Turkey Hunt and Lake Fishing Combination

Get ready for an amazing combination trip rarely seen in the outdoor guide business!  Up-Close Outfitters has pieced together a well-blended outdoor adventure near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by combining the thrill of turkey hunting with the fast paced action of smallmouth bass fishing.  This unique trip runs only during turkey season, from mid-April to mid-May, which happens to coincide with the smallmouth bass pre-spawn.   During this time of year, smallmouth bass are feeding very aggressively after the long winter and turkeys are gobbling with the breeding season in full swing.  If you are lured by this ultimate outdoor combo, this package is for you.

Your trip will begin when we launch our 21-foot Champion bass boat into Fontana Lake under the cover of darkness.  A short boat ride allows you to start the day with a turkey hunt in the surrounding Nantahala National Forest. From the comfort of the boat, our guides first locate gobblers on the roost and then park the boat to pursue them on the ground.  If you have not taken a turkey in the early morning hours, it’s up to the client to continue turkey hunting, begin bass fishing, or do a little of both by  using locator calls while Smallmouth fishing close to banks of the national forest to locate Toms from the water.  From there, it is easy to park the boat on the shore and go after a gobbler.   It’s that simple.

Your all-inclusive adventure will be outfitted with:

  • New 21 foot Champion Bass Boat with 250 Hp
  • Two-inch foam sitting cushions for added comfort
  • A camouflage Remington 870 Supermag 12 guages w/ Comp & Choke chokes and laser sights
  • A full line of Advantage camouflage
  • An assortment of mouth, slate, box, wing, and locator calls
  • Turkey decoys, if needed for the hunt
  • Quantum and Shimano rods and reels
  • The newest tackle on the market
  • The most experienced North Carolina turkey guide money can buy PERIOD

Your trip will be fully furnished with lunch, drinks, and transportation to and from your lodging.  Each one of our professional guides is very knowledgeable in the art of turkey calling and in tournament tactics for smallmouth bass fishing.   This thrilling combo has become a favorite repeat trip of many past clients.  Book your trip early to secure a spot during this limited one-month window of opportunity each year.

Trip costs

Full Day (8-10 hours)

  • $300 for one person
  • $375 for two people