The last 2 weeks of July has been some really great offshore fishing. Sailfish are here in huge numbers this season and seem to have taken up residence out on the trash lines around 20 miles west of the bay. These current lines are really thick and a number of large logs, even entire trees were drifting around which provided an ideal fishing scenario for our eager anglers. The bonitos and small tunas were stacked up around the structures and many large huge Dorado, Marlin and loads of Sailfish were patrolling the perimeters looking for an easy meal. Did we ever rack up the numbers this time…..22 Marlin and an incredible 284 Sailfish released in 12 days of fishing. Inshore continues to be great and our crews are putting our guests on some really big Roosterfish. Bill DePriest from Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine released a MONSTER 75lb Roosterfish at out favorite spot near to Playa Muerto. A few Cubera Snapper were also released and there’s a hot Wahoo bite going on as well.
Tropic Star Lodge was the venue for the Whistle Shop Big Game Fishing Classic, hosted by Nancy Valle and for those of you who are unaware, Nancy is the daughter of Ray Smith, the original owner of the lodge, who envisioned and built this fishing paradise back in 1961. Back then it was called Club de Pesca de Panama. The tournament was a huge success and their 10 boats released 11 Marlin and 176 Sails. We’ll be seeing them again next season. Both Katie and Allison Vincent released their first Pacific Blue Marlin estimated at 350 lbs and Pacific Sailfish. Brant McNease released his first Black Marlin estimated at 250 lbs and Briley Rome also scored a huge Blue Marlin, his first one, which went 450 lbs.
Tung Luu and his son Steven visited us for a quick 3 day fishing trip and released a MONSTER Blue Marlin estimated at 500+ lbs and Josh Golden also had some great luck and released his first Blue Marlin around 450 lbs. Josh Olsen, Walter Aeschbacher and Harrison Kahn also got their first Blue Marlin in the 300 lb range. Special mention to Michael Farmer, who caught a fish of a lifetime; a 190lb YellowfinTuna.
Next week we host Mark Davis from the TV show Big Water Adventures. Stay tuned as there’s sure to be lots more action coming your way from Piñas Bay!