October is here and the cooler nights have started and a cold front or two have shown up. Bass Fishing has stayed consistent through out the summer months and now they are … [Read More...]
Lake Guntersville Bass Fishing Reports
As the fish get settled into their summer time patterns we should start to see some consistency. We've been rather busy so once again we've neglected posting more updates. The … [Read More...]
March Was Pretty Good. We Caught Some Nice Ones & Won A Tournament. We had challenging weather last month but we seemed to put them in the boat even when the conditions didn't … [Read More...]
Its been a little while since the last post, we just needed a little break 2020 was a year to remember some good and some bad, but here we are in 2021 healthy and cold but that … [Read More...]
Lake Guntersville December 7th 2020. Bass Fishing Has Been Challenging This Entire Year, Is It A Bad Thing? Does It Make You Fish Harder? Think Harder? Well It Really Made Us Work … [Read More...]
Here We Are At The End Of October On Lake Guntersville. To Say The Fishing Was Below Par Most Of The Month You Would Be 100% Correct. But we still had great days and we had some … [Read More...]
What Clients Have To Say About Our Guides
- Anjelica Finstad8/21/2021 - Google
We really appreciate Captain Shane for the guide. He was very knowledgeable. Had a lot of enjoyable stories. Kind,... read moreWe really appreciate Captain Shane for the guide. He was very knowledgeable. Had a lot of enjoyable stories. Kind, and most definitely friendly. We def recommend him and most likely will return!! read less
- Lewis Hudson8/10/2021 - Google
Absolutely top notch people and service. Went out with Mike Thompson and he found the bass on a hot summer... read moreAbsolutely top notch people and service. Went out with Mike Thompson and he found the bass on a hot summer morning. Very impressive. He is a true professional, will be going again with him. read less
- Bill Ferree7/26/2021 - Google
Capt. Mike Thompson is at the top of his game. A true master class bass
fisherman and guide. I brought my... read moreCapt. Mike Thompson is at the top of his game. A true master class bass
fisherman and guide. I brought my boys down from PA to experience Lake Guntersville bass fishing and what a time we had with Mike. We got 19 bass with several 4-5 pounders and a 6 pounder for me! it was truly an unforgettable experience and when we return next year we are going out with Mike again! read less
- Kevin Presley4/06/2021 - Google
Spring break and we booked a 6 hour trip with captain Jim. It was a once in a lifetime day.... read moreSpring break and we booked a 6 hour trip with captain Jim. It was a once in a lifetime day. My 16 and 12 year old sons put together a 30 lb bag. With a 9, 8, 5, 4 & 4 lb fish. At least 15 fish caught in 6 hours. Professional and knowledgeable. read less
- Steven Hadley11/28/2020 - Google
Captain Jim is an awesome guide! He knows the lake very well, and was also extremely organized and prepared for... read moreCaptain Jim is an awesome guide! He knows the lake very well, and was also extremely organized and prepared for our trip! He was very personable and patient and provided great service. Best of all, on a little bit of a tougher day he put me on some fish. When we got back to the boat launch all the other anglers struggled and were shocked when I told them how many fish we caught! Great trip and can't reccomend Jim and his guide service enough! If you're headed to Lake Guntersville, give yourself an unfair advantage and call Guntersville Bass Guides! read less
- david ferree11/08/2020 - Google
Myself my dad and uncle with over a combined 170 years fishing experience met captain jim at a local restaurant... read moreMyself my dad and uncle with over a combined 170 years fishing experience met captain jim at a local restaurant near guntersville lake not knowing he was a guide until the last day of our trip gave us advice on how to catch more fish and it worked for us if ever i make it back i will surly book a trip with him. After coming back to the home lakes it has caught us more fish. Thank you captain Jim Leary read less
- Rusty King10/04/2020 - Google
My brother and I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Capt. Jeff recently and had a wonderful trip!... read moreMy brother and I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Capt. Jeff recently and had a wonderful trip! Despite torrential rain and high winds, we were on fish all morning! From the moment we stepped on his boat it felt like we were getting together again with an old friend. Capt. Jeff was so friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a guide on Lake Guntersville, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Guntersville Bass Guides. These guys are the real deal! You will NOT be sorry booking with them. Already looking forward to the next trip! read less
- Bridgett Emerson7/28/2020 - Google
Amazing experience! We called two hours before and he was happy to take our boys out on the lake. I... read moreAmazing experience! We called two hours before and he was happy to take our boys out on the lake. I would definitely recommend this guide service! read less
- LanaJos GirlCrew7/01/2020 - Google
June 30th & July 1st of this year 2020 my husband & I went out with Captain Jim! Our time... read moreJune 30th & July 1st of this year 2020 my husband & I went out with Captain Jim! Our time with him was nothing but a great experience. Jim was kind, patient & really easy to get along with. He put us ON THE FISH. I reeled in the biggest bass I’ve ever caught. Definitely booking more trips with him in the future. Thanks CaptainJim read less
- Brandon Collier5/24/2020 - Google
Man me and my wife had the BEST TIME with captain Jeff!!! Very professional and polite and he’s all about... read moreMan me and my wife had the BEST TIME with captain Jeff!!! Very professional and polite and he’s all about getting you on the bite!! Fished a few different set ups in many different spots but he put us on em. Definitely will be booking another guide with him. definitely A 5/5 star rating read less
- Mike Harvey12/16/2019 - Google
Updated 03/2018 ... read moreUpdated 03/2018 Jim really knows how to take care of his client's!! I was on fish right away both days! I will be back soon!! This group of guys really know their stuff when it comes to putting you on fish, and quickly too!! Thank you Jim and Mike for 2 great day's of fishing!! I would recommend these guys to anyone from beginner to expert!! Trip #2 in November 2016 was a huge success, and a lot of fun!! Once more Jim did the job!! He is a top notch guide, but this trip was much more, it felt like two good friends fishing together!! Fishing with Jim and Guntersville Bass Guides is a contagious thing, I'll be back to do it again, and again!! If you want a trip of a lifetime, I suggest you book one with these guys, it's an experience you'll never forget!! It's making memories!! I'll be back!! Thank you again buddy!!
