AWGUL FISHING 2023 FISHING GUIDE SERVICE RULES & INFORMATION

Introduction

 

My name is Anthony Awgul and I'm the owner of Awgul Fishing. I want to thank you so much for your interest in booking a fishing charter with me! I would be honored to be your fishing guide and have you come aboard my Crestliner bass boat to make memories on the water that will last a lifetime. Please read the following information to understand important information, tips, rules, and policies regarding my fishing guide service. 

 

I am currently 24 years old and I have been fishing ever since I was two years old. Fishing is more than a hobby for me; it’s a lifestyle. Spending time out on the water is one of my favorite things to do, but I’ve learned that nothing is more gratifying than sharing my passion of fishing with others. For this reason, I’ve set out to make a career for myself in the fishing industry by becoming a professional fishing guide on my favorite local fisheries in addition to selling a diverse line of top quality bass fishing lures and tackle. 

 

My goal with my fishing guide service is to educate and inspire my clients. I want to help you learn how to catch more bass and bigger bass by giving you the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of technical fishing techniques. I'll be demonstrating how I use modern fishing electronics and equipment to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness on our fishing charter. Most importantly, I want to allow my passion, enthusiasm, and education inspire you to fall in love with the great sport of bass fishing and give you the opportunity to create memories on the water that will last a lifetime. 

 

I never want finances to be a reason that someone doesn’t book a fishing charter with me. That’s why I have decided to offer the most affordable fishing guide service in Pennsylvania with fishing charters starting at just $125 for up to 3 people including all rods, reels, and tackle! Having such affordable rates will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to come fishing with me and make memories on the water.

 

I craft my fishing charter experience specifically to each client’s interests, needs, and experience levels. So whether you’ve never touched a fishing rod before or if you’re already an experienced veteran angler, I would be honored to have you aboard my boat this year for a fishing charter. What are you waiting for? Book a charter now at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters while charters are still available and let’s wet a line together this year!

 

Sincerely, Anthony Awgul

Owner of Awgul Fishing

 

Boat and Equipment

 

You don’t need the best gear to be a good angler, but it sure helps you be more efficient and effective on the water! That's why I fish out of my 2022 Crestliner MX19 bass boat with a 200 horsepower Mercury Pro XS engine. My boat is almost 20' long and 8' wide and can comfortable fit up to four people (Including myself).

At full throttle, my boat’s top speed is over 60 mph! Note that for fishing charters on Lake Nockamixon, there is a 20 horsepower engine limit so I cannot operate my gas engine on this lake so I will instead use the electric trolling motor on the front of the boat to navigate for the duration of the trip (This is why my prices for Lake Nockamixon fishing charters are more affordable than Blue Marsh Lake). Blue Marsh Lake has no  horsepower restrictions so I am able to operate my boat up to full throttle when weather conditions and boating traffic conditions allow. 

 

I have a 112 lb thrust Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor rigged on the front of my boat to navigate spots while we’re fishing. My trolling motor has “Spot Lock,” a GPS anchoring system that can keep my boat stationary in one spot despite wind, waves, or current so we can stay on the spot and stay on the fish!

 

I use the best and most modern fishing electronics on my boat to help me be a more efficient and effective angler. I have a Humminbird Helix 9 in the cockpit that has GPS to help navigate vast waterways at high speed along with side imaging, down imaging, and sonar to find cover, structure, and fish fast. On the front of my boat, I have a Garmin Echomap 93sv with Garmin Panoptix Livescope LVS34 so I can see fish swimming and feeding around my boat while tracking my bait throughout the cast and watching as fish react to it in real time. It would be my pleasure to educate you on how I use this system of electronics to catch more bass and bigger bass if you’d like to learn. 

 

If you don’t want to bring your own fishing rods for your fishing charter then you can use mine! I provide high quality spinning rod and reel combos available for your use. I also have very user friendly push-button spincast rod and reel combos available for less experienced anglers if requested. For more experienced anglers, I have some baitcasting rod and reel combos that you can fish with if you desire. I have an arsenal of top quality lures, soft plastics, and tackle available at your disposal as we fish. 


 

2022 Fishing Charter Rates

 

Here are the 2023 rates for my fishing charters. Each fishing charter includes up to three people and there is no charge to use my fishing rods, reels, and equipment. 

