About

A U.S. Coast Guard Licensed & CPR/First-Aid Certified Captain

To help you get to know your Captain, my name is Eric Welch and I was born and raised in the North Georgia mountains. Not only am I a “local” though, I am also a full-time guide and avid tournament angler. I have almost 40 years of local lake knowledge that ensures each and every trip is successful. Nothing better than fishing with a local who knows all tips and tricks.

I am also USCG Licensed Guide, as well as CPR & First-Aid Certified.

I have been married for nearly 30 years and have a very talented daughter. Together, their support allows me to make a living doing what I love most… guiding.

Why choose me?

The unique thing about my location is that I have access to several different lakes in three states close by (Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina). The longest travel time from my location is about one hour making it easy for me to guide you on practically any lake in North Georgia you desire.

With my guide service, I welcome all types of anglers from rookies to tournament anglers. I will cater to whatever knowledge you want to concentrate on: finesse techniques, ledge fishing, electronics, and also hooking Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Spotted Bass.

I look at everyday on the lake as a new adventure. I enjoy guiding clients and teaching them new techniques that they can in turn use on their own local waters with success. It can be as simple as teaching clients how to read their electronics correctly to locate bass or showing them how to drop-shot using their electronics. I’m confident I have the experience to improve all each clients bass fishing knowledge.

-Eric Welch

Curious what you will be fishing in?

Boat Specs:

  • Boat: 2017 21′ Phoenix 921 PHX (can accommodate 3 anglers + myself)
  • Motor: Mercury 250Pro XS 4 Stroke
  • Trolling Motor: Minn Kota Ultrex
  • Technology: Humminbird Helix 12 with Down Imaging and Structure Scan (at console), Humminbird Helix 12 Down Imaging + Garmin Livescope 1022 (at bow)

Partnerships/Memberships:

I am a member of St.Croix Prostaff, Humminbird, Daiwa, Gamma fishing line, Strike King Lures, Simms, Minn Kota, Yeti, Hydro wave, Mercury Marine, TH-Marine, Berkley, and Z-Man.

Features/Honors:

I have had the awesome privilege and blessing of being on The Outdoor Channel as a co-host of Reel In The Outdoors with Joe Thomas on Lake Chickamauga and also on Strike Kings Hook n’ Look with Kim Stricker on Lake Burton. 

I have also been featured in Georgia Outdoor News Magazine, Georgia Sportsman Magazine, and Simply Fishing Magazine

What our clients say about us

kenneth sellberg
kenneth sellberg
July 11, 2020.
Had an awesome morning of fishing with Eric. Very knowledgable of the lake and fishing techniques. Will definitely fish with Eric again when we return.
J. Ashley Panter
J. Ashley Panter
June 7, 2016.
Eric's services are like no other! Professional website, best rates around, and most importantly, a fantastic fishing guide. Wouldn't choose anyone else to guide me though North Georgia's lakes.