2018 Fishing Season Highlights

Sailfish are still taking the bait.

The offshore bonanza is beginning. The pelagic fish are starting to make their way to Piñas Bay. The Yellowfin Tuna are still around in huge numbers and anglers are experiencing feeding frenzies that are nothing short of unbelievable. The season’s first Sailfish are patrolling the waters along with the Dorado, as well the stars of the show, the Marlin. Inshore, the Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper, our most sought after inshore species, are still biting and putting up epic fights. Tarpon are also in the mix. Our anglers have had some awesome action on the jigs with Almaco Jacks and Amber Jacks. Our fleet has also seen an increase in the numbers of sharks offshore and on the reef, a great sign for the health of the fishery.

Rainy season seems to be in full swing. Each afternoon the rain rolls in at the Lodge and along the shoreline.  The winds have changed direction and the warmer water has come back in bringing with it the offshore pelagic species. These weather conditions mean that offshore trash lines are beginning to form. Trash lines are a haven for smaller bait fish and a feeding ground for the larger predators. All in all, it is a really exciting time to fish with the inshore bite still firing and the offshore bite starting to take off.

Fishing fun for everyone.Our guest, David Stern, brought his son to Tropic Star, Logan, for a graduation present. Both David and Logan are avid fishermen. Logan loves free-diving and practically lives in the water. His usual spot is around the Bahamas but for this trip he got the opportunity to chase some fish in the Pacific. The father and son team had exciting Tuna action on poppers until their arms gave out from reeling in so many. Logan released his first Marlin! Capt. Mario made him walk the Tropic Star Lodge first billfish plank to celebrate the feat.

Returning guest, Eugenio Rubio, brought his son, Eugenio Jr., and long-time friend, Marco Alvare. The trio caught about 150 Yellowfin Tuna in total during their stay and a few extra large sharks. Eugenio Jr. got to feel the pull of a Marlin for the first time, but unfortunately it came off after a three hour-long grueling fight. Marco, however, managed to release his first Marlin. It was the fish of the week called at 550 lb by Capt. Candelo.

Scott and Wendy Robertson brought their family down for an action-packed fishing adventure. Clayton and Kenneth had their fair share of Yellowfin Tuna action and even took on some of the big sharks. Scott has been chasing his Marlin for 35 years with ill luck, but Neptune granted him his wish with a 450 lb Black Marlin right out the gate. Wendy, not being one to be outdone, also released a magnificent Marlin of 400 lb on the very same day as her daughter, Raegan, released her first billfish. A 80 lb Pacific Sailfish.

Jason Barlow brought his son, Walker, for a father son trip to Pinas Bay. These family trips are really special and remind me of some of the best times I had with my dad. Jason and Walker are very close and spend a lot of time together especially around the baseball field since that’s one of Walker’s passions. This week was all about the fishing though and both Walker and his dad released their first billfish. Both gents released multiple Sailfish and Roosterfish during their trip. We look forward to seeing the father son duo again.

Mark and Martha Cadmus stayed in our new club villa, which Mark transformed into an impressive fly shop for two weeks. The Cadmuses are from Veil, Colorado and Mark is an avid fly fisherman. Mark has vast experience fly fishing for all different species and is a wealth of knowledge in the sport. On this particular trip Mark released Sailfish, numerous nice-sized Yellowfin, and a trophy Dorado over 50 lb, all on fly. It was amazing spending time with the couple and the fishing stories we shared will be remembered for a long time.

Graig Chenosky along with his friends Ken Hutchings, Luis Dominguez and Justin Miller joined us for a quick boys’ trip. The guys took up residence in the Palace and loved every second of it. Craig released an absolute dinosaur of a Cubera Snapper at around 60 lb. Luis was on top of his game as he ended the week having wrestled a giant bull Dorado and a trophy Roosterfish. Justin and Ken released their first Marlin, a Blue and a Black their first afternoon out on the water. The laughs never stopped with the guys and we can’t wait to see them back for their next adventure.

The seasons are changing and we are excited to continue to hear the tales of giant fish over a cold drink around the pool. Our fishing tales are a little different here at Tropic Star Lodge as most of them are far from exaggeration and are absolutely true. We hope to see you here with us in our little piece of Paradise.

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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