2018 Fishing Season Highlights

HUge Cubera Snapper caught in poppers

The Black Marlin bite kicked off the week in style with great numbers of fish raised, a few missed and many putting on the show that only Her Majesty can. As the week went on the Black Marlin bite slowed and our anglers witnessed many of the fish tailing on the surface only looking at the bait. The Yellowfin Tuna came through in droves and the frenzies were a sight to see as guests had loads of fun casting their poppers. The Sailfish and Dorado are still around with some giant bulls arriving at the dock each afternoon. Inshore turned on this week with high numbers of Roosterfish released along with the prehistoric-looking Cubera Snappers.

Fishing Highlights from the Tropic Star Lodge on Panama

The Black marlin have been providing anglers with adrenaline rushes and aerial acrobatics that just can’t be matched. Yellowfin Tuna have started to smash the surface in huge shoals with pods of Porpoise and birds diving into the bait balls in spectacular fashion.  Guests are witnessing Tropic Star’s legendary tuna feeding frenzies and are catching an abundance of hook-to-table Sashimi.

Fishing Highlights from the Tropic Star Lodge from Feb 3 through the 10

The Marlin bite this last week was one of those that you hope and dream to be part of. Some boats did better than others, but every boat released a Black Marlin. From private sport fishers to our fleet of 31’ Bertram’s, everyone was astern chasing down Marlin. The larger females have arrived and are attacking our baits. The Black Marlin bite was just five to eight miles from the Lodge.

Fishing Highlights from January 27 throu February 3, 2018

Black Marlin are coming through the reef to feed in droves and it has been nothing short of incredible here at Tropic Star Lodge. The Black Marlin bite is just seven miles away from the Lodge and Blue Marlin are cruising at the drop off joined by insane amounts of Dorado.

Fishing Highlights: Jan 20-26,2018 Tropic Star Lodge - Marlin underwater

The Marlin bite moved further offshore this week with the majority of the fish caught along the drop off and in the deeper water. The bite was a bit of a lazy one with many of the fish attacking the bait more lethargically than usual. On many occasions the Marlin had to be teased to take a bait, live or artificial. The majority of fish were caught when targeting floating debris on the water. The bait is still extremely thick around the Zane Grey Reef and this week the fleet released more Blue Marlin offshore opposed to the week before which was mostly Blacks on the reef.

Marlin surfing on the waters surface

Grand slams in fishing are something that many anglers aim to achieve for and this past week our anglers were lucky enough to release two Boat Slams and one personal Grand Slam taking us to 13 for the season. Due to the enduring rainy season and delay of summer, the fishing has not been what we typically experience for this time of year. The bite has varied day to day, explosive for a day or two followed by one or two days where is slows down a bit.

Tropic Star Lodge Fishing Fleet

Our rainbow-colored fleet of Bertrams have been hard at work with the full fleet out fishing every day. The action has been great. We added a few Grand Slams to our count this week bringing our total to 10 for the season so far! The smaller Blue Marlin have been showing up in the shallows close to the Lodge and we have released Black Marlin on and around the Zane Grey Reef.

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.

fighting the line

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.

Panamanian Mola

Tropic Star Lodge

Contact Information

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635 N. Rio Grande Ave.,
Orlando, FL 32805
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Fax: 1-407-956-3823

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507-396-6414 or 507-396-6413

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