Panama:Father and Son, A big tuna, and Birthday WishesMay 10, 2012
At the risk of sounding redundant, Expedition Marlin in Coiba is proceeding wonderfully. After a week highlighted by marlin action, it has been the yellowfin tuna that is headlining trip three. Joining us on the Provider are Ed Hume and Craig Hill fishing aboard the Abundancia, Don Drysdale and Ian Wallace aboard the Sula Sula and Hans and Seppi Kaltenegger fishing with Junior aboard the San Miguel. All of our guests are good friends hailing from Canada.
The saying goes that familiarity breeds contempt. I am not sure of the origin of this maxim, but it was not meant to describe fishing buddies. When it comes to fishermen, familiarity produces bets. We have on our hands a genuine fishing tournament. We have dailies and an overall in biggest tuna and largest estimated billfish released.
Hans and Seppi are nice guys, but when it comes to a fishing tournament, they get right down to business.
Sitting at the bar watching the sunset, we joked to a passerby that Seppi and I were solving the world’s problems. This wasn’t far off. Seppi was raised in Austria, came to Canada as a young man. He has been married for nearly a half century and told me of his nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Hans is his son and the two are marlin fishing with us for a week in Panama. They have travelled and hunted and fished a great deal and in two days’ time it has become evident that Seppi is as rich in perspective as in progeny. These guys are great to have aboard the boat.
Hans is serious about the tuna category. On the first full day of fishing, he tangled with a 180 pound yellowfin. The fish jumped all over a live bonito, inhaling it before the guys even got the chance to put the line into the outrigger. After an hour on the rod, the fish came aboard and was abruptly whisked to the Pacific Provider to be iced. We used the crane to lift the tuna into one of the bait tanks on the swim step. Once inside, we entombed the fish in ice as the San Miguel ran back out to the bank to finish the day’s fishing. Upon their return in the evening, the crane hoisted the fish for some pictures. Talk about some happy fishermen—nothing boosts the satisfaction of a fishing picture quite like needing a crane to hoist the fish.
Hans and Seppi are out fishing today. They are having fun. They have won a daily in the tuna tournament with their buddies and have an inside track to winning some more money in the overall. Upon catching the fish Hans had one request. His daughter Sammie just turned 13. Happy birthday Sammie. Dad and Grandpa are having blast fishing in Panama, but they are thinking about you.
Today was a hot day out on the water. The day was filled with wine, swimming and a nice large tuna once again by the father and son team!
The boys had a lot of fun, despite the lack of fish action today.
Here are some of the pic’s from today:
The boys giving me a CHEERS!
Guest Ian Wallace and Craig Hill go for a nice dip after a long hot day of fishing!
I think Craig’s form is defiantly a 10!
Ed looks on and laughs…or checks for sharks?
Deep blue ocean!
Craig has great form!
Ian demonstrating how the Mate’s drag the tunas in the boat through the tuna door!
Today was a fun day out on the water. Despite the slow day of fishing, I know the boys had a great time in the end! How can you not? It’s amazing COIBA!
Photographing from Paradise,