2018 Fishing Season Highlights

Dorado fishing from Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay, Panama

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. The Dorado bite has been off the charts with the fleet boating close to 400 for the week. The Dorado are mostly of a good size at over 25 lb and a bunch over 50 lb.  A few boats decided to try inshore for a day and were rewarded with Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper and Almaco Jacks.

Marlin on the runWe are still experiencing the odd afternoon shower and the winds are switching around from north to south during the beginning of the week. For one of the days offshore the boats fished a trash line that formed around 20 miles from the Lodge and provided some great action. In the last two days of fishing the northerly trade winds began to blow creating choppy seas with four to five foot swells coming opposite the current. It also brought the blue bird skies and hotter temperatures; it looks like summer has arrived!

Our guest Flint Besecker returned with his dad, Chuck, making it three generations of Beseckers who have now released Marlin at Tropic Star. Flint comes each summer with his son, Noah. Flint is an avid angler and Chuck was on a mission to catch his first Marlin. Flint’s son Noah has caught pretty much every trophy fish we have and now it was time for Flint to introduce his father to Her Majesty of the ocean.  Within the first few hours fishing on Pollyanna, our 45 foot Hatteras, Chuck released his first Marlin, a Blue of 350 lb.

Ronnie Phillips Sr. and Jr. joined us for some father son fishing in the jungle. Both father and son released multiple billfish during their adventure including their first Pacific Blue Marlin, both releasing a pair of Blues of over 350 lb. Ronnie Jr. said it was incredible seeing such a gorgeous animal and he was hurting after the fight. On one particular day Ronnie Jr. took on a Manta Ray that had been fowl hooked while jigging at the reef.

John Cogdon who has become a fast-regular here at Tropic Star returned with his brothers, David and Jeff, and friend Robert Slane. John has been down previously with both his sons and his wife, but this trip was about the boys having some fun together. All the gents have a lot of experience on the water and it showed with their catches. The group had some exceptional fishing with Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Black Marlin released along with some absolutely monster Dorado coming back to the dock for the days fresh Mahi Mahi fingers.

Jim Burgess and Peter Schenk seem to radiate fun and they love their Pinot Nior and Cigars. They returned to the Lodge with 17 other gentlemen to fish together in the legendary Pinas Bay waters. The group had some spectacular catches and the group wracked up a number of firsts with 7 Blue Marlin first for the group ranging from 300 to 500 lb and more than a handful of first Sailfish releases all over 100 lb.

By the end of the week the entire Lodge had become one big family; the banter, stories and laughter were never in short supply and everyone had an absolute blast. Neptune had put on quite the display with fish and our family had memories that they would never forget.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Richard White

Panamanian Mola

Tropic Star Lodge

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Tropic Star Operations 
18331 Pines Blvd.
Box 116
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Contact us by Phone:

US callers: 1-800-682-3424
International callers: 001-407-843-0125
Fax: 1-407-308-0092

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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