Great Sailfish action on the Wanderer! Dave Wenzel’s group took to the blue water and hooked up two nice Pacific Sailfish.
Conway Johnson was the angler for the first fish, backed up by young Alex Wenzel on the release. Nice FSU hat son!
What a perfect way to get acquainted with the local billfish population! The kid’s smile says it all:
The second Sailfish of the trip was bested by Dave Wenzel and it was just as much a monsters as the first.
Excellent fish handling by First Mate Alex to ensure the safety of the fish and the anglers, and great hunting as always by the master Captain William.
Dave Wenzel is the latest in a long parade of Jacksonville, FL anglers who have bested blue water billfish on the big blue beauty the Wanderer. On June 22 his posse got a show from a big-shouldered Pacific Sailfish.
Everyone had their cameras at the ready once the leader broke through the water, revealing this wonderful creature.
Great fish by Dave Wenzel as the Wanderer notches two more safe Sailfish releases. From Dave’s Facebook page: “Two nice sails on the first day…Captain estimates them at 80 and 90 lbs. All smiles and sore biceps”
Chuck and the Good Doctors topped all of their great performances to-date with a fanstastic pair of Marlin releases backed up by a big Sailfish release. Most anglers spend their whole lives trying to best a big Pacific Marlin, so to see these fellas capture two on a single trip is truly and accomplishment.
The first Marlin came in just before noon and was a deep-water brawler; not a lot of jumps and surface action but a lot of brute strength about 40 feet under the water.
Great capture and release by the fearless First Mate Alex!
The second Marlin wasn’t far behind, with a safe release reported just after 1pm. Another amazing fish!
For the victory lap the fellas hooked up a wonderful Sailfish and before too long the third trophy fish of the day was released.
The action was just getting started for the Good Doctors as Captain David switched up tactics and dropped some deep rigs to the bottom. Look and what was lurking beneath:
This Cuberra Snapper is a full 50+lbs. and it was a monster to catch. If yesterday’s big Dorado wasn’t enough to keep these boys fed this Red Buick should fill up the rest of the refrigerator.
Sensing the need for appetizers, the Explorer put Yellowfin Tuna sushi on the menu with this very nice 25lbs. specimen. On a slower day this fish would be considered the highlight, but clearly the bite was on fire and Captain David kept the Explorer‘s presentation one step ahead of the fish.
The Explorer‘s fishboxes were so full that they smartly began to target catch and release species. This Rooster fish is a beautiful example of this species. What amazing markings!
Late in the day they hooked up an acrobatic Sailfish and got some great photos, however this one spit the hook after a short fight.
We’ll keep an eye out for these anglers as they take to the Wanderer for a few days offshore; perhaps this gal’s still out there waiting for them.
While half of Chuck Harris’ group were knocking out bottom fish with Captain David on the Explorer, the rest of them headed offshore with Captain William on the Wanderer to see what was biting in the blue water. The flagship found her way to Sailfish City and released this lovely pair of hunting buddies:
It wasn’t just about the trophy fish, as the boys got on a small school of Yellowfin Tuna later in the trip, highlighted by this 30lbs Yella fella:
June 15 was an amazing day on the Explorer with the Chuck Harris group!
This 70lbs. Dorado was the highlight for the Good Doctors who, in addition to capturing this meaty creature and putting him on ice, got some incredible photos. Check out this monster pound the gunwales of the Explorer!
This fish is estimated at well over 60lbs…keep in mind that the guy in the picture below is over six foot and the tail still touches the deck.
These guys have another full day on the Explorer planned for tomorrow so stayed tuned for more updates.
Chuck Harris and his group of hard-fishin’ doctors are back in Nosara for a full week of heavy fishing. Their first trip on the Wanderer went splendidly with trophy fish released and the return of a favorite: BIG Yellowfin Tunas
They got off to a fast start at 9:30am with was a matched pair of Dorados estimated at 35lbs.
The real action picked up in the afternoon with two Sailfish within minutes of each other.
They also whacked two Yellowfun Tunas at 30lbs. and a monster 100lbs. beast that is certainly a welcome sight!
The Good Doctors will be fishing all week and we can’t wait to see what is in store for these fellas.
We have been honored to partner with CCA NC this season to send loads of great folks to Nosara from the Tar Heel State, and we look forward to seeing more of y’all real soon.
The fishing was a little slow, but Captain David persevered and delivers some excellent action on three half-days with Eric and Amy. Howabout we let Eric and Amy tell it:
“Wanted to send you both a quick note and let you know that my family and I really enjoyed our trip last week. The service your staff provided was fantastic. Everything from the airport transfers, the daily breakfast, car service to/from fishing, etc… was top notch.”
“Even though the fishing was a bit slow all week, I enjoyed my three full days with Capt. David on the Explorer. He worked hard each day in an attempt to put together something.”
I was able to catch my first Rooster, as well as my first Sailfish.
Mixed in was a few Mahi, a nice Yellowfin Tuna, a real nice AJ, as well as a number of other species.
David estimated the rooster at 25lbs., the Sailfish at 90lbs., and the AJ at roughly 45lbs.
Thank you again,
Eric & Amy Anderson