Panama Fishing Report

Come Fish Panama’s 2012/2013 fishing season officially opened on November 1st. This is the time of year when the rainy season starts to slowly give way to the sunshine of summer. Helping us start the new season were Jim, Landry and Kelly from Oklahoma. Conditions were excellent, with clear water and mostly cloudy skies. Winds were light and variable and seas were smooth. So off to the fishing grounds we went!

Wahoo Run

On the way we spotted a school of small Bonito and Skipjack Tuna feeding on Squid. We decided to bypass them and proceed to our spot “Wahoo Wonder” where the Wahoo typically can be found during this time of the year. Once there, we started to deploy our Wahoo spread, and by the time the last lure was out, we had a screamer going. The fish were there and willing to accept our morning offering. Kelly was up first and holding tight with a Shimano Tiagra 16. The powerful fish made its last run, so Kelly went to work and had the Wahoo in the box within minutes. Out went the Wahoo spread and once again we had a fish on! Jim took this fish which had a longer initial run than Kelly’s. After a few minutes, this ‘Hoo made it to the box as well. We had multiple Wahoo hits that morning, so after Landry did his workout, we decided to move on to other species. This is the beauty of offshore fishing in Chiriquí, Panama, a destination where you can catch countless species of saltwater game fish within a relatively short distance of each other.

Whale Ahoy

Making the turn around the island, we saw some Humpback Whales putting on a show for these “Sooners” that Sea World would be proud to have. Kelly mentioned he had seen them before but not that close, so I humorously told him that it was part of the Come Fish Panama Vacation Package. Back to the fishing we went and settled in on top of a spot that normally holds Mullet Snappers. The action was light today, but both Jim and Landry managed to battle two nice fish for a boat-side release. After the Mullet Snapper action, we moved on to another drop that provided a different method of fishing. Kelly hooked up with an Amberjack and Jim got into the action right away with a nice, colorful Bluefin Trevally. Blue Jacks, as they are commonly called, will put any angler’s tackle to the test. They are very tasty, often being compared to Lobster. But as usual, we let this one fight another day with Mate Turo having honors of setting it free.

Rooster Time

Jim mentioned to me on the day they arrived that if there was a possibility to land a Roosterfish, he would really like one. I asked the others if they also wanted one and they shook their heads as if saying “me too”. Turo and I worked hard to give our guests a chance of fighting a Rooster. Jim and Kelly got their opportunity by catching and releasing a beautiful fish each. We tried to get Landry in on the Rooster action as well, but time ran out on us. We will certainly have to target that the next time he’s back with us.

Our Thanks

From all of us at Come Fish Panama, we would like to thank Jim, Landry and Kelly for choosing to fish with us and open our 2012/2013 fishing season. We recognize there are other providers out there and appreciate them trusting us with their business. We look forward to taking them Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna fishing during the peak season in the near future.

Tight Lines from Tropical Panama,

Capt. Kerry H. Leggett
Phone- 011-507-6530-9669 Panama
Phone- 414-244-9787 U.S.
www.ComeFishPanama.com
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Panama Offshore Tips: If your looking for a very good Lure to troll here in Panama that will hook you up with Wahoo check out the “Wahoo Express” & “Rattle Head” place just behind the boat 2 wakes back and the “3.5 Slant Head Top Gun Lure” place long in the “Shotgun Position” are a must have the minute you leave the dock. Contact Darrell Primrose at www.ballyhood.com for more information, just make sure you have Darrell rig your 3.5 Slant Head with cable for the Wahoo..

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Panama Fishing Report

Fishing this week to close out Come Fish Panama’s 2012 season were Chris, Brian, George and Steve, the latter coming all the way from Japan with a desire to catch his first Rooster Fish. Upon arrival and settling in their private state rooms, we provided a full tour of our three-story sports fishing lodge with cocktails in hand. These four anglers have known and fished with each other for more than 25 years, so it was wonderful to sit down and share stories of their times together. Meanwhile, Chef Argeli was putting the finishing touches on the fresh lobster dinner we would all enjoy tonight.

