2019 Fishing Season Highlights

Anglers enjoying the freshest tuna there is! 

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. The number of Dorado declined quite a bit as well in response to the cooler water. Taking a cue from nature, a few anglers headed inshore for some fun and were rewarded with some incredible catches. The Roosterfish were found in the shallows and the Cubera Snapper engulfed baits on the down riggers.

the tools and the rewardThe wind changed directions many times over the course of the past week. The seas were beautiful and calm with small swell. The water did turn a little green just after the drastic ocean temperature drop. After two days of cold water, the temperature did start to rise due in large thanks to the change in wind direction that came out of the south.

Ian and Wendy Openshaw from the UK join us each year at the same time. They love fishing and have chased big fish all over the world for many years. It is always wonderful visiting with them at Tropic Star Lodge. The lovely couple fished on board Miss Australia with Capt. Candelo and thoroughly enjoyed the new upgraded Bertram 31’. The couple have released many Marlin in their time at the lodge and this year they released three beautiful Black Marlin. Ian also loves casting poppers for Tuna and on several of the days Ian charged around on Miss Australia chasing Yellowfin boils and casting poppers right into the center of the action. Seeing a Yellowfin Tuna break the surface and smashing a popper is something that every angler should experience and, well let’s just say, that Ian got to experience it more times than most people do in a lifetime.

Gus and Hank Osterkamp from Southern California love the wild outdoors. They fish and hunt all over the world together on incredible father and son adventures. On this trip back to Tropic Star, the gentlemen brought their friends and business colleagues, Dave Schlachter and Dennis Osborne. The gentlemen experienced excellent fishing releasing multiple Black Marlin during their stay. Dennis released his first Black Marlin of 300 lb and Dave released his first of 400 lb. Gus and Hank have both released Black Marlin before and added a few more successful releases to their name. The father-son duo also released their first Cubera Snappers. Hank was thrilled as it was one of his bucket list fish, and Gus was just as excited to release a bigger one than Hank. We had a great time with the whole group. We can’t wait to see Gus and Hank back in August for Blue Marlin season.

Bill Leathers has been fishing with us before and shared many of the stories about his previous experiences here with his sons. This trip he was fortunate to have all three of his boys with him. Mathew, Christopher and Nathaniel all met at Tropic Star for a Leathers boys’ reunion. Nat and Luke both walked the plank for their first Billfish release. Nat released a Black of 300 lb and a 100 lb Pacific Sailfish. Luke took on a 400 lb Black and successfully released her. By the end of the week, the whole family had the opportunity to release a Black Marlin. Playing witness to Bill and his boys have such a great family vacation together was incredibly fun to be part of.

Ned Brown, from San Francisco, is an avid fisherman and has fished with us many times in the 90’s and has been making his biennial trips in more recent years. It has been a lot of fun getting to share stories with someone who is so passionate about fishing and conservation. Ned released a Black Marlin and Ryan Logan, from Nova Southeastern University and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, successfully put a PSat tag on the fish. In a year’s time, we will know invaluable data on the fish like where that fish goes as well as its depths. Well done Ned!

With the satellite tagging and conservation initiative we are participating in with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, all parties involved have been trying to raise money for the project. While here, Dr. Guy Harvey painted a beautiful painting of a Black Marlin. This painting was for sale through his Foundation to raise funds for the PSat tags we’re using in our study. I’m happy to report that Ned Brown purchased the painting with 100% of the funds going to the procurement of three PSat tags for Black Marlin research. His donation is extremely helpful for our valuable research of our fisheries and contributes to data for further ocean conservation around the world. Data is paramount in order to secure and lobby for new or stronger ocean conservation laws. Ned also generously donated the painting back to Tropic Star Lodge where is will always be on display for fellow anglers to enjoy.

The camaraderie of the group was an absolute pleasure and a lot of fun. The group kicked off the week with the Super Bowl. Everyone enjoyed buffalo wings, burgers, cold beers while watching the big game after a day on the water. The fishing was tougher this week but anglers still had loads of excitement with the Yellowfin Tuna action and the Black Marlin bite that started off the week.

Tight lines and fair seas.
Capt. Richard White

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