Meet The Pro’s

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Great adventures on the water begin with great charter guides.  Booking your trip with a Nuts & Bolts Pro Staffer insures you’ll have a fun, safe and fishy day.  You’ll find capable captains on both the East Coast and Gulf coast in this list.  We’ve fished with all the guides listed here, and there are LOTS of them, so scroll to your heart’s content.  They are definitely the cream of the crop.   So pick your destination, contact one of these Pro’s, and have a fantastic time!

GEORGIA

HENRY COWEN: Henry Cowen Fly Fishing – Lake Lanier & Allatoona, Chattahoochee     henry_cowen-profile-headshotEvery day on the water with Henry is an awesome adventure.   He is the consummate fly fisherman, and a superb fly fishing instructor. But he’s equally at home with a spinning or casting rod. Henry guides on Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona, and the Chattahoochee river fishing for bass, stripers, and trout.   And in the summertime, one of his specialties is fly fishing for carp on the shallow flats of the Chattahoochee.  It’s as close to fishing for redfish or bonefish as it gets!  Whether you’re an experienced angler or just learning the ropes, Henry will deliver a trip that you’ll remember for years to come.   Contact him at HenryCowenFlyFishing.com

 

 

CAPT. MACK FARR: Capt. Mack’s Charters – Lake Lanier     mack-farr-profile-headshotWhen it comes to fishing guides on Lake Lanier, GA, Capt. Mack Farr is one of the best.  His credentials speak for themselves. Mack has been fishing professionally since 1982. His 300 days on the lake annually provide him with the knowledge and skills to make your trip successful and enjoyable. Whether you are a seasoned pro or novice angler, you will enjoy fishing with Mack on Georgia’s Lake Sydney Lanier — one of the nation’s premier striper fisheries.   Contact Capt. Mack at CaptMacks.com

 

 

CAPT. MARK SMITH – Reel Time Guide Service – Lake Oconee     mark_smith-profile-headshotLake Oconee is a unique fishery that produces monster crappie, gigantic hybrid bass and feisty striped bass.  And the guide who knows where and how to catch them is Capt. Mark Smith of Reel Time Guide Service.  Capt. Mark’s objective is to provide you an exiting and comfortable day on the placid waters of Lake Oconee.  For a family fun-day on the water or a corporate outing, Reel Time Guide Service will make your adventure memorable.  Contact Capt. Mark at ReelTimeGuideService.com

 

 

CAPT. RON MULLINS: Striper Experience – Lake Lanier     Wood signThe Striper Experience is a Lake Lanier Fishing Guide service owned and operated by Captain Ron Mullins who has over 30 years of experience in both saltwater and freshwater fishing.  Working on a commercial fishing boat off the Florida coast helped Ron hone his skills.  He has fished Lake Lanier for over 25 years for all species but has a passion for striper fishing.    For a fishy day on the water contact Capt. Ron at TheStriperExperience.com

 

 

CAPT. CLAY CUNNINGHAM: Catching Not Fishing Guide Serivce – Lake Lanier  Wood signCatching Not Fishing Guide Service owned and operated by Captain Clay Cunningham  is open year-round and seven days a week on Lake Lanier. The guide staff at Catching Not fishing has decades of experience to ensure your success. The striper fishing on Lake Lanier is some of the best in Georgia. Lake Lanier is just thirty minutes north of Atlanta, GA. Captain Clay Cunningham was born and raised not far from the shores of the lake and has been chasing stripers and spotted bass professionally for over 15 years.  Get hooked up with a fun trip on Lanier at CatchingNotFishing.com 

 

 

CAPT. MARK NOBLE: Georgia Fishing Center – St. Simons Island, GA   Inshore & Offshore Charters     mark_noble-profile-headshotCapt. Mark grew up on St. Simons Island and spent many of his early years exploring and fishing the vast estuary system surrounding these Islands. He has devoted his life to fishing and anyone who has fished around here knows that he has the best reputation for catching fish…. “especially when no one else can”.   He has always encouraged family outings with children so they could share some of the memories and excitement he had during his younger years.  If you’re planning a trip to the Georgia coast and want to experience a great fishing trip then contact Capt. Mark at GeorgiaFishing.net

 

 

JAKE DARLING: Unicoi Outfitters – Helen & Blue Ridge, GA – Mountain Trout Fishing      Wood signThe North Georgia Mountains has some of the best trout fishing east of the Rockies.   Clear, cold mountain streams abound with trophy rainbow and brown trout.   Jake Darling guides on the Chattahoochee, the Soque and the Toccoa river for both wade-fishing and river float trips.  The fishing is world-class and the scenery is equally majestic.   Just outside of Helen, GA, Unicoi Outfitters also has a fully stocked fly shop and offers on-stream instruction to get you started in the wonderful world of fly fishing.  Book your next adventure or sign up for lessons at UnicoiOutfitters.com

 

 

CAPT. KEN OLSON: Capt. Ken’s Fishing Expeditions – St. Marys, GA  Inshore Fishing     Wood signThe Georgia coast is a truly fantastic destination for inshore fishing, and Capt. Ken Olson makes it his job to show you just how spectacular the fishing can be.  St. Marys is a prime example of a pristine fishery and Capt. Ken knows all the hot spots.  Trout, redfish, sheepshead, tarpon and more can be found on your fishing adventure.  Come go ‘catching’ with Capt. Ken and enjoy a fun-filled day on the water.  Contact him at InshoreGA.com

 

 

CAPT. CAL LANG: Lang Charters – St. Marys, GA & Amelia Island, FL  Inshore & Offshore     Wood signThe Lang Family has been fishing the Georgia coast for generations and Lang Charters is an iconic guide service in the St. Marys area.  Capt. Cal is an accomplished tournament angler and shares his knowledge, and passion, for fishing with everyone on board.  Whether you prefer the calm back-country waters around Cumberland and Amelia Island or want to tackle big fish offshore, Capt. Cal will make your day on the water an exciting and fun experience.  To book a trip, contact them at LangCharters.com

 

 

CAPT. JUDY HELMEY:  Miss Judy’s Charters – Savannah, GA  Inshore & Offshore     Wood signCapt. Judy Helmey runs one of the most successful and most popular charter operations in the Savannah GA area.  Most days will find her at the helm of the Miss Judy Too, taking a group of anglers on an awesome offshore fishing adventure.  But Miss Judy Charters also coordinates inshore and nearshore fishing trips.   So whether you want to pursue speckled trout, redfish and flounder in the beautiful Savannah backwaters or head offshore to battle bluewater beasts, Miss Judy Charters can make it happen. Book a trip by contacting Capt. Judy at MissJudyCharters.com

 

 

PAUL “COACH” BAGBY:   Coach’s Custom Fishing Rods, Dalton, GA     coach_profileCoach has a knack for fishing, whether he’s chasing big bass on southeastern lakes, or offshore in pursuit of saltwater monsters.   And he knows having the right kind of fishing rod is key to accurate casting and getting fish to the boat.   Coach is one of the country’s top custom rod builders and each rod he builds is constructed from the highest quality components…specifically designed for the way you fish.  Get in touch with Coach and let him build a masterpiece for you at  CoachsCustomRods

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

CAPT. JOHN KOONCE:   Shoal Bandit Charters – Charleston, SC  Inshore & Nearshore     john_boy-profile-headshotCapt. John Boy Koonce is a North Carolina native but has been living in Charleston for 12 years.  His passion for fishing and entertaining clients got him in the charter fishing business. His easy-going approach with clients and contemporary knowledge of where the fish are what make Capt. John Boy one of the most sought-after guides in the Charleston area.  He was born with a inherent ability to catch fish, and is eager to share his talents with the folks who fish with him and his chocolate lab, Jesse.  Book your next great fishing story at ShoalBandit.com

 

 

