2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Marlin fishing in Panama at the Tropic Star Lodge

We have been experiencing unpredictable weather with either rain or sunshine in our forecast. Showers are becoming more frequent in the evenings and the cloud cover is welcome as it keeps the days out on the water much cooler. We have been experiencing mostly calm seas with around two to four-foot swells further apart. We had a few bumpy days where the winds came up with a passing tropical storm.

This time of year, the winds and currents form trash lines of floating debris which can sometimes be miles long. The Humboldt current brings cooler nutrient-rich oxygenated water close to the shores of Panama. The current carries everything that has been washed out to sea all the way from South America. This creates a unique ecosystem for marine life– and great fishing for our guests.

Ava has a pending Female Small Fry World Record for a Greenbar Snapper of 16.2 lb. The offshore bite is in full swing with bait balls being attacked by Yellowfin Tuna, birds, and porpoise alike. The trash lines offshore have been producing some incredible Marlin action with some very nice fish released by the fleet. The average size Marlin has been around the 350 lb mark with some larger females around 600 lb. The Dorado are more plentiful and after giving anglers a work out our guests are enjoying our famous Dorado finger snacks on the patio while discussing the day’s fishing stories. The Sailfish are popping up and a special few Black Marlin have been hooked up on the Zane Grey Reef. Inshore the bite has slowed down a bit, but the fleet is still releasing Roosterfish and Snapper for those anglers who can pull themselves away from the Marlin action offshore.

Joe and Nancey Frazer brought their granddaughter Madison to experience Tropic Star Lodge. They fished aboard Miss America, which used to be owned by the Frazers and was then called Bottom Dollar. Madison is just as much into fishing as her grandparents and it was fun to see the excitement when Madison returned to the dock on day-one when she released two Blue Marlin at 300 lb and 400 lb. A unbelievable start of a fantastic week for the fishing trio. Everyone on board released Marlin and the Sailfish where even more plentiful. Madison was the star of the show releasing the most Marlin for the week.

Andrew “Dru” and Donna Thompson brought their daughters, Maya and Ava, for some family fun on the water. Dru designs and manufactures all of our beautiful custom rods for us at Tropic Star Lodge and it was a pleasure to host the Thompsons down in the jungle. The family was world record chasing for the girls. On her last visit, Maya got the Junior Females world record Roosterfish, and so this year was Ava’s turn… and she rocked it! Ava has a pending Female Small Fry World Record for a Roosterfish of 65.4 lb and a Greenbar Snapper of 16.2 lb. On one day Donna was up and hooked into a beast of a Black Marlin that unfortunately rubbed through the leader after just over a five hour battle. The Thompsons went on to release multiple more Marlin over the course of the week, but I know they will never forget that big old Black that got away.

Father and son, Dana and Hugh West, visited us for some quality time and enjoyed their favorite passions. The boys were always full of smiles and optimism about the fishing. The mood on the boat rewarded the guys as their fishing was on fire. They released a total of eight Marlin, even more Pacific Sailfish and giant Dorado and Yellowfin were part of their total tally. Dana is also a wizard with his Camera and so I know everyone is going to love his photos below.

Anne and David Cable joined us with friends Laura and Steve Minore for some billfish action onboard Pollyanna. And the action did not disappoint! Laura, Anne, Steven and David all released their first Pacific Blue Marlin with largest estimated at 600 lb. On August 9th Anne had a special birthday present, her first Blue Marlin of 300 lb. The group enjoyed releasing more Blue Marlin and a handful of larger Sailfish and more than a few extra-large Dorado. All this accomplished in just four days on the water.

The ocean is really alive at the moment with all sorts of spectacular fish caught and released. Our guests are having an amazing time and the stories in the evenings over a rum have been second to none. Friendships and amazing memories are the end result to another incredible bite happening down in Piñas Bay.

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