I have had the good fortune to fish with Bill Vines since 1996, and I can say without a doubt he is the best striper guide on Smith Lake. Bill is a true professional who runs a great operation. He's as dependable as the sunrise and so is his boat and equipment. Bill works very hard to ensure his clients have a good time, and he knows Smith Lake better than anyone I have ever met. I look forward to many more trips with Bill.
Trent Scofield, Birmingham
I just want to send a note of appreciation. I've used your guide service every year for over a decade; often I have customers with me. You always make it look easy, but I know better. It takes hard work to consistently catch large striped bass. Your equipment is top notch and you always know where the fish are. I admire your patience with inexperienced fishermen.
We've caught numerous fish in the 20-40 lbs. range. I'm sure all the scouting you do, along with using the freshest bait, makes the difference.
You make fishing fun.
"I want to thank you for a wonderful trip and Sandy and I are looking forward to going again. As the lake house that the kids are building is incomplete inside it looks like we will be up in the fall after we get back from Cape Cod striper fishing along with bluefin tuna and bluefish.(Middle of September). We will be in contact..
Thanks again and tight lines"
Don and Sandy Blake
"Bill, just wanted to tell you thanks a million fro the trip Friday night! All three of enjoyed the heck out of it and the money was very well spent!
Hopefully we will see you again soon. "
"Just want to say how much I enjoyed the trip on Monday.
We got some great pictures and I will email some of them to you this week.
Thanks again for a great day on the water."
"Just wanted to thank you again for introducing my friends and me to striper fishing at Smith Lake. I did take the big one to Byron Pruitt the next morning and told him you suggested that I call him. He said it would be ready in 4-5 months, so hopefully we will have a chance to fish again before that one comes back. I’ve attached our pictures (from our phones) as well.
Also, the picture of that fish has made the rounds at work so I have shared your name and number with several avid fisherman here that haven’t been to Smith Lake yet. Being a first time client, I hope all was handled to your satisfaction and would like to give it a try again in the Fall. Hopefully we can find a time on your calendar, though it may only be a 2 or 3 of us this time. If there is anything else we should have done, I hope you’ll let me know and also share a few good dates (weekday and weekend) that you’d be available in November.
Thanks again Bill and I look forward to talking soon-"
"Thanks Bill….that was an awesome day!!!! Could you please email me a copy of those pictures that you took with your camera?
I look forward to next time…Thanks again"
"Bill- Can you send me the pictures you took of our big fish we caught Saturday night? It looks like Gage’s dad is going to get a mount made of that fish for him. I also need the measurements if you have them. If you didn’t take any measurements can you give me an estimate? Another great trip- look forward to the next one.
"Me, Mike and David went out with you in the rain last Thursday. We had a great time.
I really appreciate you putting up with all my questions."
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