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"The Roving Angler"
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Jun 1, 2006
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Tony Pena
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“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 the new Panama Hilton, it was convenient to find a Ruth’s Chris steak house off the lobby for a late meal. This was a first time trip to Panama for Dave Norberg, Jim McKissack and Scott Smith who have fished from Brazil to Canada (it was my 58th trip). After a day of “warm-up” fishing for peacock bass on Gatun Lake we were driven the four hours to Puerto Mutis by Mel Sanchez ([email protected]; 6747-6567). A Cebaco Bertram met us at the dock and began the last leg of 1 1/2 hours to Cebaco Bay stopping to pick up some large lively lobsters from a panga near Isla Leones that I had arranged for in advance. As we got closer to Cebaco Bay the water got bluer and the scenery was dominated by jungle greenery and rocky shorelines. The 110’ mothership “Journey Bay” was moored in a corner of the Bay sheltered from any bad weather. It’s stable steel hull, fully air conditioned interiors and broad surface decks would be our “home” for the week. It was good to see all the captains, crew and chef who have worked for owner Capt. Jim Wiese for years. The guys didn’t bring any tackle as I said it was unnecessary. I had two large duffle bags full of the latest poppers, jigs and jerk baits to try out. The rest of the day was spent watching the crew and I assemble the gear and re-spool with fresh 50/65/80 lb. Power Pro. The plan was to use two 31’ Bertrams with a different angler fishing with me each day on Capt Ariel Medinas “Extreme” with mate Martin Santos.

The first day or two was going to be a challenge as 18’ neap tides were running and creating all sorts of current affecting mostly the inshore bite. As soon as we turned the corner from the Bay we saw birds working and pods of dolphin over yellowfin tuna. The tuna were a very reliable catch for the week from close-in to Jicarita and Hannibal Bank. We caught 15 tuna (schoolies to 35 lbs.) along with ten other species including wahoo, African pompano, jack crevalle, yellow snapper and greenbar (rock) snapper. The sea was flat calm and 82 degrees. We came across a Panamanian Naval Patrol vessel and gave them two bags full of tuna steaks which they really appreciated since there were 30 guys onboard. NOTE: The popping (except for tuna) was unusually slow but a jerk bait, the Hybrida Tropical, I had just received from Germany was very productive and was about to be proven repeatedly.

The third day we decided to venture offshore to the Cebaco Bank where I have had a high percentage of marlin encounters. It’s about 26 miles southwest of the Bay. Within a two-hour period, we raised four blue marlin, hooked two and lost both on jigs. Five sailfish were also raised. We made our way back to Ariel Rock (near the Bay) and jigged for tuna, jack crevalle, rainbow runner, dorado, “albacore” (white bonito), sierra mackerel, skipjack and triggerfish.

The final two days were spent fishing the Tuna Coast to Hannibal Bank recording 26 yellowfin tuna as well as more wahoo, bluefin trevally mullet snapper, jack crevalle, and skipjack. The Hybrida lure outfished live bait and hooked a large roosterfish but the hooks pulled after a fifteen-minute fight. A total of nineteen species of fish were caught out of 173 total. Generally, the fishing was below standard for Panama but still good by most standards. Missing in our catch (although several were hooked and lost) were huge cubera snapper and roosterfish that make trophy memories. The mothership was very comfortable as usual and the food prepared by Chef Abner was special. He even catered to a gluten-free diet for one guest without mishap. Lots of exotic gamefish, comfortable mothership and game boats, experienced crews with a good attitude, calm seas and beautiful surroundings make for a fun and memorable experience. (www.cebacobay.com; 011-507-6679-8083).

Tony Pena
“The Roving Angler”







David Norberg working a tuna near the anchorage










Scott Smith with his first wahoo

Jim McKissack with a rainbow runner
























 
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"The Roving Angler"
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Jun 1, 2006
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Tony Pena
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Pierre,
Thanks for the info on the Hybrida. I'll order ten more and never leave the dock without them. The boat crews love them because it makes their job easier by getting a variety of fish even when the fishing is slow.

Ethan,
These are slow-sinking lures so wait a second or two before retrieving with a steady crank-stop-jerk-retrieve or any combination that works.
 

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Pierre,
Thanks for the info on the Hybrida. I'll order ten more and never leave the dock without them. The boat crews love them because it makes their job easier by getting a variety of fish even when the fishing is slow.

Ethan,
These are slow-sinking lures so wait a second or two before retrieving with a steady crank-stop-jerk-retrieve or any combination that works.
thanks Tony!
 

kilat

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Roland
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Mako 2201
Tony, thanks for the fantastic report! We were there just before you and left the day you arrived. We had a great time as well. Except we did not have any lobster on the menu. LOL!

I wish we had the chance to meet you as Mel told us a lot about you and I have been following your reports religiously. Even learned a new knot this trip from the crew! You don't have to guess which knot that is. :-)

I wrote a little report on my blog as well and would love to hear your opinions. http://cudakilla.com/
 

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"The Roving Angler"
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Thanks Roland. That's a very detailed blog report you have there. I'm glad you guys had a good time at Cebaco-I've been going there since it opened about ten years ago.
 
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Michael Bengardt
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Thank you Tony for your report. We have update our stock.
Now we have:
  • candy mackerel (CM) - 10 items (for next time sold out)
  • true mackerel (TM) - 12 items (for next time sold out)
  • crystal sugar (CS) - 6 items (here we can order more)
Contact us, maybe we can give you some shipping cost discount.
 

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"The Roving Angler"
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Jun 1, 2006
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Valley Center, CA
www.rovingangler.com
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Tony Pena
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Michael,
I just ordered ten Hybridas. I think they will be very effective on the bluefin, bigeye and yellowfin tuna off Southern California as well as dorado, yellowtail and many other species. They are what we call "candy" in Panama. Thanks.
Tony
 

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Michael,
I just ordered ten Hybridas. I think they will be very effective on the bluefin, bigeye and yellowfin tuna off Southern California as well as dorado, yellowtail and many other species. They are what we call "candy" in Panama. Thanks.
Tony
Just ordered four.