usually I run the other way from these debates, but what the heck I am bored today. This is sort of my take on this, I have a friend who is an avid Sturgeon fisherman, has a boat and all of the right gear. He begged me to go one day because he could not get his regular Sturgeon buddies to go and he needed help on board. I agreed to go but knew not one thing about this type of fishing. He did all of the work, got us in position, rigged the poles, baited the lines, and coached me on when to stop letting out line. I cought many nice Sturgeon that day, no keepers, but these were nice in the way that they were my first Sturgeon.
So because Chris is not a professional guide, should I feel less pleased with the results of the day? No, I still hooked the fish and landed the fish, two poles in the water have a 50/50 chance.
For me, it would not matter whether or not I got a trophy fish using a giude or going with my friend. With a guide you are paying for their knowledge in my mind.