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    Tony Pena 1948-2019

    Ahoy Mates, It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Tony Pena. He was a most amazing, talented, and good friend to so many. Tony enjoyed being behind the camera. It is for that reason, I would like to make this personal request of his fishing...
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    Fish Panama with Host Tony Pena June 2018

    I have some openings available for the weeks of June 11 to 15 and June 25 to 29, 2018 with Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge. There are five fishing days but normally add four days for travel and transfers (June 9 to 17 and June 23 to July 1). We usually fish two anglers per boat and you have a...
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    Fun Fishing at Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge, Panama, February 26-March 2, 2018

    Our group consisting of Kevin Green, Harry Hendricks, Larry Builta and Todd K., all from the San Francisco area, had an easy arrival at Tocumen Airport with a VIP greeting and fast track through customs to a comfortable lounge as their luggage was being transferred to a waiting van. After a...
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    Fishing Aboard the “AGUJA” at Cebaco Bay, Panama, March 3-March 6, 2018

    It’s no secret that the owner of Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge, Capt. Jim Wiese, is a marlin fanatic and his private state-of-the-art 60’ Viking is a testimony to his dedication to the sport. I was invited to fish with Wiese for four days after my group departed but on second thought he had room...
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    Lake Gatun, Panama Canal, March 8, 2018

    Returning from Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge, Kevin Green, Todd K. and I had a layover day in Panama City, so we decided to fish Gatun Lake which serves as a shipping lane for Panama Canal vessels, as well as providing water for the locks. Peacock bass (an invasive species from Venezuela) are...
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    Fish Panama with Host Tony Pena in 2018

    I have the best fishing weeks lined up with Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Lodge with their 110' mothership and fleet of two 33' World Cats and five 31' Bertrams to choose from. Fishing two to three anglers per boat there is plenty of casting room. No more than eight anglers are accommodated (usually...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, Panama - March 27-31, 2017

    “Popping is Fun” This second week showed improvements as the wind died down, the water cleared up and live bait started coming aboard the “Journey Bay” mothership the first night. Anglers Dave Norberg and Jim McKissack (returnees from last May), Greg Hedlund and David Harper arrived in Panama...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, Panama - March 20-24, 2017

    “Variety is the Game” Friends Kevin Green, brothers Dave and Mike Benbenek, Harry Hendricks and Rob Knoll all arrived in Panama City on March 18, checking into the new Panama Hilton. The next morning we took a comfortable van ride to Puerto Mutis where the fast 31’ “Gato Gordo” World Cat took...
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    Panama Sport Fishing Lodge Mothership; May 16-20, 2016

    “Touchy Tuna” Arriving at PSFL on May 15th, I met our anglers for the week including friend Seth Hartwick and his buddies Dan Watson and Paul Clark. Seth had enticed Clark to fish Panama after they met on a giant trevally trip. “Nothing pulls like these yellowfin”, he said as a challenge. We...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club May 10-14, 2016

    “Variety is the Spice” My group got a late start upon arrival at Panama’s Tocumen Airport due to a wait of 40 minutes on the tarmac for a gate to open on the last of three flights, however the VIP arrival service expedited all clearances and provided a comfortable waiting lounge. Checking in at...
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    Gatun Lake, Panama, May 8, 2016

    It’s always a pleasure to fish Gatun Lake (the Panama Canal watershed) because of its big population of pan-sized peacock bass and tropical environment. Prior to a trip to Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, I arranged for my group of Dave Norberg, Jim Mckissack and Scott Smith to fish the westerly...
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    Tuna-Tuna-Tuna; Cebaco Bay, Panama April 20-24, 2015

    Half Scoop: Our group found enough yellowfin tuna from 15 to 100 lbs. (caught mostly on poppers and spinning gear) to make for a great week of fishing and full ice chests for those who wanted to bring some fresh sashimi home. Also, fished inshore for 14 different species including roosterfish to...
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    Fish Panama with Tony Peña

    I have some openings in August at the Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club. Two anglers per boat (31' Bertrams) for maximum comfort at a discounted price. I will take photos while you fish. Stay on the Journey Bay 110' mothership anchored in pristine Cebaco Bay close to Coiba Island and the remote Tuna...
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    Tuna Coast: Three Marlin in Four Hours

    Here is a brief report from Capt. Jim Wiese from Panama. Looks like the marlin bite is improving with hopes for a better season: On October 29, 2014, my crew and I brought my new 60' Viking "Aguja" from Golfito, Costa Rica to Panama City, Panama. When we reached the westerly Tuna Coast we found...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club July 2-6, 2014: Best Inshore Action

    WEEK TWO Fishing buddies Richard Herbst (Zimbabwe; Texas) and Seth Hartwick (Michigan) arrived a little late on July 1st but had fun putting gear together and then joining the crew catching bait (cojinua) off the mothership as well as “incidentals”. Richard could see more than bait so he broke...
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    Cebaco Bay: Popping and Jigging for Variety (Two-Part Series June 25-29 & July 2-6, 2014)

    WEEK ONE Overnighting at the “fisherman’s hotel” the Wyndham Veneto Hotel and Casino (booked thru Luz Fonger at Starlite Travel; [email protected]), Aristeo Canelos and I were driven four hours to Puerto Mutis by Mel Sanchez and then took the Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club transfer boat to...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club:

    The plan was to check out the fall fishery in the Coiba to Tuna Coast Region and have a good time doing it. Owner/Capt. Jim Wiese had two 31’ Bertrams waiting for us with Del Turner, John Seckinger, Nikos Mamais and Aristeo Canelos doing most of the hard pulling for the week. The weather was...
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    Panama Big Game Sportfishing Club: September Marlin; Sept.1-6, 2013

    After an encouraging run of big marlin and tuna in late August, Mr. “C”, owner of Panama Big Game Sportfishing Club, gave me a call asking me to come down to get some digitals of the action. Sounded good to me and I was soon landing at Tocumen International Airport where I was greeted at the...
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    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club; May 17-24, 2013: "Tuna Coast or Popping Coast?"

    You know it's going to be a great week of fishing when you catch the first tuna before you can unpack your gear. Such was the case when Brian Toombs and Greg Heslip, first timers to Panama from San Diego, CA were in-transit on one of the new 27' custom pangas taking us from Puerto Mutis to...
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    Hooked on Panama; May 13-16, 2013: "Billfish Secret"

    Four years ago I visited Hooked on Panama aka Aqua Adventures Panama (hookedonpanama.com; 888-733-5368) and did an article for Marlin Magazine. This trip, accompanied by my brother Armand and his wife Valerie, it was interesting to see very little has changed from the landscaping to the boat...
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    Propiedad de Paradise; May 10-13, 2013: "Top Cat" & Top Capt.

    On May 10th I rendezvoused with my brother Armand and his wife Valerie visiting Panama for the first time from Oregon at Propiedad de Paradise located on Islas Paridas about six miles offshore from the mainland coast and about a one hour run to the Port of Pedregal. Capt. Shane Jarvis is a...
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    Pesca Panama May 5-10, 2013 "Tuna to Tarpon"

    (NOTE: This is the first trip report from four lodges I visited between May 5 to 24 recording 26 species of fish and 16 days on the water.) Checking in to the Wyndham Veneto Hotel and Casino went smoothly as Luz Fonger at Starlite Travel ([email protected]) in Panama City is always...
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    Eleven Year Old Sets Two Club Records at Big Game April 5, 2013

    Junior angler Henry Milford, visiting Panama with his father John from Dubai, established two new Junior Club Records at Panama Big Game Fishing Club with a 70-pound wahoo and roosterfish exceeding 70-pounds. The roosterfish was released and therefore ineligible for an IGFA record since...
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    Gatun Lake, Panama, Mar 8, 2013: Peacock Bass

    On March 8, I was back in Panama City and was invited to take a “busman’s holiday” by fishing Gatun Lake (Panama Canal Zone) with my friend Nikos Mamais on his private center console that he keeps at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort Marina. We got a good start at 6:00 a.m. from the...
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    Panama Big Game Fishing Club Mar 1-7, 2013: Small Tackle-Big Fish

    My buddies from San Diego, Lorton Mitchell and Tom Christiansen, had never fished Panama and spinning gear was a novelty for the ocean. After all, these are West Coast guys and primarily live bait fishermen. I like that. Time for some new experiences. Checking into Big Game one of the first...
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    Islas Secas Resort Feb 26 to Mar 1, 2013: A Pacific Paradise

    Paul Howse, Richard Herbst and I arrived at this idyllic group of islands 20 miles east of Boca Chica and were greeted on the dock by Capt. Carter Andrews of Florida fame. It was readily apparent that Andrews has a passion for fishing and it shows in his immaculately maintained 35-foot Sea Vees...
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    PSFL Feb 20-26, 2013: Any Fish You Wish!

