Jacksonville Beach’s own Tony Blanco scored huge today with one of the biggest Broomtail Groupers of the season. These grey lunkers feel like a cinder block when it comes to reeling them in, and most anglers run out of strength long before seeing the beast.
Not Tony though! He pushed the Penn 760 Slammer reel to its limit and held fast against this tasty monster.
Once again the Wanderer delivers the goods for a Northeast Florida angler and with about 35lbs. of Grouper filets, Mr. Blanco is bound to be a popular fella around town.
The Wanderer delivered an amazing end to a great week of fishing for Paul Crevello and the boys with several more Sailfish releases plus a surprise tasty treat in the fishbox. They stayed inshore during the morning and collected some Bonita for use as Sailfish bait, but just as they were heading offshore a mighty fish took the hook.
The result was this beautiful Cierro Mackeral. World renowned for the quality of its meat, the Cierro is a dynamite sushi fish. This specimen is one of the largest we’ve seen down here which is a good thing because the Crevello group would work up a big appetite during the afternoon Sailfish bite.
These beauties came flying by just after 1pm and the ensuing fight was frenetic. Captain William kept the fish on opposite sides of the boat as First Mate Alex coordinated the releases. After the lights-out fishing earlier in the week, Team Crevello are old pros at Sailfish releasing by now.
Another week of consistent excellence by some great anglers and the flagship Wanderer.
More great action for Paul Crevello on the Wanderer with more Sailfish releases and reports of the all-of-the-sudden rare Dorado. First up was a lone hungry Sailfish who invaded the perimeter around 11:30am.
As usual Captain William kept the fight short and sweet and First Mate Alex executed a picture-perfect release. Their second Sailfish came in with the daily 1pm bite and by half-past one this fish was swimming free.
Around 3pm this feisty little Dorado came in whacking at the teasers and the boys snared him with an excellent bait and switch throwback. We are accustomed to seeing big Yellowfin Tunas this time of year so the appearance of this tasty greenie is a welcome sight. Yummy!
Paul has one more day on the Wanderer booked this week so lets keep those fingers crossed for more good action.
Paul Crevello and the Tampa boys were back on the Wanderer today and they piled the fishbox high with big Yellowfin Tunas. Here is just a sample of the yella fellas these guys bested:
Of course once you find feeder fish of this size, it is only a matter of time before the billfish swarm in on the prey. This Sailfish was no match for the mighty Wanderer and was released around 1:30pm.
Paul and the boys are only halfway through their four-day fishing frenzy so lets hope the bite stays strong for these guys.
Paul Crevello and his group hail from the hard-fishing town of Largo, FL situated on the banks of Tampa Bay. We have had lots of great anglers come to Nosara from this challenging fishery, and Mr. Crevello kept the good times rolling like so many others from the 727.
This first Sailfish came calling at 9:30 am and Paul belted up to battle the beast. Great work by Captain William to keep the Wanderer two steps ahead of this monster and First Mate Alex to release her safe and sound.
The 1 o’clock bite has been sure as sugar the last few weeks, and right on time the Wanderer‘s spread was assaulted by skyrocketing Sailfish. Paul’s son had an excellent release around 1:30pm, and then the boys released a pair of bright blue Sailfish at 2:30pm.
Billfish give off this bright blue luminescence when they become agitated and/or when they are on the feed. Most sportfishing crews leave the fish on the line until the color fades, meaning the fish is tired and less likely to be aggressive alongside the boat.
These pictures makes two excellent points: 1.) Paul Crevello and the posse did a great job of catching these fish quickly, and 2.) The fearless First Mate Alex is willing to handle a pissed-off fish if it means getting a safe, quick release. This is world-class fishing in every respect.
Paul finished off the trip with a fifth Sailfish release at the end of the day, but stay tuned because these Pinellas County anglers are going to be on the prowl all week long.
Bob Pease’s boys put the finishing touch on a frenetic three day campaign against the Pacific Sailfish by posting several more releases today on the Wanderer. Take a look at the blue bio-luminescence on this beauty.
They continued to stack up Sailfish releases and pushed their total for the week over thirty releases…incredible action on this late-season bite.
As a parting shot the boys brought in this tasty Yellowfin Tuna which hopefully made for a great end-of-trip dinner.
Great work by the Georgia-based Pease boys who have set a new standard for Sailfish excellence.
Bob Pease and the Georgia boys did it again! They followed up their legendary baker’s dozen Sailfish releases with another day of excellent Sailfish action on the Wanderer.
The five Sailfish came over a five hour span, with releases reported at 10:09am, 10:42am, 12:18pm, 1:17pm, and 2:14pm. Very steady action like this is a good sign as the season nears closing…it means that the fish are still there despite the absence of a lot of boats. Of course all billfish were safely released like always.
They also got their first glimpse of a the mighty Marlin as a monster showed up for a late-day battle royale. Bob fought the beast for just under an hour before First Mate Alex finally got his hand on the leader.
The crew estimated the big Black Marlin to weigh well over 500lbs., so no billshot for this fish.
We will touch base with the Pease crew and see if they got any good pics of this behemoth jumping…if so you know those pictures will be found right here on the FishingNosara blog.