 

3 Hour Fishing Charter on Lake Nockamixon $125 *Trolling motor only

6 Hour Fishing Charter on Lake Nockamixon $199 *Trolling motor only

3 Hour Fishing Charter on Blue Marsh Lake $199

6 Hour Fishing Charter on Blue Marsh Lake $299

 

*Rates are subject to additional sales tax charge

Booking Information

 

There are two ways to book a fishing charter with me. First, you can call/text us at (267) 730-3203. Or, you can book online at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters. 

 

Since I have such affordable fishing charter rates, we require that you provide full payment up front to hold a booking for a fishing charter. This payment can be processed via credit or debit card over the phone or securely online at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters. If you would like to pay with cash or check, you must arrange to provide payment upfront to hold a booking for a fishing charter. 

 

To book your fishing charter online, visit our website at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters and fill out the "Fishing Charter Registration Form." Once you've completed the form, click "Proceed to Checkout" and provide your payment information to finalize the booking. Note that a date and time you select for your charter will not be confirmed until I respond and confirm that your charter is officially booked. 

 

Upon providing payment and submitting the "Fishing Charter Registration Form," you will receive a confirmation via email listing the date, time, and meeting location for your fishing charter as well as other important fishing charter information. 

 

I will be in touch with you in the weeks prior to your fishing charter to inform you which boat ramp you will be meeting me at on the lake. Unless you want to launch out of a specific boat ramp on the lake, I will select the boat ramp that I believe will provide the most efficient access to active and feeding fish based on my recent fishing experience there and current conditions. All members of your group are expected to arrive at the specified boat ramp and be ready to board my boat exactly at our scheduled charter start time to avoid any delays. 

 

For any questions about booking a fishing charter with me, call/text us (267) 730-3203, email awgulfishing@gmail.com, or visit www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters. 

 

Age Restrictions

To book a fishing charter with Awgul Fishing, you must be at least 18 years old. 

Anglers under 18 years old are welcome to participate in a fishing charter, but they must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. 

There is no maximum or minimum age for participants to join us on a fishing charters. 

Poor Weather Conditions

I conduct fishing charters rain or shine. Be sure to arrive to your fishing charter prepared for the forecasted weather conditions while we are on the water.

 

I will only REQUIRE a fishing charter reschedule due to extreme weather conditions that I consider unsafe (For example: strong winds, thunderstorms, etc.).

I typically offer free reschedules, so if you'd like to reschedule your fishing charter due to undesirable weather conditions, refer to the reschedule policy below.

If you would like to cancel and/or not reschedule your fishing charter due to undesirable weather conditions, refer to the cancellation policy below. 

 

Reschedule Policy

I typically offer free reschedules if you cannot attend your fishing charter as originally scheduled. 

I may require you to reschedule your fishing charter due to severe weather conditions or another unforeseen circumstance on my end. In this event, I will attempt to provide you with at least 24 hours notice via email, text, and/or phone call. If you would like to cancel your fishing charter in the event I require a reschedule, refer to the cancellation policy below. 

If you are not able to attend your scheduled  fishing charter, you must provide me with as much notice as possible by CALLING (267) 730-3203. If this notice is provided at least 24 hours before your scheduled fishing charter, your full payment will be used towards a rescheduled fishing charter of similar value for another agreed upon future date and time. Upon successfully providing a reschedule notice to Awgul Fishing, you will be issued a gift certificate within 24 hours for the value of the fishing charter option that you purchased that can be redeemed at your convenience at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters for another available date and time. 

If you attempt to reschedule your fishing charter less than 24 hours before the scheduled start of your charter, a free reschedule will not be provided and the situation will be deemed a cancellation. In such a case, refer to the cancellation policy below.

 

Late Show and No Show Policy

 

I typically attempt to have my boat in the water and ready to begin our fishing charter 10 minutes early to the scheduled start of our fishing charter. 

If you are unable to start your fishing charter at the scheduled starting time we confirmed, you must provide as much notice as possible by CALLING (267) 730-3203 to inform me of your late arrival. 

If you arrive to your fishing charter late, the scheduled end of your fishing charter will not be extended to compensate for your tardiness.

If you fail to contact me about your late arrival to our fishing charter, I will attempt to contact you via phone call 10 minutes after the scheduled start of your fishing charter. If I am unable to get in touch with you and don't hear from you within 30 minutes after the start of your scheduled fishing charter, I will deem your fishing charter a "No Show" and you will not receive any credit or refund at all for the fishing charter you purchased. 

