May 13, 2014

Our old pal Jay Thompson has been fishing on the Explorer since the inception of Super panga fishing, but on March 13 he let his visiting brother-in-law handle the fish catching duties. Captain Carlos took the Explorer offshore and found an amazing Sailfish.

Mate Fico had no problem handling this beast.

Later they added this small Broomtail Grouper to the fishbox. Excellent filets to go with the trophy release.

October 5, 2013

Shannon and Pam Emery followed up their incredible first day of fishing with a monster of a different sort; yesterday they beat up big billfish but today they dropped bait to the bottom and bested this beastly Broomtail Grouper:

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Wow! This monster is estimated by the crew to weigh well over 70lbs. That’s a lot of grouper sandwiches for sure!

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“This day was planned to do some inshore for rooster, snapper and grouper. The day was almost a bust because of the rain and color of the water. With 15 minutes remaining the crew got me hooked into a big Broomtail Grouper that we got to the boat despite my letting him get back into the rocks.”

Great work by the crew of the mighty Wanderer, the boat that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase “off season”.

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May 28, 2013

The Wanderer took her reign of supremacy to the inshore reef and reports a wide variety of tasty fare in the fish box for client Ivan and his group. The Penn Spinfisher 7500 was the weapon of choice this trip and First Mate Alex deployed a cloud of fresh Bonita chunks that the bottom fish could not resist.

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A small Snapper and an Amberjack were the first casualties and unlike it’s Atlantic brethren these AJs are very good to eat. Not to be out done the ladies got into the fight and conquered an even bigger Snapper. Way to go!

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The big score of the trip as far as weight goes is this lovely Broomtail Grouper estimated at 20lbs. This is some of the best-tasting fish in the world and is certainly a treat for these anglers.
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Lastly this Rock Snapper is one of the best examples we have seen of such a specimen and believe me it tastes just as good as it looks.

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April 3, 2013

We’ve had great reports from the inshore reefs all month, but this Broomtail Grouper may take the cake as the nicest reef-dweller of the month to find the icebox. This lunker was caught by client Steve and his wife and should keep this group fed for several dinners.

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Estimated at 35lbs., this is the sweet spot when it comes to Grouper size and filet quality. Let’s just hope Steve has a big appetite!

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March 26, 2013

John Rozas struck again on the Explorer after his great Sailfish release earlier in the week. Check out this gigantic Broomtail Grouper that Mr. Rozas hauled off the bottom:

That is a whopper. Here’s an excerpt from John’s email:

David fileted it, and I took one half home. Gave the other half to David for his family and friends.The head went to Marcus, for fish head soup.

I froze filets overnight in freezer in room, then wrapped them in a bubble wrap type freezer bag I had from fishing in Alaska. Came home and filets were still rock solid. Will be eating tonight.