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.
The Explorer scored again with a fine Rooster Fish release on a father-son fishing trip.
This excellent pez gallo was released after the picture, but this tasty Ponpano had no such luck…ceviche, anyone?
Charlie Phillips stayed inshore today and knocked a big Rooster Fish off of his bucket list.
This catch as been a long time coming for this Everglades angler, and we are stoked to see this accomplishment.
The group also added tasty filets for the dinner table in the form of three nice Snappers and a pile of Yellowfin Tuna.
Looking good in the ice box and on the dinner plate!
The Wanderer stayed inshore with Doug and Andrew and scored a nice Snapper for the icebox.
They also fought a medium-sized Rooster Fish all the way to the boat, but First Mate Alex felt it was too weakened to be brought into the boat, so they released him alongside.
Another marked-up scorecard by Doug Dickman and Andrew Queral.