Captain TJ Cheek started fishing the waters of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St. Mary’s, and Cumberland Island with his father, grandfather, and uncles back in the 1980’s. Since then he has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best fishermen and guides on the east coast.
If it swims in the waters of Georgia, TJ has probably fished for it. From Dolphin and Wahoo at the Gulf Stream to Stripers way up the rivers.
His favorite fish to target are Trout, Redfish, and Tripletail. The Capt. especially likes to sight fish whether it is for Tripletail, Tarpon, Cobia, or Barracuda. There is nothing like seeing the fish, making a great cast, and watching it eat the bait.
Capt. TJ left the area for a short time while serving in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist. He was fortunate enough to spend half of his enlistment stationed at Mayport, FL where he was able to live in the Golden Isles and commute to his command. During this time he laid out his plans to become a guide after his enlistment.
Capt. TJ credits much of what he has learned to his father and fellow guide, Capt. Tim Cheek. Capt. Tim has groomed him from an early age to be one of the top guides. The experience gained from his father shows on the water, especially when the conditions are tough. There is no replacement for experience, and thanks to growing up fishing with one of the best fishermen in the area, Capt. TJ has generations of knowledge to work from. When TJ isn’t fishing with customers, you will still find him on the boat with his Dad… learning and taking in all that Georgia fishing has to offer.
Both Capt. TJ and Capt. Tim look forward to the day that TJ’s sons Jackson and Ethan are old enough to start their journeys fishing coastal Georgia.