Scenic City Fishing Charters announces an expansion of its services with eight licensed guides to serve anglers who wish to explore the riches of the Tennessee River in the Chattanooga area.
In business since 2006, Scenic City Fishing Charters offers guided fishing tours for large and smallmouth bass, trophy catfish, crappie, walleye, perch and more.
Officials said: “Lake Chickamauga has been declared one of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States in recent years, thanks in large part to an aggressive Largemouth Bass storage program in Florida. by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Three Scenic City Fishing Guides – Capt. Ben Hayes, Captain Chris Peters and Captain Hensley Powell – all specialize in Largemouth Bass trips.
âThe Tennessee River has also historically been known as a ‘catfish factory’, producing blue catfish averaging between five and 10 pounds, with catfish weighing 50 pounds and more always a possibility. Four Guides Scenic City Fishing – Capt. Richard Simms, Captain Sam Simons, Captain Joe Jellison and Captain Ty Konkle specialize in cat fishing.
âThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has also run an aggressive stocking program for walleye on the Tennessee River in recent years and Captain Scott Lillie has specialized in putting these delicious fish in the tank.
In addition to a state guide license, all fishing guides who operate in navigable waters in the United States are required to hold a United States Coast Guard captain’s license. It is a very arduous and expensive process. Scenic City Fishing Charters is one of the few guide services in the Southeast region with eight fully licensed guides available, making it one of the largest fully licensed professional fishing operations in the state of Tennessee. “
About the captains:
Born in Chattanooga, Captain Simms began his conservation career as a game ranger for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency before becoming a wildlife photographer and public relations manager for TWRA. Children came and the desire to return to Chattanooga, leading to a second career as a professional television news reporter for a Chattanooga television station and freelance outdoor writer. Captain Simms created Scenic City Fishing Charters in 2006, guiding part-time at the start. He gave up his career in television in 2014 to devote himself full time to the profession of guide. âScenic City Fishing Charters is truly a labor of love for me,â said Captain Simms. âThe town of Chattanooga and the business leaders have done a tremendous job developing our riverside. But our desire is to get people out of the mainland and into the water. It’s one thing to see giant fish in the Tennessee Aquarium. It’s a whole different experience. to see one at the end of your line. “
Captain Ben Hayes is the main traditional bar guide (using artificial lures) for Scenic City Fishing Charters. He caught his first bass at the age of six. Chickamauga has been his home lake for almost thirty years and he says it has been very exciting to see it become one of the most beautiful bass lakes in the country. Captain Hayes enjoys helping others catch Big Bass, guiding all anglers’ abilities … from mom and dad taking their young children on their first bass fishing trip, to seasoned tournament anglers.
Captain Simons is a part-time teacher and guide when he is not in class. His peers in education call him âthe fishing teacherâ. He and Captain Simms became friends in 2009 when they teamed up on one of Captain Simons’ student outings, rewarding top performing students with a fishing trip. Soon after, Captain Simons decided that guiding was the perfect way to spend his days away from the classroom “educating” others about the abundant fishing opportunities on the Tennessee River.
Captain Ty Konkle is perhaps the best trophy catfish guide for Scenic City Fishing Charters with what often seems like an odd ability to find river monsters. He considers himself “a student of all things catfish”. He even keeps a huge aquarium full of blue, flathead catfish in his home. He likes to catch numbers and is certainly good at it, but given the choice he likes to “go fat or come home”. He says that’s why the phrase “It’s called fishing, not catching!” Is sometimes true.
Captain Joe Jellison actually started out as a client of Scenic City Fishing Charters. Now the student has become the teacher. Like Captain Simons, Captain Jellison is a teacher, guiding part-time, full-time during the summer and during other class breaks. His cat fishing exploits are known from afar thanks to his incredibly popular YouTube channel called Chatt Cats Fishing with over 116,000 subscribers, gaining national and even global notoriety.
Captain Chris Peters organizes traditional largemouth bass tours on Chickamauga Lake. When not out on the water hunting bass, Captain Peters serves his community in fighting fires as a full-time firefighter. Captain Peters grew up on Chickamauga Lake where he cut his teeth as a young angler in local tournaments. He has consistently led the Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament Trail rankings and other tournament tours along the Tennessee River system.
Captain Scott Lillie takes part in the spring shit action, but he really specializes in trolling techniques using downriggers, planer boards, and directional divers. It catches a wide variety of fish, including walleye, trout, yellow perch and bass, when and where it fishes. Lillie cut her teeth by learning to troll trout and salmon on the Great Lakes. He grew up enjoying very specialized trolling techniques and transferred his skills to Tennessee. He says, âThese tools allow us to present our bait in waters that cannot be fished with traditional techniques. Lillie can carry up to three anglers targeting a variety of fish. Sit back in her spacious Tracker Pro Guide 175, relax and enjoy a unique fishing trip with Captain Lillie.
The newest member of the Scenic City fishing team, Captain Hensley Powell, is a longtime local and national tournament fisherman, having fished in 35 FLW / MLF tournaments with one championship and seven top 10. He lives in Whitwell, Tennessee, just across the mountain from his native Lake Chickamauga. He is usually on the water at least three days a week. He specializes in bass fishing, but says he also looks forward to organizing crappie fishing trips in the winter and early spring. He is also willing to take “electronics training trips”. Currently, Captain Powell guides primarily Friday through Sunday. He fishes in a Phoenix bass boat and is sponsored by several companies including Mercury, Lowrance, Power Pole, Cashion Rods and several other major manufacturers.
Visit the Scenic City Fishing Charters webpage at www.ScenicCityFishing.com to learn more about its services and guides. Be sure to check out our full and updated photo galleries where each photo is specifically dated so that you know exactly what their customers are catching and when, âofficials said.