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...]
Lake Guntersville Bass Fishing Reports
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...]
Guntersville's September Recap. Fishing Remained Good Till The End Of Sept. Then it did what it normally does in the first couple of weeks. It came to a screeching stop, the fish … [Read More...]
The Fall Transition Started A Little Early This Year. We noticed the fish were vacating their summer spots and making the move to early fall spots. Still no schooling action which … [Read More...]
What Clients Have To Say About Our Guides
- 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
- Leah Hurdle5/25/2019 - Google
Today was my first time ever doing a guided fish and it was AMAZING. Jeff was our guide and he... read moreToday was my first time ever doing a guided fish and it was AMAZING. Jeff was our guide and he could not have done a better job. He put us on the fish, made sure my line/worms etc. was ready at all times, had a back up pole for me and even let me borrow his Huk shirt to keep me from getting more fried! I highly recommend him to anyone ready to catch some fish! read less
- John Welch1/27/2019 - Google
If your looking for bass fishing guide...look no further! I was amazed how Capt.Jim made our trip a success... read moreIf your looking for bass fishing guide...look no further! I was amazed how Capt.Jim made our trip a success in not so good conditions. He used his knowledge of the lake and experience to put us on fish. He brings a positive attitude, friendly personality, and a tenacious drive to make sure you are satisfied. “Goes above and beyond “. There is no doubt, when we go back it will be with Captain Jim. read less
- Tucker Contorno6/05/2018 - Google
Writing this review right after getting home from the guided trip. Tough bite is the two words that describe the... read moreWriting this review right after getting home from the guided trip. Tough bite is the two words that describe the first few hours of the trip. 4lber first cast, a few more over the next 40 ish minutes, then the bite went away. Capt. Jim did everything he could to make sure we were back on the fish, and it worked. Caught a total of about 23 fish with a 5 fish bag of 22 lbs and some change. Kicker fish was 6.6. Jim is very knowledgeable and willing to help you whenever. He knows his stuff and is willing to share everything you need to know (unless you just browse his page looking for spots). If I had to come up with something negative it would’ve been out of his control any way and that would have been the wind. I say that, but even with the wind the fish were biting. Jim has a great attitude, good advice, good spots, good rods reels etc., good boat, and a good dog. Belle (the dog) did make a stage dive towards the end but it all turned out well. I had a fantastic time and will do my best to make it back with Jim someday hopefully soon!
Well, had another amazing trip out in the water with Jim and Belle. The bite started out good all you had to do was [CENSORED] the [CENSORED] and man the fish would slam it! That first bit we caught a 6.02 and a 4.somethin. Our bag went for probably 18.5 (correct me if I’m wrong). The bite did slow down after a while and we began having to throw [CENSORED] to get the fish to bite. Even when we went for a good while without fish Capt. Jim held stead fast and always did his best to put them in the boat. This having been my second trip out with him I feel I have gotten to know him rather well both as a guide and as a person. If you are on the fence, just jump right into it. He is always willing to take a call (Mr. Popular) and help you out. Great Duckett rods and reels and all other tackle to boot. This is one for the memory book as I had my grandmother along with me. She was (and bless her heart still is) clueless about fishing, but Capt. Jim he did everything he could to help her out and for that, we are both truly thankful. Thank you Capt. Jim and 1st mate Belle for making this trip another great one. I hope to be joining you again soon. God bless. PS, got another one on the first cast 🤷🏻♂️. Another 4. read less
- sal pinto5/23/2018 - Google
Well, let me start with my first meeting with Capt Jim. I was paired up with him in a BFL... read moreWell, let me start with my first meeting with Capt Jim. I was paired up with him in a BFL bass tour as a co angular. As most competitive, co angular bass fisherman know. Your success really is in the hands of the pro angular and how he helps or prevents you from catching fish. Capt Jim was a true professional! He gave me lures to try and gave me a fair shot at the same fish he was trying to catch. The experience was so good that I had to fish with him again on his home turf. My experience was even better this time. He put me on the fish, gave me advise, and made it absolutely perfect. Except for the 10lb plus bass that came unbuttoned which was more disheartening for him it seemed. I had so much fun that even that couldn't ruin my trip. I highly recommend that you book a trip asap! Once more people find out how good he really is, good luck finding a day with his full schedule. Capt Jim, will you be able to fish at night? Lol read less
