20 years bass fishing experience from tournament angling to guided trips.
Capt. Jim Leary grew up in a small town in Ohio fishing ponds with his Father and Grandfather till he got a little older and started venturing to the big waters of Lake Erie where he learned to fish off shore (before GPS and Navionics cards) and the smaller inland lakes that Ohio has. Tournament fishing really got his attention and started fishing local trail, after 2 year of fishing from the front deck a guy by the name of Steve took him around a local lake and really opened his eyes to what bass fishing really is, that fired him up even more.
Two years later he found a new home in the state of Alabama 45 miles from Lake Guntersville why you may ask “I wanted to move to Gville since I watch George Cochran catch almost 100 lbs of bass in 4 days on a JerkBait”. He worked for a local pest control company named Cooks Pest Control in sales for 3 years, while fishing every chance he had before he took the plunge to fish for a living. It was just him and his best friend Belle on the road for one year as a co angler in the FLW Tour after that experience which was eye opening in many ways.
On Saturdays of the tour events they would have a National Guard Soldiers tournaments and he was selected to do a couple of them and that was when he knew where his heart was, it was to take people fishing and teaching new techniques and enjoying time with others and sharing the guided fishing trips and memories of a day on the water.
Even though Capt. Jim started Guntersville Bass Guides bass fishing guide service he still has that tournament bug that he has to treat every now and then “Tournaments really get me fired up sometimes I cant sleep the night before” now don’t think he keeps his clients from fishing these spots on trips ” I do well in tournaments because my clients and I will figure out how to get the big ones to bite together just like any other trip clients come 1st” he guides on the same spots he tournament fishes on, its because he isn’t going to fish somewhere he doesn’t know if the fish are there.
Thanks for checking out Guntersville Bass Guides Fishing Charter Service
- To Have Fun
Fishing is FUN!! We want you to have a trip of a life time!
- To Catch Fish
Now we can’t guarantee fish catches, but we can promise that you’ll be around them.
- We Treat You with Respect
Whether your a 1st time anlger that is looking to get started or a seasoned tournament angler, you can rest assured that we’re going to help you. We’re committed to providing you with top notch gear from Duckett Fishing Rods and Reels with Sunline Fluorocarbon to the most current lures from NetBait, 4×4 Bass Jigs, and knowledge. We approach every day and clients with a smile.
Jim is the owner of Guntersville Bass Guides. Jim is a highly skilled fisherman that uses his tournament knowledge of the lake to put his customers on bass of a lifetime.
Shane has a lifetime of fishing knowledge on Guntersville, Shane is very versatile and will do what it takes to put fish in the boat.
You may request to fish with Capt. Shane
Had a ton of fun on the ride! When no more fish were biting he’d redirect us to a place full. Belle was super sweet and really helped me with my fear of the water. 10/10 would recommend.Madeline Gruel1/02/2022
Amazing 3 day trip with the father and brother in-law.
Captain Mike T. took care of us for an experience that will make lifetime memories. He went above and beyond for two reasons i'm convinced; he loves to fish, and he loves to spend time and... read moreSeth Reid11/07/2021
We 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!!Anjelica Finstad8/21/2021
Absolutely 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.Lewis Hudson8/10/2021
Capt. 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... read moreBill Ferree7/26/2021
Spring 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... read moreKevin Presley4/06/2021
Captain 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... read moreSteven Hadley11/28/2020
Myself 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... read moredavid ferree11/08/2020
My 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... read moreRusty King10/04/2020
Amazing 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!Bridgett Emerson7/28/2020
Had a great time fishing with capt jim.he took care of us an made sure we where on the bass the whole time.He took great care of my wife an daughter an gave me a chance to fish.this experience with him has changed my wifes... read morednice 14777/22/2020
My 7 year old son and I had an excellent fishing trip with Captain Jim. He was determined to find the bass and help my son land “the big one”. We can’t wait to do it again!
Round 2 - Our first trip... read moreDavid Parsons7/17/2020
June 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.... read moreLanaJos GirlCrew7/01/2020
My 7 year old son and I had an excellent fishing trip with Captain Jim. He was determined to find the bass and help my son land “the big one”. We can’t wait to do it again!David Parsons6/03/2020
Man 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... read moreBrandon Collier5/24/2020
Updated 03/2018 ... read moreMike Harvey12/16/2019
I 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... read moreTracy Watson10/31/2019
We 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... read moreRobert Sharp9/23/2019
Captain 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... read morePaul Metzger8/29/2019
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... read moreMark Fitzpatrick8/14/2019