CAPT. JEREMY ESPIRITU: Shallow Thoughts Charters – Charleston  Inshore & Nearshore     jeremy_profileCome spend a day with Capt. Jeremy Espiritu…Charleston’s hardest working Inshore Fishing Guide and experience the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry and all that Charleston’s waters have to offer.  We provide 24 years of local knowledge with 12 years of chartering service in Charleston. If you are a first time angler, seasoned pro, or just want to get out on the water with the family to relax and take in some sights, we’ve got exactly what you need.  Contact Capt. Jeremy at ShallowFishing.com

 

 

CAPT. ETHAN FRYE: Angler Management Charters – Charleston Inshore & Nearshore     ethan_frye_profileCapt. Ethan Frye, owner/operator of Angler Management inshore/nearshore charters was raised in Charleston and has been fishing the area for over 35 years.  He specializes in light tackle and fishes for redfish, seatrout, flounder, mackerel, sharks and much more.  My goal is to offer you, the angler, a safe, fun and productive day on the water.  Whether you’re a first timer or a professional, if you have a passion for being on the water like I do, contact us at AnglerManagementSC.com

 

 

CAPT. CHAD HAYES: Capt. Chad Hayes Charters – Kiawah Island, SC Inshore/Nearshore     Wood signJoin Captain Chad Hayes, ESPN’s 2006 “Ultimate Outdoorsman”, aboard a 28′ Scout Sportfish to experience some of the best fishing the Lowcountry has to offer. You’ll be targeting spadefish, cobia, black sea bass, weakfish, MONSTER redfish, sheepshead, king mackeral and many, many more.  Captain Chad has a love for the outdoors that is second to none. He is passionate about sharing his wealth of knowledge with his guests.  His years of experience, knowledge of local history, ecology, dolphin behavior, and fishing techniques will insure you and your guests have a great time. For the “Ultimate” outdoor adventure, contact Capt. Chad at CaptainChadHayes.com

 

 

CAPT. DAN UTLEY: Fishin’ Coach Charters – Hilton Head Island, SC     Inshore      dan_utley-profile-headshotCaptain Dan Utley is a 30+ year veteran fishing the near shore and inshore waters surrounding Hilton Head Island, SC.  Redfish are his specialty, but during the correct season the Fishin’ Coach loves to pursue Cobia, Tarpon and other large predatory species like sharks…big sharks.  Capt. Dan fishes from a 22′ Century Bay Boat complete with acustom T-top and sighting platform to help spot Redfish and cruising Cobia, plus some needed shade for the hot summer months.  Book your next trophy trip at FishinCoach.com

 

 

NATHAN KEY: Shad Slinger Charters – Anderson, SC  Lake Hartwell, Russell, Clarks Hill     Wood signNathan Key is a true outdoorsman, and has hunted and fished a variety of species across the Southeastern United States from an early age. After spending only a little time with him it’s easy to see that he is most passionate about striped bass and hybrid fishing.   Nathan predominately fishes Lake Hartwell, which he considers to be his home lake. He is also very familiar with Lake Russell and the Clark’s Hill reservoir. Nathan was a commercial bait fisherman for several years, and has a vast knowledge of the procurement and handling of almost every bait species.  Contact Nathan at ShadSlinger.com

 

 

ALABAMA

CAPT. DAVID HARE: Alex City Guide Service – Alexander City, AL   Stripers/Crappie     Wood signLake Martin is home to monster striped bass, largemouth and spotted bass, and an abundance of crappie.  Capt. David Hare brings decades of experience to help you catch the big ones.  Whether fishing the main lake in the summer or the shallows of the Tallapoosa River in the spring, you’ll find excitement and pure fishing fun is the name of the game.   Lake Martin is only two hours drive from Atlanta, and a short trip from Birmingham or Montgomery.  Give them a call to create some new fishing memories  of your own at AlexCityGuideService.com

 