    Fishing Panama the week before the full moon has usually been productive and the streak continued at Panama Sport Fishing Lodge. Gathering up with my fishing buddies Paul Howse from San Diego and Richard Herbst from Houston we checked in to the Veneto Hotel and Casino downtown and had dinner at...
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    "Chukar Toe"

    A buddy of mine just got back from bird (mostly chukar) shooting near the Snake River, Oregon side. Looks like he is going to lose 3 or 4 toenails due to a condition that the locals call "chukar toe". That's when your boots don't fit right and the constant climbing/braking downhill on steep rock...
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    Double Ovens, Microwave and Gas Range - $400

    Remolded our kitchen and selling GE appliances. All appliances work, are in excellent condition and ready for pick-up. GE True Temp Double Oven Electric 326B1230P001 GE Profile Microwave JVM3670WF001 Email questions to [email protected] or for an appointment to see the appliances...
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    Tuna! Tuna! Tuna! at PSFL May 28-June 1, 2012 w/pics

    Acres of yellowfin tuna from 35 to 250 lbs. are the big bang, go-to fish right now in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Ideal conditions with calm seas, blue/green water, lots of baitfish and only scattered rain showers made for some terrific popping and jigging action at Hannibal Bank and nearby Isla...
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    Poppers Crushed at Cebaco Bay, Panama w/pics May 21-25, 2012

    My fishing buddy Aristeo Canelos and I met up in Panama City on May 19 and promptly went to Gaucho's Argentine Steakhouse for a great and fun dinner. The next morning we "hitched" a ride with Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club Manager Hennie Marais to Puerto Mutis where we loaded our gear on the...
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    Movies That Affected You The Most

    These aren't necessarily Oscar winners but made you think and maybe changed your outlook and perception for your future. Some of mine include: (Not prioritized. This is not a competition: "It's personal Sonny! Not business".) 1. "Jim Thorpe All- American" (1951). Burt Lancaster. A shy, homespun...
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    Tommy's

    Where did Tommy's Specials go? Can't find it. Tony Peña "The Roving Angler"
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    54 lb. Snook in Panama!

    My friend Manuel Zambrano who lives in Panama City reports on some outstanding snook fishing on the Rio Bayano about a 1 ½ hour drive east of the City. Manuel fishes for snook and big tarpon in the Bayano as well as roosterfish and snook at the Rio Cañas on the Tuna Coast. He currently holds...
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    FIREBALL!

    FIREBALL! Didn't anyone besides myself see a fireball/meteor falling over San Diego last night about 9:45 p.m.? I'm in Valley Center and the bright red/orange ball was falling to the south on a track to collide with the earth before it just disappeared. I swear I only had one margarita. Tony...
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    12th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby 2011

    South Coast Anglers STEP, Eel Tenmile STEP, Millicoma STEP and ODFW will sponsor the derby along with our Chinook title sponsors Douglas Timber Operators (DTO) and Campbell Group/Menasha. The derby will be held on the Coos River , September 10th and 11h . The annual Derby is a fundraiser for...
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    Variety Fishing at Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, May 14-20, 2011

    After a hard week of fishing tuna at PSFL in Boca Chica, I rendezvoused with my fishing buddy Aristeo Canelos from Culiacan, Mexico at Puerto Mutis on May 14 for the scenic 1.5 hour boat transfer to Cebaco Bay (about 25 miles east of Isla Coiba). It was Canelos’ first trip to Cebaco...
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    OTI/PSFL Jigging and Popping Tournament May 10-11, 2011

    The Third Annual Ocean Tackle International/Panama Sport Fishing Lodge Jigging and Popping Tournament was held on May 10-11, 2011 at Boca Chica, Panama. The competitors were a mix of familiar and new faces from Canada, Vietnam, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and the United States with Texas heavily...
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    Dangerous Bulls?

