Big Fish Heads Guide Service

Doug Nelms is a Licensed USCG Captain and has been guiding for over 13 years! His extensive experience creates great trips for his customers, whether on lakes, rivers or in the Gulf

Striper fishing is very addictive! How well do I remember my first trip to up the Oconee River in pursuit of a fish that would eventually take me all over the United States to fulfill the addiction. Had no idea there were freshwater fish that could be so mean!! These amazing fish can be found everywhere: the legendary migration up East Coast off Martha’s Vineyard, the true “River Monsters of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, to our very own Striped Hybrid Bass Mecca, quietly lying between the multi-million dollar homes of Lake Oconee...and everywhere they are, thats where we’re gonna be!

If crappie fishing were a religion, then January, February and March would be the High Holidays on Lake Oconee! Without exception, more huge crappie are caught during these months on this lake, than anywhere else in the country! Patrons from all over the United States make their pilgrimage every year during this short span of time and are rewarded with bountiful slabs of goodness......ranging in the two to three pound category. Ok, enough with the religious metaphors, I think you get the point.

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Big Fish Heads Guide Service is the go-to charter service for trophy fish and a fun, safe trip. Captain Doug Nelms has been fishing Lake Oconee for over 20 years. He’s put more happy customers on their personal best than he can remember. If you want to enjoy the best that Lake Oconee can offer, you’ve come to the right place.

Climb aboard Capt. Doug’s 23’ Ranger boat and you immediately see that you’re fishing with the best. Hummingbird electronics spring to life as they scan the depths for trophy fish, while the boat’s Minn Kota trolling motor powers you towards the fish in silence - no spooked Stripers here!

Lake Oconee is famous for its awesome Bass fishing, with both Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass present year-round. January through April, you can also enjoy productive Crappie fishing, filling the boat with delicious panfish before heading home for a freshly-caught lunch.

No matter what you’re after, you can reel it in with confidence, using quality Shimano rods and G Loomis reels. Capt. Doug uses various techniques depending on the time of year. March through June, live bait rules the lake. In the heat of summer, you can enjoy the breeze as you troll umbrella rigs. September-December, it’s all about casting lures. If you want to practice your fly game, you’re also more than welcome to bring your fly fishing gear along.

Most spots are less than 20 minutes from the dock and Capt. Doug never watches the clock. This means maximum fishing time in one of Georgia’s best lakes. Throw in the president of the Lake Oconee Guide Association as your guide, and you’re almost guaranteed to land something special.

So whether you live locally or you’re in Atlanta on business, climb aboard with Big Fish Heads Guide Service and get back to the important things in life: a rod in your hands, a fish on your hook, and beautiful scenery every way you look.

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