Bill Vines




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Bill VinesWe operate year round on Smith Lake in north central Alabama. The purpose of this striped bass guide service is to assure you of a quality, safe and memorable fishing trip. I am very knowledgeable of Smith Lake and the fishing in its waters.

My professional fishing career started by winning numerous local bass tournaments on Smith Lake and other lakes in Alabama. In 1985, I won the Anderson Boat night tournament held on Smith Lake with a field of 700 boats.

At the time, this was the largest bass tournament ever held in the state of Alabama. I also started competing in regional bass tournaments such as the Hungry Fisherman Bass Circuit where during the first year of competition, I finished 3rd overall in the yearly points standings.

Two other fishing accomplishments that I am proud of are a 3rd place finish in 1986 at the Bill Dance Bass Homecoming Tournament held at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in 1987, I qualified for the U.S. Bass World Championship held on the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia.

In 1983, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries started a stocking program of the Gulf Coast strain of Striped Bass into Smith Lake. Striped Bass turned out to be a perfect fit for Smith Lake. The stripers exploded in size, growing as much as five pounds a year. Fishing for stripers at first was just a hobby, something to do between my tournaments. As the size of the stripers grew, so did the interest for catching them.

By 1988, I decided to start Stripe Fishing Headquarters due to the number of people requesting stripe trips on Smith Lake. As this guide service became more popular, I made up my mind to devote 100 percent of my time into making this guide service the very best on Smith Lake. Through years of experience, I have learned the movement patterns of the Striped Bass in Smith Lake and the different fishing patterns used to produce many quality trips.

Over the years, I have enjoyed fishing with many different people; some have become loyal customers and good friends. I would like to say that I sincerely appreciate your business, and until next time on the water,

"Good Fishing."

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"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 line
Don and Sandy Blake

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