Friday, January 30, 2015

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
YOUR FLORIDA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!
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

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2. White Lake, South Dakota— Pheasant Hunting

www.whitelakehuntinglodgesd.com

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

LSmith7689@aol.com

3.  Slidell, Louisiana-Inshore Red Fishing

www.AAofLA.com

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
Email: captainmike@aaofla.com
Website: http://www.AAofLA.com

4. Georgetown, South Carolina-Inshore Red Fishing

www.captaintommy.com
Fish with Captain Tommy Scarborough: Georgetown Landing Marina, Winyah Bay, North Inlet, North and South Santee Rivers, and Bulls Bay for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Blue Fish, Lady Fish, Black Drum Tarpon and Sharks. Tommy also offers the Cast and Blast, a trip for upland game hunters to bag some Marsh Hens and then put the shotgun away to catch a Redfish or two on in the same day. For more information call Captain Tommy Scarborough, Georgetown Coastal Adventures, Phone: 843-546-3543 or go online at www.captaintommy.com
Georgetown Hampton Inn– Stay in Georgetown where Bob Redfern and his crew bunk down, eat great food at the Lands End Restaurant. For More information call the Hotel at 843-545-5000,  contact Teri Holland, General Manager Hampton Inn Georgetown Marina or go online at www.georgetownhamptoninn.com.
Georgetown Landing Marina– www.georgetownlandingmarina.com
Georgetown Lands End Restaurant–www.landsendrestaurant.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.  Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve- Bladenboro, NC

It’s always an adventure….Looking for an unforgettable hunting adventure? You’ve come to the right place!

Allen Brothers is North Carolina’s ultimate hunting spot for duck, pheasant, quail, turkey, and deer. Whether you are interested in upland birds, a spring turkey hunt, guided duck hunt, one of our special tower hunts or our annual dove hunts, we look forward to providing you with an enjoyable day of sporting opportunities.

Bed & Breakfast: We offer a full service bed and breakfast for those who want to make a weekend trip or an overnight stay and some home town cookin’. The lodge features 7 semi-private bedrooms with private baths, 3 bunk rooms for up to 14 guests, an executive suite for 4 guests, a game room with card table, pool table, large flat screen TV, and dish network TVs in all rooms.

Corporate Outings: We offer a beautiful lodge facility for holding a corporate meeting or outing. Try something new and exciting as part of your next business gathering, and enjoy one of our tower shoots as part of an appreciation day for your employees or your business clients. Here’s to making memories!

Allen Brothers
6593 Center Road
Bladenboro, NC. 28320

Call 1 (910) 736-5360
Email: rallen6@ec.rr.com
http://allenbrothers.org

8. Augusta, Georgia–Lake Strom Thurmond–Clarks Hill-Striper Fishing

Williamsasserfishing.com
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.   Norwood, North Carolina—The Fork Farm & Stables—Quail & Duck Hunting- Shooting Sports

www.TheForkFarm.com

The Fork offers endless activities and adventures to suit a wide range of interests. Not only does the Fork boast world-class equestrian and sportsman facilities but we also provide opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and much more; all while surrounded by the pristine beauty of The Fork. Be as active as your heart desires and end the day relaxing in the comforts of our Lodge Bed and Breakfast.

In the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont, among the cover crop fields, river bottom, and inspiring landscape you’ll experience duck and quail hunting at its best at The Fork. Here you will find everything you need for a memorable hunt. 1600 acres of woods, marshes and fields steeped in history and tradition offer hunting opportunities for duck and quail. Please call to inquire 704-474-4052, ext. 227.

Guests are encouraged to bring their families who can join them in the hunt or participate in a variety of other activities available at The Fork.

Much more than an average hunting experience, The Fork provides an opportunity to experience traditional upland game hunting away from the hustle and bustle of modern society. With the expert attention of our experienced staff, the comfortable accommodations, and the surrounding beauty of the property, The Fork is a hunting paradise.

Explore our activities section to find the perfect complement to your stay. Many of our activities can be customized for groups, so please contact us to help you enrich your visit to the Fork.