If I have to arrive late to your fishing charter due to an unforeseen circumstance, I will offer to extend the scheduled end of your fishing charter to compensate for my tardiness. If either party is unavailable to extend the scheduled end of the fishing charter, compensation will be provided prorated in the form of credit towards a future fishing charter (No refunds will be offered for shortened fishing charters under any circumstance).

Early Charter End Policy 

If you choose to end your fishing charter earlier than the charter's original scheduled end time for any reason, the fishing charter will officially end as you specify and you will not receive any refund or credit for unused charter time. 

 

If I require to end your fishing charter early for any reason due to unforeseen circumstances on my end, you will receive prorated credit towards another fishing charter in the future (No refunds will be offered for shortened fishing charters under any circumstance).

 

If I choose to end your fishing charter early because a member of your group is misbehaving, breaking rules or policy, or disrespecting my personal property then the charter will officially end as I specify and you will not receive any refund or credit for unused charter time.

 

Cancellation Policy

 

If you would like to cancel your fishing charter and/or not accept credit for a rescheduled fishing charter for any reason (Whether the reschedule was prompted by either you or me), you will be refunded the purchase price of your fishing charter minus credit card processing fees and a $100 cancellation fee. 

If I am unable to attend our scheduled fishing charter but fail to provide at least 24 hours notice to you, I will give you the option for free cancellation if you prefer to not reschedule. 

For tourist customers (Customers who purchased a fishing charter with a billing address outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey); I offer free cancellations ONLY if I decide to cancel your scheduled fishing charter due to SEVERE weather (Rain or shine policy still applies) or another unforeseen circumstance on my end if you are unable to reschedule your fishing charter for a foreseeable future date. 

Unfulfilled Charter Policy

 

Fishing charters and fishing charter gift certificates that are purchased in years prior to 2023 but were not fulfilled in the calendar year they were purchased for any reason are able to be rescheduled to an available date and time in 2023, but they are subject to any additional costs, fees, limits, and other changes according to the 2023 fishing guide service rates and policies. No refunds may be issued in 2023 or following years for charters purchased in 2022 or earlier. 

Fishing charters and fishing charter gift certificates that are purchased in 2023 but are not fulfilled in the 2023 calendar year for any reason are able to be rescheduled to an available date and time in 2024, but they are subject to any additional costs, fees, limits, and other changes according to the 2024 fishing guide service rates and policies. No refunds may be issued in 2024 or following years for charters purchased in 2023 or earlier. 

 

What to Bring

 

The only thing that you MUST bring to your fishing charter is a valid 2023 Pennsylvania Fishing License (Applies to all group members 16 years of age and older). You will not be allowed to touch a fishing rod in my boat (Even your own) if you don’t have your fishing license in your possession. Information to purchase and print a Pennsylvania Fishing License can be found on my website at www.awgulfishing.com/fishingcharters. 

 

Here are some things that you might want to consider bringing with you on your fishing charter:

 

1.) Water bottles and sports drinks

2.) Snacks and food

3.) Weather appropriate clothing and outerwear (Remember it can get extra cold, windy, and wet on the lake especially when driving fast in the boat)

4.) Sun protection (Including sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, neck buffs, and other sun protective clothing)

5.) Your fishing rods (Optional) *My boat has enough space for as many fishing rods as you'd like to bring!

6.) Your tackle box (Optional) *My boat has enough space for as much fishing tackle as you'd like to bring!


 

Fishing Charter Rules and Information

 

I require all of my clients to review, understand, and obey these rules while riding and fishing in my boat. These rules will ensure a positive fishing experience for everyone onboard. Failure to obey some of these rules may result in the early termination of your fishing charter at the discretion of Anthony Awgul without refund or credit.

 

1.) We Target Bass: On our fishing charters, we target largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. However, we may catch other species we’re not targeting such as walleye, panfish, pickerel, catfish, striped bass, musky, trout, carp, and more while we target bass. If young children are part of your group, I am willing to target panfish with them. If you have special requests to target other species of fish than bass, please notify me when booking your fishing charter and I will try to accommodate your request if I am able.

 

2.) We Use Artificial Lures Only: On my fishing charters, we only use artificial lures in true bass sportsmanlike fashion. If you make a special request to bring your own live bait, it may be permitted as long as you don’t make a mess on my boat with it and/or prevent us from efficiently and effectively targeting bass. If young children are part of your group, I may be especially willing to allow you to bring your own live bait to target panfish.

