Mike Burling and his crew of legendary Fernandina Beach anglers have put a whopping on a lot of billfish in Nosara over the years, and they added to their legacy with a huge day of Sailfish releases on the Explorer.
They started the day with this sweet Double Sailfish release.
Great fish-handling by Mate Kevin to see to both safe releases.
The crew picked off Sailfish one at a time for the rest of the day, scoring four more releases.
Our old pal Mike Burling is back in Nosara and he brought his posse of hard-fishing Northeast Floridians with him. They joined Captain David on the Discoverer and tackled bunch of nice Pacific Sailfish.
Mike also added a few Dorados for the dinner table to round out the trip.
Mike Burling has returned to Nosara to continue his pursuit of big blue water trophy fish. This group of Northeast Florida anglers are hardcore fishermen and they know what to do when the big Sails swoop in.
The bite was on something fierce, leading to five Sailfish releases for this group of four anglers.
They added this nice Dorado to keep the fridge full of filets.
Excellent hunting by Master Captain William and great releases by the incomparable First Mate Alex.
Mike Burling is one of our favorite repeat clients, and after lighting it up last year on the Wanderer this time he chose the 26-foot Explorer as his fishing platform of choice. The super panga was up for battle and Mr. Burling’s group was fit for the task.
The inshore bite provided good action early in the trip with four nice Mullet Snappers (12-14lbs.) and four equally-sized White Tunas on ice by Noon. In the afternoon the Explorer ventured to Sailfish city and released three beauties estimated at 70 lbs., 90 lbs., and a whopping 120lbs.!
Captain David and Mate Carlos saw to the safe releases of all three monsters as Mike Burling proved that his success last year was no fluke, but in fact the norm for this excellent Northeast Florida angler.