2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Seeing Blue at the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama

Seeing Blue!

The Blue Marlin have been prowling the waters at around 18 nautical miles from the Lodge in depths of about 3,000 feet. The school of bait that we reported last week is still in the same location and the billfish bite has been hot with boats having multiple shots daily at Blues and Sailfish. We have not received very much rain this week, however, the trash lines are still present and have been productive. Closer to shore the water has not quite cleared up to that “Marlin-Blue” we like for the Blacks; however, a few boats have found clean water along the drop-off and have hooked into acrobatic Black Marlin. The Yellowfin Tuna have been around sporadically and provided our guests lots of arm-bending-fun and delicious sashimi.

Andy and Colleen Williams joined us from Florida for some unforgettable fishing. On arrival, the couple settled right in and had a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful vistas of Piñas Bay with our famous piña coladas in hand. The fishing was great right out of the gate. Andy released his first Pacific Blue Marlin of 350 lb. Colleen also released her first Blue Marlin of 300 lb. By the end of the first day the couple released five Blue Marlin! Over the course of their three-days on the water the Williams released a total of NINE Pacific Blue Marlin. Tropic Star is one of those special and rare places where this type of fishing can become reality.

Mack and Jean Jenkins from Alabama returned for their second visit to Tropic Star. Their previous visit was last February with friends and they experienced extraordinary Yellowfin Tuna fishing. Mack returned for his big Blue and Black Marlin challenge. On his first day on the water Mack succeeded when he caught and released his first Blue Marlin of 250 lb. He then went on to release Marlin each day for his three consecutive days with the fish getting bigger and more impressive daily. On December 14th Mack released a beautiful 500 lb. Blue which gave him the fight of his life. After two and a half hours, Mack released his adversary to fight another day.

Brothers, Greg and Drew Yaffa, visited us with their friend, Mitch Widom, for a birthday trip. The Birthday boy released his first Blue Marlin of 500 lb and Black Marlin of 400 lb. In total, the trio went four for ten on Marlin. Mitch was incredible with his camera and took gorgeous photos of the group’s catches which included dancing Pacific Sailfish, a giant 50 lb Dorado, and a Yellowfin Tuna that really put the burn in Mitch’s shoulders.

George Robinson returned for his second trip to the Lodge with his son, Gregory, and fishing Captain, Walter Ogden, to experience Tropic Star at its finest onboard the Pollyanna. The guys were always smiling and sharing fishing stories with the rest of our guests. The fish also joined the fun on Pollyanna. The boat had incredible action. Greg released his first Pacific Blue Marlin of 250 lb. On the final day of fishing George released our first personal Grand Slam of the season, releasing a Pacific Sailfish of 100 lb, a Black Marlin of 300 lb, and a Blue Marlin of 650 lb.

This week’s fishing was absolutely incredible with tales of fish that got away and more than a few of the ones that were caught and released. Please enjoy the photos as much as I have!

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

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