If willing to fish SC ...look into Lake Jocassee. I caught small mouth up to 4 lbs and an 8 lb largemouth on the lake up there. Fish with a Senko worm near any fallen trees on the edge of the lake. Water is crystal clear so use the white and chartreuse pattern. Averaged about 6 small mouth and 4 large mouth a day for 3 days. Beautiful place !
Key West 1720 115 HP Johnson Saltwater. "Nobody eats there anymore...It's always too crowded." Yogi Berra
If you're going to spend money on a guided trip in another state, I'd recommend New River Outdoor Company in Pembroke, VA. I've fished with them several times at different times of the year and have never been disappointed. Citation sized smallies are pretty common and a bonus big Muskie isn't out of the question. Plus the scenery on the New River is amazing.
In the future, where every stranger poses a potential threat, knowing the predator mindset is the only safe haven.