Okeechobee Fishing Guides: Big Bass in the Fall! (9 Pounds)

Okeechobee Fishing Guides

October 19, 2007

I fished with Mike and Ginger today, Ginger is from Delray Beach and Mike is from Louisiana. Lake Okeechobee is starting to produce some big Bass! ginger caught a long skinny 7 pound fish on the first cast of the day, It was Mike’s birthday today and he caught the biggest bass of his life a fat 8 1/2 pound female that fought like crazy. We caught all of our fish on shiners (19) and had a great day on Lake Okeechobee!

Captain Mike Shellen
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October 18, 2007

I fished with Scott Haas from Delaware today, we went to the Stick Marsh and fished artificial baits. We caught 21 bass and most of them were the same size as the one Scott is holding in the picture, we had a lot of fun today, it’s fun to fish with good fishermen like Scott!

Okeechobee Fishing Guides

October 15, 2007

I have been talking about the first wave of big pre- spawn females that move in at this time every year and today we caught the first one of the fall! I fished with Eric Rubin and Irving Leibowitz from Brookklyn NY today we caught 27 bass. This big 9 pound female ate the last shiner we had, and Lee did a great job landing her! We caught about equal numbers of fish on shiners and artificial baits. This big bass is just the tip of the iceberg many others will follow her, and we are going to be there to catch them!

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.

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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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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

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.