Hendrik and Maria Engel continued their annual Christmas fishing fiesta with a legendary performance on the mighty Wanderer. After three years of knocking out Pacific Sailfish, young Ms. Engel finally scored the true fish-of-a-lifetime with this gargantuan Blue Marlin: Fantastic work by Captain William to deliver this, his third Marlin release of the week. Later in the day Hendrik brought home dinner for the family in the form of this big Yellowfin Tuna.
Our old buddy Mike Burling has returned to Nosara from the hard-fishing town of Fernandina Beach, FL and once again scored wonderfully on our stretch of blue water. The legendary Explorer was the scene of the battle, the highlight of which was this bonkers-big Yellowfin Tuna! More big Yella Fellas were in the area, and met the same fate as their big brother: They also nabbed few Sailfish releases: They did have a big Marlin on the line, but the powerful beast spit the hook after a short sparring match with Mr. Burling. That’s OK…we’ll get him next time!
After mastering trophy billfish releases on the 28th, Eric Dixon and the big battleship Discoverer turned their attention to the dinner table with several super-sized Yellowfin Tunas on ice. The Yella Fellas have been thick this month and although none of these top Wayne Estes’ monster from earlier this week, these catches combined make for the biggest total haul of tasty filets we’ve seen so far this season. They also added another Sailfish release to the scorecard later in the trip: Great work by Captain Carlos and the unstoppable Eric Dixon.
Master angler Waynes Estes just shattered our record for largest Yellowfin Tuna catch. This MASSIVE monster easily weighs in over 150lbs. Even more impressive is that Wayne caught this beast on a spinning rod! The bite came late in the day, and the fight continued into the dark. Finally First Mate Alex got the monster on board…at first we only had these low-light phone pics of the monster: Then Captain William saved the day by sending along his full-color shots, where you can see this Yellow Submarine in all it’s might! Wayne also caught an 80lbs. Yella earlier in the trip, which on any other day would be the highlight of the trip:
The BIG Yellowfin Tuna are back!
Our new friend Mike Gilbert came our way via CCA Texas and he is rolling deep with a party of 9 people…wonder what he can feed them for the week? Yeah, that looks like enough filets to keep the family fed. Great work by the mighty Wanderer!
Teresa Schilhab scored big Sailfish earlier in the week, and this week filled the filet bags with big Yellowfin Tunas. Four total fish ranging from 30lbs. to 80lbs. Great work by the flagship!
All boats were deployed on July 7, but as always the Wanderer led the way with several sweet Sailfish releases and lots of Yellowfin Tuna filets for a great family of fishermen. It’s always a treat to see youngsters get their fishing games started, but with these kind of big pelagics I hope they don’t get spoiled! The grown-ups got in on the action as well: The Yellowfin Tuna have established a beachhead a few miles offshore and it will take our Navy a few months to break through their lines. Until then it’s gonna be big smiles and full fishboxes!
“Great time had by all, here are some pictures from our 7/2 trip on Wanderer.” writes Jeff Beall. VIDEO Check out this monster: Later on they encountered a school of big Yellowfin Tunas. Each of the boys tackled a Yella Fella of their own on this trip. First Mate Alex is always trying new things, and for these big Tunas he likes to vent them of their blood immediately after the catch using a strong rope and a small incision above the tail. This keeps the boat clean, preserves ice, and most importantly produces a blast of oxygen-rich blood into the spread which attracts more bites. Great work by this hard-fishing family!
Todd Marr and his family took advantage of a last-minute opening on the Wanderer, scoring big Yellowfin tunas backed up by some sweet Sailfish: The big Yellowfins are back for the summer and our crews are primed to hop all over them. Todd hooked up a big high-flying Sailfish later in the trip and this pelagic put on a show for the Marr family: Excellent fish handling saw to yet another safe billfish release for the mighty Wanderer.
The mighty Wanderer delivered the goods for Gary Pickel and his family with a MASSIVE Black Marlin release: This beast hit the hook just after 9am and put up a 30 minute fight leading to a safe release. After the safe release by First Mate Alex, they scored a nice pair of Sailfish:
Then they backed up the monster billfish with a slew of big Yellowfin Tunas…Captain William knows that you follow the birds and the porpoises to the land of giant Yella Fellas: Great fish-hunting by Master Captain William and the flagship Wanderer.