FLORIDA

CAPT. BRIAN SMITH:  Big Bend Charters – Steinhatchee, FL    Nearshore & Offshore   Wood signCapt. B puts the “Thrill” in fishing!  The Gulf of Mexico is his backyard, and you’ll have a boat-load of fun as you target amberjack, grouper, snapper, barracuda, mackerel and more.  Big Bend Charters’ home port is Steinhatchee, FL…a quaint little fishing village that is renowned for its gin-clear waters, scalloping and excellent fishing.  Capt. Brian’s Twin-Vee catamaran is wide, open and comfortable for a long day of ‘catching’.   Book some awesome memories by contacting him at BigBendCharters.info

 

 

CAPT. SCOTT PETERS, JR.: Bad To The Bone Charters – Steinhatchee, FL  Inshorescott_peters-profile-headshot  Fishing the endless pristine flats off Steinhatchee for trout, redfish, mackerel, jacks, flounder and myriad other species is like spending a day in paradise.  Capt. Scott takes you on an adventure that will keep a smile on your face all day long.  Sight-casting to tailing redfish and working the grass flats for speckled trout is what it’s all about for this able captain.  Bring the family or bring your buddies…you’ll have a Bad To The Bone day!  Contact Capt. Scott at BadToTheBoneFishingCharters.com 

 

 

CAPT. JOHN WELLS: Born2Fish Charters – Steinhatchee, FL     Inshore     john_wells_profileIf you want to fish places where most boats simply cannot go…and the fishing is over the top…Capt. John Wells will get you there.   You’ll “fly” across the grass flats in his newest airboat and explore undisturbed back-country where the fish are big…really big.   And the superb fishing is just part of the fun you’ll have as you travel from spot to spot in search of speckled trout, flounder, drum, sheepshead and redfish.  Get your wings on an awesome airboat adventure by contacting Born2FishCharters.com

 

 

CAPT. JIM HENLEY: Fishing With Capt. Jim Charters – Steinhatchee, FL   Inshore    Wood signWhen you weigh anchor with Captain Jim, you know for certain two things will happen:  you WILL catch fish, and you WILL bring home some beautiful memories.  He makes it his business to not only teach you about the marine habitat and estuaries, but offers you tips to make the catch of a lifetime!  He likes to say he is in the entertainment business—relieving the stress of his clients, helping a child catch their first fish, orchestrating families to bond together while fishing and scalloping, or showing friends that a day on the water is as close to heaven as you can get!  Contact him at FishingWithCaptJim.com

 

 

CAPT. MIKE BAKER: The Crappie Fisherman – Steinhatchee, FL   Crappie & Inshore   Wood signCapt. Mike operates a complete guide service for fishing all lakes and rivers in Central Florida, targeting black crappie 12 months of the year.  Mike has been Crappie fishing professionally for 15 years and holds an IGFA line class record in Florida for Black Crappie.  He also offers inshore saltwater trips on the flats for trout, redfish and flounder.  Contact Capt. Mike at TheCrappieFisherman.com

 

 

CAPT. MIKE FARMER: Salt Addiction Charters – Steinhatchee, FL    Inshore     Wood signWhen you spend the day on the water with Capt Mike it isn’t always just about the fish, it’s more about the whole experience of being out on the water and taking in all of Gods beauty from the sunrises and beautiful landscapes to all of the creatures that thrive in this area. He will use his experience to make sure you have an opportunity to take home as many fish as legally possible if that is your goal but also try to bring more to the experience than just catching fish.  He has a complete love for the ecosystem and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. Contact Capt. Mike at SaltAddictionCharters.com

 

 

CAPT. BILL LITTLE: Fish’n Xpress – Port St. Joe, FL      Offshore Party Boat     Wood signWant to go have a big time on the water with about 30 other people who want to do the same thing?  Maybe you’re new to fishing and need to learn the ropes. The Fish’n Xpress is a family owned and operated 60ft ‘fishing machine’ that docks at Port St. Joe Marina.  This super comfortable offshore boat can accommodate up to 44 people, and they provide everything you need for a fun day on the water.   Snapper, grouper, sea bass, triggerfish, cobia, and more are possible on their full day and half-day excursions.   Bring the whole family or take a day just for yourself at a very reasonable price.   Get your Fish’n on and contact them at TightLinesGoodTimes.com

