Great first day at the Southeast US Boat Show. Our free raffle for the trip to Costa Rica has already created a buzz around the park, plus have had lots of interest in T-shirts and hats.
Of course, the real event today was the bikini contest. Here is the winning gal (sorry for the grainy photo; I was jostling for position with about 50 other people).
All told we are having a great time. C’mon down and see us this weekend!
Attention Jacksonville folks! At this weekend’s Southeast US Boat Show at Met Park, FishingNosara and Nosara Paradise Rentals will be giving away a free week in Casa Capitan and the winner’s choice of a 2.5 hour trip with Captain David on the Explorer or a Safari Tour for up to 4 people.
Best part is…$0 RAFFLE TICKETS! That’s right, this raffle is absolutely free to any attendee of the boat show. Come out and see us this weekend!
For show details, check out the Southeast US Boat Show Website.
A few weeks back while pre-fishing for the Ship of Fools Tournament, I asked Captain David Barrantes of the Explorer if there were any other area captains who he didn’t like. See in Florida we get really competitive with other boats, especially during tournament time.
David looked at me like I was crazy and laughed off the question. “Matt, we are all friends on the water.”
Sure enough, these guys really look out for each other. From sharing the location of good fishing spots to giving away excess bait, the Ticos of Garza bay are family first, fishermen second.
It is no surprise then that when longtime FishingNosara mate Vibert Blanche, Jr. received his own boat, the Secret Spot, that Captain David joined him for an afternoon trip to help shake down the new craft.
David and Vibert shared the duties of rigging, gaffing, and angling like old friends. I imagine that seeing these two titans of Garza fishing in the same boat scared the bejezzus out of the fish, and with good reason.
By the end of the trip they had caught several nice Yellowfin tunas and this beautiful Roosterfish.
Though the Secret Spot is not currently a part of the FishingNosara fleet, we wish young Vibert the best of luck on his new boat…after all “We are all friends on the water.”
The new Shop is coming along splendidly. After pouring the foundation and stem walls, we are currently out of the ground. In this picture you can see the detail bay being constructed on the far corner. Soon we will be moving up to the roof.
Great work by the building crew!
Most recently, Ran Davis booked the Wanderer on April 8 and had some really nice catches. Mr. Davis and his group came home with a 40lbs. Cuberra Snapper, four Yellowfin Tunas, and a tasty little white tuna.
Great inshore action for the Wanderer in a month where the fish are literally chewing the bottoms out of the boats. Great job by the whole FishingNosara Team!
The Explorer was back on duty the morning of March 25 with client Luke and early half day. They got off to a quick start, catching a 20lbs. Dorado and a football-sized Yellowfin Tuna.
Around 11am the billfish woke up and began assaulting the Explorer‘s spread. In less than an hour they raised three Sailfish and released two. Excellent action no matter how you slice it!
For a victory lap, Luke and David visited the inshore reef for a quick casting session and once again put the hooks into an incredible fish… a 60lbs. Rooster Fish!
After the Ship of Fools, we knew there would be no post tournament letdown for the Explorer. Captain David on the barroom brawler called the Explorer caught a white tuna, a 25lbs. Yellowfin tuna, and a 45lbs. Dorado. Excellent trip!
We got some great news from the Explorer on April 4. The Super Panga with the supersized heart was booked by client Kieran Charles Fleming from Michigan for a full day of offshore billfish hunting. Captain David enlisted First Mate Alex from the Wanderer for the trip, and the boys did an excellent job of putting the clients on the fish of their dreams.
First up was a nice Sailfish release estimated over 100lbs. While that may satisfy most panga boats, the Explorer is not your daddy’s panga…it is a billfish hunter to the bone!
Just ask this 300lbs. Blue Marlin that Captain David and Kieran released late in the day!
The moral of this story? The fish don’t care how big the boat is. The right tackle, the right captain, and a good angler are all that is required to catch the fish of a lifetime on the 26′ foot giant killer…Explorer!
Captain David took clients Michael and Sarah out on the Explorer for a 2.5 hour morning trip. They found hot action at a very famous reef just off of Garza called Picha Padre. On this very short trip they caught a nice white tuna and three useful black tunas.
The Explorer always delivers action from big billfish to feisty inshore species. Another great performance from Captain David.
The Wanderer is still rocking after a great week of billfishing. With Alex decked out as the ‘hombre malo con manga corta’ (The Bad Man with the Long Sleeves), this pair of sailfish couldn’t resist the spread.
As usual Captain William masterfully manipulated boat and fish to draw these fights to safe and quick ends. They couldn’t of been more pleased with his trip and their two sailfish releases.