If you’re here to make the most of fishing in Sevierville and throughout the knoxville area look no further than Big Ridge River Guides. Having logged many hours on these rivers, Captain Ridge knows them forwards and back.

Captain Ridge specializes in catching Smallmouth Bass, and that’s exactly what you’ll be targeting! During the trip, you might be spinning, drifting, or maybe something more specialized in this area. Fishing on these trips is strictly for sport, and everything you catch will be released.

Capt. Ridge will bring you aboard a 19’ Jet boat with room for 3 passengers. It comes with all the essentials no fishing machine can run without. Rods, reels, and tackle are provided. Before coming aboard, you’ll need to buy a local fishing license for everyone in your group. Time and location will be provided day before trip is scheduled. Remaining balance will be due day before, caption will doscuss merhods of payment with you. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain.

Trips with Big Ridge River Guides are kid-friendly. You can’t go wrong when you bring a hat, sunglasses, bottled water, and sunblock (non-spray). There will be some drinks and light snacks on offer, but let the captain know if you wish to bring your own. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, just avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles. Dogs are also aloud in the boat as well!

How often would you rather be fishing? Go on and turn that daydream into a reality, with Big Ridge River Guides.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half day afternoon trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $375
    Trup is a duration of 4 hrs. Meet up time will be between 2-4pm depending on clients request.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    Half Day morning Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $375
    Half-day trips have a duration of 4 hours. Meet up time will be at 6:30 am
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    6 hr afternoon trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $500
    Trip will be a duration of 6 hrs meet up time will be at 2 pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    6 hr morning trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $500
    During this 6-hour trip, lunch will be provided for clients.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $700
    The full-day trip will be 8 hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the location will be provided by the captain before the trip.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 44 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Bob I.
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Smallmouth Bass

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day morning Trip on July 16, 2024
Me and my 14 year old son Kasyn went fishing with Ridge on July 16, 2024. Ridge took us out on the Holston River, about 45...
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Jeremy W.
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True Local that knows where to fish

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day morning Trip on July 8, 2024
My 2 adult sons and I went with Ridge for a morning fishing trip.  We don’t fish regularly, but it was more about guy time...
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Bill A.
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The "Big Ridge" experience

VERIFIED   Half day afternoon trip on June 6, 2024
My 15-year-old daughter and I had a great time fishing with Ridge!!  He was knowledgeable, flexible, and easy going.  We...
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Connor R.
Athens, Tennessee
Excellent
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6 hour Float with Ridge.

6 hr morning trip on March 21, 2024
My second time floating with ridge, and again he put me on big fish! Very knowledgeable about the fish and water and constantly...
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Rod B.
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Great Time Fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day morning Trip on June 6, 2024
Me and my son went on the raft with Ridge down French Board River and had a great time. Ridge basically kept us on fish the...
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FAQs about Big Ridge River Guides

Big Ridge River Guides offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $375 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Half day afternoon trip (4 hours)
  • US $375 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day morning Trip (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 hr afternoon trip (6 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 hr morning trip (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Ridge River Guides, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Big Ridge River Guides include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

Big Ridge River Guides offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing

Big Ridge River Guides offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Ridge River Guides include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)

Meet the Captain

Ridge Palmer
Sevierville, Tennessee, United States
3 Fishing Reports
44 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2023
Hello all! I am Ridge Palmer, a proud local from East TN, born and raised. My passion is being a fishing guide, and I love showing people the wonders of our stunning rivers and helping them create unforgettable experiences. Let's discover the true beauty that our town has to offer!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass

Boat specs

Prodigy (Jet boat) originally built in 2024. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Checks