The Russell group kept scoring as their April 5 date with the Harvester yielded this excellent Sailfish release:
Our long time friends Ken and Brenda Russell were back on the water for another great day of action on the Wanderer.
Several big Dorados got the action started early, and in the afternoon a fierce Blue Marlin hit the hooks.
Great work by Captain William to keep the fight short and excellent fish handling by Mate Johnson.
The Explorer continues to grow her reputation as a fly-weight fish-fighting weapon as many large fish have met their match.
This Double Sailfish release is certainly a highlight, and the combo of Captain Fico and Mate Elias have made big Sailfish releases a common occurrence on the super panga.
There has also been a nice run of Yellowfin Tuna which the Explorer has taken advantage of:
Most recently our great friend Ken Russell nabbed this sweet Rooster fish release:
Great work by the legendary Explorer!
Ken and Brenda Russell’s group saved their best day for last.
This MAMMOTH Black Marlin was the highlight of the trip, which also included lots of Sailfish.
They didn’t leave empty handed as Ken boated another BIG Wahoo, his second of the week.
The unstoppable Ken Russell continued his two week fishing adventurer with a wonderful inshore / offshore day with Captain Alex on the Harvester.
They started out with a fine Rooster fish release, then moved offshore to tackle a big Pacific Sailfish.
You gotta love being this close to the blue water, and having a boat that can score two wildly different trophy releases in a single day.
After warming up on Harvester and Explorer, Ken and Brenda Russell returned to the Wanderer an they meant business!
First on the hook was this fat Wahoo…steaks all around!
This is a true floor-sweeper, evidenced by this photo of Mate Johnson trying to keep her off the deck.
Ken was next up on the reel and scored this sweet Sailfish release.
The ladies were up next and got acquainted with some real high-flyers.
They finished off the day with a fifth Sailfish release.
Ken and Brenda Russell’s group posted another stellar day of action on March 18, highlighted by this incredible Marlin release by angler Misti Nolan.
They also snagged a Sailfish release and a nice Dorado while they were offshore.
Captain William didn’t rest on his laurels on this 8 hour trip, as he made it back inshore in time to squeeze another magnificent fish into the day.
Great Rooster fish…certainly looks like it still has some fight in it!
Ken Russell was back in action on the 14th and they once again threw down the gauntlet with some big mean Pacific Sailfish.
The action was hectic all morning, with four more releases added to the scorecard.
Ken and Brenda Russell hail from upstate New York and we were stoked to get them some much needed fun in the sun. Their last trip to Costa Rica was during our legendary late-August bite and saw them scored a single-day record of Marlin releases on the Explorer
This time the mighty Wanderer also treated them to multiple trophy fish releases. They started the day inshore with a hefty Rooster Fish release:
Then Captain William headed off-shore and got them out in front of a pack of hungry Sailfish.
The Sailfish were starving for bait and First Mate Alex was more than happy to feed them some fat ballyhoo with a side of 9/0 circle hooks!
Everyone on board got a release and it was all big smiles for the Russell group.
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: