With Affordable Fishing Services in tow, anglers can take to the waters of Lake Lanier year-round in search of crappie and striped bass. Captained by a knowledgeable guide, full- and half-day charters come stocked with all the necessary fishing supplies, including bait and tackle. For their part, customers can bring along a camera and a cooler for any fish they catch. Most charters unfold during the day, but eight-hour night trips are also available.
Captain Doug loves catching striped bass. Sometimes, he even breaks out a fly-fishing rig to intensify the fight, a practice that would soon deplete the strength of lesser fishermen. But with more than a decade of learning the patterns of striped bass, Captain Doug knows how to find, hook, not get eaten by, and coach clients through landing one of these freshwater leviathans. Now part of the pro staff at Champion Boats, he takes parties out on his 24 Bay Champ boat, supplying anglers with all the equipment they need. Also an enthusiastic trout fisherman, Captain Doug can take anglers out on the Chattahoochee River, or all the way to the Rocky Mountains to catch trophy rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout in the Snake River and the Green River. Especially memorable catches earn a place in the captain's heart, as well as in his photo album.
Competitive angler Rob Jordan pilots year-round adventures on Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre haven for trophy-winning largemouth and magnum spotted bass. He and groups of passengers embark on guided trips aboard the brand new 250-horsepower 2014 Nitro Z-8 boat equipped with Lowrance HDS sonar that spots schools of fish in the depths and top-of-the-line Shimano tackle to pluck them out. The captain explains the craft's technology and helps his charges reel in squirmy swimmers the old-fashioned way as well ? stopping to measure, weigh, and photograph any of the frequently-caught trophy fish for a replica mount before returning them to the water. He also provides all rods and gear as well as a digital camera to document catches levitating from the pier.
The snap of cracking shells echoes through the numerous dining rooms of Fisherman’s Bucket. Servers weave through cobblestone archways, bearing fried, steamed, or seasoned shellfish by the platter and bucket, along with po’ boys spilling forth oysters, gator, and catfish. Soft lights illuminate a faux shark head above the booths, tables, and barstools inside, and an outdoor patio stretches out beneath the sun, stars, and skywriters passive-aggressively correcting each others’ work.
While other boys spent the bulk of their days trading baseball cards, 9-year-old David Luckie took his jon boat and headed out onto the gentle eddies of Lake Acworth. Today, the grown-up Luckie shares his years of angling experience through Trophies of Lanier Fishing Guide Service. Supplying clients with all necessary gear, Luckie specializes in finding and hooking up with Lanier's feisty, muscular striped bass. The guide's techniques also sometimes entice strikes from other deep-dwelling creatures, such as spotted bass, largemouth bass, and liopleurodons. When not angling, Luckie continues his passion for outdoor work as a firefighter, EMT, and scuba diver.
Located near the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park provides visitors with a tranquil escape. Nature lovers can relax on the sandy beach or take a boat out onto the water. After rinsing off in the bathhouse, wander through the hardwood forest or bike on the park's trail. For those who want to experience the outdoors morning, noon, and night, the park houses more than 50 campsites and cottages, where guests can prop up a tent, roast marshmallows, and teach the local owls how to howl on cue.