2019 Fishing Season Highlights

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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.

Bertrams ready to head out and catch some trophy fishThe water has turned a little green offshore and with the color change we are also seeing lower temperatures. The plankton count is through the roof which means the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays who visit us annually are just a few miles offshore. The winds have been swopping between northerly and southerly directions. The sea has remained calm with little to no swell.

Bonito Bay fishing club joined us for their annual fishing trip and tournament. We had 32 guests for four days of fishing the first week of March. Greg and Cindi Bedell organized the tournament for the Florida group and it was great having everybody down to enjoy the Lodge, comradery, outrageous fishing tales, and the fishing. Over the four days of fishing the group released 9 Black Marlin, over 25 Sailfish and caught over 250 Yellowfin Tuna. For the anglers who decided to go inshore they released Cubera Snapper along with a smorgasbord of inshore species.

Ed Novinski Jr. brought his dad, Ed Sr., to Tropic Star Lodge to celebrate his 60th birthday. I told Ed Sr. that he has to tell me secrets to raising such an amazing son, so that one-day mine will be as good to me. Ed and his son are incredibly close and they had some fun fishing on Miss Canada with Capt. Adolfo. Father and son both released Black Marlin during their trip. Ed Jr. released his first of 300 lb but it was dad who got the fish of the week, releasing a 500 lb Black Marlin. 

Jim Billys and Melissa Erb love to fish and we love having them down. They have more stories than most when it comes to catching and releasing big game fish. On this trip to Tropic Star they brought Melissa’s grandfather, Bobby Twyman, who is 93 years young. He had a great time catching all sorts of different species. He released his first billfish, first Cubera Snapper, and had lots of fun with Yellowfin Tuna. At the end of the week, he unanimously received the angler of the week award from the Lodge and fellow anglers. From the other guests he was gifted a traditional cayuco paddle to “beat away all the women” since they knew what a good angler and gentlemen he was.

Jason Wheaton from Canada came with a large group of friends and what a fun group of guys it was. The gents swopped boats each day and had a friendly competition going on between them. The guys caught over a hundred Yellowfin, some Dorado, Sailfish and Black Marlin. Mike Meyer releaed his first Sailfish of 110 lb. The winning fish for the guys, however, went to Perry George who released his first Marlin, a 400 lb Black Marlin.

The billfish bite offshore has been up and down but the Yellowfin Tuna have been consistent and loads of fun on all sorts of tackle from cedar plugs, poppers to jerk baits. With hot weather and a gentle sea breezes the guests have been loving the pool area with fresh fish fingers and Pina Coladas flowing. All setting the stage for a relaxed atmosphere for friends to swop fishing stories and call each other out on just how big their fish really was.

Tight lines and fair seas.

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