Mahi and Tuna Frenzy

Oh boy, is this an angler’s dream or what? I would definitely say so when you have an opportunity to fish a feeding frenzy and all hell breaks loose. We spotted birds working a washed out river log and eased up as close to the action as possible and threw out a live Blue Runner. Instantly the reel screamed and we were hooked up. Chris posted himself on the bow and threw out a popper and he too was on after a few turns of the big Shimano spinning reel. Another popper went out and Brian was on as well. Triple! For the next hour or so, we had multiple Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado (Mahi Mahi) hook ups with each angler getting a chance to feel the power of a bent rod. We kept what we wanted and released the rest to fight another day. During this fantastic action, we lost four poppers on fish just screaming by and breaking a tight line just below. We rigged Chris up with a Shimano Waxwing jig on a Terez 7’8” XH Rod matched with a Stella 20000, and he got bit by a monster Yellowfin. Chris fought it for over an hour and a half before a dozen or so Pilot Whales showed up next to the boat only to cut him off. Wow, talk about a letdown! It was enjoyable to see the Pilot Whales, but we were all disappointed that Chris wasn’t able to land what would have been a trophy fish. But then again, the 2013 Season is not too far away for him.

Landing a Big Yellowfin

Our primary goal on day 2 was to land George a big Yellowfin Tuna, so off we headed to the famous Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa to see what type of action we could find. Once we spotted the birds, we threw out a live Blue Runner but we didn’t get a hit. We repositioned the boat ahead of the feeding birds and threw out the bait once again. Bang, the 30 wide was ripping line off the reel but I patiently waited to ensure that the fish had fully engulfed his meal before pushing the drag lever slightly forward to allow the circle hook to find the sweet spot. Fish on! George and Brian fought this big Tuna and after a few powerful runs, the fish was boat side ready for the gaff. George had his trophy-size Yellowfin and we were pleased to have given him that opportunity. After a few photographs of the proud angler’s with this trophy fish, we headed to Hannibal Bank only to find four long liner boats anchored up and bottom fishing in the area. What a disappointment it is to see how the long liners can continue to destroy the area without impunity.

Rooster Time

Now it was Steve’s turn to hook up with his first ever Roosterfish that he had dreamed about for so long. Conditions looked tough with the water color green from the previous night’s rain washing mud and assorted debris into the ocean. We saw lots of coconuts, palm leaves and trunks, wash-boards, you name it, floating by. But let’s not forget that this is September and rainy season in Panama means lots of flotsam. Moving forward, we had a couple of nice hits but no hook up. On the last likely spot, we were finally in business with Brian hooked up to a Roosterfish. After a typical Rooster fight, Brian boated his fish for a few photographs and a live release. These are a beautiful sporting fish and we always make every effort to release them alive.

Thanks to our new Friends

On behalf of all of us at Come Fish Panama, we would like to thank Chris, George, Steve and Brian for joining us in this fishing adventure. We realize there are many providers to choose from, and we are grateful they chose Come Fish Panama. These long-time friends and fishing partners enjoyed pretty good action, and we look forward to their return during the peak season for even better action. Please contact us so you too can be in on the action. It all happens at Come Fish Panama. Enjoy the photographs below.

Tight Lines from Tropical Panama,

Capt. Kerry H. Leggett
Phone- 011-507-6530-9669 Panama
Phone- 414-244-9787 U.S.
www.ComeFishPanama.com
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Panama Fishing Report

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 our Tropical waters and they were visibly excited to get going. Tom was looking for a Marlin while Flora was aiming for her very first Roosterfish.

