March 20 was Matty and Jack’s turn on the Wanderer, and a special day for Captain Jack. He was the main man on the Wanderer Construction yet this day marked his first time back on the boat he built.
Satisfied with the boat’s health after a year in the water, we stayed inshore in the morning to load up on more Yellowfin than we knew what to do with.
At noon they were joined by Craig and William Kidd of North Carolina for some offshore trolling. Mr. Kidd reeled in this magnificant Dorado estimated to weigh 50 lbs. The strike came just before 5 pm…Long day, but well worth the wait.
The Explorer was on the hill getting its monthly upkeep today (and getting some slick new rod holders on the transom), so it fell the Wanderer to pick up the slack…and boy did they ever!
First up, Captain William found an awesome Dorado bite around 2 pm and stayed on it until the box was stuffed with three nice greenies. Alex pulled some incredible gaff shots on these monsters.
With the meat on ice the blue beauty tried to add a trophy fish to the trip to make it perfect. Around 5 pm the moon came up and right behind it was this massive Sailfish. Great work on the billshot and release as always.
With all the excitement surrounding the Explorer, the Safari Carts, the new shop, and all the other projects around here it is possible to forget that the big dog in this yard is the big blue billfish battlewagon….Wanderer!
Jack and Matty along with clients Jim and Bryan were out on the Explorer getting geared up for the Ship of Fools Tournament this weekend. With a scoring system that rewards big billfish and multiple inshore species in a weighted fashion, this local tourneo is THE bragging rights event of the season.
To prepare, we are tightening up our Cuberra Snapper tactics in a way that also permits for solid Yellowfin action. This way we can fill up the scorecard in multiple ways. Matty nailed this one late in the day on a 2.5 hour evening trip.
There were three trips booked on the Wanderer on March 17 and all of the clients caught fish and had a great time. First up this little dude turned out to be a Yellowfin Tuna’s worst nightmare:
Later in the afternoon the Yellowfin bite intensified and the catches kept getting bigger:
Finally in the evening, the big red monster came calling and the boys on the Wanderer knew how to handle the beast. This is clearly one of the bigger Cuberra Snappers of the season so far. What a great day from Captain William and First Mate Alex!
Captain Jack and Matty, the FishingNosara Building Dream Team, took some time off from dialing-in the new Safari Carts long enough to join Captain David for a quick 2 hr. evening trip. In this short time Jack ripped in a nice 40lbs. Cuberra Snapper.
With dinner in the box, Matty ordered the appetizer in the form of a football-sized Yellowfin tuna. They are heading out again tomorrow with more meals in mind. Nice trip to the fish market!
There was a great report on March 16 from the Wanderer of wonderful action on the inshore reefs. They brought in a nice Yellowfin Tuna, a Rainbow Runner, and the smallest Dorado imaginable (we threw that one back obviously).
Nice catches by the Wanderer today. Jim, Bryan, Katrina, and the rest of their posse were treated to a wide variety of smaller inshore fish.
Later on, they buried the hook in Mr. Sailfish. He was no match for us this time…Another great catch and release for the Wanderer.
The big score came on March 13 with client Dewey Gile who packed the fishbox with four nice Yellowfin Tunas. Adding a Marlin release to that day would be the trip of a lifetime right? How about TWO Blue marlins?
That’s right! Performing like a boat twice her size, the Explorer captured the flag this weekend. Lots of Yellowfins and a double Blue Marlin day…doesn’t get much better than that!
The Wanderer got a morning trip in with client Katrina before lashing down for the afternoon tidal surge (thanks to the Japan earthquake). She caught two Yellowfin tunas and two nice Grouper.
By the way, thank you for all the email expressing concern over our safety RE: potential tidal wave. I am happy to report that all our personnel and equipment are safe.
Let’s give pause and prayers to the lives that were lost today and to the tough task of rebuilding that faces countless coastal areas in the Pacific Basin. Our prayers are with you. Pura Vida!
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The long wait is finally over! The next generation of FishingNosara T-shirts are arriving to Guiones Beach today, available in multiple colors and styles. As always $1 from each shirt sold goes to the Nosara School.
To everyone who is not currently in Nosara, we will begin filling orders for new T-shirts on March 31, but we are currently taking pre-orders. Email Craig@FishingNosara.com or Matty@FishingNosara.com to place your order.