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Panama a day on the reef

May 12, 2011

Panama Update: All energies were focused on marlin today as we traveled south to fish a reef off the mainland. I joined the crew today to record some of the events which started with catching the bait…which were small yellowfin tuna…

…which took about 20 seconds to hook and were a lot of fun…these little guys pull! The reef was teeming with life, here’s how Alirio gets the bait ready to troll. First he removes the hook (in this case a BC orange bucktail fly I gave him)…to quote him “mucho bueno”…

They’re now his favorite thing to use so I’ve officially given away all my flies. Then he threads a loop of string through the eyes which is tied to a circle hook…

Then with a series of twirls he tightens the loop and slips the hook back through the tightened cord…

The fish is mostly unharmed other than we’re going to put it in harms way…Alirio throws it over (attached to a rod of course) and with a slow troll it swims around with a circle hook attached to its nose. We use circle hooks so that when a marlin bites he gets hooked in the corner of the mouth and can be released easily without harm. The bait has a less fortunate fate. I’ve never fished with live bait before (for marlin), it was very cool. And quite effective as we hooked a number of things today…one could have been a marlin but we never saw it to confirm.

Here is Alirio stringing the live rig on the outrigger to give it a wider spread on the boat. I can see why this is so addictive…when the bait gets hit all hell breaks loose, your heart jumps and everyone is on their feet, really fun.

Tomorrow Mike really wants to catch a Rooster fish so focus will change and at first light they’ll be off.

Stay tuned.

Ken Beatty

WCFC Panama

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