Tropic Star Lodge - Panama Fishing Report
Blue and Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Roosterfish, Yellowfin
Fishing Report - March, 2014
Mark Faulkner came to TSL all the way from the UK and had some exceptional luck offshore. He released a Blue Marlin (300lbs), Striped Marlin (200 lbs) and a Sailfish on day 3 for a GRAND SLAM and on the final day out, just 20 minutes before calling it quits, hooked into a 500 lb Black Marlin that put on the most spectacular acrobatics. Congrats Mark on your Grand Slam and your trophy Black. Jeremy Campbell released his dream fish, a huge Black Marlin that was estimated at close to 600 lbs. Mark Hall also hooked into a big 500 lb Black Marlin last week and got the release. Bruce Luscombe, Joe Samaha and Curtis Ure all released their first Black Marlin estimated at 400 lbs, and Terry Terhark, Randy Jones and Len Schelsky released their first Black Marlin as well. These were in the 350 lb range.
The bite has been good over the last few weeks and we are working the edge hard. The conditions were perfect for tailing fish with a 15-20 knot wind from the north. We are seeing more and more Blacks now and a number of anglers released a very big fish in the 500-600 lb range over the last two weeks. The Yellowfin Tuna are showing up sporadically on the edge and provided our guests with some great action on spinning tackle. Although most of the fish are in the 40-60 lb range, we did manage to haul in some big boys (120-150 lbs). Not too many Sailfish around this time but that’s pretty normal for this time of the year. Inshore has been good for those who chose to give it a try. We released some really nice sized Roosterfish, including Paul Bent’s enormous 75 lb Pez Gallo.
Jon Morey took only 20 minutes onto reel in his first Black Marlin estimated at 500 lbs and his girlfriend Sandy Fish had a shot on their final day at her first Black Marlin and got the release. The fish was estimated at 300 lbs. Evan Jamar also had some great luck releasing his first 2 Black Marlin in the 350-400 lb range.
Other noteworthy catches were by Craig Herbert who released his first Blue Marlin, 380 lbs and both Gene Curry and Larry Sheffey scored releases on their first Pacific Blue Marlin in the 250 lb range. Jeff Bocchi was very happy when he got the release on his 300 lb Black Marlin. Jimmy Bent also released a Tarpon while fishing inshore which is a very rare catch in these Pacific waters.
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