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Bill Vanderford

Bill Vanderford has lived his dream, and now earns his living by fishing almost everyday. He also talks, teaches, and writes about his favorite subject throughout the country.

After a successful auto racing career in Europe, Bill turned to professional bass tournament fishing and simultaneously started his guide service in 1971. Though he won many local tournaments and placed well in national events sponsored by BASS, BCA, and Project Sports, Inc., his love was the slower-paced pleasure of taking other people fishing. So, in 1977, he gave up competitive fishing to concentrate on his flourishing guide business. Since then, Bill has become a fishing legend in this area. In fact, during 1993, he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin as a legendary guide . . . the first southerner to receive this honor.

Though Bill is recognized everywhere as "The Expert" on Lake Lanier, he has also become well-known as a writer and photographer. His writing career has flourished, and today, Bill is an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association. Bill's byline and photography has appeared in many well-known publications, including Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Bassin', North American Fisherman, In-Fisherman, several Game and Fish Publications magazines, and he served many years as the Georgia Editor for Outdoor Life Magazine. In addition, he has recorded fishing segments for national and local radio and television shows, and is in his third decade of teaching an adult education class on fishing for a local community school. Bill has also produced educational video tapes on many facets of fishing.

In Bill's latest book, "Secrets of Fishing Lake Lanier", one will learn the habits and habitats of the most popular fish found in Lake Lanier. Throughout, the reader will discover many of the tricks and tactics that Bill has employed during his more than thirty years of fishing and guiding on Lake Lanier, which makes him uniquely qualified as Lanier's Most Knowledgeable Expert.

You can find out more about Bill on his website, or drop him an email at [email protected]

More Articles From Bill Vanderford
Most Asked Questions about Striped Bass
In Search of Native Brook Trout
Kentucky Muskie
Summer Crankbaits for Stripers
The Future of Fishing in Georgia
April is a Time of Rebirth at Lake Lanier
Living or Dying Can Be in the Handling
Lake Lanier - The Crankbait Period
Live Bait and Knowledge Equal Great Fall Catches
Big Browns on Georgia's Chattooga River
Fishing Evens the Keel for Bill Acree
Georgia's Ten Most Interesting Places to Visit During the Fall
Natural Bait and Knowledge Equals Great Catches
Fishing Thick Vegetation for Big Summer Bass
A Versatile Lure For All Seasons
Nostalgia and Bass at Lake Seed
Topwater Time is Beginning
Warm Weather Will Have the White Bass and Huge Stripers on Their Spawning Run
Outdoors Survival Should Be Part of the Plan
Early Rising Moon Turns The Fish On
February is the Beginning of Crappie Time
Prepare Boat Batteries For Cold Weather
Upstairs for Late-fall Bassin' Action
Live Bait and Knowledge Equals Great Fall Catches
Lake Lanier's Other Catfish
Go Shallow This Fall for Big Bass Action
Bass on the Move at Lake Lanier
The Sunfish of the St. Marys River
Savannah's Saltwater Potpourri
Catching Sharks Off Georgia's Cumberland Island
Kingfish Tactics For Georgia
The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
The Altamaha River has become 'Big Cats Den'
Spawning Spots
Down from the Hills of Habersham, Georgia
Warm Days have Crappie on the Move
Warm Weather has White Bass on their Spawning Run
Cold Water at Lake Lanier Requires Live Bait
Live Bait Time is Here Again
Winter Fishing in Key West is Spectacular
New Books
Check Lines Before Fishing in the Cold
Love Affair with the Jet
The Bullies of the Flats
Fishing Evens the Keel for Bill Acree
Cheeca Lodge offers the Best of Paradise
Stripers are on the Prowl at Lake Lanier
Nearby Georgia Mountain Retreat Offers Best Trout Fishing
Double the Outdoor Experience in Wayne County ,Georgia
West Virginia's Whitewater Smallmouth
Hot Weather is Trolling Time
Time to Winterize
South Georgia's Late-Summer Jackfish
Understanding the Change of Season
Bugging for Summer Bass
New Arm Support may help Anglers with Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
May is the Time for Post-Spawn Bass Magic
Topwater Time for Huge Striped Bass
Lake Lanier Anglers are seeing spots
Walleye Time is on the Horizon
Winter Madness for Stripers
Triton's new TR Series Revolutionizes Bass Boats Again
Correctly Spoon Feeding Fall and Winter Fish
Smithgall Woods Preserves Georgia's Mountain Past
Learning how to fish is important
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