MARCO SPORTFISHING CLUB

   
   
  • Marco Sportfishing Club Buddies List 
    reestablished October 2009 
    CLICK HERE for pictures of past Buddy Trips
    Also see  Kayak Fishing trips
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    to see details on all upcoming events.
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    Contact Joe Perino if you are interested in going on the next trip.

    HOW DO I GET ON THE BUDDY LIST?
    The list is maintained by Joe Perino.
    Contact him at:
    Marco phone 239 389-2781
    NY phone 631 581-5370
    Cell 631 804-5341
    Email rivpress@aol.com  (preferred)
    The mission of the Buddy List is to create an atmosphere of fishing fun and social interaction. Many of the people on the Buddy List are expert anglers and are always willing to share their expertise with the novice or newbie fisherman. The evening cocktail hour and dinner allows for us to get to know one another as well as to include spouses/significant others in the mix. We all get to be comfortable and evolve into the Buddy List family.

    All of the Buddy Trips are inshore and back water. The boats all start out together in the morning and fish most of the day. If a person has no boat I try to match him up with a guy that has one. We start out fishing in the morning and come back to the dock in late afternoon to clean the boats and the fish. In the evening we all meet with our wives/significant others for cocktails at 6 PM and dinner at 7 PM at various restaurants on Marco. I encourage people to attend the cocktail/dinner party so that everyone gets to know one another. The group consists of a great bunch of anglers and we all have a lot of fun.

    When emailing information to me please put “Buddy List” in the heading line (so I know that it is not spam).

    If you wish to join the Buddy List I will need your telephone numbers (cell and home) and if you have a wife/significant other. If you do I will add her name to the list so she can associate with the other ladies. I also need to know if you have a boat (what size and type) and what months you are on Marco.

    Upon receiving your information your name will be added to the list and you will receive a list of the email addresses of the other members on the list. Your email address will not be published on the website. Email will be the primary means of contact.

    You must be a member of MSC in good standing in order to join the Buddy List.

    The Buddy List rules are as follows:

    1. When you sign up for a trip whether as a captain or crew member you will be emailed the particulars about the trip such as: boat assignments, where to meet, which restaurant for cocktails and dinner, etc. This information usually gets emailed out two days before the trip since there are constant changes. Once you sign up for a trip you are to notify me if you can’t make the trip so that I can place another angler on that boat. If you have already been assigned to a boat you must also notify the captain.

    2. If you sign up for cocktails and dinner and can’t make it let me know ASAP since I give the restaurant a head count. They put on the appropriate number of staff and purchase food according to the number that I give them.

    3. As soon as you are assigned to a boat call or email your captain to get directions to his dock and what time to meet. Also discuss the arrangements for the purchase of bait and ice. At the end of the trip don’t embarrass your captain by making him ask you for your share of the expenses. This usually runs about $25 to $30 per angler. When one considers the cost of the boat, insurance, maintenance, bait, ice, and fuel this is a bargain basement contribution. Again, please don’t embarrass your captain.

    4. Don’t forget to bring your lunch, drinks (no alcohol) sunscreen, hat, and fishing tackle. You will also need to bring your fishing license or proof of age if you are a Florida resident over 65.

    5. At the end of the trip the captain will provide soap and brushes for cleaning the boat. The captain will assign crew members tasks such as boat cleaning and/or fish cleaning.

    The Buddy List contains the names of some expert fishermen. While I don’t consider myself an expert I can answer many of your questions. If I don’t know the answer to a question I will refer it to one of our experts. If you need advice on bait, jigs, bottom rigs, popping corks, or any fish related matters just ask.

    If you decide to join the Buddy List you will meet a great bunch of people and have a great time.

    If you have any questions about the Buddy List, just ask.

    BUDDY LIST ADVENTURES
    Click on pictures to enlarge.  Click here to see pictures from some past Buddy Trips
    March, 2014 Buddy Trip

    The March Buddy Trip was to take place on the 13th of the month but because of very high winds and small craft warnings it was postponed until the 15th. We started out with 12 boats and 34 people signed up for fishing and 45 for cocktails and dinner on the 13th. However, this shrunk to 8 boats, 24 fishing and about 30 for cocktails and dinner. Although some people could not make the new date we had to make the change because safety is issue number one.

    This Buddy List outing was to the southern part of the island out past and around Coon Key, Cape Romano, Blind Pass, Morgan River and Sugar Bay. We tried to find places where we could duck the wind. We had warm temperatures and moderate winds with some high gusts. Among the fish caught were: whiting, silver trout, sugar trout, spotted sea trout, jacks, lady fish, sea robins, lizard fish, black drum, snook, and snappers. Unfortunately, we also caught many pesky catfish on this trip.

