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    Capt. Neal Isaacs Passes

    RIP. A real nice guy. He was great with my then 11 yr old daughter, cheering her on, with her tough battles with YFT to 85lb..........excellent captain
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    Election Fraud - non-political

    Sure. But the problem is, all the claims about widespread election fraud have been shown to be false. Barr, Pompeo, Mitch etc.............numerous state officials, several of whom are Republicans, all say the same thing: no significant fraud. When nearly 80% of Republicans hold out there was...
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    Caught the elusive PSLS

    Great phots! Especially enjoy the nudibranchs
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    Election Fraud - non-political

    Ha! 100% accurate. and all voter fraud is for Biden (even though the only guy busted was voting his dead mother for trump)
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    Election Fraud - non-political

    for starters, as his interview IN his own voice showed, he knew Covid was much more contagious and dangerous than the flu in Feb 2020. He would not use the WHO tests already available, so turned to the idiot Redfied at the CDC for a new test. Why is this important? When his "ban"(partial at...
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    Election Fraud - non-political

    Trump lost got his ass kicked by every measure you can come up with . The supporters of "alternative facts" are a sad lot. I do worry about the future of our country. Several 10's of thousands of our citizens are dead due to his mishandling of Covid. That alone makes him a failure of epic...
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    Queen Charlotte Safari's

    Covid/cabin fever is high. In June, my daughter (she will be 17) will be headed up to Queen Charlotte Safaris. I had met the owner at a couple of Norcal fishing shows. We are trip committed, but was wondering if anyone had feedback on the operation. Thanks!
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    Huntington Harbor Report 11.18 & 11.20

    cool to see Stomatopods in a picture. in your hand, not so much. called "split toe" in the Caribbean area for a reason :)
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    Awesome fishing our first week back at it! YFT, Wahoo, Roosterfish, and more!!!

    it is great to see Panama back in action, and some very nice quality fish caught. And my buddy Jay,looks very dapper :)
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    Still Some Salmon out the Gate

    thanks for sharing and Congrats!
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    Local fish...

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    Old Favorites

    salmon trolling with chrome/brass MckNight and Spoofer with red feather
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    Panga Fishing Los Cabos - Cow Tuna

    great story and happy ending!
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    Playa del Sol 9/13-17

    It was nice to get out of the smoke , and a trip back to the East Cape. United flight from SFO, ~30% full, plenty of room. Playa del Sol was near empty, with the daily census ranging from 9 to 14. I fished 14-15 with Abraham/Paco on the Mako, then the last day with Paco/Pancho on the Thresher...
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    Albion 8/21

    nice haul!
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    Mag Bay Report 8/18

    thanks for the post,and congrats on the yellowtail :)
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    3 Marlin Trip Out of Cabo

    congrats on a great trip!
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    Los vaqueros thurs 7/30/20 skunk

    you made a little guy very happy:)
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    Icy Bay Lodge 07/12/20

    Glad you got 2 excellent Alaska trips in this summer. Congrats on the ling cod slaying :)
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    PB salmon trip 7/19/20

    took my daughter to explore Point Reyes. Beautiful water, excellent weather. Get one next time!
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    1.5 Day Offshore Trip Outside SCI

    nice report, congrats on your fish! however, your rationale for not naming the boat is very weak. you are potentially letting others fall for the same trap. bad behavior by the captain and/or owner, his/her responsibility to clean it up,and your remaining quiet on it, is enabling that to continue.
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    Baja 2020 Not to Be?

    this is far from accurate. and i have been a family doc for 35 plus years, and seen 100's of patients with flu A and flu B. The mortality rate is lower at under age 60, than over for Covid 19, but still an order of magnitude higher than the annual flu.
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    Golden Gate Salmon Limit off Rocky Point

    congrats on the trip. but those shakers are toast :(
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    SF bay "4 pack" fishing

    A ray of sunshine: Argo sportfishing out of Fisherman's wharf, will start running charters of 4 or less, beginning this weekend. And apparently live anchovies will be available as well. This beats Kona, where I was told yesterday charter boats can go out, but are limited to 2 passengers total.
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    Giant Panama YFT - ComeFishPanama Pt. II

    great video! I hope travel restrictions to Panama are lifted soon, supposed to be back 4/18.
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    Elfin Cove question

    I met representatives from two Elfin Cove lodges at the Sacramento ISE show Both seemed very nice, and it looks like a great place to go with my fishing daughter (15). Any experiences/suggestions/ideas for a trip here, would be greatly appreciated. Gary
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    Playa del Sol: October 2-6

    The good: best weather i have ever had on the East Cape. Perfect water conditions. Abundant and hungry striped marlin, 7 in 3 days of fishing, all on ballyhoo. One sailfish that i hooked up working a hoochie through porpoise (that was a surprise bite, and lucky catch given the very short...
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    Roosters - Baja or Costa Rica?

