2017 Fishing Season Highlights

june 8 16 2017 sailfish in the waters off Tropic Star Lodge, Pinas Bay Panama

After a short break for maintenance we were ready to have anglers back with us for some fishing adventures. The weather was as to be expected for this time of year with blue bird skies, hot sunshine, and always the chance of rain. Our guests arrived supercharged and full of excitement. Our team was just as eager to see what Neptune had in store for them.

june 8 16 2017 Dorado found in the waters off Tropic Star LodgeOver the course of the week sea conditions were generally really fantastic with exception of one day with uncomfortable chop. The sea color and temperature were perfect. The water was slightly cooler from the week before at around the 84 mark. Offshore the ocean was a gorgeous Marlin blue, a promising sign to any angler. The fleet experienced our first big Yellowfin Tuna as well as Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado. On the Zane Grey reef small Yellowfin Tuna were feeding and feeding on those Yellowfin were Black Marlin. Our fleet spotted quite a few and one beautiful female was caught and released. For a bit of fun, guests also enjoyed jigging for various Snappers and Almaco Jacks. Inshore the water had a bit of murkiness to it in some places and other spots it was as clean as the water offshore. We had tons of fun with large Roosterfish as we continued with our tagging program in conjunction with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

We had a lively group of gentlemen from Jamaica join us for a boys’ trip and to get some of the group their first Marlin. The group were always quick with the jokes, loads of banter, and laughs. On the fishing side they did extremely well! The group of five released multiple Blue Marlin, Sailfish and a very healthy Black Marlin that put on a great display. Justin Samuda released his first Blue Marlin of 250 lb and his friend, Christain Tavares-Finson, was over-the-moon with excitement releasing a beauty of a Black coming in over 500 lb. In good spirits both men celebrated by getting thrown off the dock by their captain for the Tropic Star first Marlin swim. The guys not in the water cheered and hollered from the dock.

Bill Hull and Eric Goering brought their sons, Elliot and Andrew, for some father- son bonding time. The group caught an assortment of fish and everyone was successful in catching their targeted species. Andrew Goering got to box with a Bull Dorado that really pushed him to his limit. Elliot released his bucket list fish for the trip, a 45 lb Roosterfish. On this particular trip, the dads managed to show-up their sons how it is done. Eric weighed a Yellowfin Tuna of 274 lb and William released a Blue Marlin of 350 lb. All in all, the guys had a trip that they will never forget and we can’t wait to have them back down in the jungle.

Ronald and Mary Stewart brought their grandson, Max Stewart, for a trip to Panama and Tropic Star Lodge was their fishing stop. Max’s goal was to catch a big fish and a billfish. Neptune blessed Ron and Max. Max released a beauty of a Roosterfish of 40 lb and Ron released one of 35lb, both fish were tagged with yellow Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation spaghetti tags. Max’s dreams were fulfilled his last day out on the water. Max caught and released a Pacific Sailfish of 120 lb and a Blue Marlin of 250 lb.

Overall, we had a great week with some giant Roosterfish of over 50 lb released, loads of first Billfish, and delicious sashimi on the legendary Tropic Star porch. Tales were shared amongst our friends and family with many memories made which will no doubt last a lifetime. There were so many stories to report on this week so please enjoy the photos below as pictures are really our worth a thousand words. The team here at Tropic Star Lodge are excited about the start of the offshore season and can’t wait to share some more stories.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Richard White


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