With all the excitement surrounding the launch of FishingNosara’s newest boat, the Wanderer, let’s take a moment here and welcome her top-notch crew. Captain William Barrantes Mendoza and mates Alex and David are all lifelong anglers with deep local roots, and believe me they are more than capable of running such a fine boat.
After releasing four out of the nine Marlin raised in late November, the Wanderer set her sights on more of the big boys. On November 22nd Captain William was joined by Craig and Matty of FishingNosara.com and Nosara Paradise Rentals’ head builder Danilo for a 3/4 day of Marlin hunting. Sure enough one more raised, caught, and released for the Wanderer, this one approximately 350lbs.
Chris Savitz of Jacksonville was aboard with Craig and Captain William for several fishing trips in late November. Mr. Savitz was part of the team that rigged the Wanderer and it was quite a thrill for him to catch this massive Dorado. Now, Mr. Savitz is not an especially big guy, but you got to love that this fish is taller than Chris.
Captain Vibert then welcomed a very esteemed client, Mr. Sigurd Michelsen, to the shores of Nosara for a two-day fishing excursion. On November 5th they cruised the offshore depths and brought in two cubera snappers in the 15-30lbs. range. They also had two more on the line, but they were too massive to pull in this time.
On November 6th Sig was back onboard the Cabo for another day with Captain Vibert. They had a blast and swooped up some nice fish. He caught a pair of yellowfin tunas each weighing 15lbs. and a pair of black tunas weighing 10lbs. They also reeled in a big 65lbs. amberjack.
Finally Captain Vibert put Mr. Michelsen on a bubbling patch of water and dropped all the lines right into the middle. They found out what was causing all the fuss when the line popped off and shot straight down. One good hour of fighting later and Sig pulled in a Sleeper Shark (called a Whale shark in some places) weighing over 450lbs.
Most recently Captain Vibert welcomed client John for two days of fishing on October 13th and 14th.
The first day brought John and Captain Vibert tons of bites, and they reeled in five Dorado ranging from 20lbs. to 30lbs. They also grabbed four 10lbs. Black tunas and five 8lbs. Cobias.
The second day they loaded up to go hunt the big boys out in the deep water. The first hit was a small black tuna weighing around 10lbs.
Once the sun got overhead, the flashes of turquoise and gold came up from the deep; the telltale sign of a Dorado frenzy. One line popped off, then another. As fast as Vibert Jr. could boat one fish, another fish was on! By the end of the bite they had boated five Dorado ranging from 20lbs. to 40lbs.
They weren’t quite done yet. With the crew dialed in and the weather cooperating, John went looking for the billfish. A few sailfish were sniffing the bait and Vibert showed the patience that 30 years on the water imparts. Finally one of the big sailfish hit hard! John belted up and engaged the fish in a spirited half-hour duel. He brought it into the boat where the crew estimated a weight of well over 100lbs!
On August 30th the staff of Nosara Paradise Rentals took an end-of-season trip and had a MASSIVE catch. The crew did quite well catching a 25lbs. wahoo, six 12lbs. yellowfin tunas, and five 10lbs. rainbow runners. They also caught a massive cubera snapper, estimated to weigh 70lbs.
These guys and gals work tirelessly to make our slice of paradise accessible and accommodating to all our guests, so it great to see them have a little fun and catch a lot of fish.
August 7th marked the arrival of newlyweds Terry and Miriam Alexander to the shores of Nosara and the beginning of four awesome days fishing. Mr. Alexander is the head baseball coach of the Jacksonville University Dolphins, a Florida State alum, and (as it turns out) one heck of a fisherman.
On the first day they caught six 20lbs. Yellowfin tuna and a 56lbs. Amberjack. They followed up on the 8th with three 12lbs. Blackfin tunas and yet another 20lbs. Yellowfin tuna.
They went out marlin hunting on August 9th and they managed to raise a 400lbs. Black marlin, but couldn’t quite get the hooks into the great fish before he escaped.
After enjoying the sights around the Nosara Paradise Rentals campus, Terry and Miriam Alexander booked one more day on the blue water on August 11th.
What followed was a full-fledged sailfish bonanza. After a half-dozen or so promising strikes, the couple managed to catch and release three biggums: 120lbs., 125lbs., and a glorious 150lbs.
One of our favorite clients, Bobby Dean and his wife Lynn joined us for a two and a half hour sunset cruise in early August. He caught an excellent range of fish: four 18lbs. Yellowfin tuna, a 13lbs. Whitefin tuna, and a 33lbs. Amberjack.
July 28th marked the arrival of one of our favorite clients, Richard Moran. Mr. Moran brought the whole family to Nosara, and fortunately he caught enough fish to feed them all.
On his first day, Richard filled the fishbox with a 10lbs. Yellow tuna, two 15lbs. Jacks, and six 10lbs. Black tunas, plus he reeled in a 10lbs rainbow runner and a little needle fish for good measure.
Then he invited Javier and Craig of Nosara Paradise Rentals along for the ride, and the extra hands were put to good use as the spread was literally getting shredded by some aggressive sailfish. Richard caught and released a massive 120lbs. Sailfish, the biggest single fish of his trip, but not his best total day of fishing.
That came on August 3rd when, once again joined by Craig Sutton, Richard Moran successfully fought four 50lbs. Yellowfin tuna! These are by far the biggest tuna we’ve seen in these waters this year, and it seems as though this tuna bite will hold strong in the coming months as the rainy season approaches.
On July 14th client James had a banner day with Captian Vibert. By the end of the trip he had caught five 18lbs. jacks, two 15lbs. yellowfin tuna, and a very elusive 18lbs. white tuna. We’ve seen lots of clients going after these excellent tasting fish recently, and the diversity of the table fare is a testiment to Captain Vibert’s long experience fishing these waters.
The next day, client David filled released this amazing Rooster Fish: