The FishingNosara team competed in the 2016 Ship of Fools Tournament on April 9-10 and we are stoked to announce that once again Captain William and Bob Pease put the Wanderer in the money:
More importantly, all four FishingNosara boats were in the running for a top spot throughout the weekend.
The tournament began early in the morning on April 8 as Garza Bay was buzzing with excitement.
Captain Fico on the upstart Explorer was leading the team after the first day with seven Sailfish releases report by Roger Bowgen and his group.
Captain William and the mighty Wanderer snagged six Sailfish plus a last-minute Dorado; meat fish serve up a potentially tie-breaking 25 points and would this one would turn out to be essential.
Captain Alex and Hubble Keller on the mega panga Harvester were slotted right behind with six Sailfish released and caught a nice Dorado:
They actually released three more Sails, however the camera with those pictures got accidentally sent to Davy Jones’ Locker.
Matt, Craig, and Paula from the US Office rounded out the team’s results with four Sailfish released on the Discoverer.
On the second day was a big decision: head North to try to catch the tail end of the swarm of fish that was yielding double-digit releases a week prior, or cut South and try to anticipate the next school.
The Discoverer and Explorer went North, and that decision proved to not be the right one as only four fish were caught between the two boats.
We took advantage of every bite, but there just weren’t enough fish to stay at the top of the scoreboard.
The Harvester and Wanderer went South and they hit paydirt with multiple Sailfish and Marlin releases…Marlin are worth triple the points of a Sailfish in this tournament.
Captain Alex kept his momentum up from a productive first day and captured several more Sailfish releases.
Captain William scored the big fish of the day with Bob Pease’s epic 2 hour fight ending in a MASSIVE Blue Marlin release.
The Wanderer made up for the time lost fighting the big fish by closing the day with a Double Sailfish release.
This flurry of billfish action late on the second day propelled the Wanderer into the money for the third time in four years.
On Sunday was the legendary Ship of Fool’s Fiesta at Pacifico Azul in Garza:
Great food, great music, and great times were had by all the teams and all of the Garza community came out to celebrate.
On top of the scoreboard this year was the Old Squaw:
Followed up by the High Roller:
The Largest Tuna prize went to Siempre Algo:
As always the events were run masterfully by the Tournament Staff including Marlin Bill, Angie, and the Judges.
We look forward to competing in the 2017 Ship of Fools Tournament and once again seeing FishingNosara boats challenging for the top spot.
The FishingNosara Tournament Series continues this December as we are entering all four boats into the Dreamstarter Tournament:
If you have what it takes, get your best anglers together and reserve your spot in this event.
Craig and Matty took a break from boat work to go fish-hunting on the Wanderer, and while they took turns missing Sailfish and losing Cuberas, Nosara Paradise Rentals Chief Mechanic Senior Marino scored this sweet Dorado.
Nice work Marino! At least someone around here knows how to fish.
The Discoverer took over two years to rebuild and refit, but it only took Matty twenty minutes to nab his first billfish on the new battleship.
Bridget also got in on the action with the smallest Sailfish release on record…think about the skills exhibited by Captain David on the pitch bait to force-feed a rigged ballyhoo down this tiny gullet.
All smiles on the big battleship Discoverer for Matt and Bridget!
Matty was in town to help get the new office squared away, but still found a little time to squeeze in some fishing. The legendary Explorer was in the final touch-up stage of maintenance and Matt got the first crack on the Super panga this season.
Trolling a few miles offshore they pulled in this nice 20lbs Dorado…not a monster by any stretch but still a really good-eatin’ fish!
The Wanderer welcomed Craig Sutton and Matty on May 16 for one of the rare occasion of the US Office fishing without any other guests. First Mate Alex and Captain William were joined by Junior Mate Hernan for a trip to the blue water that yield a trio of nice Sailfish releases, plus a bit of dinner for the fishbox.
First Mate Alex stayed busy with all these Sailfish releases, plus it was a great learning opportunity for Junior Mate Hernan to see how the pros do it.
After the Sailfish bite the Wanderer hooked-up a pair of Dorados; Craig boated the smaller one (25lbs.) quickly and easily:
With the cow in the box, Matty fought the Bull Dorado for about 10 more minutes until the fish reared it’s head just enough for Alex to get a gaff shot:
Three great Sailfish releases and filets on ice…just another outstanding day on the flagship Wanderer.
Craig Sutton was joined by Paula, Matty, and Alejandro for an afternoon of fishing on the Wanderer on May 15. Captain William gathered the intellegence from Captain David on the Explorer that a large ‘mancha’ (school) of spinning dolphin were in the area feasting on Yellowfin Tuna.
The team worked this school together as First Mate Alex and Craig tossed poppers from the foredeck while Paula and Alejandro went to work in the cockpit. Captain William and Captain David worked together to keep the fish corralled so that both boats would have maximum chances at success.
Once the bite shut down around 3pm it was once again time for an honored FishingNosara tradition: Fresh Sushi!