Richmond Phipps is FishingNosara’s only Lifetime Achievement Hall of Famer for good reason; she’s been harvesting marine life in this area since the 1970’s and since day one has been a guiding light for our fishing group.
She brought her staff to the Explorer to celebrate Thanksgiving and Captain David did a masterful job of handling the full boat and still catching a whopper.
This lovely Cuberra Snapper wieghs about 35lbs. and is delicious eating. Any larger than this and the filets aren’t quite as dense, but this Snapper is right in the sweet spot for excellent table fare.
Richmond and Brooke followed up they inshore sushi shopping trip with another trip with Captain David on the indefatigable Explorer. This time they were joined by Daniel Shields (FishingNosara’s Chief Technology/Ecology Advisor) and his lovely wife Maria Yetty.
Captain David put the barroom brawler onto a secret spot of the reef, and today’s was twice as productive has Richmond’s prior trip. The highlight of the day was this intriguing Rooster Fish, which was released after the photo session.
They backed up that catch with some meat for the cooler in the form of a few nice Jack Crevalles and more Tuna.
Most importantly Hall of Famer Richmond Phipps had a great time on the Explorer and will certainly be back for some more old-school extreme panga fishing.
FishingNosara Hall of Famer Richmond Phipps made her first visit to the Explorer today and certainly got back to her fishing roots on the 26-foot Super Panga. Senora Phipps has been working the fish in Garza Bay from panga boats since the Nixon administration and the reef dwellers still tremble in fear when Richmond in on the water.
Richmond was joined by her daughter and great friend to FishingNosara Brooke Shields for the first of two trips on the Explorer. Captain David kept them on the fish, and in less than three hours they pulled in a pair of nice White Tunas for the dinner table along with some other assorted nibbles.
Fantastic evening of inshore fishing for Richmond and Brooke on the powerful 26-foot Explorer.
She had a very special group with her this time: her family! The posse consisted of son Daniel, daughter Brooke, daughter-in-law Maria Yetty, and several of her grandkids visiting from the United States for Thanksgiving.
“Ever see a 15 year old kid who says he never caught anything trolling on the end of a mean Sail?” writes Richmond. “It was great.”
Awesome release by Oliver and Zeke Sheilds-Wald!
The Phipps posse released this Sailfish and lost a big Yellowfin tuna on the first day. On their second trip the group stayed inshore and had an absolute feeding frenzy on their hands. Maria Yetty was the hot rod catching several tasty White tunas.
The big fish was this 20lbs. Amberjack, but they backed that catch up with a total of four White Tunas, five Jack Crevalles and a pair of nice Bonitas.
Craig Sutton and Danny “Shake and Bake” Baker were honored to welcome Lifetime FishingNosara Hall of Famer Señorita Richmond Phipps to the Wanderer for an excellent trip that covered the entire fishery both offshore and inshore. Sra. Phipps got things going early and taught the boys exactly how Costa Rica billfishing is done.
They obviously learned a thing or two because Danny followed up Richmond’s catch with a beautiful Sailfish of his own.
As the day wore on the Wanderer proceeded inshore to see what tasty morsels they could pull off the reef. Craig and Danny bent a few rods and piled the fishbox with a Yellow Tail Snapper and a Gilguero Snapper.
Great work by a true FishingNosara legend, the one-and-only Richmond Phipps!
I forgot to mention that last month I got the chance to fish with my good friend and Lifetime Achievement Hall of Famer Richmond Phipps and her daughter Brooke Shields. She was there for the awesome Rooster fish (pictured above) that we caught with a live bonita. Richmond is a legendary angler and in her life has had immeasurable impact in the lives and well-beings of our Captains, crew and staff. We love you Richmond!