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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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