There are quite a few fishing guides out there who take clients out for a variety of species, but you don’t often find an angler that fishes tournaments from crappie, to catfish, to walleye, and more. But then you have Indiana’s Heath Malone, who does just that and does it in his Polar Kraft Frontier 179, which is his favorite multispecies tool.
The owner of Captain Q Fishing admits that most of the time tournament anglers fish just one species, but he said that being a competitive angler for several species helps him be a better guide for a wider market of people.
“I love tournament fishing for sure,” he said. “And have done well in them especially walleye events. But I love getting down south for bigger catfish tournaments and a few crappie derbies.”
His boat was one that he didn’t pick out hastily, in fact, the 40-year-old put a ton of research into purchasing his.
“I had three boats in the past and after a few years every one of them I was tearing apart and having to fix them at some point,” Malone said. “I really looked hard at the stringer system and other construction on my Outlander and that’s why I went with it. Just built well.”
While Malone enjoys tournament fishing, he loves guiding people even more.
“When I can take people out who don’t fish much and put them on fish,” he said. “That is what really makes me happy. I’ll always probably fish tournaments, but getting people out is really a passion.”
Malone has had his rig in a ton of states, and almost every Great Lake, and even the ocean, and loves the versatility.
“I can get in small rivers for crappie and cats and have even had it out on the Pacific,” he said. “The thing is so deep for big water, but I can get in surprisingly shallow water too.”
If you would like to book a trip with Malone, go to www.captainqfishing.com