- Tyler Whittington4/12/2018 - Google
Captain Jim is hands down an awesome guide. If you are looking to experience a great day on the water,... read moreCaptain Jim is hands down an awesome guide. If you are looking to experience a great day on the water, Guntersville Bass Guides is the way to go. Special thanks to Captain Jim for a great trip. read less
- John Anderson4/09/2018 - Google
The absolute best guide trip I’ve ever experienced the past week was my third trip with GBG and won’t be... read moreThe absolute best guide trip I’ve ever experienced the past week was my third trip with GBG and won’t be my last never seen anyone who cares more about fish care and conservation than these guys keep up the good work GBG read less
- Dale Jones3/15/2018 - Google
An Unforgettable Day ! My wife booked an evening trip for me for my birthday on Lake Guntersville will Jim... read moreAn Unforgettable Day ! My wife booked an evening trip for me for my birthday on Lake Guntersville will Jim Leary. I had never been to G-Ville and did not know what to expect. After meeting Jim at the ramp and seeing some pictures from his morning trip, I was pumped. We took off and made it to our first and only spot and it was on. 25 + fish . We kept 15 of our biggest to weigh. The small 5 was around 17lbs. Our middle 5 was 25lbs and our biggest 5 was 35lbs. Wow ! Truly a trip of a lifetime. It was so good that i changed my plans and went back out the next morning, although the bite slowed down from a cold front, we still had our best 5 go 23lbs. G-Ville is definitely on right now.
As for Jim, you won't meet a nicer guy. He puts in work day after day to make sure his clients are satisfied. He's the type of guy that will make you feel right at home while away from home. I highly recommend Jim if your thinking about fishing G-Ville. read less
- Boyd Haynes2/17/2018 - Google
Captain Jim in my opinion is a first class guide. He will try his best to put you on a... read moreCaptain Jim in my opinion is a first class guide. He will try his best to put you on a fishing trip of a life time. He supplies you with everything you need to fish with. His co-partner Belle is a very loving dog. After a day on the water with the two of them you will have made a new friend. He is very knowledgeable of the lake and how to locate fish. If anyone has not used Captain Jim, please give him a call and book a memory to keep for ever.
****Update**** February 16th of 2018 my fishing partner Johnny and I booked another appointment with Caption Jim. All I can say is a picture is worth a thousand words. Best trip anyone can ever have, again many great memories made. He always is very helpful on all your fishing needs. His first mate Belle is the best dog ever, she to likes to give all the fish a kiss. If anyone has any questions about Guntersville Bass Guides you can message me.
We caught or 70 bass, 2 were 7 pounders, several 4 and 5 pounders. We were fishing lipless crank baits and man were they crushing them. He will supply you with everything you need to catch'm, all you need is time to enjoy, relax, and make great memories.
The weather was crazy that day, 65 degrees that morning with lite rain and 45 degrees after lunch. You can tell by looking how we were dressed. But the fishing was HOT🎣🎣. read less
- Austen Laur4/28/2017 - Google
Jim Leary's Guntersville Bass Guides service is absolutely top notch. Jim Leary's Guntersville Bass Guides service is absolutely top notch. I never write google reviews, but after my trip I... read moreJim Leary's Guntersville Bass Guides service is absolutely top notch. I never write google reviews, but after my trip I felt it would be a disservice to Jim if I didn't because I flat-out had one of the best afternoons fishing of my life. If you're looking to catch great fish and learn a ton, stop your search and call Jim to book a trip. It's like going out with a long-time fishing buddy, except he always answers his phone, he's punctual, and has everything prepared for you. I am a decently experienced fisherman but lack time spent on the water, so in addition to wanting to catch some Guntersville giants, I was really hoping to gain some knowledge. Check and check. Jim's knowledge of fish behavior and his adaptability are fantastic. As we went out, he said we were going to be doing something different than he had planned - but landing a 5-pounder on my 3rd cast proved he knew the right calls to make. We sacked up 6 that were photo-worthy weighing close to 30 pounds in 4 hours. Despite peppering him constantly with questions on hows and whys of fish theory, he graciously shared his knowledge and experience. The only thing we missed out on was the opportunity to get video footage of him bear hugging a 7-1/2 pounder over the side of the boat to make sure she didn't get away! Big thanks to you Jim - you'll be seeing me again for sure! read less