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the Pacifi c and have made their way over to our waters through   unveiled for our opening Billfi sh Tournament. We remodeled our
            the Panama Canal. They seem to be thriving in the Pacifi c waters as   pool and bar area, updating one of our cabins, remodeling the exte-
            each year we are seeing larger Tarpon and more numbers.  rior of our Casa Grande building, and making changes to our offi ce
                   The 3rd Annual Roosterfi sh Tournament held in May was   and boutique area. The team and I are so proud of these improve-
            a huge success. Aside from our guests catching and releasing loads   ments and we can’t wait to share them with you.
            of Roosters and having way too much fun, Dr. Guy Harvey, along      I would also like to give a big thank you to all our spon-
            with his daughter Jessica joined us for the tournament. Together   sors;  King  Sailfi sh  Mounts  for  our  new  dock  sign  and  big  black
            Tropic Star Lodge and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation started   marlin mount, Rods by Dru for beautiful and durable rods, Costa
            a new Roosterfi sh tagging                                                   Del Mar who always takes care of our
            program that the Foundation                                                  captains and mates, Yeti for keeping
            has  since expanded  to other                                                things cooler down here in the tropics,
            fi sheries where Roosterfi sh are                                            Raymarine for helping us put together
            found. We tagged well over 70                                                a killer electronics package on all of
            Roosterfi sh during the event,                                               our boats, Shimano for making sure we
            including our non-tournament                                                 always have the best reels for those
            days, with spaghetti tags and                                                world-record fi sh, Buck Knives mak-
            we even put a pop-up sat-                                                    ing fi lleting fi sh a dream, HUK Gear
            ellite  tag  into  a  nice  healthy                                          for keeping our Captains and mates
            larger Rooster.  Tropic Star is                                              always dry and looking sharp, Mold
            very proud to be helping with                                                Craft and thier incredibly reliable lures,
            this ongoing research and we                                                 Taylor Off-shore for amazing dredges,
            are overjoyed to let everyone                                                AFTCO for their great gloves and har-                                 Fishing Highlights
            know that the tag popped off                                                 nesses and Guy Harvey and the Guy
            as intended exactly when it                                                  Harvey Ocean Foundation who do an
            was meant to. It has been re-                                                incredible job of looking after all our            December 2016 to February 2017
            covered and sent back to the                                                 land-based staff and help us preserve
            The Guy Harvey Ocean Foun-                                                   our top-notch fi shery and ensure it is
            dation to collect and analyze                                                well taken care of.
            the relevant data.                                                                  In the new 2018 season we
                   The Tropic Star team                                                  will be working closely with The Guy                The season opened with the annual Tropic Star Lodge   the holiday season very seriously. Christmas trees are up and stock-
            has been hard at work keep-                                                  Harvey Ocean Foundation on a new             Billfi sh Tournament benefi ting The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.   ings are hung for guests and staff alike. Not every guest celebrates
            ing Tropic Star as the premier                                               research program in Piñas Bay with           The tournament is a qualifi er for the Offshore World Champion-  Christmas religiously but everyone gets into the Christmas spirit
            sports fi shing destination. Our                                             PhD students to further understand           ships that will be held in Quepos, Costa Rica. We had a fantastic   here at the Lodge. On Christmas Eve we made our yearly trip to the
            newest addition to the Tropic                                                our oceans and to help educate our           turn out and anglers were excited to get hooked-up to some giant   small village Guayabo to serve Christmas dinner and hand our do-
            Star  team,  Chef  Gabriel,  has                                             community and guests. We will also be        fi sh that were around in impressive numbers, most notably the   nations. It’s always a special visit. Christmas day is celebrated with
            been a great addition to our already accomplished kitchen staff.   working closely with some new sponsors that we are very excited   Pacifi c Sailfi sh. In the end, it was the team that honed-in on the   a traditional feast with the addition of two Panamanian staples,
            This year there was no shortage of fresh sashimi, sushi, tartare and   to show off in the new season.                     Sailfi sh bite that took the win.                     tamales and arroz con pollo. New Years Eve is also celebrated at
            perfectly prepared catch of the day.                                  I speak for all of us here at Tropic Star Lodge,           The two-day tournament had a total of 24 boats, 15 pri-  Tropic Star with Champagne, yummy food, and special count down.
                   Anyone who has fi shed with us know it is no secret how   when I say we can’t wait to see you back this season exchanging   vate yachts and nine of our 31’ Bertrams. Competition was fi erce.      Into January offshore, the Sailfi sh numbers declined slow-
            excellent our crews are and we are excited to announce that two   fi shing stories on the legendary Tropic Star porch.    We released a total of 8 Marlin,                                            ly and the Blue Marlin bite ramped up
            of our mates will be promoted to captain. Lorenzo Vanquiaza and                                                           86 Pacifi c Sailfi sh, and caught                                           to explosive. Closer inshore the Black
            Azael Quiroz will captain Miss Canada and Miss Spain, respectively.   Tight lines and fair seas. ight lines and fair seas.   more than a few large Yellowfi n                                         Marlin began taking up their annu-
            We have also begun a new mate-in-training program along with                                                              Tuna. The fi rst-place winner and                                           al residence. In January we had our
            English lessons for new mates and captains. The English program                                                           who qualifi ed for the Offshore                                             record week with the fl eet releasing
            has had a promising start. Legendary captain, Gustavo Cordova of                                                          World Championships was                                                     102 Marlin in six days. The fi rst week
            Miss Scandia has retired and will be sorely missed.                                                                       team Finally with 1,700 points.                                             of February, in six days, the crews and
                   Our signature rainbow fl eet of Bertram 31s are in the pro-  Capt. Richard White                                          The bite went from                                                   anglers released 69 Black Marlin.
            cess of being renovated. The team has been working closely with                                                           strength to strength over De-                                                      The billfi sh and Dorado bite
            long-time guests and our captains to re-design our fl eet with new                                                        cember. Just 14 miles from the                                              slowed down after the second week
            engines, new electronics from Raymarine, and some boats will be                                                           Lodge the Blue Marlin bite was                                              in February and that was when the
            equipped with AC. Some other little tweaks are also taking place                                                          phenomenal.  The Sailfi sh bite                                             Yellowfi n Tuna bite started to blow
            that we are sure you are going to love. Our new dock is in place and                                                      was further than that offshore                                              up. We targeted large shoals of feed-
            looking great with a new Buck Knives fi llet table and some other                                                         and the boats that decided  to                                              ing frenzies with live bait, artifi cials,
            pieces that we are sure will catch you eye.                                                                               go a bit further got excellent                                              and poppers for a little extra fun. Yel-
                   On September 21 we said goodbye to our last group clos-                                                            Sailfi sh numbers. Dorado of                                                lowfi n came in over 100 lb regularly.
            ing the season on a high note with lots of fi sh and a great group of                                                     gargantuan sizes provided a lot                                             The tales in the afternoons around a
            friends. The same day we said goodbye we welcomed work crews                                                              of fun for anglers as did the Yel-                                          fresh plate of sashimi were fun to be
            that would call Tropic Star their home for the next eight weeks. In                                                       lowfi n Tuna. Holiday season is a                                           part of.
            addition to our routine maintenance, we have an aggressive work                                                           fun time at the Lodge. Since we
            schedule with exciting new upgrades to our property ready to be                                                           are family orientated we take
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