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The BEST fishing day of someone's life—to inspire YOURS.™

010 – Nearshore Surprise with Captain John Coufal

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A welcome party crasher …

Guest Profile

Captain John Coufal is the owner of Hana Pa’a (“Fish On”) Adventures in Weekie Wachee, Florida. An Army vet, John fell in love with saltwater fishing when he was stationed in Hawaii, and he still has blue water running strong in his veins. John loves taking his guests out for an awesome day of fishing, diving, or scalloping. In addition, John is also starting a non-profit organization to help fellow veterans and their families get out for some much deserved R&R and saltwater therapy. And did I mention he knows how to catch cobia?

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 Fishing experience

Capt. John grew up freshwater fishing in Kansas. When his Army career took him to Hawaii, he took to the blue water and got the saltwater fever. Now retired from the Army, John fishes (and dives) for everything the Gulf of Mexico has to offer, including grouper, sharks, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and scallops. Oh, and did I mention cobia?

fishing podcast, fisherman, angler, inshore, offshore, saltwater, freshwater, ocean, lake, pond, stream, river, lagoon, flyfishing

Capt. John Coufal (left) and family


This episode takes place on the Gulf Coast of Florida near Pine Island in Hernado County.

Catch of the Day


This episode is about a good day of grouper fishing that took an epic turn when a big ray and its big friend, Mr. Cobia, decided to crash the party.

Gear Used

Cut bait and a reel with a lot of line …

About TTF Podcast

The Tell Tale Fisherman™ podcast is the place for all avid anglers (not just guides and tournament professionals) to share their fishing story of a lifetime and become fishing legends. Fresh water or salt water, middle of the ocean or middle of a stream, on this fishing podcast we are on a quest to catch the most EPIC fishing adventures from around the world—to inspire yours!

If you are an avid angler, we would LOVE to have you as a guest on the show. So, if you love to fish, and find yourself often sharing your fishing pictures or talking fishing with other anglers, then you are EXACTLY the type of guest (and listener!) this show is all about. On this fishing podcast we want to hear from ALL avid anglers – not just pros and guides (although we love them too!). Join us on this quest to catch the greatest fishing stories in the world.

To sign up (or to recommend a guest), visit our guest page ( The interview format is super easy – just tell us a little about yourself, and then share with us the story of your most epic day of fishing ever. All you need is a computer, a mic, and 15-20 minutes of time. That’s it!

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