Panama: And the Marlin Continue!May 2, 2012
Northern Panama is a world all it’s own. With three boats on the water, the West Coast Fishing Club is combing the waters around Coiba National Park like a well organized search party. Today it was Captain Jose and the Sula Sula that put angler Joe Friederichs onto a big blue. The fish ate a live bait on a down rigger and fought by sounding. As it didn’t surface for more than an hour, all aboard thought it was a big tuna.
It was only when Andres grabbed the 400 pound leader and began putting the heat to him in earnest– after Joe fought the fish for more than an hour– that the fish’s bill broke the surface of the water and it revealed itself to be a nice blue. The fish proceeded to put on an aerial display across the back of the Sula Sula, as Jessica recorded the action. Good photographers have a knack for themselves at the right place at the right time and Jessica’s positioning on the bridge made for some really good pictures. She always seems to make this happen.
You can tell this fish was a blue marlin, instead of a black, as its pectoral fins are folded back against its today. A mature black marlin’s pectoral fins are rigid, fixed, thrusting out away from its body like the wings of an airplane.
Aboard the Abondancia Captain Donar and angler Estuardo Mazariegas of Guatemala caught a nice black. Jessica, shooting from the Sula Sula, caught some incredible images of the fish jumping behind the boat. For perspective on the size of the fish, compare the marlin to the people aboard. The ability of a fish of that size to leap so effortlessly and incredibly out the water is one of the ways in which marlin fishing can so easily turn into an obsession. Estuardo is a great guy, very friendly. Today he released a really good fish and was fortunate to have a world class photographer on the boat next to him.
It was a good day. The only thing that could interrupt the fishing stories were Chef Katie’s homemade gnocchi. It was a good day.
Jessica’s story below…
Today was an amazing day out on the water. The day started off a bit rainy with big bulbs of thunder and lighting, but then warmed up and the rain ended just in time for some serious fishing to take place. I managed to snap a couple shots of 2 different Marlin fights today. One fight for Captain Donar’s boat and the other for Captain Jose’s.
Check out some of the shots from todays catches:
Marlin #1: Joe Friederichs 650 lbs Blue Marlin
Joe’s 1hr and 50min Marlin fight in stand up gear. What we initially thought was a large tuna ended up being a very LARGE Marlin! The Marlin just sat in the water, not wanting to budge. Right before Mate Andres grabbed the leader, he yelled “Marlin, Marlin, Marlin”, we all broke out into cheer and disbelief that this so called “Tuna” ended up being such a large Marlin. I guess there is a first for everything!
Joe looking serious!
And the fight continues!
Captain Jose, wondering whats really on the line?
and the fight keeps going…and going…and going…..
Joe and Andres thought they had finished reeling up the “Tuna”. Joe can be seen taking off his reeling belt, until Andres yells “Marlin, Marlin, Marlin”.
1.5hrs in. Joe is feeling it now! Brad’s lending a hand, so we don’t lose Joe over board!
1 hr and 50min was the duration of Joe Friederichs fight with a very large Marlin! The boys are all smiles after that one.
Guest Estuardo Mazariegos caught the second Marlin of the day. Here are some shots of his lucky catch!
Estuardo’s big Marlin Black Marlin.
Finally heading home after a long day of fishing!
Pac Pro looking great against her new surroundings!
Shipped recked sailboat on Coiba.
Today was an amazing day. 5 Marlin in 2 days is pretty incredible!
Once again can’t wait to see what tomorrow could possibly bring.
Photographing from Paradise,