Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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. Beaufort, South Carolina– Inshore Saltwater Fishing—Mattson Charter Service


Offering Inshore saltwater fishing charters on two boats to fit your needs, specializing in redfish, cobia and other inshore species utilizing fly fishing, light and well as heavy tackle. Join Captain Chris Mattson for a day on the water in beautiful Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina and the surrounding waters of the South Carolina LowCountry. Chris has over 25 years of experience in the fishing charter business and has been a charter boat Captain since 2011.

Seasonal fishing year round catching redfish, cobia, spotted seatrout, flounder, tarpon, sharks, spanish mackerel, bull redfish and black drum… His charters are great for the experienced fisherman, large corporate trips or first time customers, with great instructional keys to better angling. Contact Captain Chris Mattson to plan your next trip to the beautiful waters of Port Royal Sound, Fripp Island, Dataw Island, Harbor Island, Hunting Island and Hilton Head Island.

Captain Chris Mattson
Mattson Charter Service


3.  Raleigh, NC – Large Mouth Bass Fishing


Joel Munday–Welcomes you to Outdoor Expeditions USA, LLC. Offering guided fishing on North Carolina’s BEST fishing lakes! Serving Shearon Harris, Jordan and Falls Lakes near Raleigh, NC. Home to lake record, double digit largemouth bass, SLAB crappie and world class white perch!

Since the 90s when Joel started guiding fishing trips on North Carolina’s best bass lakes, He has spent countless hours studying the topography of the lakes, forage and seasonal patterns of the fish that call these amazing bodies of water home. Joel enjoys sharing what he has learned with clients to help them understand the “what’s and why’s” of it all and help them become more efficient in locating and catching fish.

Schedule Your Freshwater Fishing Trip

Ready to book your guided freshwater fishing trip? Please call 919-669-2959 or e-mail info@OutdoorExpeditionsUSA.com for current availability then make your deposit here safely and securely via PayPal. You will receive a receipt and a detailed confirmation with all of the details once your deposit is received. Schedule your guided freshwater fishing trip today!

Whether you’re in town on business and want to unwind with some freshwater fishing, a tournament fisherman looking for that extra edge, or you simply want to enjoy a day on those beautiful North Carolina waters, Outdoor Expeditions USA has you covered. Let our years of experienced fishing help you.

Haul Bass!

Ready to book your guided fishing trip today? Check out the various freshwater fishing options we offer year round. Gift certificates are also available. Questions?

Contact Joel Munday at 919-669-2959

Mailing address
11588 NC Highway 42
Holly Springs, NC 27540

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 www.OutKastCharters.com

Captain Clay Necaise: 228-233-7760
Email: OutKastCharters@yahoo.com


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.”

Lostbayfishing.com 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) r1466@sccoast.net (email)

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

James Jordan Guide Service – www.westpointfishing.com
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 www.HighlandMarina.com 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. www.Williamsasserfishing.com

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:
    http://shenandoahplantation.com/lodge-facilities-staff/2621463Accepted 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.  Clear Lake, South Dakota – Dakota Ridge Hunting Lodge


South Dakota’s Finest in Guided Pheasant Hunting

Dakota Ridge Hunting & Lodge is located near Clear Lake, SD and Watertown, SD.

The land around Dakota Ridge is farmed especially for pheasant hunting and encompasses over two thousand acres of prime hunting land in Eastern South Dakota.

Enjoy a home-cooked meal in our dining area or on the deck and enjoy the breeze from the lake. Then, slumber away the night in one of our five spacious bedrooms, fully carpeted, and each with their own private bathroom facilities.
We’re especially proud of the “Great Room,” which contains a large fieldstone fireplace, bar and dining area (shown on the picture to the right).

Additionally, there is a large deck on the east side of the lodge, complete with patio furniture, that overlooks the lake.

Relax with your friends in our lounge. Swap stories about past hunts, and look forward to the next day’s hunt.

For Reservations or Information Please Contact:

James & Linda Dailey
47618 173rd St.
Clear Lake, SD 57226-5106

E-mail: dakridge@itctel.com

Telephone (605) 874-2823

To contact persons staying at The Dakota Ridge Lodge please call: (605) 874-2908

Dakota Ridge Hunting and Lodge
Located 20 miles east of Watertown, South Dakota
and 15 miles west of the South Dakota-Minnesota Border
Telephone: (605) 874-2823

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 BassR@dnr.sc.gov.