    If money is not a factor (not realistic for most), Tropic Star in July/August is as close to 100% for roosters, as you can get along with all the other great fishing there. Last August, my 14 yr old daughter caught/released 12 roosters in two half days fishing inshore. This is not uncommon...
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    LAX to PTY Copa Rod Tube ???

    I did travel from San Francsico to Panama in December, with someone who have an 8 foot rod tube. There were no issues, but I do not know what the charge was for him.
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    Tony Pena: RIP

    I am sorry to pass on news I received on FB. Unfortunately, Tony Pena suddenly passed. He was certainly a unique part of Central America fishing. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. Gary
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    Fanatastic Trip In Panama

    Congrats on your trip, quality and quantity! Weird irony: just talked to Kerry today for the first time, as he had a somewhat out of the way booth at the Sacramento ISE show. He was very personable.
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    Recreational Fishing Opportunities Maybe Threatened in Panama

    not good news at all. very short sighted..................
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    Pesca Panama : 12/2-6

    Mike Augat made me an offer "that I couldn't refuse" to help fill out their first trip of the season. Great group of guys. Fantastic weather (only rain at night/wind manageable day 2). Two days of inshore/near shore at Coiba were excellent: 5 cubera's to about 50 lb, 7 roosters, the...
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    EPIC Panama Video

    very nice!
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    Playa Del Sol: 0ctober 3-7

    I had a chance to take a solo trip to the new/improved Playa Del Sol this past week. My daughter is now in high school, so no more taking her out for quick Mexico jaunts. The hotel looks great, many of the same friendly staff, new kitchen is nice, but the only complaint: upstairs dining...
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    August FAD trip

    Great photos! and such action. How does one get on a charter like this? gary
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    Promo Video

    Sweet Video!
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    Apollo - 310 Rodworks overnight BFT report

    Great report!. Fished with Mom/daughter Lisa's about a month ago in Panama (my 14 yr old daughter was delighted to have a fishing peer). They had a great time with tuna, blue marlin, huge dorado's, yft, roosterfish etc. Both of the girls are likely fishers for life.
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    Panama Advice Needed

    I would echo Jay's advice on Shane's island. A really hard core alternative, is a week with Pesca Panama. You fish 1/2 Sunday and Friday. Monday-Thursday you are at Coiba Island, really short runs to Hannibal, Montosa , and inshore fishing at Coiba is numero uno. Have a great time and...
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    Private yacht in Central America questions

    Traveling a bit south to Pinas Bay/Tropic Star lodge in late November onward for peak black marlin season. sounds like a neat adventure!
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    Tropic Star: July 27-Aug 3

    My 14 yr old daughter and I had our second trip to TSL this past week. We had a lot o rain, some wind but still outstanding fishing. I mostly watched Allya catch: 2 blues (one ~350lb), ~6 dorado to 45 lb, ~12 YFT to 80 lb, 9 roosters, ~ 50 lb cubera, plus assorted catches of rainbow...
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    Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge

    very nice! looks like a lot of smiles :)
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    Dorado Shoot Out

    What boat was broken, and which boat took you "for a ride". That was a bad way to handle your issues, and I hope your next trip to Baja goes much better.
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    Yozuri Video from Panama

    Nice video: with a couple of Jay cameos!
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    Kona July 11/13th

    My family was in Kona for the 7-14th. My son, who hardly ever fishes, was interested this year, so I splurged on the EZ Pickens (what a lovely, comfortable ride). We had two brief hook ups, but not luck till ~ 200lb blue hit the stinger (got all 3 bites) about 2 pm. Allya, my daughter...
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    Lake Tahoe: 6/22

    My daughter and I spent a very pleasant morning with Captain J. Cefalu , fishing 6-11 all over western Lake Tahoe. We must have tried 15 spots, starting from a run to the north end of the lake, and moving back towards the marina. The good: immaculate boat, attentive captain, very nice...
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    Video - A week in Panama w/ ComeFishPanama, April 2018.

    My favorite Tatin quote: "i don't find fish, fish find me". He really can read porpoise schools better than anyone i have fished with
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    Video - A week in Panama w/ ComeFishPanama, April 2018.

