12.19.16 Offshore

Name of Captain Mike Spanhel
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 12-19-2016
Your Name Chet Jasak
Your Fishing Report Robert Gover, Bob S. & I left Mikes dock at 8:00 sharp. Stopped to unload pinfish traps then headed to some spots Mike got from Jim M. First stop we picked up Grunts, Sea Bass, a couple short Red Grouper and two octopus. We also had another boat of some silly fishermen? that came along side begging for bait and cookies. (Lucky Carole did a lot of baking). Moved to several other spots with not too much better results. At the Last stop Chet caught a real nice Amber Jack. Unfortunately the picture Robert took with Chet’s new phone did not come out. Mike was an excellent captain and we all had a great day with calm water, no fog (this time) and great friends.

 

12.17.16 Inshore

Name of Captain captain Mike Desabrais
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-17-2016
Your Name Team Uffa
Your Fishing Report Team Uffa & a friend of Mikes , Tom hooked up with Mike D for a great day of CATCHING.

At first the bite was slow and was a bit windy. So we moved around and all of a sudden we found them. Macks all over the place.

We were using 50 leader and getting bit off, so Jean & I threw on 100 lb leader and we finally we catching most of them, some were still cutting the leader.

Jean & I were was using 3/4 oz jig with a white grub and right at the boat a big cobia hit her jig and the fight was on. (see video).

Between the 4 of us we caught at least 50 macks. Lost at least 5 spoons and a dozen jigs due to cut offs.

Jean got the biggest mack at 21 1/2″.

Mike was catching small trout on a silver doa along with sea bass and sand perch.

We all want to thank Mike for a great day on the water.

Team Uffa

If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. 21 1/2″ mackerel ( Jean)
32 1/4″ cobia (Jean)

12.17 Jean U

12.17 Jean U

12.16.16 Inshore

Name of Captain Mike Brumley
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-16-2016
Your Name Mike Brumley
Your Fishing Report Mike D and Mike B – We went out at what was supposed to be 2 hours prior to low tide.  We couldn’t get to our planned spot in the mangroves since water was too low.  After we got ourselves extracted from the shallows we headed out 3-4 miles in front of Gulf Harbors around the crab traps.  We threw weighted silver spoons and white grubs on jig heads.  Caught 12 or so decent Mackerel, a 13 ” Black Sea Bass and a bunch of junk fish.  Got bit off a few times but wire would keep them away so had to deal with it.
If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. Fish of the Month December is Mackerel and I caught a 21″ Spanish Mackerel

Mike B 12.16.16

12.14.16 Inshore

Name of Captain Mike Kaplan
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 12-14-2016
Your Name Mike Kaplan
Your Fishing Report With only 2 weeks left before gag grouper season closes I took friend Joe and Rick U out for
a last shot at some gags. We left from Nick’s Park at 6:30 and headed west. We fished several spots at 50 feet and caught numerous small gags and large grunts. a school of amberjack came through the area and we caught 4 large jacks up to 32 inches. by the end of the day, Joe caught a monster 33 inch gag and Rick caught a 24 in gag, which managed to jump out of the fish box and back in the water. Bummer. The last big fish of the day was an 8 foot shark which Rick caught on his spinning rod. I bet Rick’s back is still sore today. We used a combination of live pinfish and dead bait and the fish seemed to like it all.
We called it quits by 3:30 and turned on the radar and fog horn and headed home in the fog. Luckily the fog  quit after a few miles.

Same fishing trip Rick U report

Name of Captain Captain Mike Kaplan
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 12-14-2016
Your Name rick uffa
Your Fishing Report Hooked up  with Captain Mike again.

Left Nicks park early as usual and foggy this time. Took us a few extra minutes to get  out of the channel, but  all the high teck gear Mike had on board it was no problem.

We started at 18 miles and  we were catching plenty of red snapper, so we moved to another spot, there Joe landed  a HUGH gag 33″ and must have weighed at least 20+ lbs. Took him about 5 minutes  to land this beauty. He caught it on frozen  threads.

Then we moved from spot to spot and caught  lots of different species of fish, I took home 15 nice size grunts.

Mike and I caught a few nice size amber jacks  all over 30″.

I was free lining a 5″ grunt and all of a sudden my  pole bent in half, Had a tough time getting in to the boat, all  the while we were all guessing what it could be, but towards the end we all agreed it was a shark. We didn’t know what type it was, but it was super HUGH, at least 6′ long and about 150+ lbs.

We headed in around 3 p.m. the winds were picking up and the air got cool.

Again, thanks Mike for a great off shore adventure.

1st Mate Rick Uffa

12.14.16 Joe

12.14 Rick U

12.14.16 inshore

Name of Captain Frank Bellizio
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-14-2016
Your Name Frank Bellizio
Your Fishing Report Fred M, Butch K and I headed out of Tarpon Springs early today under overcast skies with hardly no wind.  Trolling out the Anclote Butch and Fred hooked up on several good fighting jacks but about the time we made it to Anclote river park we wanted trout.  We fished several spots in front of the power plant and caught quiet a few short trout.  The decision was made to head out to Marker 4 for mackerel but we came on some crab traps on the way there in the middle of the channel so we stopped and fished.  The mackerel slapped us hard cutting off line and leaders left and right.  For some reason the mackerel wouldn’t go near the metal leader so a long shank hook with 80lb leader solved the problem we boated shorts and 4 keepers in less than a half hour.  We looked around and heavy fog was rolling in from offshore so we called it a day and headed in.  We only fished for about 4 hours but caught quite a few fish.  It was a great day on the water with friends.

Oh on a side note:  Rick U, as I told you last night the mackerel are still here and they are not all small.

If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. FB 231/2 Spanish Mackerel fish of the month

2.12.16 Offshore

Name of Captain MIKE SPANHEL
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-12-2016
Your Name DAVE TAYLOR
Your Fishing Report mI

Mike invited Chet Jasak, Jim McCarthy and Dave Taylor for some smooth boating and good catching today.  The trip started well and we assumed the fairly thick fog would quickly burn off–wrong.
We motored out to some of Jim’s favorite spots
West of N P R in about 40 feet of water.  As we
were trying to get settled in, a large cruiser appeared  out of the fog heading directly toward
us.  Finally he spotted us and altered course.
Okay, settle in and fish —-what ?? another cruiser coming directly toward  us.  He also changed course but it seemed like neither boat
was watching the radar.
While fishing multiple spots in the general area , we picked up a variety of fish including grunts black bass, red and gag grouper and amberjacks.
Dave lucked out with a 29 in gag plus a 33 in amberjack to win the $ 1 big fish pool while Chet managed to land a 28 in A J.
As we prepared to leave for home, the fog had mostly lifted , that is until we had gone a few miles
and got socked in with visibility limited to 50-100
feet at times. Captain Mike got us home including
down the channel with his trusty instruments.
Overall, a truly memorable day.

If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. GROUPER, GAG  29 IN.  DAVE TAYLOR
AMBERJACK       33 IN   DAVE TAYLOR

 

 

127.16 Offshore

Name of Captain Captain Mike Kaplan
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-07-2016
Your Name rick uffa
Your Fishing Report Hooked up with Mike K with one of his friends up north (Tom). Toms was a newbie in off shore fishing.

We left Nick park at 6 A.M. and the winds were low ( 6 mph) but soon after going behind  the sand bar  the big rollers were there. Mike said they were left over from the day before and PROMISED us they would  be gone soon. But not soon enough for me, by the time we  went 10 miles I was chumming off the side of Mike’s boat. By noon the  big rollers were gone and was pretty flat for the rest of the fishing.

We started at 13 miles  and caught only a few, so we moved from spot to spot and  was catching fish at every spot. We ended up at 22 miles in 59′ of water.

Tom and Mike caught the only 2 keeper groupers, Mikes was 26 1/4 and Tom’s was 25″.  The red snapper were out of control. We must have caught at least 40 red snapper, actually they  were hitting the bait on the way down, even  before  the grouper had a chance to  hit the bait.

I was using my chicken rig and catching some nice  grunts, took home about 15  12-13″ ones.

Mike and I  both had monster fish on,  they bent our poles in half and  taking lots of drag, but both  of our lines broke off.

I also landed a  med size king fish on the bottom on a small pin fish.

Tom & I want to thank Mike for a great day of fishing

Rick Uffa

If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. 20″  red snapper ( rick)
30″ king fish ( rick)
26 1/4″ gag ( Mike)

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Rick U 12.7

Rick U 12.7

12.4.16 Inshore

Name of Captain captaion Mike Desabrais
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 12-04-2016
Your Name Team Uffa
Your Fishing Report Team Uffa hooked up with Mike Desabrais and we left out of Hudson. The winds were  pretty high and  the seas were about 2 feet, but after 1 hr, it calm right down for the rest of the day.
At first the bite was slow then we found the mackerel. We must have caught at least 40-50 macks in 4hrs. Today they weren’t very big, 15-18″, but  manages to get 2 nice keepers.

They were hitting everything we threw at them. We lost 2 spoons , 2 plugs, and about 15  jigs on cut off. We were using 50 lb leader and  they cut right threw it, without you even feeling it.

We were fishing just outside of gulf harbors about 3 miles in 9-10′ of water.

Thanks Mike for a great day Of CATCHING  this time

Team Uffa

If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. 23″ Spanish mackerel for Rick Uffa
Rick U 12.4

Rick U 12.4

12.1.16 Offshore

Name of Captain Mike Spanhel
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 12-01-2016
Your Name Frank Bellizio
Your Fishing Report Chet J, and I joined Capt. Mike S and friend/neighbor Ron for a mid morning  day of fishing for mackerel somewhere north and a little west of Marker 4.  We embarked with 5 dozen shrimp and other spoons, jigs and lures.  The mackerel were quite cooperative, no really big ones but more than a lot of keepers.  The mackerel were hitting on anything you put in the water and cutting off everything, even on steel leader.  I finally had a circle hook with some 80lb mono as leader and which did a good job of not getting cut off.  Anyway, by 12:30 pm, did I mention we left at 10:30 am, we headed in since we had run out of shrimp caught a boat load of mackerel Mike said Sherry had food at the house.  It was a great day of fishing and enjoying friends new and old.  Thanks Mike.

12.3.16 Offshore report

Name of Captain Corey Hexter
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 12-03-2016
Your Name Jack Hexter
Your Fishing Report Fished with my son and one of his bosses on a 47 Release with POD drives. Boat is amazing. With the PODS and a joystick, it can move at 7 knots, sideways. Fishing was slow but always enjoyable with my son, and enough dolphin, bonito, and kingfish pulling on the string to keep it interesting. Went 0 for 1 on sails.