Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club, Panama - March 27-31, 2017

Casa Vieja Lodge

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"The Roving Angler"
BD Writer
Jun 1, 2006
2,737
453
Valley Center, CA
www.rovingangler.com
Name
Tony Pena
Boat
n/a
“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 on March 25 and rendezvoused with me at Cebaco Bay on March 26. From day one the yellowfin tuna started hitting the poppers and jerk baits (especially the Hybrida German import) very well with 23 tuna, roosterfish (20 lb.), almaco jack (25 lb.), jack crevalle and lots of black skipjack. During the week we split our time between using two Bertrams as well as the “Gato Gordo” 31’ World Cat, as we explored the Tuna Coast to the Hannibal Bank. The Hannibal was holding some larger model yellowfin but the action was slow overall and the best fishing method was chunking and baiting cut sardines.

Some of the larger fish came from the southwest side of Coiba including a nice 45 lb. roosterfish taken at Hatchet Rock by Jim McKissack. We were at Punta Adelarda where we saw a very large cubera snapper hit Greg Hedlund’s Hybrida, but the hooks pulled after a 15-minute battle where it had dragged us into 134’ of water. There was more variety on the Tuna Coast with lots of school yellowfin, African pompano, jack crevalle, roosterfish, almaco jack, yellow snapper, sierra mackerel and leather bass were encountered. A 700 lb. class black marlin was found on the surface close to Punta Mariato but wouldn’t take a variety of baits offered. Our total was 16 species out of 129 fish, including 65 yellowfin tuna.

Calm seas, some entertaining thunderstorms at night, excellent steaks, lobster and fresh fish entrees by chef Abner Gonzalez (you could gain weight on these trips), fully air conditioned staterooms and a cordial crew make for a fun trip, especially when the fish are hitting poppers! One negative note was that Dave Norberg, who is an insect hobbyist, couldn’t find many bugs (which is actually a good thing, isn’t it?). Cebacobay.com.

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bays90

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Kailua-Kona HI USA
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Chris
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46' Viking, Mi Novia, Quepos, Costa Rica
We booked a trip with Jim coming up in Aug or Sept, looking forward to coming down and see what around down there in the rainy season.
 
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"The Roving Angler"
BD Writer
Jun 1, 2006
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Valley Center, CA
www.rovingangler.com
Name
Tony Pena
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Chris,

I've fished at Cebaco many times in August/September. Lots of wahoo and big black marlin are usually at a peak. The inshore popping and jigging is very good as well. You'll just get more thunderstorms that time of year which usually don't last very long.

Tony
 
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Derby

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Sep 9, 2010
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SouthBay SF
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The Kid
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Aquasport 222 FFV
Oh, those rib eyes look tasty!

Nothing beats fishing a surface plug and catching.
 
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Derby

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SouthBay SF
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Aquasport 222 FFV
Derby, you should taste the fruit (watermelon, mango, pineapple) in Panama-an everyday treat!

I have.

Also the best rotisserie chicken I ever had at a lone resturants down some dirt road. Mouth is waiting just thinking about that chicken.

Unfortunately I was not there for fishing. It was a wedding/vacation with old girlfriend.

Beautiful place.

I'll come down soon for fishing.
 
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Panama Sportsman

Captain Ahah
Nov 27, 2014
57
38
44
Azuero Pennisula, Playa Reina, Panama
sportfishingpanama.com
Name
Alex Livingston
Boat
Senor Magoo
“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 on March 25 and rendezvoused with me at Cebaco Bay on March 26. From day one the yellowfin tuna started hitting the poppers and jerk baits (especially the Hybrida German import) very well with 23 tuna, roosterfish (20 lb.), almaco jack (25 lb.), jack crevalle and lots of black skipjack. During the week we split our time between using two Bertrams as well as the “Gato Gordo” 31’ World Cat, as we explored the Tuna Coast to the Hannibal Bank. The Hannibal was holding some larger model yellowfin but the action was slow overall and the best fishing method was chunking and baiting cut sardines.

Some of the larger fish came from the southwest side of Coiba including a nice 45 lb. roosterfish taken at Hatchet Rock by Jim McKissack. We were at Punta Adelarda where we saw a very large cubera snapper hit Greg Hedlund’s Hybrida, but the hooks pulled after a 15-minute battle where it had dragged us into 134’ of water. There was more variety on the Tuna Coast with lots of school yellowfin, African pompano, jack crevalle, roosterfish, almaco jack, yellow snapper, sierra mackerel and leather bass were encountered. A 700 lb. class black marlin was found on the surface close to Punta Mariato but wouldn’t take a variety of baits offered. Our total was 16 species out of 129 fish, including 65 yellowfin tuna.

Calm seas, some entertaining thunderstorms at night, excellent steaks, lobster and fresh fish entrees by chef Abner Gonzalez (you could gain weight on these trips), fully air conditioned staterooms and a cordial crew make for a fun trip, especially when the fish are hitting poppers! One negative note was that Dave Norberg, who is an insect hobbyist, couldn’t find many bugs (which is actually a good thing, isn’t it?). Cebacobay.com.

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nice photos ! Great fish!! Wtg!!
 
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ComeBuyPanama

Me & the sea....my one true love!
Aug 15, 2014
32
4
Boca Chica, Panama
Name
Robin Powell
Boat
Freespirit con la mar y pez!
“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 on March 25 and rendezvoused with me at Cebaco Bay on March 26. From day one the yellowfin tuna started hitting the poppers and jerk baits (especially the Hybrida German import) very well with 23 tuna, roosterfish (20 lb.), almaco jack (25 lb.), jack crevalle and lots of black skipjack. During the week we split our time between using two Bertrams as well as the “Gato Gordo” 31’ World Cat, as we explored the Tuna Coast to the Hannibal Bank. The Hannibal was holding some larger model yellowfin but the action was slow overall and the best fishing method was chunking and baiting cut sardines.

Some of the larger fish came from the southwest side of Coiba including a nice 45 lb. roosterfish taken at Hatchet Rock by Jim McKissack. We were at Punta Adelarda where we saw a very large cubera snapper hit Greg Hedlund’s Hybrida, but the hooks pulled after a 15-minute battle where it had dragged us into 134’ of water. There was more variety on the Tuna Coast with lots of school yellowfin, African pompano, jack crevalle, roosterfish, almaco jack, yellow snapper, sierra mackerel and leather bass were encountered. A 700 lb. class black marlin was found on the surface close to Punta Mariato but wouldn’t take a variety of baits offered. Our total was 16 species out of 129 fish, including 65 yellowfin tuna.

Calm seas, some entertaining thunderstorms at night, excellent steaks, lobster and fresh fish entrees by chef Abner Gonzalez (you could gain weight on these trips), fully air conditioned staterooms and a cordial crew make for a fun trip, especially when the fish are hitting poppers! One negative note was that Dave Norberg, who is an insect hobbyist, couldn’t find many bugs (which is actually a good thing, isn’t it?). Cebacobay.com.

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