 

3.) No Keeping Fish: On my boat we practice catch, photograph, and release sportfishing ONLY with no exceptions. On occasion, we may temporarily store fish in my boat’s aerated livewells for pictures at the end of our fishing charter or to revive the fish before releasing it. However, we will be releasing all of these fish back into the lake afterwards.

 

4.) Tobacco Use: Customers may use tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, dip, and vapes ONLY if you responsibly dispose of your waste and do not make a mess on my boat or damage my property with hot cigarette/cigar butts, ashes, or spit waste. Customers that cause damage or mess to my property with tobacco products may be held liable according to my fishing charter agreement and waiver document.

 

5.) Absolutely No Alcohol or Illegal Drugs: Alcohol and illegal drugs are not allowed on my boat because alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited and illegal on the site of Lake Nockamixon State Park and Blue Marsh Lake. If I discover that you have brought alcohol or illegal drugs on my boat, I must immediately end your fishing charter and take you back to the dock without any refund or credit.

 

6.) Snags: Everyone is bound to get their lure snagged on the bottom of the lake or hung up in a tree every once in a while. When your bait is snagged, notify me immediately so I can help unsnag your lure in judgment free fashion. 

 

7.) Bathroom Breaks: My boat does not have a bathroom on it, so if you need to use the bathroom while on the water simply notify me as soon as possible so that I can make accommodations for you.

8.) No swimming: Swimming is not permitted on my fishing charters and customers must remain boarded in the boat unless permission is given by Anthony Awgul to offboard.

 

9.) Respect My Equipment: I have invested a lot of money into my equipment and I invest a lot of time into maintaining my equipment so that I can share it with many people and offer them a positive fishing charter experience. While on my boat, I require you to respect and preserve my property. This includes my fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing lures, boat seats, boat carpet, and other related property. You may be held liable for damage and/or loss you cause to my property according to my fishing charter agreement and waiver document.

 

10.) Have Fun: Sometimes the fish simply don’t want to bite. However, this is no reason to prevent us from having a memorable, educational, and exciting day on the water! I encourage you to maintain a positive attitude while we’re fishing so that everyone can enjoy their time on the water and learn something new!


 

Safety Information

 

As your fishing guide, I am required by the State of Pennsylvania to be CPR and First Aid certified, sufficiently insured, carry my Pennsylvania Fishing Guide License,  and carry specific State Park commercial use licenses. I am up to date on all of my certifications and licenses.

 

My boat has the following safety features on board:

 

-Life jackets 

-Throwable personal flotation device

-Distress sound signal

-Flare gun

-Fire extinguisher

-Emergency paddles

-Anchor

-Driver kill engine switch

-Marine navigation and anchor lights

-First Aid kit

 

All group members will be given a brief safety lecture and demonstration before beginning the charter. Please follow these safety rules and tips to maintain health and safety during your fishing charter

 

1.) In the event of an emergency, listen to your fishing guide’s instructions and avoid panicking (Call 911 if possible and necessary)

2.) Speak up and notify your fishing guide as soon as possible if you see something wrong, see something dangerous, feel sick, feel uncomfortable, or are injured

3.) Dress appropriately for the weather conditions to maintain maximum comfortability

4.) Stay hydrated by packing drinks and drinking frequently (It may be helpful to drink sports drinks for electrolytes while fishing)

5.) In the event of a fire on the boat, retrieve the fire extinguisher from the specified storage pocket and extinguish the fire

6.) Life jackets must be worn while the boat’s engine is in operation and are optional while fishing

7.) All passengers must remain seated in the appropriate on plane sitting position with their hands and feet inside the vessel while the boat’s engine is in operation

8.) Swimming and intentionally jumping overboard is prohibited during the fishing charter

9.) In the event someone falls overboard, they will be thrown a personal flotation device and directed with instructions to reboard the vessel

10.) Be cautious and mindful while you cast to avoid injuring yourself or another person on the boat with a fishing hook

11.) If you are uncomfortable handling a fish, do not attempt to land it, unhook it, or handle it by yourself as this can cause injury or harm to you and the fish

 

Waiver, Release of Liability, and Fishing Charter Agreement

 

Prior to boarding Anthony Awgul's boat, a Waiver, Release of Liability, and Fishing Charter Agreement document will be presented to all members of your group. This document must be signed and dated by all group members in order to board Anthony Awgul’s boat. Group members under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the document for them.

Failure or refusal to sign this important legal document by any of your group members will result in cancellation of your purchased fishing charter without refund or credit.