Panama– Back At It.November 26, 2012
The Provider is back in the water, anchored in the Pearl Islands once again. The bar is at full capacity. The reels are freshly spooled. We have a new arsenal of inshore rods from Altenkirch Outfitters complete with Stradic spinning reels and Ambassadeur bait casters. We’ve got hydroglow lights hanging off the back of the Provider and the several hundred gallons of bait tanks we have on the back deck are glistening beneath a fresh coat of paint. We are ready and it’s good to be fishing again.
Our first group of guests has just left the boat. They are flying back to Canada today. Derek Nyrose, a newspaperman from Vancouver (and hell of a nice guy), caught his first sail and dorado with us. He greased a good wahoo too. We had the folks down from office in Vancouver. Ryan Haider and Courtney Hatfield joined Captain Donar and I for a day inshore fishing. Ryan, the accountant, wacked a 45 pound cubera snapper. It was a nice break from expense reports. I told Ryan that I’d teach him fishing if he taught me accounting. At this point, he’s a better fisherman than I’m a money counter. Courtney, a famous Canadian fishing television show hostess who now works in sales, laid into a beast of a cubera herself. We had a good day rock hopping, throwing poppers and fishing live baits.
Offshore, the stage is set. The tuna are here and the marlin are too. We’re after them. The Gamefisherman have clean, new bottom jobs and are freshly tuned up. Our wind-on leaders are freshly made. The spools of the Stellas are buried beneath several hundred yards of new, yellow 80 pound braid. These are tuna catching machines. Just add poppers.
King Sailfish Mounts, a release mount company out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sent us down a 900 pound ply wood box. The box was inhabited by a 45 pound dorado, a 30 pound roosterfish, and a 50 pound king salmon. The dining room looks epic. The best mount in the shipment is the 950 black marlin shoulder mount that pops out of the wall. The shipping company was a bit perplexed when they saw us walk into the place with a crow bar. We cracked the box open and filled the cargo van with a the menagerie of fiberglass sea creatures. Loading them at the marina in the city we were greeted by cat calls and exclamations. Seeing our guys loaded up in the panga, each carrying a fiberglass mount on their way to the Provider, was a site to behold. It was at once strange and counterintuitive. It was also the sort of thing that makes you say, “Of course there is a group of Panamanian fishing guys driving around in a panga with dorado, salmon, roosterfish and marlin mounts.” King Sailfish Mounts are the best in the business, they are really nice guys too. We appreciate it.
From fish in the ocean, to fish in the dining room (on the plate and on the walls), we have lots to talk about. The things we are talking about are really pretty neat. In Texas, some people say “It’s not bragging if you’re telling the truth.” In fact, we are telling most anybody who will listen. We have a spread in this month’s Marlin Magazine. It’s a paragraph or two describing the world class fishery surrounding the Pearl Islands. It talks about the mix of fine dining, great fishing, and professional caliber relaxation that seems to unfold so organically around the Pacific Provider. The paragraph, to the best of my knowledge, is true. I know the guy who wrote it. To accompany the text, we have some incredible photography by Jessica Haydahl. Jessica is really about the best in the business and her photos provide proof that all the crazy fishing stories we tell are true.
Consider this your invitation.