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Brian Carper’s Guide Service: How It All Began

For as long as I can remember I have loved the feel of a fishing rod in my hand. At age 13, I decided to become a professional bass fisherman. From that day forward, I based every decision I made on my future fishing career. School and work kept me very busy, but whenever time allowed, I found myself on the water. I started tournament fishing at the age of 16 by entering local and regional open tournaments. The following year I joined a fishing team in The Virginia Bass Federation and found myself a student in an outdoor classroom. Many older anglers on my team taught me all they knew about the sport. They could see the ambition and determination that drove me to be the best fisherman possible. Thanks to the help of many friends and teammates, I began my journey as a devoted bass angler at an early age.

As I began my last year at Middle Tennessee State University, the thought of a job where I would be sitting in a cubicle day after day frightened me. So, after considering other options, I decided to use my college degree to start a fishing guide service. Guiding would allow me to enjoy my passion for the outdoors and work with people, which is something I have always enjoyed. In the fall of 2005, I submitted Brian Carper’s Guide Service to the business bureau and began the journey.

Since then, my team and I have guided over 575 trips and built many relationships with people all over the country. Fishing for both bass and crappie provides an opportunity for people of varying interest and skill levels. One day I could be out practicing for a tournament with a competitive bass angler and the next day taking a dad and six-year-old on his first fishing trip! The excitement of watching clients catch the first fish, the most fish, and/or the biggest fish of the day is an honor to be a part of.

For more information, you can go to briancarper.com or contact me at (615) 278-6311 or brian@briancarper.com.

Show us your catch. E-mail your fishing photos to murfreesboropulse@yahoo.com or brian@briancarper.com

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About the Author

Brian Carper is a local fishing guide working Percy Priest and Old Hickory lakes. For any questions on fishing, contact him at (615) 278-6311 or brian@briancarper.com.

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