European angler Mr. Riboe is spending the week inshore with Captain David on the Adventurer. Check out this sweet Rooster Fish release from the 23-foot panga.
Jeremy Wallace and his friends put in big work on the Explorer with a gaggle of great catches reported by Captain Fico.
This Sailfish release was the highlight of the trip that also included this excellent Rooster Fish release.
A big pile of Dorados rounded out the trip.
The Explorer had a banner day on February 3 with angler Brendan Champagne and his group nagging a wide variety of species.
This rocking Rooster Fish release headlined a day that also included a super Sailfish release:
Then the barroom brawler headed to the meat market. The first filets in the basket were these Dorado:
Then it was Yellowfin Tuna time!
Adding to the filet diversity was this awesome Cubera Snapper:
Excluding Marlin, this trip featured pretty much every major species in our fishery…all in a days work for Captain Fico, Mate Elias, and the multi-faceted Explorer
Captain Alex welcomed Debra Hoffkins and here group for back-to-back fishing days on the 26th and 27th.
Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna scored broke the ice early.
A high-powered Sailfish ushered in the afternoon session; safe released as always by Mate Wilson.
The fish kept getting bigger as the day wore on, with more Dorados and Yellowfin Tunas finding their way to the deck.
After the big day of offshore variety, Team Hoffkins stayed inshore on teh 27th and bested this wonderful Rooster fish release.
This trophy fish was also safe released.
Great all-around trip by these Orange Park, FL-based anglers.
The Explorer grabbed the biggest Dorado of the season so far with angler Matt Baden.
This monster is a true deck-sweeper and was backed up by a few more beasts.
They also scored an amazing Rooster Fish release.
Great work by the masterful Captain Fico!
Craig stayed inshore on the 24th and scored two excellent species using live Bonita rigs.
This Cubera Snapper is delightful table fare and should keep everyone fed for the week.
Later in the trip, this Rooster fish managed to hit the hook but miss the Bonita…fortunately the Harvester released this, the dumbest fish on the reef.
Better luck next time, Einstein!
Captain Alex posted the trip of the season so far with Terry and Julie Edwards’ group loading up the trophy case with excellent releases.
This MASSIVE Blue Marlin was the headliner of the trip.
Shortly after that battle, the mega panga nabbed a wonderful Saifish release.
Team Edwards came inshore to finish the day, and saved the best for last…this Rooster Fish weighed 72lbs. according to the Boca Grip.
The IGFA All-Tackle Record is 114lbs., however the second place fish was 85lbs. This fish caught by the Harvester is close to the old record.
Most impressively, the record fish were in 1960 and 1954 respectively…clearly this size of Rooster Fish have not been seen in more than 5 decades.
Great work by Team Edwards and the mega panga Harvester!
John Hernandez stayed inshore with Captain Fico on the 17th, and scored one of the biggest Rooster Fish we have seen:
Easily weighing in at 60+lbs., this pez gallo was released after taking these pictures.
They also scored a Dorado for the dinner table.
Excellent work by the Explorer!