    How many of you have had bad encounters with our local cattle? I'm asking because a buddy and I were getting some exercise hiking around on the Otay Mountain foothills when we spotted a big bull with nasty long horns on top of the next hill. It did not hesitate to charge toward us at full speed...
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    Cromartie Plays Flag Again!

    Anyone notice Antonio Cromartie trying to avoid contact vs. New England? Two plays stick out. He not only had poor coverage on a receiver but had a clear opportunity to tackle him which he didn't-slipped right through him. The other was near the goal line as the Patriot runner was pounding his...
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    Tuna Coast from Cebaco Bay, May 24-28, 2010

    Russ Miller and I fished with Capt. Jim Wiese at his Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club after the PSFL Popping Tournament. Tropical Storm Agatha, although centered hundreds of miles north in Guatemala, made for tough fishing with lots of rain, wind and swell from the south. Wiese's 56' Viking made for...
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    PSFL Popping Tournament

    The "2nd Annual International Jigging and Popping Tournament" was held at the Panama Sport Fishing Lodge May 18 & 19, 2010. It was a fun gathering of some of the most talented anglers in the world bringing all their high-tech gear and latest lure designs to do one thing-catch big yellowfin tuna...
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    Coral Star Marlin and Tuna w/Photos!

    I hosted a week on the Coral Star mothership from March 20-25 which was notable for a good marlin score, lots of yellowfin tuna and huge roosterfish. Although the marlin fishing had been slow for the Coiba-Montuosa-Ladrones triangle, the Coral Star boats came away with three black marlin from...
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    Cebaco Bay, Panama Popping-WOW! January 2-5, 2010

    Short scoop: 22 species of fish out of 52 caught inshore. Five fish over 40 lbs. in one day. Full moon-so what. Full scoop: I went to Panama solo to catch up on some Continental miles and gave Capt. Jim Wiese a call. "How long are you down for Tony" asked Jim. "Until January 7. Then come out...
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    Hidden Bank Photos July 16, 2009

    Departed the Coronado Yacht Club at 5:00 a.m. with Lorton Mitchell on his 26' Blackman "C Note" and Rick Casparian. The plan was to run down to the Hidden Bank taking an outside course west of North Island and stop on any paddies along the way. We didn't start seeing paddies until below the 425...
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    Fishing the Perlas Islands, Panama, in Style - May 24-29, 2009

    It's not often when an opportunity presents itself to fish aboard a luxury yacht, let alone two, in Panama. The Great Panamanian Charter Co. and Panama Yacht Tours wanted to show me a different way to fish Panama, in this case, the Islas Perlas or Pearl Islands that form a 44-island archipelago...
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    Marlin on Gulp

    Covering the “1st Annual International Jigging & Popping Tournament 2009” held at Panama Sport Fishing Lodge May 19-20 was full of surprises. Pre-fishing on May 18 aboard the “Talento” with ace Captain Macho Gonzales I caught a 100 lb. yellowfin tuna on a Yo-Zuri Surface Bull GT and...
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    Blue, clear water moved into the Gulf of Chiriqui this week. That may sound good, however, the lack of plankton biomass (that makes the water look green) scattered the normally reliable bait schools resulting in slow fishing – by Panama standards. Our “Coral Star” group...
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    Fishin

    Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club hosted six Fishin’ Chix February 27 to March 1. The Fishin’ Chix is a fishing club for women founded by Claudia Espenscheid and has about 800 members in 20 states but is primarily centered in Florida. This fishing trip was a reward for three of its tournament...
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    Join me on the Coral Star Jan 31 to Feb 5

    Now is your chance to fish Panama and get as close to the fishing action as possible! The M/V Coral Star mothership and it's newly refurbished fleet of gameboats has openings for my hosted trip and good deals are being offered from $4,000 to $4,500 per person with everything taken care of upon...
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    Boca Chica,

    Owner John de la Cruz invited Sabrina and me for a couple days of fishing at his new “Panama Sport Fishing Lodge”. Veteran Panama Captains and long-time friends Macho Gonzalez and Sergio Ruiz are a great crew and put us on 1 blue and 2 black marlin in two days. Day one at Isla Montuosa, a 1...
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    Punta Burica,

    Punta Burica is the peninsula that separates Panama and Costa Rica. The new Hooked on Panama Lodge is located near untapped fishing areas due to its remoteness. Capt. Dan Peavy and partners are excited about fishing the “Humps” on the Costa Rica side south of Golfo Dulce, the deep reefs off...
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    Let's Go To Panama!

