2019 Fishing Season Highlights

Bringing the fish to the surface to be released

The fishing has been great offshore with more Dorado than we could possibly reel in. It has made it abundantly clear to anglers just why learning bait and switch is so important as giant Mahi tear through the spread demolishing baits. There has been an abundance of bait around but they aren’t always easy to target. The billfish bite has been good with the first Boat Slam coming hot on the heels of the opening of the season. There are days where the billfish are lethargic eaters while in the spread, but in general most of the time we’re experiencing explosive bites. Smaller Marlin around 200 lb were seen at the opening of the season, a size that is uncommon for this area, but the fleet also released Blues and Black Marlin in the 500 lb range.

Panamanian summer is upon us and dry season has started. We have had a few showers in the beginning of December but since then it has been humid, hot with extremely calm seas. The bite is around 12 -18 miles from the lodge. There have been current lines along the drop off and the sea surface temperature has been holding at around 84 degrees Fahrenheit.  The current has been running in a consistent northerly direction, just the way the Marlin like it.

First billfish gets an angler a unique celebrationElliot Stark and Dale Willis from In the Bite Magazine visited us to see some of the changes that have been taking place at the Lodge and to get a line wet and have some fun on the water. We had a great time with them and discussed Tropic Star Lodge’s most recent efforts in conservation, crew training programs, upgrades to our fleet of Bertram 31’s and Lodge facilities. On day-one their boat returned to the dock with the first Boat Slam of the season. The guys released a Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish. They were also introduced to the hoards of Dorado that were harassing all the boats.

Every year our friends from Peru join us for a boys’ week. This year the gents had a small tournament and it was loads of fun. The competition between the boats was fierce and there were plenty of Marlin released. The gents fished on board Pollyanna, our 45’ Hatteras, and then also our newly upgraded Bertrams, Australia and Scandia. All the boats experienced an awesome billfish bite but Australia took top place this year by only the smallest of margins. Everyone had an amazing time and we can’t wait to see everyone again next year.

John Alpizar brought his sons to Tropic Star Lodge for long overdue family vacation and to introduce his sons to the world of offshore Marlin fishing. Everyone released Marlin and we even had some of them walking the plank for their first billfish releases. Brian, released his first Pacific Sailfish of 85 lb. Scott released his first Pacific Sailfish of 100 lb. Brian also released his first Blue Marlin of 300 lb. But the fish of the week for the Alpizar boys was David’s first Blue Marlin of 450 lb.

Robert Evans and his son Robert II came with their friends, Charles and Richard “Taylor” Willett. While fishing the gents released seven Blue Marlin, five Black Marlin a bunch of Sailfish. Dorado were plentiful for the guys catching and even releasing more than they could count. Taylor Willett released his first Black of 300 lb and his first Blue of 300 lb. Robert Sr. released his first Blue of 250 lb and first Pacific Sail of 120 lb. Robert II also released is first Blue of 250 lb and Pacific Sailfish of 120 lb. It was great having the gents down at the Lodge and seeing them walk the Tropic Star plank was a special experience for them and us.

The start of the season has been off to an exciting start. We always enjoy seeing family return for their next fishing adventure. It was also thrilling experiencing first-time guests walk the plank with cheers from everyone on the dock. Anglers enjoyed the pool with tropical drinks in hand over fishing stories from the day. We will have some more great stories to share with you soon and we hope you are enjoying the videos we’ve been posting on Facebook and Instagram.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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