FishingNosara Year in Review
(click any month for the full report)
In November we were putting the finishing touches on the Explorer, but the action on the Wanderer was truly world class. Bruce Sabine, John Harbord, and Joe Ronloff set a new standard for massive Yellowfin Tunas on the Wanderer.
Also local fisherman Eduardo Berrios had some great catches and Juan Adriatico welcomed the massive Cuberra Snappers back into the fishbox. Great start to the season!
Things continued to improve in December with several Marlin releases on the scorecard. The Lougran Wedding was a great fiesta on the NPR campus, plus the boys did a number on a behemoth Broomtail Grouper.
Our buddies Charly and Silvia also took out a few massive Yella fellas on the blue beauty.
Steve Mears also hooked up a Hall of Fame Blue Marlin and a bunch of kids from California had a blast on the Wanderer.In January the Explorer got off to a fast start…it was booked for the first six days after completing the final rigging! The inaugural clients on the Explorer caught a wide array of Tunas, Jacks, and reef snappers.
Steve and Alex Levine put the first billfish in the Explorer with a beautiful Sailfish release while the Wanderer welcomed Roy and Cathy Cox, Henry Doggrell, and Ed Haynes; all had huge fish.
February was a Marlin month for George Shipley and Dennis Paul who both nailed Hall of Fame-caliber monsters.
The bottom fishing was top-notch as well with tons of Tunas, Snappers, Groupers, and more caught on the Explorer and the Wanderer.
This month also marked the first shipment of Safari Carts to Guiones Beach and they have become legendary around town.
Meanwhile, the Marlin began to get scarce and the Sailfish swooped in and started tearing up the spreads. March brought the first double billfish releases of the season which was a sign of things to come in 2011.
Captain William and Alex hosted new Hall of Fame inductees Morgan Tribble, Woods Payne, George Ramsey, and Ken Strickler for three days of blistering action in April. The Marlin/Sailfish double header release has yet to be equaled.
Ricky Soloman, Eric Kelly, and Brian Ware also scored nice Marlin releases as the Wanderer ended the month with 12 billfish releases in a 10 day span.In May the Yellowfin Tunas started chewing the bottoms out of the boats with clients reporting 100lbs. days all month long. Also we had our first repeat Hall of Famer in the form of Dennis Paul and his massive Cuberra Snapper.
Another Hall of Fame day was had by Mike Cothran with multiple billfish releases including a nice Striped Marlin. Also Captain David welcomed our new friend Eddie McGowan for a feast over the reefs.
June brought some great clients our way and the inshore bite stayed hot. Ben Richards and Alycia Chalcraft has some great catches and our old buddy Dan Rey made his annual appearance on the Wanderer.
Also in June was the biggest Marlin of the season scored by newly minted Hall of Famers Tyson Wegman and Marcia Mulford. This team also scored a double Sailfish release to go with the mammoth Marlin.
Jennie and Johnny Daniels had an excellent honeymoon trip with Captain David and we welcome our great friend Greg Vetto back to Nosara for some great fishing.
The Wanderer was slap full of Yellowfin tuna by the end of the month with multiple Yella fellas over 100lbs.
The Marlin left town in August and FishingNosara changed our address to ‘Sailfish City’.
It was not unusual to have reports of five or six releases per trip this month; this trend was hammered home by the Brothers Bickel who had two double Sailfish releases in one day!
Throw in some Dorados, Cuberras, and big Yella fellas and you have one of the best months in FishingNosara history.
With most of the other boats on the hill, FishingNosara kept thing popping in September with some great Sailfish releases. Client Marc Carson on the Explorer caught the fish of a lifetime with Captain David while Captain William and First Mate Alex stayed on the Sailfish with Wade Boyken on the Wanderer.
We finished the season with a pair of excellent Sailfish releases by the legendary Senorita Richmond Phipps.
With her blessing, we put the 2011 season to rest with high hopes for another amazing season of Costa Rican sportfishing in 2012.