Captain
Micheal Semko

Member since February 2015

Fort Lauderdale, United States

Background
Captain Mike Semko from Lauderdale Sport Fishing has been fishing the coastline of South Florida for over 40 years and his fishing charters have brought in some of the biggest fish ever to land on the docks of Fort Lauderdale.
Techniques
We provide kite-fishing and trolling for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and all other game fish or deep dropping live baits for huge Grouper, Amberjacks and Snappers.

Hey, I'm Captain Micheal Semko

Fort Lauderdale, United States
Background
Captain Mike Semko from Lauderdale Sport Fishing has been fishing the coastline of South Florida for over 40 years and his fishing charters have brought in some of the biggest fish ever to land on the docks of Fort Lauderdale.
Techniques
We provide kite-fishing and trolling for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and all other game fish or deep dropping live baits for huge Grouper, Amberjacks and Snappers.
Angler's Choice

My Charter Listings

Fort Lauderdale
trips from
US$ 500

Customer Reviews

4.89 out of 5 stars from 50 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, July 7, 2017

My family and I had a wonderful trip.  The weather was prefect. Captain Mike is very knowledgeable with the fishing areas in south Florida.  The first mate was very personable and helpful.  Captain Mike was very flexible with our schedule and fishing experience.

Fishing was a lot fun with many fish being caught. There is nothing better than eating your own catch at local restaurant.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Had a great time today.  My wife, son, and I all got a workout reeling in fish today.  Captain Mike did an excellent job getting us on fish and 1st Mate Andrew did a great job working the deck.  Highly recommend anyone considering a private charter to give Captain Mike a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Very good fishing trip. Got loads of fish like Barraccuda, King Makrell, blackfin Tuna and more!
They filleted the fish we wanted and we took it home and had a BBQ, It was very good. The boat was big and perfect for fishing. I recommend this for people who wanna do some exotic fishing, all of us got multiple fish each. They also had parking spots 5 feet from their boat and that was perfect for us who had a rental car. A fun experience and I can recommend this to others! Thanks for a nice day!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Captain Mike did an excellent job taking us out on the ocean.  We had two kids with us - it was more than perfect.  Mike was awesome bringing us out a bit further looking for tuna.  At the end of the trip - Mike had our fish cut up and showed us an excellent restaurant where they cooked our catch for us.  Overall a great trip - excellent captain and crew.  We will certainly come back!  Thanks Mike!

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 25, 2017

We went out on Sunday and had a wonderful time.  The weather was great and the captain & mate did everything they could to make our trip memorable.  We caught several nice fish and love the area in Fort Lauderdale.  We will definitely come back and fish again with Captain Mike.
Ron & Angie

Fished June 2017

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Micheal Semko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 26, 2017

Thanks Ron it was my pleasure taking you and Angie out fishing looking forward to seeing you folks again thanks Captain Mike

Went fishing on Sunday, June 4, 2017

We only went a couple miles out and we were fishing over 100 ft deep. Fishing was a little off and seas were a little rough because of heavy rain. We caught , a yellow fin tuna, an amberjack, 2 nice bonitas , and 3 keeper vermillion snappe

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Buddy of mine came down to South Florida and we decided to go out. We had a great time. Both captain mike and mate Joe were phenomenal and we had a lot of fun. Fishing is never a guarantee but we still got our daily limit of kingfish wish after a recommendation from captain mike, got a restuarant to cook up for us.  From now on I will always make sure to book with captain mike.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Capt was cool, kinda gnarly, First mate was great. Ship was old, but in good condition for fishing.  I didnt like the fact that we lost 2 hours trying to catch our bait. WTF The bait should be on the boat already for 900.00. (750 for fishing + 20% for the first mate) 150.00 gratuity.  You basically are reeling the fish in once hooked.  That would have been cool…if we caught a @#$%  fish.  The capt tried to let us catch something,  but condition weren’t the best I do understand.  Airfare + hotel was 550,  car rental 167, food 100.00, drinks 50.00.
Approx. 900 -1000 for no fish..Oh it was nice scenery…....OH YEAH, we had some coldcuts from the gas station or white hen .

Fished May 2017

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Micheal Semko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, May 29, 2017

dear gary sorry you were unhappy with the trip talked to you two days before the trip and told you the conditions were not going to be good for catching a sailfish and you said you were willing to gamble.as far as loosing two hours. catching bait we gave you a extra two hours to try to catch something and we did catch some snappers that you took home .p.s. you did not give the mate 150.00 you did not spend100.00 for food for the trip or 50.00 for drinks for the trip.the sandwiches we supplied were from local grocery store that everyone enjoys.I offered to give you a discounted trip if you returned. guess you cant make every one happy.capt mike

Went fishing on Saturday, May 20, 2017

I lived in Lauderdale for 30 plus years. I now live in Key West! I fish most every day. Capitan Mike ,and First Mate really worked the water as to the bite. Thank you Sir .James Kershaw !

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Had a great afternoon trip! We started off bottom fishing and caught a big AJ then switched it up and flew some kites and landed a beautiful sailfish. Definetly a great day on the water.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 7, 2017

captain suggested we add an extra hour and we caught a good amberjack with final cast of day

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 7, 2017

We (four of us) booked our trip for May 7 for a morning half-day trip.  Captain Mike called several days ahead of time to discuss some particulars regarding what to bring, when to arrive, and what we were looking to catch on our trip.  The boat was easy to find per the directions he gave us.  We had beautiful weather and we were eager to enjoy a great day on the water.  Captain Mike and his mate were friendly and very knowledgeable.  We trolled for a while with no success.  We caught some bait fish and proceeded to an artificial reef and hauled in a couple of amberjacks.  The trip ended with a few more fish before heading back.  Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves and would book another trip with Captain Mike again.

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, May 1, 2017

Great experience!  We caught a 9 foot hammerhead.  Captain Mike and First Mate Joe made the trip entertaining and productive.  I really enjoyed their personalities and professionalism.  They really know where to go and how to get a good fishing day in the books.

Fished May 2017

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Micheal Semko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thanks david we enjoyed having you guys out fishing with us. looking forward to seeing you agian

Went fishing on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fishing was good not many to take home but some big fish.  Captain spent a lot of time arguing with the first mate and barking orders making things a little uncomfortable. We thought the 1st mate was more right than wrong. Also I appreciate a person that takes care of their equipment but not to the point of obsessing.

Terry Massey does not recommend Lauderdale Sportfishing Reel Legend

Fished April 2017

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Micheal Semko (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 21, 2017

sorry if you feel this way terry it was easter sunday my mate was off visiting family so I brought in a fill in mate not going to let any one destroy the equipment I have worked so hard to get.  when I asked you what you wanted to catch you said you said big fish and that is what we caught sailfish .amberjack and more. never said you wanted to bring fish home to eat.what realy seems to be the issue.next time this situation comes up with a holiday I will decline the trip because this is the first negative review I have received capt. mike

Went fishing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We had a great morning in rough sea. Captain Mike had total control over the boat and had mucho experience on sea! Thanks for a great fishing tour!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, April 7, 2017

Captain Mike and crew are top notch. We are from VA and have no sailfish, my spouse and I wanted a sailfish and Capt Mike delivered that!! Guy takes care of his stuff and knows the waterways and where to go in FL… Thanks so much for a unforgettable trip. We will be back!!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Had a great time fishing! Captain Mike tried a few different techniques including kite fishing. We caught one wahoo, would highly recommend.

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Went fishing on Monday, April 3, 2017

Had a great time fishing, but unfortunately a bad day catching. Anyone who has been fishing knows this is always a possibility. Can’t say enough about the effort Capt Mike and crew put in trying to land us a prized fish, they must have tried every trick in the book. I’ll be back with Capt Mike for another attempt soon.

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, March 31, 2017

Could not have asked for a better experience! Great stories, lots of laughs and caught some beautiful fish. Even got a ride to a local amazing restaurant to have our catch of the day prepared for us. Now that’s service all the way around! We will be back and send others your way!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, March 20, 2017

Great day out with Captain Mike and Joe. The kids had a great time and were able to land a big amberjack - made the trip!

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 9, 2017

We pulled up to the marina called the Captian to see where to park he came right out moved his car so we could park right up front,at that point we new we had a great captain for the day. We did the half day afternoon trip once we got out about a mile we caught Bonita fish about two feet long I thought that was cool. As we went out father we caught a few smaller fish,then our trip was about out of time. It the captain did not want to end the trip until he was satisfied and then BANG the line went nuts about 300 feet out there it was a 71/2 foot sailfish on our line it took about a half hour to get her in boy what excitement . Captain Mike is by far the best. Please see other review where my nephew had the pictures and new how to up load them

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, March 6, 2017

We went on a half day trip with captain Mike and mate Joseph. We knew going in that the seas were going to be extremely rough on the day of charter but we decided to go. It was a great trip, great time despite the rough seas and we caught some beautiful and tasty fish

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, February 27, 2017

Great experience with captian mike. Very cool, friendly, professional guy. Highly recommend a fishing trip with him. We’ll definitely be back to hang out with captian mike again!

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Amazing time with Capt. Mike recommend to everyone!!

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nice guys- tried hard. Some days the fishing gods are in a real shit mood. Not much you can about that ....

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 27, 2016

Awesome trip with Captain Mike and Rob!!! We caught twice as many fish as the other boats that were fishing the same area!! Everyone had a great time and we got to take home some great fish and even better memories!

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, November 25, 2016

We were a party of 5 and Captain Mike and his mate Rob couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. We all had been on charters before so we aren’t total amateurs but Captain Mike impressed us with his knowledge and fishing expertise. We ended up with some King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi and Tuna. A very successful trip. I would definitely recommend the Reel Legend and will book again when I’m in Ft. Lauderdale.

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, November 7, 2016

Capt mike and first mate Joey are Both awesome. The weather on the the day we booked was forecast to be rough so mike contacted me to reschedule which he did not have to do. The boat had plenty of room for me my wife our 2 boys my brother and sister. mike and Joey where great with the kids, Mike won my 3yr old over quick with a hand full of candy. The fishing was great Mike was able to put on a couple fish, 2 nice dolphin inwas tild we where the only boat to bring in nice fish that day. Next time we go down there we are definitely calling Mike to go out again. I would refer him to all my friends and family. No need to look any further book with Mike today.

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 29, 2016

We wanted to give something special and different to our son for his 12th birthday, and thought this was such a terrific idea for a great value. Captain Mike and Joe were both really nice and made the trip fun for all of us. (My son, his two best friends, my wife, daughter, and me). The day started out as one of the most spectacular days South Florida had seen in months. The trolling pace the captain took was perfect and it wasn’t long before we started catching fish! We had a fabulous time taking turns reeling them in and we even threw some back. We ended up with nine big King Mackerels and had them for dinner (after Joe did an amazing time cleaning and cutting them up) and even gave some to my son’s friends to take home. Even though it ended up raining toward the end, we still had fun, and overall it was a super experience, especially for the kids. We can’t wait to do it again, and we will definitely call Captain Mike! We highly recommend booking a trip with him. You won’t regret it.  Mike and Mabel Hernandez

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, October 24, 2016

We had a great time fishing with captain Mike and his mate Joe. The boat is very well equipped and they used all their knowledge to have us catch fish. We even added an extra hour to the trip to enjoy kite fishing a bit more and almost caught a sailfish. It managed to escape but seeing it jumping out of the water was amazing and we were luckier with kingfishes, tunas and barracudas.
We are definitely looking forward for mor deep sea fishing after such a nice trip!

Fished October 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Captain Mike and our first mate-Robert made sure we had a wonderful day and experience. They worked very hard and pulled out all the fishing ‘tricks’. We highly recommend and plan another fishing day with Captain Mike on our next visit.

Fished September 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, September 5, 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We had a great experience fishing on the Reel Legend with Captain Mike and Randy.  They were both very personable taking the time to explain and educate everyone about the fish and what to expect.  Captain Mike was even nice enough to call and move our charter to the next day because he thought the weather would be more calm therefore making the experience more enjoyable. We ended up reeling in 10 fish not including the 3 that got off.  We caught Bonita, King Mackerel, Barracuda, Tuna, and my son’s dream fish Mahi!  Captain Mike and Randy worked really hard the whole trip getting us on the fish, hooking the fish, and reeling in the fish.  Randy filetted our catch for us and even suggested a few local restaraunts where we could get it cooked up.  Overall, it was a great fishing trip with good memories made.  We will certainly be giving Captain Mike a call the next time we’re in Fort Lauderdale!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Capt. Mike truly has it all… The experience, the crew, the equipment, and the vessel are the perfect combination for a true deep sea fishing charter. Our first hook up happened within minutes of arriving at our first fishing spot. My father hooked a 4ft barracuda and that was just the beginning. We hooked several other species of fish including Tuna, Amberjack, King, Bonita, and Tile fish.. There’s nothing like fresh sashimi minutes after catching it!!!

The first mate “Randy” is exactly what you need when it’s time to make the quick decisions on the boat including changing baits and hauling in the catch when it reaches the boat. He kept everyone informed of what to do and made our experience much more successful..

