Panama Fishing Recap

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Recent fishing reports from the Bahamas and tropics.


Panama Fishing Recap

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Panama Fishing

These guys got lucky as it started out slow on the first day, but we came across a pod of feeding porpoises that sure enough had Tunas hanging around them. They got a couple of real nice yellowfin tunas on live baits.

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Pulley Ridge Trip

Florida Sportsman member: Xaf

Pulley Ridge Trip

There was a steady pick all day long. A few AJs, more snowy grouper, and gray tiles came up. There were yellow eye, hambone, and black fin snapper on almost every drop. Sometimes you could feel them hit before you even got to the bottom.

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Click Here for forum member cameron sleep’s report from the same trip.

 


Bucket List Roosterfish

Florida Sportsman: Trip Mitchell

Bucket List Roosterfish

I have been dying to get a roosterfish my whole life and after several trips to the areas in which they thrive, I was finally able to tackle this fish off my bucket list! I am just glad to have made it happen. Long story short, my first attempt was with my father, who has since passed, in Cabo San Lucas 10 years ago and we were unsuccessful. I was finally able to go back this January 2017 and get it done.

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Grand Bahama Fishing Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: dzank

Grand Bahama Fishing

We then ran north of Memory and fished what the locals call the “feather bottom” in 25-30′ as well as a wreck and did real well with the grouper and snapper as well as a giant AJ that ate a live yellowtail on a stinger rig.

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Panama Tuna and Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Panama Tuna

We found a nice school of yellowfin tunas feeding with a pod of spinner dolphins one day 15 miles south of Isla Montuosa. Garrett had a blast casting poppers and pitching live baits and we got six nice tunas that went 40-70 pounds!

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Bimini Wahoo and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Barracuda

Bimini Wahoo

We took a quick trip to Bimini on Wednesday the 28th and struck out that afternoon, but got four wahoo on Thursday the 29th. 58″, 36″, 29″ and 27″. The weather was awesome.

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Panama Island Fishing Trip to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Panama Island Fishing Trip

They caught 14 different species in the five days of fishing including: Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Almaco Jack, Bluefin Trevally, Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Yellow Snapper, Golden Trevally, African Pompano, Yellow Snapper, Dorado, Rainbow Runner, and Broomtail Grouper!

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Non-stop Bahamas Action

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

Bahamas Action

We came to try something we had not done before. Instead of high speed trolling, we were going to drift live bait over the ledge for wahoo on spinners! In short, the action was non-stop and we caught more than it’s nice to show.

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Bimini Wahoo Weekend

Florida Sportsman member: Totally Hooked

bimini wahoo

After check in at North Bimini, we headed out and it was on fire. Then it just shut off. So we headed back to the Big Game Room, spent the night and headed back to the same area in the morning. And it was on fire again for about two hours. Calm seas and killer music with two boxes full of wahoo. My best wahoo trip ever.

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Abaco Islands Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Chris7687

Abaco Islands Wahoo

We produced a fair amount of meat over the six day trip, but the best was our first day of trolling. Everything was caught in the early morning tide change and these boys were hungry! We caught a total of twelve wahoo over the trip, but the bite shut down on the last day with the current change and the water turning brown!

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Isla Parida Roosterfish and Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Isla Parida Roosterfish and Marlin

Glenn caught and released his first Blue Marlin. We also had some decent inshore fishing with a few Roosterfish caught and released.

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Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: tefird21

Compass Cay Bahamas Wahoo

There seemed to be a good bite going on north of Highborne in the Exumas, we nabbed a 31 and 23 pounder and a surprise 22 lb mahi high speeding. Our best day was when we ran 40 miles west of Compass Cay to the Tongue and landed a 66 and 37 in a doubleheader. Most of our trolling was at 12-15 knots.

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Bimini Bahama Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: Barracuda

bimini bahama wahoo

Forum member Barracuda took a trip away from Delray Beach, out to Bimini in the Bahamas and caught some beautiful wahoo.

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Chub Cay Trolling Wahoo

Florida Sportsman member: OneFastt997

Chub Cay Trolling Wahoo

Forum member OneFastt997 made an awesome video of his Bahamian fishing trip, while traveling in luxury. He and his friends trolled for wahoo with great success amongst great scenery!

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Bimini Yellowfins

Florida Sportsman member: HurricaneBK

A couple scoops of live pilchards and they were around us and I was hooked up. Never had time to get the rod out of the rod holder as my bent butt 50 wide made short work of a nice 60 pound class yellowfin and our target species was in the boat.