    What great photography! I think we must have overlapped: i was fishing with Tatin /Pesca Panama April 15-20. By far the best tuna fishing i have had. All types of baits worked, but the two biggest, taping about 210 and 302 were on tiny sardine chunks, which i found very strange . Just...
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    Fishing From Osa Peninsula To Panama and Back

    Thanks for the excellent write-up!
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    SFPIL Trip

    Nice report Jay. That was an awesome time to be fishing, excellent quality of tuna, and a lot of fun to use a variety of methods to get hooked up. gary
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    Lake Tahoe charter suggestion(s)

    yes, and he is the one who is in Oregon till August :)
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    Lake Tahoe charter suggestion(s)

    I am looking to take my daughter (14) up to Lake Tahoe, including a day chasing trout. Anyone have a particular small boat they would recommend for charter? The last captain we fished with , is in Oregon , commercial fishing (we will be at South shore). Thanks! gary
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    Pesca Panama 04/13-04/19 Report

    Sorry to correct Kenny, but a) the super cow was 302, not 300 b) there was a sail fish caught :) all kidding aside, best tuna action I have seen there in 11 years. biggest two tuna were caught on a half a sardine each, the elephants eat peanuts thing. Gary
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    It's Raining Sailfish, Hallelujah!

    impressive numbers ! Happier kids :)
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    Fun Fishing at Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge, Panama, February 26-March 2, 2018

    nice report/excellent photos! Did you catch the eel fishing off the mother ship? Gary
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    Great photos and great capture!
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    five years of work is paying off in Panama

    Very cool! thanks for the report
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    Another Tropical Storm/Hurricane?

    Got on Southwest a day early, no issues. But there were about 20 stand byes, not so lucky. At the East Cape, flat calm in the morning, but all resort boats not in use were getting pulled, and Palmas was encouraging folks to leave.
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    Another Tropical Storm/Hurricane?

    Thanks for the link . Headed to Palmas tomorrow to fish 3 days. I hope to be headed home on Sunday before any thing bad happens.
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    Best Moon Phases and Tides For Gulf of Chiriqui

    Jay had years of data to look at, and per him, fishing around the full moon was to be avoided. I defer to hisyears of observation. However, if i have to fish a full moon...... it is fun to try and go against the grain :)
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    Best Moon Phases and Tides For Gulf of Chiriqui

    Back on moon phases :) to quote Jay Gustin, long time owner of Pesca Panama "I kinda felt guilty booking guys during the full moon"
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    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    Great photos and thanks for the report!
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    Video Report Fishing Panama May 2017

    Very nice video! (but a snagged sunfish?)
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    Hannibal bank 4-15-2017

    great job! chunking has been the deal this year
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, Panama - March 27-31, 2017

    Great photos! but i should have looked at it when hungry :)
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    Jay., I have a feeling you are going to have a work out in about a month:) should be a most excellent week. gary
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    PEI vs Nova Scotia

    Jason Thanks! gary
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    PEI vs Nova Scotia

    I am curios , for those that have fished Nova Scotia, and PEI, if you have a preference for one location over the other. thanks
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    Which Resort Do you recommend ?

    I would suggest Playa Del Sol. the meal plan at Palmas Is obnoxious. The staff at Playa del Sol have been there for years, very friendly and attentive . More quiet and a beautiful setting. Same boats available as Palmas.
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club May 10-14, 2016

    Great photos! excellent variety and the weather looked really nice. Gary
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    Panama Reports?

    I indirectly get reports from Shane Jarvis (tricky dude :)) on FB, and it appears a) tuna at there in big numbers, and have started to hit poppers b) billfish bite is picking up too. Seeing as how I am headed to Pesca Panama this Saturday, that is good news. The most recent PP report, on their...
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    Pesca Panama

    We fished last Feb, and the barge was cleaner, food a bit better (already very good) and the crews highly motivated. Our next trip is the first week in April, and things sound even better this year. only issue? lack of weekly fishing reports, good or bad. Mike is definitely the driving force...
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    East Cape Classic

    I would suggest some 80 or 100lb fluoro to use for live baiting sailfish/stripers that pop up in the lures. When you leave, giving the extra line on the spool to Captain/mate, is a nice extra tip. otherwise, their gear is almost always adequate.
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    OTEC tuna fishing with the Hooked Up

    I enjoy Kona fishing always, and my 11 yr old daughter has the bug too. This past week, our last day, we tried a new boat, the Hooked Up, with Captain Chuck, mate his son Zach. Chuck new I wanted my daughter to pullon fish, regardless of size so we trolled up to the OTEC fad. Light tackle...
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    Playa del Sol: May 29-31

