Spartan Charters Of Georgia

If you’re visiting Lake Lanier, use it as an opportunity to spend a day with Spartan Charters of Georgia! The lake has a lot to offer, from miles of clean shoreline and endless islands, to rich aquatic life that swims beneath the surface. It doesn’t matter if you’re not familiar with the area, your guide Mike Atherton is here to handle all the details.

Mike will meet you at the marina, where you’ll board his 17’ Carolina Skiff boat, powered by a 90 HP Suzuki engine. This boat accommodates up to 3 guests, so the trips can be more personalized. There are navigational electronics and a variety of top-notch fishing rods on board.

These trips will take you after Striper, Spotted Bass, or Crappie. The details of the adventure depend on the season, but there are periods when you can catch all 3 species on the same day. Mike will show you how each technique works, how to rig the tackle, and other tricks to reel in your fish.

Your fishing equipment is fully included in the price, featuring brands like Shimano, Okuma, Ambassador, Abu Garcia, Daiwa, St. Croix, and Berkleys. You’ll need to buy a fishing license and bring snacks and drinks for the day.

Spartan Charters of Georgia will make sure your day on the magnificent Lake Lanier is one you’ll never forget, so book a trip to relax, enjoy nature, and have fun.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    A guided fishing trip for the 8-hour duration, with start/finish times and techniques and tackle dependant on seasonal changes. The trip can take up to 3 guests. Don't forget your fishing license, snacks, and drinks, and come have a great fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    This is a morning half day trip for either Striper, Bass, or Crappie with start/end times adjusted for seasonal conditions along with technique and tackle. The usual departure point is Balus Creek Public Boat Ramp, but always contact your guide in advance to confirm the location.
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About the Captain

Mike Atherton
Oakwood, Georgia, United States
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
26 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2020
I am a US Army veteran and I enjoy putting smiles on people's faces. Even before I opened my business, I would often spend more time helping other people catch fish on my boat than I spent time fishing myself and it felt great to see their enjoyment. I love all kinds of fishing and Lake Lanier has one of the most varied and dynamic seasons of all of those that I have fished. Everything from trolling, drifting baits, to cranking lures and banging the banks in search of your target, this lake has it all and I love to do it all.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Spotted) Bass (Spotted)
Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Crappie Crappie

Boat Specs

Carolina Skiff 178DLV (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 90HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Angel G.
Flowery Branch, GA
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Great morning trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 15, 2021
Mike was pretty awesome, we spent our Sunday morning on his boat and he made sure we had a memorable day. He spent his time...
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Beautiful day for fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 16, 2021
Had a good time with captain Mike, even though we didn’t land anything. Mike put us right on the fish, but our bait was too...
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Flowery Branch, GA
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Half day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 27, 2021
Mike was at the prearranged site ahead of time and ready to go. The boat was clean and well organized, the tackle was clearly...
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Sugar Hill, GA
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Great morning on the water

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 5, 2021
My son and I had a great day on the water with Captain Mike
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Suwanee, GA
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Great trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 12, 2021
Captain Mike was ready and waiting for us at the pick up location. Great guide. We started catching Stripe Bass almost immediately....
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FAQs about Spartan Charters Of Georgia

Spartan Charters Of Georgia offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Spartan Charters Of Georgia, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Spartan Charters Of Georgia include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Okuma, Ambassador, Abu Garcia, Daiwa)
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures

Spartan Charters Of Georgia offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Lake Lanier, GA tributaries)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Lanier, GA)

Spartan Charters Of Georgia offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Spartan Charters Of Georgia include:
  • Bass (Spotted)
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Crappie