Craig Sutton bests two blue water beasties on April 22. Both safe released as always by Captain Alex.
It’s an honor to welcome our friends from the Ultimate Outdoors TV show for a week of fun fishing action. Things got off to a perfect start with this MASSIVE Marlin release:
The Discoverer also scored nice action on Dorados:
Country music singer/songwriter Justin Dukes is along for the ride, and he showed his skills on the reel with this nice Yellowfin Tuna.
Craig Sutton and our old friend Roche had a wonderful day with Captain Fico which included a monster 75+lbs. Rooster Fish release:
Several sweet Yellowfin Tunas also found their way to the icebox. Great work by the barroom brawler.
Our great friend Roche Jaggelli and his daughter Rochelle joined the mighty flagship Wanderer for a great day on the water, highlighted by this sweet Yellowfin Tuna.
Great work by the mighty Wanderer!
The Harvester welcomed one of FishingNosara’s oldest friends Roche Jaggeli of Playa Avellanas for a great day of action on June 6.
Roche has fished with us since the very beginning of FishingNosara and it’s always a treat when he comes south to visit us.
The day’s haul was highlighted by three big Yellowfin Tunas (60lbs., 34lbs., and 26lbs.) and of course the MASSIVE 54lbs. Dorado.
Craig and Captain Alex deployed the classic live-bait Cubera Snapper Tactic to perfection, yielding this 41lbs. monster late in the day on June 5.
It’s a great feeling to announce that the Explorer finished in first place at the 2017 Ship of Fools Tournament.
The fish were scarce and soft biting on the first day of the tournament. Craig scored the first and only Sailfish of the day on the Explorer around 8:30am, and the rest of the day was spent listening to the reports coming in over the radio.
At the end of the first day one boat had scored a Sailfish and a Striped Marlin (400 points total), another boat had two Sailfish (200 points total), and five boats all reported a single Sailfish (100 points)
On the second day Captain Fico hatched a brilliant scheme to propel the Explorer to the top of the leader board.
The whole tournament was fishing a blue water break 16 miles offshore, but Captain Fico felt that the fish were closer in.
The Explorer was the last boat out of the bay and as the 300hp boats disappeared over the horizon, Fico pulled back the throttle on his 75hp at the 12 mile mark.
The spread was out for less than an hour when the first Sailfish came calling, and Craig put the heat on him during a quick 10 minute fight.
After the lead boat reported a Sailfish release bringing them to 500 points, Harris ‘El Matador’ Savin put the Super panga in a first place tie with a feisty Striped Marlin release around 915am.
An hour later, the biggest fish of the tournament challenged Craig to a fight.
This Blue Marlin is easily 450lbs. and put every ounce of his strength into a fight that lasted over an hour.
With the lead in hand Harris added another Sailfish at 1pm and Matt put another 100 points on the board with a release at 2pm.
The ascension of the Explorer on the final day is indicative of the crew’s rise to greatness. Last year Captain Fico took the helm of the Super Panga after proving himself on the 23-foot Adventurer.
Captain Fico – 2014
During that same time Mate Elias was security guard / panga boat driver / substitute mate serving the other FishingNosara boats.
Mate Elias – 2015
It is a great feeling to see this dynamic duo sitting on the top of the hill in Garza’s most prestigious tournament.
The flagship welcomed back Bob Pease and his crew of hard-fighting Georgia anglers with the hope of duplicating their success from the Dreamstater Tournament last December.
His team scored a nice Sailfish during their prefishing day, however the ocean was not as cooperative on the tournaments days with three total Sailfish releases.
Captain William got a MASSIVE Marlin on the line late in the first day of fishing, but it put up a worthy fight and managed to shake the hook and escape.
Captain Alex welcomed multiple-time FishingNosara Hall of Famer Hubble Keller to make a run at the hardware and they also caught lots of great fish, just on the wrong day.
They nabbed TWO Double Sailfish releases on their pre-fishing day plus a nice Dorado for the dinner table.
The Harvester scored a Sailfish on the first day of the tournament, putting her in a 5-way tie for 3rd place.
Hopeful for a big run on Day 2, Captain Alex got a Sailfish in the early morning and another around noon.
The late bite yielded a third Sailfish for the day, leaving the Harvester just off the medal stand with a 4th place finish.
The Discoverer had trouble finding the billfish, however clients Pat and Don Vincent did win the Day 1 Calcutta with this monstrous Dorado:
Even better was that Pat chose to donate the winnings to the Garza School and also gave the filets to our team dinner on Friday night…class act!
In the end this is really what tournament fishing is all about: Great folks from all over the map coming together and making new friends.
Captain Fico and Mate Elias deserve all the credit for the catches, which were posted by anglers Craig Sutton, Matt Jorn, and Harris ‘El Matador’ Savin.
This is the culmination of years of effort and setbacks; our first time participating in this event was 2012 and despite many attempts our best finish was third place.
The growth of FishingNosara from a single boat in 2009 to where we are today (5 boats, 100 trips a month) has been a blessed effort costing much blood, sweat, and tears.
Next month we will begin issuing invitations for the Dreamstarter Tournament scheduled for December, and of course we will be back in force for the 2018 Ship of Fools Tournament next April.
The Wanderer scored big with Craig Sutton, Dave Leibowitz, and Brad Banner leading the charge against a fired-up school of Yellowfin Tuna.
In total they nabbed nine big Yella Fellas. Great work by the big blue beauty!
Craig Sutton was on board the Harvester with his grandson Josh Page and this young man scored a MASSIVE Sailfish during his first taste of blue water action:
Nice fish-handling by Mate Kevin to ensure a quick safe release, and the next day showed off his own prowess on the reel:
The Harvester scores again as the fishing has certainly begun to improve after the Supermoon and the Hurricane did their best to interfere.
Craig was back on the Harvester for a mega Marlin day on August 13 with fellow angler Lloyd Michael.
The first Blue Marlin snagged two baits and was simultaneously hooked by Craig and Lloyd!
After a safe release by Mate Kevin a second Marlin entered the spread and fought bravely, spitting the hook after putting on a fireworks show next to the boat.
Awesome hunting by Captain Alex and the Harvester!