Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bob’s Top 16

Planning your next hunting or fishing adventure and not quite sure where to start?

Great outfitters and guides are hard to find and bad outfitter and charter experiences can ruin your trip, your wallet and make you just down right angry. There are a lot of self proclaimed “professional” guides and outfitters, but how do you know what to choose? We’re here to help.

Bob has done all the work for you and hand selected some of the best charters and outfitters from around the country. All of these outstanding folks have Bob’s seal of approval and we know you’ll have one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.


1. Florida Fishing Network, Florida-Bass Fishing & Inshore Saltwater
iOutdoor Adventures is an all inclusive, one stop shop for all of your outdoor needs in the sunny state of Florida! Whether you’re looking for fishing charters, fishing guides, hunting trips, boating, sport fishing, fly fishing, boat charters, boat rentals, deep sea offshore fishing, inshore fishing, flats fishing, bass fishing or adventures in the air and on the ground; We make it easy to start your adventure plans now! iOutdoor is the most convenient way to book your adventure while providing the most options to you. We listen to you and find an adventure itinerary that matches your schedule and budget. Let iOutdoor Adventures do the work for you!

iOutdoor has the best Captains in all of Florida! Pictured are only a few of them! iOutdoor hired a Florida Fishing Guide to compile some of the best Captains in Florida using the best equipment and the latest boats.iOutdoor understands that not only is fishing important but so is safety and customer service.

These Captains were interviewed for their experience, safety, fishing knowledge and customer service efforts.

“The Florida Fishing Network”
T 888-629-2277 – O 954-780-8755 – F 954-771-4087


2. White Lake, South Dakota— Pheasant Hunting

Upland Bird Hunting in South Dakota is the experience of a lifetime. If you like the outdoors and really like to pheasant hunt, this is the place for you. Wide open spaces and pheasant hunting is what it’s all about. Once you arrive at the lodge in beautiful South Dakota you will want to stay a lifetime.  You will be greeted by the owner Larry Smith who has owned the lodge for over 19 years…..

Hunting is on “stripped” milo and corn fields, upland grassland, and shelter belts. Parties average 13 to 18 hunters with up to three parties per 4-day hunt. For those who do not prefer to walk much, they get plenty of shooting as “blockers” at the end of the fields. Use your dogs or they are provided in the hunting package.

Make sure you book your trip as soon as possible. White Lake is located 1 1/2 hours west of Souix Falls, South Dakota on I90, Exit 296.

For Reservations Contact:
Larry Smith
PO Box 297
Glendale Springs, NC 28629

Larry E. Smith
(336) 982-9441
(336) 877-6611 Cell

3.  Slidell, Louisiana-Inshore Red Fishing

Captain Mike Gallo of Angling Adventures of Louisiana.   Fishing Lake Pontchartrain, a nationally known estuary for large trout, or the Biloxi Marsh, the Redfish Capital of the world, he is right in the middle of trophy territory.  Angling Adventures of Louisiana provides a fun, safe fishing adventure for  the young and young at heart. The water front Lake House sleeps 10 anglers with all the comforts of home. The SPOTS & DOTS LAKE HOUSE is located near Lake Pontchartrain and the world famous Biloxi Marsh. Lake Pontchartrain has produced several of Louisiana’s top 10 Speckled Trout. The Biloxi Marsh is well known for abundant Redfish. Many tournament winning Redfish have come from the Biloxi Marsh, with anglers traveling over 100 miles by water to fish this productive area. I supply all fishing needs. You only need to bring your lunch, drinks, appropriate clothing & fishing license to have a great time.

The Spots & Dots Lake House has all you need. Queen, full & twin beds, kitchen, two full baths, washer & dryer, Sat TV, outdoor grill – everything you need to have a great time. Great for corporate team building or just a family get-a-way.  Several boats and experienced captains to handle your group. Call or email to book your ANGLING ADVENTURE!!!  Please click the “Contact Us “ tab to contact Capt. Mike today.

