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Fun Fishing Down in Panama Fishing Report - July 01, 2017

Date of trip: July 01, 2017
Posted July 06, 2017 by FishTrack Member
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Tropic Star Lodge was the perfect setting for fun over the Fathers Day holiday. We had a wonderful group join us from all over the globe. They were excited to spend time in the jungle with friends and family and Neptune blessed the anglers with great fishing as well. On Father’s Day we had activities for the whole family. We started the festivities with our traditional hermit crab race which is never short on laughs. Then it was off to the beach for cayuco races. There was a lot of cheering and laughter seeing fathers and kids attempt to balance in local dugout canoes.

Every second day we have been seeing rain showers typical for this time of year. Because of the rain there has been lots floating debris offshore. Inshore there are pockets of murky water but also beautiful clean water with lots of action with great numbers of Roosterfish. One day we managed to release an astounding 54 Roosters with just a six-boat fleet on the water. The Cubera Snapper bite has also been hot. Offshore the fishing been steady with some absolutely smashing days. We had multiple boats coming back to the dock flying their fair share of Marlin flags along burgees for other species caught. The Dorado have been giving anglers some fun with those lovely giant bulls making reels scream. For the surface lure enthusiast, we have had a lot of fun catching Yellowfin Tuna in the 40- 80 lb range on poppers.

Shark! The Zmijewski family joined us for a full six days of fishing mayhem at Tropic Star Lodge. David and Beth brought their sons, Peter and Andrew. Both guys had hopes to release their first billfish and hopefully a Roosterfish. Peter also had tags supplied by the Billfish Foundation and was very excited to hopefully put a tag in his first billfish. Well… Beth was certainly lady luck on the boat. The entire family released beautiful Sailfish between 90 lb to 120 lb. Inshore the Zmijewskis released those large hard-fighting Roosterfish between 35 lb and 45 lb. The family did not stop there. All four released their first Blue Marlin, and three of the family did it in a single day. David released one of 250 lb., Beth 275,lb. and Peter one of 300 lb. It was a family swim that day as their captain pushed them into the water for their traditional dock swim. The very next day the group came in flying more Marlin flags. Andrew released his first Blue Marlin at 350 lb.

We had a large group of friends join us from down south, all from Brazil. 13 guys joined us for some serious boys’ time in the jungle with a side of sport fishing. Marcos Glueck was their tour leader, an avid fisherman who has travelled the world targeting big game fish. The group fished 4 boats in total and released far too many fish to mention each guy by name. We had 31 firsts in the group, ranging from a400 lb. Blue Marlin, released by Hugo Neto, to spectacular Pacific Sailfish ranging from 80 lb to 110 lb including double-ups of Sails and one double-up on a Blue Marlin and Sail at the same time. The men experienced awesome Roosterfish action. Marcos released his first coming in at a hefty 60 lb. The group also caught nice-sized Yellowfin Tuna and enjoyed the sashimi each day and out on the boats. We are really looking forward to seeing the group again next year.

Guests Robin and Timothy Holder brought their son Jacob down to the Lodge for his graduation and birthday present. We all sung happy birthday to Jacob with a bit jealousy as Neptune gifted him with many presents over his four days on the water. On the first day out Jacob’s mom told me how she had actually shed a tear seeing her son fulfill his dream by catching and releasing a 350 lb Blue Marlin. Jacob jumped off the Topic Star dock to swim back to the Lodge for his first Marlin release. The next day the Holder family came in a little early with giant grins as Jacob released his first Roosterfish and on top of that he released a 180 lb Tarpon. Jacob was the envy of his fellow anglers when he finished his trip with a bang releasing his first Black Marlin of 300 lb. It was so much fun getting to know the Holder family and I know we will be seeing Jacob and his parents again and we can’t wait!

Debby and Brian Houser came with their sons Hayden and Clark for their second visit Tropic Star Lodge. Their last trip they had managed to catch multiple species in great numbers but a Marlin and Roosterfish eluded them. From the minute they arrived, Hayden and Clark were on the dock casting poppers to see if they could entice a Roosterfish. The entire family was a lot of fun and crazy about fishing. The boys had some great action on poppers catching everything from Yellowfin to Jack Crevalle. The family achieved their goals! Debby, Brian, Hayden and Clark all released their first Roosterfish, all pocket-size at around 15 lb. And after fishing offshore on one day, their boat came back to the dock flying three Blue Marlin flags, and now it was their turn to get thrown in the water by their captain for their first Marlin celebratory swim back to the Lodge.

With the movement of seasons our waters are changing and it appears the offshore bite is beginning to really come alive. We are finding small baits out in the deep amongst the floating logs. These baits work amazingly well both inshore and offshore. The bigger gamefish like Marlin, Sails, Dorado and Tuna are coming in hard on baits making for a great hook up ratio. On the reef, the Black Marlin have been around, they have been crashing the bait and so it has been tough to hook them up. Inshore guests are having a blast with poppers and live bait alike and the fishing stories each day on the porch have been many, all told with great excitement. It was a lot of fun having such a big group of families for Father’s Day and spending time with all our extended family. In the coming weeks we are really looking forward to a lot more fun with the great variety of fish especially now that we have gotten the first Wahoo of the season which just adds to the fun to be had inshore.

Hope to see you down here soon!

‘Till next time,
Capt. Richard White

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