    Join me on the "M/V Coral Star" mothership from January 31 to February 5, 2009. Great News! Avet Reels has purchased the "Star" and is installing new engines in the gameboats as well as refurbishing the mothership for an anticipated great '09 season. I will be hosting this week and will provide...
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    PANAMA BY PANGA JUNE 20-28, 2008

    Sabrina with African Pompano Capt. Jim Wiese invited Rick Casparian, Sabrina and me to fish at his Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club the week before the season was to end on June 27. However, the only boat that would be available at that time would be their 27’ panga with twin 115hp Suzuki four...
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    PANAMA: 850 lb. Black Marlin Tops

    Calm seas, clear skies and big fish summarizes this trip I hosted on the “M/V Coral Star” where 11 anglers landed (most released) a total of 6,301 lbs. of fish during the week, including 350, 600 and 850 lb. black marlin and a 700 lb. blue marlin. The blue, caught by Randy Divan, died and...
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    Summary Reviews: Lawry's, Ruth's Chris, Dal Rae

    A business trip to Los Angeles always requires a visit to fine dining spots. This time it was Lawry's the Prime Rib, Beverly Hills; Ruth's Chris Steak House, Beverley Hills; and Dal Rae's, Pico Rivera. Lawry's When you take those three steps down entering the dining room, the mass aroma of...
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    Join Me on the Coral Star March 15-20

    There is one game boat that is empty at this time for the trip I am hosting on the Coral Star mothership from March 15 to 20. I hear from Sherri at the main office that she will give a good discount to fill this boat so you guys looking for a bargain should call her in Louisiana 866-924-2837...
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    Paradise Lodge (Chad

    WOW! This was my first trip to the lodge and it is located in a magnificent setting on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Chiriqui with the Contreras Islands directly in front and Coiba Island further south. Owner Chad Marquis(Paradise Fishing Lodge; [email protected]) is building a unique...
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    Variety at Cebaco Bay , Panama w/pics. December 20-31, 2007.

    Capt. Jim Wiese of Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club invited us down for another round of fishing-this time early in the season to give us a different perspective on this area. The Cebaco Bay is a 115’ fully air conditioned mothership that is located in a beautiful, jungle-rimmed bay at Cebaco...
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    Pi

    November 26 to December 3, 2007: Took the Continental flight from San Diego to Panama with a connection at Houston. No problems with gear or flight as usual. Stayed at the Veneto Hotel which is getting a reputation for its casino and “nightlife” if you know what I mean (reminds me of the...
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    Join Me In Panama

    I'm hosting a trip on the mothership M/V Coral Star March 15 to 20, 2008 and was just told there are some spots remaining. I always select the best week for moon phase and tides for the best results. Those of you who have been waiting to fish Panama-now is a great opportunity, especially if this...
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    Gatun Lake ( Panama Canal ) w/pics

    I fished Gatun, a huge jungle lake that provides water for operating the canal on August 4 and 5 from a 70hp center console provided by John Shyne at Panama Yacht Tours. Both days we caught over 20 butterfly peacock bass (known locally as “sargento” within the first hour using live minnows...
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    Gulf of Panama w/pics

    I fished the area 45 to 70 miles south of Panama City near Isla San Jose on August 2 and 3 with Captain Randy Rickson and John Shyne on one of their charter boats, a 58’ tricked-out Hatteras. Popping was the best technique here as I caught a 45 lb. mullet snapper (pargo lisa) on a GT as well...
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    Tuna Coast, Panama w/pics

    I fished from the Isla Frailes to the Punta Mariato region of the Coast ( Azuero Peninsula ) July 22 to August 1. I spent the first couple of days fishing the Frailes and nearby coastal area and it didn’t take long to figure out that it was slower action than usual with strong currents and...