Greg Palmer said;   May 4th 2015

Just wanted to thanks again Mel for a GREAT time! My dad and I had a blast catching all those fish. Will be seeing us soon. Thanks Mel


Adam and Jordan said:   May 4th 2015

Jordan and I truly enjoyed this fishing trip. Mel was a great guide and angler. Out of all the fishing trips/guides I've been on I'd have to say this was the number one best experience I've had. He put us on the fish we limited out in the first 30 minutes of our trip, he was very helpful to Jordan who has never really fished before and put her on the biggest stripers we caught. I would tell anyone to go with captain Mel. Great experience 5-star. Adam and Jordan


Jay Martin said:    October 19th 2014

Thank you Mel! The guys are all raving about todays trip. Ben was especially thrilled! Thanks again for the awesome fishing experience...we are already planning on the next one!


Jason Stanford said:   September 24th, 2014

That old hillbilly right there can catch fish Ha. Buddy you done an outstanding job today they're still talking about it.


Ryan Sweeny said:   September 12th, 2014

Hey Mel, thanks for the great time fishing. Will highly recommend to our friends. 


Dan Funk said:    September 7th, 2014

Mel, just wanted to thank you for the fishing day. my family really enjoyed themselves. You did a great job and I appreciate it very much. We will do it again!


Melissa Langholz said:    September 6th, 2014

Now, we are eating the fish tonight. they taste great! We had a great time. Here are a few pictures for you to post. We know you have your own, too. Hope to see you soon.


John Hawkins said:   September 5th, 2014

Mel, thanks again for a great day of fishing one of my best ever! Send the pics when you get a chance (need to show off for friends).


Bryan Whipp said:    September 4th, 2014

Hi Mel, Bryan Whipp here. Went out on September 2nd. 30 stripers as I recall. Thanks again. Will be back. I smoked two filets and its one of the best fish I have ever eaten. Thanks again. See you next year.


Rick Fernandez said:    April 23, 2014

Captain Mel "The Legend of the Hollow" is the Best thing to ever happen to me.  I am spoiled!  Mel and I have fished several times and he is the real deal!  if you want to have a good experience, have kids or wives, then Mel is your guy!  you will have a wonderful time and will not be disappointed!  Thanks Captain Mel!


Tom Schomaker said:    April 23, 2014

I truly respect his work ethic in finding stripers.  The day before we fished he went out on his own to find the location where the fish are biting. The result was our limiting out as well as catching some big bass.  Thanks for your effort. 


Jason said:     April 22nd, 2014

I'm a local fisherman, but I take several trips a year with Mel because it's nice to learn new techniques and fish with a pro fisherman, this guy really knows his stuff and how to catch fish, big fish.  he has very nice boats and up to date equipment and is a really down to earth nice guy.  if you're new to striper fishing or if you have been doing it yourself for years, I recommend you take a trip with Melvin Cooke.  Thanks Mel for a great trip and lots of good fish.


Steve Missall said:    October 28th 2013

What a great trip we had with Mel. We caught a total of ten fish that were a combination of stripers and hybrids. Mel really knows how to use his fish finding equipment and kept us on fish a good part of the day, we out fished all the boats around us. Mel was so easy going it was like fishing with an old buddy.


Jason, Lee, and Chris said:    October 12, 2013

If you want to catch BIG fish, and have a great time on the lake, Go with Melvin!!! Super nice guy and a very knowledgeable guide! I highly recommend Mel's striper guide service. Thanks again Mel we had a blast!!!!


John and Troy Waller said:    June 8th, 2013

Troy and I had a truly wonderful experience fishing with you. Thank you for making the trip one to remember. You are truly a great guide that put us on top of the fish. hope to see you again soon.


Jim Miller said:      April 30th, 2013

We had a great time. Mel worked real hard to try and get are limit but the smallmouths got in the way. We caught 5 stripers, 18 smallmouths, 2 largemouths, and 1 cat. I liked how Mel allowed us be so involved the whole experience. I learned a lot. Great trip! Thanks Mel.


Rudy Ungerer said:    September 21st, 2012

We are new to striper fishing and we could not have asked for a better guide and instructor than Mel. He put us right on the fish and gave us just the right amount of coaching to get them in the boat. he also shared a lot of information about the lake. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to fish on Norris Lake.  


Brad McIntosh said:    September 8th, 2012

Mel, its rare anymore to meet a more pleasant not to mention, a fantastic guide. You took 3 individuals and myself on a fishing trip with fantastic results. We all had a blast and caught fish of course. I would highly recommend you to anyone who will listen. Thanks for a great trip


ted hunsaker said:     August 6th, 2012

Sat. 8-04-2012 What a great day to be fishing on Norris lake. With Wayne Smith passing the top fishing pole to his pal Melvin, Melvin must have been really taking notes. With the water calm and the bait lively as ever, we caught out limit without any problem. Us three fishermen could not have had a better time, we will miss fishing with Wayne and really look forward to fishing with Melvin. My "grab that rod hard" had Melvin laughing. Great fishing and a great guide to fish with. When you are looking to have a great fishing adventure, look Melvin up. Thanks, Ted, Tony, and Debbie Doo


rod and brian said:    June 15th, 2012

Melvin, that was one awesome morning of fishing. you are a true pleasure to fish with and look forward to our next outing. to anyone that is considering a striper trip this is truly a trip you have to experience to appreciate. I highly recommend melsstriperguideservice for a trip you will never forget. thanks again mel..


Jim and Brett said:     June 3rd, 2012

We just wanted to say thanks for an awesome time out on the lake! Mel taught us a lot about striper fishing. We caught some nice ones, and we can't wait for our next trip. If you are considering doing this, don't think about it just do it. It was worth it. I don't think there is a better guide out there. Thanks Mel, we look forward to the next time! Jim and Brett


Chris Graham Said:     April 20th, 2012

Had yet another great trip on Norris lake today went out with mel's striper service for my 4th time in 2 years he is very professional and respected I would highly recommend this guide for a family and or just a single fisherman like me he will make you feel like u have known him a lifetime thanks Mel for another great trip see u next time 


Tammy Norris Said:     April 19th 2012

Had a great day fishing! I had a great time catching my first big fish! (23 lbs) I'm hoping for a bigger catch next time!!! Anyone thinking about using Mel's Striper Guide Service please do he's a great guide and guarantee you want be disappointed! P.S. I caught all the fish that day except 1..(just sayin!!) God Bless!!


John Bock Said:      April 10th, 2012

For those of you considering using Mel's Striper Guide Service for the first time, me and my family have been fishing with Melvin for the last 7 summers, and have always had an absolutely great time. He knows the lake, knows where the fish hide, and flat knows how to make your day an enjoyable one. If you like catching big stripers and swapping fish stories in a family friendly environment, then Melvin is the guide for you.


Brent Said:      April 9th, 2012

Melvin, Found the website! You did a great job Tuesday. We had a fantastic time. You went out of your way to make sure we had a good experience and we appreciate it. I will hire you again the next time I am in the area. Thanks, Brent.


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Mel's Striper Guide Service Striped Bass Fishing On Norris Lake