2018 Fishing Season Highlights

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Crazy stories about fish frenzies, bucket list fish, downpours and sunburns have been the talk on the dock between guests. Over the past few days we have had an incredible inshore bite with loads of big fish being caught and released; including the highly sought after Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper– many breaking the 50 lb mark. Jigging has also been successful and exciting along the reef and surrounding pinnacles. Our anglers caught Almaco Jack and a multitude of other species including the African Pompano and Mullet Snapper. Offshore we have had Sailfish coming up on the dredges as well as Blue Marlin. The Marlin bite slowed down for a few days but it looks to be heating up again with some Blues and Blacks being released just yesterday. Sharks have also been in the mix including a few large Bull Sharks. Our anglers are continuing to have fun with the abundance of Yellowfin Tuna feeding and going berserk in the bait balls.

Rain showers in the afternoon close to shore have been common, along with calm sea conditions. On one of the days we did have some bigger weather offshore with strong rain but that didn’t stop the fish from feeding. The past four days have been clear blue bird skies and flat calm seas. The trash lines are stacked up offshore between 15 NM to 28 NM. The bait balls of Hardtail and smaller squid are still around. Inshore the water was off-color just a week ago but over the past three days it is very clean and the bite using artificials has been loads of fun.

Guests Mike Swain and Robert Kuske have been fishing buddies for most of their lives and they arrived at Tropic Star Lodge to check off some bucket list fish for Mike. Mike is a biologist who had caught 310 different species of fish when he arrived. Finding some new species that he hadn’t caught before was tough but there were a few fish that our waters could provide. Mike added another four species to his list including a Pacific Sailfish of 100lb, Roosterfish, a beauty of a bull Dorado and a new species of Snapper. Robert (who actually taught Mike how to fish) also released a monster Roosterfish which was one for his bucket list.

Yellowfin 50lb test line recordDoug and Dina Levesque brought the whole family down to Tropic Star for a family holiday. The kids, Blair and Trey, brought their significant others, Mercedes Sanchez and Anthony Castorini. What a good time the family had! The group had a wide variety of fish that they wanted to target during their trip and they did pretty darn well.  Blair released her first Roosterfish which was 60 lb! However, the really special part, was she fought it at the same time as her dad who released a 70 lb Roosterfish, his first as well. “Best daddy-daughter memory ever!” according to Blair. Trey caught his personal best Dorado of 50 lb as well as releasing a Pacific Sailfish of 80 lb on the same day as his dad released his first Pacific Sail of 100 lb. The group caught loads more fish including a really great day of jigging for Almaco Jacks. We can’t wait to see them back again for more fishing and shenanigans.

John and Michelle Bernard love to fish and so does their son, Louis, and his girlfriend, Sierra LaBoute. On their first day out everyone got involved in a massive Tuna feeding frenzy with Porpoise jumping every which way and Yellowfin annihilating baits. During the week Michelle, Louis and Sierra all released their first Sailfish of 120 lb, 100 lb, and 80 lb. They all celebrated by walking the Tropic Star Lodge plank. Inshore; the family had a great time, with a huge variety of fish and Sierra released her first Cubera Snapper of 35 lb. Everyone had incredible fishing and we really enjoyed their company and their fishing tales each afternoon.

We had members of the Bonnier Corporation and Marlin Magazine join us for their annual retreat where they split their time between meetings and fishing. Tropic Star Lodge has had a long relationship with Marlin Magazine and it was great to have the team join us for a few days. The group had a few first catches which included Pacific Sailfish and Roosterfish. However, fish of the week for the group was a 154 lb Yellowfin Tuna caught by Jackie Fry, her first!

Tony Coffman and his wonderful fiancé, Pam Lawson, returned to Tropic Star Lodge. Last time they were here they released multiple Blue Marlin and one special Black Marlin. They returned targeting the other species the lodge offers. Tony’s personal best Roosterfish was 45 lb and he blew that number away multiple time during his trip by releasing a couple over 60 lb and a Cubera snapper of 50 lb on a popper! Pam also fought and released multiple Roosterfish over the 50 lb mark.

Bruce Welsh loves to travel and fish all over the world. On this trip he was joined by his son, Zachary, who shares the same loves as his father. It was great getting to spend time with them again. Bruce received the award for catching the most sharks for the week, he caught six and one was a monster of a Bull Shark. Bruce and Zack had some incredible inshore fishing with multiple big Cubera Snapper, monster Almaco Jacks and Roosterfish caught on a mix of poppers and live bait.

As the offshore season is ramping up, it seems the inshore season is still providing us with some incredible trophy catches. The Lodge is also getting more families visiting us which is always a lot of fun. We look forward to the next few months where hear the amazing fishing tales and share in the memories made here at Tropic Star Lodge.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. 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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