Team Showalter has been gaining momentum at a rapid pace, but nobody saw this one coming….how’s 18 Sailfish releases sound?
When the day starts with a double hook-up and release, you know it’s going to be a fun day.
Captain William tracked down a whole chorus line of kicking Sailfish and First Mate Alex lined them up like the Rockettes.
One after the other these fired-up Sailfish came pouring into the spread.
After lunch the bite turned white-hot with not one but a second Triple Sailfish Hookup!
Check out some second-tier boats from the area trying to swoop in on Captain William’s mighty Wanderer:
Ain’t happening bro…The blue beauty kept releasing Sails until the last minute of the 8 hour trip.
It’s worth pointing out that all 18 releases were ‘clean’ meaning that the circle hook was fully released and removed from the fish…a lot of times when you hear of sportfishing teams ‘releasing’ large numbers of Sailfish that they are using the so-called Snatch release or South Florida release; this technique is safe and quick for the humans but leaves the hook in the fish, meaning a slow death for the billfish.
We don’t ever snatch release and it’s worth commending First Mate Alex and our other mates on their mastery of the clean release.
Amazing fishing for Team Showalter who once again prove that if you put in the hours on the blue water, the fish will reward your time investment!
You know it’s a good trip when it starts with a Striped Marlin release. This was the second Stripey of the season and is a Hall of Fame fish all by itself.
Then the boys added six Sailfish releases to the scorecard including the unheard-of TRIPLE HEADER SAILFISH RELEASE!
Maybe it was the blue water moving close to shore. Maybe it was the years of fishing experience that John and Bruce bring to the water. Maybe it was First Mate Alex’ lucky white sunglasses. Whatever happened out there today, all the tumblers fell into place and unlocked the perfect day of fishing for these clients.
Of course all 7 billfish were released alive and well and ready to be caught again. Excellent teamwork by Captain William and First Mate Alex to maintain the safety of the billfish, anglers, and equipement.
Great work gentlemen…you have earned your enshrinement to the Hall of Fame!