    $20 at the bait panga gets you 7 live mack, 5 frozen hallyhoo. Sad to say,the father of the bait operation just passed a week ago (his sons include long time captains Alfredo and Bocho(now both working at Martin Verdugo's-both used to run the Alma Rosa 3), and the other son who primarily...
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    Playa del Sol: May 29-31

    I took my 11 year old daughter to Playa del Sol, for a speciial father/daugher fishing trip. Te weather: perfect. The boat/crew. Marlin Magic with Paco/Martin, excellent. The fishing? Quite good. Allya got 4 stripers in 3 days, about 24 football yellowfin, all in mornig bites, all on...
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    Pesca Panama: Feb 21-27

    First off, Jay cannot be replaced---he is missed, but sounds like he is doing well in Arkansas. The new owners have invested in equipment upgrades, and boat maintance, and it shows. Mary and Mary run the bar, Miguel and Jaime are missed too. I was with a great group of guys via Cass Tours. One...
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    Pesca Panama in February

    At Coiba, night fishing on the barge can be fun. Tons of jacks ofvarious types at the bow, and bigger boys at the stern , near the lights/kitchen dumping---sets up a great chum line. The alcohol protocol (meaing byob is fine)/free beer on fishing boats, is supposed to be the same. I am...
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    Kona July 10th/11th

    My family had a great trip to Kona this past week. And fishing was a major highlight. July 10th, my daughter Allya (10) fished with Capt Mike and the Maggie Joe. While the Maggie Joe is usually in Oahu, they make the run to Kona to primarily compete in tournaments. However, as I found out...
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    Pesca Panama: March 30-April 4

    Will give a brief look at a great fishing trip with Pesca Panama last week. Even with out Jay being present, the whole operation was very smooth. Sure missed his after dinner stories though. Fishing around the Paridas March 30 was slow. I managed a sierra, 3 small jacks,but lots of bait made...
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    Sitka: how does it rank?

    Thanks for the input! For the question about why i could not get a better feel about the destinations? a) i was with my 9yr old :) b) the glossy photos tended to look very simililar
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    Sitka: how does it rank?

    I went the Sacramento ISE show, with the idea of finding a great resort to fish, with my (will be 10) daughter. 3 resorts near Sitka seemed very nice, and Sitka is pretty easy to get to. However, I am ignorant about the state of fishing near there----are the harder to reach places in Alaska...
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    Coiba Adventure, Panama VIDEO

    That is nice! the size of some of the big black marlin, and cubera, definitely eye popping.
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    Shane's Post

    I have always enjoyed Shane's posts. However fishing was,fair to excellent, i never got the feeling he embellished his results. And he obviously enjoys his job. I hope, whatever B D's issues are with him, that all lodge owners are treated equally.
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    My Los Barriles boat choices?

    El Loco 2: great boat, Julio is very friendly and professional, and excellent tackle. Zolema with Ronnie: he is the owners son, sets his own hours, and will fish a looonggg time, if he has someone motivated to do the same. newest boat/equipmentt in the Verdugo's fleet.
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    Playa Del Sol - 7/11/13 to 7/15/13

    Martin on the Maria 2 usually is a constant chatter box, and key. Coming back in early though, that i have not seen. And usually the tuna are filleted quickly by the mate, and put on something seems to have changed. Glad your trip was excellent overall. ;)
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    Pan-Tex Invitational - Full Report (Pic Heavy)

    Very nice photos! and a nice collection of quality fish.
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    Kona: fished June 17 + 21

    During a great week in Kona, with my family, I spent two days on the Fire Hatt. This is a beautiful boat, and great crew. Monday (17th) we trollled down ono lane, to Captain Cook. My 9 yr old daughter and I had a nice ~90 minute snorlke , and then a bonus 15 minutes in the midst of wild...
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    Kids and the East Cape

    I have been taking my family down to Playa Hermosa/Playa del Sol, for years. Small and intimate. Nice sized pool. Very, very friendly and stable staff. Nice play ground in the am. Family members that are not fishing, can visit/use Palmas pools during the day, eat lunch there etc. We have...
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    Pesca Panama: April 8-12

    Not sure if this will work or not for pics.
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    Pesca Panama: April 8-12

    I had a great trip with Pesca Panama, led by Cass Tours, last week. Very congenial group of 11, 8 of us had been together for the previous two seasons as well. Jay is back on the barge, and that is worth hours of entertainment. First the bad news: popping for tuna did not work. At all. With...
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    At PSFL good times and tight lines is First

    that is some beautiful waer!
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    Wide Open Tuna Bite - Fishing Report Week of March 4-10

