Jan/2018 Panama Fishing Report – We really started off 2018 here at Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge with a bang! We hosted three great groups, and fished 15 days. Leaving and returning from our Panama fishing resort daily. The action offshore was great as the water temperature has stayed cool. Many different types of bait are starting to stack up in our Gulf of Chiriqui with pelagics in tow! Lots of big Dorados as well as the Yellowfin Tunas decided to show back up a bit early, and in numbers! We released a few Marlin as well. And as you will see from all the pictures, we did well with the inshore species particularly the Cubera Snappers. Our anglers released a number of these monsters this month. Fortunately everything went great with some very consistent fishing. Trouble free, consistent fishing in central America!
The Chicago Crew
Tom, Marty, Steve, Mike, Randy, and Roger joined us from Chicago escaping the bitter cold. They managed to drink the majority of the liquor we had here on the island. In addition they also caught a bunch of really nice fish! Black and Blue Marlin, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Almaco Jacks, Horse-eye Jacks, Cubera Snappers, Blue Trevalle, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Mullet Snapper, and more were all caught. We fished 4 days on both of our 33′ World Cats here in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Capt. Juan, and his Mate Carlos, really did a great job running the “T.O.P. Cat”. My mate Johnny and I ran the “SEA TOY”. It was really an enjoyable time fishing and hosting these guys. Many fish and good times!
The Jan/2018 Panama Fishing Report continues… Next up was returning clients Jim and Tod who brought their buddies Al and Bryan with them. It was Jim’s 80th birthday trip so he was really looking to forward to some big fish….no pressure! Well it seemed that the fish Gods were with Jim. The three days we fished with these guys, we pretty much slayed ’em everyday! We got into some really nice 80# class Yellowfin Tuna action a couple of days around the commercial guys who had the fish up and feeding. We caught a few real nice Bull Dorados, and we got into some red hot Mullet Snapper action.
Jim had a great 80th birthday, capping it off by catching and releasing a trophy sized Roosterfish! Happy birthday Jim! Bryan sent us this video he made from footage he took on the trip on his Go Pro and drone and it really is kick ass. THE LINK TO THE VIDEO HE MADE IS HERE….https://youtu.be/ngf0rC3FV40. Awesome video Bryan!!!
Last but certainly not least, our first time clients all from Canada. Neil, Bryan, Tom, Greg, Dave, and their American friend Tommy joined us for 8 days of fishing at our Panama fishing resort. These guys wanted to mainly focus on targeting Marlin with plastic lures. They brought down with them a wide selection of Black Bart lures to try out. The first few days were slow…Marlin wise…but we really got into some BIG Bull Dorados, Tunas, and Cubera Snappers before the bite heated up the last couple days of the trip.
Tommy had all the luck and released an impressive Cubera that must have been 60 pounds, got a Bull Dorado that was 50 pounds, and wound up with a beautiful Black Marlin we released that was an estimated 450 pounds! We wound up with only 4 Marlin releases for the trip but on the last day we had some great action…but tough luck…as we had 8 different Marlin, on my boat up, in the spread swiping at our lures but we couldn’t get one to connect! We had a great time fishing and hosting these guys and hope that we see them back again. Thanks so much for the business guys!
Enjoy the pics!….