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                                   Highlights of the 2017 Season from Tropic Star Lodge, Piñas Bay, Panama

                 Tropic Star Lodge is legendary to anglers as the home of   Piñas  Bay  Dorado  offshore.  In  January  and  February,  we  expe-
          the Black Marlin and a destination on every angler’s bucket list.   rienced incredible Black Marlin numbers that we’re famous for.
          A legendary place I get to call home. I am happy to take this op-     The Black marlin bite exploded in the fi rst week of Feb-
          portunity to share with you highlights and fi shing tales from our   ruary with the fl eet releasing 69 Black Marlin aiding many anglers
          exceptional 2017 season.                                                      in getting that elusive trophy fi sh
                 We welcomed many re-                                                   for their bucket list. The seasonal
          turning guests to Tropic Star and                                             Marlin bite started with a bang
          many more new members to our                                                  and so too did the inshore season.
          always expanding family. One of                                                   During our annual Roos-
          the best parts of my job is stand-                                            terfi sh  Tournament in May the
          ing on the dock each afternoon                                                fl eet released a 102 Rooster-
          welcoming  anglers  back after  a                                             fi sh (breaking another lodge
          day’s fi shing, seeing their giant                                            record) during our three-day
          grins and fl ags fl ying high after                                           tournament, cementing 102 as
          catching their dream fi sh.                                                   our lucky number for the 2017
                 The past season  was                                                   season. Along with the 102 mar-
          a noteworthy record-breaking                                                  lin in 6 days earlier in the year.
          season in a few ways for the                                                      The inshore season was
          Tropic Star team. We broke three                                              in full swing by March and was
          of our own lodge records! In                                                  heaps of fun with a multitude of
          January, our anglers released                                                 different species caught by our
          an incredible 102 Marlin in six                                               guests. On any given day boats
          days setting a new Lodge re-                                                  returned from a day on the water
          cord. The previous record was 96                                              with impressive species lists with
          Marlin  released  in  August  2011.                                           counts  into  the  teens.  Catches
                 Our billfi sh bite was                                                 included species such as Cubera
          hot from our opening days in November 2016 and stayed that   Snapper, Roosterfi sh, Mullet Snapper, Bluefi n Trevally, African Pom-
          way until mid-February. In the beginning weeks of the sea-  pano, Broomtail Grouper, and Almaco Jack to name a few. Some
          son we saw large numbers of Sailfi sh, Blue Marlin, and giant   lucky anglers also got their shot at Tarpon. The Tarpon are not from
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