Lately I’ve had several people ask me if I have stopped guiding. Let’s get that answer out of the way right off the bat. No. I’m still guiding, will continue to guide, and likely will stop guiding when I stop breathing. There is a story behind why some folks might think that I walked away from the business. For years I struggled with one major focus; being at the top of the heap in the fishing guide business here in Georgia. I worked like a maniac to get there and for the last few years I’ve enjoyed the fruits of..
When I was a kid my dad would take me fishing all the time. We weren’t rich. We didn’t have a nice boat. Hell… at times when didn’t even have a boat at all. We fished in anything ranging from neighborhood ponds to rivers and creeks. We didn’t have smart phones and we didn’t bring cameras to document each and every catch in order to provide proof of a successful day. In the summer time I would always spend a couple of weeks with my grandparents at their house on Hickory Bluff where they had a dock on Field Creek.
Fishing with Hunter Banks of Asheville North Carolina On Tuesday November 26th, 2014 my wife and I had the pleasure of fishing with Jason of Hunter Banks Fly Fishing Outfitters in Asheville North Carolina. We were on vacation for our 5 year anniversary and about 3 weeks prior to our trip we started the booking process with another guide from the area. After trying to secure a day of fishing with the first guide and some “spotty” communication at best, we still had not gotten any confirmation for our trip. We were really looking forward to doing some fly fishing..
“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive, but attainable. A perpetual series of occasions for hope.” What is it about fishing that makes us love it? Is it really that much fun to feel an animal fighting with everything that it has in the hopes of preserving its own life? Is it that we just love eating fish? I think that for those of us that have a true passion for the sport, it goes far deeper than that. It’s a game of chess between you and the fish. It’s your preparation and..
After several tough years in the saltwater fishing tournament world, the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) closes it’s doors. With escalating costs and dwindling participation and sponsorships, it comes as no surprise. In the good ol’ days, you could put 200 gallons of gas in your offshore boats for $300 or less. You could afford to spend another $240 on live Blue Runners and Goggle Eyes and it was still affordable for a team of average Joes to compete. Now with 200 gallons of marine fuel costing $1,000 or more, it’s not feasible for those of us that aren’t making a..
My good buddy Will Wyatt. It was a record in my book my friend! That is exactly what is on my mind lately. While right now the fishing is very, very good (just two days ago we put 30+ Trout in the boat in 45 minutes) I am just ready for the return of warm weather, happy fish, calm seas, and old friends and clients. Every year fishing guides go through phases and I am no exception. Winter brings a time when we simply don’t have a lot of business even though the fishing is stellar. It is a real..
So I’ve been getting a lot of calls from folks looking to book trips for this year. A common questions is “What will be biting for the time I’m here?” This isn’t always easy to answer as the fish do their own thing a lot of times and all we can do is base a guess off of what we have seen in years past. I’ll do my best to give you a guide for the best fish to target this year while you are staying at St. Simons Island or Jekyll Island. Since January is almost over, I’ll start..
Over the past week or so since my last blog I have mostly been fishing for Bull Redfish with my clients but I have had the opportunity on a couple of days to do some light tackle fishing for Trout and Redfish. Obviously the hot ticket right now is the big Reds, but the Trout fishing has been picking up steadily. We did have some big tides over the weekend that made Trout fishing a bit difficult but in spite of that we found some solid fish. One day in particular we were on a steady Trout bite around high..
As published in the Tribune and Georgian: Coastal Georgia Fishing Report September Report / October Forecast Capt. TJ Cheek – Coastal Georgia Fishing Guide – St. Simons Island Lately the fishing has been interesting to say the least. The non-stop rain hasn’t given us any relief as far as the fresh water run-off goes, but I can’t say that the fishing has been bad. The Redfish bite has been excellent and the Bull Redfish have moved in. The Trout fishing has been pretty awful for the most part but it’s a lot easier to live with when you have such..
It’s a dream job, no doubt. As a kid I went through phases of wanting to be an astronaut, an archaeologist (the Indiana Jones kind), and so many other things. As I grew into my teens people would ask me what it would take for me to be happy. What was I passionate about? My answer would always be, “I won’t be happy unless people pay me to fish everyday”. At that time, I thought that being a fishing guide required you to first have some kind of wealth backing you. You would have to be a trust fund baby..