Steve Mears pulled off one of the great feats in offshore fishing on December 30 with the Explorer…the Billfish Grand Slam!
Captain Fico and Mate Elias deserve tons of credit in the hunting of these monsters, and of course the safe live releases.
Great work by FishingNosara Hall of Famer Steve Mears!
November 14 will be a day that John Schimkaitis, Heather Cozart and Jared Cozart never forget as they enshrined themselves in the FishingNosara Hall of Fame with a legendary BILLFISH GRAND SLAM!
First up was John nabbing a 100lbs. Sailfish, released early in the trip, completing the first leg of the Grand Slam.
Then a 100lbs. Striped Marlin came calling around noon; not the biggest specimen we’ve ever seen but Jared’s catch still counts as the second piece of the Grand Slam.
Finally it was Heather’s turn on the reel for a MASSIVE Blue Marlin estimated by Mate Kevin upon release to be well over 350lbs.
The action was so hot on the Discoverer that the scorecard shows more than just Billfish releases; a good array of Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna means that these North Carolina anglers will be able to replenish their strength at the dinner table.
Fantastic work by Captain Carlos and the unbeatable battleship Discoverer!
FishingNosara Hall of Famer Derrell McCrary returned to the Wanderer for a full day of legendary blue water action.
His posse of Tampa-based anglers has been fishing on the big blue beauty since 2011, but nothing could prepare them for this Marlin assault.
This feisty Striped Marlin came calling early in the trip, and was well-handled by Mate Johnson.
Less than an hour later the real monster came calling…this MASSIVE Black Marlin is one for the ages!
She put on a show but Captain William stayed one step ahead of this Marlin to keep the fight as short as possible.
The final piece of the Grand Slam puzzle fell into place at the end of the trip. This Sailfish release puts the finishing touch on the most difficult feat in fishing: Billfish Grand Slam!
Captain Fico reports a major Marlin release on June 13 with client James Fenn on the Explorer. Check out this monster:
They also nabbed a Striped Marlin and a Pacific Sailfish to complete the Billfish Grand Slam!
More photos and details to come!
Also our buddy Eric Dixon scored the finest feat in all of fishing: Billfish Grand Slam!
To the laymen that’s a Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, and Sailfish on a single trip.
Great work by Captain Carlos, Mate Juan Carlos, and the battleship Discoverer!
Nathan Sylvester and his boys scored with the Wanderer reporting a Double Marlin release backed-up by several Sailfish releases:
The simultaneous Marlin hook-up is a whirlwind of action for even the most experienced anglers, but these youngsters handled it like old pros.
Fifteen minutes after the first release came the second; this mystery Marlin is either a small Blue Marlin, a large Striped Marlin, or the rare Hatchet Marlin.
They also scored a pair of Sailfish later in the trip, rounding out a truly memorable day of fishing.
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 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!”
The Marlin Magic of August returned again this year and the last month of the season was also the most productive.
Craig Sutton was joined by Arturo and Alejandro of Nosara Paradise Rentals for a day offshore on the mighty Wanderer and they posted the second Grand Slam of the Week: 2 Blue Marlin, 1 Black Marlin, and a Pacific Sailfish!
The Sailfish was first in the boat as Alejandro flexed his fishing muscles.
Around 11am two lines popped off and the Wanderer strapped in for a double Marlin battle.
Craig took hold of the Black Marlin while Arturo, Alejandro, and Alex combined to fight the Blue Marlin.
Both fish were released safely and the Grand Slam was completed! As a curtain call Craig brought in another Blue Marlin later in the day.
To quote Alejandro: “Un Increíble Día de Pesca!!!!!”
Jim Benvenga release SIX Marlin on the Explorer today plus a Sailfish to complete the legendary Billfish Grand Slam!