Saturday, December 20, 2014

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. Lakeland, Florida-Bass Fishing & Inshore Saltwater
Twin brothers Bryan and Greg Watts are two individuals with two different sets of character traits, but when it comes to fishing, they read from the same page. Growing up in Central Florida, the brothers began their angling careers by fishing for large-mouth bass. They soon migrated to saltwater and have proclaimed inshore fishing their passion.  From a very young age, Bryan and Greg developed a passion for fishing. In fact, they were so young when they went on their first fishing trip, that they can’t even remember it. At age 6, they could be found fishing in the puddles left behind in their driveway by afternoon rain showers or unpacking and repacking their dad’s tackle box. As 12-year-olds, they made spending money by catching fish in Auburndale’s Lake Juliana for their neighbors’ dinner tables.

In 1980, the brothers began competing in local bass fishing tournaments around Florida while running a successful fiberglass installation and repair business. Everything changed in 1996 when they entered a Saltwater Flats Fishing Association photo tournament and by 1997, Bryan and Greg were entirely devoted to inshore fishing. Once they made the change from freshwater to saltwater, tournament win after tournament win began to pile up and sponsors came calling. In 2001, the brothers closed their fiberglass business and began a full-time career in competitive fishing and industry promotions.

Admired by novice anglers, respected by their fellow tournament fishermen, these kind, congenial competitors have become the ideal ambassadors for the sport fishing industry.

With a tournament career spanning over two decades, the Watts brothers have established themselves as the most successful dynamic duo in the Southeast when it comes to inshore tournament fishing. The brothers have the expertise and experience that inshore fishermen at all levels are looking for. When the Watts brothers speak, people listen. When the Watts brothers fish, people watch.

Contact Bryan and Greg Watts

Lakeland Office:
1910 Harden Blvd.
Suite 105
Lakeland, FL 33803-2536
phone: 863.688.4505
fax: 863.802.1580

Tampa Office:
1710 19th Street
Tampa, FL 33605
phone: 813.468.4982


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. Georgetown, South Carolina-Inshore Red Fishing
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
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
Georgetown Landing Marina–
Georgetown Lands End Restaurant–

5. Gulf Shores, Alabama-Inshore Red Fishing
If you are looking for an unforgettable day on the water, you have come to the right place. Little Lagoon Guide Service offers a wide variety of trips that are sure to create memories that cannot be forgotten. Whether you are an advanced angler, novice angler, or a parent looking to introduce a new and exciting experience to a youngster, Little Lagoon Guide Service is going to make sure you have the best inshore saltwater fishing experience possible. There is no better feeling for me than helping a child land their first big catch, or seeing an avid angler achieve a new personal best catch.


Captain Scott Roberson owner/operator of Little Lagoon Guide Service has been fishing the inland, and near coastal waterways of Alabama, and the Florida panhandle for the past 18 years.  After a long and successful career in retail management Captain Scott has acquired a USCG captain’s license and is now sharing his knowledge and love of Saltwater sportfishing with the public full time.  Captain Scott is perhaps the most versatile captain around, with a strong knowledge base from backwater fishing for Redfish, Speckled trout, Flounder, White trout, and Sheepshead, to near shore fishing for Spanish, and King mackerel, pompano, and several species of sharks.  Captain Scott will do what it takes to get you the best opportunity to catch the fish you are after.  From live bait fishing to artificial bait fishing, to fly fishing, Captain Scott offers it all. Whether you are a family looking for a fun day on the water, or a experienced angler looking to put a new notch in your belt, Little Lagoon Guide Service has an adventure waiting for you.

Your adventure is waiting with Little Lagoon Guide Service. Let’s Go Fishing!

Call today to book your adventure 251-543-6971 or by email

6.  Saskatoon, Canada-Lawrence Bay Lodge-Northern Canadian Pike Fishing.

Lawrence Bay Lodge sets new standards of excellence for the best northern pike fishing in Canada, northern pike fishing guides, Canada fishing lodges and service. Saskatchewan walleye fishing and northern pike fishing on Reindeer Lake, in northern Saskatchewan, at Lawrence Bay Lodge has never been better! For your additional comfort, while northern pike fishing in Canada, we have added 18′ deep transom boats and 40 horsepower Mercury motors.

Located on Reindeer Lake in Northern Saskatchewan, Lawrence Bay Lodge offers some of the best fresh water northern pike, walleye, arctic grayling and lake trout fishing in Saskatchewan, Canada. Reindeer Lake, with its thousands of islands, is home to HUGE Northern Pike and our Saskatchewan fly-in fishing lodges make the ideal place catch these amazing fish. Catch your Walleye on Reindeer Lake or hop in a float plane and fly out to one of our many day lakes. With an average depth of 100 feet, Reindeer Lake is loaded with Trophy Lake Trout! The Arctic Grayling make a beautiful “trophy” and are known to put up a good fight for their size—a true fishing adventure!

For Information and Complete Reservations

Tel: 701.262.4560   |   Fax: 701.262.4233
Or Write To: Lawrence Bay Lodge Box 128, Tolna, ND 58380

7.  Titusville, Florida—Inshore Red Fishing
AAA Hawgwild Charters– Light Tackle Fishing Saltwater for Red Fish, Trout on Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River-Captain David Rogers is a native Floridian who grew up fishing Florida waters. He has 30 plus years experience fishing the Florida coast and you will have a great time catching fish aboard his Hell’s Bay Guide 18ft saltwater boat.
Phone: 407-327-0008 or 407-405-0819 – Captain Dave Rogers

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

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

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
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 to book your charter with Capt.Wade and his crew or email him at

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. Woodbine, Georgia- Cabin Bluff Lodge and Resort

Cabin Bluff Lodge and Cumberland River Retreat was established in 1928, with history and heritage that of a world-class hunting and fishing destination. Cabin Bluff garnered a respected reputation as host to Presidents and distinguished sporting enthusiasts from around the world. Absolutely insulated and accessible only with sufficient direction, Cabin Bluff has evolved at a pace quite out of step with the rest of the world, perhaps the reason it remains much the same in spirit and in environment.

Today added opportunities include a unique golf experience, an inviting lap pool, kayaking, and hiking and biking trails promise a robust experience for guests who opt for activities beyond hunting and fishing. It is a place where you can literally step off the world for a short while and enjoy a simple, uncomplicated experience with no sacrifice of comfort, privacy or luxury. No two days are ever the same at Cabin Bluff, the great variety of outdoor activities guarantee that. The experiences you share with your friends, family and colleagues will bring you together like you never imagined; and the memories you make will forever be cherished.

Astonishing natural beauty. An exceptional variety of sports and recreational activities. Assured privacy. Rustic charm. Cabin Bluff is a true retreat in every sense of the word. Its pristine forest overlooks Georgia’s vast tidal marshes cradling famed national seashore, Cumberland Island. You are invited to come, convene, and immerse your group in the simple, uncomplicated pleasures that set this place apart. Discover for yourself what is increasingly rare and profoundly compelling: camaraderie borne from shared experience and memories to be cherished and relived time after time. For Reservations by email, or phone, 912-729-5960.

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

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