tour. So get enough lures and fishing rods so that everyone enjoys the activity.

Also, remember you will be responsible for the life of everyone on board so it’s imperative to take the necessary safety precautions. Invest in a safety life jacket and floats. Never forget to bring a safety kit.  If possible, bring a buddy too who is good at slicing the waters so that if anything goes wrong while out there and your boat capsizes, you two can be able to save the life of the people on board.

You may feel like investing in these items cost a lot but once you have met the initial expenses, the rest of the money could be clean profit. In fact, let’s do the math. Most guides usually rent out their boats at 200 dollars per hour. So if you have a group of 5 people or even 6, it would be reasonable to charge about 40 dollars per individual.

Suppose you have 3 or 4 boats. Do you know how much money you could take home in a day? Well, do the math and thank us later!

But what if you don’t have a boat but you know a thing or two about the best fishing spots in your area? Are you going to let someone else do the job? Not the best idea! Just rent a boat and you being a local, you can negotiate a better price than what would be charged on tourists. You can still make money by guiding people who wish to go after these fish hiding spots.

Trust us, people who have visited the area for the first time may not know where most of the fish hideout and they could use the services of someone like you. And if they have a tight schedule or their vacation is just a few days, they would rather spend their time catching the fish other than searching for them.

It will only take a few days for other tourists to learn about you and just like that, you will have gotten yourself an enjoyable career. Blog about your services. Join forums that discuss various spots for different fish species and give your insight on the same. The more people know about you, the heavier your pocket will get.

2. Become A Tutor Or Public Speaker

When you are not angling, you could spend your time talking to others about fishing. Thousands of anglers would like to know how to handle a fish properly during catch and release because every time they try, the fish doesn’t survive. Others would love some advice on how to clean their fishing reels. There could also be someone who wants to start fishing but has no idea about the right equipment to buy.

If you have enough experience in angling, you could be the right person to give advice. Most fishermen and women want to bring their A-game in the waters and your stories on fishing adventures and helpful tips on how to go about certain things could be all they need to succeed in their angling. If you don’t mind standing in front of a larger group of people, you can consider public speaking around various fishing topics and you could bring in extra income.

Many events look for public speakers and if people find you enjoyable and entertaining, you will have frequent bookings. Whether you will be showing slides or videos of yourself fly fishing, removing hooks from fish, or weighing your catch, enlivening your presentation will keep the audience happy and your bank happy as well.

You could also make money from fishing by organizing fishing classes or camps for students who want to garner knowledge on this activity. Just remember not to use terms that are too technical as this could be a turn off for your students.

Some of the areas that you could touch on during your lessons include how to ice fish, the process of catching and releasing a fish, different types of baits and how they are used on different fish species, etc. These lessons can be learned by both kids and adults or customize each lesson to each group.

You can advertise your services on the local noticeboard or ask your family and friends to help in sharing your new venture. Creating social media pages on the same will also go a long way in doubling or even tripling your income.

3. Open A YouTube Channel


… and post your own fishing videos.

A YouTube channel can be a great way to advertise your fishing endeavors. However, one of the greatest mistakes people make is to download royalty-free video clips and upload them on their channels.

Do you want to make money from fishing? Well, you need to start making your own video clips. People want to know who you are. They want to find out whether the advice you are giving is something that has worked for you or not.

So next time you go fishing and want to show people what you did, make sure your camera is part of your gear. Document every moment and then edit the clips later for your channel. That way, people will trust you and you will slowly start building traffic that will translate to dollars.

It would also be wise to watch other people’s channels to see how they have done it. This will give you an idea of what to include in your content and what not to. If you have enough time, scroll through the comments section to see what people say about the clip. Sometimes this is where you find tips on what to discuss in your next video.

While at it, make your videos as short but informative as possible. Long clips often put viewers off. To be on the safe side, let your clips range between 1 to 10 minutes. Make them as real and entertaining as possible. No one wants to watch something fake and boring! Give detailed information and if you are not sure about something, you can interview other expert anglers.

To make money from your YouTube clips, set your account up for advertising, get brad endorsements, sell your footage,  or even sell your own product and you will be on your way to earning those bucks!

4. Be A Pro Angler

You can become a professional angler and be paid for it. You can do this solo or in conjunction with a fishing company. Either way, the returns are good.

However, this venture is not for the weak at heart as you will be spending long hours in the water. Sometimes you will be fishing in harsh weather conditions such as hostile winds and cold, extreme heat, and sometimes in areas with high tides and giant waves. These can pose a lot of danger to your fishing career but you can always charge a higher amount when angling in less favorable conditions. Just remember to dress appropriately for the weather and bring the right gear to always ensure your safety.

There are a few ways through which you can make money from the fishing profession. As we mentioned, you can join a company that fishes for specific fish species to sell to stores and local markets and receive a certain amount of money monthly. Besides, you can participate in fishing tournaments for cash. Whichever way you choose to go, you will earn at least $50,000 a year or even more if you have the right skills.

If you decide to go into the business by yourself, you will require a commercial fishing license. Also, you will need to adhere to the laws set by your state regarding the number of fish species you should catch and their limits. Once everything is in order, you can catch your fish and sell it to fishing companies and restaurants.

To make sure you always have enough supply of fish to sell to your customers, consider fishing in areas where the conditions are right all year round. You may also want to construct a pond in your property for those species that are in high demand in the market, but even then, you will still need to apply for a fishing license.

5. Sell Fishing Products

Every angler needs baits to have a successful catch. Why don’t you be the one who supplies these to your local community?

You can consider breeding crickets, maggots, and worms and selling them to other anglers and bait shops in your area. If you know how to make fishing rods out of wood, do it and the locals will appreciate your efforts. Just make sure to make smaller sizes as well, so that kids too don’t feel left out when everyone else goes fish hunting.

If your catch has been more successful when using your homemade lures, then you can be sure that other fishermen will enjoy using your products too and you could make decent money from this.  The best part? The cost of starting up will be minimal because you can obtain the breeding stock from the local environment.

Taking videos of yourself while using your own baits and flies and posting them on your YouTube channel could increase your customer base since they can see a comprehensive demo of how good your product is. Hey, you know those old good business cards won’t hurt either.

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If casting a net in the ocean really interests you, there are many ways through which you can make money from fishing. All the techniques that we have discussed above can get you transforming your hobby into a full-time moneymaker.

Think about what works for you and obtain the right tools for the trade. If you want to be a guide, invest in proper fishing gear. Those who are a little outgoing can consider offering tutoring or public speaking services. You can also create your own fishing products and sell them to others. Opening a YouTube channel could also make your internet famous and generate immense income for you as an angler.

If you are a real risk-taker, you can pursue several of the ideas mentioned above at once. The idea here is to make your pocket as fat as possible and if you really got what it takes to follow two paths at once, just do it!

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