Rogue Gator!

June 25, 2007
We had a 2 boat trip today with Sonny Brown and his son Chase, also John Foy his sons Austin (pictured with big bass) and Harrison and their friend Greg Siefkar. We caught 65 bass between the 2 boats. The biggest thrill of this day was watching the rogue gators hunters kill and 11 foot 550 pound gator that had been bothering us for several weeks. The big brute took my net from me with an 8 pound bass in it and swallowed my net! The second picture was taken as this big gator laid about 2 feet from my boat waiting to steal fish we were trying to land. The bottom picture is Sonny Brown and his son Chase (right to left) Austin Foy and gator hunter Bumpy Courson. This picture was right after we witnessed the demise of the big gator ( what a beast!).

Okeechobee Fishing Report- November 30, 2006

I fished with Kenneth Hill, his son Kenny and their friend Clyde Robertson, these gentlemen were in Okeechobee to check on the progress of the Kissimmee River restoration. They are owners of one of the companies that is putting the river back into its original path. Due to the cold weather we went to the Blue Cypress Conservation Area to fish and had a great day! We caught 29 bass on shiners in a half day of fishing. These three gents have done a lot of fishing a we had a good time!

Nascar Star! Ryan Newmans Race Team!

November 20., 2006
Yesterday the Nascar season ended and today we went fishing with Ryan Newman and member of his team. We had 13 boats of anglers that went fishing for big bass with shiners, 3 bass over 18 inches could be kept and heaviest weight was the winner! I fished with Rob and Michelle Croom , 2 great people! We had a lot of laughs and caught a lot of fish, Our 3 fish weighed in at 21 pounds and 4 ounces, good enough for second place. The picture below is Ryan and Kristie Newman and Pro Koby Kreiger, they weighed in 15 pounds. A great time was had by everyone with lots of big fish caught. After weighing in we had luch at Northlake Marine Ranger in LakePort.

November 15, 2006

I fished with lifelong friends Bill Allen from Stuart and Bill Harrison from New Mexico. We caught 27 bass on wild shiners and had a great time, Bill Allen caught this 9 3/4 pound giant Okeechobee Bass, she was full of roe looking for a place to spawn, so we took pictures of her and weighed her and than released her to spawn and be caught another day.

To book a guide trip call: 863-357-0892
Captain Michael Shellen

November 14, 2006
I fished with Bob Williams from Pembroke Pines today. Bob called me to talke about the 2007 Ranger Bass boats, and we ended up going fishing, putting our 2007 Ranger 521 thru its paces, we ran about 60 miles today just looking for some new areas to fish. We caught 21 fish for the day on artificial baits, trick worms, speed worms flukes and a carolina rig worm senko. Bob seemed very impressed with our new boat and was eager to go to the Ranger dealer to pick out his new boat. We had a great day fishing and catching bass!


November 12, 2006
I fished with Steve and Leo Doire from Mansfield Mass. today. These 2 avid fishermen know how to have fun! We had a great time and caught a lot of fish! We spent the day shiner fishing and caught 31 bass. We had five that weighed over 5 pounds, Steve caught the big fish of the day a fat 7 pound female.


November 10, 2006- I fished with Judy Chapman today, it was Judy’s first trip to Lake Okeechobee and her first time bass fishing. She caught 16 bass in a half day of shiner fishing and had a great day!

November 9, 2006
There were 9 boats of guides that fished today! We each had 2 members of a fishing club from Bonita Springs. My 2 members were Lindsey Vote & Gary Richmond. We kicked butt! Our 3 biggest fish weighed over 26 pounds. From the top down the fish weighed 8.83 pounds and was caught by Gary Richmond, the next fish weighed 7 pounds caught by Lindsey Vote, and the 3rd fish a 10 1/2 pound giant was also caught by Lindsey.
All of the fish were caught on live wild shiners.

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call 863-357-0893

November 8, 2006- I fished with George Minix from Indianapolis and his 2 sons, we fished half a day and caught 17 bass, George had the big fish, a nice 7 pounder!

(Joe Corrado and his 10 pound Okeechobee Bass!)

In my 20 plus years of fishing Lake Okeechobee, I have learned that the first wave of big pre-spawn females will usually show up around the middle of October. This year was no different! We started catching big bass around the 14th of October, Kenny Wertich caught an 8 pound fish that got the big fish fall season under way, Carolyn Lipes and Stuart Sabol both caught big fish right after that as did Scott Fowle. Bill Miller caught the first Okeechobee giant over ten pounds a couple of weeks ago and this week Joe Corrado kept it going with another ten pound fish!

Captain Michael Shellen
Shellen Guide Service
38 Lake Drive
Okeechobee Florida 34974

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2007 Ranger Bass Boat



Oct 1, 2006- We finally got our new boat! it is a 2007 Ranger 521VX with a 250 Yamaha Vmax HPDI, She has all the new technology and is equipped with a Minn Kota 101- 36 volt trolling motor that is hooked up to a bow mount Lowrance 332c sonar unit that can be used while using the trolling motor, an in dash Lowrance 336C GPS-Sonar, and more storage space than I have ever seen in a bass boat. The ride is incredible, fast and very stable. This boat has a full bench seat that will seat everyone comfortably. We are very excited about the upcoming season and fishing with our friends out of our new Ranger.

