2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Marlin fighting hard against the line

Flying the flags high.

The billfish action has been incredible with giant fish and great numbers released this week. The Pacific Blues and Sails have been patrolling the drop-off and the trash lines. The Dorado have been coming in a little low in quantity but they have been making up for that in their size. Further offshore the Yellowfin have been moving fast and feeding in frenzies. As we know, this makes all anglers giddy with the anticipation of taking on one of these apex predators in battle. Closer to shore, for those who found the clean water, Black Marlin have been prowling the waters of Tropic Star Lodge. We are still receiving intermittent rain which bodes well for a longer forecast for the Marlin season. With this rain our trash lines offshore are still producing fantastic fish. The season is shaping up to be a cracker and we cannot wait to see what Neptune has in store for us.

IMG 4947This week the Yancey clan joined us from California for some family fun. Michael Yancey brought down his brother, Dave, his son Lucas and daughter Jessica. The Yanceys fished four to a boat had a great 3 days of fishing and were never short on stories. Both Dave and Michael released their first ever Blue Marlin of 300 lb and 400 lb, respectively. Lucas and Jessica released a pair of Pacific Sailfish both at 100 lb and each were very close to releasing their first Blue Marlin. Lucas came back to the porch with his animated fishing tale he told relentlessly to anyone that was within earshot. His prize was just an arm’s length away for his 400 lb Blue Marlin before the hooked pulled out a few seconds too soon. We hope to see the Yancey clan back again soon so we can get Lucas and Jessica their Marlin.

Margot and Kyle Vincent, grandmother and grandson, were back to visit their Tropic Star family for some holiday fun out on the water. Neptune blessed them with great sea conditions and incredible fishing. Returning to the dock with multiple Pacific Sailfish and Marlin flags flying high each day for their combined releases. Kyle released a Blue Marlin of over 500 lb after a two-and-a-half hour fight. The second time the mate got hold of the leader, the 500 lb snap swivel broke open. It was an awesome release, one Margot and Kyle will never forget.

Donald Vliegenthart brought his son, Zane, for a very special trip to Tropic Star Lodge. Donald, or Doc as he was quickly called by all, has traveled the world fishing and has amazing memories fishing with his father. He, in turn, wanted to share memories like that with his son. Zane was after his first Marlin. Marlin are at the pinnacle of sport fishing and for good reason. They fight like no other fish, they are tough to target, and even harder to hook, and once you hook them, the real fun begins. Zane and his dad raised and hooked many fish over the four days that they fished with us, however, it seemed they just couldn’t get a Marlin all the way to the leader. It is a story all of us know well. On their final day, Zane released a beautiful Blue Marlin of 250 lb. I was lucky enough to be on board and snapped some gorgeous photos of his Marlin putting on a spectacular show. Zane had another shot at a Blue Marlin just a couple hours later and caught and released a beauty of 400 lb. This will be a special memory that father and son will look back on fondly for all the years to come.

This time of year is about spending time with loved ones and remembering all the people who bring happiness to our lives. It is no different for us here at the Tropic Star Lodge except that guests become our family and friends. The Tropic Star Lodge family is filled with loads of love and fish stories and we are so thankful to all of you for spending these special times with us. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New year to all our friends and family.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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