Free Fishing Trips on Lanier

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Life Connection Cowboy Church in Flowery Branch is offering free fishing trips on Lake Lanier beginning immediately. Our fleet of boats tends to be small (16 feet), so in addition to the boat captain, we can only accommodate 2 adult guests (or 1 adult and two smaller children) on each trip. Our staff is skilled, and we've averaged a catch rate of over 1 fish per hour in 2019 and over 2 fish per hour so far in July. Anglers need to be physically capable of getting into and out of our small aluminum boats and fishing from a small aluminum boat for several hours.

Precision trolling is working very well right now and is the approach we expect to continue using until it slows down, when we may switch back to live bait which worked very well in April and May. We catch mostly a mix of spots and stripers trolling. Live bait adds a share of channel catfish to the mix.

We have all the needed fishing equipment. Guests need only provide their own valid GA fishing license and items needed for their comfort (sunscreen, snacks, drinks, etc.) We do require guests to wear life jackets at all times in the boat, and we have several for you to choose from. We need advance notice if an unusual size of life jacket is required (child, etc.) Children need to be accompanied by a parent or by a responsible adult with the approval of a parent or guardian. Smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use is not permitted on our boats. Those appearing to be under the influence or incapable of safely fishing with us will be denied entry onto our boats or immediately returned to the dock. Our techniques tend to be amenable to anglers with little or no fishing experience.

Until after Labor Day, we have a strong preference to fish in the morning, leaving the Balus Creek boat ramp at the crack of dawn. We catch a lot of fish in the first hour, so late arrivals usually mean a more challenging day fishing. We don't usually stay out past noon and often wrap up earlier. After Labor Day, we'll begin scheduling some afternoon trips, but we aim to be safely back at the boat ramp before dark. All legal fish will be kept, cleaned by the captain, and offered to our guests to take home. Fish kept but not taken by guests will be given to needy families in our church community or occasionally used for a church fish fry.

Weekend dates are at a premium, so contact me to make your reservation early.

These fishing trips are a ministry of Life Connection Cowboy Church, but open to all regardless of faith. We will pray briefly before we depart and you may be (gently) invited to church. You will not be asked for money, nor will any compensation be accepted for the fishing trip or services provided. Contact me via PM for more info or to exchange more detailed contact info. (I prefer email for most arrangements after the initial expression of interest via private message.)

Dates:
14 September (Saturday) Open
21 September (Saturday) Booked
28 September (Saturday) Open
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Life Connection Cowboy Church in Flowery Branch is offering free fishing trips on Lake Lanier beginning immediately. Our fleet of boats tends to be small (16 feet), so in addition to the boat captain, we can only accommodate 2 adult guests (or 1 adult and two smaller children) on each trip. Our staff is skilled, and we've averaged a catch rate of over 1 fish per hour in 2019 and over 2 fish per hour so far in July. Anglers need to be physically capable of getting into and out of our small aluminum boats and fishing from a small aluminum boat for several hours.

Precision trolling is working very well right now and is the approach we expect to continue using until it slows down, when we may switch back to live bait which worked very well in April and May. We catch mostly a mix of spots and stripers trolling. Live bait adds a share of channel catfish to the mix.

We have all the needed fishing equipment. Guests need only provide their own valid GA fishing license and items needed for their comfort (sunscreen, snacks, drinks, etc.) We do require guests to wear life jackets at all times in the boat, and we have several for you to choose from. We need advance notice if an unusual size of life jacket is required (child, etc.) Children need to be accompanied by a parent or by a responsible adult with the approval of a parent or guardian. Smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use is not permitted on our boats. Those appearing to be under the influence or incapable of safely fishing with us will be denied entry onto our boats or immediately returned to the dock. Our techniques tend to be amenable to anglers with little or no fishing experience.

Until after Labor Day, we have a strong preference to fish in the morning, leaving the Balus Creek boat ramp at the crack of dawn. We catch a lot of fish in the first hour, so late arrivals usually mean a more challenging day fishing. We don't usually stay out past noon and often wrap up earlier. After Labor Day, we'll begin scheduling some afternoon trips, but we aim to be safely back at the boat ramp before dark. All legal fish will be kept, cleaned by the captain, and offered to our guests to take home. Fish kept but not taken by guests will be given to needy families in our church community or occasionally used for a church fish fry.

Weekend dates are at a premium, so contact me to make your reservation early. Priority scheduling will be given to active service members and veterans of the US military. Reservations for non-military and non-veterans should not be considered finalized until guests receive an email or text a couple days before the scheduled trip (ie Wed night for a Sat trip.) Reservations for military and veterans may be considered finalized as soon as they are made. (Subject only to weather and unforeseen circumstances.)

These fishing trips are a ministry of Life Connection Cowboy Church, but open to all regardless of faith. We will pray briefly before we depart and you may be (gently) invited to church. You will not be asked for money, nor will any compensation be accepted for the fishing trip or services provided. Contact me via PM for more info or to exchange more detailed contact info. (I prefer email for most arrangements after the initial expression of interest via private message.)
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As it happens, we're booked for three of the next four Saturdays, but still open for one. We're also open for a number of weekday mornings over the next month. PM me and reserve your spot!

Sat, July 27 Booked
Sat, Aug 3 Booked
Sat, Aug 10 Booked
Sat, Aug 17 Open
Sat, Aug 24 Booked
Sat, Aug 31 Open
 
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A talented angler from GON put 5 nice spots in the boat last Saturday. There's still an open spot this Saturday. PM me for a reservation!
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Put 5 more in the boat today in about 3 hours. PM me for reservations!
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A happy angler as the Lord answered our prayers and we put 7 fish in the boat today. We also discovered a hot new area catching 4 of those fish in the last 20 minutes or so after a slow morning in our usual places. I have openings this Thursday and this Saturday morning. PM me for reservations.

UPDATE:
Sat, Aug 10 Booked
Sat, Aug 17 Open
Sat, Aug 24 Booked
Sat, Aug 31 Open

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Browning Slayer

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Bump for a sweet thread!

Good job Drummer! Flat out awesome what you guys are doing!

PM me and I may be able to help put more fish in your boats. I fish Lanier weekly and know Lanier pretty good.
 
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The Lord answered our prayers, and these talented anglers put 7 spots and a striper in the boat last weekend. This Saturday is still open, and we're also going to start taking reservations for weekday evenings (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday). PM me for reservations.

Sat, Aug 17 Booked
Sat, Aug 24 Booked
Sat, Aug 31 Open

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Cmp1

Swamp Yankee OABA Recipient
Really great thing your doing there,,,,we need more people like you in this world,,,,
 
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Our precision trolling techniques are still producing well on Lanier. Our guest didn't want their picture on the internet, so I held a couple of the bass and they took the picture. We have some open dates next weekend.
31 August (Saturday) Booked
2 September (Monday) Open
7 September (Saturday) Booked
14 September (Saturday) Open
21 September (Saturday) Booked
28 September (Saturday) Open

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Booked for tomorrow, but Monday morning is still open. PM me for reservations!
 
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Dates:
14 September (Saturday) Open
21 September (Saturday) Booked
28 September (Saturday) Open

Since July, our trolling techniques have produced mostly spotted bass, but stripers seem to be starting to turn on in the last couple weeks. If you can make it in the morning, fishing tends to be a bit better, the weather is cooler, and there is less boat traffic. But since Labor Day is behind us now, we are accepting reservations for afternoon trips also with availability most days of the week. My boat, the Little Drummer Boy, is 27-0 and has not been skunked in 2019. PM me for reservations!
 

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