So if you’re looking for a charter STOP… This is the one to call. Capt. Mike and Randy will put you on fish and you will go home happy!!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, June 20, 2016

Fishing with Reel Legend was a blast. Weather was iffy, but captain Mike was great about flexing our fishing date until the seas calmed down. Then, my son and I had an awesome day and really enjoyed captain and crew. Both really knew what they were doing. Can’t wait to return, and I’ll definitely be turning to captain Mike again:)

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Captain Mike is the man and knows how to get the job done and hunt down the fish

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 16, 2016

My husband and I went out Monday May 16th with Captain Mike and 1st mate Randy. we caught a mahi, a large wahoo as well as other fish. Captain Mike really knows what he is doing and 1st mate Randy was also very helpful. My husband and i have been deep sea fishing numerous times and I can attest to the fact that if the fish are out there…Captain Mike will help you find them.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Gary and I can say is WHAT A GREAT DAY OF FISHING. Captain Mike was very accommodating we had some concern regarding the weather for the day we were scheduled and Captain Mike was able to get us out two days earlier which made for a perfect weather day in addition to a fantastic day of fishing. Captain Mikes boat Reel Legend and all the rods and reels were in top shape.  We caught 11 fish 10 Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) one of the Dolphins was a 50 incher which we are having mounted we also caught 1 Bonito. After we got back in to the dock first mate Randy cleaned our fish and packed them up for us to bring home. We will definitely go back to fish again with Captain Mike and recommend him highly for a great fishing experience. 

Denise and Gary Malott
Lorain, Ohio
May 8, 2016

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

After a disappointing cancelation from another fishing outfit in the Fort Myers area, Captain Mike came through. 
The guys had an awesome time with Captain Mike and his first mate.  They were very friendly and informative.  They caught plenty of fish to include Mahi mahi, amber jack& king mackerel. 
The boat was clean and organized.
The first mate was on top of everything.
We would recommend Reel Legend to anyone who travels the area.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Only regret is the water was pretty rough, which made for rough go of it for my wife and son. Capt was great, he moved our trip out to miss a storm but we didn’t have anymore time. That’s just part of fishing….

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

We like first mate Allen, too! So accommodating, you can fish for anything you want.  However, it’s a wise thing to tap into the expertise of this duo for the best experience.  Fun, funny, and entertaining with great fishing!  No charters I’ve taken before have been better.  Their experiences, stories and lore, fish tales with boat and local history were a great way to pass time on the trip out.  Then we caught enough for two huge meals for our group of 4 adults and then some. You must take your catch to Southport Raw Bar where they’ll prepare it expertly, deliciously to order and VERY reasonably!  The chef came and spoke with us before he fixed it and our server was superb.  (Thanks to Capt Mike for the suggestion.) I’m delighted that my senior age parents were able to join us and that Capt and first mate were, again, so accommodating.  We will definitely be back!

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, October 3, 2015

We left at 7 in the morning after meeting Cap’n Mike and mate Nic who are very friendly!
got straight out there no hassle and catching fish straight away. did some wreck fishing aswell and managed some massive rod bending bites!
He has a wealth of knowledge and happy to answer all the questions you ask
Will definitely be using him in the future

Fished October 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Captain Mike and first mate Joe were top notch! The boat, the gear, and the hospitality made for a great day on the water. As an added bonus, we caught fish! We came away with plenty of fish to take home for a party of 6. Being a local, I have tried many charter boats in the area. Since fishing can be hot or cold on any given day, it’s important to rely on the courteous service and experience of the captain and mate to give the best chance of a great day on the water. We will be booking another trip soon!
Attached is just a couple of the fish we caught

Fished August 2015

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

We had a blast fishing w captain mike and first mate joe!  They put us on some fish and my two older boys were able to land two great fish. A 50” king mackerel and a 49” waahoo!  Both trophy fish!  The accomadations on the boat were great. Gram loved the ac cabin( it was a hot day) actually we all liked the ac. Lol
Captain mike and joe were very friendly. Knowledgeable. And had some GREAT stories about fishing and the boat itself. I’m glad I chose lauderdale fishing, reel legend. It did not dissapoint!!
 
THE FORTNEYS. from Pa

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 25, 2015

We had a really great time. Easy parking right in front of his boat. The fishing was so slow. After 2.5 hours we caught 3 black fin tuna and a bonita. All the other boats may have only caught a fish that day.  Leave it too our Captain Mike to get us some fish. First mate Eric did an excellent job keeping the lines in the water.  Capt Mike suggested us to take our freshly caught tuna to the Southport Raw Bar restaurant just down the street to cook it up anyway we like.  They cooked it blackened for us and OMG it was good.  Looking forward to the next fishing trip with Captain Mike. And Keep your hooks in the water baby!

Fished July 2015

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It was a great day. We did some trolling, and catched King Mackerels and Bonitos. Then the wind got stronger, allowing to try kite fishing.
After a 1/2hr or so we were quite lucky to hook a big Sailfish (6ft or so). It jumped out of water a few times, and finally released itself form the hook.
Anyhow, it was exciting. The boat is just the right one, and Capt. Mike is experienced and very kind. So, the trip was for 10pts out of 10.

Fished April 2015

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