Captain Michael Shellen
863-357-0892
www.OkeechobeeBassFishing.com

September 30, 2006

The FLW asked me to accompany an outdoor writer today during the final BFL tournament of the year on Okeechobee. As the media boat we followed and photographed the top anglers in the circuit. It provided a different perspective than fishing, it was a fun day.

September 25, 2006

I fished with Linda and Mark Davis today, we caught 14 bass on wild shiners in 4 hours, it was a great day on the water

September 22, 2006

I fished with Mike And Beth D’agostino today we caught and released 17 bass on live wild shiners, Mike had a shot at a big fish but she abused us and got off.

Lake Okeechobee Fishing Guides: 11lb 9oz Okeechobee Giant!


March 2, 2006- We had a 2 boat trip today with regular customers Marvin & JoEllen Yoder and Carmen Good, also new friend Mark Rudd. Captain Larry Wright and myself guided these fine folks to 96 bass during our full day trip.
Carmen Good was the lucky angler of the day catching an 11lb 9oz Okeechobee Giant, this fish had already spawned or would have been over 12 lbs. Mark Rudd had a 7lb 12oz bass, and JoEllen Yoder caught her biggest fish a fat 6lb fish.

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March 1, 2006 I fished with Jim Gustman today, and one of his longtime friends Dick Kewley, both of Wisconsin. We caught 29 fish during our half day trip, all on wild shiners, it was a good day on the water!

February Bass! 10lb 2oz


February 3, 2006 I fished with Tony Nigido & Joe LaRocca today, 2 gentlemen I met for the 1st time last year, Tony caught the big fish last year so 2006 was Joe’s turn. Joe caught a 10lb 2oz giant of a bass today! She was full of eggs looking for a place to spawn. In addition to the big fish we caught 34 other bass, all on wild shiners. It was quite a banner day on the
Big “O”.

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Big Bass! 9lb 10oz



Today I fished with John, George & Becky from Indiana. As I have been saying all week the stable weather has been improving the bite every day. Today was the culmination of a week of warm stable weather, with the Bass going on a feeding frenzy, we caught 45 Bass in 4 hours, all on wild shiners. The Star of the day however was Becky , who caught a 9lb 10oz Okeechobee giant. The stir this fish created was enormous, first with the strike and the catch. but even more once it was boated and weighed proving it to be the largest Bass of 2006, thus far. Congratulations Becky!

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January 6th 2006 Report with Okeechobee Fishing Guides



January 6, 2006- I fished with 2 fishing pro’s today Tim Herndon and Morris Nix are from Marietta Ga. and both of them fish the Stren tournament trail as well as the BFL tour. Our day of fishing started with us running into some schooling fish at our very first stop. We caught about 20 fish from the school before they quit on us, Morris lost a giant fish at the boat, she got tangled in the anchor rope and broke off, I could tell he was very disappointed. We then made a few other stops that did not pan out for us, so we made a long run to a spot that has produced in the past. The moment our shiner hit the water the cork disappeared, and the action continued for about 45 minutes resulting in another 24 fish. Tim hooked a 7lb fish and landed it, it was hooked deeply and I was having difficulty removing it, at that same time Morris hooked another big fish, so I stuck Tim’s first big fish in the live well to net the fish Morris had on, it turned out to weigh 7lbs 10oz, in the meantime Tim had thrown another rod with a shiner into the same hole and instantly had another big fish on, it turned out to be the largest of the 3 fish, it weighed 8lbs 3oz. So here we are with 3 big spawning females in the boat at the same time, I told both guys this was the picture opportunity of a lifetime, and we took full advantage, photographing all 3 fish together before releasing all 3 unharmed to be caught again. It was one of my most memorable guide trips ever, and I was lucky enough to spend it with my 2 new friends.

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January 5, 2006 Okeechobee Fishing Guides

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January 5, 2006- I fished with a young couple from New Jersey, Alexandra & Charlie, are both college students. The wind blew about 25 mph today but we managed to do well in spite of it. We caught 19 fish in our 4 hour trip, with Alexandra catching a 7lb 12oz Okeechobee Giant. I never would have known she had not bass fished before, she fought and landed this big fish like a real pro! It was another great day on the Big “O”, the big bass barrage continues, I have never seen a run of big fish like we are experiencing this last several months.

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January 2nd & 3rd, 2006 Okeechobee Fishing Guide



January 3, 2006– I fished with Mike Giarla , his son Robert & cousin Anthony Giarla today, this trip was a birthday present for Robert, great parents! Today the fishing started very slowly, for the first 3 hours we only had 7 fish, and we moved 6 times in that period.
I was starting to get a litttle disgusted with the attitude of the fish today! We made another move at 10am and it proved to be key! The fish started biting fast and furious, we caught another 19 fish bring our total for the half day to 26 fish. The star of the day was 13 year old Anthony, he caught & released a 9lb 6oz Okeechobee spawner, that was swollen with eggs.
It was a great day on the water with Mike, and 2 great kids!

January 2, 2006– I fished with Phil & Linda Costabile of Maryland today. The fishing
showed signs of returning to normal after last weeks cold front. We caught 37 Bass in our 8 hours of fishing, all of our fish were caught on live wild shiners, 50% of them were caught under a bobber, the rest were caught freelining. Today the fishing, and the company, were both good!

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