Kathy Preis found our about FishingNosara from our appearance at the St. Petersburg Power and Sail Boat Show back in December, and she brought her husband down to Costa to take a crack at the blue water beasties.
Things got off to a fast start with a MASSIVE Wahoo on the line; this monster is conservatively estimated to weigh 35lbs. but I think it is fair to say that this fish is closer to 50lbs. Excellent eating fish, too!
The action peaked around noon when a pair of Sailfish torpedoed the baits and a stage was set for the legendary Double Sailfish release.
As always Captain William’s superb boat handling skills were on full display as he maneuvered the Wanderer in a way to keep both anglers in a position of strength. Mate Carlos (of the Explorer and Adventurer) ran the show from the cockpit and saw to the safe release of both beautiful Sailfish.
Another excellent trip on the Wanderer, this time with client Laurie Richards and her posse. First Mate Alex is in San Jose for the week to handle some family business, so in the mate position for these trips was the very versatile Captain Carlos of Adventurer and Explorer fame.
There was no let down on the blue beauty as the Sailfish swarmed her throughout the trip.
Captain William turned the big flagship on her heels and kept these fish guessing as the clients put line back on the golden reels with razor precision. Carlos saw to the safe release of all these billfish after reviving them in the water.
Reviving the clients? Well that required a more nuanced, old-school approach:
Great trip as always from the Master Captain William and the flagship Wanderer.
Richard Melito and his Virginia-based posse of anglers booked the flagship Wanderer for a full day blue water fishing trip and their investment of time paid off huge dividends.
These are some of the bigger Sailfish we’ve had so far this season, with the big one (above) estimated well over 140lbs.
They had three wonderful Sailfish releases, plus added a tasty Dorado for the dinner table.
Amazing results from the big blue beauty and her crew, the unstoppable Master Captain William and the wondermate First Mate Alex.
Adrian Archuleta is back for more, and this time he brought a posse! Last year he fished with us on the Explorer but with a larger group came the step up to the flagship Wanderer.
The Sailfish have been on fire recently and this trip was a perfect example. Five total releases, including the very challenging Double Sailfish release.
Great work by the anglers and by Captain William to prevent a line-cross tangle. Next up the ladies put on a show for the fellas with some Sailfish releases of their own.
All fish were released safely as usual by the incomparable First Mate Alex.
Had a great time! What an amazing business you have going down there! Kudos to the great staff and can’t wait to return!
Adrian and Emmy
Check out this Snapper caught by client Eddie on a January 7 sunset cruise:
See that look on his face? That is the standard expression after fighting one of these bad boys. Estimated at 40lbs. this is a great catch exemplifying the jaw-dropping power of the reef fish in Costa Rica.
Ted Thompson and his group had an outstanding day on the Wanderer on January 7, released two Sailfish and putting a pair of Dorados on ice.
The Dorados should keep the posse fed for the week, but these Sailfish releases are memories to last a lifetime.
Great results on a sunset cruise from angler Miriam McDonald’s group. They started off with a few small Dorados, including this one that got chewed up on the way into the boat by a larger mystery fish.
That mystery was solved an hour later when this MASSIVE Cubera Snapper hit a vertical jig. These monsters fight hard but this group of anglers was up to the challenge.
Nice filets in store for this group after another fantastic sunset cruise for the Wanderer.
Our old pal Henry Doggrell joined client Richard Belgaske for an afternoon half day on the Wanderer and scored big. For a warm up Henry boated this White Tuna, which is eerily similar to his day with us back in 2011:
January 7, 2013
January 5, 2011
The left the reminiscing for later because 1pm means one thing in these waters: Sailfish Time!
This beauty fought Henry for about 20 minutes before being safely de-hooked and released. Great fishing from one of our favorite clients.