 

 

BAY CITY LODGE: Fishing, Lodging, Dining   Apalachicola, FL   Bay & Inshore     Wood signExperience the charm and  hospitality of a true old-world fish camp at Bay City Lodge on the Apalachicola River.   Bay City has all the modern amenities combined with a laid-back atmosphere that will have you coming back for more.  Once you arrive, there is no need to venture away. We have fully furnished cabins and motel units, a restaurant, a bait, tackle & clothing store, dry boat storage, fish cleaning services and boat motor sales, repair and maintenance services.  It’s all right here!  No boat?  No problem.  Bay City has a staff of charter guides who will entertain and excite with inshore and bay fishing the famous Apalachicola Bay for trout, redfish, flounder, drum, mackerel and more.  Book your next vacation by contacting them at BayCityLodge.com

 

 

CAPT. ALLEN MILLS: AC Charters – Fernandina Beach,FL    Inshore & Offshore     Wood signCapt. Allen has been fishing for over 38 years from Fernandina Beach, FL. down to Mexico and the Bahamas. For the last 30 years he has been guiding the northeast coast of Florida from back country marshes around Cumberland and Amelia Island, to the blue waters of the Atlantic.  AC Charters has three boats to fish aboard: the 31′ Bertram, “The Wahoo,” or the 32′ Topaz, “The Wahoo II,” for Offshore adventures and  a 22’ Pathfinder flats boat, “Kodak Moment,” for fly fishing.  Quit Wishing! And let’s go fishing!   Contact Capt. Allen at ACCHARTERS.net

 

CAPT. BENNY HENDRIX: Heavy Hitter Charters – Fernandina Beach, FL   Offshore     benny_profileCapt. Benny Hendrix is captain of The Heavy Hitter, a 40 foot Maine Built Charter Fishing Boat. With its 670 HP engine, it gets you to the fish faster than most. It’s roomy enough for as many as 24 people, and perfect for corporate groups and family events. Capt. Benny fishes the Cumberland Sound area, as well as the blue waters offshore of Amelia Island.  So bring the kids and take a adventure Today!  Benny Always guarantees a Awesome Time on the Heavy Hitter!  Check them out at FishingHeavyHitter.com

 

 

CAPT. DANNY FLYNN: Fish Amelia Island Charters – Fernandina Beach, FL  Inshore     Wood signThere are some captains who simply have a second sense about where the fish are, and what they want to eat.  Capt. Danny Flynn is one of those guys.  The Cumberland Sound and backwaters around Amelia Island are his playground.  Depending on the season, you’ll be tackling tarpon, redfish, black drum, trout, jacks and more from his comfortable open layout boat.   Get hooked up on a fun adventure at FishAmeliaIsland.com

 

 

CAPT. DAVID JOHNSON: Even Better Charters – Fernandina Beach,  Nearshore/Offshore     Wood signAre you ready for a fun day on the water?  Capt. David Johnson delivers!  Fishing from his comfortable and roomy offshore boat, you’ll be wrestling with everything that swims in the Amelia Island area.   Summertime is big shark time.   Fall means monster bull redfish.  And the spring is when the cobia come close in.   But every day, year round, is a very fishy day on the Even Better.  Start your next fishy excursion at Even Better Charters

 

 

CAPT. TONY PEEPLES: Southern Style Charters – Fernandina Beach Nearshore/Offshore      Wood signCapt. Tony Peeples runs a top-notch charter service out of Fernandina Beach, FL.  His boat, the Southern Style is a fish-catching machine.  Whether fishing the calm waters of the Cumberland Sound or venturing offshore in search of grouper, snapper, mackerel and big sharks, you’ll be immersed in a true fishing adventure.  Capt. Tony’s boat can accommodate up to six anglers, and a boat-load of fish for the dinner table.   Book your next trip at Southern Style Charters.

 

 

CAPT. JOE DOBBINS: Jupiter FL Fishing – Jupiter, FL   Nearshore & Offshore     Wood signCapt. Joe Dobbins is a full time fishing guide based out of Jupiter, Fl.  He is dedicated to giving you the most enjoyable light tackle fishing adventure possible. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced angler, Capt. Joe is committed to guiding you on a fishing trip you won’t soon forget.  Because Jupiter inlet is situated so close to the deep blue Gulf Stream waters, it’s only a short ride before you reach the fishing grounds. These strong, nutrient rich currents flow toward the north at an average of 2-5 knots. Here is where many of the sought after gamefish that have made Jupiter a famous fishing destination, can be found.  Book your trip with Capt. Joe at JupiterFlFishing.com

 

LUNKER LOUIE:  Wherever the fish are bitin’ Florida.      Wood signLouie is the first Junior Pro Staffer for Nuts & Bolts of Fishing and has earned a reputation for catching Big Fish in south Florida.  He’s working his way to the big time, participating (and placing) in numerous tournaments on his school fishing team.  Keep your eye on Lunker Louie because he is on the fast track to becoming a contender in the big leagues.   Check out his Facebook page at Fishing The Highlands

 

 

MISSISSIPPI

CAPT. TRAVIS PAIGE: Goin Coastal Charters – Biloxi, MS    Inshore/Nearshore     travis_paige_profile_headshotBiloxi has some of the best charter fishing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Goin’ Coastal Charters would love to customize a guided fishing trip for you.  We strive to be an absolute full service charter providing everything you will need, including your fishing license as well as cleaning your catch for free. We even offer options to cook your fresh catch at the end of the trip by teaming up with Capt Mike’s family’s seafood restaurant, Mikey’s On The Bayou!   Some of the species of fish we like to target are Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Shark, Black Drum, White Trout, Triple Tail, Sheephead, Ground Mullet, Cobia & more!  There isn’t a better way to unwind than charter fishing our Mississippi Gulf Coast. Bring your spouse, the kids or some friends and get “Goin’ Coastal”!  Get more info to book your Mississippi Gulf trip at GoinCoastalCharters.com

 

CAPT. SONNY SCHINDLER: Shore Thing Charters – Biloxi, MS  Inshore/Nearshore     sonny-schindler-profileShore Thing Fishing Charters offers the finest fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer. Target speckled trout, redfish, shark, cobia and more in the beautiful waters of the Mississippi Sound, Chandeleur Sound, Biloxi Marsh, and Lake Borgne. Shore Thing Fishing Charters has the boats and experience to put you on the fish and we use only the finest fishing equipment and tackle on the market today.  We pride ourselves on providing the best fishing guide service on the coast. Not only do we strive for an unbelievable fishing experience, we also take care of everything else. Every step is taken prior to your arrival to make certain that your trip is as enjoyable and productive as it should be. If you are looking for a hard core fishing adventure with your buddies or a fun filled fishing experience for your family contact Capt. Sonny at ShoreThingCharters.com

 

LOUISIANA

CAPT. EDDIE BURGER: Fish Venice Charters – Venice, LA        Offshore Tuna Wahoo     Wood signVenice, Louisiana is quietly one of the top fishing destinations in the world.  The southern-most point of Louisiana, where the Mississippi meets the Gulf, is a livewell for big offshore fish like tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and swordfish.  Referred to by locals as “Sportsman’s Paradise”, “Tuna Town USA” and “Redfish Capital of the World”, Venice is well-known to avid deep sea fisherman and has a growing reputation as an enjoyable excursion for New Orleans tourists interested in unique Louisiana experiences.  Specializing in offshore charters, Captains Eddie Burger and Michael Pittman have made Fish Venice Charters one of the most recognized names in south Louisiana fishing.  With more than a decade’s experience, Captain Eddie burger has built a reputation as a world-class fisherman.   Get ya some at FishVeniceCharters.com

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