Tuna-Tuna-Tuna; Cebaco Bay, Panama April 20-24, 2015

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  1. tap

    tap "The Roving Angler" BD Writer

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    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 55 lbs. and cubera snapper to 45 lbs. Ideal weather with calm seas and 82.5 to 85.6 degree sea temps.

    Full Scoop: After overnighting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Panama City, Aristeo Canelos, Brian Toombs and I met up with a group of six other anglers from the East Coast on the 110' Journey Bay anchored in the calm of Cebaco Bay. We used three 31' Bertrams and went in various directions in pursuit of "our kind of fish". The East Coasters wanted yellowfin tuna and we wanted variety on poppers. We found good but loose schools of tuna from southern Coiba Island to 15 miles south of Jicarita.

    The first day we were guests of Capt. Jim Wiese aboard his 60' Viking "Aguja" and started catching tuna five miles from Jicarita and also spotted some marlin. In between tuna bites we trolled some MoldCraft Softhead lures and quickly got a black marlin strike that pulled line before throwing the hook. We saw five marlin but no other boats were in the area fishing for them. The biggest dorado that Wiese has ever seen jumped on a MoldCraft from a flotsam line and Toombs brought the huge fish alongside for leadering. The fish surged forward creating slack and dumped the hook. Weight estimates ran from 70 to 100 lbs.

    We came back to Jicarita a couple of times during the week and found the fish much closer at six miles east of Jicaron. Otherwise we spent most of our time casting for inshore gamefish along the jungle shoreline of the Tuna Coast. Using Halco, Roberts Rangers, Yo-Zuri Sashimi, Shimano Orca and Waxwings we had some excitement with roosterfish between 35 and 55 lbs. cubera snapper to 45 lbs. as well as sierra mackerel to 12 lbs., rainbow runner, bluefin trevally, jack crevalle, dorado and yellow snapper. I'm already planning on going back in July to Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club. PM me if you want to join me on one of my hosted "trips of a lifetime".

    Tony Peña
    The Roving Angler

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  2. Philligan

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    GREAT TRIP!!!!
     
  3. Hamachi_Kama

    Hamachi_Kama HK Slays Multimedia Fishing

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    Epic. All that popper porn is almost too much to bear! 6 more weeks and a wake up for me....
     
  4. PCH

    PCH El Nino 2015!!!!!!

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    One of the best places on earth! Great report Tony!
     
  5. tap

    tap "The Roving Angler" BD Writer

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    Hope everyone gets down there this season. That "new" Journey Bay mothership is pretty slick and very comfortable to stay on while fishing on the Bertrams and 27' Caribe Pro's. The tuna were closer to Cebaco than any other lodge with just a short run to Jicaron.
     
  6. DH10

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    Wow, Tony great pics and that sounds like fun!

    Going to have to get the wife onboard for one of your trips!!!
     
  7. tap

    tap "The Roving Angler" BD Writer

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    I'll set it up whenever you're ready Dave. Either this season or next year.
     
  8. AGUJA

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    Tony, great Report !!! Awesome photos! Thanks for helping to keep Cebaco Bay out if front!!..JW
     
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