April 5 brought a banner finish to the Russell Group’s week of fishing in Costa Rica. Captain William pointed the flagship Wanderer offshore to Sailfish City and these New Yorkers showed off the billfish fighting skills that they have honed over the last seven days.
The ladies’ kicked off the action with Sailfish release for each of them, then the boys strapped up for some big-time billfish battles.
First Mate Alex is on top of his game and released these fish with calm confidence.
The final send off was a beefy Dorado for Ken that satisfied his ‘fishing wishing’ list.
Check out this great email we received from Ken later in the week:
“We wanted to let you know that we all had an outstanding time in Nosara… the place was great, the staff were wonderful, and the fishing was beyond our expectations!”
“We had to add on another 1/2 day with David and Kevin when we found that we were facing two days in a row without going out on the water! Altogether we wound up with 3 full days on the Wanderer, 1/2 day on the Explorer and 1/2 day on the Adventurer…. all the boats were great as were all the crews.”
“I’ve got to say that William and Alex were genuine sweethearts and I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed going out with them—even the girls!…. aside from 32 sails, we caught 3 dorados (one being my “bucket list” grande mahi!).
“Please tell Paula that Brenda wore her Pink FishingNosara hat to catch some HUGE sails and let her know too that Brenda says she was right”
He’s right about the hat; check out Paula’s first trip to Nosara compared to Brenda’s recent conquest:
Florida’s own Mark Obenour had a field day on the Wanderer with several Sailfish released, a few nice Dorados on ice, and one great big surprise.
The early action was strong, but the highlight of the trip came in the early afternoon:
Most Sailfish top out around 150lbs., but this big mama has to weigh at least two bills…for God’s sake the picture weighs 10 pounds!
These Florida anglers keep the heat on with more release and another Dorado to round out the trip.
Great work by Captain William and First Mate Alex on the mighty flagship.
Geoff Hancock had a blow-out day on the Wanderer with Captain William and First Mate Alex. Sailfish City was packed and Geoff’s crew picked them off left and right.
This above the water action illustrates just how fired up the bite has been recently…these monsters are running on full tanks!
The highlight of the day was a Triple Hook-up which led to a fantastic Double Sailfish release, with one Sail spitting the hook during the battle.
The icing on the cake was this tasty Dorado, estimated well over 40lbs.
Top shelf trophy releases and filets on ice…just another perfect day for the mighty flagship.
Ken Russell and Larry Komenda left the ladies at home for their trip on the Adventurer, but fortunately they brought home the bacon in the form of this nice Dorado:
Ken Russell, Brenda Russell, Larry Komenda and Misti Nolan kicked off a 5 day fishing adventurer with our team on March 30, and these New York anglers got acclimated to the Pacific blue water very quickly.
Right off the bat they had a fine Sailfish release backed up by a tasty 30lbs. Dorado.
Another great Sailfish release followed, and that was only the tip of the iceberg.
Even the less experienced angler can best a Sailfish on the Wanderer, thanks to Captain William’s calm demeanor on the controls and First Mate Alex’ touch in the cockpit.
They got a taste of a Double Sailfish hookup later in the day, however one of the high-flyers managed to spit the hook and escape capture:
Great work by this posse who still has a full week of fishing ahead of them.
Mallory Haupt tore it up on the Explorer with Captain David and Mate Kevin on March 29. They got crackin’ with this excellent Sailfish release:
They would go on to add another wonderful Sailfish release, plus a tasty Dorado for the dinner table:
Great all-around performance from the 26-foot Super panga.
Richard and Jean Prowant scored big again with Captain David on March 22, this time notching the scorecard with two nice Sailfish releases.
They also replenished the food supply with nice 30+lbs. Dorado.
Good times and good eatin’ on the legendary Explorer.
Bob Goins left the ladies at home for his second trip of the week and led the boys on a fishing mission to Sailfish City. Captain William found the fish and they hooked up a Sailfish right off the bat.
No gloves, huh Alex? It’s safe to say that First Mate Alex is in mid-season form with all the Sailfish releases this month!
These North Carolina anglers totaled four Sailfish releases on the trip.
Bob’s boys also added a pair of Dorados which should make the wives happy that the bacon is being brought home.
Excellent work as always by the famous Wanderer.