The Arizona Fishing Guides?s experienced anglers scan the azure vistas of Arizona?s lakes for tiny splashes and darting glints of silver on fishing trips with groups of all ages and experience levels. The guides, each of whom averages more than 300 days on the water every year, share their expertise as they lead the way through the picturesque waterways of Oak Creek Canyon, Bartlett Lake, and the northern pike in Lake Mary. As soon as their boats arrive at the choicest fishing spots, groups can cast out lines in hopes of attracting aquatic creatures such as bass, carp, trout, and Kevin Costner.
The Gulf of California. The Sea of Cortez. The Vermilion Sea. The 900-mile stretch of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from Mexico's mainland goes by many names. But whatever the moniker, its vastness plays home to a rich variety of marine life. Reef fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and even whales swim through its depths, and thanks to San Carlos Dive Boats, people have the opportunity to see some of these creatures up close.
The company's captains and crew members welcome up to 20 SCUBA divers aboard their 36-foot Newton Dive Special, which travels out to various dive sites. Aside from SCUBA diving, the team also captains fishing charters, happy to ice, fillet, and juggle anything caught. They also hand out complimentary snacks, water, and soda during each voyage.
Under the red, rocky peaks carved by Arizona's waterways, The Hook Up Outfitters's expert guides lead chartered trips in search of trophy-size largemouth and striped bass. During each all-inclusive daytime adventure, the staff equips anglers with necessities such as G.Loomis rods, Shimano reels, tackle and gear, and refreshing beverages. The Hook Up Outfitters's team includes Bassmaster Classic competitors and nationally profiled elite fishermen who tailor expert guidance to participants' individual goals, such as learning how to fish a particular spot or identify their aquatic doppelganger.
Situated amid the ponderosa hills and Sonoran scrub valleys of Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge tucks visitors into upscale accommodations that mirror the rustic environment. Although richly appointed guestrooms and gourmet meals may entice some to remain indoors, the postcard-worthy surroundings pull most sojourners into Pleasant Valley, which plays host to hunts for the 11 different game species—including elk, quail, and mule deer—that populate the region, as well as activities such as sporting clays, cattle drives, and fishing Lake Sharon’s largemouth bass.
Although today's lodge inhabitants can be found regaling one another with fishing stories or roasting pinecones over the hearth, the Pleasant Valley scene wasn’t always so tranquil. In the late 1800s, the valley provided the setting for an infamous dispute between the Graham and Tewksbury families that became known as the Pleasant Valley War. The conflict garnered national media attention at the time and generated numerous unresolved theories concerning its causes.