    Great report and thanks for posting the photos!
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    Report from Panama's"Jurasic Park"!

    thanks for the report. April 6th cannot come soon enough! a week on the Barge with PP is heaven. glad the yft are there now, and will only get bigger!
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    Panama Montousa Action

    Very nice video! however, no fighting belts look like hernias in the making:waglleybooty:
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    East Cape: October 12-16: Ouch

    Well, the law of averages caught up after ~ 26 years of trips. October 12, flew to Cabo, then up to Palmas de Cortez, to join Pete Gray, and two of his friends. Pleasant, but breezy evening, after watching the boats come in. Quite a few skunks. Many boats with a flag or two. We were not in the...
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    East Cape--August 14th-17th

    My family and I enjoyed a great stay at Playa del Sol. The weather was near perfect, and the hotel staff as friendly as always. I fished 4 days with Julio/Abraham, on the El Loco 2. They have consistently been the best crew I have fished with, over the years. The fishing was the slowest I...
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    info on Alfredo Lucero

    Unfortunately, theft of his boat/motor/fishing gear is accurate. However, as of last summer/fall, he was back skippering a cruiser for Martin Verdugo. There is an added bonus. His little brother, Bocha, has been remooved from the Alma Rosa 3, and is now Alfredo's mate. That is one stacked...
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    Playa Del Sol or Martin Verdugo

    Have a great time, whichever you pick! Playa del Sol has a much nicer pool, much nicer eating area, and the remodeled rooms are nicer too. I have fished with Rony, and enjoyed it. But if the chance was to fish with Julio/Abraham on El Loco 2, I would take that. One benefit of M. Verdugo's...
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    East Cape today. Thursday 7/12

    sorry some of the fishing was tough, but congrats on the blue! I will be fishing El Loco 2 August 7-10, and hope "business picks up" by then.
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    Martin Verdugo's Boat Recommendations...

    Rony is Martin's oldest son. He speaks better English than I do. He will definitely give you a very long, hard days effort. And the boat is very nice and new.
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    Which East Cape Resort in August

    I have been to all 3 resorts, and always had a fun trip. However, my family and i perfer relative quiet. Playa del Sol is much more sedate than its bigger brother, and at least on my trips, RL. The morning scene at Palmas can be choatic. At Playa, much more relaxed, many less boats. During...
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    Cebaco Bay Report with Photos March 17-18

    Very nice! Second from the bottom is a Gulf Coney?
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    Pesca Panama---2/13-2/17 fishing

    ok, i cannot link youtube here, but if anyone is interested, please Youtube search "B lack marlin,Hannibal bank, 2012" for videos
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    Pesca Panama---2/13-2/17 fishing

    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...
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    Fishing can be Frustrating

    Jillybird---since I am leaving for Panama this Saturday, I really hope you are correct :)
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    Panama fishing on a budget?

    that is one impressive set of photos!
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    Fishing will drive you "Crazy"

    when the bite in panama gets a bit squirrely, do guys drop down to lighter leaders and/or fluorocarbon?
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    21 Days in Panama

    Thank you for sharing :)
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    Too bad it was only pre-fishing. 270 lbs tuna

    Great catch! and best of luck in the tournament.
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    Aug. Report

    Great Quality of fish!
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    Hello from the Maggie Joe

    Nice video! Had a great time fishing with Capt Mike and crew for two days, in Kona, this past July.
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    Playa del Sol August 4-6

    My family had a great stay at Playa del Sol this past week, and included 3 days fishing with Alan/Paco on the El Loco Aug 4-6. General comment---business is/has been slow. There were between 12-23 guests there, including two non-fishing families. Palmas was slow, with ~1/2 of the Cass Fishing...
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    Buenavista Boats

    Eclipse '91 nice Phoenix, great crew
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    Kona July 12 and 15

    May firend Lowell, with zero fishing experience, had two great days fishing at Kona, on the Maggie Joe. Capt Mike, crew Mark, Mike and a special guess appearance by Steve Coggin (Coggin lures) on day 1, made for a very fun and educational trip. The boat is a great fishing platform...
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    Rates in Panama

    PSFL is comfortable and has very fast boats. However, I have enjoyed my 3 trips with PescaPanama much more. The barge is comfortable, the food outstanding, and the added bonus of an extra 2-3 hours per day of fishing is fantastic. My small sample size has had some great fishing at 5-630 at...
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    5-2-11 - Tax Collection Day

    Great colors on the spearfish!