2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Fist bump of approval for hooking up with a Black Marlin

Neptune gave us magnificent weather and sea conditions this week. The sea was calm with small long-period swell. The currents were running south to north and the water temperatures sat at a steady 82 degrees Fahrenheit. We had a strong wind from the north and on the last two days the water turned a slight shade of green with the currents not running as stong. The ocean temperature also dropped to around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The change of sea conditions made the ocean choppy with three to four foot swell and white caps.

Black MarlinThe Black Marlin bite carried on from the previous week. Boats were raising good numbers of fish and by the second day most boats had had multiple shots and releases of billfish. By the end of day two our fleet had released 18 Black Marlin and a few of our boats released Striped and Blue Marlin. Sailfish were also coming up into our spreads. Offshore the guests were stretching their arms and backs with Yellowfin Tuna and extra large Dorado. Inshore the Roosterfish started to make an appearance along with other hard-fighting species such as Cubera Snapper, Grouper, and Bluefin Trevally. One lucky angler actually hooked into a Black Marlin while trolling live baits for a snapper just 50 feet from the rocks.

Ron and Virginia Moser joined us at the Lodge from Texas. Both Ron and Ginny are experienced anglers having participated in the Offshore World Championships together. Ginny also fishes on an all-ladies team in Texas. Ron came to the Lodge one goal, to complete his Royal slam. The Royal Slam is a lifetime achievement award for releasing the nine different billfish from around the world. Ron accomplished this very special feat, so a very big congratulations to Ron for this rare and difficult achievement.

The Lodge was very honored to have two guests complete their Royal Slam this week. Bill Snyder visited us for a boys’ fishing trip with his friends, Art Friedman and William Leathers. Bill released his first Black Marlin putting him in the record books as another accomplished angler to achieve his Royal Slam. Congratulations, Bill!

Friends Robert Hallock, James Otto, Chris Jordan, and John Cooney met at Tropic Star for some time on the water together. The guys had a smile on their face from the time they stepped off the plane at the Piñas airstrip to the day of their departure. The banter and teasing was infectious and we had a great time with them. Neptune must have also really appreciated their sense of humor as the guys released more than 10 Black Marlin all between 300 lb to 500 lb. Their two-boat fleet also released a bunch of Sailfish and brought in those XL Dorado to the kitchen for our famous fish fingers.

Bill Stein and Linda Pilot came down for some fun in the sun fishing together and enjoying all the different bites the waters off Piñas Bay have to offer. It was Linda who got to catch a Black Marlin just 50 feet from the rocks while fishing for Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish. Apart from Black Marlin inshore, Linda and Bill went on to catch and release both Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish. The duo released multiple billfish during the week including Linda’s first Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish. Linda also caught a grouper which made for an absolutely great dinner.

Don and Gloria Gaiter joined us for their annual trip with their friends Eric Stewart, Andrew Connell, and Dwyer Maloney. Eric and Dwyer both released their first Black Marlin at 400 lb and 300 lb, respectively. Don also released his very first big Yellowfin Tuna. The group are all big Patriot’s fans so we had fun celebrating their team’s win on Super Bowl Sunday. We can’t wait to see this group back down here next year.

The week of fishing was productive. Our fleet released Black, Blue, and striped Marlin along with Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dorado. We also continued to released inshore species such as Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Grouper, and Bluefin Trevally. The staff at the Lodge had a great time this week and we can’t wait to see everyone back here again.

Till next time,
Capt. Richard White

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