While most of Bill Harris’ group was on board the Discoverer, Mr. Harris himself took to the 28-foot barroom brawler Explorer and opened up her season with a BILLFISH GRAND SLAM!
This Blue Marlin was the highlight of the morning, and was followed by a late-day Striped Marlin. Bill nabbed the first Marlin, and Mark Scott scored the second.
A nice Pacific Sailfish by Diane Turner completed the Grand Slam.
They didn’t go home empty-handed, thanks to five nice Dorado catches spread throughout the day.
Even a small shark came up for a photo before being released.
Fantastic work by ‘El Brujo’ Captain Fico and the unstoppable Explorer!
Bob Zuniga’s group nabbed the fish of a lifetime on July 11 with this strong Striped Marlin release on July 11.
Later on in the trip they added a nice White Tuna…a rare find this far offshore.
Here’s what Bob had to say in an email: “I just wanted to take the time to let you and your staff know that my group and I had the time of a lifetime! From the fishing, to the breakfast and all of the accommodations, we enjoyed every second we spent at your paradise! Your staff took customer service to the next level and the fishing is unlike I have ever encountered in the world. I just wanted to again send you my thanks and on behalf of my group… PURA VIDA!!! Robert Zuniga”
The Harvester took Chuck Harris and his group along for a big bill fish battle on June 13, nabbing this wonderful Marlin release with these North Florida anglers.
All this billfish battling can work up an appetite, so it was a good thing that Chuck scored this floor-sweeping Dorado for the dinner table.
Mark Cooney and George Pile ended the month with Captain Fico, and they scored two fish-of-a-lifetime…first up was this Striped Marlin:
The real monster was this gigantic Rooster Fish:
Amazing action on these trophy releases!
The Wanderer nabbed a handful of billfish on the 22nd with angler Roger Salinas leading the way with this Striped Marlin release.
The team also added this nice Sailfish release for the trophy case:
Dave Logan invested a full day of effort on December 30 and was rewarded with a bunch of great catches.
This Striped Marlin release got the day off to a great start, then throughout the day they nabbed several nice Dorados.
Steve Mears pulled off one of the great feats in offshore fishing on December 30 with the Explorer…the Billfish Grand Slam!
Captain Fico and Mate Elias deserve tons of credit in the hunting of these monsters, and of course the safe live releases.
Great work by FishingNosara Hall of Famer Steve Mears!
On December 29, Captain Fico delivered the goods for angler Michael Baoley with lots of billfish action backed up by some excellent meat fish.
This small Marlin is likely a juvenile Striped Marlin, but may also be an elusive Hatchet Marlin.
After the Marlin release they nabbed several super Sailfish.
In addition several nice Dorados found their way to the filet bag. What an excellent day of action on the unstoppable Explorer.