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 Time

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 Snapper

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 Weather Cooperation

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
Phone- 011-507-6530-9669 Panama
Phone- 414-244-9787 U.S.
www.ComeFishPanama.com
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Come Fish Panama anglers that have fished Pedasi, Panama for the last 3 weeks have enjoyed the Rooster and the Wahoo bite consistently. That hasn’t changed with this weeks anglers, Peter and son Jason from Texas fishing with CFP for the 1st time and Jose and wife Yira season CFP Veterans.
1st day out was a thing of beauty with a morning sunrise that started lighting up the Pedasi Coast line was a sign of something special for these Anglers. Wahoo, Wahoo, and more Wahoo was just about everywhere off the Coast of Pedasi and Southwest of Isla Iguana. Most of the Hoo were on the smaller size but the enjoyment of hearing the reel go off is always enjoyable for any angler. We must have thrown 12-15 wahoo back in the Pacific Blue due to their size but with a couple more fishing days left we were sure to find bigger and stronger ones to fight.
We had a heavy chop this week with lot’s of rain but that didn’t stop them from going out on Day 2.
These Anglers enjoyed what Panama is all about, constant fish on the end of their line. Wahoo, Rooster, Yellowfin Tuna and more Wahoo than they ever could imagine.. On the 2nd Day the Wahoo were found just south from Media Luna to La Brujas just after 9am with Livebait. Trolling feathers for tuna were also on the Wahoo menu when we decided to look for Yellowfin.. Eventually the Tuna showed up and these anglers were treated to a wonderful Sashimi combo on board… After bottom fishing for Amberjack at Pargo Grande Capt. Avidel headed with Peter and Jason to Isla Iguana for some Rooster Action.
Jose and Yira also got involved in the Wahoo bite as well, and even Dorado made it to the box.These season anglers love fishing Pedasi and have been fishing with us each and every year. Wahoo, Tuna, and Dorado is what they like to fish for so we were glad to hook this lovely fishing couple up with Wahoo, Dorado and Tuna on their trip. Both of them found Wahoo lurking just over the rocky reef at Isla Iguana, with the Yellowfin just southwest of the Island. The Mahi we believe was a loner and lost at sea so we took him anyways.
We look forward to having these Anglers back in Pedasi next year or maybe fishing out of our Chiriqui Lodge very soon.

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Wahoo to the Box

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Come Fish Panama welcomed back 3 Anglers that fished with us in Chiriqui last year but were looking to fish off our Pedasi Waters. Jeff and his fishing partner’s Omar and Plinio came looking to primarily bottom fish in Pedasi and to throw poppers. During this time of year the water temp. tends to cool down a bit and the swell is very favorable for anglers looking to head further offshore. So with that in mind we gave the nod to Capt. Toro Loro to fish with these three anglers through-out their trip.

These avid anglers headed out with Capt. Toro Loro to first find the Roosterfish that Omar has always been trying to hook into.. That was not a problem since the Roosterfish is always in our waters and throwing Yo-Zuri Sashimi Poppers at them was on the Rooster menu. Omar hooked up with a nice 70 Pd. Rooster while Jeff had a rod-bending action fight with a 80 pounder and 65 pounder on the end of his line.

After several Rooster’s and accomplishing Omar’s wishes Capt. Toro Loro headed to Media Luna and Pargo Grande to have them bottom fish for the many bottom dwellers that frequent the area. These Anglers were at a non-stop pace trying to out duel one another deep jigging and livebaiting with knee buckling strikes from the AJ’S (Reef Donkey) on light tackle. Plinio had the right movement with his OTI Jager Jig 300 (PK) that he didn’t miss a beat. (fish)

Within their 3 day trip they hit up 7 Amberjacks, 4 Yellow Snappers, 9 Mexican Barred Snapper (Rock Snapper) 2 Rainbow Runners, 5 Pacific Cubera Snappers, 4 Red Grouper, 6 Bluefin Trevally 4 Jack Crevalle 1 Silk Snapper and several other dwellers. Their time in Pedasi was well enjoyable and when asked which destination do they prefer (Chiriqui or Pedasi) Plinio was quick to answer, each has it’s own differences but both areas are very productive.. To view more photo’s of these and other successful anglers click on the Fishing Photo Link on the website.

We thank Jeffrey for bringing these anglers and among others to fish with us in Chiriqui and Pedasi, Panama. So whatever gamefish or bottom dweller your chasing- give us a shout, will most likely have it on the end of your line..

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Tight Lines from Tropical Panama,

Capt. Kerry H. Leggett
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