Captain William welcomed Jacksonville clients Pat and Phil Mickler along with their friends Sue and Russell for a trip offshore. The weather turned out to be a little rainy and the big fish were tough to find; however better luck was found on the inshore reefs.
They caught four 10lbs. Yellowfins on a variety of tackle, including some nice spoon-casting done by Mr. Mickler.
November 23 brought a great group of folks on board: Barb and Miles Johnston from Canada, Dan Ray (on again-off again Costa Rican resident), and our good friend Greg Vetto from South Florida. After a slow morning, Dan Ray hooked up this beautiful Wahoo that only got in the boat after nearly ripping Dan’s arm off at the shoulder.
A few short minutes later and Barb got into a nice fight with a 25lbs. Dorado. With Miles and Craig pitching in and the Wanderer’s fighting chair holding fast, Barb and the other clients were breaking out the wasabi sauce in good time!
While that fight was on, Greg very quietly was dueling a Black tuna by himself on the port side. While the crew was busy reeling and gaffing Barb’s Dorado, Mr. Vetto caught himself a nice fish. Greg released the fish and joined the rest of the boat in some well deserved fresh sushi.
With all the excitement surrounding the launch of FishingNosara’s newest boat, the Wanderer, let’s take a moment here and welcome her top-notch crew. Captain William Barrantes Mendoza and mates Alex and David are all lifelong anglers with deep local roots, and believe me they are more than capable of running such a fine boat.
After releasing four out of the nine Marlin raised in late November, the Wanderer set her sights on more of the big boys. On November 22nd Captain William was joined by Craig and Matty of FishingNosara.com and Nosara Paradise Rentals’ head builder Danilo for a 3/4 day of Marlin hunting. Sure enough one more raised, caught, and released for the Wanderer, this one approximately 350lbs.
Chris Savitz of Jacksonville was aboard with Craig and Captain William for several fishing trips in late November. Mr. Savitz was part of the team that rigged the Wanderer and it was quite a thrill for him to catch this massive Dorado. Now, Mr. Savitz is not an especially big guy, but you got to love that this fish is taller than Chris.
Captain Vibert then welcomed a very esteemed client, Mr. Sigurd Michelsen, to the shores of Nosara for a two-day fishing excursion. On November 5th they cruised the offshore depths and brought in two cubera snappers in the 15-30lbs. range. They also had two more on the line, but they were too massive to pull in this time.
On November 6th Sig was back onboard the Cabo for another day with Captain Vibert. They had a blast and swooped up some nice fish. He caught a pair of yellowfin tunas each weighing 15lbs. and a pair of black tunas weighing 10lbs. They also reeled in a big 65lbs. amberjack.
Finally Captain Vibert put Mr. Michelsen on a bubbling patch of water and dropped all the lines right into the middle. They found out what was causing all the fuss when the line popped off and shot straight down. One good hour of fighting later and Sig pulled in a Sleeper Shark (called a Whale shark in some places) weighing over 450lbs.
Most recently Captain Vibert welcomed client John for two days of fishing on October 13th and 14th.
The first day brought John and Captain Vibert tons of bites, and they reeled in five Dorado ranging from 20lbs. to 30lbs. They also grabbed four 10lbs. Black tunas and five 8lbs. Cobias.
The second day they loaded up to go hunt the big boys out in the deep water. The first hit was a small black tuna weighing around 10lbs.
Once the sun got overhead, the flashes of turquoise and gold came up from the deep; the telltale sign of a Dorado frenzy. One line popped off, then another. As fast as Vibert Jr. could boat one fish, another fish was on! By the end of the bite they had boated five Dorado ranging from 20lbs. to 40lbs.
They weren’t quite done yet. With the crew dialed in and the weather cooperating, John went looking for the billfish. A few sailfish were sniffing the bait and Vibert showed the patience that 30 years on the water imparts. Finally one of the big sailfish hit hard! John belted up and engaged the fish in a spirited half-hour duel. He brought it into the boat where the crew estimated a weight of well over 100lbs!
On August 30th the staff of Nosara Paradise Rentals took an end-of-season trip and had a MASSIVE catch. The crew did quite well catching a 25lbs. wahoo, six 12lbs. yellowfin tunas, and five 10lbs. rainbow runners. They also caught a massive cubera snapper, estimated to weigh 70lbs.
These guys and gals work tirelessly to make our slice of paradise accessible and accommodating to all our guests, so it great to see them have a little fun and catch a lot of fish.
August 7th marked the arrival of newlyweds Terry and Miriam Alexander to the shores of Nosara and the beginning of four awesome days fishing. Mr. Alexander is the head baseball coach of the Jacksonville University Dolphins, a Florida State alum, and (as it turns out) one heck of a fisherman.
On the first day they caught six 20lbs. Yellowfin tuna and a 56lbs. Amberjack. They followed up on the 8th with three 12lbs. Blackfin tunas and yet another 20lbs. Yellowfin tuna.
They went out marlin hunting on August 9th and they managed to raise a 400lbs. Black marlin, but couldn’t quite get the hooks into the great fish before he escaped.
After enjoying the sights around the Nosara Paradise Rentals campus, Terry and Miriam Alexander booked one more day on the blue water on August 11th.
What followed was a full-fledged sailfish bonanza. After a half-dozen or so promising strikes, the couple managed to catch and release three biggums: 120lbs., 125lbs., and a glorious 150lbs.
One of our favorite clients, Bobby Dean and his wife Lynn joined us for a two and a half hour sunset cruise in early August. He caught an excellent range of fish: four 18lbs. Yellowfin tuna, a 13lbs. Whitefin tuna, and a 33lbs. Amberjack.