What to expect on a fishing trip with me:
First and foremost, you must have a valid Georgia Fishing license. NO LICENSE = NO FISHING. But don't worry, they're cheap and easy to get. For more information on Georgia Fishing licenses, please visit the Georgia DNR web site.
Rods, Reels, and Tackle
I provide all the gear you need for catching fish. However, if you would like to bring your own gear, give me a call ahead of time and I’ll give you my recommendations for rod length, line type/strength, etc… There is no sense in bringing a lot of your own gear since I will have what you need for that day, and I’d like to keep the boat as clutter free as possible. But again, you’re more than welcome to bring your own stuff, especially if you fish left handed, since most of my gear is for right handed people.
We’re going to be outside all day and at the mercy of the elements. Sometimes it is blisteringly hot, sometimes bitter cold, rain is always a possibility, so check the weather ahead of time and dress for whatever is forecast to come our way. Generally, it is cooler in the morning than people think, particularly in the spring, fall, and winter, and when we’re running between places on the boat, the wind blast can be VERY cold.
The humidity around the lake makes heat feel hotter, cold feel colder, and can make you miserable in a hurry if you aren’t prepared. I have lockers on the boat to stow your jackets and whatever, so you can concentrate on fishing and not have to worry about something going overboard.
Typically I will have iced drinks on the boat, mostly water but sometimes sodas and sports drinks. If you’re doing a half-day trip, I’d say you don’t need to bring anything. If you’re doing a full-day, bringing some snacks might help keep your energy up. Standing on a rocking boat in the sun can wear you out more than you think, especially in the hot months. We can also take a break during the day if you need. There is a restaurant nearby where we can grab a burger and some drinks, so just come on. I’ll take care of you.
Just being in the sun can be hard on your skin, but when you’re near the water, light reflects off the surface and magnifies the amount of light hitting your skin. Even if it is overcast, I recommend that you bring some sunscreen. You can get baked in a hurry if you aren’t careful.
Worried about bringing a nice camera around slimy fish, lots of water, and the potential for rain? –don’t be. Mostly people regret not bringing a camera, and we’ll make sure it is taken care of. If we get rain, we can stow your camera in a locker and move to a boathouse for pics. And we’ll get someone with dry hands to snap the photo. I will have a camera on board, but I’m usually trying to get you on fish, not taking pics, so its best if you bring your own and capture your own memories.
If we are fishing on Carter's Lake, we will launch from the Damsite Ramp unless there is some reason to go elsewhere. Click here for the location of this ramp.
For the locations of other ramps, please click here.