2.2.17 Offshore

Submission Date  2017-02-03 18:05:42
Name of Captain Dave Taylor
Where were you fishing?  Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing Thursday, February 02, 2017
Your Name Frank Bellizio

Feb. 2 2017 at 7 am Mike S, Pete S and I boarded Capt. Dave Taylor’s Seas the Moment and headed out for a day of offshore fishing. We made a brief stop in 27’ of water and found that the water was dirty and there was no action. We moved out to 57’ of water and hit the jackpot. For about 3 hours we pulled in legal size and larger gag grouper, I am not saying there weren’t a few under size fish but the majority (25 to 30) fish were over 22”. This was the most group I have seen at one time in over 3 years. Mixed in the catch was a large number of keeper size Red Snapper. All and all we counted 11 different species off this one spot including a good size King I got to the boat but cut off as I lifted him on board. It was a shame that the club Year Long Tournament doesn’t start until after the meeting 2/14/17. In the middle of the action we made comment to Capt. Dave that he should for sure mark this spot on the GPS. Capt. Dave’s response just floored me. A week earlier we had been out fishing and could not buy a bite. Dave told us that this was the same exact spot we had been on last week. Go figure, I guess that is why some days it is called “Fishing“ and some days should be called “Catching”.

Dave T 2.7.17

Mike S 2.2.17 a

Mike S 2.2.17b

Pete S 2.17

Frank 2.2.17

2.1.17 Offshore

Name of Captain Mike Kaplan
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 02-02-2017
Your Name rick uffa
Your Fishing Report: If this is a tournament report do not state the fish’s length in this box. State the length and species in the box below fishing with mike K
If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. red grouper 23 1/2″ rick for fish of the month

Rick U 2.1.17

2.1.17 Offshore

Name of Captain Mike Kaplan
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 02-01-2017
Your Name rick uffa
Your Fishing Report Mike K, Joe, Sean and my-self ( Rick U) meet at Nick’s park at 6:00 a.m. sharp. We bet the fog by 5 minutes, just as we were leaving the channel the fog rolled in heavy. We proceeded to go straight out 45 miles to start fishing. The sea God’s were nice to us again, fairly calm going out , and flat while we out there and a flat ride all the way home.

First we hit 3 red grouper spot’s of Mike’s, in 80′ of water and nothing so we went out into 115′ of water and then the fun began.

This was Sean’s first off shore trip ever and he had a blast. We were catching a little bit of everything except for sharks ( not a one this time).

Sean, Joe and My-self all landed a keeper grouper, nothing extremely large but legal, poor, poor Mike tried and tried but could not get a keeper, BUT how ever he did managed to land a HUGH 38 1/2″ gag grouper, we figured it weighed at least 40+ lbs. He caught it on the bottom on a head of a squirrel fish.

All 4 of us were catching nice size American reds, from 18″ to 28 1/2″. I got the biggest one of those.

We also caught 15 lesser amber jacks, which I kept for smoking, so if anybody would like to try a piece give me a call and I’ll bring some to the next meeting( limited supply only).

Joe, Sean and I want to thanks Mike K for an other GREAT day of CATCHING.

I have enclosed a video of Sean and I doubling up on red snapper, notice how calm it was too.

Rick Uffa

Mike K 2.1.17

Rick U 2.1.17

2.1.17 Request to fish on boat for 2.24 Tournament

Name of Captain Feb 24 Fishing Tournament
Where were you fishing? Other
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 02-01-2017
Your Name Bob Marshall
Your Fishing Report Hello Members,

I was out of town for the Fishing Tournament in January therefore I did not sign up for it. I currently do not have a boat.

Now the tournament is February 24th. I called a few members and most boats are keeping the same fisherman. If a spot is open in a boat would you please give me a call. My phone number is 310-503-7984.

Frank Bellizio suggested that I do what he did. He put several members together and they rented a pontoon boat.

If there are other members like myself that have been unable to gain access to the tournament please call me and I will coordinate the boat rental for us to share. Call at 310-503-7984.

Bob Marshall

1.24.17 Inshore

Name of Captain  Jim McCarthy
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 01-24-2017
Your Name Jim McCarthy
Your Fishing Report Jerry L/ Bob M/ Ken J/Barry C/Phil A and I went fishing inshore.  I  caught a 20″ red,  Bob Malone a19″ red and Barry Crabtree a 25″ snook.  It was a slow day but we still had a good time.  AT end of day we had a little picnic at Chet’s house.    IT WAS A GOOD TIME.