Angling Adventures of Louisiana

53105 Hwy 433
Slidell, Louisiana 70461
Contact: Capt. Mike Gallo
Phone: 985-781-7811
Cell: 504-259-FISH

4. Bay Saint Louis, Missisippi – OutKast Charters On The Mississippi Gulf Coast

OutKast Charters is located in Bay St Louis, MS. They offer some of the finest fishing charter along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Their licensed captain(s) have fished South Mississippi all their lives and those years of experience have provided them with a vast knowledge of the saltwater species that roam throughout the Mississippi and Louisiana waters. Mississippi Gulf Coast fishing is unparalleled! Whether you prefer to catch speckle trout, redfish, flounder or the highly prized tripletail all of the captains can put you on the fish! A trip with our charter business is guaranteed to be an enjoyable, exciting, informative and memorable experience that will make you want to come back for more!With many charter companies along the Gulf Coast choosing a charter company can be difficult… But with OutKast Charters the Staff can make it happen for you and your fishing trip planning process. They will help you plan an unforgettable, one-of-a kind charter that will make you want to come back to Bay Saint Louis, MS for more. They have complete meal and lodging packages for the entire trip….. check them out at

Captain Clay Necaise: 228-233-7760


5. Lost Bay Fishing–Pensacola, Florida, Gulf Shores, Alabama-Inshore Red Fishing

Lost Bay Fishing–Pensacola, Florida, Gulf Shores, Alabama-Inshore Red Fishing Captain Bill Willis is a native of Pensacola and has fished the waterways surrounding Perdido Key and Orange Beach for over twenty five years. In addition to local knowledge he has fished Key West ,Marquesas Islands, Sebastians Inlet, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Apalachicola, Sarasota sound, Indian Pass, Louisiana Marsh and most lakes and ditches in between. Bill and his wife Monica are both licensed Captains and share a passion for the outdoors. With two boys of his own, Bill enjoys teaching young anglers how to get the most out of every trip on the water. With a successful career as General Manager for the world’s largest retailer he jumped at the opportunity to fulfill a life long dream of being a full-time guide. He is a IGFA Certified Captain, Member of the Coastal Conservation Association, Member of the Orange Beach Fishing Association and fishes professionally on the IFA Redfish Tour. Holding a USCG Captain license since 2004 Captain Bill spends most everyday on the water following the patterns of this great fishery.

“You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.” or call Capt. Bill Willis at 850-748-5076

6.  Back Woods Quail Club-Georgetown, SC- Upland Bird Hunting and Sporting Clays

Quail Hunting: October 1 thru March 20 Half day hunts are conducted in the morning from 9:00AM – 12 Noon and in the afternoon from 2:00 – 5:00PM. Full day and multiple day hunt packages may be arranged upon request. Full day hunts consist of one morning hunt, one afternoon hunt, three meals, one night’s lodging, and an open bar. An experienced guide with professionally trained dogs will accompany each party however you may work your own dogs if you wish. Hunting parties are limited to a maximum of three guns with only two shooting at one time. We offer two 10-station courses, one setup for novice and the other setup with advanced and tournament-style shooters in mind. You have the option of shooting 50 or 100 rounds on either courses to test your skills or to warm-up for a hunting adventure. We are open seven days a week but ask that you call for reservations. Single shooters or parties welcome. We take the time to work with you to ensure you have an enjoyable time. Sporting Clays is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but combined with our Quail hunting package makes for an exciting and unique day of shooting.

For more information regarding any of the sales or services, please call 843-546-1466
Monday-Sunday from 8:00am – 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Back Woods Quail Club
647 Hemingway Lane
Georgetown, SC 29440
843-546-1466 (phone) 843-546-6920 (fax) (email)

7.  West Point Lake Fishing – LaGrange, Georgia – Striper Fishing

James Jordan Guide Service –
is a family oriented operation designed to provide a great experience for any and all ages of fisherman. James utilizes a 21’ Kenner center console boat with room for up to 6 people fishing. The boat is fully equipped with everything you will need for one of the best southern fishing trips of your lifetime. James utilizes Highland Marina Resort in LaGrange, Georgia… if you need a 5 star place to stay during your trip… check out Highland Marina Resort at to make your reservations. Georgia’s most beautiful and complete Marina Resort on West Point Lake.

James offers guided striper, hybrid and crappie fishing all with live bait. West Point Lake is an ideal destination to take your family, friends and business associates on a fishing trip of a lifetime.

