Captain Josh Eldridge and his wife Jennifer are in Nosara celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary, so obviously the perfect way for the IGFA-certified charter captain from Nantucket to celebrate was with some high-powered billfish hunting on the Wanderer.
Captain Josh and his wife had a super nice day with five Sailfish releases (including a Double header) backed up by a 30 lbs. Dorado for the dinner table.
“Wea great time with William and Alex!” -Captain Josh Eldridge via email
It’s all about small adjustments when it comes to big time billfishing. Since the full moon passed yesterday the blue water break has moved offshore, which means the Sailfish bite has moved from 10am to about 1pm.
Chuck Darner, Bill Wilderotter, Gary Newman, and Ronnie Dorsett found this to be true when, after a dreadfully slow morning, the beautiful bullets came calling in the afternoon.
They released 3 more pacific sails on the Wanderer and displayed the yeoman’s patience required to best such beasts.
High rollers Chuck Darner and Bill Wilderotter followed their excellent day on the Explorer with a trip with Captain William on the Wanderer and once again they had a productive day of marine harvesting.
The Sails were scarce today due to inshore rains, so Captain William adjusted his spread for meat fish and sure enough the boys piled the cooler high with fresh Mahi Mahi (Dorado).
Chuck and Bill will be back on the Wanderer for another crack at some billfish tomorrow! The skies cleared up mid-day today and the fishing weather for the rest of the week should be outstanding.
Chuck Powell and Chris Landis were back on the Wanderer for another great day of fishing. Captain William put the boys on a school of spinning dolphins and everyone knows that when dolphins are feeding the billfish are not far behind.
This excellent Sailfish was released by Chuck and was the highlight of the day. There was other action but no solid hook-ups; still this keeps our sailfish-a-day streak alive and we are looking forward to even more billfish in the near future.
Another safe release by First Mate Alex! Great work all-around by mates, anglers and Captain William.
Unwilling to give the fish any mercy, Chris Landis and Chuck Powell booked and additional day on the Wanderer on Sunday and turned in a performance that tops both of their previous days.
Once again they had two Sailfish come up about 9am, then more in the afternoon. These anglers really have the Sailfish figured out as they added two more excellent releases to their scorecard.
Captain William found a school of dolphins and Chris started whacking them on a top water casted ‘El Popper’. Once the bite cooled off the boys deployed the trusty cedar plug to finish off the school of Yellowfin Tuna.
By the end of the day they had boated 15 Yella Fellas. Excellent haul by Chuck Powell, Chris Landis, and the mighty Wanderer.
Chuck Powell and Chris Landis were back in action on the Wanderer and this time chose to stay inshore and battle the shallow water demons around Garza Bay. Captain William set the blue beauty to a slow drift while the boys let loose with Williamson Jet Poppers via topwater casting. ‘El Popper’ did the trick and the group had plenty of action early and often.
By the end of the trip they had four nice Jack Crevelles and six beefy Bonitas. Great inshore assault by the Wanderer.
Jennifer and Adam Mott got the season started right with a pair of Sailfish releases on November 5. However they really flexed their angling muscles on the local billfish population today.
Captain William didn’t have to take the Wanderer very far to find the clean blue water and the Sailfish with hungry like wolves when First Mate Alex and Captain David (on loan from the Explorer) put out the spread.
The first bill came shopping right down the exhaust alley and Mrs. Mott was all over this fish. With Captain William assisting on the stand-up fight, Jennifer released the first Sailfish of the day.
The Sailfish were thick as thieves and Adam Mott was ready to lay down the law. The next monster came barrel-rolling through the spread but was no match for Mr. Mott on the reel.
Adam and Jennifer weren’t stopping at two releases this time; they stayed on the fish and had two additional Sailfish releases.
This brought their scorecard for the week up to six successful Sailfish releases. Great work from the Bradenton, FL based husband and wife fishing team!