 

1.20.17 Offshore Key West

Name of Captain Capt Greg Mercurio
Where were you fishing? Offshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 01-20-2017
Your Name Jack Hexter
Your Fishing Report Drove to key West on Thursday and left the dock at5:00 PM.  Greg drove the boat 7 hours West of the tortugas.  Started fishing at midnight.  Shortly thereafter I put a 10# mutton snapper on the deck out of140′ of water.  Fished the rest of the night up till 10:00 am. Most others were fishing for yellow tails which ruled the fishbox. Sat and then went down for a nap.  Back on deck at noon and fished thru sunset.  By that time we had moved to 240′ leaving the yellow tails behind. When I returned on deck at 10:00, Ewing had increased to 20-30 and even in a 100′ boat conditions were unfishable.  Returned to the dock at 7:00 Sunday am, 7 hours early, with 4 muttons and 2 yellowtail and a $150. Credit for my next trip.  Can’t control the weather and the front came thru a lot sooner than expected.

 

1.24.16 Inshore

Name of Captain Frank Bellizio
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report Yes
Date you went fishing 01-24-2017
Your Name Frank Bellizio
Your Fishing Report The FOC tournament was called off and my boat full of members were called terminating the tournament.  Denis and Butch were going to going out to fish in the river if it proved to be too windy so I joined them. We headed out thinking the day would be spent clinging to the mangroves.  We fished most the morning in the bayou areas of the Anclote and Denis hooked up with a monster trout that got off as he lifted it into the boat.  About noon the winds had dropped so we headed out to the flats in front of the electric plant.  Butch landed a nice 16 inch trout.  Later I landed an Amoura and a under size trout.  At round 2pm we crossed the channel and did a drift down toward Howard Park.  Denis tied into a great 23 inch trout and boated him.  We didn’t catch a lot of fish but we did catch some fair size ones.  It was a great day on the water with friends.
If this report includes a tournament entry please state the species and lenth of the fish caught in this box. Denis S  23″ Trout   Fish of the month.

1.24.16 Butch K

1.24.16 Denis S

1.16.17 Offshore

 

  • 2017-01-16 20:24:02
  • Mike Kaplan
    • Offshore
  • Yes
  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • rick uffa
  • Mike and I went out of Nick’s parks at 6:00 a.m. and it was crystal clear this time.

    We caught a few pins at the end of the channel, then headed West 45 miles.

    The first 2 spots didn’t produce anything, then Mike found a hot spot on his screen. We picked up  3 quick legal grouper, then the sharks arrived, we caught or had on at least 15 sharks, they were a pain in the ass today. We lost lots of  hooks and  weights.

    We ended up with 3 keeper grouper, 2 beautiful mangrove snapper over 19″, 1/2 dozen of nice size lanes, a few grunts., and 1/2 dozen of lesser amberjacks.  We only caught 2 red snapper this time, which was good.

    The sea Gods were nice to us again today, a little rough going out but by noon, it calm down pretty good and totally flat on the way home.

    Thanks for a great day of catching again  Mike.

    Rick Uffa.

  • Mike K want to enter a 22 1/4″ red grouper for fish of the month

    https://youtu.be/oRrPKnJHeSE

Mike K 1.16.17

 

1.16.17 Fresh water

Where were you fishing? Other
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 01-16-2017
Your Name Pete Steeneck
Your Fishing Report Fished the ponds at Innisbrook this afternoon. Fishing as been slow but is starting to pick-up
Caught this 9 LB 12OZ. Large Mouth Bass today

Pete S 1.16.17

1.15.16 Inshore

Name of Captain Frank B
Where were you fishing? Inshore
Is this a tournament entry Fishing Report No
Date you went fishing 01-15-2017
Your Name Frank B
Your Fishing Report Mike B and I decided to catch some mid day fishing. We left at around 10:30am from Belle Harbour Marina in Tarpon Springs and for the first 3 hours couldn’t get a bite. We tried on the flats in front of the power plant, out in deeper water and in front of the sand bar. We had no live or cut bait so we threw soft plastic, spoons, jigs and even gulp with no results. Finally we went out to Marker 4, with no result from jigging and casting we started trolling with silver near the crab traps. We finally caught a few keeper mackerel. We then headed over to the area in front of the Anclote park pier and did catch a couple small trout. This was one of the toughest, slowest days of fishing I have experienced in the last couple years. On the way back to port in Tarpon Springs we stopped at a favorite spot and caught a few ladyfish. Mike B landed a really good size one. A slow but good day of fishing, the water was smooth, maybe too smooth and the company was good.