Panama: Donar's got Sonar!
May 4, 2012 | 1746 Views
The Abundancia is a 37′ Strike captained by Donar. Donar’s abilities in enticing fish to bite and understanding how and what to do with a fish on the leader, led to his reputation as perhaps the best mate in West Coast Fishing Club’s Panama operation. This experience, the practice of discerning the shape of a fish as it rises from within the water column to engulf a bonita, resulted in his opportunity to run a boat as Captain.
Abundancia is a Spanish for abundance, the state of being prolific. It was in hope of weeks like this one that she was given her name. Panama’s waters are immensely productive, supporting marine life of all manner. Coiba provides very direct evidence of this. But for all of the yellowfin tuna, the volkswagen-sized crocodiles that inhabit the the island’s rivers, and the many sea birds whose lives are made relatively easy by the prolific sea life swimming about her shores, it is the marlin that captivate the minds of anglers more so than any other. Donar has them locked in. Today was no different.
It was angler Rodrigo Meneses who manned the rod today. His black put on a show and Jess got some great shots of the fish leaping away from the boat.
Aboard the San Miguel, it was Don Van Hise who released a black marlin of 450 today. Don is a great guy, friendly as can be from Fort Lauderdale. All aboard the Provider were glad to hear of his triumph today. It was two days earlier that he battled an unknown sea creature for 45 minutes before it revealed itself to be a snagged manta ray that was as wide across as the hood of a minivan.
It is always good to see people fishing with their friends, because good friends can be counted on to give you a hard time if you happen to accidentally catch a manta ray. But just as fast as they were to give him a hard time about the ray, Don’s buddies were equally happy to insist that he sit at the head of the dinner table.
We are all very fortunate to be here. A good marlin bite makes this even more true.
Here are some shots from yesterdays Marlin fight. Guest Brad and Joe reeled in these 2 beauties! Pictures are taken by Joe and Brad.
Brads and Andres Dorado.
Today was an amazing day out on the water. Out of a possible 10 Marlin’a today, our boats managed to raise 2, catch 2 Marlin and the Hooker caught 4. Captian Donar and Mate Richard once again found Angler Rodrigo his second Marlin of the trip. Captain Donar has 3 marlin over the corse of 5 days!
Here are a couple of shots from today.
Beautiful Morning mist. We woke up to Pouring rain, massive thunder and lighting and then a beautiful rainbow.
Angler Rodrigo giving the thumbs up while in mid Marlin fight.
Stand up reeling.
Rodrigo’s Marlin today. Unfortunately didn’t give us that great of a show.
The Hooker was on fire today. Captain Wade couldn’t keep the Marlin off his hooks today.
Mate Alerio having to jump off the side of the boat to cut some line out from the prop. Love his dive into the water, I give it a 10!!!
I hope the bite continues tomorrow!
Photographing from Paradise,