2017 Fishing Season Highlights

The fishing this past week at Tropic Star Lodge has been off the charts!

Happy New Year!

New Years is one of my favorite times holidays. We set future goals for ourselves and reflect on months gone by with friends, family, and loved ones. We remember all the happy memories and, of course, we remember the fishing trips, the outrageous stories and the great catches. Here at the Lodge we celebrated the new year with a delicious spread of food and a champagne toast to friends, family, Neptune, and 2017.

Massive dorado bulls are plentiful in our watersThe fishing this past week has been off the charts. Offshore, our boats had multiple fish released daily. The sheer number of Pacific Blue Marlin was absolutely incredible. Almost every boat got to experience a double header of Blues with most of them successfully released. Pollyanna even had a triple header and managed to successfully release all three fish. The Sailfish are still around but not as plentiful, and the Dorado, wow-they are supercharged and eager. The big bulls that Tropic Star is known for have been tearing up big Marlin baits and giving our guests a workout.

Nick and Mary Jane Ihasz joined us for the second time this year. They were last here in April and experienced incredible fishing inshore with giant Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper. This trip they shared New Years with us and were after their first Marlin. Nick and Mary Jane both caught and released their first Blue Marlin, MJ released a beautiful Blue of 200 lb. and Nick won a back-breaking battle against a 550 lb Blue Marlin. We had a great time getting to catch up with this wonderful couple and can’t wait to see them again.

Jim Dugan brought his son, James, to catch his first Marlin for a college graduation present. It is always special to see father-son trips like this as I know how special it is to fish with my own father. On their first day out, the father-son duo hooked up into a double-header fighting the Blue Marlin literally back to back! James released his first ever Marlin just moments before his dad released the second one in the double header. James's fish was called at 300 lb. The captain, Jim, and I thoroughly enjoyed tossing James off the dock for his first Marlin release. Over the next few days, James went on to release no less than a total of eight Blue Marlin all in the 300 lb plus size range. This is a trip that father & son will cherish forever.

Kathy and Michael Sclafani make sure to come down every other year (sometimes even more often). The first time they visited us was for Michael's 50th birthday and now they are part of the family. Each afternoon they arrived to the dock with flags flying high. Following their epic days on the water, the couple enjoyed hiking over the ridge to White Beach with our dogs leading the way. For the week, Kathy and Michael released an incredible total of nine Pacific Blue Marlin and one beautiful Black Marlin. Michael came very close to achieving a Grand Slam and tying his wife, who caught and released a Grand Slam on their last visit. Michael caught two out of the three billfish for a boat Grand Slam releasing a Pacific Sailfish, a Blue Marlin, and a Black Marlin. It was close Michael, and I hope to see you soon for your personal Grand Slam!

Steve and Jean Fancsy joined us from Ontario, Canada for their annual trip to Tropic Star Lodge. The couple have been coming to the Lodge for twelve years. Steve has fished all over the world chasing billfish including the Offshore World Championships. It was great getting to spend time with them. On the third day of fishing the lovely couple decided to fish inshore since they were a little worn out from the Marlin and Sailfish action. They managed to catch on popper a few Almaco Jacks and our first Cubera Snapper of the year. For the rest of the week, however, it was back offshore to enjoy the incredible Marlin bite as they released one Black Marlin and nine Blue Marlin for the week.

Michael Lindley brought his long-time friend, George Baldwin, down to Piñas Bay and man, those two guys had everyone laughing. They were good fun. George was here to catch a Marlin. He is a bass fisherman who was excited to try this offshore thing he had heard so much about. It certainly didn't disappoint! George released his first Blue Marlin of 200 lb. The Marlin only got bigger for the guys. They had an absolute blast with their crew and by the end of the week were into double figures of Pacific Blue Marlin released.

It was a wonderful group we had here for the beginning of 2017. The fishing was incredible with nonstop action for our anglers. I especially enjoyed seeing our guests become such good friends by the end of the week. This time of year is magical down here at the Lodge and I cannot wait to see who will be the next person to take the celebratory jump off the dock for their first Tropic Star Marlin swim. We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful 2017 with everyone who visits us this coming year.

Tight lines and fair seas.
Capt. Richard White

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