2017 Fishing Season Highlights

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The Blacks are back and showing off!

I would like to thank all our friends and family who came to say hi to us at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas. The show was absolutely off-the-charts busy and bookings are filling up quickly for 2018 and 2019 seasons. We can’t wait to host all of you excited SCI Members down here at the Lodge.

Over the last few days of fishing the currents have been running at a strong two to three knots, South to North. The water has been a beautiful clean blue right off the rocks and sitting with temperatures at a steady 82 degrees Fahrenheit. We did have some bumpy conditions offshore with the wind opposite the current with around three to four feet chop.

tropicstar report flagged 17The Black Marlin fishing at Tropic Star Lodge is why many of our guests come to join us in Peak Season. As always, fishing can be unpredictable: sometimes it can be fair, sometimes it can be red hot. This week our guests were here during an amazing stretch of top-notch fishing. The fleet released a phenomenal 69 Black Marlin in the six days of fishing, and a lonely single Blue Marlin also joined the ranks. The Sailfish bite slowed way down but there were still a few caught in the mix. Dorado gave anglers a great show and a few of those beauties broke the 50 lb. mark. A few of our anglers had their arms burned with some bus-sized Yellowfin Tuna which broke 150 lb.

Ned Brown joined us once again from San Francisco, California. Ned experienced exceptional fishing on Miss America. He pulled in a 153 lb. Yellowfin Tuna. As the only anger on the boat Ned really had his work cut out for him. Ned released a total of seven Black Marlin and two Pacific Sailfish. On one special day Ned released three beautiful Blacks.

Nikki and Bill Wilson joined us for their annual trip to Tropic Star Lodge and took up their usual residence in Cabin 2 overlooking the pool. The first day out on the water the couple released four Black Marlin! Throughout the week the couple went on to release a total of nine Black Marlin and a handful of Sailfish, and some Dorado and Yellowfin for supper. The Wilsons also had the pleasure of seeing their son, Heath Haley, release his first Blue Marlin of 400 lb. and first Black Marlin of 400 lb. Nikki also caught the largest Marlin of the week, a beautiful Black female of 600 lb.

This week we had two couples join us for their wedding anniversaries. Martha and Don Goldman and Phil and Deb Sanders. Both couples had exciting fishing. Both boats, respectively, went on to release multiple Black Marlin, Sailfish, and multiple Dorado.

We also had longtime friends, David Palmer and James Schrank, join us down in the jungle for their annual fishing trip to Tropic Star Lodge. Both James and David have released their fare share of Black Marlin. Their boat got right in on the Black Marlin action with the Blacks coming up on those beautiful little Bonito baits. James wrestled and caught a Yellowfin Tuna of 162 lb. We can’t wait to see our fishing buddies back for their next trip and we look forward to this summer when David brings his daughter for her first time to Tropic Star.

With 70 Marlin released; this week wasn’t short on notable catches. I must mention that Mickey Spooner caught the largest Yellowfin Tuna for the week coming in at 187 lb. We had a slew of guests catch their very first Black Marlin with the majority in the 400 and 500 lb. range. All in all it was a week to be remembered, one when the fish gods bestowed their blessings to our anglers. Our guests put in their share of time and effort and were rewarded with the memories to last a lifetime.

Till next time,
Capt. Richard White

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