FishingNosara veteran angler Bill Harris has built a solid reputation as a no-holds-barred fish catching machine. In the past he’s had lights-out performances on big Yellowfin tuna and Dorado but has yet to join our bill collectors club. Would he find the elusive Pacific Sail on his three trips this week?
The St. Petersburg, FL angler rolled into town deep this week with fellow Tampa/Pinellas boys Elie Bedran, Andrew Spangler, Joe Arriaga, Brady Harris and Roger Stephan.
Captain William’s plan for these guys? Take them out to Sailfish City and see who quits first…the fish or the fellas?
The Sailfish swarmed the spread thickly and the boys reeled quickly. This first high-flying Sail came in at 9am with several of her hunting buddies close behind.
After the first two releases the bite cooled off, but sure enough it fired right back up after 1pm. Here’s Brady Harris with one of the larger specimens.
The final release of the day came just after 3:30pm and put the perfect cap on a quadruple release effort
Of course First Mate Alex saw to the safe handling and live release of these rare creatures. The way this posse fishes we’re gonna need them around this week!
Most people don’t get to see grown men smiling and giggling like little boys, but it’s a near-daily occurrence on the flagship Wanderer.
By the way, if you are wondering the best way to end a day of fishing these pictures should get you started:
The Adventurer was on the water again on April 26, this time with client Steve Kuhnz for a half-day excursion. They started the day off with some inshore nibblers and then Captain Carlos pushed offshore to find the blue water alley.
Sure enough this nice Dorado hit the rig about 3 miles from shore and Steve had the game to put it on ice.
Nice catch from the 23-foot panga that is changing all the rules for extreme panga fishing!
After their banner day on the Wanderer on April 23, Robert and Joy returned to the Explorer for an inshore battle that was just as fruitful as their offshore excursions.
First off Mr. McCafferty waylaid this 30lbs. Amberjack. Remember that here on the Pacific side our Amberjack are edible and delicious, unlike the Atlantic variety.
Joy Best followed up with a fish that is delicious no matter what ocean you’re in. This tasty Yellowfin Tuna weighs about 35lbs. and is every ounce as good as it looks.
What a wonderful way to cap off a great week of fishing!
Robert McCafferty and Joy Best came from Pennsylvania in search of big billfish, and on April 23 they joined Captain William and First Mate Alex of the Wanderer for a full-blast Sailfish hunt.
Joy hit the first homerun with a lovely Sailfish release, followed up shortly by Robert knocking out one of his own.
The real highlight came late in the day as the couple pulled of the very difficult Double Sailfish release.
In total they released five Sailfish on the flagship and have the pictures to prove their angling prowess. Great work by Captain William on the hunting and First Mate Alex on the safe releases.
Robert McCafferty and Joy Best have a trio of trips planned this week with our team, and on their first trip Captain David of the Explorer took them offshore for a tour of Sailfish City.
The Sails were aggressive biting, but even more aggressive in hook-spitting. Still Mr. McCafferty managed to best one of these behemoths, estimated to weigh over 125 lbs.
Look out for more great fishing from this Pennsylvania-based duo this week.
The Wanderer took a lovely sunset cruise with client Russell Brownley and his group. Though the Pacific sunset was as perfectly picturesque as possible, this group couldn’t help but drop a few lines to the bottom and see what was eating.
They got all they could handle in the form of not one, but TWO meaty Cuberra Snappers! That’s how you fill a refrigerator on just a 2.5 hour trip.
In addition to great catches, the Wanderer is a perfect place to learn the craft of fishing. Check out First Mate Alex giving some tips on how to handle our conventional reel jigging rods…she already looks like an old pro!
Great trip from the top boat in the bay and her top-notch crew.
Mark Applegate finished off a full week of fishing on the Adventurer with Captain Carlos with a mammoth Sailfish release. This monster is clearly the largest billfish ever caught on the 23-foot pocket knife and is a testament to the strength of the angler, boat, and Captain.
Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s email: “Just wanted to say thanks. I had a great time in Nosara and catching a Sailfish on my birthday was the icing on the cake! You have a great staff working for you, hats off to all of them! Carlos did an awesome job of putting me on the fish.”
Seth Winkelman and his girl Meg hit the water with Captain Carlos on the Adventurer and in addition to enjoying the stunning coastline views, they also knocked out several Jack Crevelles and a nice white tuna.
Seth followed up with an amazing Jack Crevelle caught on a flyrod. Look at the effort being exerted on this wispy rod: