ABOUT US >>
East Coast Charters is a highly motivated team of talented Captains and Anglers that work as a cohesive unit to create one of the most enthusiastic and exciting sport fishing operations in New England. Combined the team has over a century of angling experience that literally spans the entire globe, they have pooled their knowledge and time on the water together to create the ultimate fine tuned fishing machine. Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or a calm calculated strategist, we invite you to take advantage of our expertise and teamwork to put together the perfect angling experience for you, and give you the ultimate value for your hard earned bucks!
Capt Jack Sprengel >>
USCG MASTER / RESCUE DIVER/ EMT
Nicknamed the “Jesse James” of angling, Capt Jack Sprengel is known for his edgy style and unique approach to the sport.
A recreational angler by the age of 6, Jack’s professional career in Sport Fishing started at the age of 14 when he was hired by a local tackle shop. There he was able to learn all aspects of the industry, not only from the marketing and retail perspective, but nearly every single form of sport fishing available today. The Captain learned by paying attention to the old-timers, working with commercial fisherman and by getting out and honing his own unique style. By the age of 16 he was dialed in enough that shop customers began to pay him for the day to jump on their boats and help them catch more fish. Between the knowledge from his store connections and the opportunity to have targeted so many different species on different vessels, he was able to develop an elite network of allies and a solid skill for helping others connect with fish.
Now in his early 30’s Capt Jack has over 2 decades of professional angling experience. In this time he has traveled the world in search of trophy game-fish, landing species from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Caribbean Sea, The Gulf of Mexico as well as numerous freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in the United States, Central/South America and Europe.
An active writer and photographer Jack has been both featured and published in numerous outdoor publications including: “Saltwater Sportsman,” “Sport Fishing Magazine,” “On the Water,” “The Fisherman,” “Nor-east,” “Field and Stream,” “Jig and Pop the World” “FishTrack.com” and even in non-angling publications like “Rhode Island Monthly” and “Pool and Billiard” Magazines for his extreme angling style. He also literally helped write the book on freshwater fishing in Rhode Island for “The Freshwater Guides of New England” series. The Captain has also been featured on multiple episodes of Destination America's Sportfishing Television and made appearances on Discovery/Animal Planets Off The Hook: Extreme Catches, Spike TV’s coverage of The Monster Shark Tournament, ABC’s “Fishing the Ocean State,” "WPRI's The Rhode Show," The MSNBC News Webpage and Boston Sports Radio 1510 “The Zone.”
As an active student of marine science and an avid promoter of the sport, Jack has traveled throughout the country giving audio-visual seminars, live demonstrations and other presentations on sport fishing and other maritime topics. Some of his affiliates for these events are: The Shimano Corp, Bass Pro Shops, West Marine, The Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts’s Marine Trade Associations, The Newport Yachting Group, The International Game Fish Association, Nordhavn Yachts, The Massachusetts Striped Bass Association, The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and literally hundreds of other regional sport fishing: Shops, clubs and trade shows. 2013-2016 Capt Jack was recruited to head the fishing presence and seminar series at the Providence and Newport Boat Shows.
Some additional angling achievements for the Captain are :
4 Time inductee RISAA Hall of Fame.
2 Time RISAA Angler of the Year (2007+2009)
Team Captain of East Coast’s Sport fishing team “Team Local Hooker Rods” winners of the 2010 1st Annual “Run and Gun Bluefin Classic” Tuna Tournament.
Co-Set the New Rhode Island State Record for Broadbill Swordfish with Capt Louis J Defusco 2011
Co-Captain Team Deep Second place 2012 Snug Harbor Shark tournament.
3 Time Top 3 Species Winner Tri-State Canyon Shootout: 2014 (2nd Place Tuna, 2015 1st Place Tri-Fish, 2016 2nd Place Mahi)
Capt of Team RonZ Lures: Fishing for a Cause Tournament (1st Place Fluke 2016 and Full Sweep Fluke Div 2017 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place)
In addition to the listed experience, Capt Jack holds the following additional licensure and credentials:
Licensed: USCG Master Captain License
Certified: USCG Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement
Certified: Rescue Diver: PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors)
Certified: Dive Master : NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
Certified: Emergency Medical Technician
Certified in Ship Board Fire Fighting and (F.A.S.T) team assistance
Certified at Operations Level for HAZMAT emergencies
Certified in Anti-Terrorism first responder level
Member in good standing of the Maritime Consortium Random Drug Testing Program
Captain Brandon Lake >>
Brandon was raised in the sport fishing lifestyle and has participated in it actively literally since the age of 2. Although he has placed at the top in several regional tournament series, He's one of the guys who normally avoids the limelight. Brandon fishes every free moment he has whether its for his clients or just for his own enjoyment. In addition to the time he spends in the water; Lake's passion, personal character and notable skill sets have made him an essential player for The East Coast Charters Team. Lake specializes in using spinning tackle for Big Game Species and Has a knack for targeting Large Striped Bass in Rhode Islands Narragansett Bay and in the productive waters off block island, on both artificials and on live baits. Brandon runs a 28ft Contender Venator during private trips and also Co-Captains on many of our offshore operations.
Capt Lake has and sharp ability to "Find the Fish" when utilizing our multiboat operation he often runs point, the entire fleet benefits from his aggresive ground covering strategy! Many of the Cape Cod Jig and Pop Style Charters as well as the Light Tackle Striped Bass trips are run with Captains Lake and Sprengel (Individually or as a Team)
Captain Kyle Oneppo >>
Kyle Oneppo started his professional sportfishing career while still in grade school, mating for the East Coast Charters Crew and working as a hand aboard several commercial rod and reel operations, all while running his own vessels, fishing recreationally and as a tournament angler. Today Kyle runs 2 commercial/guided sport fishing rigs of his own and now has stepped up as a captain to add a 3rd Captain to our elite line up.
Kyle has fished along side Captain Sprengel for over a decade and has been an integral force behind many of the latest advances and innovations that our operation has been able to influence and contribute to the industry as a team.
Whether your on a solo run with this highly motivated captain or treating yourself to a coop trip booked with Capt's Sprengel and Oneppo for some exciting offshore big game action, your sure to get your hard earned moneys worth and a great day on the water!
“Here in the Northeast, we have some of the most exciting sport fishing opportunities the planet has to offer! Shallow Water Spring Striped Bass, Cape Cod Light Tackle Tuna, a wide variety of abundant inshore species and fishing the Gulf Stream in the infamous North East Canyons to name a few. Through the hard work and efforts of my teammates and fellow captains, we have been able to put together some world class experiences on the water. Because of the time we spend on it, we manage to keep a strong pulse on where the action is as it changes from day to day. As a father and husband myself, I understand what the value of a dollar in today’s economy, So I personally vow to give you every pennies worth of your hard earned cash when you book us! We look forward to meeting you and for the opportunity to guide you on
~East Coast Captains!