When I was a child I use to dream about fishing and could not wait for the next chance I got to go to the lake. As a child, I'd wait so patiently for my family to take a trip up to Grandmas place on the lake. I would sit and organize my small tackle box and make sure everything was ready to go.
The lake was always a very special place for me. It is where I caught bull frogs with my cousins and fished from the dock. With the help of great parents who took me everywhere possible so I could make a few casts from shore or let me walk to the local creek to try and catch a trout, I was hooked! I have an uncle and a cousin who I can thank for the more serious approach to fishing and an intense love of the sport.
When I was old enough, and with the help of my folks, I bought my first boat. It was not the biggest or the fastest but it gave me the opportunity and experience to sharpen my skills. One day I was hanging out at the local tackle shop and one of the lodge owners asked if I could take some of his guests out fishing. He had expressed that they were having a difficult time catching fish and he feared that their trip would be a poor experience. I agreed to help out where I could. We met at the dock and ventured out to tackle some pretty tough conditions! I'm not going to tell you that we caught them all day but I do remember working hard to find a pattern and catching some nice fish for their trip! In exchange for my services all I asked was that they fill up the tank and thanked them for a wonderful experience. I had no idea what would become of my life after that moment and can honestly say that it was a life changing experience. Word of mouth traveled and now this 23 year old kid was servicing 30-40 lodges around the lake and learning the joys of being a profesionnal fishing guide.
I am absolutley blessed and fortunate to do what I love for a living and I thank you with all my heart for taking the time to stop by and check us out. Joe Ford Fishing and Outdoors is a family run company and we feel that our guests should be treated as one of the family. Whether we are organizing a group event for you or an individual day on the lake, we promise to treat you and your group like one of the family!