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On occasions The Fisherman staff gains special access, insight, and experience of the most unique fishing that exists. This section is devoted to our most unique coverage. Join us as we take you along on assignment with staff of The Fisherman magazine.


ZANCUDO LODGE: WHITE WATER COSTA RICAN SHOOTOUT, DAY 4

Saturday, January 17, 2015 marks the fourth and final day of The Fisherman's special assignment at Zancudo Lodge. Offering the proper sendoff, marlin fishing remained outstanding for the last day of the White Water Costa Rican Shootout.
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ZANCUDO LODGE: WHITE WATER COSTA RICAN SHOOTOUT, DAY 3

A hot blue marlin bite continues for the second day of tournament fishing in the White Water Costa Rican Shootout. Owner of White Water Sportfish Boats, Anthony Vaccaro explains why he and his partner, John Bauman, first organized this event in 2014.
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ZANCUDO LODGE: WHITE WATER COSTA RICAN SHOOTOUT, DAY 2

Tournament fishing has officially commenced for the White Water Costa Rican Shootout at Zancudo Lodge and by day's end Tim C. Smith and Mike Caruso's boat go 4 for 4 on marlin.
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ZANCUDO LODGE: WHITE WATER COSTA RICAN SHOOTOUT, DAY 1

The Fisherman publisher, Mike Caruso along with videographer Tim C. Smith just embarked on their journey to Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica. This Special Assignment ties into White Water’s annual Costa Rican Shootout and represents the beginning of what should be a thrilling fishing expedition!
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- OFFLOADING AND RE-PROVISIONING

The Excel has finally settled into port and their catch has been offloaded. At this stage she has already turned back out to sea on another trip but be sure to check in with Tim Smith as he runs through February 17th's dockside action.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- PHOTO MONTAGE

Tim Smith takes us through a stunning photo montage as the Excel nears port in San Diego.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- TALKING TACKLE

Moving ever closer to San Diego, the remaining anglers aboard the Excel are followed by dolphins and daydreams. Tim Smith takes a moment to discuss the finer points of rod and reel selection for long range fishing expeditions.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- NORTHWARD TO SAN DIEGO

Dropping off a good portion of its anglers in Cabo San Lucas, the Excel ventures north along the coast of Baja California in route to San Diego. During the steam, John Nappo reiterates the importance of hook selection for long range tuna fishing.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- RETURNING TO CABO

The crew of the Excel takes stock of their experience with the New York anglers. Gear is stripped down and memories are solidified as Cabo comes into sight.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- LAST CALL FOR COWS

The anglers aboard the Excel wrap up fishing with one last stab at cow yellowfin and ice some more wahoo before their return to Cabo San Lucas.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- TROLLING WAHOO

The anglers aboard the Excel target some of the fastest speedsters in the sea and troll for wahoo around the outskirts of Clarion Island's "Buffer Zone". One more day of cow hunting lies ahead before their ultimate return to Cabo San Lucas.
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TIM SMITH ON ASSIGNMENT IN THE PACIFIC- AN IMPRESSIVE TALLY

With thousands of miles and hundreds of yellowfin under their belts, the anglers aboard the Excel depart Hurricane Bank on a course for Cabo San Lucas. The fishing, however, is still far from over.
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