Gasparilla Outfitters

Guides

When you travel to a sportfishing destination, the last thing you need to worry about is your guide.

At Gasparilla Outfitters™ we like to travel and fish in other places too, so we completely understand your needs.

The guides we work with are independent contractors and simply among the best, most experienced, and dependable fishermen in the area. All of them are true professionals. If you a captain on the list below that you know or that you would like to fish with, please request their service when you call and we will make every effort to “hook” you up.

Our Staff

Capt. Sandy Melvin has been a full time professional fisherman in the waters surrounding Boca Grande since 1987.

In 1993,  he founded Boca Grande’s original fly shop, Gasparilla Outfitters, along with his wife Robin and partner Judy Davis as a companion shop with Special Effects.

He specializes in Nighttime Tarpon fishing in the Pass during season from his 24′ custom Morgan, “Boca Blue” and is a multiple time tarpon tournament winner.

He also guides in the backcountry with live & artificial bait, and flies for Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout.

Melina Chaplin is usually the first smiling face you meet when you stop in Gasparilla Outfitters & Special Effects and the friendly voice you often get on the other end of the phone.

As shop manager, she keeps tabs on all the day to day operations, from stocking the latest resort fashions for women, to booking your guide for the family tarpon fishing trip. She also accompanies Robin on buying trips to the retail markets and art shows, helping to find just the right look or the perfect gift.

Born in Fort Myers, she is a life long Southwest Florida resident and comes from a family with a distinguished history of commercial fishing Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. In fact her son, two brothers and several cousins are now among the areas best guides.

She lives just off the island in South Gulf Cove with her husband John and spends her days off entertaining her grandchildren.

Robin Melvin’s love of travel is second only to her love of shopping. Special Effects for Women is the outlet where she gets to show off all the neat and fun home decorative items, gifts, and handcrafted jewelry she finds working with artists from around the country.

When she travels, Africa is a favorite, she likes to wear clothing that is stylish and comfortable, but before an item makes it into her luggage, everything has to be functional too. When you take a leisurely look around Special Effects, you will see a little of Robin’s personality in very corner.

Affiliated Guides

Capt. Mark Becton specializes in fly fishing the backcountry for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout. During Tarpon season he likes to sight fish for them in the Harbor and along the beaches with both flies and live bait.

Butch is a long time local commercial fisherman and guide. He specializes in live bait backcountry fishing for snook, redfish, and speckled trout out of his 22ft Aquasport shallow draft bay boat. 

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Capt. Jesse Bye specializes in fly fishing and live bait for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout in the backcountry. He also chases Tarpon around in season in the Harbor and along the beaches.

His boat is a 24′ Pathfinder bay skiff.

Capt. Dave Chatham was born and raised in the surrounding waters of Boca Grande. He specializes in live bait backcountry fishing for Snook, Redfish and Speckled trout. He also live bait Tarpon fishes the Pass in season and along the beaches and in the Harbor.

He has  a 22′ Pathfinder bay boat and a 24′ Morgan Pass boat.

Capt. Frank Davis was born in Florida and grew up fishing the waters surrounding Boca Grande. He specializes in Pass Tarpon fishing aboard his custom 24′ Morgan “Native” from May through August. The remainder of the year he targets Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout in the backcountry in his 21′ Lake & Bay flats skiff. He is experienced in both live bait and fly fishing.

You can reach Frank at:  941-270-1364

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Capt. Robbie Hayes specializes in backcountry live bait and fly fishing for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout year ’round and Tarpon fishing during season.

His boat is a 20′ Lake & Bay flats skiff.

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Capt. Mark Liberman specializes in live bait Pass Tarpon fishing out of his custom built  26′ Storter. He also fishes with live bait and flies in the backcountry for Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout and Tarpon from his 21′ Yellowfin flats boat.

Capt. Doug Stewart specializes in live bait backcountry and flyfishing for Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout and Tarpon fishing along the beaches and in the Harbor during season. He is great with kids and also likes to do shelling and Cabbage Key trips.

His boats are a 17′ Maverick Mirage skiff and a fast and comfortable 24′ Pathfinder bay boat.

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Capt. Tommy Locke is a long time Boca Grande guide who specializes in live bait and fly fishing for Snook, Redfish and Tarpon. His boat is a shallow draft Hells Bay that can get you to the skinny water fish. 

You can reach him directly at (941) 964-0083 and tommylocke@embarqmail.com

Call us at (941) 964-0907 for information!

Capt. Waylon Mills is a 4th generation local fisherman that specializes in live bait Pass Tarpon fishing in season and backcountry fishing for snook, redfish and speckled trout year ’round. He also likes to fish the nearshore wrecks and hard bottom areas for Permit, King Mackeral, Cobia and Spanish Mackeral.

His Pass Tarpon boat is a custom 24′ Morgan, “Blaze”, and his backcountry boat is a 21′ Lake & Bay flats skiff.

Capt. Willie Mills is a 4th generation Florida fisherman with vast experience in the waters surrounding Boca Grande as a commercial fisherman. Like many local guides, he is usually found in the Pass Tarpon fishing during season from his 24′ Morgan “Tracy Lynn” and is the winning Capt. of the 2008 “Howl at the Moon” Invitational Tarpon Tournament. The remainder of the year he generally chases snook, redfish and trout from his 22′ Aqua Sport bay boat. He also likes to be flexible with his trips so that he can take advantage of weather conditions to target nearshore light tackle opportunities for seasonal fish like Permit, King Mackerel, Cobia and Bonito.

Capt. Lew Morgan specializes in fly fishing for Tarpon during season along the beaches, the passes, and in the Harbor. The remainder of the year he likes to live bait and fly fish for Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Trout in the backcountry.

His boat is a 21′ Lake and Bay Flats skiff.

Capt. Eddie Potter specializes in backcountry live bait and fly fishing for Snook, Redfish and Speckled Trout. He also likes to target the nearshore Gulf opportunities for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Permit and Cobia when the weather and seasons allow. During Tarpon season he chases them along the beaches and in the Harbor with both live bait and flies. 

His boats are a 22′ Pathfinder bay boat, and a 20′ Shallow Sport for the skinny stuff.

Capt. Tater Spinks specializes in night Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass during season and offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico year ’round. In the Gulf, he likes to bottom fish for grouper and snapper, and also to troll for big King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and Barracuda.

We work closely with the local fishing guide community to best serve the interest of our clients. Some have large offshore boats, some have small skiffs. Some specialize in fly fishing, while others prefer to use live bait or artificial baits.

Whatever your preference, from a relaxing day entertaining the kids, to stalking a line class world record, give us a call. All you need to do is communicate what type of trip you would like to do and we will do the rest. We will match you with the best and experienced local guide that will suit your needs.