    As always, the camaraderie that filled the cocktail hour and dinner that evening made the Buddy Trip event a wonderful, memorable experience.

    The next Buddy Trip will be April 24, 2014.
    If you have any questions/comments or wish to be added to the Buddy List contact Joe Perino rivpress@aol.com


    February, 2014
    The February Buddy Trip was to take place on the 13th of the month but because of very high winds and rain it was postponed until the next day. We had 12 boats and 32 people lined up for fishing and 52 for cocktails and dinner on the 13th. However, this shrunk to 5 boats, 15 fishing and about 40 for cocktails and dinner. As the old saying goes if you wait to have a party when all can take part you will never have a party.

    This Buddy List outing was to the southern part of the island out past and around Coon Key and Sugar Bay. We had a smaller event with cool temperatures and moderate winds. Among the fish caught were: whiting, silver trout, sugar trout, spotted sea trout, jacks, lady fish, sea robins, lizard fish, and snappers. Unfortunately, we also caught a good deal of catfish on this trip.

    The camaraderie that filled the restaurant always makes the Buddy outings an extraordinary experience.
    January 14, 2014 Buddy Trip
    The outing consisted of eleven boats and thirty three anglers. The weather was warm with high winds and strong tides. We spent most of the day fishing the Keewaydin Island area and the channel that leads to Hurricane Pass. At the end of the day a few boats fished in the Gulf by red marker #6 in search of spanish mackerel. Some of the boats reported very slow activity while others did somewhat better. The catch consisted of ladyfish, whiting, snappers, sheepshead, silver trout, pompano, speckled trout, spanish mackerel, black drum and, of course, some pesky catfish. The fishing was enjoyed by all and as usual, the trip ended with 44 people attending a great social event with cocktails and dinner at Vandy’s 5 Brothers Restaurant. The evening was filled with a wonderful combination of laughter and friendship and the camaraderie that overflowed the restaurant was just fantastic. All and all it was a great day to be fishing and dining with an incredible group of people who make up the buddy list.
    December 11, 2013
    This was a very nice day for a Buddy outing. Except for a little chop, the weather was perfect with warm temperatures and gentle breezes. The trip started with two boats from the north end of Marco meeting an additional five boats from the southern part of the island early in the morning (9:30 AM), 500 yards short of Coon Key. There were a total of 23 anglers on the seven boats. We fished the Sugar Bay area for awhile without any luck. We then moved on to the vicinity of Camp Key where the action picked up somewhat by mid day. We ended the day by fishing the deep channel by Coon Key Pass. Among the fish caught were: whiting (my favorite), silver trout, redfish, spotted sea trout, spanish mackerel, jacks, lady fish, sheepshead, a number of catfish and a fishing rod with a few barnacles. The fishing rod was caught by fishing ace Keith Wohltman who plans to clean it up and use it on the next Buddy Trip. That evening the day was ended with a wonderful feeling of relaxation and camaraderie when 36 people met for cocktails and dinner at Vandy’s. It was a wonderful ending to a perfect day of fishing and dining with friends.
    November 12, 2013
    The outing consisted of six boats and 18 anglers. We were to have had some additional anglers and diners but some exercised their option to go offshore to participate in the grouper tournament. The weather was beautiful with gentle winds and moderate tides with clear water. We fished a few different spots from Coon Key, Cape Romano, Camp Key, Sugar Bay and the surrounding areas.
    The catch consisted of pompano, redfish, bonnethead shark (some were unusually large), ladyfish, silver trout, whiting, snapper, black drum, snook, spanish mackerel, blue runners, and of course, some large feisty catfish. Keith Wohltman landed a nice snook that was slightly out of the slot and quickly returned to the water. Some of the oily fish were saved to use as bait in the grouper tournament.
    As usual, the trip ended with 26 people enjoying a great social event with cocktails and dinner at Vandy’s. It was a magnificent Marco day fishing and dining with such wonderful friends.
    March 14, 2013
    This Buddy List outing was again to the southern part of the island out past and around Coon Key, Camp Key and Sugar Bay. The wind was relentless - never slowing down the entire day. The temperature was cool, requiring more than the customary shorts and short sleeve shirts. Among the fish caught were: whiting, silver trout, sugar trout, spotted sea trout, jacks, sheepshead, redfish, pompano, stringray, and lady fish. Unfortunately, we did encounter some dreaded catfish but not as many as usual. The group started with 8 boats and 28 anglers but one boat and two people decided not to face the wind.
    As usual after all Buddy Trips, that evening 35 people enjoyed cocktails and dinner. We once again dined at Ristorante La Piazza. Our host, Mario, served us with his special menu for The Fishermen of Marco. During the festivities we sang happy birthday to Joanie Shields, Mike’s wife. As always it was a great evening of sharing stories of the day and making new friends. The Buddy cocktail and dinner event is always a perfect ending to a superb day of fishing. The room was filled with laughter and friendship among a wonderful group of people. The people on the Buddy List come from various parts of the country with myriad backgrounds. This is an amazing group that makes each Buddy event a fantastic experience.
    Buddy Trip February 19, 2013
    This Buddy List outing was to the southern part of the island out past and around Coon Key and Sugar Bay. The weather was perfect; the temperature was pleasantly warm and the wind was gentle. Among the fish caught were: Whiting, Silver Trout, Sugar Trout, Spotted Sea Trout, Jacks, and Lady Fish. Fortunately, we did not catch many Catfish on this trip. The group consisted of 8 boats and 27 anglers.
    That evening 42 people enjoyed cocktails and dinner at Ristorante La Piazza. Our host, Mario made us a special menu for The Fishermen of Marco. During the festivities we sang happy birthday to one of the best fishermen around, Keith Wohltman. He is now a senior citizen and a Medicare recipient. It was a perfect end to a wonderful day of fishing with an evening filled with a fantastic combination of laughter and friendship. The camaraderie that filled the restaurant always makes the Buddy outings an extraordinary experience.
    December, 2012
    There was rain, rain and more rain. Three boats with 9 fishermen left the dock only to be faced with horrible weather. After battling the rain for about two hours all the boats returned to their dock. Joe Perino, Barry French and Jerry Keyes had a cup of coffee and a donut and then ventured back out. The rain stopped and the temperature was pleasantly warm. The catch consisted of lizard fish, catfish, sea robins, jacks, and whiting.
    That evening 21 people enjoyed cocktails and dinner at Vandy’s 5 Brothers Restaurant. Although the day started out poorly the evening was a wonderful combination of laughter and friendship. The camaraderie that filled the restaurant more than made up for the abysmal weather conditions.
    April 2012
    Seven boats and 22 anglers met at the Jolly Bridge at the crack of dawn (9 AM) and travelled to Keewaydin Island for a fun day of fishing. It was pleasantly warm with moderate winds and moderate tides. In fact, the weather was perfect until about 1 PM when nature presented us with a downpour of rain that was in a class all by itself. Some of us remembered our Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” and broke out the rain gear. Those who were not Boy Scouts got very, very wet.
    The catch consisted of Black Drum, Whiting, Spotted Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Pompano, small bait stealing Snappers, Sheepshead and very few Catfish.
    As usual, the trip ended with a great social event with cocktails and dinner at Vandy’s that was attended by 27 people. All in all it was a wonderful day.
    March 17, 2012
    The outing consisted of ten boats and thirty two fishermen. The weather was warm with high winds and strong tides. We started fishing at the end of the river by Coon Key and were able to catch some fish there. We moved to Cape Romano and fished a few different spots. Our final destination was at Sugar Bay and the surrounding areas. The catch consisted of ladyfish, whiting, snappers, sheepshead, silver trout, pompano, speckled trout, redfish and, of course, a good number of catfish. In addition, Bobbie Ordija caught a nice 16.5 inch pompano. The trip was enjoyed by all and as usual, the trip ended with 40 people attending a great social event with cocktails and dinner at The Islander. Although the service at the restaurant was terrible it was a great day to be among fishing buddies.
    February 22, 2012
    The outing consisted of eleven boats and 36 fishermen. The weather was beautiful with gentle winds and moderate tides. We fished a few different spots from Coon Key to White Horse Key and the surrounding areas. The catch consisted of redfish, bonnethead shark, ladyfish, spotted trout, silver trout, whiting, snapper, sheepshead, black drum and, of course, some catfish. There was an unusual happening on Joe Perino’s boat when Keith Wohltman, Phil Madonia and Lenny Palmeri heard a thump in the boat. To our amazement a pompano had jumped into the boat and was flapping around. Since it was not caught on hook and line and was only ten inches it was returned to the water. So we can now say that the fishing was so good that the fish were literally jumping into the boat. As usual, the trip ended with 41 people enjoying a great social event with cocktails and dinner at The Islander Restaurant. All in all it was a wonderful day.
    January 2012
    There was a Buddy List outing to the Coon Key/Sugar Bay area on January 11. The weather was brutal with very high winds and extremely low tides. We experienced cool temperatures and very heavy rain for most of the day. This was the worst weather ever experienced on a Buddy Trip. We started with eight boats scheduled but only four boats with 13 anglers aboard left the dock.
    Although the wind, rain and low tides were difficult to deal with we caught a plethora of fish. This included Whiting, Silver Trout, Spotted Sea Trout, Lady Fish, Sheepshead, Snappers and, of course, a few catfish. The day as usual, was ended with a cocktail hour and dinner with the fishermen and their significant others at Toucan’s Bar & Grill. That evening, the friendship and camaraderie that filled the restaurant, more than made up for the abysmal weather conditions.
    December 9, 2011 Buddy Trip
    The December Buddy Trip was a great success. Six boats and 19 fishermen traveled pied piper style to the Keewaydin Island area. At the start of the trip the fishing was tough because of very strong tides. However, conditions improved as the day went on. Later in the day we encountered some heavy rain but no one melted and we continued fishing. The catch was abundant with many varieties of fish including: sheepshead, whiting, ladyfish, sea trout, silver trout, redfish, black drum, flounder, mangrove snapper, grunts, and jacks. As you know it is a rare day when catfish are not caught. This day was no exception since we caught our fair share.