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Green Turtle Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

One day at Manjack, we had a turtle come up to the boat. We see turtles almost every dive but have never had one come so close. We ended up hand feeding this one squid and he hung out for almost 20 minutes, very very cool!

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Grand Success

Florida Sportsman member: Pensacola

Found a bucket floating with some nice mahi on it, pulled a 30 pound bull off it along with a few of his girlfriends. Next day found the birds and found the yellowfin! They were firing off launching out of the water, pretty epic.

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Island Hopping

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

I had the opportunity to go deep into the Bahamas last week on a beautiful boat with great crew. We got all the way as far as San Salvador and had tremendous fishing along the way.

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A Trip to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: zmanwhite

Day three we headed out and by 9am we have already released 20 fish. Around 11:30 a 600 pound plus blue crashes the left flat ballyhoo and all I can do is grab the rod with Brad yelling “big marlin”, lock it up! I looked at Brad, he looked at me and says “this is a big girl.” When he says that, it’s for real, again well over 600 pounds.

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A Trip to Spanish Wells

Florida Sportsman member: CNTDR

At times I felt as if I could be pulled over rod and all into the brink. The pressure that these fish put on is amazing. The fight seemed to go on forever as Deek thought that I got sharked. I was determined to beat whatever I had on the line. After twenty or thirty minutes, wasn’t keeping track, we finally saw the color of a YFT and Deek gaffed the largest fish of the day.

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Action Packed Week

Florida Sportsman member: PaulBoat

We fished two full days (18th and 19th). We raised 56 sails and released 37, also landed a nice yellowfin tuna. I’m not that much into billfishing but when you have a hot bite like we did, you just can’t help but like it.

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Weekend on the Other Side

Florida Sportsman member: dpdash

For those that cancelled this weekend, it wasn’t bad at all. Fished friday afternoon and Saturday, if we wouldn’t have used rubber hooks would have got several, pulled a bunch off for whatever reason. Best bite was up by Isaac’s.

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Fun in Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: Carolina Gentleman

I was leary about towing the the new skiff across in the event that the weatherman was wrong for the return home, this time he was right. We caught a few nice bonefish, I have done a ton of fishing on the flats in Bimini and have never seen more fish than on this trip.

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Pounding Them in Panama

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

The Yellowfin Tunas were still around in big numbers but unlike first week of June the Tunas were not up in feeding frenzies and eating everything we pitched at them. The bite slowed down a bit and the weather got a bit sloppy. We had to work for our fish as the Porpoises were keen to the boat traffic and were a bit shy.

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The Bimini Blues

Florida Sportsman member: Intrepid377

On Thursday morning we raised our first blue which came in hot on the left teaser. We managed to pull him off the teaser and he turned and crushed the left short rigger lure. He was on and angry! Started tearing up the ocean as only a blue can do.

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Epic Trip to Nosara

Florida Sportsman member: KayakDiving

“We came across a piece of debris and caught numerous small yellowfin tuna as bait. A little while later, bam! A blue marlin. After a good 45 minute fight we landed him. The rest of the day we caught numerous small yellowfin which made great boat side sashimi and dinner that night.”

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18th Annual International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador

Florida Sportsman member: GT Fish

Well once again I got the invite to join Paco Saca and his sons in the 18th International Marlin Tournament in El Salvador! Bart and I made are way down to Bahia Del Sol Marina and Hotel. We were greeted by Mauricio a Rep for Flora De Cana rum. They sponsor the tournament and others in Central and South America. He explained various ages of rum and the process of how it’s made. We then proceeded to “Taste test” We all had a nice testing! We ate some dinner and they brought us Desert. Bart grabbed the bottle of 18 year old rum and drenched it in Flan […]

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Chasing “Blue Ones” in St. Thomas

Florida Sportsman member: INTREPID377

My brother and I had the chance to fish with some guys that REALLY have their game together on “bait and switch” marlin fishing on the north drop off St. Thomas. We fished two days and managed to go three for four on blues and even found a white for a bit of variety.

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A Summer in the Bahamas

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

“Haven’t posted in a while, but here’s a video and some pictures of some fish shot in the Bahamas over two trips this summer. We forgot the Go Pro’s on the second trip when we got to break in our new Invincible, but at least we got some good fish. Check out the video and let me know what you think, watch in HD!”

