Gulf Breeze Guide Service specializes in fly and light-tackle fishing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico around Pensacola, Florida. The area is known as Florida’s Emerald Coast because of our sugar-white sandy beaches and emerald green water. In addition to the Gulf, we fish the diverse waters of Pensacola Bay, Santa Rosa Sound, and the Big Lagoon targeting over fifteen resident and migratory species including redfish, pompano, false albacore, speckled trout, Spanish and king mackerel, cobia, bluefish, ladyfish, jack crevalle, amberjack, mahi mahi, and tarpon. We have fished these waters for over 40 years and use this experience finding calm water and guiding our clients to success. Please click on the "Types of Trips" button for a detailed description of our fly-fishing and light-tackle opportunities.
Capt Baz Yelverton runs the fly-fishing trips for 1-2 anglers from a Maverick Master Angler 17, Hewes Redfisher 18, or Classic Mako 21 center-console. Our fly clients spend most of their time on the bow of a skiff sight-fishing as Capt Baz poles the shallow flats of Santa Rosa Sound and along the beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sometimes we wade pristine sand flats stalking redfish, and other times we'll "stake out" and wait for the targeted species to come to us. There are days when we venture out into the Gulf of Mexico chasing schools of false albacore or blind-casting big poppers for amberjacks over nearshore structure. Our area offers an amazing diversity of species for our fly-fishing enthusiasts with something exciting to target throughout the year.
Good casting is the key to success when fishing the salt. We suggest our fly clients become comfortable casting 50' with 8 weight tackle before booking a trip. To help you get there we have teamed up with local FFI Certified Casting Instructor Capt Richard Montgomery who lives in Gulf Breeze. Capt Richard teaches the basics to beginners and line-accelerating techniques like the double-haul to advanced beginners and intermediate casters. For clients arriving early, a one hour tune up the day before our trip can make a big difference. You can reach Capt Richard at 302.559.0223.
Capt Baz is endorsed by: Sage, Orvis, Tibor, Hatch, TFO, Simms, Scientific Anglers, Rio, Cortland, Patagonia, Oakley, and Fishpond.
Fly-fishing trips are $500 for 4 hours or $600 for 6 hours.
Capt Dave Yelverton runs the light-tackle inshore/nearshore and offshore "deep sea" fishing trips for up to 6 anglers from his Pathfinder 2400 TRS. If you are interested in catching lots of fish and taking fillets home, you'll not find a better guide than Capt Dave. For details on his trips including rates please click here.
Our photo gallery showcases the quality of fish we find in calm waters both close to shore and offshore. Photos are posted quarterly, and the opening paragraph has links to all the galleries going back 17 years. If you are planning to come during a particular season scroll back through the galleries to see what we were catching in prior years during that time.
Our goal is for every guest to have a fabulous experience on the Emerald Coast. We are happy to assist with lodging, transportation, dining, and non-fishing related activities.
Follow the links for good descriptions of the waters we fish and the types of trips offered, and don't forget to check out the photo gallery.
It’s always a great day on the water with Gulf Breeze Guide Service!
Gulf Breeze Guide Service
850.203.0025 or 704.619.2685 Capt Dave Cell