Most trips will be taken in our fully rigged Hobie Outback kayaks. With a comfortable raised seat and pedal drive for easy, hands free fishing, there is no kayak better suited for chasing trout in our deep mountain lakes.
Depending on the season and weather, we could be trolling, casting, or jigging. Each kayak will be set up for the exact type of fishing we are doing for maximum comfort and efficiency. We offer half day and full day trips.
Full Day Trip
A full day trip generally starts at 7 or 8 am. We start out by getting everybody set up and comfortable in their kayaks. After going over gear, safety, and our plan for the day, we will head out and fish for the morning. We could be trolling, casting, jigging, even float fishing.
Around noon we can take a break for a freshly-prepared shore lunch. Some of our guests favorites are trout tacos and trout etouffee, prepared with a fish caught during our morning session. If we are not keeping any fish for the day, your guide will go over different options with you before your trip.
After a nice lunch and a little relaxation, we'll hop back in the kayaks and fish for the afternoon. This trip generally returns to our morning launch point between 4 and 5 p.m.
Half Day Trip
A half day trip can be morning or afternoon/evening. After discussing safety, equipment , and our plan for the day, we'll head out for four hours of fishing.
Fishing from a stand up paddle board is a fun, stealthy, and comfortable way to spend a day on the water. Paddle boards designed for fishing are so stable that anybody can do it! We outfit our Elkton fishing SUPs just like our kayaks; cooler seat, storage crate, rod holders, and fish locator/GPS. We offer full and half day fishing trips.
A typical day on the paddle board could be a float trip casting for trout in slow current, a day chasing bass and panfish in calm coves, or for the experienced paddler, paddling to a remote destination. Your guide for the day will always be in a pedal drive kayak and is happy to tow if you get tired!
Valid NC Fishing License
Snacks and Drinks
Water Shoes or Tennis Shoes You Can Get Wet
UV Resistant Clothing
Kayak or SUP Rental
All Fishing Equipment
Bait and Tackle
PFD (must be worn on all guided trips)
Photos From Your Trip
Shore Lunch and Drinks (full day trips only)
Your guide will have you sign a release at the beginning of the day. If needed, PDF copies of the release are available below.
All minors must have a waiver signed by parent or guardian.
A deposit of $100 will be required to book a guided fishing trip. After you contact us with your date you will be sent a PayPal invoice for the deposit. Your date will not be reserved until deposit is recieved. Your guide will wait 30 minutes past your agreed-upon meeting time before equipment will be loaded back up and your deposit will be lost.
Cancellations must be made 14 days in advance of a scheduled trip or the deposit will be forfeited. In the event of unsafe weather and we are forced to cancel your trip, the angler will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund, minus paypal fee.
Can I keep my fish?
There are lakes that can handle selective harvest, there are lakes that we prefer to practice catch and release. We will keep a fish or two for lunch on a full day trip.
Although we are not out to fill our coolers with fish every day, your license money is used towards stocking...if you want a few fish for a meal, we'll clean and package them at the end of the day.
Where do we meet?
Depending on the lake we are fishing, we could be meeting at a landing, canoe/kayak launch, or a private launch. If it's convenient for you, we can even launch from your waterfront vacation rental. You will receive detailed directions from your guide prior to your trip.
I've never fished from a kayak. Is it difficult?
Anybody can do it. With so many different places to fish, and so many species to fish for, we cater each trip to the angler's skill level and group size.
Is there cell service in the area?
Some parts of Santeetlah have coverage, but don't count on it. Your guide will always carry a satellite communication device for emergencies or urgent matters.