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Fishing Report - 03/07/15

With our fingers crossed and our knots tied, the barge shoved off the dock for another week of fishing in Panama. This week we got to welcome back our old friends and anglers with The Keenen Group that included;  Paul Duke, Michael Mc Dowell, Mark Payne, Roger Kazemier, Robert Bospflug, Shawn Flahart, Christopher Dewitt, Erich Robinson, Blake Christian, Timothy Williams, Robert Marshburn and Bernard Frist Jr.

The fishing got off to a good start the first day with our anglers catching and releasing a number of trevally and roosterfish.  This week there was a lot of wind coming out of the North, as is common in the dry season here in Panama, but it was more forceful than usual and made for a challenging week of fishing. Despite the conditions, our anglers were still able to get out to the fish and found great schools of tuna.  They were rewarded for their efforts with multiple catches of yellowfin tuna and a surprise catch when they were able to raise a large fifty pound wahoo, normally abundant later in the season.

The next day the wind was still blowing, preventing us from moving the barge to more distant islands in favor of the calm island cove where we were moored. All of the boats returned to chase tuna and also caught a variety of reef fish including; bluefin trevally, cubera snapper, yellow snapper, mullet snapper, rock snapper, and a number of barracuda.  The water temperature was 80 degrees and the yellowfin tuna were targeting large schools of small red sardines, but were happy to eat poppers as well.  

On the third day the tuna bite continued at the same place and the anglers didn't waste a minute to return, trying to raise the biggest tuna. Paul and Michael were fishing with Captain Tito when they caught some 80 and 100 pound yellow fin tuna.  Robert and Mark landed five yellowfin tuna from 80 to 100 lbs. Captain Tito had bridled a live Bonita and was slow trolling it right across the top of one of his secret spots when a Black Marlin took the bait.  Michael McDowell was the angler and after an explosive battle was able to make a live release on the estimated 400 lb Black Marlin.

The anglers continued to work for tuna and inshore species for the rest of the trip. It was a week of great fishing with a fun group of anglers. I want to say thank you to Shawn Flahart and Paul Duke for putting this fishing trip together to make this fishing charter such a great success. Thank you for choosing to fish again with Pesca Panama.

Capt Mike Augat


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