For Event Information, Meeting Services, or to make a Reservation for an activity or a stay at The Lodge, contact:

The Fork
3200 Fork Road
Norwood, NC 28128
704-474-4052                          Directions & Location Information

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

www.creeksidecharters.com

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. Ocean City, Maryland-Offshore Saltwater Charters

www.whynotsportfishing.com
Offshore Fishing Charters for Marlin, Dolphin, Tuna, Rockfish aboard the 45′ Why Not custom Ricky Scarborough. Capt. Wade Lober has been chasing billfish for the better part of his life. Wade has fished in several remote parts of the world as well as up and down the East Coast. He is a very low-key captain that always remembers that this is your day to enjoy. Contact Captain Wade Lober, 410-977-6541, or go on line at www.whynotsportfishing.com to book your charter with Capt.Wade and his crew or email him at charter@whynotsportfishing.com

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

williamshunting.com

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

cecil@mossyoakproperties.com

info@williamshunting.com

13. Drake Landing- North Carolina Upland Birds and Sporting Clays

 Drake Landing is the premiere hunting preserve in North Carolina. Located in Harnett County, south of Fuquay-Varina, Drake Landing offers a full array of outdoor shooting activities that caters to both the seasoned sportsman and novice alike. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on the two mile sporting clays course busting targets with your family or waiting in a blind at the crack of dawn for the first flock of mallards to drop into the decoys, your experience is sure to be memorable. Maybe you prefer to walk up to the pointer as a covey of quail ascend to heaven in a burst of energy, or the thrill of a perfect afternoon walking through the 3-D archery course in pursuit of your favorite game animals. A fifth generation working farm that through the years has cultivated food, fiber, tobacco, forestry products, and fun for the Andrews family and our neighbors both here and a broad. As a small boy growing up here I would follow in my father’s footsteps in the freshly plowed ground. Watching the crops grow, the thunderstorms roll in and picking up birds when he and his buddies went hunting. He has taught me a lot, how to be a father, a farmer, a leader, and outdoorsman for the love of the land and the importance of passing it on. The land is truly a treasure that should be enjoyed and admired for everything God created here. Working these fields I always longed for the cool morning and the covey of the birds in the hedge grove, or the ducks on the creek bottom, or the big buck in the low grounds. Hunting, my passion, would help me through the long days on the tractor. Hunting wasn’t about the meat or trophies I collected or the trips to other states in search of adventure, it was about friends and memories. After returning home from college I would dream of a place, my place, Drake Landing. The people that I could meet, the children I could introduce to the outdoors, the land I could pass down to my children, and all the memories that could be made here. Drake Landing is a work progress, we continue to grow and add activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re here to hunt duck, quail or pheasant, shoot sporting clays or archery please take time to make a memory and make a few new friends. ~Dan Andrews (Shoot’n for a living)

For more information on your next adventure take a look at our activities pages and contact the office to reserve your spot today! Questions? Directions?
Give us a call! 919-552-9455
Drakelanding.net

Dan Andrews Drake Landing
919-669-8482
919-552-9455
3146 Chalybeate Springs Rd.
Fuquay Varina NC 27526

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

palmettolagooncharters.com

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

866-380-1778

Palmettodunes.com

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

dewittsoutdoorsports.com

http://rickmitchellshooting.com/

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.  Lewiston, New York—Niagara River Small Mouth Bass & Lake Erie & Lake Ontario

www.niagaracharter.com

Fishing the world famous Niagara Region of Lakes Erie, Ontario, and the Niagara River offers the fisherman a chance to tackle some of the biggest and strongest fish North America has to offer. Nowhere else can the diversity, size, and numbers of freshwater game fish be found. “Big waters produce big fish” and each year our Captains send home satisfied customers with great memories. Why not let us treat you to the fishing experience of a lifetime?

Captain Frank Campbell is one of the most popular guides in western New York. Captain Frank fishes the waters of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the upper and lower Niagara River. Target species include Trophy Smallmouth Bass, Muskellunge, Walleye, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, and Steelhead. This is a world class fishery that has something to offer anglers all year.

Frank is a full time guide with over 17 years of guiding experience on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River.  Spending an average of 200 days a year on the water has enabled Frank to make sure your outing is safe, fun and successful.  Frank takes pride in the fact he has built his business on repeat customers and there referrals.  He wants his customers for a lifetime, not just the day.

Experience the world class Sportfishing that Western NY has to offer with Captains Frank Campbell (716-523-0013 and Bob Cinelli (716-860-9774)

Drift fish the scenic Niagara River or Lake Erie for trophy Smallmouth Bass And Walleye– Fish Western Lake Ontario for Giant King and Coho Salmon along with Steelhead, Brown and Lake Trout– All Bait and Tackle Supplied
Full and Half Day Trips Available Fun,Safe, and Memorable excursions!
Departing from Olcott , Lewiston, and Erie Basin Marina.

Captain Frank Campbell
914 Morley Avenue,
Niagara Falls, New York 14305
716.284.8546
frank@niagaracharter.com