Panama Fishing:Yellowfin Tuna, Roosters & Snappers
Panama Fishing Report
August 17th & 24th 2012
by Come Fish Panama Lodge
Fishing this week with Come Fish Panama was Tom and Flora Martin who travelled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to Panama on vacation and wanted to do a little offshore and inshore sport fishing. This husband and wife team consider themselves avid anglers having fished rivers and streams as well as offshore throughout their native home State of Alaska. This was to be their first fishing adventure in ourTropical waters and they were visibly excited to get going. Tom was looking for a Marlin while Flora was aiming for her very first Roosterfish. Also Fishing this week we had Jill and Lenka Stuchlik who were at it as well.. But this story belongs to Tom and Flora, Jill and Stuchlik write up can be found on our Fishing Report Link http://comefishpanama.com/fishing-report/ photo's are below ...
Offshore weather in Panama
It's the middle of August and that usually means plenty of rain. After all, it is “rainy season” in Panama.We had rain and more rain along with heavy seas to deal with. We tried our hardest to make it out to Marlin Ledge, but between the waves, rain and wind, it wasn't going to happen today. We decided to abandon our initial Marlin quest and instead try our luck at finding Flora her first Roosterfish. And oh by the way, a hard fighting Cubera or Mullet Snapper wouldn’t be so bad either!
Rooster on my mind
It was a relief getting out of the bad weather, so we rigged up a live Blue Runner and threw it overboard for a slow troll. The first rocky point came up empty, so after 10 minutes or so, we headed to the second one. That was the ticket! The reel screamed and Flora was on her first ever Roosterfish. After a nice fight, we landed the fish, took a couple of photographs and released a healthy Roosterfish back into the blue water. Now it was Tom to get in on the Rooster action. We headed to the other side of the island and found a second fish ready to take the live Blue Runner. Tom handled the fight like and pro and soon the fish was boat side. After a few photographs, it was time to let this beautiful fish back in the water as well. Nice going, guys!
Big Mullet Snappers
The seas let up a bit, so we decided to head to Isla Ladrones for a try at a Marlin. We managed to get a Bonito, so we rigged it up for a slow troll along with a Blue Runner. After an hour or so of being in the water, these baits had not even become nervous, must less bitten by anything. We decided to pick up try out another ledge looking for the bite. Finally, after waiting for what seemed forever, the 30 wide started to scream and peel line. Tom worked the rod and I was just waiting for the jump, but this was not going to be a Marlin day. A big Mullet Snapper was on the end of this one. After boating the fish, we dropped another live Blue Runner and Flora had a bent rod in just a few minutes. The give and take battle was finally won by Flora and up came a Cubera Snapper. After a few pictures for the album, this beautiful fish was released in great condition to fight another day.
No cooperation from the weather
When these anglers booked their trip, they understood that during this time of the year the weather could get pretty severe. They had no problem with that since they wanted to be in Panama during the wet season. From the entire Come Fish Panama crew, we would like express our sincere thanks to Tom and Flora for choosing to fish with us this week. We hope to see them again so that Tom can get another chance at the elusive Black Marlin he is after.
Tight Lines from Tropical Panama,
Capt. Kerry H. Leggett www.ComeFishPanama.com
Tel- 414-484-6131 U.S. Sale Representative
Tel- 507-6530-9669 Panama Sales Representative
Boca Chica, Republic of Panama