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lb. Inshore the Zmijewskis released large and hard-fi ghting Roos-  could entice a Roosterfi sh. The entire family was a lot of fun and crazy
          terfi sh between 35 lb and 45 lb. The family did not stop there. All   about fi shing. The boys had some great action on poppers catching
          four released their fi rst Blue Marlin, and three of the family did it in   everything from Yellowfi n to Jack Crevalle. The family achieved their
          a single day.  David released one of 250 lb, Beth 275 lb, and Peter   goals! Debby, Brian, Hayden and Clark all released their fi rst Rooster-
          one of 300 lb. It was a family swim that day as their captain pushed   fi sh.  And after fi shing offshore on one day, their boat came back to the
          them into the water for our dock swim tradition. The very next day   dock fl ying three Blue Marlin fl ags, and now it was their turn to get
          the group came in fl ying more                                                thrown in the water by their captain
          Marlin fl ags. Andrew released his                                            for their fi rst Marlin celebratory swim
          fi rst Blue Marlin at 350 lb.                                                 back to the Lodge.
                 A large group of friends                                                   The end of June was a produc-
          joined us from Brazil. 13 men                                                 tive few weeks for the Lodge. Bon-
          came for some serious boys’ time                                              nie and Gary Evenson visited  us
          in the jungle. Marcos Glueck was                                              from Arizona for their 25th wedding
          their tour leader, an avid fi sherman                                         anniversary. The couple were gifted
          who has traveled the world target-                                            with excellent fi shing. They warmed
          ing big game fi sh. The group fi shed                                         up with catching Yellowfi n Tuna and
          4 boats in total and released far                                             Roosterfi sh and had fun with a vari-
          too many fi sh to mention each guy                                            ety of inshore species such as Broom-
          by name. We had 31 fi rsts in the                                             tail Grouper, Pacifi c Jack Crevalle,
          group, ranging from a 400 lb Blue                                             and the always-laughed-at but fun to
                                                                                        catch Needlefi sh. On their anniversa-
 Fishing Highlights   Marlin, released by Hugo Neto, to                                 ry day Gary came back with a special
          numerous Pacifi c Sailfi sh ranging
                                                                                        catch, his fi rst Blue Marlin of 400 lbs.
          from 80 lb to 110 lb including mul-
 June to September, 2017  tiple. double-ups. One boat in their                          A 55-minute battle ensued and after
                                                                                        he arrived back to the Lodge, Gary let
          fl eet experienced a double-up on
                                                                                        Capt. Flaco push him off the dock for
          a Blue Marlin and Sailfi sh at the
          same time.  The men also had awe-                                             a celebratory swim. Bonnie and Gary
          some Roosterfi sh action. Marcos                                              experienced great fi shing and we
          released his fi rst at a hefty 60 lb. The group also caught nice-sized   can’t wait to have them back to catch their missing Black Marlin and
          Yellowfi n Tuna and enjoyed the sashimi each day and out on the   Bonnie’s fi rst Pacifi c Sailfi sh.
    While the inshore bite is still in full swing during June, the   the green ninjas of the deep are all found at the party. The ocean   boats. We are really looking forward to seeing the group again next      Lewis and Mari Scherer brought their grandson, 10-year-
 offshore Pelagic species begin to show up again and the fi shing   temperatures around the Lodge increase slightly and some of the   year.  old Colin, for a week-long fi shing trip. Colin caught just about every-
 was phenomenal at Tropic Star Lodge.    dirty run off from land means that the Grouper are not as active,   Guests Robin and Timothy Holder brought their son   thing our waters could offer. This included trophy size Roosterfi sh that
    June to August is the time of year where we get the great-  however, the Roosterfi sh and Snapper and other inshore fi sh are   Jacob down to the Lodge for his graduation and birthday present.   was just about as big as he was, big bull-sized Dorado, Yellowfi n Tuna,
 est variety of fi sh in our waters. The rainy season is beginning and   still patrolling the their hotspots looking for unsuspecting prey.  We all sung happy birthday to Jacob with a bit jealousy as Neptune   his fi rst Sailfi sh of 120 lbs, and a Blue Marlin! Colin entertained us each
 the weather is fairly consistent with blue bird skies and intermittent   Bill Hull and Eric Goering brought their sons, Elliot and   gifted him with many presents over his four days on the water. On   night at the bar over virgin Pina Coladas– his drink of choice.
