I just had a great week at Pesca Panama, a trip hosted by amiable Richard
Castaneda (CassTours). We had 8 of 11 returners from our 4/4/2011 trip.
There was some concern at the start of the trip, about the lack of reports/
relatively slow fishing in the area, the past few weeks.
For starters, the weather was near perfect, food etc., on the barge,
and the employees attitudes, were great.
I fished with Lucho/Chi Chi. the mornings for the first 4 days, we were at
Hannibal bank (Montosa seemed very,very quiet our week).
The bank came through with 5 sailfish, and 3 blacks (~ 350, 400, and
600lb plus). All 3 marlin put on fantastic fights, jumps, and hour plus battles
One sail was ~ 125, and the others ~ 80-90 lb.
Near shore fishing was good (not wide open) for quality cubera, and
amberjack at Coiba/Jicuaron, at the afternoon of each day.
One boat was really dialed in on Hannibal (capt Tito), getting a black and
a blue one day, followed by 9(nine) sailfish the next (12 bites)
Some boats concentrated more on in shore fishing, and did well.
Yellowfin? Spotty. Two nice ones were caught, ~ 120and 150lb, but
most were school sized, and many porpoise schools were either
without tuna/none hungry tuna. however, those caught, were mostly
on poppers, and I got some up to ~ 65 lbs.
porpoise were a definite issue at Hannibal
, as was two commercial
boats anchored on the high spot, for 3 days......
At our steak dinner Friday, in Panama city, 10 of the 11 of us planned on
a repeat trip 4/2012.
(gotta figure out how to post videos and/or photos...............)