2019 Fishing Season Highlights

Fishing fleet highlighted against the sky

The Marlin bite started off solid this week but tapered off by the end of the week with water temperatures fluctuating causing the fish to have lock jaw. Boats reported seeing multiple billfish most days but were only just following baits. Trying to get a bite out of one was tough. But, we had some boats experience multiple Black Marlin releases in day. The Yellowfin Tuna bite offshore went nuts when the water temperature dropped, with boats catching over 30 Tuna in a day.

Huge black marlin in the 450 to 500 pound range

Our anglers released numerous Black Marlin with the largest of the week estimated at around 450 to 500 lb. Mid-week cooler waters came through and so did the Yellowfin Tuna. The Yellowfin bite really took off in a big way and we started to see a lot of feeding frenzies offshore with birds and dolphins all working together. The Marlin bite was up and down over the past week due to the overnight drop in water temperature of just over 5 degrees.

Big marlin taking the bait in the waters of Pinas Bay

The bite over the past week was one of those story book fishing adventures that we all hope we are part of someday. The Black Marlin came through in huge numbers and quite a few nice-sized fish were released around the 500 lb mark. Blue Marlin, Pacific Sailfish, and a few large Yellowfin Tuna were part of the action. Our guest, Toast Ritter, who visits us every other year landed a tuna of 211 lb. The Dorado have relentlessly been plaguing anglers with over 500 Dorado caught and released for the week.

Proud angler posing with his catch

Many of our lucky guests have experienced offshore grand slams over the past few weeks. To accomplish this, anglers catch-and-release Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish in a single day. The Black Marlin have begun to show up in greater numbers in the shallows on the reef and we have seen the larger females feeding. The Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado are still hunting our baits in good numbers just around the drop off.

Marlin jumping right behind the boat showing it's might for anglers

The Offshore bite has been phenomenal with five Grand Slams so far this season. Most consisted of Boat Slams and one personal Grand Slam. An offshore slam at Tropic Star Lodge normally involves a Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish released in a single day. We have started to see more and more Black Marlin showing up and even a few larger females of over 600 lb. The Blue Marlin bite has been on fire with boats often experiencing three to five shots a day.

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