Contact Information: 770-253-1704
James Jordan: 1675 Sewell Mill Road, Newnan, GA 30263

8. Augusta, Georgia–Lake Strom Thurmond–Clarks Hill-Striper Fishing
Clarks Hill offers great fishing Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Clarks Hill for the most part is an underdeveloped lake around the shoreline which is approximately 71,000 acres and 1200 miles of shoreline, giving the fish a large area in which to hide. It is a large unspoiled reservoir full of fish begging to be caught. That’s where Sasser’s Guide Service comes in as your fishing guide — to make sure..they fish in the 5% of water that has 100% of the fish. William has a Pro Staff of 5 guides who fish every week year round.

CAPTAIN William Sasser will always do his very best to ensure your trip is a fun and memorable one. William, a native of Augusta, Georgia, has 40 years of experience fishing Clarks Hill ( Strom Thurmond) Lake.

His goal has always been 100% customer satisfaction. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a “first-timer,” Sasser’s Guide Service will do everything possible to make your fishing day with us a fun, safe and memorable one! Let William and his Pro Staff help you with your fishing trip needs. Contact him at (706) 589-5468.

9.   Union Springs, Alabama- Shenandoah Plantation- Quail Hunting Lodge

Shenandoah Plantation welcomes you to a true southern experience that surpasses all others. Located in the heart of the rich Alabama Black Belt and Alabama Quail Trail Shenandoah is one of Alabama’s finest hunting destinations. They share the passion of Upland bird hunting, southern traditions and a simpler time. It is a lifestyle and they invite you to share in their luxury accommodations, private rooms equipped with all the amenities of home, southern dining and hospitality like only a southern plantation can offer.
They also offer a variety of customized hunting packages with have two quail courses and offer quail hunts off specially outfitted jeeps or from horse back. They also have tower pheasant shoots, deer hunting, hog hunting and fishing.

  • Pets Allowed
    Capacity: 3 lodges, 8 bedrooms, 12 luxury bedsFor more information visit: Payments

    • American Express
    • Discover
    • MasterCard
    • Visa

    Meeting Facilities

    • Capacity: call for more information

    Hunting Activities

    • Deer Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Quail Hunting
    • Wild Boar Hunting

    Shooting Activities

    • Sporting Clays


    • Bathroom Facilities
    • Cable/Satellite
    • Fireplace
    • Grill
    • Meals Provided
    • Microwave
    • Private Balcony or Patio
    • Refrigerator
    • Washer and Dryer
    • WiFi

    Recreation Amenities

    • Hiking or Walking Trails
    • Horseback Riding

    Water Amenities

    • Boat Ramp

     Shenandoah Plantation
    1193 Wildlife Trail
    Union Springs, AL 36089



10.  St. Simons Island, Georgia—Inshore & Offshore Saltwater-Red Fishing

Creekside Charters is owned and operated by Captain Richard Latham, a 25-year veteran of the local waters.  Captain Latham is licensed by the United States Coast Guard.  Charters fish the waters around St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland and Sea Island. Custom charters are available to suit your needs. All vessels have the latest USCG safety equipment. Individuals, groups, or corporate parties are welcome. The Golden Isles offer miles of pristine waterways and saltwater marshes. You and your party can fish for Tarpon, Shark, Bullreds, Trout, Redfish, Tripletail and other saltwater species.

All charters include bait, tackle, ice, and fishing license. Customers may bring their food and beverage of choice. Please wear comfortable clothes & shoes.  You can plan a four, six, eight or ten-hour trip. Fishing available for individuals, groups, or corporate parties.

Contact Creekside Charters

Captain Richard Latham
912-571-6322 or 912-265-7396

Call us at 912-571-6322 or 912-265-7396.

Or, you can e-mail us for rate quotes and to plan your next trip!

11. Edgefield, South Carolina- Palmetto Shooting Sports Complex

The Palmetto Shooting Complex is now open to the public!

The Palmetto Shooting Complex is a premier shooting destination in the Southeast. Already, the facility houses two dedicated sporting clays courses, five trap and skeet fields and the 9,300-square-foot Pavilion. Upon completion, the Palmetto Shooting Complex also will be the home of the 9,500-square-foot Roundhouse, 3D archery course, rifle and pistol range and much more.

Why the Palmetto Shooting Complex?