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Chunkin’ the Tuna

Lindsey Pankey sent in this photo from a recent trip to the Bahamas. After locating the birds in the northwest channel, a miles north of Little Issac, they began to chunk the yellowfin tuna that were in a feeding frenzy underneath. All the tuna were roughly 60-to 70-pounds. Scott Nichols is on the left, Taylor Pankey on right.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chunkin’ Tuna off Lucaya Monty White of Team Fin-Addict went on a tuna trip for the 4th of July weekend. He had this to say about the trip: “It was an active few days, fish and birds everywere. We were trolling and chunking tuna under the birds circling around Tuna Canyon off Lucaya, Bahamas. We landed 10 dolphin, over 45 tuna, and lost several more to big brown reef sharks that had to be over 350 pounds. Mike Haun caught a 79 and 68 pound yellowfin tuna, Tim Johnson landed a 50 pound yellowfin, and we had a few around 40 hit the deck along with many smaller tuna of both black and yellow sorts. Another epic trip with great friends!” Here are some pictures from the trip:


Cleanin’ Up West End

Florida Sportsman member: Blue Devil

We had a great time fishing out of Blue Marlin Cove this past weekend. It was our first trip over there so a big thank you to the forum members who gave me some great advice on planning for and fishing that area. We were focused on snappers, groupers and hogfish and worked hard to find them. Most of the muttons and strawberries and about half the hogs were caught very close to BMC. The tails and the rest of the hogs were caught a few mile North of Memory. Marvin at BMC was a great help and put in the general vicinity of the fish.

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Tuna off the Gingerbreads

Tom Gordon of Miami completes his afternoon workout session with a 50 pound “tuna.

Fulton Ivy stands two fisted with a pair of quality yellowfin tuna.

 

Bimini, Bahamas. “I caught one and thought I was going to throw up,” said Tom Gordon. These fish aren’t snapper. “We were fishing yellowtail off the gingerbreads and decided to go look for birds around 2 p.m. in the afternoon on June 14th. About five miles from the yellowtail spot we saw some birds, stopped the boat, threw a couple of baits out and had a double header of yellowfin on within 5 minutes. We found the birds using binoculars (no radar). Ran over to them close, not right into them, just close. Had cut sardines into 3rds and had in a bucket. Just started chucking 2-3 pieces every 20 seconds or so. The tuna found us. Once we saw the tuna we put out some heavy iron with 60 foot of 50 lb fluorocarbon leader, braided line. Worst part of it is we didn’t have any rod belts. Tuna was really not on our target list. We were just messing around. Try catching one with an International without using a rod belt. We got mugged by 5 boats when we had on the double header. Big mistake, those boats steamed right into the birds. Then it looked like most tried trolling. None hooked up and they eventually left. We went on to catch 3 more and could have caught more (enough is enough, like I said catching one made me want to throw up). I think the key was to not spook the fish by running into them. It was a total Cinderella story! Ended up catching five in two hours and quit. We left them there biting. I don’t think we will ever get that lucky again. It was stupid easy and just total blind luck. A truly amazing day.”


The Endless Summer

Florida Sportsman member: JohnnyBlack

The Endless Summer started yesterday at 4:30 am as we pushed out of Boca inlet on “The Soundboy”, ChadJ55′s boat here on the forum. The itinerary for my trip this month will be 5 days in West End Bahamas at Blue Marlin Cove resort then a short one day back here in the states and then it’s off to Treasure Cay in the Abaco’s for 2 weeks to Marlin fish the Bahamas Billfish Championship on “The Zinn Dog”, Captain Jeff Maggio’s boat out of Ft. Lauderdale […]

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Quick Trip to West End

Florida Sportsman member: footankleg

I was invitied to cross on a buddy’s boat and we left Saturday a.m. for West End after loading up on some livies. We had a nice crossing and encountered a pod of pilot whales and shortly after, we came across a pod of bottlenose. The porpoise hung right at the boat and checked us out for awhile. It was very cool. We then continued on and cleared at OBB which was quick and easy. We then headed out in search of birds. We did find a few but not with any action or bites […]

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Big Boy Fishing Team in Bimini

Florida Sportsman member: DAHOGKILLA

Have not posted much lately, been really busy with school and other stuff, but finally got a break last week and took advantage of the open weather window for this past weekend and decided to cross over for some serious fishing and fun in Bimini. We left Friday evening and returned to Miami Sunday morning, after clearing customs and checking in the hotel we set up out front for the muttons but we had missed the bite by an hour, decided to stay until 2 am, and got cutoff on two big mystery fish. Saturday morning headed south to deep drop for the day, it was a bit slow at first but then it picked up and we caught yelloweye snappers, queen snapper, a mystic grouper, big amberjacks that were released and sharks too.

