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Old 09-14-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default Blue water report from Panama Tropic Star

I have wanted to visit Tropic Star in Panama for years and finally got the chance to go this past week with a friend of mine from TN. Flew to Panama City last Tuesday and am in Panama City as I type this on Weds (8 days), departing for home later today. The lodge is in the Darien Jungle in the SW corner of Panama and only accessible by boat or small plane. As most of you know it is famous for it’s black and blue marlin fishing with Aug-Sept being prime months.

The lodge itself is outstanding, great people, great food, great rooms etc… All the fishing is done in 31 Bertrams. You can chose to fish for big marlin by live baiting or trolling for sails, dorado etc… or you can inshore fish for rooster fish and dog tooth snapper. I was there for one reason, big marlin on stand up gear so all we did was live bait with some bait and pitch while looking for live bait.

Long story short, I caught a black marlin estimated at somewhere between 350 and 400lbs on stand up gear. My buddy caught an even larger blue marlin a day later. On the third day we raised 3 marlin on teasers that I pitched to without any luck and had two take our live bait that we were not able to hook. It seemed a memo had gone out the marlin that day to just “mouth” all the baits. Other boats had the same experience. Funny how that is sometimes. Fourth day was a total bust, nada, not one fish seen.

All in all a great trip. Thoroughly enjoyed the lodge, the people. As a giant bonus Guy Harvey was there fishing with his son Alex as well as painting a pic for the lodge. Really nice guy, quite the regular fellow. Got him to autograph his Tropic Star book for my girls. At any one time there are about 20 anglers at the lodge, so everyone gets to know everyone quite well.

The lodge fishing director Albert Battoo was a wealth of knowledge. Tons of experience all over the world chasing marlin. I could have sat and talked to him for days!

Also spent a couple days just seeing Panama, the Canal, fish markets etc…. really nice up and coming place with a vibrant growing economy.

I highly recommend the experience to anyone wanting to visit the jungle and chase big bills!

The first video is of Chris’s blue, I took the video. The second video which is hilarious is of my fighting my black on standup, hilarioius part is that Chris had the video camera pointed backwards the entire time! As you can clearly see!!

The airport in Pinas Bay, a covered shack on a single runway



View from my room



Heading out 5-10 miles to Zane Gray Reef



Our crew for the week, they have probably billed more bills than 99% of the the worlds best marlin wiremen, they do it every day!



Chris's blue marlin



There is a reason they call it the rainy season!



Guy Harvey painting on the porch



If you want big fish, use big bait!



Chris's blue on video

My marlin video, get ready to laugh!!

Now its time to get home, rest up and get out on our awesome waters we have off the coast of OB!


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Old 09-14-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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Thats a dream trip !!!
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That is awesome Rob, I see you had your lucky orange shirt on. The pic of you with rain suit and strap on go pro is priceless! Cant wait for the full report. See ya soon.
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Great post. Someone took the spotlight during the marlin catch. LOL
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Nice trip! Fishing always seems better when out of the area! I would love to do a trip there, but I have a few other things to do first. Time to start chasing Whites on light tackle here shortly! Thanks for the post!
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Robert, congrats on a great trip. I would like to get down there one day.
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First question is: how was your hearing after fishing all week on those boats?! Second is Balboa or Atlas?
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Pair-a-dice: It was the first time I have been on a 31 Bertram and you are spot on! they are loud suckers! Very very practical for the type of fishing they do, but loud for sure. Balboa or Atlas? I don't understand the question?

Amen on chasing whites in our home waters! Whether most of us know it or not, we are amazingly blessed with the fishery we have in the northern gulf from Venice to Port St. Joe. I just need to rest up and replenish the wallet with a little work and then I will be back off OB for sure!!

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Robert, you are spot on about our fishing, it is terrific! This time of year thrills me because of the numbers of whites and blues in close and available for all to try for.
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