2019 Fishing Season Highlights

Billfish are still fighting the line

The Marlin have been showing up with more frequency but we are still waiting for the bigger numbers to show up. We have had Black Marlin on the reef and on the shallower side of the drop-off and Blue Marlin in the deeper water off the drop-off. Sailfish have been chasing teasers and popping up in the spread pretty much everywhere. The Yellowfin Tuna are still schooling offshore in those epic feeding frenzies. We have lost a few Tuna to Sharks which is a good sign of a healthy ecosystem.

Billfish have been dancing on the surface creating an exhilarating spectacle of their strengthfor clients

Billfish have been sighted sunning on the surface and fish species different to our menu of regulars bent rods. Guests released a Swordfish also known as a Broadbill and Striped Marlin. Yellowfin Tuna have been found with Dolphins on most days and anglers have had a great time throwing poppers and other baits to catch them on the surface. Inshore, the bite has been fantastic with multiple species of Snapper, Roosterfish and Grouper caught along with the odd Tarpon, spitting lures even higher than they jump themselves.

Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama

The Sailfish have arrived in great numbers and have been feeding aggressively. We have been getting them on artificial, live bait and strip baits. The most successful approach has been with bait and switch. Dorado have also started to become regulars on the daily reports with some big ones eating the Marlin baits. Yellow fin tuna are feeding in frenzies off shore and we are getting the smaller ones between 20lbs-50lbs on surface lures and bigger ones over the 100lbs. mark on live baits.

heading out to the fertile waters in Piñas Bay

The Black Marlin have been tailing on the surface along with huge amounts of Sailfish spotted. The billfish have not been aggressive and are sunning themselves on the surface due to the cooler water. We are getting huge schools of Yellowfin Tuna followed closely by the Porpoise that feed with them. Large schools of Sardines have shown up along with hordes of small squid. Inshore, the Cubera Snapper, Grouper, Bluefin Trevally and other species have started to come into the shallows. As the cooler waters move in we see fish hatching in the shallows which marks the start of our great inshore fishing season.

Marlin bite is still there, just a little tougher

The Marlin bite was tough over the last week with only a few Black Marlin released by the fleet. A few boats went further offshore for Dorado and the odd Blue Marlin at about 16 Miles out. In the begging of the week boats were loading up on Yellowfin Tuna around 20 lb to 60 lb on poppers and cedar plugs. As the week went on the Yellowfin were replaced by shoals of Dorado as the seas warmed up. Inshore, anglers caught everything from Grouper to Roosterfish. Some gorgeous Cubera Snapper were released and the numbers of Jacks and Mackerel caught was just insane in between the more sought after species.

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