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.  Lake Erie, PA – Bandit Sport Fishing Charters


Capt. Joel Carradine fishes Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world, for Walleye, Steelhead, and Yellow Perch. The “Bandit” boat is 28 feet long and is fully rigged and ready to put you on fish.

Like many growing up in a small, rural, town in Pennsylvania Captain Joel developed a passion for the great outdoors at a young age camping, hunting, and fishing. It wasn’t until the summer of 2001 that Captain Joel realized that his one true passion was being on the water after being introduced to Lake Erie by a dear friend. Captain Joel is a fully USCG licensed, and insured member of the PA/Charter Boat/Guide Program.
Log on to Joel’s website to check his dates on fishing for the species of your choice. Lodging is available as well as local attractions in the Erie, PA area.

Bandit Sport Fishing

Joel Carradine
6 Browntown Road
Avella, PA 15312




13. Bienville Plantation – White Springs Florida – Trophy Bass Fishing

Bienville Plantation is one of America’s most renowned trophy Large mouth Bass fishing Destinations in the United States. 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 of your life. Southern Hospitality and corporate events are their specialty.

Over the years Bienville has been in operation, they have catered to corporations and individuals looking for the perfect location to accommodate small executive groups or larger destination events… Bienville provides the perfect mixed bag of activities such as 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 are always prepared and served on an individual basis.

If you are looking to catch the trophy bass of your dreams in Florida, Bienville Plantation is the destination to get it done! www.Bienville.com

Contact Information:
Tim Rode
Bienville Plantation
16673 SE 81st Drive, County Road 137
White Springs, Florida 32096
Email: bienville2@aol.com

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 josephmitchell@me.com 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. Sylvester, Georgia: Southern Woods Plantation


Where do you go to hunt quail? The Bobwhite Belt of South Georgia, that’s where! Hunting the “Prince of Game Birds” is a fine southern tradition and is part of their heritage at Southern Woods Plantation. For this reason, a hunting experience is unlike any other. It’s not merely the geography, it’s the history that makes the difference.

Southern Woods is surrounded by thousands of acres of natural pine trees which have existed in their current condition for 100 years making a perfect home for the indigenous Bobwhite Quail that live and breed on the plantation. All of the guides walk this land with a love of nature and passion for the hunt. They walk the ground as though they were in their own back yard, knowing every covey by name.

To aide you in your hunt, Southern Woods Plantation offers specially designed four-person quail hunting buggies. These buggies are ideal for shuttling hunters along with their gear and their guide. It’s southern comfort and great hunting.

The accommodations and fine dining is simply the best! Every room at Southern Woods Plantation has all the comforts of home. Each is uniquely designed to accommodate the true southern hunter. Whether deer, fish, big game, the wild west or just good ole’ south, we have a room that will suite your fancy. Every room is complete with two beds, ample closet space and a private bathroom.

Southern Woods has 30 rooms that are designed to offer their guests with comfort and fulfillment. Whether you are staying to hunt, work, relax or a combination of everything, the Southern Woods lodge is the place to be.

Southern Woods Plantation offers an excellent hunting experience and a home away from home to be sure. But what sets them apart from the other lodging facilities is the food. If you are visiting the South or with Southern Woods for the first time, then you are in for a treat. If you are from the South, then don’t worry. Southern Woods Plantation food is just like mamma used to make.

The fine southern cuisine is among the most noted in the region. The southern style breakfasts and hearty lunches allow you to experience a feast both before and after the hunt in the field.

In addition to fine dining, the corporate facilities provide both the privacy and the amenities you need to be productive and comfortable. You and your staff will be able to work well without working hard.

Relaxation is not an issue with more than six seating areas in the dining room. You can always find a place to sit and talk, read, watch TV, play a game of billiards or simply do nothing. When you stay at Southern Woods Plantation, you are family and family members are always welcome to come back home.

Contact information for your next Southern Hunting Experience:

Benjie Deloach

Southern Woods Plantation
2321 Georgia Highway 33 South
Sylvester, Georgia
(229) 347-0725, (229) 776-0585

Email: benjiedeloach@gmail.com

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