Born and raised in Fort Walton beach Florida, Gabrielle Barnes grew up fishing the emerald coasts green waters with her father since she was knee high. Shortly after graduating she began traveling far and wide in search of the perfect fish. While living in Orlando for 5 years she grew a new love for sight fishing when she was introduced to chasing redfish of every size in the Mosquito Lagoon. Her love for the hunt continued when she moved to the Bahamas and picked up a fly rod to scout bone fish on the sandy flats and crystal blue waters of Andros.
Through her travels, she has gained enough experience to trade some epic fish stories with the best. Whether it's stalking bonefish on the flats of the Bahamas with a fly or catching giant Mekong catfish in Thailand on a chicken thigh, they are stories you won't want to miss. After years of traveling and fishing in some of the most sought after fishing destinations in the world, she has decided there is no other fishery quite as diverse and lush as Destin FL. The snow white beaches and emerald green water are definitely a plus but ultimately it was the fish in Destin that had her hooked all along!
She has been in the maritime industry for 6 years and while working aboard a navy vessel she attained a Coast Guard issued 100-ton license. Working with the military on a well managed and structured vessel she has attained the knowledge she needs to provide safety for her clients in a professional manner while also showing them to a great time on the water.
She has a wide variety of fishing experience but specializes in near shore wreck fishing and sight fishing the flats for redfish and trout. She is on a quest to show the world that chasing your passion and following your dreams can be both rewarding emotionally and lucrative financially. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade wind in your sails and explore, dream, discover, fish, and love.
Capt. Gabrielle goes fishing every day off she gets to make sure she is up to date on where the fish are feeding and what they are feeding on. This is a short video of her fishing alone for Amberjack on Mancita top water poppers!