2018 Fishing Season Highlights

Nova Southeastern Univ. - Panama research program tagging & studying Roosterfish.

Tropic Star Lodge was eager to welcome anglers back for the 4th Annual Roosterfish Tournament, a qualifying tournament for the Offshore World Championships. The Roosterfish bite turned on in a big way just one week before the tournament. Anglers were excited and the captains and mates were ready for three days of Gallo hunting. The bite for the tournament was great with many Roosterfish released at over 45 lb and at least eight fish released were over 50 lb. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Nova Southeastern University were here to continue their Panama research program through the tagging and studying of Roosterfish. In total, the fleet released 78 Roosterfish with 46 successfully tagged with spaghetti tags. Jessica Harvey and Ryan Logan lead the tagging program and released five fish over 40 lb with satellite tags. Something we all are very excited about! We are anticipating the results to see what we can further learn about these incredible species. A very special thank you to our tournament participants for taking part in this important tagging program.

On the fourth day out on the water for our fleet, after the Roosterfish tallies were in, our anglers were able to target any species they wanted for the tournament’s fun day of fishing. Many of our anglers chose to head offshore. The Yellowfin Tuna were around in droves and one of the anglers released a beautiful Black Marlin on the Zane Grey Reef.

The final results for the tournament were as follows.

Top Anglers

Third Place Bruce Worthman 700 Points
Second Place David Snell 800 Points
First Place Bob Stewart 1200 Points

Top Teams

Third Place Team Dilly Dilly 1400 Points
Second Place Team Chicken Chokers 1500 Points
First Place Team Dark Horse 1900 Points

The Tropic Star family would like to give a big thank you to all our incredible guests who shared in the great fishing and all the fun to be had back at the Lodge. We wish team Dark Horse the best of luck for the Offshore World Championships in 2019. The tournament proved, once again, that the Roosterfish is an incredible fighting fish and they’re so much fun to catch.

Panamanian Mola

Tropic Star Lodge

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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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