2019 Fishing Season Highlights

 Marlin displaying the magnificant force this magestic fish can muster.

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. The Dorado have been a bit of a menace for our anglers, stealing baits from the billfish. To counter, we have been using our famous bait and switch technique quite regularly offshore. A few Yellowfin Tuna are coming out of the water at around the 100 lb. mark making for great sashimi and stories.

The northerly winds have started to blow which has made the seas choppy between four to six feet. The ocean has been calmer in the shallower areas where we generally target Black Marlin. The water temperature did drop for a day or two but has come back to the ideal 84 degrees Fahrenheit that the anglers and fish love.

The lodge was a festive place over the course of the holidays. Presents were delivered to guests on Christmas morning and we enjoyed turkey and all the fixings and traditions that both Panamanians and Americans typically enjoy for Christmas dinner. For New Year’s we had a toast for the good things to come in the new year before we opened up the buffet which featured a whole roast pig, Grouper, and traditional side dishes from our talented chef. At 9pm we enjoyed our own new year count down with bubbles and a fireworks display.

Margot Vincent and her grandson, Kyle, join us for Christmas each year. Kyle is studying to become a Marine Biologist and so we really appreciated his help with our Dorado tagging program. He was certainly busy as the Dorado were plentiful. Kyle released multiple billfish and nearly got a grand slam but unfortunately two Blues jumped off that day to leave him with the bragging rights of releasing both a Sailfish and Black Marlin.

B66D56FB 5792 49CE BAF2 A00DFCC2D573Our good friends, the Murtland and Atkinsons families joined us for Christmas and fished a three-boat fleet.  Gregory Murtland released his first Black Marlin of 400 lb along with his son who also released a Black Marlin of the same size fishing on board Miss Alaska. Sarah Howley released some notable firsts such as her first Marlin and Sailfish. The group experienced fantastic fishing throughout the week; catching and releasing a ton of Dorado and releasing over 30 billfish between their three boats! We look forward to seeing the gang back for their next fishing adventure.

Douglas and Shelly Sayer brought the entire family from Idaho for a Christmas adventure in the jungle. It was great having all the kids and grandkids join us and seeing them have so much fun at the pool and playing on the beach and in the jungle. The grandkids Lily, Max and Wade all had fun on the boat with Dorado and seeing Marlin fought and released. Seven-year-old Wade even got to release his first billfish, a Sailfish! 3-year-old, Louden, and 5-year-old, Warner, also got in on the action releasing their first Dorado! We are very proud of our little anglers.

Robert Bent returned with his son, Bobby Bent, and friend Gordon Rainey. Bobby released his first Black Marlin of 300 lb and then bested himself by releasing at 350 lb Black two days later. The guys had a great time on the water releasing multiple Black Marlin, Sailfish and mountains of Dorado.

Mother and son, Gwen and Frank Kosi visit us each year for Christmas. Gwen and Frank are avid anglers and have traveled together all over the world targeting different species. It was great to visit with them and catch up on the last year. They caught loads of Dorado, releasing many of what they caught. They released multiple billfish including a beautiful Black Marlin.

It was great to see Tony Coffman and Pam Lawson return to Panama for New Year’s. Tony and Pam experienced some great action on the water during their stay. One day Pam decided to stay back at the Lodge and it was on this day that Tony released a Grand Slam plus some. He released two Black Marlin, one Blue Marlin, and two Pacific Sailfish. What a day for Tony! We always enjoy having Tony and Pam visit and we can’t wait to see them back at the lodge soon.

The Gaut family joined us for New Year’s for their first visit to Tropic Star Lodge. They had a fantastic week as a family and enjoyed their days out on the water and afternoons by the pool. The family experienced lots of firsts with Mom and Dad, Kara and Barry, both releasing their first Black Marlin on the same day. The family also released a mountain of Dorado and released their first Pacific Sailfish. We hope to the Gaut family back real soon!

Father and son, Michael and Brendan Ludwig, have been joining us once a year for the last few years. Brendan has been on the hunt for his Black Marlin. Many visits before the Black Marlin have eluded him–but not this visit. For Brendan’s first black he and his dad had a double up! Father and son fought their first Black Marlins together and both successfully released their first Black of 400 lb. each! Neptune wasn’t done with Brendan yet that day. He went on to release his second Black Marlin and two Sailfish. The other days out on the water for the Ludwigs were great as they released more billfish and Dorado, however, nothing could surpass that special day for them.

The festive season at Tropic Star Lodge was incredible. The cheer was infectious and spending time with friends and family to enjoy this time of year was loads of fun. We are very excited to see what Neptune has in store for the rest of 2019. We are looking forward to catching up with returning anglers and meeting the first-time guests over the next few weeks as we enjoy the Black Marlin bite.

Tight lines and fair seas,
Capt. Richard White

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