There are an estimated 13.7 million hunters in the United States who, through buying licenses, firearms and ammunition, contribute $38.3 billion each year toward conservation and the economy. Pittman-Robertson funds are generated by an excise tax paid on firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, and this tax revenue is returned to state wildlife agencies to pay for conservation efforts on many game species.

While the amount generated by hunters alone is staggering and takes on the burden of conservation funding, the more than 20 million recreational shooters in America contribute nearly $10 billion to conservation and economic growth, and without them, the success of conservation efforts would be deeply hampered.

The echo of each shot fired at the Palmetto Shooting Complex becomes a beckoning call for hunters and shooters to work together for the future of hunting, wildlife and our chosen way of life.

SCDNR Partnership: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources expanded its youth shooting sports program by hosting its annual Youth Skeet Open and Youth Trap Open championships at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield. For complete information about these or other Hunter Education programs, visit the Scholastic Clay Target Sports website or contact the DNR’s shooting sports coordinator, Officer Ryan Bass, at

NWTF Palmetto Shooting Complex

Address: 535 Gary Hill Rd. Edgefield, SC 29824
Phone: (803) 637-7480
Hours of operation: Wed. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Winter hours (Nov. – Feb.) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

12.  Lodge, South Carolina—Hunting for Quail, Deer, Turkey & Wild Boars

Over the years Williams Farms has amassed a great deal of prime land in Florida and South Carolina. Jimmy Williams, his wife, and three sons are all active in their produce business and take great pride and spare no expense in caring for the property and the resulting wildlife. The Williams feel that wildlife is a resource to be shared and enjoyed with others.

The family welcomes you to visit and experience that which has taken them years to build, a truly unique setting of swamps and hardwoods, pines and wetlands, with every species of huntable game found in Florida and South Carolina in abundant numbers! After one trip you’ll agree that Williams Hunting is the premier outfitter in the southeast.

Williams Wildlife offers year-round game hunting on our privately owned farms in Florida and South Carolina. Our hunting lodges sit on approximately 18,000 acres of agriculture and wetlands with limited access to outsiders. The swamps and woodlands provide cover while the crops provide an unlimited food source for the abundant game. Southern hunting is often discounted but obviously “they” haven’t visited Williams Wildlife and experienced our abundant free-range game with professional and legendary hunting guides and our comfortable hunting lodges! Come experience the hunt for yourself!  Make your reservation request today!

Contact us with one of the numbers below.  If we’re in the field or on a hunt, please leave a message.

Williams Hunting Office

843-893-2577 Office

Cecil Lachicotte

(843) 209-0711 Cell

13. Bienville Plantation – White Springs Florida – Quail Hunting & Trophy Bass

Bienville Plantation is one of America’s most renowned hunting and fishing Destinations. They cater to individual Sportsman as well as families and corporations looking for an outdoor getaway for a few days or a few weeks. The pristine accommodations will afford the opportunity to relax while never compromising your personal standards. You will enjoy the same activities and amenities that make the trip to Bienville Plantation the most enjoyable your life. Southern Hospitality and corporate events are their

Southern Hospitality and corporate events are their specialty. Over the years Bienville has been in operation they have catered to corporations looking for the perfect location to accommodate small executive groups or larger gatherings… Bienville provides the perfect mixed bag of activities such as upland quail hunting, guided large mouth bass fishing, alligator hunting, trap, skeet and five stand sporting clays… and above all 5 Star Lodging in one of the 5 beautiful cabins located on the lake at Bienville. All meals and drinks are provided by a staff of trained and experienced chef’s in the beautiful central lodge fine dining facility. Breakfast, lunch and dinner arenalways prepared and served on an individual basis.

Whether you are looking for fast flying Florida quail or Florida trophy bass, Bienville Plantation is the destination of your dreams.

Contact Information:
Tim Rode
Bienville Plantation
16673 SE 81st Drive, County Road 137
White Springs, Florida 32096

14.  Hilton Head Island, South Carolina—Inshore Red Fishing

The waters around Hilton Head Island, South Carolina offer anglers a wide range of fishing opportunities. Captain Trent Malphrus, of Palmetto Lagoon Charters, prides himself on providing fishermen some of the best and most unique fishing Hilton Head has to offer. Enjoy an amazing fishing charter trip in the calm saltwater lagoon system located in one of the island’s most popular resorts.