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April in Guam

FS member Night Moves is back with fantastic action from Guam. “At about 1400, we had made the full round trip down the East side and back up. We didn’t feel like gambling on the back side as the front had been so productive. I knew we would have a good shot at a Marlin if we trolled all the way back in the deep water, but to maximize or fishing time, we picked up the lines and did a little “run and gun” to Stu bank, then baby on to Galvez. We even baited up the spinning rods and had a blast bringing in a few more Mahi that followed in our hooked fish. Pulled in the lines at Galvez NE and ran back to Agat arriving at 1730. 12 hours on the water. Finished with 13 Mahi, 4 Wahoo, 2 Rainbows and the Doggie. Mahi averaged a nice size. I hope they stick around just a little longer! Hook up ratio was a little off today as we had about 10 knockdowns that didn’t stay hooked. Most were Mahi who took to the sky and did somersaults and back flips to get off. By the time we got the boat washed and cleaned up, it was 2100. After waking up at 0340 that sure makes for a long day, but great days on the water like that are worth it. Its awesome to be able to enjoy Guams beauty and catch some fish in the process!” For more on Night Moves action click here:

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Time To Be In Bimini

FS member sam50 shows why it’s worth the trip across, “the tide ended so we switched gears and put out a spread of big ballyhoo and some strip baits behind islanders. Out in 900 feet of water the long line(strip bait) gets absolutely freight-trained and is dumping the 30w international quickly, we get the angler into the harness and clear the spread, and realize the Man-in-the-Blue-Suit decided to make an appearance!! The fight lasted a while, but eventually the mono leader gave up, as we were not “equipped” for Marlin. Things slowed down and the group decided to head in for lunch. We took a stroll south on the streets and ended up at Fabian’s Conch shack and had some great eats with a few cold Kalik Golds. Afternoon fishing trip was to deep drop again, but a lack of current spoiled that plan, as the yellow eyes are very finicky, only 2 boated. We found some good looking weeds and then Mr. Frigate showed us the way. We nailed some nice phins late in the day to top it all off.

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Wahoo Snapping Off Walker

Florida Sportsman member Flyers Up made the right call and hit wahoo paydirt.

Flyers Up posted, “we made the walkers trip on Friday, had great weather arrived about 10.45 cleared customs and off to Rosies. Went 20 off to find some YF but no luck, trolled for two hours not one knock down. Saturday did some deep dropping and bottom fishing did ok some groupers and one nice mutton 14 lbs, yellow eyes and black fins and one sm mystic about 8 lbs. Sunday morning get up early to fish home wind blowing 18 gusting to 23 out of the north, not going home today so we decided go get some conch with our new friend Tiko and drink rum. Monday morning with the wind blowing out of the west SW 7 to 10 knots so we checked out and went to Matanilla reef to speed troll for wahoo where we went 7 for 9. Range in size from 30 to 65 pounds and two dolphin.”

 

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Panama Fishing Report

Florida Sportsman member: Pesca Pimp Panama

Canadians Andy and Sonya Copeland, and their son Max, joined us for a few days at the island last week. Andy wanted to try his hand at some “Deep Sea Fishing” and boy…..was he ever introduced royaly! We showed up at Hannibal Bank at 8:30 and to my surprise there were no other fishing boats only a Tiara with some spearos working the high spot. Two days before we counted 14 sport fishing boats and 4 commercial boats all on the bank! There was a real good mark of bait on the sonar and Bonitos and Tunny’s were busting all around […]

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Quick Bimini Trip Report

Florida Sportsman member: Cytranic

Headed out of Boca 6am Friday morning to a nice 11 knot wind out of the S. Seas were 1-2 almost the whole ride over till we were about 15 miles off Bimini, then they switched to 2-4. All and all the crossing was pretty much a non event. We cleared customs around 9am and began an hour long search for Kalik golds on the island. The island was pretty dead so alot of stores were closed. Sue and Joy’s had kaliks […]

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Walker’s Wahoo and Grouper Florida Sportsman Member: Docked Wages

Weekend of Jan 8-9, Scott (Bloodstream), Chris (Light_Tackle) , Frank and myself loaded up and ran across to Walkers Cay targeting some Wahoo. This was to be a quick one night trip and back covering approximately 350 miles out of Sebastain in two days. Walkers Cay continues to decline as the docks are now roped off for access and nearly no place to tie up and transit to the Bahamian Customs office.

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