PARRANDA R ACKS UP THE NUM­BERS

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE - BY CAPT. JEN COPEL AND

Boat own­ers Dan and Stephanie Bra­man be­lieve in fish­ing where the mar­lin are. Av­er­ag­ing just three months each sea­son, the Parranda team has re­leased 1,000 blue mar­lin in four years.

In 2014, Parranda, then a 58-foot Mer­ritt, headed to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic for the win­ter, fin­ish­ing up its sea­son in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands that sum­mer with 103 blues re­leased. In 2015, the team fished ex­clu­sively in Costa Rica, but didn’t man­age a sin­gle fish­ing day in 2016 while they were build­ing to­day’s

Parranda, a 64-foot Bayliss.

The 2017 sea­son was cut short when Hur­ri­cane Har­vey had the own­ers’ full at­ten­tion after a near-di­rect hit de­stroyed most of their home in Port Aransas, Texas, but for 2018 there are no signs of stop­ping. Parranda is sched­uled to de­part Costa Rica for Panama to fish the re­main­der of the sea­son this year.

Dan says his wife, Stephanie, has been the an­gler on at least 600 and pos­si­bly closer to 700 of the team’s blue mar­lin, re­leas­ing 131 in just seven trips this sea­son alone. “None of this would have been pos­si­ble with­out my cap­tain,” Dan says of Parranda skip­per Capt. Andy Flood. “Not only is he a great fish­er­man, but he is hum­ble and an ex­tremely hard worker. I feel truly blessed and for­tu­nate to have him at the helm.”

What lies ahead for the team? Dan says that since he has fished for num­bers, he is now ready for a larger class of mar­lin. He plans to fish the 2019 sea­son in Panama, even­tu­ally mov­ing the boat to Madeira, Por­tu­gal, to tar­get ex­tra-large blue mar­lin.

After re­leas­ing 1,000 blue mar­lin, qual­ity is next on the agenda

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