Panama: Nice GunsJuly 8, 2011
There are a million reasons why WCFC Panama is a fantasy made reality…the incredible variety of species you can encounter fishing in a few days, never needing a sweater or a jacket, our amazing, hilarious, entertaining staff, exquisite meals made of fish you caught only hours out of the water, tropical sunsets, catching giant snappers and needlefish off the back deck at night after dinner, perfect beaches with not another soul in sight (only a few hundred meters from the ship!), being rocked gently to sleep in your fluffy white bed, and the pleasure of feeling the intensity of this statement:
THIS WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.
Nothing makes me happier than hearing these words uttered on this ship – I have already heard it more than a few times in the short weeks we have been open, and I heard it again today.
This is our amazing Chief Engineer Frank – manic spearfisherman (who keeps this beautiful ship running smoothly every day). Somehow the universe conspired to keep him here just long enough to have one of the best days fishing of his life (he has to leave us for another job on Monday for two months). He was so excited when he was telling the day’s stories I could actually see the pulse in his neck!
Frank went out with Brian Grange today, and this what they spotted this morning…
Frank dove in with his speargun, and tells us that the school of yellowfin was so thick he had to actualy dodge them left and right. He was swarmed with cojinoa who thought he was a log and tried hiding from the sharks under him…triggerfish feeding on him, chewing on his neck. Oh yeah…and there were sharks…lots of them. Bullsharks! And porpoises – and huge tuna hitting him in the chest while he tried to dodge them. Talk about an adrenalin rush!
Frank’s quote on the count of the day’s catch: one Sailfish…lost another one…then Brian caught a tuna on a small spinning pole and I shot it from the water…shot two tunas (60 lbers)…then managed to shoot a big Allison with a repaired bent shaft that wasn’t even shooting true (the flapper didn’t go all the way through, and after 1.5 hour fight and getting it up to the surface, lost it…)…then a dorado…
Frank surfacing with a yellowfin, while Brian is reeling one in at the same time…
Frank shot a 200+ tuna – could have been a record breaker – but lost after a 1-hour+ fight.
And oh yeah…he caught a sailfish while he was taking a break from the tuna. No big deal.
Frankie poses with his gun and his tuna (and his bent shaft…okay okay, keep it PG people!)
Who you looking at?
Every day I am grateful for the tremendous skill, experience, and good humour of our staff. The captains (Junior and Alexis) and mates (Donar and Alirio) of our game boats are the best in the country, we have a blisteringly talented Executive Chef (and no, I am NOT biased here!), an incredible Captain (Chris) at the helm of the ship, and a wonderful team of hardworking, smart fun people keeping us all laughing and ticking along smoothly.
Look at these smiles!!
Frankie – we’ll miss you baby! Hurry back.
Goodnight from Paradise,