Doc Hatton, Dennis Shanahan, Fred Lewis and Rick Downing had a great day with huge results on the mega panga Harvester. The day started with a true fish-of-a-lifetime…take a gander at this awesome Blue Marlin:
Great fish handling by Mate Kevin to ensure the safety of both fish and anglers. After the safe release, Captain Alex criss-crossed the area hoping to find more fired-up billfish.
After an hour of trolling a second bad Blue Marlin took the hook.
Another great release by the Mega Panga!
Captain Alex kept his foot on the gas as Team Hatton knocked-out a pair of high-flying Sailfish releases to end the day.
This one broke off the leader right next to the boat, but what an amazing display of above-the-water combat.
This release brought to a close a crazy day of action the the mighty Harvester.
Our old pal Doc Hatton brought his crew down for a Merry “Fish”mas party and found excellent blue water action in their stockings. Dennis Shanahan, Fred Lewis and Rick Downing joined in on the celebration.
Their highlight from their trip on the Wanderer was this superb Black Marlin release
Then the Master Captain William tracked down a pack of feeding porpoises and swung the flagship alongside to share in the feeding frenzy:
Check out this Yellowfin Tuna on the surface…looks like the birds and dolphins will get him before we do:
Fortunately a fat Dorado escaped the feeding frenzy by chomping down on a rigged ballyhoo, and the Wanderer fought hard to bring it home.
Doc Hatton and the posse are back on the Wanderer and were welcomed with improved weather and a gaggle of hungry fish.
The battleground was less than a mile from Garza point and the Wanderer defended her home turf by building up a classic feeding frenzy. The first catch was a juvinile Yellowtail Snapper, followed up by a medium-sized Nurse Shark.
An inauspicious start indeed, however this is the first phase of stirring up a bottom fish bite. Sure enough the action coaxed some big fish up from their seafloor hiding spots.
This Broomtail Grouper is a real monster! Right behind it was another nice-sized bottom dweller:
The bite stayed strong and a group of Jack Crevelle swung by to investigate the fishy waters.
The final jewel in the Wanderer‘s bottom fishing crown was this nice Rooster fish.
We release this species, but with the massive Snapper and Grouper catches from earlier it is safe to say that Doc Hatton and his group will be well-stocked with filets this week.