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Meet Captain Dave Willard
Thank you for your interest in striper fishing with Captain Dave Willard on Clarks Hill (Thurmond) Lake. Clarks Hill is one of the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi, with a wealth of wildlife - everything from whitetail deer and wild turkeys to Canada geese and Bald Eagles. And, of course, Clarks Hill is known for its great fishing - the lake record striper is 55 lbs. and the largemouth bass fishing is awesome as the fish grow really big feeding on the forage base of threadfin shad and blueback herring.
Fish Safe and have a Good Time
Captain Dave is US Coast Guard licensed and a retired firefighter and paramedic.
Captain Dave has been guiding since 1985 and was instrumental in using live blueback herring for bait. Bluebacks are the preferred bait for stripers, hybrids and big largemouth. No one can guarantee fish, but we will make every effort to see that you and your group has an enjoyable trip. Capt. Dave is US Coast Guard licensed and a retired firefighter/paramedic. His boat is a 26 ft. Catamaran with twin 115 hp Evinrudes. The boat is rigged with a T-top and leaning post with live bait tank. This boat is very stable and rides well in rough water. This boat can accommodate six adults very comfortably and on occasion, we can accommodate a few more close friends. The boat has an open deck and can accommodate a wheelchair if necessary.
Hire a Professional and get Results
When you hire an experienced guide to take you fishing, your chances of catching fish increase dramatically. Captain Dave spends a lot of time on the water studying the patterns of these fish and through experience and the right equipment has had a successful guide service for many years. When you are ready to fish and want to have an enjoyable experience, choose Captain Dave as your professional fishing guide at Lake Thurmond.