Charter Trip Details
This is personalized fishing at its best. We
will have at least two experienced guides on your trip
to make sure you are fishing in productive areas. You
are also welcome to take a skiff out on your own to
explore the islands and the adjacent waters. You
might want to cross over to the east side of the islands
for some surf fishing or beachcombing. In the
winter, the ponds and sloughs in the island are productive
for big trout and reds. Wildlife and birds abound
throughout the islands. Birding is particularly
good during the migration periods in spring and fall. Keep
your eyes open for a pair of peregrine falcons.
Standard charters includes three days of fishing. We
can also create a custom trip to match your interests
and the time you have available.
First Day - Arrive about noon and fish in the afternoon
Second and Third Days - Fish all day
Fourth Day - Fish in the morning and depart around
Standard trip rates are here.
We can also custom tailor a trip to meet your needs.
We use 16' extra wide, unsinkable Carolina Skiffs
with well maintained 25-hp Yamaha outboards to afford
you the most comfortable and versatile means to fish. Depending
on the tides, and your preference, you'll wade fish
or drift fish. The Chandeleur Guide Fishing crew
will clean and package your catch for you.
You stay aboard The Pelican, a custom-built 48' x
62' houseboat with plenty of room to move about. In
addition to an outdoor cooking area and a fish cleaning
station, there is a large screen porch and four covered
porches. The galley has plenty of rooms for the
largest fishing party at mealtimes and it's also a
comfortable place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack. The
best view in the Chandeleur Islands is yours on the
big second-floor deck. There's a 360-degree view
that extends for miles and miles across the islands,
Chandeleur Sound, and the Gulf of Mexico. It's
a fine place to relax in the evening and swap stories
about the day's fishing. A stay on The Pelican
is definitely not about roughing it.
Electric power is provided by a 13-kw Diesel generator
and a large 12-Volt battery bank. The galley
and sleeping quarters are fully air conditioned during
warm weather. There is a pressurized hot and
cold water system with showers in two bathrooms and
a macerator flush toilet. Bunk space is provided
for up to 10 guests in addition to the Chandeleur Guide
Fishing crew. Bed
linens and towels are provided. You'll probably be
too caught up in the beauty of the islands and the
fine fishing to care, but there's also a color television
as well as a vcr and dvd player.
You definitely won't find finer food anywhere in the
islands and there are few places ashore that match
our cooking. We don't cut corners and you will
not be disappointed. We can honor any reasonable
dietary requests you have, but please let us know in
plenty of time before your trip. All
meals are included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
serve grilled steaks on the first night. On the
last night aboard we usually have a down-home Southern
fish fry with the freshest fish you'll ever eat. Breakfasts
are tailored to you plans. If you want to be
up and out on the water in a hurry, we'll provide fresh
coffee and something quick. If you'd rather enjoy
a full breakfast, we'll do it up right with eggs, bacon,
sausage, toast, and biscuits. Lunches are usually
something light, most often sandwiches. You can
pack your lunch and fish all day or return to The Pelican
Getting to The Pelican
Transportation to The Pelican is either by boat from
Ocean Springs or by seaplane from Belle Chasse, Louisiana. In
either case, you'll arrive at The Pelican about an
hour after departure.
What to Bring
There's a detailed list of what to bring here. You'll
need to bring your clothing, toiletries, fishing gear,
and any alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. We
provide tea, coffee, and milk.
We Work Hard to Uphold our Reputation
The Pelican is anchored year round in the protected
waters of Chandeleur Sound. If you know where
to look and how to read the weather and tides, you
can catch fish year round. We've fished the Chandeleurs
for more than 30 years we fish all year and almost
every day, and that provides us a competitive edge.
We're confident in guaranteeing you not only a great
fishing vacation, but great fishing too. After
all, we have a reputation to uphold.
Winter fishing at Chandeleur is