Page 8 - Tropic Star Newsletter 2017 Final
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Amy Richard

         Fishing Highlights

         March to May, 2017

               The inshore season starts around the end of February to      The Roosterfi sh Tournament was a huge success. Our an-       I’d like to take the opportunity to share Tracy’s note she
        mid-March. The start of the season depends on ocean currents and   glers had a great time fi ghting monster Roosters. During the three   sent me shortly after their visit:  “Hi Rich, Kevin & I truly enjoyed   Roosterfish
        weather. Our inshore season came a few weeks earlier than last   day tournament 102 Roosterfi sh were successfully released. Our   the EXTREME adventure at Tropic Star. We caught over 60
        year with water temperatures cooling down around mid-February.   third place fi nishers, Larry Gordon and Paul Howell, had an out-  fi sh - 16 different varieties. Jack Crevalle 1’+, Rooster Fish   Tournament 2018
        This cooler water brought in the Yellowfi n Tuna which, as we know,   standing three days on the water catching 14 Roosterfi sh in total.   24,  Almaco Jack 1,  Blue Jack 2,  Rainbow Runner 1, Sailfi sh
        are tasty fi ghting machines. The cooler water is also the sign that   Larry and Paul visited us a week earlier and before the tournament   4, Dorado 2, African Pompano 1, Yellow Fin Tuna 15+, Rock
        balls of Sardines will be arriving any day. Our fl eet witnessed huge   had a day where they caught 10 Roosterfi sh in one day. Just a few   Snapper 3, Hound fi sh 2, Sierra Mackerel 2, Mullet Snapper
        balls of sardines inshore and offshore getting inhaled by Snapper,   days too early!                                       2, Shark 4, Bonita #? We will be returning for the Marlin &
        Roosterfi sh, Jacks and birds. The spectacle is a free-for-all and a lot      Butch and Sandy Kittles returned with friends Steve   Cubera Snapper. Thanks again for an awesome experience!!
        of fun to observe. Inshore we caught Grouper, trophy Cubera Snap-  Allen and Thomas Rea. It’s the third visit for the Kittles and we all   Kevin & Tracy Klein “
        per, and those wraiths of the shallows the Roosterfi sh. All of which   had a great time together telling old fi shing stories and catching up.    Eric Hamlin and Trevor Foster took up residence in the
        are on most anglers’ bucket list.                         The group had a fantastic week on the water fi shing. They caught   Palacio. The gentlemen would descend in their cart everyday eager
               These are the months where an angler can catch a high   numerous Yellowfi n Tuna and Roosterfi sh and Butch released a   to see what the ocean would have on offer for the day.  The guys
        level of species. The Snapper species alone range from the larger   beautiful Blue Marlin on their last day. Sandy showed-up the guys   caught over 14 species during their stay ranging from feisty Roos-
        Cuberas and Mullet Snapper to the smaller Red Snapper, Greenbar   with her catches. Sandy released a beast of a Rooster coming in at   terfi sh to various Snapper species. The wild card of the trip had to
        Snapper, Yellow Snapper, to a variety of less common species. We   around 75 lb. and a Cubera Snapper of 50 lb showing all the guys   be Trevor’s Dorado. Trevor’s goal was a trophy Dorado, however, the
        also catch an assortment of Grouper inshore ranging from the giant   that it is fi nesse and technique that really counts.  problem is the guys were fi shing inshore. Well on the last day while
        Goliath Grouper to the far more common Broomtail Grouper.  Some      Husband and wife, Kevin and Tracy Klein, joined us for   inshore a Dorado came and rolled on the outrigger surprising Trevor
        of the more exotic fi sh that are commonly targeted are the Bluefi n   an extreme adventure. It was an extreme visit from the very begin-  and reminding us all that you never know what’s going to bite.
        Trevally known also as a Bluefi n Jack, African Pompano, and for the   ning! When you arrive to Tropic Star it’s a three-part journey: the   Janet and Ed Cardoza returned to Piñas Bay and were
        truly lucky– a really big Tarpon.                         plane ride to the jungle, the drive from the airstrip to the water and   excited to get on the water for their chance at a billfi sh. I always say
               May is the height of our Roosterfi sh bite and when we   the panga ride that takes you by water to the Lodge. Sometimes   that happy boats raise fi sh. Janet and Ed left the dock with smiles
        have our annual Roosterfi sh tournament. Roosterfi sh are prize   when the tide is low guests do what we lovingly refer to as a beach   from ear to ear and when they got back their smiles where even   Tropic Star Lodge
        game fi sh for anglers but have zero commercial value and because   landing. This is where guests enter the pangas on the beach and   bigger! They arrived to the dock with 11 Sailfi sh fl ags fl ying high.
        of this little is known about these hard-fi ghting beautiful fi sh. We   launch into the normally calm surf.  We had an abnormally large   On another day they came back fl ying Roosterfi sh fl ags. Ed had   May 10-15, 2018
        were happy to take the opportunity to partner with the Guy Harvey   swell the day Kevin and Tracy arrived. Tracy received the brunt of   accomplished his goal of catching his trophy Rooster. It was so nice
        Ocean Foundation to begin to study the species.. All tournament   the wave when she got a bit wet. Defi nitely an adventure from the   to share in the enthusiasm they brought each day.           DON’T MISS THIS
        participants and one of our favorite guests, Mark Davis from TV’s   start, Tracy joked that we signed them up for the extreme adventure                                                   OFFSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
        Big Water Adventures, took part in this fantastic roosterfi sh tag-  package. We had a great time together and she was a great sport.                                                            QUALIFYING EVENT.
        ging initiative.
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