Who sells peacock bass trips? - Sadly, these days it seems like just about everyone with a website and a fishing pole tries to! Why is it "sadly"? Because a large proportion of them have no direct connection to actually controlling the peacock bass trips they try to sell, nor how they are run. In fact, although there are many kinds of entities selling peacock bass trips, a surprising number of them are nothing more than a well-positioned, glossy website. No staff, no office, no resources - just a knack for being visible. They'll sell you a trip and then auction you off to someone who proposes to deliver it. Not all "trip sellers" are created equal. Some are good, some are not. Whom should you select? Let's take a look at the options and the real facts.
First, there are the actual trip operators - This is generally your best option. They own their equipment; yachts, camps, boats, etc. They hire, train and manage their staff. They schedule and implement their trips. They control, and are responsible for their operations. They should be properly incorporated, fully insured companies, as is Acute Angling. Buy a trip from us and you know that you have contracted with the responsible entity. We own, operate, outfit, organize and ultimately sell our own trips. There are no layers of fluff (excuses) between you and your trip. We will deliver what was promised - or we'll make it good. We've been doing so for over twenty years now.
Then there are the outfitters - This is a somewhat loosely defined term that essentially means someone who puts your trip together. Some outfitters charter periods of time, or even a single week, on yachts or camps owned (and usually operated) by others. Frankly, we have to admit that there are a few good ones who will dependably provide a decent peacock bass fishing package. There are also a few not so good ones. What's the difference? In order for an outfitter to deliver what's promised, he must control the operation you'll be fishing with. If not, there's a layer of fluff (the nebulous cloud for excuses) between what you were promised and what was delivered. Outfitters often deal with a minimum group size. If they don't achieve it, the operator won't accept the group and they may cancel - sometimes just weeks or even days before your trip! Some outfitters are betrayed by their operators - a better deal came up - a cheaper way to do something presented itself - the boat broke! If your outfitter has no control over his operator, you have no control over your trip.
What about the good ones? Well they're good, but they're generally pretty expensive. There are two separate and independent entities that need to make a profit, so there's always an extra layer of cost. Check prices carefully before you select a trip from an outfitter. Acute Angling simply outfits its own operated trips - one single entity, one set of books to keep so only one layer of pricing, no layer of fluff - and no excuses.
There are many agents selling peacock bass fishing trips, and once again, we have to admit that there are some good ones who provide an important service. Anglers often have a personal relationship with an agent who understands precisely what his client is looking for and who has the ability to connect him to a quality trip that's right for him. A good agent can be valuable to a client he knows well. Their service is often worth the extra price of the trips they arrange. Of course there are also not-so-good agents. What's the difference?
Many agents are simply in it for a buck. They don't know much about the operations or outfitters they try to sell. Frankly, there are some that don't know much about peacock bass fishing at all! They're just like the used car salesman whose lot you stepped onto first. They're going to sell you what they have, no matter what it is you really need. It's like shopping for a pick-up truck and leaving with a minivan. Maybe it will get you there, but probably not in the way you needed to arrive. Acute Angling and its select few representatives sell its own fully outfitted and operated trips - one single entity, one layer of pricing, no layer of fluff - and no excuses.
Finally, there are the loose-ends - These include entities with nothing but a website and a salespitch, who'll take your money and then sell your trip to whatever agent, outfitter or operator is willing to give them a cut. There are sub-agents who'll sell a few trips in order to get a freebie from a legitimate agent, outfitter or operator. There are tackle shops, tackle sellers and tackle manufacturers that give promotional space or lip service to a trip seller in order to get a quick cut in return for steering a client in their direction or a quid pro quo for their product. These are all a bit like Forrest Gump's "box of chocolate". You never know what you're going to get! Don't do this to yourself!
Here are a few of the questions you should ask;
- What type of entity are you - operator, outfitter, agent, fly-by-night?
- Do you own the operation and control all aspects of the trip you want to sell me?
- Are you a legitimate incorporated entity with insurance and resources to protect me and the investment I've made in my trip?
- Do you provide a turn-key package - making sure that everything I need to make my trip complete is arranged for me and that all services I might need are available?
- Can you give me real life references that I can contact?
How do I arrange a trip - First and foremost, select and book with an operator who has a reputation for knowledge, honesty and performance. Of course, we highly recommend ourselves. Booking with an outfitter or agent (one or two tiers removed from an operator) can be successful or risky, depending on the operator represented and the knowledge and experience of the agent. Why is this so important? Because not all peacock bass trips are created equal!
Consider all of the information you’ve already digested. Many agents and even some novice outfitters are not knowledgeable at that level. It can be easier than you think to book a trip in water that doesn’t hold the right species, or that is not at optimal levels. It’s just as easy to inadvertently book on an operation that runs a weekly fixed route, ignoring conditions and regardless of where the fish are. And it’s amazingly easy to pay thousands more for the privilege of fishing on over-sized, fancy boats that are way too big to go where the fish are. If you are planning the fishing trip of a lifetime, it’s important to plan it with an operation that knows how to deliver fish and that puts productivity and quality before gross profit or marketing gimmicks. If you’re in doubt; get references; ask experts; or use the knowledge you’ve gained here to question the candidates. If you realize you know more than they do, move on.