2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Marlin are plentiful in the waters fished just off the coast from the Tropic Star Lodge

Breaking records and doing it in style! 102 Marlin released in 6 days.

Every now and again the stars align and Neptune offers up something truly spectacular. Tropic Star Lodge just experienced one of those spectacular events– our fleet released 102 Marlin in 6 days of fishing!

Boats flying flags indicating the phenominal catches of Marlin and sailfishThe sea conditions were a bit choppy for the first few days until about mid-week when the water flattened out. The current consistently flowed south to north and for a few of the days it ripped between three to four knots. In the second half of the week the water inside the drop-off began to clean up. The reef was alive with bait but the large numbers of Blacks we typically see this time of year haven’t quite started to show up due to the rains we received late into December.

The blue Marlin bite was off the charts! From day-one boats raised a staggering amount of fish and the momentum continued each day. After day-three the fleet released 53 Marlin, and there was no sign of the bite slowing down. There were hushed mutterings among the anglers and staff of the possibility of breaking the Lodge record of most marlin caught in a week. Everyone kept quiet as not to tempt fate. (We fishermen are very superstitious).

A handful of the boats headed inshore for a day since anglers’ arms were tired and they needed a rest from fighting Marlin. Instead they wrestled Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish. One of the Cuberas was a beast of around 65 lb. The Dorado offshore came in hot with quite a few over the 50 lb mark. The Sailfish did their best to eat the larger Marlin baits and a few of our guests told stories on the porch of how they tried to get baits away from the Sails so they could have a shot at another Marlin. By the end of day five the fleet had successfully released 90 Marlin, just six shy of the all-time record of 96.

On Friday, our anglers were ready to tackle the ocean for their sixth day out on the water. Everyone knew we were close to beating the lodge record. Our captains radioed in their hook-ups and releases tournament-style so I could track which angler broke the record. At 11:01 a.m. on Friday, January 20th Sally Kurz released the 97th Marlin of the week, officially breaking our previous record. At 14:55 Randy DeLeon released Number 100! The fleet went on to release two more making it to 102 Marlin released in six days.

When everyone returned to the dock it was time to party! We had a beautiful cocktail party at the end of the dock with anglers, crew, and mechanics. We poured Champagne and retold the stories from the magical week of fishing we were fortunate enough to experience together.

I wanted to share this exciting news with you all. I will be posting a more detailed fishing report highlighting some guest stories so please check back soon.

Till then,
Tight lines, fair seas, and thank you Neptune.

Capt. Richard White

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