Panama– Blue Marlin, lots of blue marlinDecember 10, 2012
December is a great time in Panama. While most of the northern hemisphere is bracing for Old Man Winter, we are lighting it up. The fishing is wide open and we are in the business of making stories. The blue marlin are thick and readily about. In the past 10 days we have released six blues and seen as many more.
Captain Donar is at the helm of the Abundancia. In the last week he has seen nine blue marlin. With guests Rob and Les Chimko, we released a blue that was 400. It was the brothers’ biggest fish to date. They are really nice guys, down to earth and a great deal of fun to fish with. Rob and Marge Schneyder were next to fish with Donar. Rob caught his first marlin, a 300 pound blue. It was part of a double header that ended with the successful release of his fish and the liberation of its buddy, who freed himself by jumping through the line and breaking himself off. Margo was on the video camera, capturing the action. The couple were down in celebration of their wedding anniversary. Rob is a lucky man, a 300 pound marlin and a great wife who came to fishing as an anniversary gift. Next up for Donar were Ed and Bob, a couple of buddies from Texas. Ed is a hell of a fisherman and it may be possible that we have never had a guest as excited to get on the water. On their first day offshore, Bob caught his first marlin. It was a blue of 300 pounds. He got the signed bottle of rum.
The second day we raised a pair of blues that were in the neighborhood of 250. They were simultaneously up in the baits, tailing about for five minutes, but neither ate aggressively. Aboard the Sula Sula with Captain Jose Gongora, guests Marcel, Hans, and Ernst caught two sails and released a blue that went about 250. The Sula Sula also jumped two more blues off next the boat.
Today, with a change in groups we fished around rocks inshore. Donar and Richar aboard the Abundancia, fishing with Dale Wills of In the Bite Magazine and Dr. Russ Nelson, Chief Scientist of The Billfish Foundation, waxed an 80 pound broomtail grouper. It is a hellacious-looking creature. Awesome.
Tomorrow we’re back at it, live baiting for marlin. In search of a big one or two or a bunch of small ones. The fish are here and the boat is alive. I am excited.