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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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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 portion of the lake due to very low water after a prolonged drought. Normally the easterly side from the Gamboa area is preferred due to its closer proximity to Panama City and it has a lush rainforest setting with good wildlife viewing. The west out of La Arenosa is boarded by agricultural land such as pineapple fields. There are many small pangas and large pontoon boats for fishing and they do a very good job of putting anglers on the schools of peacocks on a daily basis. Our connection was with Dennis Melton http://pesca-arenosa.weebly.com/ who has a waterfront home with dock, shaded deck and bathrooms next to his boats including two 28’ pontoons set up with a live bait system, shade cover, chairs, casting areas and ice chest for refreshments and fish. These are very stable fishing platforms for small groups and protected from tropical downpours. The whole package was very economical at about $200. Armando Torres was our guide while Melton took Kyle Wiese and wife (son of Cebaco owner Jim Wiese) on his first trip out of Arenosa.

There are literally miles of exposed trees on Gatun due to the low water and we bumped into a few hidden ones even with Torres’ experience. Using small sardine-like baitfish is the standard fishing method but we cast small lures such as the Rapala 14 for the largest catch. On a prior trip with Nikos Mamais out of Gamboa our largest peacocks (5-7 lbs.) were also on lures such as the Halco popper and Rapala 14 floater. We wound up with 50-plus smallish peacocks (admittedly most on live bait) as well as several Oscars and tiger striped fish. By mid-day we motored over to a shore side restaurant where the fish we kept were fried along with a serving of patacones (fried plantain patties that look like bananas) and french fries, limes, tomato slices and chilies. As Dennis Melton said, there are many guides and styles of boats to choose from at La Arenosa and he encourages anglers to try them all.

Tony Pena
"The Roving Angler"


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Now I love our Prezzz!!!
Jun 28, 2006
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Good fun!
 
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