    That evening 37 people met at Mango’s for cocktails and dinner. After dinner some continued the party for drinks and dancing at CJ’s carrying on past “Marco Midnight”.
    September 9, 2011
    The September Buddy Trip was a great success. The weather was hot and humid but with a nice breeze. The group consisted of 5 boats and 12 anglers. It was a good day in the sense that everyone caught something. The catch consisted of redfish, flounder, mangrove snapper, grunts, sheepshead, and ladyfish. There were keeper redfish, flounder and mangrove snapper. Fortunately, there was only one catfish.

    In the evening 17 people met for cocktails and dinner at Cocomo’s. The food was good and the fellowship was fantastic.
    March 2011
    The outing consisted of five boats and sixteen fishermen. The weather was cool with high winds and moderate tides. We started fishing at the mouth of the river but found the wind difficult to deal with. We moved to Keewaydin Island and fished a few different spots. We made our final destination at Rookery Bay and the surrounding areas. The catch consisted of some ladyfish, whiting, snappers, sheepshead and of course, some catfish. In addition, Barry French caught a nice 25 inch Black Drum. Although there were only a few keepers from all the boats, the trip was enjoyed by all. As usual, the trip ended with 22 people attending a great social event with cocktails and dinner at Cocomo’s. All in all it was a great day to be among fishing buddies.
    If you have any questions/comments or wish to be added to or removed from the list contact Joe Perino rivpress@aol.com
    January 2011
    The outing consisted of six boats and twenty two fishermen. The weather was nippy with moderate winds and very low tides. We fished a few different spots from Rookery Bay to the surrounding areas. The catch consisted of some small redfish, bonnethead sharks, ladyfish, spotted trout, whiting, snappers, sheepshead and of course, some catfish. Although there was only one keeper from all the boats the trip was enjoyed by all. As usual, the trip ended with a great social event with cocktails and dinner at Cocomo’s. All in all it was a wonderful day.
    The next Buddy List Trip will be February 10, 2011.
    If you have any questions/comments or wish to be added to or removed from the list contact Joe Perino rivpress@aol.com
    April 2010
    There was a Buddy List outing to the Coon Key area on April 13, 2010. Except for a little chop, the weather was perfect. Among the fish caught were: Whiting, Silver Trout, Spotted Sea Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Lady Fish, some small sharks, a turtle and, of course, an abundance of catfish. The day was ended with a fish tales that consisted of a cocktail hour and dinner with significant others. The following members enjoyed the camaraderie: Carl Bressan, Jim Burger, Barry French, Larry Duncan (Barry’s visiting brother- in- law) Roy First, Dan Moll, Dennis Hess, Leon Pachowitz, Ron Gordon, Joe Perino, Mike Kropp, Phil Madonia, and Keith Wohltman.
    If you wish to join the Buddy List email Joe Perino rivpress@aol.com
    January 15, 2010
    There was a buddy list outing on January 15, 2010. It was a pied piper type of fishing trip to the Coon Key area and we all keep in touch on channel 78. However, the water was still cold and 17 fishermen caught two whiting and two sand perch. Although the catch was small the camaraderie was large. Many of us met with our wives at Porkey’s for cocktails and dinner after a day at sea. Overall it was a wonderful day.

    Last updated on Sunday, January 22, 2017