2018 Fishing Season Highlights

Marlin and inshore species Fishing Highlights

The year has ticked over and it is Marlin season down at Tropic Star Lodge. At the first of the year the Marlin bite picked up with Blue Marlin offshore and some of the larger female Black Marlin released on the Zane Grey Reef. The past few days we have seen a tremendous amount of Dorado in the size range of around 30 lb to 60 lb.

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While the year is drawing to a close, it is only the beginning of our new fishing season and it has been an incredible one so far. We produced even more Grand Slams since the last report and came very close to a few more. The Marlin bite offshore has been on fire with amazing numbers of fish being raised and released. It did slow down a little towards Christmas. That is when in the extra-large-Tropic-Star-Lodge size Dorado came through in droves.  In amongst the Spinner Dolphin, a few lucky guests hooked up to some arm stretching Tuna. The largest of the week was landed at 190 lb. Numerous larger Yellowfin, unfortunately, were lost on the leader right next to the boat.

Marlin Fishing in Panama at the Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay

In my last fishing report I was excited with how the bite was taking shape and there is no doubt my excitement has only increased. I’m sitting in my office at Tropic Star Lodge on Monday morning listening to the shouts on the radio of Captains hooking up to Marlin. Yesterday was an incredible day yet again with our 5th Grand Slam for the season and it’s only the start of our fourth week. There have been two personal Grand Slams and three boat slams so far, thank you Neptune! (EDIT: We’ve had 2 more grand slams TODAY which will be detailed in the next report!)

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We’re back and it’s with a bang! The season just kicked off at Tropic Star Lodge in a spectacular fashion with a great turnout for our season opening tournament. Everyone was excited about the fishing and the new tweaks seen around the lodge. Private boats and lodge boats alike were out on the water chasing billfish for the chance to qualify for the Offshore World Championships.

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Tropic Star Lodge

Contact Information

Orlando Office:

635 N. Rio Grande Ave.,
Orlando, FL 32805
US callers: 1-800-682-3424
International callers: 001-407-843-0125
Fax: 1-407-839-3637

Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm EST (Monday thru Friday)


Panama City Office:

507-396-6414 or 507-396-6413

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