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Panama: Fish-onistas

November 18, 2011

I went downstairs to find this lovely drawing in the morning dew on the table drawn by our Mate Alirio…artistry definitely runs in the blood!

Alirio’s hometown of Piñas is brimming with many talented artisans – we commissioned this cocobolo marlin from one of Donar’s relatives (soon to be joined by others available for sale!). Cocobolo is a tropical tree that can grow to 30 metres – the extremely hard wood and the natural oils in it give the carvings this incredible natural sheen when sanded and buffed. This is a true work of art and love.

Below is a handwoven basket made by Mate Donar’s mother. In the middle is a cocobolo carving, and the outer portion is made from the fibers of the nahuala plant and the chunga palm from the Darien rainforest. After harvesting the fibers, they are then stripped and cured before being woven into these intricate patterns. Each one is painstakingly made by hand over many hours and is a unique example of tribal folk art.

AND DONAR’S MAMA MADE THIS!! It is just exquisite.

Ok, back to fishing. Lots to catch up on – we said goodbye to the Levys, and they left with giant smiles on their faces. They pretty much covered the encyclopedia for species on their trip here: Cubera snapper, dorado, amberjack, rooster, tuna, marlin (700 lb black!!), bonito…and on and on.

They were a very competitive pair – and the weighing of these tuna prompted some hilariousness:

Here is Toby with her first tuna – weighing in at 86 lbs…

Toby asks “How small was your little tuna Fred?”…Fred is dismayed to learn his is only 58 lbs.

Later that night they enjoy feasting on their tuna accompanied by some spiny lobster and crispy potatoes.

Also here with us now are Hans, Marcel, and Ernst – a hilarious group of gentlemen from Vancouver. Ready to step into the hot tub…

As professional fishermen, they show off their skills at every opportunity…(and no, Marcel did not wet his shorts)

Hee hee.

Ernst and a snapper…

Hans and a nice amberjack…

Marcel hamming it up with a snapper…

Ernst brings in a huge bull dorado – possibly the biggest on record here! Mate Donar gets ready to set up the photo…

Here they are all posing…

Marcel weighs it up and it comes in at 60 lbs!!

Fishing with Junior and Alirio are Vladimir, Giga, and George.

Vladimir (a retired NHL hockey player) shows off his snapper…

Giga with an amberjack…

George with a mullet snapper…

Once again, our backyard is producing a fishing frenzy!!

All our anglers fishing offshore tomorrow – stay tuned for updates!

Goodnight from Paradise,

Tobey.

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  • WCFC All-Inclusive Fishing4 Days/3 Nights5 Days/4 Nights
  • Self Guided Package
  • 19’ Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$4,960$5,570
  • Guided Package
  • 22’ Boston Whaler boat & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,175$6,930
  • 3 guests per boat$5,735$6,335
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  • 25’ or 27’ Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,655$7,570
  • 3 guests per boat$6,055$6,760
  • 4 guests per boat$5,743$6,345
  • Deluxe Offshore Guided Package
  • 29’ or 31' Boston Whaler & Standard Room
  • 2 guests per boat$6,765$7,740
  • 3 guests per boat$6,110$6,830
  • 4 guests per boat$5,795$6,405
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  • Standard Room$Incl$Incl
  • Ocean View Room$180$230
  • Single Room Supplement - Standard$350$450
  • Single Room Supplement - Forest View$1,000$1,325
  • Owner's Suite - Henslung Cove$510$690
  • Owner's Suite - Grange Point$770$1,025
  • Private Dining Room (for full trip)$770$1,025
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Single rooms, ocean view rooms and owners suites are subject to availability
  • Private Dining Room is $250 per night based on availability
  • Ocean view singles available upon special request
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    Each package includes:
  • Flights from Vancouver to The Clubhouse (private charter & helicopter)
  • Luxury accommodations, guided fishing, gourmet dining, host bar including beer, liquor and wine
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  • 22’ Boston Whaler
  • 2 guests per boat$5,545$6,450
  • 3 guests per boat$4,940$5,850
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  • 24' Northwest$5,250$5,645
  • 21' EagleCraft$5,150$5,500
  • 18' EagleCraft$5,020$5,325
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  • 18' EagleCraft$4,273$4,520
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