Hilton Head fishing charters are a great activity for your vacation. The eleven mile saltwater lagoon system in Palmetto Dunes Resort is one of the East Coast’s largest nurseries for an incredible variety of saltwater species. Check out our fishing report for details on what’s biting. Fish for citation redfish, tarpon, stripers (rockfish), trout, bluefish, flounder, black drum and a host of other species in Hilton Head’s huge lagoons. These fish have become landlocked in the lagoon system and grow to incredible sizes.

Palmetto Lagoon Charters offers anglers fly rod and light tackle fishing experiences for full or half day trips. These fish will give you a workout that will have your arms aching and your heart pounding. Through pristine waters that are always flat and calm, Captain Trent Malphrus will guide you to the fish in a quiet electric boat. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid angler looking for that record breaking catch, or a family eager to do something special together; Palmetto Lagoon Charters is just the ticket.

Captain Trent Malphrus

Palmetto Dunes Resort
Hilton Head, SC 29928

Phone: 843-301-4634

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


15.  Ellerbe, North Carolina—Shooting Sports and Hunting—Rick Mitchell Shooting School & Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports.

DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports is located in Ellerbe, N.C. just 16 miles N of Rockingham, N.C.  Located 1 hour south of Greensboro, N.C.  DeWitt’s utilizes 65 acres of varied terrain, from the 600+ acres available. Guided duck and upland bird hunts are available as well as lodging for hunters.  Instructions are available at our shooting school.

Early Release Quail Hunts

Hunt coveys of quail that were released over the summer and established in our prime habitat. You won’t believe the covey rises. Hunt explosive coveys of quail just like the quail hunts you remember as a kid.

Shooting Sports–DeWitt’s offers a 14 station sporting clays course winding 1.2 miles.  The course consists of 2 automatic traps per station offering a variety of challenging yet enjoyable target presentations.  You will shoot in wooded areas with smaller windows, open fields, targets thrown from towers and shots over water.

Guided Mallard Duck Hunts….. You will hunt from a blind at one of our four beautiful duck pond habitats. The picturesque surroundings are both breathtaking and inspiring. Suddenly, the serenity will be broken by the sound of calling Mallards. An adrenalin rush will strike as you become engrossed in the hunt. Keeping your composure will seem impossible as the calling Mallards work the decoy spread.

Rick Mitchell owns and operates the Rick Mitchell Shooting School – at DeWitt’s and can be contacted at 910.691.2644 or by email at to schedule a shooting lesson or gun fitting.  Rick is a NSCA Certified Instructor, a certified F.I.T.A.S.C. referee and a Level III Certified Gun Fitter.  His gun fitting certification was earned after 100 hours of training and instruction from Dennis Devault in Canton, Ohio.

Rick specializes in beginner, novice and intermediate shotgun shooting lessons.  He will teach you proper set-up, mount, clay target presentations and a practice plan for you to use on your own after each lesson. Rick uses a proprietary HD video camera that can attach to any shotgun barrel.  The videos capture not only the movement of your shotgun but also the shot string or pattern on its way to break the clay target.

DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports, LLC
443 Jimmy Carriker Rd.,
Ellerbe, NC 28338
(910) 652-2926

16. Goochland, Virginia – RASAWEK Hunting Preserve – Upland Quail Hunting

Be it a rain-soaked morning or a sunny afternoon, you won’t find a better place for hard-driving bird dogs with bells or hunter with double barrel guns than when you’re hunting 15 miles of woodland trails on the RASAWEK. You’ll experience quail hunting tracks that thread their way through hundreds of acres of managed pine plantation, hardwood draws, creek bottoms and hill top meadows. Managed and not manicured, the RASAWEK is named after a historic local Indian village. As evidenced by the many arrow heads, including bird hunting tips, discovered on the property, which has proof that mankind has been bird hunting along the miles of tree-shaded streams for centuries.

RASAWEK is a rare location to find and located in western Goochland county Virginia. The season begins October 1st and runs through March 31st. To make your reservations call 804-467-9000 or send an email to

Don Parks
2861 Hadensville Fife Rd
Goochland, VA 23063

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