The best way to fish the Chandeleur
Fall 2011 - The Pelican is on station at Chandeleur after modifications that included new pontoons and expansion of each of the barges. It's more comfortable than ever. The fishing is great, too.
Islands offer some of the best fishing for speckled
trout and redfish on the planet and Chandeleur Guide
Fishing is the best way to experience it in comfort
and with the confidence that you're fishing with
the best guides around. Captain
Mark Stebly and First Mate Ty Cox have more than 60
years of experience fishing the Chandeleurs. They'll
guide you to the fish and tell you what they're hitting
and even offer some tips on lure presentation if you
like. Then, the rest is up to you.
The Chandeleur Islands offers an amazing
variety of fishing opportunities, so many that it can
be a bit overwhelming to the newcomer. Mark and
Ty know the seasonal variations and they understand
the effects of tides, winds, and weather. You'll
have the advantage of that experience and knowledge
in selecting where to fish each day.
The classic techniques are still the
most popular - drift fishing from skiffs on the flats
and wade fishing on the west side of the islands. Surf
fishing on the east side is highly productive for specks
and reds and also gives you a shot at pompano, amberjack,
jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish, and others. You
can also explore the bayous, creeks, and cuts on foot
or in one of our Carolina Skiffs to search out that
special deep hole or trench that holds the big ones.
During your time at Chandeleur Island your
home base will be the Pelican, a floating fish camp
that provides the only full-time accommodations in
the islands. The Pelican has been operating in
Schooner Harbor at the Chandeleurs since 1985. During
that time it's been continually improved for comfort
and convenience. After a hard day of fishing
you can have a hot shower and relax in the air conditioned
bunk house or the galley. Or you might want to
enjoy a cool drink and the breeze inside the screen
porch. If you're already thinking about the next
morning's fishing, you can scout out the islands from
rooftop deck and then enjoy the colorful sunset over
the flats to the west.
Join us for the best wade fishing in
North America or drift the flats or explore the bayous
and bays in one of six Carolina Skiffs. The
beachcombing and birding are great, too. In addition
to guided and fully hosted stays, we also offer do-it-yourself
trips. We're open year-round.
The Pelican was towed to Ocean Springs
and weathered Hurricane Katrina anchored in a protected
bayou. It was moved back to Chandleur Island soon after
the storm. All
equipment and systems are in first class condition
and The Pelican is in full operation.
Click here to
view online albums of photographs recent fishing trips
to The Pelican.
Captain Mark Stebly
9353 Ridgeview Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564