2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Tropic Star Lodge crew member wrangling with a Blue marlin

We Celebrated a Marlin Holiday… A Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas.

Holiday season at the Lodge was festive and centered around family, friends and of course fishing! We received sporadic rain showers and variable winds indicating that the season has not quite changed to dry season here in Panama. But none of that seemed to have any impact on the fish. They were ravenous, giving our guests some exciting rod bending action. The Blues continued to reside offshore in fantastic numbers and our boats experienced multiple strikes daily. The Sailfish bite slowed somewhat but at the same time the Dorado bite began to heat up. The clean water has not quite reached the drop-off or closer in on the reef resulting in fewer Black Marlin this week.

Guests Gwen Kosi and her son, Frank, joined us from southern California for a Christmas holiday at the Lodge. They had an incredible time out on the water. On one special day, the mother and son team successfully released five Pacific Blue Marlin and three Pacific Sailfish. After that day Frank was especially tired, but happy, as he was the angler for all five Marlin!

Vince and Heidi Devlin returned to Tropic Star Lodge from Massachusetts for their second time this year with their sights set on catching their Marlin. They last visited us in July where they had an incredible time catching and releasing Sailfish, African Pompano, and other various inshore monsters available that time of year. This trip, however, was all about the Marlin bite. Their first day out on the water was epic. The couple released two Blue Marlin, six Pacific Sailfish, and Dorado. Vince successfully released his first Blue Marlin, a beautiful Pacific Blue of 350 lb.

IMG 7696Steven Wallace brought his grandson, 12-year-old Miles Ostrow, fishing for his Bar Mitzvah present. Miles is crazy about fishing and this trip was his dream come true with granddad. Miles’s goal was to catch a fish bigger than him, and that’s exactly what he did! Miles released his first Marlin, a Pacific Blue of 225 lb. On their return to the dock, the two gentlemen had grins ear to ear. On the last day Miles beat his record by releasing the biggest Black Marlin of the week at 550 lb. The fish was a monster and Steve proclaimed that it was the best day of his life seeing his grandson fight and release Her Majesty. Steve and Miles also caught and released two more Blue Marlin, multiple Pacific Sailfish, and a 30 lb Almaco Jack. We can’t wait to have them back here soon.

Aaron and Jess Gutzwiler joined us with their good friend, Kevin Burgess, all the way from Alaska. All of them are avid anglers and excited to have some fun in the sun catching new species. They were never short on jokes, laughter, great stories. They were in the Christmas spirit from the start. On the trio’s first day out all three released their first billfish, Pacific Sailfish of about 100 lb. During their trip, Aaron also fought and released a beautiful Pacific Blue Marlin of 400 lb. The group had great days out on the water and loved the fresh sashimi prepared on board after wrestling Yellowfin Tuna.

Michael and Wendy Kelly visit us each year during the holidays to get their fill of Marlin fishing. This year they had an absolutely fantastic time out on the water. The couple hooked-up to more than a few of the larger Pacific Sailfish that were out in the deep, in addition to a number of Pacific Blue Marlin. Michael caught a giant Bull Dorado that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The highlight of their trip was Wendy releasing her first Black Marlin at 350 lb.

Annette Hausman returned with her husband, Paul Wright, and son, John Farge, and his friend Nico Cavarretta. Between their two-boat fleet the guys experienced some truly exceptional fishing. Everyone took a turn releasing Pacific Blue Marlin. Each angler also had at least one day where they released more than one Marlin in a day. Both boats wrangled Yellowfin Tuna and enjoyed freshly prepared sashimi on the boat as their reward. Our famous giant Dorado gave the family breaks in between their billfish action. It was an especially exciting trip for Nico. Nico’s goal was to successfully release a Black Marlin. By the end of the week, Nico released his first Pacific Sailfish of 110 lb, first Pacific Blue Marlin of 300 lb, and his first Black Marlin of 200 lb.

In addition to experiencing great fishing around the holidays Tropic Star Lodge has another tradition organized by Terri Andrews. Each year we visit the small village of Guayabo (close to the Colombian border) to celebrate Christmas. We bring donations, food, and holiday cheer. Many of our guests join the Tropic Star staff to help serve food and hand out donations. It is a lot of fun and gets everyone in the holiday spirit.

This week was special as we shared laughs, Marlin stories, and a spectacular Christmas dinner. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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