There’s lots of Sailfish action this year and ridiculous amounts of Giant Dorado; most in the 40 – 60lb range. The reef produced a few BLACK Marlin over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and one angler, Michael Waters released a 850 lb behemoth that took two hours to get to the boat. Inshore has been slow over the last two weeks but the reef has produced some spectacular Cubera Snapper and Almaco Jacks caught on downriggers. Fishing a deep live bonito over the reef is a lot of fun. You just never know what’s going to bite. Even the elusive BLACK MARLIN won’t have trouble pouncing on the pinned bait. The bite is always spectacular especially when you’re thinking, oh! Big Snapper and then a 500 lb Black goes airborne astern. It’s an adrenaline rush like no other.
Gary “Bubba” Purser and his wife JoAnn had a trip of a lifetime, releasing 7 Marlin over six days fishing. Bubba released his first Black Marlin, 400 lbs, Blue Marlin 300 lbs and several Sailfish while JoAnn got her first Blue Marlin and Sailfish release. It was both Bubba and JoAnn’s first experience at Big Game fishing and I’m sure we will see them again here soon. Eric Weinstock and Morgan Savage released a pair of 400 lb Blue Marlin, both fish being their first. They also experienced some great fishing on the reef and caught a few huge Cubera Snapper in the 40-50 lb range.
Michael Waters was the lucky angler at TSL. He released Giant Black Marlin fishing at the reef on New Year’s Day. The monstrous fish was estimated at around 850 lbs and ate a live bonito just minutes after they dropped the baits in. Congrats Mike on your great fish. His daughter Shannon also released her first Black Marlin that went 400 lbs and a huge Sailfish in the 150 lb range. Christine Collins also released her very first Black Marlin Estimated at 350 lbs. Billy and Wendy Mathis also joined us over the holidays and Wendy scored her first Pacific Blue Marlin Estimated at 400 lbs and also released her first Pacific Sailfish. Michael Falk caught his dream fish, a 300 lb Black Marlin and Belinda Machiela released her very first Blue Marlin estimated at 400 lbs and a pair of 100 lb Pacific Sails.
Our junior anglers Cameron and Brady Johnson joined us at TSL with their parents Anthony and Jolanta. These boys were on fire all week and Cameron (9 years old) released his first Pacific Blue Marlin estimated at 400 lbs and also released his first Pacific Sailfish in the 125 lb range. His younger brother Brady (5 years old) released his first of 2 Pacific Sailfish estimated at 110 lbs and mom got her first Pacific Sailfish release. Scott Salley released his first Pacific Blue Marlin estimated at 300 lbs and Pacific Sailfish, 125 lbs. Pam Lamping had some great luck as well and released her first Blue Marlin estimated at 300 lbs and Pacific Sailfish. Christine Collins also produced her first Pacific Blue Marlin that was in the 350 lb range. Other noteworthy catches were by Terri Moss who released her first Pacific Sailfish, 100 lbs and Alan and Austin Sobieski who both released their first Pacific Sailfish. Last but not least, Kyle Vincent nailed 2 more pending IGFA Records over the Christmas Week. The first was 18.2 lb Mullet Snapper caught on 50 lb test and the other was a 27.8 lb Mullet Snapper caught on 20lb tackle. Congrats Kyle on your 2 spectacular catches. If approved Kyle will be up to 9 IGFA records, ALL caught at Tropic Star. The bite is going strong down here in Piñas Bay, Panama and with the January month upon us, I’m certain we will have lots more great catches to report. It’s ALWAYS one of the absolute best months to fish here.
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