January 27, 2016

The Harvester had the biggest day of her short career on January 27 with 11 Sailfish releses, including a Triple Hookup / Double release:

What a day for clients Greg Tilley along with Laura and Todd Horton…it certainly didn’t take Captain Alex long to get the Mega Panga dialed in!

Here’s what the clients wrote on Facebook:

“Fishing in Costa Rica is awesome! If you every get the chance…..GO!!!! We doubled up twice and tripled once. Caught a total of 20 sailfish on 30 bites. It takes a pretty good captain to get 3 sailfish to the boat at the same time and released”

“The first triple for thie Harvester. (landed and released all three fish) We also had two doubles (2nd & 3rd for Harvester)and the 1st time getting the 2 fish pictured together. Captain Alex and mate Kevin did an awesome job and I highly recommend them if you ever get to fish in Costa Rica.” – Greg Tilley

“Alex and Kevin are the ticket! Great captain and mate combo! Keep up the good work!” – Todd Horton

 

November 15, 2015

Jon Branson is the latest in a long line of Texas anglers who’ve scored big on the flagship Wanderer.

Captain William is stoked to be back on the water and he picked up right where he left off last season with this nice Sailfish release.

Later in the day they found a large pod of feeding porpoises and the Wanderer deftly pulled a beefy Yellowfin Tuna from under Flipper’s nose:

Great work by the flagship during her glorious return to the water.

 

Craig,

 

Just wanted to let you know that we returned from our trip yesterday and had a great time.
The staff were outstanding both on the boats and in the office.  We truly enjoyed our stay and look to return at some point in the future.  Possibly the fishing tournament in April.
Please let everyone one know that we really appreciated their hospitality.

 

 Jon R. Branson

June 12, 2015

“The day was all about perseverance,” writes Patrick Vincent. “It was a little disheartening to see a giant blue marlin smash the teaser before we even had a bait in the water this morning. Then there was a slow morning bite.

Minutes after my afternoon nap, we were rewarded with a double header of sailfish. We quickly released twin 100lb Pacific sails.

Later in the day, we got to see one hell of a show. 200lb yellowfin tuna crashing sardines on the surface. I’ve never seen anything like 200lb yellow torpedoes going airborne while feeding!

What a great note to end our fishing on!

Well, the father/son billfish beatdown in Costa Rica has come to a close. We finished the week with 1 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin, and 11 sailfish. I’m back in Atlanta safe and sound, I guess it’s time to go back to the real world.

June 11, 2015

The big boats were busy so Team Vincent chose the 23-foot Adventurer for some inshore action on June 11.

Their day broke with a big surprise…in nice Pacific Sailfish had wandered in less than 3 miles from shore.

“Some offshore fish crashed our inshore party,” Patrick reports. “We went 1 for 5 on sailfish, then scored two small yellowfin tuna, a mahi, 3 bonitos, a cubera snapper, a mullet snapper, and a jack.”

“Nice day on a small inshore boat.”

June 10, 2015

It ain’t easy to keep the pressure on the blue water beasties after a Grand Slam (June 9), but Master Captain William makes the difficult look easy with extreme regularity.

Team Vincent marked up the scorecard again on June 10 with Sailfish being the main score of the day.

“We started the day with a triple header of sailfish, catching 2, an 80lb and a 100lb.”

“We moved the boat another 100 feet, then caught another sailfish, this time 90lbs.”.

“We finished out the day by catching another 100lb sailfish on the way in.”

Patrick and his dad have one more day on the Wanderer, so fingers-crossed that the hot streak continues.

June 9, 2015

June 9 was a landmark day for the Wanderer and the Vincent boys…let’s have Patrick tell the story:

“Today, with help from my Dad, I accomplished a fishing dream!”

“Together we caught a Billfish Grand Slam which means we caught three different species of Billfish in one day.”

“We caught a 200lb Blue Marlin, a 100lb Striped Marlin, and two Pacific Sailfish at 130lbs and at 80lbs!”

“It’s something to be proud of and always remembered and I couldn’t think of a better person to share it with than my dad!”

June 8, 2015

Mark Perdue joined the barroom brawler for two full days of fishing and they scored big with Captain Carlos and Mate Kevin.

“The first day we went out, we had a double hookup with Carlos and Kevin in the Explorer in the first 20 minutes.”

“Then we found an old dilapidated net about 12 miles out and caught a couple of 80lb Dorado and as many smaller ones we could catch.”

“Plus many small yellowfin tuna.  Caught fish around the net on almost every cast with spinning gear.”

 

June 3, 2015

Sometimes it’s best to let the anglers do the talking…here’s a review from angler Andre Carbo of their recent trip:

After reading an article in Florida Sportsman a few months back, 3 of us booked a 5 day trip with Nosara Paradise Rentals. We flew into Liberia airport on May 28th and took the 2 1/2 hour drive to Nosara. It is a very remote resort with the last 20 miles being a slow drive due to gravel pot hole ridden roads. Each day we woke up at 6am to a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, cereal, yogurt an fruit. We came back to a clean house and washed/folded laundry.

We did a 3 full day offshore trip on the Wanderer, a 31′ T-craft, with William and Alex. I couldn’t be happier with the experience we had with those two. On day 1 they picked us up at 615am and drove us to the bay. We took a small craft out to the Wanderer where we headed out each day. We went out to the fishing grounds where they looked for schools of bait, dolphins feeding or floating debris.

The first catch of the day was an 80 or so pound Sailfish that I hooked into. What a great way to start the day out. We came across a piece of debris and caught numerous small yellowfin tuna as bait. A little while later, BAM!! A Blue Marlin. After a good 45 minute fight we landed him.

The rest of the day we caught numerous small YellowFin which made great boat side shashimi and dinner that night.

On Day 2, we headed out at the usual time and headed out looking bait fish. Soon, we found a huge pod of dolphins and birds feeding. It was a sight worth seeing. So, we trolled live bait and ballyhoo and caught 3 30-40 pound yellowfins at the same time. A TRIPLE HOOKUP!

A little later we had a double hook up that resulted in the biggest tuna I’ve ever had on a line. About 10 minutes in it shook the hook. I was a little disappointed but, it was a big change from what we usually catch from kayaks here in S. FL. The rest of the day was spent catching small tuna which resulted in seared tuna and shashimi for dinner the next two nights.

On the final day, we headed out and slammed a 100-120 pound spearfish. Which is one beautiful and colorful to see coming up from the water. We later found some dolphin feeding and spent a couple of hours catching eight 10-15 pound yellowfins.

We started heading in for the day and Alex spotted a log floating that was covered in bait.

They went out of their way to try to land us another Marlin. After we caught a few tuna, we rigged them up and trolled for Marlin. About 40 minutes in we hooked a 400 plus pound Blue Marlin. It was some of the most magnificent jumps I had seen in a while. After a brief 20 minute fight I landed the biggest fish yet.

A perfect end to a amazing offshore trip. A big thanks to Alex and William for a memorable experience.

Andre Carbo
June 3, 2015
Oakland Park, FL

May 31, 2015

Client Leonard Robinson of Utah joined the Explorer for his second time offshore on May 31 and scored a sweet Sailfish release. Safe released as always by Mate Kevin.

 

They also scored a handful of Yellowfin Tuna which yielded tasty dense filets.

Later on the beach they discovered a wayward handline rig; this staple of Costa Rican shore fishing is devestaingly simple and features a modern twist with a DOA Jighead.

“I had the experience of a lifetime thanks to the crew of the Explorer.” Leonard wrote in an email. “I will be a return customer!!! Pura Vida.”