The flagship Wanderer tied her own record for Rooster Fish release with a whopping FIVE featherheads released in a single day. Vanessa Gallegos and her group were the beneficiaries of this landmark achievement and they report big fish and big smiles all around.
Captain William exploited a roiling boil of baitfish near to shore and First Mate Alex expertly selected the right hook size to isolate the big fish from the rest of the pack.
Great coordination between angler, mate and Captain meant that all of this beauties were released quickly and safely.
After the Gallegos family’s morning 5 hour trip, the Wanderer returned to shore to pick up Steven Cheung and his friends. They went right back to the feeding frenzy and scored another two Rooster fish releases.
Another day, another record for the mighty Wanderer.
The mighty Wanderer put on a show for two groups of clients on December 26. First up was this excellent pair of Rooster fish releases scored first thing in the morning by Leah Armstrong :
These safe releases were the highlight of the morning session, but the big blue beauty was barely getting started.
In the afternoon we welcomed a great returning client and his family.
Hendrick Engel started fishing with our team late last year, and this time he returned with wife Maria and his daughter who was celebrating her 16th birthday.
For the birthday girl, how’s a Double Sailfish release sound for a present?
Great fish handling by First Mate Alex was the icing on the cake!
Captain William is known for squeezing every drop of action out of a fishing day, as proven by the nice Dorado and two more Sailfish scored at the end of the Engel’s outing.
That’s why the Wanderer is the King of Garza Bay!
On the morning of the 23rd the Wanderer welcomed client Leah Armstrong and her family for a fruitful day of inshore action.
Captain William found this bubbling bait ball just a mile from shore and the flagship capitalized on this blessing.
Big Rooster fish were the order of the day. Each was live released so we can catch them again soon!
The action stayed strong with several nice Jack Crevelles providing actions for this young angler.
Then in the afternoon the flagship returned to Garza to scoop up Leah Merryfield and her posse for some high-flying Sailfish action.
Just like the shirt says, this Sailfish learned to Fear the Mustache!
The late-day Sailfish bite lead to two awesome fights and two safe releases.
A getaway Dorado scored was the perfect end to a double day of action for Captain William and the mighty Wanderer.
The question every Captain asks at the beginning of a trip is, “Inshore or Offshore?”
You gotta love when the answer is “Both!”
Mike Burling and the crew stayed inside in the morning of December 5 and were rewarded with an excellent Rooster fish release:
Satisfied with the trophy release, they had Captain William point the Wanderer offshore to Sailfish City where they scored multiple releases, including a Double:
The double Sailfish trouble proved no trouble for these Fernandina Beach, FL anglers:
The next day they mimicked the same battle plan, with eerily similar results.
A nice pair of Rooster fish in the morning, followed by sweet offshore action in the afternoon.
Kind of nice when a fertile 80 foot reef and a 2500+ drop are only 6 miles from port!
Al Santiesteban scored huge again on the Wanderer with this sweet pair of Rooster Fish releases:
The second release was bigger than the first:
Oh yeah! That’s a true monster, safe released by First Mate Alex after the brief photo op.
These Tampa anglers kept up their filet stocks with this excellent Dorado added later in the trip:
Great work Al!
Just because the boats are afraid to fish does not mean the fish are afraid to eat.
The never-quit Explorer is powering through this ‘off-season’ with three great trips with newlyweds Veronica and Larry Tatum.
On September 9 they ventured offshore for the first of three 5hr. trips and scored a pair of Sailfish along with a nice bycatch of Rainbow Runners and Mole Snappers.
The next day they added another nice Sailfish, plus another pile of Snappers.
Larry also got the best of this 25lbs. Rooster Fish:
Nice fish-handling by Mate Fico to see this fish to a safe live release.
That funky fish on the left is called a Barbero Snapper and is certainly a rare catch in our area.
September 12 was getaway day, and once again Larry and Veronica found Sailfish success.
Great work by the legendary Explorer and the fearless Captain Carlos.
The Explorer continues to shine as an inshore warrior, and on a recent trip she ran the gamut with a nice Rooster Fish release backed-up by some football-sized Yellowfin Tunas.
They also hooked up Jaws’ little brother, and Captain Carlos smartly cut the line to save his fingers.
All in a day’s work for the 26-foot barroom brawler.
Want to talk about a perfect day of trophy fishing? Howabout a pair of BIG Rooster Fish releases in the morning, then a GIANT Black Marlin in the afternoon?
The mighty Wanderer accomplished this ludicrous feat in late August, leaving the clients equally ecstatic and exhausted.
This beefy pair of Rooster fish would satisfy the most demanding anglers, but these boys headed offshore after the releases and found a true monster lurking offshore.
Great fishing handling and boat handling by the blue beauty’s magnificent crew led to another textbook Black Marlin release.