03/2018. Updated. Third year coming back twice per year. Jim is one of the hardest working guides I know. He knows when I come to the BIG G, I'm looking for quality, not quantity!! He finds big fish, and he finds them quickly!!
I've told Jim on a number of occasions that if he needs a reference, have anyone contact me. I'm telling everyone, you won't be disappointed, from 1st time anglers, to fast action fishing, to hunt for big bass, Jim's got it all!!! Thank you Jim!! We will do it again tomorrow!!
03/2018 part 2 Updated
To all reading this!! All I can say is after today I have a new personal best!! Jim battled the wind, the rain, and even a tornado two nights ago, and today almost 30 lbs. in five fish anchored by an 11 lb. big old bass!! Guntersville Bass Guides, you rock!! Captain Jim is top notch, if you book with him, just listen to him and fish!! Jim will give you the trip of a lifetime, just listen to him. He is an amazing guide, and a great person!! Thank you Jim Leary.
Yet another great trip with Jim. The fishing was tough, but Jim found them once again. Fishing with Jim is no longer client based, we just click. I said it before, but it's like fishing with a friend!
Anyone looking for a quality trip, Jim is that guy, yes, he can put you on quantity if that's what your looking for, but when I come to G, he knows we will be in search of big bass. If anyone wants to enjoy the BIG G with a great guide, and more so, a great person Jim is that guy.
Another great trip with Jim Leary and Guntersville Bass Guides!! This time I brought a buddy from Michigan, Hunter Buter made his first trip to Guntersville Lake. Although the size fish that Jim and I are used to wasn't there, the numbers were. The fish were on the move, but as usual Jim found them. We all were catching fish.
I've said this before and I will continue to say it, Jim Leary and Guntersville Bass Guides are top notch!! Jim will always work to find fish in any weather pattern! I will be back again and again.
Fishing with Jim over 3 years now, and it's not a guide/client relationship!! Jim and I are great friends!! I'll be back!! Highly recommended for sure!!! read less
- Tracy Watson10/31/2019 - Google
I came all the way from California to fish with GBG-they did not disappoint. Capt. Shane is very knowledgeable... read moreI came all the way from California to fish with GBG-they did not disappoint. Capt. Shane is very knowledgeable about bass fishing and knows the lake and the spots to find the fish. The weather was cold and raining but determined to catch a bass...and we did and what a beauty. Enjoyed the experience so much planning on coming back in a few months. Thank you Jim Leary! read less
- Robert Sharp9/23/2019 - Google
We had a great time with Capt. Jim and MS. Bell. This was my first ever guide trip, and the... read moreWe had a great time with Capt. Jim and MS. Bell. This was my first ever guide trip, and the experience was excellent. Capt. Jim is a class act and worked hard for us to catch fish, and we caught em up!. We will book again real soon! read less
- Paul Metzger8/29/2019 - Google
Captain Jim is a professional! I contacted him to arrange for a group of 5 to fish at... read moreCaptain Jim is a professional! I contacted him to arrange for a group of 5 to fish at the Big G! I selected the “Roughing It” trip and he took care of the rest! He arranged for us to stay in cabins across the street from the boat launching area. The cabins were clean and comfortable. We arrived at the cabin late the night before we were to fish not knowing what to expect the next morning.
Captain Jim was there the next morning as scheduled at 5:15am with two other guides and their fully equipped bass boats and fishing gear and away we went. The next eight hours were filled with an amazing life experience that none of us will forget.
My fear of bringing 4 guests from out of town and not catching any fish was soon nullified. Within 15 minutes of launching we (Cpt Jim and I) had caught 3 fish and we had reports that the other boats were also having luck! I was introduced to Belle, Capt. Jim’s fishing partner who was bringing us all luck. She would give each fish we caught “sugar” (a little lick) before throwing them back, and then she’d curl up in the bottom of the boat to prevent getting a treble hook embedded in her doggie hide.
Capt. Jim knows the lake well, not only for fish, but also for the other wild life that inhabit the area. As we were cruising to the next hot fishing hole, an American bald eagle flew about 30 feet above our heads, undoubtedly looking for morning breakfast. What a beautiful site!
We cruised to five or six different holes trying to catch the big ones we could see on the fish finder. Capt Jim checked all his resources to find the fish. He checked how much water was being released through the dam up river. Knowing this, would most certainly affect the fishing. Capt Jim adjusted how we fished...depths, types of bait, and retrieval methods, to entice the fish to bite.
We all met at the end of our eight hours and shared our fishing experiences. In all we had caught between 80 to 100 fish. If you’re looking for a great fishing experience, give Capt. Jim a call! He’s one of the best! read less
- Mark Fitzpatrick8/14/2019 - Google
We wanted something to do as a team and this was the chosen activity although, I had never fished before.... read moreWow.....!
We wanted something to do as a team and this was the chosen activity although, I had never fished before.
I was enthusiastic but, to be honest did not know what to expect and wasn't really expecting any success or if I am really being honest, to enjoy it all that much (fishing had never really appealed to me).
How wrong I was! We arrived on Monday night at the cabin that had been organized by Jim and it was great. Clean, comfortable and with everything you would possibly need. It was also across the road from the boat jetty where we would be collected the following morning, this really made a difference when we were hitting the water at 05:30.
There were 5 of us which, meant we had three boats and our particular captain was Jeff.
We quickly hit the water and found our first fishing spot (we had many throughout the day) where Jeff, was a great instructor and very patient with a complete newbie and really took time to teach me everything from casting, to the technique's for attracting and catching fish to finally reeling them in.
As I said I, was pessimistic about my potential success and with my initial lack of casting abilities, we were all amazed (especially me) that I didn't hook someone and that at least one of us, didn't get a new piercing to go home with. Mix this, with my uncanny ability to knot the line or, cast in the wrong direction and less that a few meters from the boat, it looked like it was going to be a long day.
Jeff however did not give up on me and was supportive and encouraging throughout, always having a rod available ready to go with bait irrespective ofd how many times I fouled the line.
So lets move on a few hours and I am casting (fairly competently and still injury free for all) and catching fish that I would never believe and in fact, not only did I get the biggest fish of the day (although my colleagues may argue) I also believe I caught the most fish....
The whole experience was incredibly well organized and I cannot fault anything or recommend highly enough.
Jim and his team are incredibly well organized, knowledgeable and most importantly great fun and focus on making the day a great fishing experience. If I get the opportunity I will definitely be back.
So whether you are an experienced fisherman like most of my colleagues or, a complete novice like myself I could not recommend Guntersville Bass Guides highly enough.
Jim thanks to you and your team for an unforgettable day and hope to see you again. read less
- Steve V8/14/2019 - Google
I would highly recommend Guntersville Bass Guides. The experience exceeded every expectation I had. Their knowledge of the lake showed... read moreI would highly recommend Guntersville Bass Guides. The experience exceeded every expectation I had. Their knowledge of the lake showed as we were able to catch fish every place we stopped. Great job and I will be back and tell everyone I know about you guys. read less
- John Stroud6/26/2019 - Google
Went out yesterday with Cap. Jim. Very impressed. I was hesitant to pay for any guide thinking there would... read moreWent out yesterday with Cap. Jim. Very impressed. I was hesitant to pay for any guide thinking there would be alot of small fish. I was wrong. Great balance of numbers, quality, and different ways to catch them. Our best 5 was rocking 24-25 pounds. Very respectable this time of year. Will definitely book again! read less
- Aaron Creech6/04/2019 - Google
Went out with Captain Jeff for a 6 hr trip on Gville yesterday. Hands down the best day of fishing... read moreWent out with Captain Jeff for a 6 hr trip on Gville yesterday. Hands down the best day of fishing in our life. Jeff was awesome, very helpful, and very personable. We caught a lot of fish and a lot of big fish in a lot of different ways. Awesome first day of our honeymoon. Can’t thank Guntersville Bass Guides enough and we’d recommend them to anyone looking for a great day on the big G! read less
- Phillip Leach6/02/2019 - Google
Best day of fishing I’ve had on lake Guntersville hands down. Jim with Guntersville Bass Guides put us on some... read moreBest day of fishing I’ve had on lake Guntersville hands down. Jim with Guntersville Bass Guides put us on some great spots for large mouth. This trip was originally planned for February but the weather had been bad the day before and the lake just wasn’t cooperating. Jim wanted his customers to have a great experience and rescheduled the trip for June 2nd. The wait was well worth it. Knowledgeable, professional, and beyond accommodating for a novice fisherman such as myself. Jim provided an experience beyond expectations. I highly recommend Jim and his team at Guntersville Bass Guides if you are planning a visit to Lake Guntersville! Thanks Jim for all the pointers and tips. Looking forward to my next outing! read less
- Shannon Neely5/28/2019 - Google
Had a great day with Belle and Captain Jim caught a ton of bass. He really took care of my... read moreHad a great day with Belle and Captain Jim caught a ton of bass. He really took care of my father which is what I was hoping for and made the trip a lot more fun by cutting up with us. I will be booking with these guys again I look forward to fishing with Belle in the fall( Captain Jim too I guess) Don't wait book a trip with these guys they are the real deal!!! read less