Hi , my name is Paul Payne and I have fished all of my life. In my years as a licensed guide, my favorite trips are those in which people discover, or experience, their excitement to fish. Whether it’s your first fish ever caught, or another trip in the books, I love sharing my passion to fish. Let’s go fishing.


"Paul is one of the hardest working fishing guides I have ever had. He does all of the things that you would want a guide to do for you and all you have to do is enjoy a great day of fishing!!!"

- Don Bearden

"I've never had a guide work harder to find fish for me. It is called fishing so no one can guarantee a limit but if a limit can be had the day you fish, Paul will find you one. Thanks for the great day on the water Paul. I'm looking forward to next time."

- Rick Limehouse

"Paul took my son-in-law and I out for some crappie fishing that was a Christmas gift from my wife. It was really all I asked for, for Christmas. Paul didn't disappoint! He put us on fish and kept us on fish all day. We had a blast! Lots of good eating for quite awhile. Thanks Paul for a wonderful day."

- Don Debenport


  • What do we need to bring?

    • Texas Resident Freshwater Fishing License

    • Appropriate seasonal clothing

    • Sunglasses

    • Hat

    • Lunch and snacks (I furnish bottled water)

  • Do you furnish rods, reels, and lures?

    All bait and tackle will be furnished at no additional cost. I also furnish rods and reels.

  • What will we do for lunch?

    We normally bring a sack lunch and eat on the water. The boat has a cooler for drinks and food that needs to stay cold, and you are more than welcome to use it.

  • Can you handle group or corporate trips?

    Yes I can. I work with a small network of other guides on the lake, and I can make all the arrangements for you. It is best to decide on a date as quickly as possible so that we can assure availability of the other guides.

  • What lakes do you guide on?

    I do guided trips on Lake Palestine, Lake Fork, Lake Tyler and Lake Athens.

  • Any other questions?

    If you have any questions that are not listed here, please don't hesitate to email, text, or call me. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!


Lake Palestine Forecast
Lake Tyler Forecast
Lake Fork Forecast
Lake Athens Forecast


For rates and availability, please don't hesitate to contact me. If I can answer any questions or help you in any way, I would love the opportunity to be your guide. Feel free to call, text or email me with any questions or booking inquiries by selecting one of the options below. Thank you!