2024 AWGUL FISHING GUIDE SERVICE INFORMATION, RULES & POLICIES
My name is Captain Anthony Awgul and I'm the owner of Awgul Fishing. I want to thank you so much for your interest in booking a fishing guide trip with me. Please read the following information, rules, and policies pertaining to the Awgul Fishing Guide Service to prepare for your upcoming fishing guide trip with me!
To book a fishing guide trip with Awgul Fishing, you must be at least 18 years old.
Anglers under 18 years old are welcome to participate in a fishing guide trip, 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 guide trips.
Poor Weather Conditions
I conduct fishing guide trips RAIN OR SHINE. Be sure to arrive to your fishing guide trip prepared for the forecasted weather conditions while we are on the water.
I will only REQUIRE a reschedule due to extreme weather conditions that I consider unsafe (For example: strong winds, thunderstorms, etc.).
I typically offer free rescheduling, so if you'd like to reschedule your fishing guide trip due to undesirable weather conditions (Such as rain, uncomfortable temperatures, etc.), refer to the rescheduling policy below.
If you would like to cancel and/or not reschedule your fishing guide trip due to unsafe or undesirable weather conditions, refer to the cancellation policy below.
I typically offer free rescheduling if you cannot or do not want to attend your fishing guide trip as originally scheduled. To reschedule, notify us ASAP by calling/texting us at (267) 730-3203 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours before the confirmed start of your guide trip. Upon successfully providing a reschedule notice to Awgul Fishing, you can immediately pick another available date and time for your fishing guide trip. If you are not sure about another available date and time yet, then you will be issued a gift certificate within 24 hours for the value of the fishing guide trip option that you purchased that can be redeemed at your convenience at www.awgulfishing.com for another available date and time.
I can REQUIRE you to reschedule your fishing guide trip due to severe weather conditions or due to unforeseen circumstances on my end. In the event I require you to reschedule, I will attempt to provide you with at least 48 hours notice via email, text, and/or phone call. If you would like to cancel your fishing guide trip in the event that I require a reschedule, refer to the cancellation policy below.
If you attempt to reschedule your fishing guide trip less than 48 hours before the scheduled start of your guide trip, 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.
If you would like to cancel your fishing guide trip and NOT accept credit for a rescheduled fishing guide trip for any reason (Whether the reschedule was prompted by either you or me), you will be refunded the purchase price of your fishing guide trip minus credit card processing fees and a $100 cancellation fee.
If I am unable to attend our scheduled fishing guide trip without providing at least 48 hours notice to you, I will give you the option for free cancellation and offer a full refund if you prefer to not reschedule.
For TOURIST customers (Customers who purchased a fishing guide trip with a billing address outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey); I will offer you free cancellations and full refunds ONLY if I decide to cancel your scheduled fishing guide trip due to SEVERE weather or due to an unforeseen circumstance on my end only if you are unable to reschedule your fishing guide trip for a foreseeable future date within the year.
Late Show and No Show Policy
I typically attempt to have my boat in the water and ready to begin our fishing guide trip 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled start of our fishing guide trip.
If you are unable to start your fishing guide trip at the scheduled starting time that is confirmed, you must provide us as much notice as possible by CALLING (267) 730-3203 to inform me of your late arrival.
If you arrive to your fishing guide trip late, the scheduled end of your fishing guide trip will not be extended to compensate for your tardiness.
If you fail to contact me about your late arrival to our fishing guide trip, I will attempt to contact you via phone call 10 minutes after the scheduled start of your fishing guide trip. If I am unable to reach you and don't hear from you within 30 minutes after the start of your scheduled fishing guide trip, I will deem your fishing guide trip a "No Show" and you will not receive any credit or refund for the fishing guide trip you purchased and didn't show for.
If I have to arrive late to our fishing guide trip due to an unforeseen delay or circumstance, I will offer to extend the scheduled end of your fishing guide trip to compensate for my tardiness. If either party is unavailable to extend the scheduled end of the fishing guide trip, compensation will be provided prorated in the form of credit towards another future fishing guide trip (No refunds will be offered for shortened fishing guide trips under any circumstance unless the customer is a tourist in reference to the Awgul Fishing Guide Service Cancellation Policy).
Early Guide Trip Ending Policy
If you choose to end your fishing guide trip earlier than the trip's original scheduled end time for any reason, the fishing guide trip will officially end as you specify and you will not receive any refund or credit for unused guiding time.
If I require to end your fishing guide trip early for any reason due to an unforeseen circumstance on my end, you will receive prorated credit towards another fishing guide trip in the future (No refunds will be offered for shortened fishing guide trips under any circumstance unless the customer is a tourist in reference to the Awgul Fishing Guide Service Cancellation Policy).
