The 27-foot barroom brawler Explorer emerged victorious in the 2022 Ship of Fools Tournament.
Captain Antonio topped the leaderboard with 925 points, edging out the second place boat via the earliest-catch tiebreaker.
It was an excellent weekend as the FishingNosara team brought home 1st place hardware for the fourth time in the last five tournaments.
Texas anglers Rickie and Bonnie Crews fought bravely in the face of these sea monsters, and have added a most-unique prize to their trophy room.
We have always said the the Explorer proves that you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish in Costa Rica, but this victory shows that the pocket-sized dynamo can also best a field full of much larger and more powerful boats.
Also it cements Captain Antonio as a rising star in Garza. Longtime FishingNosara anglers know that Antonio worked his way up from panga driver to mate to Captain over the last few years.
“Captain Antonio showed a lot of hustle,” Mr. Crews pointed out after the event. “Always changing baits and moving to different spots was the key to our success today.”
The rest of the FishingNosara team dotted the Top 10 of scoreboard with the Discoverer in 4th place, Wanderer in 6th, and the Harvester in 7th. Also two of our boats brought home a little bacon due to Calcutta wins.