FishingNosara veteran angler Bill Harris has built a solid reputation as a no-holds-barred fish catching machine. In the past he’s had lights-out performances on big Yellowfin tuna and Dorado but has yet to join our bill collectors club. Would he find the elusive Pacific Sail on his three trips this week?
The St. Petersburg, FL angler rolled into town deep this week with fellow Tampa/Pinellas boys Elie Bedran, Andrew Spangler, Joe Arriaga, Brady Harris and Roger Stephan.
Captain William’s plan for these guys? Take them out to Sailfish City and see who quits first…the fish or the fellas?
The Sailfish swarmed the spread thickly and the boys reeled quickly. This first high-flying Sail came in at 9am with several of her hunting buddies close behind.
After the first two releases the bite cooled off, but sure enough it fired right back up after 1pm. Here’s Brady Harris with one of the larger specimens.
The final release of the day came just after 3:30pm and put the perfect cap on a quadruple release effort
Of course First Mate Alex saw to the safe handling and live release of these rare creatures. The way this posse fishes we’re gonna need them around this week!
Most people don’t get to see grown men smiling and giggling like little boys, but it’s a near-daily occurrence on the flagship Wanderer.
By the way, if you are wondering the best way to end a day of fishing these pictures should get you started:
Mark Applegate finished off a full week of fishing on the Adventurer with Captain Carlos with a mammoth Sailfish release. This monster is clearly the largest billfish ever caught on the 23-foot pocket knife and is a testament to the strength of the angler, boat, and Captain.
Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s email: “Just wanted to say thanks. I had a great time in Nosara and catching a Sailfish on my birthday was the icing on the cake! You have a great staff working for you, hats off to all of them! Carlos did an awesome job of putting me on the fish.”
Thomas and Melanie Herndon booked the Wanderer for an afternoon half day billfish hunt and these SoCal anglers got all the Sailfish they could handle. How does EIGHT Sails released in 5 hours sound to you?
Among the octoplet of releases was a triple header and a double header…that’s a furious frenzy of fishing action for sure!
Amazing boat handling by Captain William to keep this swarm of Sails from tangling up the spread and of course the legendary First Mate Alex saw to the safe release of all eight specimens.
All in a day’s work for the mightiest boat in the bay: the Wanderer.
After four straight days of fishing, it be understandable if Marty Crotty and his buddy stayed inshore and bobbed around enjoying the sunshine on their final day on the water.
Not these guys…they put the exclamation point on their fishing week with a ridiculous TEN Sailfish releases!
Even more amazing is that they had two triple hookups and two double hookups. meaning that each fish was part of a multiple release.
You know that something is up when First Mate Alex has a reel bent over; usually fighting the fish is the client’s job, but with three fish on somebody had to step up. Here we see Alex in his usual position on the business end of a couple of billfish.
Might as well get these guys’ statues ready for the FishingNosara Hall of Fame! They have certainly earned enshrinement.
Marty Crotty and his posse are on a fishin’ mission to release as many Sailfish as they can this week, and on the fourth trip in four days the party leader got things going with the all-the-sudden-common Pacific Sailfish release.
They boys upped the ante in the afternoon as they pulled off yet another Double Sailfish release, plus followed it up with another loner released late in the trip.
Mr. Crotty has one more trip to go this week…stay tuned because it may get crazy!