Larry - I don't mean to sound rude, but if you don't have at least a 6 pack license, you can not have a State of Ohio Guide License. Both of which are required to legally guide for fishing in the State of Ohio. Please read the following.
Thank you for your input on fishing, however I feel the need to pass on some information & friendly advice. We (charter captains) spend a lot of money & time on Federal and State licenses, insurances, and equipment to make sure we have all legal requirements to insure the safety and comfort of our clientele.
The following is an excerpt of the Coast Guard regulations as listed by the U.S. Power Squadron.
Who needs a six-pack license?
March 05, 2009, 5:40PM
The following was passed along to me by Don Baker of the Raritan Bay Power Squadron.
Do You Need a Six Pack License?
The following is reprinted from a bulletin from the National Educational Officer
The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 added the requirement for having an "uninspected passenger vessel" license (six pac) whenever some form of tangible consideration is being exchanged as a condition of carriage on the vessel. Consideration may be cash, checks, money orders, or in the form of goods.
The issue of sharing of expenses for fuel, providing food and/or provisions for a trip was a concern to recreational boaters as to whether or not it fell within the term of "consideration" sufficient to require a six -passenger license and whether it affected the boat insurance policy.
Congress amended the definition of "consideration" effective 1 October 1999 to allow voluntary sharing. "Consideration" is now defined as an economic benefit, inducement, right, or profit including pecuniary payment accruing to an individual, person or entity, but not including a voluntary sharing of the actual expenses of the voyage, by monetary contribution or donation of fuel, food, beverage, or other supplies.
A "sharing of expense" can create the necessity of a six pac license for the operator. The key is whether the sharing is required by the owner/operator (license required) or is voluntary (no license required). A guest may offer or request to contribute to the cruise, either in sharing of actual expenses of the voyage, by monetary contribution, or by donation of fuel, food, beverage or other supplies. However, if that occurs, the skipper should make it clear, and while the gesture is very much appreciated, there is no requirement or obligation to do so, but that voluntary contributions are always welcomed. If contribution were to be required, the skipper would clearly fall outside the exception: and a "six pac" license for hire would be required. A skipper should likewise refrain from initiating any suggestion about a "contribution" in order to avoid the appearance that such is required or expected.
Capt. Jerry Taylor
Playin' Hooky Charters est. 1987
NAFC recommended guide
NAFC Dodge outfitter/guide of the year 2004
NAFC lifer since 1992
NAFC OHIO CHAPTER trustee