We continue in the same pattern that we have been in for almost a week — sustained southwest winds at velocities that have the bays and surf in bad shape.

With no fishing reports submitted Wednesday, I want to take this opportunity to discuss what to expect from a fishing guide and how to select one.

First of all, you are paying for the guide’s fishing expertise. That includes knowing where fish should be at a given time and under what conditions. You are also paying for the use of their boat and equipment.

While the majority of guides do their best to keep up with the ever-changing movements and feeding patterns of fish, there is no guarantee you will catch fish and don’t expect to limit out.

During conditions such as have prevailed all week, many guides reschedule or cancel trips because of the reduced odds of catching game fish.

Often, readers will complain that during their guided trip, the guide caught the majority of the fish.

The reason usually has to do with the guest’s lack of experience and/or poor casting skills.

Often, it has been mentioned that inadequate casting skills are the main reason for poor results.

Fishing the Galveston Bay Complex for trout, reds and flounder requires at least minimum skills in casting a line.

When choosing a fishing guide, the first thing to decide is where you want to fish — the jetties, East or West bays, the surf or other areas.

Once you narrow down your choice, find a guide who fishes those areas often.

Bait camp operators in your area of choice are good sources for recommendations.

When visiting with a guide, give them information about your experience level, where you desire to fish and any restrictions you may have.

Visit with several guides before making your choice and choose the one that best meets your requirements.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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