Last week, the bite went off the charts at the famed Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay, Panama.
Marlin were eating just about anything you could throw on a line. It started on Sunday when the fleet released 15 marlin. On Monday and Tuesday the numbers went to the mid-20s and it was about that time that I began thinking about what happened at the lodge during the last week of January 2009 when the fleet set a lodge record, catching 95 marlin in one week… Could it be possible to beat our all time record?
Well, guess what… On the final morning the fleet’s total was up to an amazing 86 marlin released and everyone at the lodge was super fired up to give the record a run. When the week’s fishing was all said and done, it happened! The fleet ended the weeklong stretch with a total of 96 marlin released in six days of fishing for a new Tropic Star Lodge record! One boat released five blues in one day. The fleet’s total included 15 black marlin, 81 blue marlin and 47 sailfish. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Oliver, age 12, and Chauncey Morgan, age 10, both released an amazing nine marlin in just six days fishing. Chauncey released his first black marlin, estimated at 500 pounds as well as his first Pacific blue marlin and Pacific sailfish. Oliver released his first Pacific blue, estimated at 350 pounds and his first Pacific sailfish as well.
Gustavo A. Acosta released his first Pacific blue marlin, estimated at 550 pounds and a Pacific sailfish of 100 pounds. His son, also named Gustavo, released his first black marlin, a 500-pound whopper.
Mark Brown had an outstanding trip, releasing his first black marlin, weighing 400 pounds, his first Pacific blue of 250 pounds and a Pacific sail of 100 pounds. His wife Lisa also scored, releasing her first Pacific blue, estimated at 400 pounds and a Pacific sailfish of around 80 pounds.
Jonathan Kravitz released his first black marlin, estimated at 500 pounds as well as three blue marlin. His son, Noah, released his first Pacific black, blue and sailfish.
Gary Milligan released his first Pacific blue marlin, estimated at 300 pounds and his wife Lynette Milligan released a black estimated at 350 pounds and a 250-pound blue.
George Holzmacher was “over the moon” when he released his first black marlin estimated at 450 pounds and went on to release a 500-pound blue marlin as well.
Nick Titus released his first black, estimated at 400 pounds, and a Pacific sailfish. Riley Feldman got his dream fish, a 400-pound black marlin while Mike Jutt released his first black and also his first Pacific sailfish.
Jeff Robey and Brady Rockwell both released their first Pacific blue marlin. Gary also released a monster Pacific sailfish that was estimated at more than 150 pounds. Gary Titus and Jim Armstrong released their first Pacific blues in the 350-pound range, and Brady Rockwell released his first Pacific blue, estimated at 300 pounds.
It’s safe to say it was a very good week at Tropic Star Lodge. To see more photos, check out the post in the Costa Rica & Panama section of the BD forums.
For more information, visit www.tropicstar.com.