Big Fish Heads Guide Service

Big Fish Heads Guide Service is the go-to charter service for trophy fish and a fun, safe trip. Captain Doug Nelms has been fishing Lake Oconee for over 20 years. He’s put more happy customers on their personal best than he can remember. If you want to enjoy the best that Lake Oconee can offer, you’ve come to the right place.

Climb aboard Capt. Doug’s 23’ Ranger boat and you immediately see that you’re fishing with the best. Hummingbird electronics spring to life as they scan the depths for trophy fish, while the boat’s Minn Kota trolling motor powers you towards the fish in silence - no spooked Stripers here!

Lake Oconee is famous for its awesome Bass fishing, with both Striped and Hybrid Striped Bass present year-round. January through April, you can also enjoy productive Crappie fishing, filling the boat with delicious panfish before heading home for a freshly-caught lunch.

No matter what you’re after, you can reel it in with confidence, using quality Shimano rods and G Loomis reels. Capt. Doug uses various techniques depending on the time of year. March through June, live bait rules the lake. In the heat of summer, you can enjoy the breeze as you troll umbrella rigs. September-December, it’s all about casting lures. If you want to practice your fly game, you’re also more than welcome to bring your fly fishing gear along.

Most spots are less than 20 minutes from the dock and Capt. Doug never watches the clock. This means maximum fishing time in one of Georgia’s best lakes. Throw in the president of the Lake Oconee Guide Association as your guide, and you’re almost guaranteed to land something special.

So whether you live locally or you’re in Atlanta on business, climb aboard with Big Fish Heads Guide Service and get back to the important things in life: a rod in your hands, a fish on your hook, and beautiful scenery every way you look.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Crappie
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Apr 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $400
    This trip is advertised for 4 hours, but you will normally just stay until you all get enough. Due to the finicky nature of these big trophy fish, Capt. Doug very seldom watches the clock.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Stripers
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $400
    This is a 4-hour Striper trip. This is usually the most sought after trip that Capt. Doug offers, and he can schedule it around hours that the fish will be active.

About the Captain

Doug Nelms
Buckhead, Georgia, United States
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19 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since July 2018
Captain Doug Nelms has fished all his life and moved to Lake Oconee around 20 years ago. He was always taking friends out, so he decided to make a business out of it. Capt. Doug is the president of Lake Oconee Guide Association. He knows these waters better than anyone and will go all out to get you on some real trophies during your trip.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Crappie Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Boat Specs

Ranger 2360 (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha SHO 4 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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A GREAT DAY !!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Crappie on March 24, 2021
Wow.  We had a 1/2 day of crappie fishing with Capt. Doug.  Had a wonderful time and caught an above average amount of fish. ...
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Nashville, TN
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Stripers on October 16, 2020
We had a great time and caught enough fish for a fish fry for 13
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Susanna W.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Stripers on February 9, 2021
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Loganville, GA
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Stripers on October 14, 2020
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Tausha M.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Stripers on August 22, 2020
Booked a trip for my son’s 14th birthday. Two boats for a group of 8. It was our first fishing charter and something he’s...
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FAQs about Big Fish Heads Guide Service

Big Fish Heads Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip - Crappie (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip - Stripers (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Fish Heads Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Hummingbird)
  • Fishfinder (Hummingbird)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Minnkota Ulterra)
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box (Engel Coolers)

Trips booked with Big Fish Heads Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (G Loomis, Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Mainly in the spring)
  • Lures
  • Drinks

Big Fish Heads Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing

Big Fish Heads Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)

Top targeted fish species with Big Fish Heads Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Crappie
  • Hybrid Striped Bass