Capt. Andrew Hammond
Your guide Andrew is a USCG licensed and insured Captain who grew up in the small town of Brooksville, FL. He spent most of his life fishing on Florida’s Nature Coast near Homosassa and Crystal River. As a young kid Andrew spent everyday after school bass fishing all the surrounding local lakes and ponds. As a teenager Andrew caught the salt bug. He started chasing Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, and Tarpon on fly up and down the Gulf of Mexico. At the age of 21he started to really enjoy putting other people on the pursuit of these game fish and loved the challenge. Off to Captain's school he went and was USCG licensed Captain at 22 years old. Later on in life he moved to Georgia and has been chasing Stripers in Georgia's deep water lakes for well over a decade.
Andrew has over 25 years experience fishing the Gulf Coast of FL from the panhandle down to the 10,000 Islands. Since relocating to Georgia, Andrew has over 12 very successful years chasing Stripers on Lake Lanier and many other surrounding reservoirs.
Capt. Andrew is recognized as a "Florida Friendly Fishing Guide." This is special training for fishing guides offered by the The University of Florida (UF/IFAS), Sea Grant Florida, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Even though he primarily guides in Georgia, this program recognizes fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques. "Florida Friendly Fishing Guides," provide a richer fishing experience for their clients through their angling expertise and environmental stewardship. To assist keeping our clients healthy and happy, and to preserve sustainable fishing habits for future generations, we anglers must ensure that we follow the best practices when out on the water. This course offers an in-depth background in fishery management, marine ecology, ethics, catch and release techniques, understanding of waterways, sustainable waste management and fueling, seafood safety, onboard materials, and simply giving back. We believe our conservation efforts as anglers are one of the most important values and practices where we can all do better. We should educate our fellow anglers and clients as part of the daily fishing experience we offer. There is more to it than just putting fish in the box. Click the images and links below if you would like more information on the program and to find a Florida Friendly Fishing Guide. Capt. Andrew is listed under the Big Bend Region in Homosassa, FL.
The vessel is a quick 2020 24' Blazer Bay. It's very spacious and can accommodate up to 6 passengers. It's equipped with a Mercury 300 Pro XS, the latest Simrad, Minn Kota, and Power Pole technology to constantly keep you on the bite. All the fishing equipment, bait, lures, rods/reels, tackle, and coolers of ice are provided free of charge. The only thing you need to bring is your snacks/drinks for the day and a GA fishing license. You may also request pickup by boat anywhere on the lake as long as it’s within a reasonable distance from the fishing grounds. We are looking forward to sharing a great day of catching and unforgettable memories on the water with you soon!