Bruce's Professional Guide Service

Operating out of Port Saint Joe, Florida, Bruce’s Professional Guide Service offers fun and productive Gulf fishing trips. Captain Bruce Aldridge has been successfully guiding fishing trips for the past 30 years, and you can rest assured that he’ll put all that experience and knowledge to good use on your trip.

He welcomes you aboard his 25’ Sea Pro center console powered by a 250 HP Yamaha V6 4.2-liter engine. It can take up to 4 anglers fishing at the same time without tangling lines and features a GPS, a fishfinder, a VHF radio, and top-notch safety gear. It also has a fish box for your catch and a cooler for refreshments, as well as a live bait tank to keep your bait spry and appetizing.

You’ll be exploring the local waters anywhere from inshore to offshore areas, depending on your preferences and the package you choose. Get ready for some epic battles with Red Snapper, Tarpon, Speckled Trout, Kingfish, Flounder, Redfish, and many others. Bruce’s Professional Guide Service also offers specialized Sharking trips where you’ll get to target both Hammerhead and Bull.

It will usually take you around 40 minutes to reach the best fisheries. Each trip will start with catching your live bait on the way to the most productive grounds. Conventional and spinning gear are all courtesy of the charter, and fly fishing is also an option if you bring your own gear. One person can fly fish at the time.

Lures, water, licenses, and even catch cleaning are also included in the price. Just bring any food and refreshments of your choosing, some sunscreen, and an adventurous spirit!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Aug 27
    $750
    This trip will see you fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel, and much more in these bountiful deep waters. You'll get to try a variety of techniques, including light tackle, bottom fishing, chumming, and sight fishing.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Aug 27
    $500
    On this morning trip, you'll be focusing on a variety of inshore species. You'll be sight fishing for Speckled Trout, Tripletail, Redfish, and that's just the beginning. If you book during July/August, you'll also get to target Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Aug 27
    $500
    This afternoon trip will take you inshore sight fishing for Speckled Trout, Tripletail, Redfish, and more. Targeting the "Silver King" is also an option during July/August.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 18 - Aug 27
    $400
    Come for some light tackle Shark fishing action! These trips are fun for the entire family and include using spinning tackle.
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About the Captain

Bruce Aldridge
Port St. Joe, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
6 Fishing Reports
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26 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2016
Bruce's Professional Guide Service is owned and operated by Captain Bruce Aldridge. He has been guiding fishing trips for the past 30 years and fished professionally for 10 years. The captain has been fishing in Alabama and Florida for years and started angling when he was 17. To him, fishing is more of a lifestyle than a sport. He considers himself to be blessed for being able to do what he loves and his favorite thing about the job is putting people on fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark

Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Sea Pro (Center console) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha V6 4.2-liter engine.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Satisfied with the boat
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Jimmy L.
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 hour morning trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on June 28, 2021
Bruce was great, the weather was not so good with all the wind but Bruce did everything he could to put us on fish. My...
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Olathe, KS
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Half day with Captain Bruce

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 30, 2021
Fished the AM with Captain Bruce on June 30th. Weather was great, equipment was great and Bruce was great. Captain Bruce got...
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Lee M.
Prattville, AL
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Inshore and offshore

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore on June 10, 2021
This guy is very genuine.  He did more than just put us on fish. He took time and worked with us to catch all different kinds...
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Concord, GA
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Half day morning trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on June 15, 2021
Captain Bruce was top notch! We got on a nice triple tail bite and landed a keeper. Captain Bruce knew what he was talking...
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Groesbeck, OH
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore on July 28, 2021
Captain Bruce knows his fish… do yourself a favor and spend some time on the water with him. Even with weird weather...
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FAQs about Bruce's Professional Guide Service

Bruce's Professional Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Bruce's Professional Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box (One for the catch and one for drinks)

Trips booked with Bruce's Professional Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Bruce's Professional Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Bruce's Professional Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own gear, 1 angler at the time)

Top targeted fish species with Bruce's Professional Guide Service include:
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail