Ogeechee Outfitters serves as the base camp for the Outdoor Pursuits program here at The Ford Plantation. On any given day you’ll find Mike Womble, our Director of Outdoor Pursuits, gearing up to take members and their guests out on the water.
One of the best things about living in coastal Georgia is that you can fish year-round. The sheer variety of species that come through the coastal waters over the course of a year make it nothing short of a fisherman’s paradise.
The Ford Plantation has 200 acres of fresh and brackish water lagoons, providing excellent fishing for species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, redfish, and flounder. Our Pathfinder boats are available for guided fishing in Lake Clara, Lake Sterling, and Lake Dye.
Anglers can also fish for a wide variety of fresh and saltwater species in the Ogeechee River, including striped bass, American shad, redfish, and sea trout, The remnant channels and canals from the antebellum rice plantations provide outstanding habitat for many game fish.
- Black Crappie
- Black Drum
- Bull Redfish
- Largemouth Bass
- Spotted Sea Trout
- Striped Bass
- Triple Tail
- Blackfin Tuna
- Spanish Mackerel
- Mahi Mahi
- White & Striped Marlin
At Ogeechee Outfitters, The Ford Plantation has three licensed boat captains and two fishing guides on staff to help make fishing trips fun and successful. Our staff can arrange inshore or offshore fishing trips for individuals or large groups. Ogeechee Outfitters maintains several boats of various sizes in order to best serve our members’ needs.
- Model T, a 31-ft Cape Horn
- Geechee Gal, a 25-ft Grady White
- Deerfly, a 22-ft Scout
- Two 15-ft Carolina Skiffs (for lake excursions)
Looking for all the latest gear? Look no further. Ogeechee Outfitters rivals any other outfitter in the local area.
The Ogeechee Outfitters marina store is authentic, right down to the sign for “boled peenuts” and the working antique soda machine on the front porch. Here you’ll find boating gear, fishing supplies, and many popular outdoor clothing brands like Filson, ExOfficio, Kuhl, and Buff. You’ll also find unique items—many of them handmade—from local and regional craftsmen.
- Shooting, hunting, and fishing gear
- Shooting and fishing apparel
- Fly fishing and conventional tackle
- Boating accessories
- Variety of bait
- Gift items, such as glassware, artworks, wood carvings, leather goods, books, and stained glass
- The Ford Plantation logo apparel
- Candy for kids (and adults, too)
There always seems to be a small congregation of folks at Ogeechee Outfitters. Maybe it’s the ice-cold Cokes in the cooler out on the front porch that draws them. Maybe it’s the penny candies inside, which—not surprisingly—are quite popular with the kids. Or maybe it’s the swapping of fishing stories… It’s like they say: fishermen, hunters, and other liars gather here.
The screened porch out back overlooks the marina, and it’s a great place for kids of all ages to hang out, play some ping-pong, and watch the boats come in. During college football season, you can almost always find an impromptu community tailgate assembled on the screened porch to share some food and watch the Georgia Bulldogs play on television.
Whatever the reason, everyone seems to turn up here at some point.
Mike Womble, Director of Outdoor Pursuits
Mike Womble has twenty-five years of outdoors expertise at federal parks, private lodges, and sporting communities. Mike cut his teeth in the swamps of south Georgia, working as a Wildlife Specialist in the Okefenokee Swamp catching alligators and working with black bears and bobcats. He then turned his attention to coastal Georgia’s largest barrier island where he ran naturalist programs ranging from historical and cultural tours of the island to bird watching and beach seining. Now with The Ford Plantation for more 14 years, he has turned his passion into a career—catching alligators and 100+ pound tarpon, chasing redfish in the marshes, and teaching children to respect and appreciate the great outdoors.