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. 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
2. Clear Lake, South Dakota – Dakota Ridge Hunting Lodge- Pheasant Hunting
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
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
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
3. Lake Norman- Denver, NC – North Carolina’s “Inland Sea”, is home base for FISH ON!
Capt. Craig Price is locally born and raised, and has been fishing the Catawba River and its impoundments since the 1960’s. As his guide business has grown, his area of operations has also grown to include numerous freshwater lakes in NC & SC, plus inshore saltwater charters along the coasts of both states. Capt. Craig is a master rated USCG licensed captain, fully insured, and trained in first aid/CPR. Though known as a striped bass and redfish specialist, there are lots of fish species in these waters and lots of ways to catch them. Beginners to master anglers, live bait to artificial – Capt. Craig enjoys showing his anglers when, where, and how to catch them all. His new custom built 23 ft. Intruder skiff, Pretty Work II, is rigged and ready, so book your fishing adventure today and get ready to yell Fish On!
Based in Denver, NC on Lake Norman, Capt. Craig also charters on other Carolina waters including:
• Mountain Island Lake, NC
• Lake Hickory, NC
• Lake Rhodhiss, NC
• Lookout Shoals Lake, NC
• Lake James, NC
• Jordan Lake, NC
• Lake Murray, SC
• Lake Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill), SC
Inshore saltwater charters include estuaries in the lower Neuse River/Western Pamlico Sound, NC and the greater Charleston, SC area
Book Your Fishing Adventure Today!
Call or email Captain Craig for info
email at email@example.com
4. Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi— 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 so check them out at www.OutKastCharters.com
Captain Clay Necaise: 228-233-7760
5152 Lambert Lane
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
5. Pensacola, Florida, Gulf Shores, Alabama-Inshore Red Fishing—Lost Bay 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
7. LaGrange, Georgia– West Point Lake Fishing- – Striper Fishing
James Jordan Guide Service– www.Westpointfishing.com
James Jordan Guide Service on West Point Lake Georgia 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. www.Westpointfishing.com
1675 Sewell Mill Road, Newnan, GA 30263
8. Alexander City, Alabama–Lake Martin-Striper Fishing
Alex City Guide Service specializes in live bait fishing for trophy size stripers, largemouth and spotted bass based out of Lake Martin, Alabama. Captain David Hare and his staff fish out of the latest and most sophisticated center console bass boats which are rigged with the best equipment available. You can also charter trips for catfish and crappie, Alex City Guide Service can provide individual trips or groups up to 40 people with the fleet of boats and guides. They pride themselves in providing all of the equipment and bait needed to make your trip one of a lifetime.
Lake Martin Alabama is one of the best maintained fisheries stocking and management programs in the nation. At present over 100,000 stripers stocked annually with over 750 miles of shoreline and 44,000 acres of water. Close proximity to International Airports Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham & Nashville
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To schedule your trip just use the contact information below:
Capt David B Hare
Alex City Guide Service
2036 Cherokee Rd
Alexander City, Al. 35010
9. 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:
Southern Woods Plantation
2321 Georgia Highway 33 South
(229) 347-0725, (229) 776-0585
10. Hilton Head Island, SC- Bay Runner Fishing Charters- Captain Miles Altman
You’ve come to the right place to book your Hilton Head Island charter fishing trip! An original Hilton Head charter captain with 43 yrs experience, he will share his secrets for hooking, reeling in, and even cooking the best fish in the Atlantic Coastal waters.
You can count on our, U.S. Coastguard Equipped Pathfinder 2400 Tournament Edition boat for your next Hilton Head charter fishing excursion.
Captain Miles Altman is your number 1 fishing expert, known all the way down the east coast into Florida waters. With 43 years experience in fishing deep water Atlantic charters, shark fishing, AND a renowned seafood restaurant owner, Capt. Miles will take you through the steps from hooking them, reeling them in, cleaning, and cooking. Nothing is overlooked and he’s happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your next Hilton Head charter fishing trip.
Whether you are on vacation or a local, you will find that the PROFFESIONAL STAFF at Bayrunner will treat you like family. You are sure to become another of the regular customers who year after year come back for a thrilling adventure, or a relaxing day on the waters. Book your next Hilton Head charter fishing trip today. You will be glad you did.
Call 843-290-6955 to book your HHI charter fishing trip or send him an email and leave a p.m. phone number where you can be reached.
Captain Miles Altman
Bay Runner Fishing Charters
1A Shelter Cove La.
Hilton Head Isl., SC 29926
11. Edgefield, South Carolina- Palmetto Shooting Sports Complex
The Palmetto Shooting Complex is 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. 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.
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?
Joel Munday at 919-669-2959
11588 NC Highway 42
Holly Springs, NC 27540
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! Contact Information:
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
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
15. Ellerbe, North Carolina— Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports-Shooting Sports and Hunting—Rick Mitchell Shooting School.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (p)
16. Goochland, Virginia- RASAWEK Hunting Preserve- Upland Quail Hunting
Be it a rain-soaked morning or a sunny afternoon… there is not better place for hard-driving bird dogs with bells or hunter with double barrel guns… than the 15 miles of woodland trails on the RASAWEK. 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 located in western Goochland county Virginia… the RASAWEK is a very rare hunting destination find. The season begins October 1st and runs through March 31st. To make your reservations call 804-467-9000 or send an email to email@example.com.
2861 Hadensville Fife Rd
Goochland, VA 23063