Meet the Guides

Lake Lanier Fishing

Meet the Captains of “BIG FISH ON” Lake Lanier Fishing Guide & Charter Service.

Capt Ken @ 404-561-2564 or Call Capt Mike @ 770-598-5195

Your Guides,  Capt. Mike Maddalena and Capt. Ken West

Lake Lanier Fishing Guides “Big Fish On” are Mike Maddalena and Ken West. We have both been bitten by the trophy striper bug and have learned to be very successful at it. We now want to share the excitement with others. For us, watching the expression on our clients face when a giant striper rolls on and hammers a bait and then heads downtown with the drag screaming is as much fun as catching one ourselves. Their shouts of “Big Fish On!” is music to our ears!

Mike Maddalena is a full licensed USCG Charter Captain, trained in First Aid/CPR and has been striper fishing Lake Lanier since 1994, and throughout the Southeast since 2002. He is an accomplished tournament angler in both the Lake Lanier based North Georgia Striper Club (NGSC) and the Striped Bass Conservation Coalition. His NGSC accomplishments include many records, 7 angler of the year awards and 4 top six classic wins. Mike was Captain of Team Double Trouble, which fished the SBCC/NSBA Gold Cup Series . Double Trouble won the 2004 GA State Championship and the 2004 Live Release Team of The Year. Team Double Trouble also finished in the top 10 during the 2004-2006 Seasons of the NSBA’s Gold Cup professional TEAM of the YEAR series. Capt. Mike also won the 2010 SBCC National Championship, beating the best tournament striped bass fishermen in the country.

Captain Ken West is a Licensed U. S. Merchant Marine Officer, trained in First Aid/CPR and has been striper fishing North Georgia lakes and rivers since 1995. He is a FULL TIME guide and a member of the Lanier Striper Club. Ken loves the outdoors and has been fishing and hunting most of his 60+ years.

Both Mike and Ken are members of the Lake Lanier Professional Guide Association.

We fish out of fully equipped 21ft and 24ft Carolina Skiff Center Consoles , with LOTS of rooms and high gunnels, so no worries about falling out! The boats are each equipped with Honda outboards, MinnKota I-Pilot trolling motors, and the latest LowRance Electronics and Navionics mapping software.

Abu Garcia, Daiwa and Penn reels ensure the smooth drag needed to stop a trophy striper. All reels have fresh Berkley Big Game line on them. Quality 1/2 diameter Driftmaster rod holders ensure the rods say in the boat when these powerful fish make their initial run!

Sixty gallon Super Bait Tank II bait tanks with OXYGEN systems ensure the highest quality BIG BAITS required for catching BIG FISH! In addition, we have over 1000 gallons of bait tanks @ home to ensure a good supply of LARGE frisky bait. When cast netting our bait, we use only Fitec Super Spreader Cast Net’s, the world best selling cast net!

Capt. Mike and Da BargeCapt. Ken and Skiff