2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Fish on!

Saying hello to family.

For the start of the week we had glassy calm seas, Bluebird colored skies, and not a breath of wind. The water was iridescent blue and the sea temperature was a perfect 83 degrees Fahrenheit. The currents were further offshore making the run to the fishing grounds a little longer than normal. After the first two days on the water we experienced a little breeze and a little chop. This was when the bite turned on. As the week progressed; the currents moved closer in, allowing our fleet to get their baits in the water quicker and more time with lines in the water.

Coming off after such a hot previous week our anglers were really excited to get out on the water. Many of our guests were returning for their annual trip and the atmosphere was positive and exciting. During the Saturday evening fishing talk our guests got to know one another over the first fishing tales of the week. We also discussed current fishing conditions and tactics. Mark Mahaffey and Michael Bonsignore were quick to enter the anglers into their annual tournament. As the week and tournament went on, the bite improved and we saw a good number of billfish. Ten guests fought and released their first Pacific Blue Marlin with one called at 600 lb and the Sailfish were released in ones and twos. The Tuna and Dorado kept anglers on their toes and provided great snacks for us back at the Lodge. For the select guests who decided to try their luck inshore; they were rewarded with some great surface action. The roosterfish and a few of our toothy friends, the Cubera snapper, had the drags screaming.

Jumping highMark Mahaffey returned to his home on the hill, the Palace, with his son, Mark Jr, and friends. Not only was Mark the tournament co-director he, hosted a wonderful cocktail party up at the Palace for all of us to enjoy. Eric Lanctot released his first Blue Marlin of 350 lb and Al Odom released his first Blue Marlin of 300 lb. The always cheerful bunch of guys, in addition to a few more Marlin, also brought back some great Dorado and released their fair share of Sailfish.

Michael and Sheila Bonsignore always visit us with their friend, Mark Mahaffey. Michael is Mark’s co-director and “muscle” for the tournament and made sure everyone paid their share. The couple tried out our newly powered Bertram, Miss America. Michael released a beautiful Blue Marlin and both released multiple Sailfish and brought home Dorado and Yellowfin for some fresh Sashimi.

The Weinstein family joined us from Chile for some Marlin action and that is exactly what they got. Nicolas released his first Blue Marlin of 300 lb, Martin released his first Blue Marlin of 350 lb, and Henry released his first Blue Marlin of 250 lb. Team Weinstein didn’t slow down and went on to win the tournament releasing 8 billfish for the week. Well done guys and we can’t wait to see you back at the Lodge next year.

The larger female marlin were also patrolling the water this week. Some more notable first catches were Craig Reagor releasing his first Blue Marlin of 600 lb and John Hofto releasing a monster Black Marlin of 500 lb.

It was a lot of fun getting to see so many of our returning Tropic Star family and meeting first time guests. We had to work for the fish but ended up with a productive week with Marlin and Sailfish released by all the boats. I hope you enjoy the photos and we can’t wait to see you down here in our little slice of fishing paradise in the Darien Jungle.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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