July 30, 2015

Mike Gilbert’s group continued their amazing hot streak on the water with a fantastic Blue Marlin release on the Explorer.

This monster is certainly the fish-of-a-lifetime, and is the third Marlin release for the Explorer in as many days.

This consistency really speaks to Captain Carlos’ growth as a fisherman, and Mate Kevin’s fearlessness in the cockpit.

They rounded out the scorecard with a nice Sailfish release.

July 28, 2015

The Barroom Brawler scored a knockout with client Matt Smoker achieving the Billfish Grand Slam on July 28!

The day started innocently enough with a pair of nice Sailfish releases:

Then Captain Carlos improved upon the scorecard with a small Black Marlin release.

Estimated around 200lbs., this juvenile Black Marlin put up a big fight but was safely handled and released by Mate Kevin.

Then a 500+ lbs. Blue Marlin hit the hook and Matt Smoker belted up for the true fish-of-a-lifetime:

This fish is a true monster and is fitting that it was final jewel in the Grand Slam crown for Mr. Smoker.

Oh, one other thing about this Grand Slam…5hr. HALF DAY TRIP!

Most anglers work their whole lives to accomplish the Grand Slam, but the Explorer only needs 300 minutes…mic drop!

June 9, 2015

June 9 was a landmark day for the Wanderer and the Vincent boys…let’s have Patrick tell the story:

“Today, with help from my Dad, I accomplished a fishing dream!”

“Together we caught a Billfish Grand Slam which means we caught three different species of Billfish in one day.”

“We caught a 200lb Blue Marlin, a 100lb Striped Marlin, and two Pacific Sailfish at 130lbs and at 80lbs!”

“It’s something to be proud of and always remembered and I couldn’t think of a better person to share it with than my dad!”

June 3, 2015

Sometimes it’s best to let the anglers do the talking…here’s a review from angler Andre Carbo of their recent trip:

After reading an article in Florida Sportsman a few months back, 3 of us booked a 5 day trip with Nosara Paradise Rentals. We flew into Liberia airport on May 28th and took the 2 1/2 hour drive to Nosara. It is a very remote resort with the last 20 miles being a slow drive due to gravel pot hole ridden roads. Each day we woke up at 6am to a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, cereal, yogurt an fruit. We came back to a clean house and washed/folded laundry.

We did a 3 full day offshore trip on the Wanderer, a 31′ T-craft, with William and Alex. I couldn’t be happier with the experience we had with those two. On day 1 they picked us up at 615am and drove us to the bay. We took a small craft out to the Wanderer where we headed out each day. We went out to the fishing grounds where they looked for schools of bait, dolphins feeding or floating debris.

The first catch of the day was an 80 or so pound Sailfish that I hooked into. What a great way to start the day out. We came across a piece of debris and caught numerous small yellowfin tuna as bait. A little while later, BAM!! A Blue Marlin. After a good 45 minute fight we landed him.

The rest of the day we caught numerous small YellowFin which made great boat side shashimi and dinner that night.

On Day 2, we headed out at the usual time and headed out looking bait fish. Soon, we found a huge pod of dolphins and birds feeding. It was a sight worth seeing. So, we trolled live bait and ballyhoo and caught 3 30-40 pound yellowfins at the same time. A TRIPLE HOOKUP!

A little later we had a double hook up that resulted in the biggest tuna I’ve ever had on a line. About 10 minutes in it shook the hook. I was a little disappointed but, it was a big change from what we usually catch from kayaks here in S. FL. The rest of the day was spent catching small tuna which resulted in seared tuna and shashimi for dinner the next two nights.

On the final day, we headed out and slammed a 100-120 pound spearfish. Which is one beautiful and colorful to see coming up from the water. We later found some dolphin feeding and spent a couple of hours catching eight 10-15 pound yellowfins.

We started heading in for the day and Alex spotted a log floating that was covered in bait.

They went out of their way to try to land us another Marlin. After we caught a few tuna, we rigged them up and trolled for Marlin. About 40 minutes in we hooked a 400 plus pound Blue Marlin. It was some of the most magnificent jumps I had seen in a while. After a brief 20 minute fight I landed the biggest fish yet.

A perfect end to a amazing offshore trip. A big thanks to Alex and William for a memorable experience.

Andre Carbo
June 3, 2015
Oakland Park, FL

May 14, 2015

Client Tony King rolled into town and fished his very first afternoon on board the barroom brawler, and sure enough he picked a fight with the biggest mofo in the place!

What a great Marlin!

Clearly Captain Carlos and Mate Kevin are dialed-in and their amazing scorecards are proving the point.

Safe released so we can expect to fight this monster again really soon!

May 2, 2015

Client Max Kellogg scored a mighty Marlin with the flagship Wanderer on May 2.

This high-flying monster put up a heck of a fight, but Max kept the heat on her aided by Captain William’s masterful boat handling:

Look carefully at the :08 mark…How the heck does he keep perfect pace to keep the Marlin alongside while still sneaking out from behind the wheel to take this picture?

Cause he is a badass. That’s how.

Nice fish-handling by First Mate Alex to see the fish and angler safely separated to fight another day.

Max followed up this fish of a lifetime with a few Sailfish releases.


Then they closed out the day with a picture-perfect Rooster fish release.

“We just got back.  Got a 300# Blue, 2 decent sized Sailfish, and a nice Rooster, probably 40#+.   Lost a couple of small dorado.    Came in about 2:30.   Great trip – perfect conditions!”