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Panama Mothership Trip 2021

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We got back to the main lodge after fishing 5 days on the mothership.

This is my first overseas trip after Covid 19,

The trip is huge success. We tagged 124 tuna and we even released 180  lb tuna.

Everyone is happy and we all are looking forward to the trip next year.

I will post detailed report and pictures.

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1 hour ago, Turkeybacn said:

Was this the same trip the guy from GW customs went on?

yes. He had great time and wants to come  back next year.

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I am at David, Panama airport.

I could test prototype 10'6" Black Hole Striped Bass Special Moderate rod and 6'8" Charter Special Slow Pitch Light rod for 30 = 40 lb tuna. The rods are fine.

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I arrived home. It is not easy to organize 10 anglers, but everything went smoothly.

All want to fish Panama again next year

 

Popping tuna is the name of the game in Panama,

Unlike 2019, there were few tuna foaming. But we managed to catch tuna on poppers,

 

 

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When popping tuna slowed down, we used bait.  It seemed we caught bigger tuna on bait,

Black Hole Cape Cod Special 250g and 350g rods used

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One bogt fished inshore a few hours and they were rewarded with nice cubera snapper, I am going to try cubera snapper next year.

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It was a great trip by any standard.

We tagged 125 tuna on this trip. That is a lot.

We have bunch of good anglers and great guys.

We booked next year and all come back next year.

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22 hours ago, ksong said:

It was a great trip by any standard.

We tagged 125 tuna on this trip. That is a lot.

We have bunch of good anglers and great guys.

We booked next year and all come back next year.

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Looks familiar missed you down there by a week! The town of Boca Chica is beautiful

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You never know what to expect next in Panama. While Fred reeled in 40 lb tuna to the surface, huge blue marlin estimated 700 lb - 800 lb showed up and tried to eat the tuna. Capt Carlos hurriedly set up marlin rig. He put the tuna on the hook of marlin rod and threw the tuna into the water. Then marlin ate it. Capt Carlos ran the boat hard to set the hook. Marlin was on ! It jumped twice and unfortunately broke the line.
It would have been fantastic fight if the line didn't break.

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Using 04 lb. tuna causes me to blink hard ... swallow ... expensive bait.  That said, the late Capt. "Black Bart" in Hawaii used to troll a spread of tuna for marlin too.

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I plan to bring ultra rods for bonito. We saw bonito busting on the surface in acres.

It is like to hunt for albie in the fall here. :)

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