John Danner comes to us from the picturesque island community of Davis Island in the Tampa, FL area which is known for it’s world-class sailing. In fact every Thursday night there is an open regatta where local sailors can mix it up with traveling cup teams in Hillsborough Bay.
Well, Mr. Danner got into a different kind of sailing over the course of three trips with Captain David on the Explorer.
This is the kind where you release multiple Sailfish from a 26-foot panga boat!
Great work by Captain David and Mate Carlos to safely catch and release these beauties.
Mr. Danner was all smiles when he came back. Here is the email he sent us:
Craig, Matt, and Arturo,
Again thank you for an awesome trip. Everything was done beyond what I had expected. A friendly arrival, excellent advice, outstanding fishing, and complete satisfaction from start to finish. I have all ready told my friends of your outstanding operation. Thanks again for the trip of a lifetime. Cannot wait to go again.
Russell Triplett and his lady had a wonderful day of action on the flagship, highlighted by His and Hers Sailfish releases and a monster Dorado for the dinner table.
Russell caught the first sailfish and just when she swam away freely after the release a second line popped off the report of a strike.
First Mate Alex switched the spread over from billfish to meatfish in the afternoon and once again the flagship delivered the goods for her clients. Take a look as this monster Dorado estimated to weigh over 45lbs.
Need some help holding that fish, Russell? I think she can handle it for ya:
Another super day on the big blue beauty Wanderer!
Three-time Hall of Famer Dennis Paul has done it again! This guy is an unstoppable angler who has quench his thirst for blue water action many times in our stretch of ocean and his performance on February 9 is surely another day for the record books.
Dennis righteously released four total Pacific Sailfish and as usual he was neck deep in the action; this ain’t the kind of client who watches Captain William and First Mate Alex do all the work!
Check out Dennis on the billshot:
As expected Dennis Paul turned in another noteworthy performance as the only single angler to release four billfish on one trip this season. In fact the last time a single angler caught more than four on the Wanderer was tournament time last season and we all remember how that went:
Steve White booked up the Wanderer for a pair of sunset cruises and though conditions were great the fish were a tad uncooperative. The blue beauty did manage to snag this nice 25lbs. Amberjack and lost a few other mystery nibbles.
Still a slow evening of fishing beats just about any other activity and Mr. White was satisfied with his catch.
Another nice showing from Dennis Seltsam on his second day aboard the Wanderer. This time Mrs. Seltsam took the bull by the horns with the first fish in the box; This tasty Dorado is just a little bigger than the bull bested by Dennis on the 7th.
Not to be outdone, Mr. Seltsam released another 80+lbs. Sailfish to match his effort from the previous trip.
Lots of fun action for this Kentucky-based fishing couple!
Albert Aucoin and his sons took to the blue water like only a bunch of good old Tampa boys will: 3 days, 3 trips, all on the super Panga Explorer with Captain David. They earned many tasty filets highlighted by this 25lbs. Dorado caught on February 6 and 15lbs. Mullet Snapper caught on February 7:
Excellent work by a group of hardcore CCA anglers and the 26-foot Explorer
Dennis Seltsam is a returning Hall of Famer who absolutely lit it up last February with a wonderful Marlin and Roosterfish release. This time he arrives to our shores with an empty bucket list and let’s see what was biting for Dennis.
Mr. Seltsam got off to a quick start with this respectable 25lbs. Dorado on ice.
After as few missed strikes, Dennis was rewarded later in the trip when a mighty Sailfish found itself on the hook.
Another safe clean release by the Wanderer and a nice start to the week for Dennis Seltsam.
Joel Kean and his lady had a fun day of productive offshore harvesting…the only thing bigger than the Dorados were these clients’ smiles.
Both anglers caught some impressive specimens as once again the Wanderer delivers a great day on the water.