Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.

Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.

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Scenic City Fishing Charters conducts guided fishing trips on the Tennessee River, specializing in trophy catfish, smallmouth bass and other species. Maximum of three anglers per trip.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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2022

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Sam B
1 contribution
Sep 2021
My long time friend and I went out with Captain Richard Simms in September 2021. Wonderful experience!!! Captain Simms knew the river and where to find big catfish. We took three that went over 20 pounds and a lot of smaller catfish in the 2 to 12 pound range, excellent eating size fish which is what I wanted. Trophy fish are fun to catch but I like the eating size best. There was an abundance of "eating" size fish as well as 3 heavy weights.

I would highly recommend Captain Simms to anyone that wants to go cat fishing for trophy or eating size catfish. Captain Simms worked hard to make the day pleasurable and productive. He had first class equipment along with a huge amount of knowledge to make the trip pleasurable.

I gave my daughter and grandson a fishing trip with Captain Simms a few years ago. They were thrilled with that trip, which was very productive as well.

Captain Simms is highly recommended to anyone wanting a pleasurable fishing experience at a very reasonable cost.
Written September 10, 2021
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Sam... thanks so much for the nice review, and for calling on us. It was a great pleasure fishing with you and Clay. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written September 10, 2021
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Jason J
Chattanooga, United States2 contributions
Aug 2021
Richard Simms is a world class angler and guide - we could not have been more happy with our 8 hour fishing trip on the Tennessee River. We targeted big blue catfish, and we managed to land 32 during the course of the day. Throughout the trip, Richard was a consummate captain and mate, navigating the boat , bating hooks, and assisting with landing fish. If you are looking for a great experience to share with a loved one, I highly recommend Richard Simms and Scenic City Fishing Charters.
Written August 5, 2021
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Thanks very much Jason. It was a great pleasure fishing with you and Dillon. He's a fine young man. We're glad you had fun and hope you'll pay us another visit sometime soon.
Written August 6, 2021
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Daniel M
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Joe Jellison is the man, simply put. I recently went on my first of what will hopefully be many trips with him, and I could not be happier with the outcome of our trip. The overall experience greatly exceeded any expectation I had, whether it was quantity or quality of the fish we caught, his knowledge and ability, his enthusiasm through the day, or the genuine excitement HE showed, when I broke my PB blue cat, TWICE!!! I cannot wait to get back on the water and spend another day with him. He is truly a class act, a professional, just a really good guy that I really enjoyed learning from, talking to, and catching fish with. I'd highly recommend him to anybody looking for an extremely knowledgeable guide on the Tennessee river.
Written September 20, 2021
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Daniel.... thanks so much for the king words. It is an honor to have Capt. Jellison as part of the Scenic City Fishing Team. BTW, "Congratulations" on that trophy flathead!!
Written October 5, 2021
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Clay Connelly
Fort Smith, AR1 contribution
Nov 2021
Capt Joe Jellison was our guide and he proved to be a legend! We had every reason to not go fishing, with cold winds blowing all trip long. But that didn't stop Joe was giving up a fishing trip we'd never forget! My wife and I set many of our personal bests, including with my 25-pound blue catfish, and with her pulling in her first two catfish ever, at 10 and 13 pounds. We also caught nice smallmouth, each getting our biggest ever.
Joe used extensive knowledge of the water, enthusiasm, and work ethic to give us an optimal day on the water. Joe personalized the trip by giving us half a day of smallmouth fishing and half a day chasing monster catfish. He worked hard to find the best spots and moved spots a lot to continually upgrade on our biggest fish of the day.

I can only imagine what we'll produce on a better weather day. We highly recommend taking a trip and we will definitely be back this summer!

Clay Connelly
Written November 14, 2021
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Thank you Clay! Capt. Jellison is an awesome angler with a "Never give up" attitude. We are very proud to have him helping represent the Scenic City Fishing Charters Team. We will look forward to you and Angelica making a return trip.
Written November 15, 2021
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Rodney H
1 contribution
May 2020 • Family
If you're thinking about booking a fishing trip, stop thinking about it and book a trip with Scenic City Fishing Charters!
Sam Simons was our guide yesterday on Lake Chicamauga and on our half day trip we constantly caught fish. Numbers of Largemouth,Spotted,and Smallmouth Bass were all caught early in the morning.
Later we caught big Blue and Channel Catfish. Scenic City has several guides to accommodate you, and customize your trip. Work ethic says a lot about a person and the business they represent. Sam was on the water before we got there catching fresh, live bait and getting everything ready for us. On the trip it was myself and 2 boys, 9 and 10 years old with little to no fishing experience and Sam made us all look like pros!
I just can't brag on these guys enough so I'll let the pictures do the talking! I will be back!
Written May 30, 2020
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Rodney, thanks so much for sharing your experience and pictures. I'm glad y'all had such a great time. We call Capt. Simons our "Live Bait Master." He knows how to catch it and then how to use it! It's not something we can do all the time. Conditions have to be just right. I'm really glad y'all were there on a "just right day!" We'll look forward to seeing you again someday.
Written May 30, 2020
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Dustin J
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
This was my 2nd time fishing with Joe Jellison and Scenic City Fishing Charters and they always go above and beyond to make it a great time and work their tails off to get on fish. Joe put myself and my cousin on our best catfish to date at 53 and 33 lbs along with a 22, 18, 16 and several 10lbers in the boat. He also put us both on our first smallmouth with mine being a 3.6 lb 20" TARP. These guys know how to find the fish and love their jobs.
Written June 13, 2022
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Dustin... thanks very much for sharing. I'm glad y'all had a great day. "Congratulations" on the trophy cats. Capt. Jellison may have put you in the right spot, but it takes great skill to land trophy cats like you caught using our "light tackle technique." Well done! We'll look forward to seeing you again someday soon.
Written June 16, 2022
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hcctreeman
2 contributions
Mar 2021
Captain Scott Lillie was wonderful on our crappie trip to Chickamauga on 3/9/21. He proved to be a fantastic guide. It helps that the fish were biting well, but I have been on several trips over the years when the fish weren't biting and have experienced good and bad guides. Scott is one of the best I have had the pleasure of hiring.

Not only did he get us on the fish, but he also took the time to show us how he was locating the fish and showed us the techniques that he was using. A good guide is also a good teacher of the techniques used. He is a great guide. (His teaching career off the water probably lends itself to his teaching skills.)

Even after the trip, He has been willing to give us some advice on some places to visit and food to eat in the Chattanooga area where we are vacationing.

I recommend Scott Lillie from Scenic City Fishing Charters with absolutely no reservations. I believe you will have a great trip and service before and after the fishing is done.
Written March 8, 2021
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Thanks so much for the kind words. Capt. Lillie is a master at his craft. We are extremely proud to have him as one our team!
Written March 15, 2021
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Reel B
Columbus, GA1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
I have taken close to 20 trips through Scenic City Fishing Charters over the last few years and every one has been outstanding! The guides know what they are doing and can put you on the fish. I have used Joe Jellison as my guide for the trips and we have always produced big fish. The fish we have caught range all the way up into trophy sizes some as big as 40+ pounds. If you want to catch huge fish you need to use this guide company.
Written December 20, 2021
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Thanks so much for the kind words AND for your loyalty to Scenic City Fishing Charters. We are exceedingly proud of Capt. Jellison and our entire team of guides.
Written December 31, 2021
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Kriswyzer
Ankeny, IA23 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
My 11 yr old son & I love to bass fish, but we consider ourselves pretty inexperienced. Scenic City Fishing Charters provided an awesome and unforgettable 8 hr day for the two of us. Capt. Chris Peters is such a nice guy, very knowledgeable, and works tirelessly at his craft to find fish. It was very rainy/stormy much of the day, but Chris didn't skip a beat and helped us catch fish all day. The biggest and most bass we've ever caught in an outing. Always prioritizing safety, he docked at a marina for a short time to allow a front to roll through that had some lightning.
Really appreciated his patience & how great he was with my son. He is such a great ambassador to encourage people new to fishing, but even if you are a seasoned angler, you will enjoy a day with SC Fishing Chaters. Lake Chickamauga is such an awesome fishery...don't hesitate to book.
Written March 18, 2021
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Tom... we REALLY appreciate your report. We are proud that Capt. Peters has chosen be part of the Scenic City Fishing Team. He told me that your son was an absolute BEAST, refusing to stop casting even through the foul weather. It always helps and inspires us when we have clients who truly enjoy the experience, even when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball. Thanks again and we'll look forward to seeing you again.
Written March 18, 2021
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TNF665
13 contributions
Dec 2020
I am writing my second review for Scenic City Fishing Charters. I have been out a total of three times with Captain Joe Jellison. Joe is a classs act and a true professional. After my trip yesterday, I am going to add "Milestone Maker" to his description. Joe and I headed out for a half day trip on Nicajack Lake in search of a trophy catfish. My wishes were not to catch sheer numbers, but to help me top my previous PB cat which was 23 pounds. Having been out with Joe before, I had realistic expectations for what a typical winter catfish trip would entail. As expected, the action was a little slow as far as numbers, but was absolutely perfect in achieving my goal for the trip. Afdter catching a nice 20lb blue and another in the 10-12 lb range, Joe took us to some downed trees and we anchored to try the spot. We soaked the baits for 15 minutes or so with nothing more than some finicky fish taking nibbles. As we prepared to start pulling the baits to move to another spot, we had a massive "take down" on one of the rods. Joe grabbed it, handed me the rod and said "BIG FISH"!!!! I knew Joe could tell it was a big one because he had a look on his face that said it all. As I started reeling, it felt like I had caught a Volkswagen. Joe sighed and said he must have wrapped himself into the brush pile next to where we hooked him. With the strong current and wind, Joe knew from prior similar situations that a positive outcome was not favorable. Joe manuvered his boat closer to the snag point as I continued to reel and he looked down into the water and saw the fish only a couple feet below the surface wrapped up in the leader and the branches. My heart almost stopped when Joe said "It's huge"! We immediately went in to search/rescue mode and started trying ways to get this fish without breaking the line and damaging his boat. In my opinion, given the strong current/wind and all factors present, many or most guides would just have cut the line and said there was no hope of getting the fish. Not Joe...knowing how much I wanted to land my new PB, he continued to go above and beyond to give us the best chance to land this fish. We figured out total fight was around 45 minutes, involving Joe actually drivvint his boat into the middle of the brushpile, using his rescue oar to break branches all the while trying not to damage his motor and boat. After his herculean efforts, we were unbelievably able to free the fish from his wooden prison. Once the fish started swimming freely and pulling on the line, what we saw was AMAZING! Thanks to Joe, I now have a new PB Blue Catfish of 74 Pounds! Jow said it was his biggest fish in his boat of the year. I cant thank Joe enough for his determination to get me that trophy fish. This was a day I will never forget. Thank you Scenic City Charters and Captain Joe Jellison!
Written December 23, 2020
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Mark... what an incredible story. I can't imagine how nerve-wracking that had to have been! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall watching Joe during your ordeal. :-) It is incredible that the two of you ended it with an awesome positive outcome. Congratulations on the fish of a lifetime!
Written January 26, 2021
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