Captain Mark Stebly offers the very best Chandeleur fishing guide services & accommodations at The Pelican Houseboat Fishing Camp

Chandeleur Guide Fishing
& The Pelican Fishing Camp & Houseboat
Capt. Mark Stebly

228.341.2882 cell
9353 Ridgeview Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi  39564

Chandeleur Light, March 2004

Chandeleur Light in March of 2004.  The entire structure was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina






Captain Mark Stebly offers the very best Chandeleur fishing guide services & accommodations at The Pelican Houseboat Fishing Camp


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 noon


Standard trip rates are here. We can also custom tailor a trip to meet your needs.

Fishing Accommodations

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.

Living Accommodations

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.

Typically, we 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 for lunch.

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.

Wade fishing in the winter at Chandeleur

Winter fishing at Chandeleur is excellent.