Panama: Wonderfully JanuaryJanuary 9, 2012
We have been saying this ourselves since arriving here in May, but it’s always nice to see it confirmed by rest of the world!! PANAMA LISTED AS THE #1 PLACE TO VISIT IN 2012 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES!! Check it out HERE.
Our amazing locals have often waxed poetic over the sheer incredible insanity of fishing in the month of January – and we are thrilled to see how right they have been! Every day here is action packed with marlin, sails, HUGE tuna, and inshore frenzy as well.
Jess had a great photo of Mike Iverson after he got off the sport boat with his 2 huge tuna – but here are a few more. This is a photo of Mike Iverson still smiling. He was so worn out after reeling in first a 240 lb and then a 300 lb yellowfin he said if he hooked another one the next day he planned to cut the line!!
Look at these two monsters!
We feed a lot of people with these two fish – we only keep what we use here, and after feeding our guests, our staff, and setting some aside in the freezer for our crew to take home to their families, we give the rest to the local villagers and the construction crew and police working on the island. They are always so excited to enjoy fish like this!!
I always tell people the view out the window of the staterooms here on the ship is better than any painting. Here is a shot of the sunset, the jungle, and 2 of our boats from the Iversons’ stateroom.
Susan Iverson does some beach exploring.
Russ Johnson and Jim Adams joined us for their second trip with us in Paradise – and devoted a few days to fly-fishing the incredible inshore fishery here. This pink Cam Sigler fly was very popular with the “locals”, and after performing many times, died a noble death.
Russ and Jim went offshore one day with Mike Iverson and released 3 marlin, some sails, and some big dorado. The next days offshore they pulled in 5 sails, a 350 lb blue marlin, and loads of dorado. UNFORTUNATELY, some technical difficulties downloading from Russ’ camera mean the photos will arrive by email after he is back in the US. Russ is a phenomenal photographer as well – so stay tuned for the shots!
Russ Johnson got this beautiful photo of a boobie bird swooping over the boat.
Russ with a nice bull dorado caught on the pink fly!
Here are the men solving the problems of the world over fresh yellowin tuna sushi and ceviche.
Yesterday Chef Michael and I went for a short boat ride only a few miles from the ship and found ourselves in the midst of a huge school of feeding yellowfin tuna! The cooling water temperatures are bringing fish closer and closer to our doorstep. So exciting to see the ocean teeming with life.
Here are some photos of what Chef Michael has been up to in the kitchen.
These are some rib eyes that Michael has been dry-aging for 45 days.
Asparagus with dijon vinaigrette and crispy bread.
Tuna tartare with fresh hearts of palm and plantain chips.
Lemon meringue tarts.
Stay tuned tomorrow for photos of the 11 sails caught and released yesterday on the Cape Knox with Captian Junior and the Kynoch men!! Jess got some INSANE underwater footage – she was off at first light with the Kynoch’s again this morning for some more offshore frenzy. I can’t wait for you to see the photos from yesterday!
Good night from Paradise,