Kingbuster 400 this weekend

After two weeks of weather delays we are primed for the weekend at the Kingbuster 400 Kingfish Tournament held in St. Augustine, FL. Lots of great prizes are on the line for all levels of anglers, so come out and join FishingNosara at this tourney.

Tournament Recap

Following a spirited Captain’s Meeting at the St. Augustine Bridge of Lions Marina, 50+ crews braved the 100+ degree heat and went kingfishing. The bite was a bit slow and the scales were absent the 50lbs. we’ve seen in the past.

Still it was exciting to see first place go to a good old friend:

Congrats to Captain Jerry Carter on winning the KingBuster 400…his prize? A week at Nosara Paradise Rentals with fishing trips from FishingNosara!

PS Nice hats gentlemen…FSU and FishingNosara is a lethal combination!

 Click here for the full article from the St. Augustine Record by Jim Sutton


Nosara Snook Tournament Recap

The 1st Annual Nosara Snook Tournament was held over the consecutive weekends of June 16-17 and June 23-24 at the Nosara River.

Organized by the local fishing club Fundacion Pescadores Nosara Fupperno, this tournament is unique because it is 100% catch and release.

Javier Hernandez (President of Fupperno) notes that his club has united to stop overfishing and irresponsible practices that affect fish resources and the balance of marine ecosystems.

By making this tournament catch and release, they hope to improve and change the management of marine resources and raise awareness. You can read the full story in the June 12 issue of the Voice of Nosara.

The first weekend was slow with high winds and uncooperative Snook leaving the anglers wanting. However things fired up on June 23 with several Snook releases on the scoreboard.

The winner was Senor Luis Rodriguez with a 24lbs. Snook released. Regular readers of this report recognized Mr. Rodriguez from his 38 lbs. Snook that was posted here on April 28, 2012. His winning snook weighed 24lbs. and earned Luis the first prize of $200. Here is video of the release:

Second place went to Mr. Carl Wells with this 7 lbs. Snook and $150 to go with it.

Third place was taken by local legend Luis Siler with this little 2lbs. Snook. His prize was $100 which he generously split with three other anglers who caught similarly small fish.

Regardless of fish sizes, this tournament was about far more than money and poundage…The swell of activity on the Fupperno Facebook page has proved that Nosara has a viable, thriving, and enthusiastic scene of land-based Snook anglers.

As this community of anglers grows and flourishes, they are lucky to have a person like Javier in a position of leadership…Mr. Hernandez sincerely cares about the future of this fishery and dreams of a day when catch-and-release will become the norm with Snook tournaments much as it has with offshore billfish.

Finally and most importantly, this tournament provides a beacon for the next generation of anglers and provides them with a moral compass heading that points to a future of sustainable, humane interaction between man and the sea.

“These are those of tomorrow,” said Javier. “We are very proud of participants like these at a young age, and they are great for the sport of fishing. Congratulations and best wishes!”

Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic

FishingNosara was honored to award the second annual FishingNosara Family Cup to the Cabler Family at the Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic on May 11-12, 2012.

Captain Cru accepted the award on for the family. They have won a week of fun and fishing in Nosara and we can’t wait to welcome this family to our little slice of paradise.

Don’t forget to read up on the fun had by last years’ FishingNosara Family Cup winners Team Ganoe.

This event has grown over the years into one of the biggest soirees on the Jacksonville fishing scene; this year’s highlights included a speech from Mayor Alvin Brown, a captain’s meeting hosted by radio celebrities Kirk Waltz and Kevin Faver plus thousands of dollars worth of prizes raffled of to a room full of eager and excited anglers.

Special thanks to Kayak Mike of for making this event super special. We can’t wait til next year and the third annual FishingNosara Family Cup.

Southeast US Boat Show Recap

FishingNosara and Nosara Paradise Rentals were excited to raffle off a Free Trip to Costa Rica this weekend at the Southeast US Boat Show in Jacksonville, FL. It was a thrill to be supported in the local media with TV, radio and newspaper advertising courtesy of the Florida-Times Union. Check out the love:

Matty was among the first vendors on the scene at Met Park, so naturally the FishingNosara trailer found its way to the best spot in the venue.

We partnered with our friends over at Mid Florida Golf Cars to provide site transportation for the show staff.

This also gave us the opportunity to unveil our newest Safari Carts complete with custom paint scheme by Craig Sutton of All Jakd Up Motorsports.

We’ve named this color Purple Passion Pearl, and trust me that heads will turn once these get to Nosara. The Six Passenger version was used to transport the contestants for the bikini contest.

Once the event got rolling Craig and Matty were beset on all sides by great prospects and would-be raffle winners. Seems like everyone in Jacksonville signed up for a free trip to Costa Rica!

There were threats of rain on the second day of the show, but it was mostly nice weather for the whole event. The wind compromised our flagpoles, so Craig acted quickly to improvise a method to keep our flags in the air.

The rain did little to damp the spirits of the crowd who enjoyed live music, great food, and cold beer all weekend long.


We are pumped to announce that the winner of the free trip to Costa Rica is Wendy B., a nurse here in Jacksonville. She has been contacted and is currently getting her arrangements in order for the big trip.

All told it was a great weekend with some great folks. Big thanks to Stephanie and Jimmy of Current Productions for putting on a fantastic boat show.

January 30, 2012

Nosara Paradise Rentals and FishingNosara had an excellent weekend at the 65th Annual Jacksonville Boat Show at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. We met thousands of great folks and managed to raise over $500 for Jacksonville Marine Charities.

The big winner of our $1450 vacation package was Margo from Jacksonville. Her name was pulled at random from over 100 entries and she is packing her bags for a week in paradise. Here is her email to Craig:

Dear Craig,

Oh My !!! Still am pinching myself about the trip to Costa Rica !!!!! WOW ! I think I am still somewhat numb about it all. Can’t thank you enough for your offering such a fabulous prize ! And to have won it is beyond my wildest imagination !!!! Thank you, thank you!