 showers in the afternoon. As the season goes on those showers be-  Andrew, for time out on the water together. The group caught an   the fi rst day out Jacob’s mom told me how she had actually shed a      Ken Robinson and his daughter, Carley, visited us from Flor-
 come more frequent and more of a regularity cooling things down.  assortment of fi sh and everyone was successful in catching their   tear seeing her son fulfi ll his dream by catching and releasing a 350   ida for a quick three-day fi shing trip. The duo had lots of fun fi shing
    The 4th of July is such a fun time at Tropic Star. Some   targeted species. Andrew Goering got to box with a Bull Dorado   lb Blue Marlin. Jacob jumped off the Tropic Star dock to swim back   with Capt. Vicente on South Africa. The Robinsons released Roosterfi sh
 of our guests participated in the Blue Marlin World Cup that day.   that really pushed him to his limit. Elliot released his bucket list fi sh   to the Lodge for his fi rst Marlin release. The next day the Holder   and Amberjack inshore. A bit further off the rocks, both Carley and Ken
 Many Blue Marlin were caught that day but one fell just a few inch-  for the trip, a 45 lb Roosterfi sh. The dads showed their sons how   family came in a little early with giant grins as Jacob released his   released their fi rst Pacifi c Sailfi sh, 90 lb and 100 lb respectively. But the
 es short. After the boats came back to the dock they were greeted   it was done. Eric weighed a Yellowfi n Tuna of 274 lb and William   fi rst Roosterfi sh and on top of that he released a 180 lb Tarpon.   highlight was on day-two when Carley and Ken both released their fi rst
 with red, white, and blue décor all over the Lodge. We hosted a   released a Blue Marlin of 350 lb. All in all, the guys had a trip that   Jacob was the envy of his fellow anglers when he fi nished his trip   Black Marlin. Ken’s marlin was estimated at a respectable 300 lb but
 beautiful 4th of July themed BBQ and there was even a vodka wa-  they will never forget and we can’t wait to have them back down   with a bang releasing his fi rst Black Marlin of 300 lb.   Carley won biggest fi sh of the week. She released a 600 lb Black Marlin
 termelon. The night ended with us turning off all the lights in the   in the jungle.  Debby and Brian Houser came with their sons Hayden  beating all the boys in the group. You may have seen Carley’s video on
 Lodge and having a beautiful fi reworks display on the beach.   Ronald and Mary Stewart brought their grandson, Max   and Clark for their second visit Tropic Star Lodge. Their last trip   our social media which became quite the circulated fi lm.
    As the season continued the waters offshore became   Stewart, for a trip to Panama. Tropic Star Lodge was their fi shing   they had managed to catch multiple species in great numbers but a      Tony Coffman and Pam Lawson joined us at the Lodge
 more and more productive with a fantastic Blue Marlin bite. Black   destination of choice. Max’s goal was to catch a billfi sh and a “big   Marlin and Roosterfi sh eluded them. From the minute they arrived,   from West Virginia. They had amazing fi shing from the start. On the
 Marlin can be caught all year round and we had a really good bite   fi sh”. Neptune blessed Ron and Max. Max released a beauty of a   Hayden and Clark were on the dock casting poppers to see if they   second day of their half week trip Tony caught a personal grand slam!
 in August and September. The Sailfi sh numbers were also rising as   Roosterfi sh of 40 lb and Ron released one of 35 lb, both fi sh were
 each week wore on. The Sailfi sh were found just a little further out   tagged with yellow Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation spaghetti tags.
 than the Marlin bite. Inshore started to slow down only due to the   Max’s dream was fulfi lled his last day out on the water. Max caught
 fact that our anglers were having way too much fun offshore chas-  and released a Pacifi c Sailfi sh of 120 lb and a Blue Marlin of 250 lb.
 ing billfi sh and the giant Tropic Star Mahi Mahi.    The Zmijewski family joined us for a full six days of fi sh-
    This time of year the rain causes trash lines to form off-  ing mayhem at Tropic Star Lodge. David and Beth brought their
 shore. They are comprised of fl oating debris washed into the ocean   sons, Peter and Andrew. Both boys had hopes to release their fi rst
 from land. These trash lines hold an astonishing amount of life and   billfi sh and hopefully a Roosterfi sh. Peter also had tags supplied
 provide a great sanctuary for smaller fi sh. This means the preda-  by the Billfi sh Foundation and was very excited to hopefully put
 tors are patrolling these trash lines as well. Bill fi sh and Yellowfi n   a tag in his fi rst billfi sh. Beth was certainly lady luck on the boat.
 Tuna who are cruising in cahoots with the porpoise, and Dorado,   The entire family released beautiful Sailfi sh between 90 lb to 120
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