Panama: January's Greatest HitsFebruary 7, 2013
The Gulf of Panama is an incredibly productive fishery, it is also unique in its biological and physical processes. After starting a report as such, there are two ways to proceed: dry and scientific or context through fishing. Nobody likes reading science, so let’s talk fishing.
December and January are traditionally thick with black and blue marlin. This year was no exception. We caught more than our share and had a good go of it. We were fortunate enough to host a group of anglers from the Houston Big Game Fishing Club with us for a week in mid January. Folks from Texas generally know their way around a fishing boat and a conversation. Mike, Kevin, Dan, Gary, Mike, and Bill were no exceptions. They divided themselves up into two groups, four fishing with Captain Wade Richardson on the Hooker and two aboard the San Miguel with Junior.
The guys purchased the trip through auction at the Houston Big Game Fishing Club’s (HBGFC) annual dinner in March. The HBGFC is composed of a group of people who are good at fishing and really know how to have a good time. Each year, the club organizes the LoneStar Shootout—it’s annual tournament—and other events to raise money for education and marine conservation. The West Coast Fishing Club joined with the Hooker Group to donate fishing days on the Hooker and lodging aboard the Pacific Provider. The trip raised quite a bit of money and the Club makes sure that it supports worthwhile endeavors.
Not only was the cause a good one, the fishing was good too. The first day offshore it was Kevin aboard the Hooker that caught a good black marlin. The fished was estimated around 500 and released in good condition. Dan aboard the San Miguel made a great showing for himself, catching his first marlin—a 250 pound blue—and his first yellowfin as well. The tuna was invited to dinner and the 125 pounds of sashimi made the fishing seem all the better. We really had a good time with the folks from Houston.
During the same week, Don and Mandy visited us from the Haida Gwaii Islands. Mandy is a salmon guide and Don is a marine dealer with quite a bit of on the water experience. Don and Mandy were fishing with Jose aboard the Sula. They raised a number of marlin, jumping one off and having two or three others in the spread before deciding not to eat. The highlight of the week was Don’s 150 pound yellowfin that gulped down a live bonito. Mandy got quite a bit of experience hooking dorado, the couple caught a mess of them. Don and Mandy’s journey to Panama was as interesting to talking to them over drinks at the bar. Their journey started in their RV in British Columbia. They drove down to Houston, Texas, parked it at the airport and hopped a plane to Panama. They flew back after a week of fishing to drive home.
Dave and Dave completed the guest book aboard the Provider. They were fishing with Donar. Dave hooked a big black that was acrobatic and intense. The guys caught a number of dorado as well. It was their second time fishing with us. Their first trip resulted in the release of three blacks and some really good fishing. This trip was one that will not soon be forgotten either.
As happens often aboard the Pacific Provider, the transition from one group to the next brings not just new faces but new fishing goals. Next up was fly fishing. And we whacked em… For more on that trip, stay tuned.