Panama: 2012 Going Strong!January 13, 2012
Fishing fever going strong here with a crazy start to the year!!
And as promised, here are the incredible marlin photographs taken by Russ Johnson during his trip fishing with us last weekend.
350 lb blue…
Russ and Jim invited guest Mike Iverson to join them on the Abundancia one day – here he is fighting the good fight with his blue marlin…
Some “local” Canadians were with us for a short trip and reeled in a beautiful 200 lb marlin along with some nice coastal specimens to take back to their home in Coronado outside of Panama City to enjoy with the rest of the family.
Nicolas reeling in the big fish…
Here it is…
Michel and a nice snapper…
and a big amberjack headed for the table!
I have included a diary entry from January 11th from our ship’s captain, the handsome and wonderful LR Hastings to give you a taste of “a day in the life” here…(drum roll please)…Captain LR Hastings!!
Jan 12, 2012:
In the first 7 days of offshore fishing, since Jan 1. for 2 WCFC boats we are 6 for 13 on marlin bites, not to mention the sailfish bites and the day CAPE KNOX had catching 11 sails one day!
My “office” is the OCEAN and today at the “office” was a GREAT DAY 🙂 Aboard the ABUNDANCIA Nicolas Roberge caught his 1st Blue Marlin, 200 lbs. put on a great show, was more in the air more than the water the 1st couple of minutes. And Nicolas did a FANTASTIC job of getting him to the boat in 11 minutes. The fish initially came up on a bridge teaser and I hollered down to Alirio, marlin on the left bridge, Alirio threw a pitch bait in the water and about the time the bait got in position that “rascal” piled on a long rigger and TOOK OFF down sea, jumpin’ and carryin’ on, and Nicolas did EXACTLY what he was suppose to do, maintained his composure, which was kinda hard for the captain, apparently he gets excited when they start TEARING UP the ocean anyway, Nicolas got him to the boat in 11 minutes, Alirio tagged him and we sent him on his way. ABUNDUNCIA had a couple more dorado bites and then we were called in, due to one of the anglers succumbing to a nasty bout of seasickness. So we dropped them off at the PACIFIC PROVIDER (HOME) and went and caught a couple mullet snappers and a couple rock snappers and and a 48# AJ, aka amberjack. CAPE KNOX fished today as well, and Capt Junior caught a couple of BIG bull sharks, but unfortunately no marlin bites. Had a FANTASTIC time with the KYNOCH boys, can’t wait for them to come back. ABUNDANCIA is off tomorrow, Capt Junior is half day inshore fishing, i’ll keep you posted
AND NOW FOR PHOTOGRAPH-ESS EXTRAORDINAIRE, JESSICA HAAAAAYDAAAAAHL!
Today I headed out with a new arrivals Casey, Cesar, Noral, and Martin for some coastal fishing. There are so many different types of strange, colourful and VERY LARGE fish that you can catch close into shore.We had a a great afternoon fishing with live bait and the anglers managed to catch quite a few different fish species.
Check out the pics!
A massive Grouper chomping down on a Bonito bait.
Angler Casey fighting the large grouper.
Casey and his grouper.
Pacific Dog Snapper and what’s left of the Bonito bait.
Noral and his Pacific Dog Snapper.
Mullet Snapper with Martin. The Mullet Snappers are very large and put up a good fight!
Pacific Dog Snapper. [photo turned sideways for effect!]
All in all we safely released around 12 different snappers throughout the afternoon. The weather was beautiful and the bite was on.
I am excited for tomorrow Deep Sea Fishing! You never know what you might catch out there.
Photographing from Paradise,