If I choose to end your fishing guide trip early because a member of your group is misbehaving, breaking rules or policy, or disrespecting my personal property, then the guide trip will officially end as I specify and you will not receive any refund or credit for unused guiding time.
Unfulfilled Guide Trip Policy
Fishing guide trips and fishing guide trip gift certificates that are purchased in 2024 but were not fulfilled in the 2024 calendar year for any reason are able to be rescheduled to an available date and time in 2025, but they are subject to any additional costs, fees, limits, and other changes that come according to the 2025 fishing guide service rates and policies. No refunds may be issued in 2025 or following years for guide trips purchased in 2024 or earlier.
What to Bring
The only thing that you MUST bring to your fishing guide trip is a valid 2024 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/pafishinglicense.
Here are some things that you might want to consider bringing with you on your fishing guide trip:
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)
4.) Sun protection (Including sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, neck buffs, and other sun protective clothing)
5.) Your fishing rods (Optional. Unless you want to bring your own HIGH-QUALITY gear it's recommended to use our gear)
6.) Your tackle box (Optional. Unless you want to bring your own HIGH-QUALITY gear it's recommended to use our gear)
While the decision to tip is up to you, it's typically customary to tip your guide 10% - 30% of the price of your guide trip after a freshwater fishing trip. I appreciate the generosity of my customers that help me cover my expenses, keep my rates low, and make a living on the water! I accept tips via cash, Venmo (Username @AwgulFishing), or PayPal (email@example.com).
Awgul Fishing Guide Service Rules
I require all of my clients to review, understand, and obey these rules (In addition to all PA DCNR rules) while riding and fishing in my boat. Failure to obey some of these rules may result in the early termination of your fishing guide trip at the discretion of Anthony Awgul without refund or credit.
1.) We Use Artificial Lures Only: On my fishing guide trips, 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 game fish. 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.
2.) No Keeping Fish: On my boat we practice catch, photograph, and release sportfishing ONLY with no exceptions.
3.) Tobacco Products: Customers of legal age may use tobacco products ONLY if you responsibly dispose of your waste and do not make a mess on my boat and/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 Awgul Fishing Guide Service 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 all of the lakes that we fish. If I discover that you have brought alcohol or illegal drugs on my boat, I must immediately end your fishing guide trip and take you back to the dock without any refund or credit.
5.) 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.
6.) 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 to use a bathroom at a nearby boat launch.
7.) No swimming: Swimming is not permitted on my fishing guide trips and customers must remain boarded in the boat unless permission is given by Anthony Awgul to offboard.
8.) No animals: Animals and/or pets are prohibited from boarding my boat. If you require a service animal during your fishing guide trip, you must contact us to determine if arrangements can be made to board your service animal.
9.) Boat Seats: My boat seats are intended for sitting only. Please do not stand or step on my boat seats as this may cause them to tear. Please do not sit or lean on the backs of my boat seats as this may cause them to break. Customers that cause damage to my boat seats may be held liable according to my Awgul Fishing Guide Service Agreement and Waiver Document.
10.) 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 guide experience. While on my boat, I require you to respect and preserve my property. This includes respecting my fishing rods, fishing reels, fishing lures, boat seats, boat carpet, and other related property. Customers that cause damage or mess to my property may be held liable according to my Awgul Fishing Guide Service Agreement and Waiver Document.
9.) 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 while I use my 23 years of fishing experience to try to help you catch fish!
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 for 2024.
My boat has the following safety features on board:
-Life jackets (Must be worn when combustion engine is running)
-Throwable personal flotation device
-Distress sound signal
-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 guide trip. Please follow these safety rules and tips to maintain health and safety during your fishing guide trip.
1.) In the event of an emergency, listen to my instructions and avoid panicking (Call 911 if necessary)
2.) Speak up and notify me 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 by 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 combustion engine is in operation and are optional while fishing
7.) All passengers must remain seated in the appropriate "On plane" seating position with their hands and feet inside the vessel while the boat’s combustion engine is in operation
8.) Swimming and intentionally jumping overboard is prohibited during the fishing guide trip
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
Awgul Fishing Guide Service Agreement, Waiver, and Release of Liability Document
Prior to boarding my boat, my "Awgul Fishing Guide Service Agreement, Waiver, and Release of Liability" document will be presented to all members of your group. This document must be signed 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 guide trip without refund or credit.
View this document here before you're required to sign in person (You may print and sign this document and bring it with you): CLICK HERE TO VIEW FISHING GUIDE SERVICE AGREEMENT, WAIVER, AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY DOCUMENT.
Questions, Concerns, and Special Accommodations
Do you have any questions, concerns, or need special accommodations for a fishing guide trip? Contact us now at (267) 730-3203 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.